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Amendment 1, Right to Farm, to have statewide recount

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has ordered a statewide recount of ballots cast in the August 5 election on Constitutional Amendment 1, the…

Barton County per capita income ranks in middle of surrounding counties

Compared to the surrounding Missouri counties, Barton County ranks in the middle in per capita income and next to last in population. In a study made by the Missouri Economic…

Submissions open for Lamar Free Fair memory book

By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat The Lamar Democrat will be publishing its Lamar Free Fair memory book in the near future. While the Democrat staff was kept busy taking pictures…

Jasper man named in kidnapping

JASPER-A Jasper man was charged Monday, Aug. 25 with kidnapping, second degree domestic assault and violation of a protection order in connection with an incident that occurred the weekend before…

Veterans interested in farming can get help from MU Extension

COLUMBIA-University of Missouri Extension and the AgrAbility Project are reaching out to returning veterans who have an interest in farming. Karen Funkenbusch, MU Extension safety specialist, said the second in…

Are you a safe walker or bike rider?

By RONALD E. HAGER Chief of Police Lamar Police Department I have, for the past several months of this year, began to enjoy the pleasures of walking about the community…

Historical society to accept book submissions through September

Although materials received through the July 31 final deadline for the upcoming Barton County Missouri History and Families Book have been submitted to the publisher, the book’s sponsor says that…

Utilities committee recommends streets for resurfacing

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar City Council’s Utilities Committee has exercised a new policy in recommending streets for annual asphalt overlay. Previously, Public Works Director Norman Schipul…

Six parcels sold at annual tax sale

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-Eleven parcels of property were offered for sale at the annual delinquent tax sale, August 25, at the Barton County Courthouse. Three were in…

Bids for bridge on Southwest 90th Road far exceed estimated cost

LAMAR-When the Barton County Commission opened bids, August 25, for construction of a replacement bridge on Southwest 90th Road, commissioners were both surprised and disappointed. All three bids were substantially…