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Job numbers decline in March, Barton County loses 70

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer   JEFFERSON CITY-Of the five counties, including Barton and the surrounding four Missouri counties, only Jasper County escaped a loss of jobs in March.…

Commission and ambulance board meet to iron out uses of building

By RICHARD COOPER   Democrat staff writer   LAMAR-A nine-year gentlemen’s agreement between the Barton County Ambulance Board and Barton County Emergency Management on use of the ambulance building is…

MoDOT releases road construction for 2014

The southwest district of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has released the construction schedule for roads and highways for the remainder of 2014. Below is the schedule for Barton…

Commemorative walkway fraught with numerous problems

Commemorative walkway fraught with numerous problems

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper   The commemorative walkway on the northwest corner of the Barton County Courthouse lawn, a centennial project of the Rotary Club in 2005, has been fraught with…

Masonic Lodge sponsors free child ID program

Masonic Lodge sponsors free child ID program

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger Fifty-six children were processed through MoCHIP, a free child ID program that was held Saturday, April 26, at the Lamar Masonic Lodge. Thirty volunteers made this event…

Market features Indian dancers as part of Earth Day celebration

Market features Indian dancers as part of Earth Day celebration

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger This young Indian maiden danced the Jingle Dance at Earth Day festivities held Saturday, April 26, at the 10th Street Community Farmers’ Market in Lamar. She was…

Seat belts do their job

Seat belts do their job

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Tuesday, April 22, regarding a two vehicle car accident that had occurred at the intersection of NW 90th Lane and NW…

Neighbors awareness assists sheriff’s office

The Barton County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a theft in progress on Friday, April 25. A neighbor followed the suspect’s vehicle, which was a small S10 style Chevrolet…

Accident report

A one vehicle accident occurred at 12:20 p.m. on Sunday, April 27, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report. A 2005 Ford Taurus, being driven by Alice L Hoover,…

Soccer ball mushroom

Soccer ball mushroom

Photo courtesy of Larry Dablemount This red beefsteak mushroom, a type of morel, is as large as a soccer ball when compared to the 13 inch turkey call by its…