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Balek to serve Jasper and adjoining counties

SPRINGFIELD-Robert Balek was recently hired by University of Missouri Extension as a horticulture specialist working in Jasper and surrounding counties. According to Jay Chism, regional director for MU Extension, Balek…

Lamar Bank & Trust: The Lifeblood of the Community

Lamar Bank and Trust Company was recently recognized as a 5-Star Superior Bank by BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., the nation’s bank rating firm. Earning this highest 5-Star rating for…

OATS has grateful thoughts of the season

By DORRIS MAYFIELD Winter has arrived with grateful thoughts of the season! Southwest Region OATS continues the opportunity of providing transportation service for medical and personal needs to the Barton…

Libri Foundation Grant awarded to Barton County Library

Libri Foundation Grant awarded to Barton County Library

The Barton County Library was recently awarded a Libri Foundation Grant in the amount of $1,050, designated for children’s books at the Hylton Library in Golden City. Metropolitan Bank of…

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…