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Facts concerning Barton County Memorial Hospital property tax levy

Voters will be going to the polls on April 7 and one of the decisions they must make is whether or not to raise Barton County Memorial Hospital’s property tax…

Due to decline in participation, Barton County Relay For Life will not take place

A letter has been sent to members of the community stating that due to the decline in participation, Relay For Life will not take place in Barton County in 2015.…

Missouri cost of living finishes 17th lowest in U.S. for all of 2014

JEFFERSON CITY-Missouri had the 17th lowest cost of living in the United States for all of 2014. Compared to the third quarter of 2014, Missouri slipped from an index of…

Hughes earns top honor for customer service

MADISON, Wisc.-Eric Hughes, an American Family Insurance agent in Lamar, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. “At American…

January unemployment figures are topsy turvey

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer JEFFERSON CITY-Unemployment rates uniformly rose for the month of January in the five southwest Missouri counties that the Democrat regularly tracks, but how they…

Clarification

In the March 11 edition of the Democrat, it was reported that building principals for the 2015-16 school year were unanimously re-employed by the R-I Board of Education. That is…

Accident reports

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred at 8:20 p.m. on Monday, March 9, four miles east of Lamar on US 160, when a westbound…

Commission opens bids for GIS mapping system

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Another step toward purchase of a much needed Geographical Information System (GIS) was taken by the Barton County Commission at its March 9 meeting.…

Missouri Career Centers offer On-The-Job Training

Missouri Career Centers offer On-the-Job Training (OJT) to help businesses save hiring and training costs for new hires. The OJT program provides 50 percent reimbursement of the wages of workers…

Bridge completed despite inclement weather

Bridge completed despite inclement weather

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper Commissioner Dennis Wilson, nearest right, flanked by commissioners Jeff Tucker and Mike Davis, looks over the approaches and underpinning of a new bridge across Duval Creek on…