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Barton County 4-H celebrates 80th year at annual banquet

Barton County 4-H celebrates 80th year at annual banquet

The Barton County 4-H 55th Annual 4-H Recognition Banquet was held Saturday, Nov. 15, at the Lamar First Baptist Church. 4-H Program Assistant Elaine Davis welcomed 125 4-H, youth supporters,…

Area counties make sizable job gains in October

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer JEFFERSON CITY-October was a good month for job gains in Barton and surrounding Missouri counties. All five posted substantial gains in job numbers, while…

Missouri cost of living remains 16th lowest in U.S. for third quarter of 2014

JEFFERSON CITY-Missouri’s cost of living for the third quarter of 2014 dropped over half a percentage point as it remained the 16th lowest in the United States. Based on an…

Filing period for boards of education (and other offices) approaching

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer LAMAR-The Lamar R-I Board of Education has designated the office of the superintendent, 202 West Seventh Street, as the location for filing for a…

Barton County Community Fund to award first grant

The Barton County Community Fund (BCCF) is excited about awarding its first grant, with plans to do so at their second annual “Winterfest”, scheduled for January 17, 2015. The amount…

Paleo eating takes Lamar by storm

Paleo eating takes Lamar by storm

At Barton County Strength Club (BCSC) the coaches do not increase the fitness level of members solely through working out, but by nutrition as well. Exercising is fun, but to…

Lighting contest set for December 15

Have you ever noticed that time moves much faster this time of year? First, there is the anticipation of Halloween and all the candy it brings, then comes Thanksgiving with…

Hanaway makes stop at Lamar Senior Center

Hanaway makes stop at Lamar Senior Center

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper Catherine Hanaway, Republican candidate for governor in 2016, visited with County Commissioner Dennis Wilson during her stop in Lamar, November 20. She told a gathering at the…

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…