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Budget Committee begins work on proposed deficit for 2015-16

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The city council’s Public Expenditures (budget) Committee held its first meeting, June 3, facing a proposed deficit of $158,340. When all city departments submitted…

Police Chief Ron Hager placed on administrative leave

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-A key figure in Lamar city government, Ron Hager, has been placed on administrative leave by the city. The action was taken at about…

Stronger Schools for a Stronger Lockwood to meet

LOCKWOOD-The Lockwood R-I School District is proposing a 60 cent increase in its operating levy on the August 4 ballot. On Tuesday, June 16, the Stronger Schools for a Stronger…

May was a soaker and catchup month

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-After six consecutive months of sub-normal precipitation, May was a catchup month. It didn’t catch up with all of the deficiency, but reduced it…

Commission must renew banking services for county offices

LAMAR-County Clerk Kristina Crockett has assembled the banking needs of county offices, and they have been incorporated in the solicitation of bids to provide banking services for those offices for…

Structure fire determined to be set intentionally

Structure fire determined to be set intentionally

JASPER-The Jasper Police Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 451 W. Grand Ave. in Jasper, at 5:44 a.m. on Thursday, May 28. The Jasper Fire Department and the…

Many gather for Golden City Metropolitan National Bank grand opening

Many gather for Golden City Metropolitan National Bank grand opening

Melissa Little/Lamar Democrat A good crowd was on hand Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to join in celebrating the grand opening of Metropolitan National Bank at…

Barton and surrounding counties add jobs in April

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer JEFFERSON CITY-In April, more persons were searching for jobs in Barton and the surrounding four Missouri counties, and more were finding them. Barton County…

Missouri Department of Conservation holds open house

Missouri Department of Conservation holds open house

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) held an open house, May 28, in Veterans Memorial Hall to gain citizen input on conservation needs in Barton County. Seven…

Nineteen days with “Little Guy”

Nineteen days with “Little Guy”

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer We didn’t give him a name, just a casual reference when we checked on his well being. “Little Guy” was one reference, “Little One”…