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Crop reporting deadline is fast approaching

The Barton County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) would like to remind producers that the annual crop certification deadlines are quickly approaching. For all hay, pasture and wheat, this is…

Barton County Farm Bureau announces Clean Stall Award winners

Barton County Farm Bureau announces Clean Stall Award winners

The Barton County Farm Bureau sponsored the Clean Stall Award during the Lamar Free Fair. Pictured are, back row, left to right, Gary Smith, Rick Morgan and Rocky McCulloch; front…

Barton County “growth building” fund is being addressed

Barton County “growth building” fund is being addressed

The need for a Barton County “growth building” fund is being addressed by volunteer-based steering committee. With the realization that a plan is needed to keep Barton County’s assets in…

Good news and bad news at Lamar council meeting

By RICHARD COOPER   Democrat staff writer   LAMAR-It required 13 years to accomplish, but City Administrator Lynn Calton was able to tell the city council, Monday night, “We are…

MGE files winter natural gas rates

KANSAS CITY-Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) has filed its winter rates with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The proposed rates are $.04 lower per hundred cubic feet than the rate charged…

Expect to receive tax statements about November 1

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer   LAMAR-Barton County Collector-Treasurer Barba Parrish has announced that 2013 tax statements will go into the mail to Barton County taxpayers at the end…

Lamar Heights proposes surplus budget for 2014

Lamar Heights-Since the Lamar Heights Board of Aldermen meets quarterly, its meeting of October 9 was the last for calendar year 2013. Therefore, Mayor Jerry Marti presented a proposed budget…

Salary commission rejects COLA

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer   LAMAR-Concern about the likelihood of additional expenses to be faced by the county budget, the Barton County Salary Commission rejected a motion to…

AOK faces new chapter; Lack of grant award forces downsizing

About Our Kids, Inc, a Barton County youth development service, was notified recently that none of six grant applications submitted in 2013 were awarded, temporarily ending a successful string of…

Lamar resident brings home six medals from world shooting competition

Lamar resident brings home six medals from world shooting competition

By RICHARD COOPER   Democrat staff writer   LAMAR-Lee Shaver has been involved in some form of competitive shooting for 40 years or more, long range shooting for 20 years,…