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Collins Sex Offender Sentenced to 17 Years for Child Pornography
A Collins, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography on his cell phone.
Pictured left to right: Les Hopkins, Donna Hopkins, Beverly Stevens, Riley Cushard, Keith Stevens, Gage Cushard, Kalyn Cushard and Kyle Cushard.


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Keith Stevens Receives Cattleman of the year recognition
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association recognized a Bolivar cattle producer as the 2023 Cattleman of the Year at the 56th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show on Jan. 20, 2024, at Osage Beach. Keith Stevens was presented the award for his commitment to advancing the Missouri beef industry.
Davie Kaudle.


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CMH Senior Health Center is celebrating 20 years Open house is Friday, Jan. 26
The Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) Senior Health Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. The Center is at 1840 W. Broadway St. in Bolivar.
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College of the Ozarks releases Dean and President’s Lists for Fall 2023
POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks has released the official President’s and Dean’s Lists for the Fall 2023 semester.
CMH Hospice to host bereavement support group classes
Citizens Memorial Hospice will host bereavement support group classes starting Tuesday, March 5, at 9 a.m. at Lime Bank, CMH Community Room 2, 1630 S. Killingsworth Ave., in Bolivar.
“Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba – To the Hashira Training”
NOTE: This Japanese film is available in both “subbed” and “dubbed” versions. This review is based on the “subbed” version - Japanese spoken with English subtitles. Prior to “Hashira Training,” my exposure to the “Demon Slayer” anime series was limited to the 2020 film “Mugen Train.” Well, that and all the cosplayers I see every day dressed up in the green-and- black checkered pattern of main character Tanjiro (Natsuki Hanae), but “Mugen Train” was the only media. It should be noted, therefore, that I am not the target audience for this movie. The target audience is people that are already familiar with “Demon Slayer” lore, especially Season Three of the television show. I was largely lost having only seen “Mugen Train,” and I can’t imagine the difficulty of getting into the series based on this movie alone.
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Mason McCurry with his medal.


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Wresting at state
The 2023-2024 Wrestling season ended at the MSHSAA State Championships on February 23- 24 in Columbia MO at the Mizzou Arena. Bolivar had four qualifiers, Sydney Waters (29-13), Maddux NeSmith (31-11), Cooper Moore (42-4) and Mason McCurry (41-4). They ended the state tournament with two state placers.   Cooper Moore (144-pound wt. class) won by fall over Robert Buehre (Festus), won by decision over Leo Buchheit (North Point), and won by fall over Austin Hunter (Ft. Zumwalt South) which took him to the Finals. He lost by major decision to an undefeated Cody Culp (Hannibal) and brought home the silver medal. 
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Shuler signs with Mid-America Nazarene University
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.
Drake Durham goes hard to the basket.


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Log-Rog cruises to 75-42 victory
Thursday, Feb. 22, the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats (23-3) rolled into Bolivar to compete in the last regular season game for both teams.
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Enjoying spring peepers is a listening experience, not a visual one.
It is the fourth subzero day of January as I put pen to paper, every day of which I have devoted to mining for inspiration for my February columns.
Mom and daughter hit some turbulence
It was a good idea for “Bob Marley: One Love” to open on Valentine’s Day. Not just because there hadn’t been a decent box office performer in weeks (and even “Mean Girls and “The Beekeeper” were only mild hits) and the market was ripe for a takeover. Not just because the holiday weekend needed a blockbuster and “Madame Web” wasn’t up to the task. But because the movie had “Love” in its title, it could dominate the couples’ scene on Wednesday and ride that insurmountable lead to winning the weekend. The result was a domestic take of over $50 million, enough to already make it the 2nd-biggest movie of the year, behind only “Mean Girls,” which it will probably overtake before the week is out. The film can be associated with a brilliant commercial decision, but not so much its creative ones.
I’ve never depended on farming for my bread and butter, but I can thank FFA —Future Farmers of America, in my day — for launching my career as a journalist.
School
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.
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Monday, March 4 — Biscuits and gravy, sausage, cheese omelet, fresh fruit.
Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation invites the community to participate in the annual Heroes for Hospice Race presented by Craig Lehman-Shelter Insurance on Saturday, May 4.
The loss of a loved one can have powerful effects on each of us. If you are looking for a caring small group in which to find support, encouragement, and help, then our
How well do you know Polk County?
The Bolivar CTA is hosting the annual School Board Candidate Forum on Monday, March 18 in the Bolivar Board Room at the Central Office. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. with general questions, break for a Meet & Greet with the Candidates then, conclude with submitted questions and closing comments.
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