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Long time SBU tennis coach John Bryant is set to be inducted into the 2024 MIAA Hall of Fame.

Bryant was inducted into the SBU Hall of Fame in 1982 and 42-years later he becomes the second SBU inductee into the MIAA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction will occur during the MIAA Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 3, in the Music Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center.

City of Bolivar works with stakeholders to intervene in Liberty rate hike

In light of news about proposed water and wastewater rate increases by Liberty Utilities, the City of Bolivar and its elected officials are taking steps to intervene on behalf of the community’s citizens.
Oliver and Elaine Pearson were excited to get to pose with the Governor.


Visiting with the Governor

Saturday, March 16, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson visited with Polk County supporters at a book signing prior to the Rayl Family Library grand opening. 
Tim Francka.


CMH Foundation announces leadership changes

Tim Francka was named the administrative director of long-term care at Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. He oversees all CMH Foundation long-term care, residential care and independent living facilities.

Board of Equalization

Rita Lemmon, Assessor of Polk County, announces that the board of equalization will begin meeting at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, at the office of the Polk County Commission to hear those who disagree with the values of real estate established by the assessor for tax year 2024. The board tentatively plans to conclude the hearings by 12 p.m. on Friday, July 19.

Governor Mike Parson Proclaims June as Dairy Month

The proclamation ceremony took place Monday, June 10, in Jefferson City.


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Summer time - fun time

Have a summer event coming up? Summer ball leagues, church events, tournaments, holiday events - spread the word.



Barbara Sue Horton Francka

Barbara Sue Horton Francka

BMS Football camp

The BMS Football team is excited to get to work this Summer in preparation for their season. If you are an incoming 7th or 8th grader at BMS and are interested in playing football in the Fall, the dates below are important. For 7th graders and those new to the program, during this week we will start learning our offense and defense, and we will also be learning plays and the different position skills on both offense and defense. By making it to camp, you will be ahead of the game when practices start on August 16th.

Bluegill - popular among anglers

Bluegill may not be the largest fish you’ll find in area streams and ponds, but in terms of popularity, they’re high on the lists of many Ozark anglers. This is the time of year many Ozarkers add fishing for bluegill to their list of favored pastimes because now is when we’re getting into the primary spawning period for this member of the sunfish family. In terms of length (up to 10 inches) and weight (usually around 12 ounces or less), bluegill might be considered rather small in comparison with other species area anglers like to catch (crappie, bass, etc.). However, the fish’s fighting ability and the tastiness of its filets are two reasons this species is so popular among anglers.

Logan Turner 1 of 46 Student-Athletes Nationwide to Receive NCAA DII Scholarship

Bearcat football kicker Logan Turner added to his accolades as he is one of 46 student-athletes across the Nation to earn a Division II 50th Anniversary Scholarship. The NCAA Division II announced on Monday evening at the Division II Festival that Turner is the sole male recipient from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Payson Reisner.


Staying on track for a record breaking year

“What a wonderful finish to a great year,” said Coach Daniel Bayless, “in fact, this was a record year for our performance at the state level. Bayless has recorded every All-State athlete Bolivar has ever had in Track and Field since MSHSAA started the state competition back in the 1930s. “This year, 2024, tied with 2011 for achieving the most All-State honors. Both years we earned All-State in five events, but in 2011 Bolivar was a Class 3 school. Now we are competing at the class 4 level with bigger schools. Like I said, a record-breaking year.”

Get hooked with MDC Free Fishing Days

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days on June 8 and 9. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag. Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.
Liberators showing their pride for the star spangled to start championship play.


Liberator tennis caps off a great season capturing 2nd place at state

Saturday, May 25, saw four of the best Class 1 tennis programs in Missouri square off for the state championship.
Pictured front row left to right: Britni Coffey, Teresa Cornell, Sharon Coffey and Kristy Brown. Back row: Keegan Coffey, Kelly Coffey, Kyler Coffey and Keith Brown.


Tee time for St. Judes

Saturday, May 18, was a perfect day for the Kenny Coffey Memorial Golf Tournament at the Bolivar City Golf Club. The tournament was organized by friends and family of the late Kenny Coffey with the proceeds going to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. “We had a wonderful turn out for the tournament,” said Tom Wilson one of the organizers of the event, “and was excited to raise $6100 to be sent to St. Judes. We all want to give a big thank you to all the sponsors that went above and beyond helping make this such a success!”

Lady Liberators End Season in Semifinals

The Lady Liberators closed their 2024 season on the pitch last week in a double overtime loss to Clinton in the semifinal round.

Rex Brown award winners

SBU athletics department announced Issac Scroggins and Kallyn Stumbo as this years’ Rex Brown award winners as announced at the 2nd annual Purple Carpet Premiere.

On Tuesday, March 5, the Bolivar Liberators were looking to bring the amazing energy and teamwork that powered them through the district tournament to the state sectional game with Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School of Columbia.
The Lady Knights of Polk County Christian School were recognized as state champions in division 4 for the girls Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association ( MCSAA) basketball state championship.
The third seed in District 10 Class 4, the Bolivar Liberators challenged their neighbors the Buffalo Bison (4-20).
The Shuler family is excited to announce that Connor Shuler, a Pleasant Hope High School ‘24 graduate, will be continuing his basketball career with Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.
We have all seen the movie with the perfect girl and the man who falls for her; she is beautiful, kind, and can spout some obscure quote from a poem or book, which happens to be the exact quote he memorized from the same book. It must be destiny.
Auditions continue for the annual Polk County’s Got Talent show, an event that recognizes local talent and raises funds for Community Outreach Ministries.
Not too many years ago could be found on many dairy farmers’ calendars the telephone number of their “cow breeder.”
A bustling house is great for events like BBQs, Christmas parties, or an occasional shindig. However, a quiet home is best for the rest!
Most of the time, I think I do a fairly good job at finding ways to reuse items. My youngest grandson, Kolin, is at the fun age of three and full of questions about why he is planting seeds with grandma in yogurt containers or empty egg cartons or the clear plastic container that cookies came in. He is growing up thinking that is a normal occurrence. It is thrifty, I suppose, but I still get a kick out of reusing things that typically end up in the trash and so many of these types of items can’t be recycled, so it is a win/win.
As summer vacation comes to a close, it’s almost that time of year when parents rush to the stores for supplies and teachers dress up their classrooms to welcome back fresh-faced students.
While donations of supplies have poured in, organizers of Saturday’s Tenth Annual Polk County Back to School Extravaganza say more are always needed.
A Missouri State University student from Halfway was awarded for her success at the 2023 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Collegiate National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 22-25.
Registration for all Humansville R-IV students will take place Aug. 9 through Aug.11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration packets will be available for parent pick up starting Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Sullivan Bank in Pleasant Hope will be doing a school supply drive for the Pleasant Hope School District.
Robert Lee “Lucky” Jenkins
Grace Fellowship Baptist Church will host a Celebration of Freedom on Sunday, June 30. In appreciation of the service from veterans, military, law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical (EMS), doctors and nurses, emergency communications and all their family members
Phil and Pam Morgan will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Rondo Baptist Church as part of the “Amen” Ministry Tour. The presentation combines close family harmony with accomplished instrumentals for a fun, motivational experience. A love offering will be taken.
Citizens Memorial Hospice will host bereavement support group classes starting Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. at CMH Community Room 2 at LimeBank, located at 1630 S. Killingsworth Ave., in Bolivar.
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