Lamar East Primary Tigers of the Month for April and May are, third row, left to right, Yarley Mejia, Jocelynn Toves, Dia Nowak, Salma Dominguez, Stella Gervais, Pherra Keithly, Layla Julian, Corey Shumake; second row, left to right, Ashlynn Davis, Kaysen Garfield, Lily Gastel, Mackenzie Hedrick, Thomas Whiting, Dexter Watkins, Abby Hamilton; first row, Oliver Lagud, Devon Mitchell, Ava Malcom, Leeza Venable, Madelyn Smith, Logan Martin and Milee Wilkinson. East Primary Tigers of the Month for April/May

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger Weather was perfect for Fish With a Cop
By DETECTIVE DANIEL GRAHAM Lamar Police Department The Lamar Police Department hosted the annual Fish With a Cop day on Tuesday, May 14, at...

Frieden chosen to receive 2019 Golden Apple Teachers Award
Lauren Rose Frieden, a 2010 graduate of Liberal High School, was chosen by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to receive the 2019 Golden Apple...

Lamar Democrat/Chris Morrow
Sheldon High School graduating seniors received their diplomas Sunday, May 12. From left are, Brett O'Connor, Mya Martin, Clayton Loyd and Kalysta Lewis. Sheldon High School Class of 2019

Lamar Democrat/Chris Morrow
It was an emotional and exciting day for the Golden City Class of 2019 as they received their diplomas Saturday, May 11. From left is Kadie Henderson, Julie Jenkins, Kaleb Mason and Thomas Roby. Golden City High School Class of 2019

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Chase McCulloch (left) and Henry Ball smile with their awards. Lamar students write their way to victory
By AUTUMN SHELTON Lamar Democrat Each year the Language Arts Department of Southwest Missouri holds its annual LAD fair. The LAD fair is a...

Lamar School Resource Officer Jordan Salinas conducted a bike safety lesson at West Elementary. Names were drawn from all who participated in bike safety. The winners were Layne Cearnal and Dom Gordon, both fourth graders. Fourth graders are lucky winners from bike safety day

Liberal High School commencement held
By WILLIS STRONG LIBERAL- The Liberal R-II High School Commencement was held Sunday, May 5, at 3 p.m., in the high school gymnasium. The gym was packed with parents,...
Danielle Luthi, daughter of Calvin and Jodi Luthi, is the eight grade Lamar Middle School Student of the Week. In her spare time Danielle likes reading or going outside to play with her cats and dogs. She likes helping her dad work cattle and bottle-feeding calves. Danielle enjoys visiting her niece and going to Minnesota to see her brother and sister. Students of the week

Three members of the Liberal High School Class of 2019, are shown during commencement Sunday, April 5. Left is valedictorian Mary Bean. Right is Zoar Lozano. Between the two is Brooke Bearden, whose remarkable story is well documented, including making the top 10 on ESPN's SportsCenter when she returned to the diamond for a softball game this spring. Brooke suffered a stroke last fall and her recovery has been awe inspiring. Doctor's feared she would never walk again, but she continues to overcome, having walked across the stage to receive her diploma before a delighted crowd Sunday afternoon. Liberal High School Class of 2019

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The top 10 seniors of the class of 2019 at Liberal High School in the photo are: front row, from left, Toby Dingman, Dalton Hendrix, Valedictorian Mary Bean, Salutatorian Kynli Wolf, Weston Sprenkle and Delaney Miller. Back row, from left: Bryant Rose, Melanee Beaman, Mallory Gazaway and Madelyn Wahl. The seniors graduated Sunday, May 5, at Liberal High School. Top 10 Liberal High School seniors

Lamar Democrat/Autumn Shelton
Ashley Benson holds up her Scholastic Silver Key winning piece which also won second place in Charcoal at the Conference Art Show on May 4. Ashley Benson receives Scholastic Silver Key
By AUTUMN SHELTON Lamar Democrat Ashley Benson received a Scholastic Silver Key on May 3. Each year Scholastic holds an art and writing...

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger
Lamar School Resource Officer Jordan Salinas spoke to third through fifth grade classes at West Elementary, on the importance of bike safety. Classes gathered from 12 noon to 2 p.m., to hear Officer Salinas stress the necessity of following fules of bike safety, including what type of clothing to wear, to the importance of wearing a helmet and which way the individual riding the bike should travel. Officer Salinas emphasized that any law that applied to a motor vehicle also applied to a bicycle and the most instrumental point she made was, “to look both ways”! Bike safety taught at West Elementary

DARE graduates awarded with dodge ball game
Prior to DARE Graduation held recently, DARE Officer Rawn Toler told the students that they needed 97 percent to graduate. Officer Toler then...

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Autumn Shelton won a tablet at the 4th annual MSSU Earth Day Competition. Shelton wins at MSSU Earth Day Contest
Missouri Southern State University in Joplin held its 4th annual Earth Day Contest on April 30. The contest, for students in grades 6-12, was...