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Santa needs letters
Calling all kids! Santa Claus needs letters from you! The Bolivar Herald-Free Press will publish letters to Santa in the Wednesday, Dec. 22, edition.  Letters can be sent to the newspaper …
Bolivar Middle School names first-quarter honor roll
Bolivar Middle School recently released its first-quarter honor roll. According to a school news release, the following students earned spots on the list: High honor roll   Eighth …
NewsNotes for Wednesday, Dec. 1
FAIR PLAY HIGH SCHOOL recently announced it was selected to participate in the new Missouri Postsecondary Advising Initiative, which will place trained advisors into high schools, alongside current …
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Crash injures Bolivar woman
A Bolivar woman suffered serious injuries in a crash northeast of Bolivar on Sunday, Nov. 28.  A Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report stated Dessa N. Schroeder, 33, was eastbound on …
Polk County scoreboard for Wednesday, Dec. 1
GIRLS BASKETBALL Nov. 19 Halfway 32 Stoutland 59 Humansville 34 School of the Ozarks 30 Nov. 22 Fair Play 36 Lockwood 41 Halfway 31 Pleasant Hope 33 Humansville 26 Niangua …
No tapping out
Bolivar High School’s boys wrestling team won the first district championship in BHS history last season. “I thought that the team did outstanding last season,” Jeff Davis …
Bring Christmas to the boys ranch
Area residents once again have an opportunity to help make Christmas a reality for the residents of Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.  For the 13th year, the Bolivar Herald-Free Press has partnered …
‘The light of Christmas’
The community is hoping to share “the light of Christmas” at the county’s first ever nighttime Christmas parade set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.  For those hoping to join …
ECC, SBU sign articulation agreement for A.A. in Teaching transfer opportunities
Southwest Baptist University is partnering with another college to help get future teachers into classrooms.    According to a news release, East Central College and SBU signed an …
Local Sports
Just keep swimming
Bolivar High School’s girls swim program leaped forward last season — setting new records and seeing its swimmers “make state consideration cuts for some of our relays,” coach …
SBU basketball opens strong
Southwest Baptist University men's basketball team wrapped up its tournament hosted by Missouri Southern State University Saturday, Nov. 20, taking on former MIAA foe Pittsburg State. The Bearcats …
Polk County scoreboard
BASKETBALL    Nov. 19    Girls    Halfway 32             Stoutland 59 Humansville 34      …
Sports briefs
Bolivar soccer players receives titles Bolivar soccer coach Steve Fast recently announced the titles some of his soccer players received this season. Luke Richards and Andrew Lewis were named …
Back in action
Polk County’s girls varsity basketball teams are hitting the courts again to start a new season. Fair Play, Halfway, Humansville, Morrisville and Pleasant Hope are preparing for new schedules …
Bouncing back into action
Bolivar High School’s basketball team finished the 2020-21 season 16-13, making it to the Class 5 state championship game. It was a very “enjoyable” and “special” …
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Opinion
To celebrate Thanksgiving 2021, here are 21 things the pandemic has made me more thankful for this year: 21) Movie theatres: I didn’t realize how much I’d miss sitting in a big room …
I keep hearing the term “new normal” and am not particularly fond of it. I wasn’t tired of the old one yet. Even Mother Nature throws her options in the mix occasionally, just to …
Among my most prized books is a tattered copy of a late 19th century tome titled “Table, Home and Health.” Passed down to me through a succession of grandmothers, it contains hundreds …
This column isn’t about beer goggles, but let’s start there. Just in case you’ve never worn them or heard the term, here’s a quick definition. “Beer goggles” …
Concerned parent My name is Rex Groves, and I am a very concerned yet aggravated parent of two children in the Fair Play school district.  First of all, the school and the staff members …
School
Southwest Baptist University will host two winter commencement ceremonies — one ceremony for bachelor and graduate degree recipients at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, and one for associate degree …
At Bolivar R-1’s Thursday, Nov. 18, school board meeting, the board approved implementing a Cox Health telemedicine program within four of the district’s main …
BOLIVAR TECHNICAL COLLEGE recently announced it has partnered with Slingshot for student textbooks.  According to a college news release, Slingshot is a textbook shop that offers several …
The future of Southwest Baptist University's accreditation is now in question, after the Higher Learning Commission announced this week it has placed the university on probation. In a public …
MARION C. EARLY recently named its elementary students of the month for October. • • • SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY THEATER will present “As it is in Heaven,” …
Business
For decades, Gary Fulbright worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Citizens Memorial Hospital. For the last several years, he has served as the hospital’s Chief Executive …
Citizens Memorial Hospital and Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation established a new minimum wage of $12.65 starting in November. Per a news release, this is a multimillion dollar investment in …
A farm tax school workshop will be offered at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at the Polk County Extension Center, 110 E. Jefferson St., Bolivar.  The link for registration is …
Three days left to sign up for Share Your Christmas Time is running out for those who wish to sign up for the annual Share Your Christmas distribution sponsored by Polk County Christian Social …
A new community events calendar is now featured on the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce website, bolivarchamber.com.  Businesses, organizations, churches, schools, and other groups may add …
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