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The parents of Bart Millard were divorced when he was three years old. His mother did not want him. So Millard went to live with his father. He was abusive to him through much of his childhood. As a child, he feared his father would get upset about something and take it out on him. more
Rondo Baptist Church will host a free chili and soup supper from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Followed by the Fifth Sunday Singing with Red Letter Edition Gospel Group, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. more
Southwest Baptist University and Next Level Solutions are partnering to help address the shortage of technical workers in the Ozarks by offering technical classes at a reduced rate. The partnership decreases the cost of computer science courses at SBU’s new dual-credit program, SBU Academy.  more
Many people don’t often complain about a mild winter weather that ranges in the 50s and 60s, but as the daytime wanes, a chilly air begins to take hold and the unsheltered individuals of the community are forced to find a place to escape the bitter cold of the night. more
The loss of a loved one can have powerful effects on each of us. Berean Baptist Church will begin offering GriefShare groups, caring small groups that provide support, encouragement, and help. Meetings will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting on Tues., Jan. 10. more
See what’s going on in Polk County! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Some events may require registration or admission fees; please contact the organization for more details. more
As I write, pastors and others are laboring over a final, meaningful message for Christmas. That is as it should be. Those who are called should do their best to communicate the birth and meaning of the Savior; but words printed on paper struggle to communicate the ecstasy of the event. That is better done by poets and hymn writers. Hence, I am reprinting a Christmas message I first penned twenty years ago. God bless you, and Merry Christmas! more
Christmas Eve Services more
See what’s going on in Polk County! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Some events may require registration or admission fees; please contact the organization for more details. more
Bolivar​​​​​​​​​-area volunteers are celebrating the collection of gift-filled shoeboxes that will send a message to children around the world: God loves you, and you’re not forgotten! more
Bolivar residents are welcome to see all the sights at the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Light the Park event from 6 to 9 p.m. every evening through Friday, Dec. 30 more
See what’s going on in Polk County! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Some events may require registration or admission fees; please contact the organization for more details. more
With a warm, friendly smile, bell ringing volunteers are sharing some yuletide joy with holiday shoppers this Christmas season. more
(Jane is an employee of the Cedar County Republican Newspaper and was willing to share this story of her loss in hopes of helping others who are grieving this season.) more
Southwest Baptist University is partnering with Cedarville University to allow eligible students to be accepted into Cedarville’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. more
Winding down the fall semester, 180 Southwest Baptist University graduates are preparing for their time in the spotlight when they are recognized for completing their hard-earned degrees. more
See what’s going on in Polk County! Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Some events may require registration or admission fees; please contact the organization for more details. more
Polk County KLIFE, an organization dedicated to discipleship and ministry for area youth, held their annual Sweet Impact Banquet fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 5. more
Many Christmas traditions and events are coming to the people of Polk County. Embrace the magic of the season as Santa Claus makes his way to the local area, and enjoy craft shows, plays, and other activities to make some holiday memories. more
Choirs and instrumentalists took the stage at Southwest Baptist University’s Pike Auditorium during their 42nd annual Festival of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 4. more
The Zion Ladies Guild held their annual chicken and noodle fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 5. The guild provides funds to several area charities every year, this year they raised $3100 to be divided among the charities. Those that receive funds are House of Hope, Alpha House, Shop With A Cop, SOAR, COM, and Care to Learn, all Bolivar located charities. more
As the Christmas festivities make their way to Bolivar, many organizations and groups are bringing opportunities to spread love and cheer to those in the community who need it most. more
Polk County Cares is welcoming the community to their Open House Celebration/Ribbon Cutting event. more
Kaitlynn Dooley is becoming a well-known name among Bolivar residents, as her loved ones continue to scour any potential locations and sources in search of the missing 16-year-old. more
With Christmas spirit in the air, the Bolivar community is buzzing with numerous holiday celebrations and traditions. more
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