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Accident report

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Joshua J Carroll, 20, Lamar, received minor injuries when the westbound 2009 Dodge Nitro he was driving struck a deer in the…

Unemployment rate changes during past year

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer Most of the Missouri counties that bound Barton County experienced small declines in their unemployment rates over the past year ending in September. The…

Drug bust sends wanted fugitive to jail

A wanted fugitive is behind bars after an undercover drug operation was conducted just outside of Nevada late Tuesday evening, Nov. 18. According to a press release from the Vernon…

Setting your thermostat, and erasing some old myths

JEFFERSON CITY-The Missouri Public Service Commission does more than just allow privately owned (investor owned) utilities to raise their rates month after month or year after year (as some people…

Council hears recommendations from audit

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar City Council listened to a series of recommendations from the recent audit conducted by Decker and DeGood, CPAs from Springfield. Nothing from…

Empire District customers to see fuel adjustment charge decrease

JEFFERSON CITY-The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a request filed by the Empire District Electric Company to lower the fuel adjustment charge on the monthly bills of its electric…

Farmer’s market board members and vendors hold dinner

Board members and vendors of the 10th Street Community Farmer’s Market met at the Wolf Center in Lamar on Thursday, Nov. 6 for a potluck dinner. Those in attendance brought…

Several cases of pertussis reported in community

The Barton County Health Department has recently received reports of several cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the community. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease spread by air droplets from…

Fire destroys home on south edge of Liberal

Fire destroys home on south edge of Liberal

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper An intense fire of unknown origin destroyed a home on the south edge of Liberal, Friday, Nov. 14. The owners and occupants, Marty and Marsha Werner, were…

Johanson presents Veterans’ Day program at West Elementary

Johanson presents Veterans’ Day program at West Elementary

Various Veterans’ Day gatherings and assemblies were held throughout Barton County this past week. West Elementary honored the servicemen and women by displaying personal stars in the hallway, with each…