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‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive returns
The National Association of Letter Carriers will host their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive to benefit local food pantries on Saturday, May 14.  “Stamp Out …
Vehicle burns in Bolivar
Bolivar City firefighters responded to a vehicle fire in the 300 block of West Aspen Street at around 2:25 p.m. Monday, May 9.  Chief Brent Watkins said flames extensively burned the parked …
D.A.R.E. to be different
Bolivar Intermediate School fifth-graders celebrated on Wednesday, May 4, as they walked in their Drug Abuse Resistance Education — or D.A.R.E. — graduation ceremony. The program is …
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Jackson's late pass sends track champ to feature win
Kris Jackson of Lebanon overhauled Jon Sheets with six laps remaining and pulled away from there to capture Lucas Oil Speedway's spotlight feature Saturday night, May 7, in the Big RV Weekly Racing …
On the hook
The Bolivar Liberator fishing team fished in its last regular season tournament on Table Rock Lake on Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.  Coach Erin Branstetter said there were over 300 boats in …
Fair board to host meeting
The next fair board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. The board will be finalizing food trucks and making sure everything is planned out for the upcoming …
Public record for Wednesday, May 11
CRIMINAL CHARGES The following felony charges have been filed in Polk County Circuit Court:  Kamala Lynn Ennis, born 1966, Fair Play; class D felony failure to register as a sex offender, …
Gar is more than ‘trash fish’
Down through the years, gars have received little love from fishing enthusiasts in particular and humans in general. Consider this description of the fish:“It (the gar) is a wholly worthless …
NewsNotes for Wednesday, May 11
LYDIA DUNAWAY, Pleasant Hope, was recently initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Dunaway was initiated at …
Local Sports
Ferris wires late model field to capture Lucas Oil’s spring opener
Larry Ferris showed his opening-night strength, leading all the way to capture the Hermitage Lumber Late Model feature Saturday night, April 30, at Lucas Oil Speedway. Ferris, of Nevada, earned …
Battle on the blacktop
Berean Baptist Church is hosting its 8th annual Berean Blacktop Battle on Saturday, May 7. The 3-on-3 streetball tournament will take place at the Cribbs Family Youth Park, 410 W. Madison St., …
Lady Liberators drop physical match against Republic
An intense, jam-packed schedule and poor weather conditions have posed challenges for Bolivar’s girls soccer team this season.  The Lady Liberators fought hard in their third game in …
Wood harvests 21 pound turkey
Shawn Wood is pictured here with the turkey he harvested on Friday, April 22. The turkey had six beards, with his biggest beard split in two so it looked like there were seven. It weighed 21 pounds …
Lucas Oil weekly racing series begins
The Hermitage Lumber Late Model division will be in the spotlight on Saturday, April 30, as the first of 11 Big Adventure RV Weekly Racing Series programs takes to the track at Lucas Oil …
Dedication plus motivation equals success
The Bolivar Liberator tennis team continues to see success thanks to the players’ dedication and motivation. On Wednesday, April 13, the team spent the day at the Springfield Invitational …
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Opinion
It’s pretty safe to say that most people don’t like complainers.  That must be why Ben Lee is so well liked! He is usually ready to greet visitors to the Polk County Recycling …
Last week I did something that took no effort at all. I turned 49. As special occasions go, you can’t beat a birthday. No one expects you to plan for it. No one needs you to cook or shop or …
If you live in or near the southwest Missouri community of Nixa, you’ve heard of Sucker Days. You might have eaten sucker at this annual event. However, that’s where many …
I love it when something old becomes new again. And lucky for me and my fellow letter lovers, word games are not only new again, they’re cool. Even my teenagers are doing it. In case you …
Dear editor, Music instruction is going well at Bolivar Middle School. Solos and ensembles were memorized and performed recently. Professional evaluation was offered for each performance, …
School
Bolivar Middle Schoolers can now enjoy a newly decorated bathroom thanks to the BMS National Junior Honor Society.  After the new addition to the middle school two years ago, the new set of …
Southwest Baptist University recently announced upcoming residence hall renovations and a new meal plan provider on the Bolivar campus. Students can expect changes to the campus this fall semester …
Fair Play Schools will host a retirement party to honor Rene Sagaser, Betty Spitler, Kathy Scott and Steve Scott. The party will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Fair Play High School …
Rec center hires for summer season  The Bolivar Recreation and Aquatic Center is hiring for positions, including field attendants and officials, for this year’s summer sports season. …
The Humansville Band performed at the Strafford Band Festival on Thursday, April 7, and received a "I" rating. Three Humansville Middle School students also took solos to the Fair Grove Music …
Business
It’s almost time for the cows to come home, as the inaugural Missouri Beef Days event is set to kick off  Monday, May 16, and continue through Saturday, May 21, in Bolivar. Find more …
Preparations for a Missouri celebration years in the making are entering the final stretch, and it’s full steam ahead on Missouri Beef Days, May 16-21 in Bolivar. “You would not …
Bolivar’s Art Sync Gallery and Gifts hosted its Artabilities Show on Saturday, April 30. The judged art show is for those with developmental disabilities. Art Sync Gallery is located at 120 S. …
Patients at Citizens Memorial Hospital and Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center will benefit from recent donations by the CMH Auxiliary. Thirty new recliners were installed in medical/surgical and …
BTC nursing grads score perfect pass rate The faculty and staff of Bolivar Technical College are proud to announce that once again, their Practical Nursing graduates have earned a 100% pass rate …
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