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Bolivar’s Board of Aldermen voted to place a sunset clause on the upcoming City of Bolivar public safety sales tax initiative — otherwise known as Proposition Public Safety — which will appear on the April municipal ballot. more
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Michael Wayne Brockert

Jan. 17, 2024

Michael Wayne Brockert, 76, passed peacefully into eternal life with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Jan. 17, 2024. He was born in Humansville, graduated from Bolivar High School, received his B.S. in Business Administration from Southwest Missouri State University, and earned an MBA from UMKC.

Mike served in the National Guard as a Medic, and he began his career as a Computer Programmer at the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis. He continued his career as an IT Management Consultant for Arthur Young & Co. and worked for a number of years as a Sprint an Information Technology Manager and as a Consultant.

Mike and his wife Vicki enjoyed traveling and working from coast to coast together in IT for many years. Mike concluded his career as a national IT Management Consultant on engagements in Florida and Silicon Valley, California. He was an avid KC Royals and Chiefs fan and enjoyed living in Jacksonville Beach Florida and traveling to Hawaii and Europe. During retirement, Mike was active in politics and promoted progressive ideas.

He is survived by his wife Vicki; brothers Ed (Gerri) Brockert and Larry Brockert; sister-in-law Cheri Prewitt; children Jeff (Heather) Brockert, Dan Brockert, Jacquie (Adam) Rollins, Julie (Phillip) Gardner; and his beloved grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to City Union Mission. We will hold Mike’s memory in our hearts forever.

The Dunnegan Rural Fire Department will hold their annual meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Station #1, located in Dunnegan at the corner of Hwy 123 and A Hwy in Polk County. more
Jordan Sukovaty more
The Polk County Extension Center will be holding a Private Pesticide Applicator Training on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the Polk County Fairgrounds, 4560 S.100 Road, Bolivar. The class will start at 6 p.m. and conclude around 9 p.m. There is no cost for the training. Terry Halleran, Regional Agronomy Specialist, will facilitate the training. more
The Bolivar Community Teachers Association is now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 student-teaching scholarship. Bolivar High School graduates currently involved in a student-teaching experience should contact Renee Shelenhamer at Bolivar Primary School 417-326-5247 or rshelenhamer@bolivarschools.org for an application. more
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ST. PETERS, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Agriculture, Food and Forestry Innovation Center offer a one-day workshop Saturday, Feb. 17, in St. Peters at the MU Extension Center in St. Charles County. more
The Economic Development Partnership – Bolivar and Polk County, MO would like to share an opportunity available to area residents and budding entrepreneurs. more
Eagle viewing opportunities at Lake Springfield Boathouse are also part of event. more
Of all the pop culture institutions to be canceled, ended, or otherwise shut down by the pandemic in 2020, the permanent closure of the “Mean Girls” Broadway musical was perhaps the one that disappointed me the most. I’m not sure why it wasn’t brought back post-pandemic – ticket sales had clearly been healthy enough to keep me from scoring cheap seats during its two-year run – all I knew was that the show was gone and I had missed all 833 chances to see it live. more
John and Kerry Skidmore were married on Jan. 12, 1964, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Springfield. They have been blessed with three sons, John V. II of Alamo, California, Michael Skidmore of Bixby, Oklahoma and Marshall Skidmore of Jacksonville, Florida. John II and wifeTeri have three children, John III, Lauren and Lindsey. Michael and wife Julie have three daughters, Emily, Elizabeth and Mariah. John has been a banker in this area for many years and is now busy as a real estate broker. Wife Kerry is a retired minister, songwriter and author. The Skidmores currently reside in Collins. more
Applications for the Riedesel Charitable Trust scholarships given to seniors and graduates of Fair Play School District are now available. Renewal applications also are being accepted. more
Monday, Jan. 22 — Biscuits and gravy, sausage, cheese omelet, fresh fruit. more
Writer turns to a life of crime more
Runners are getting in shape for the 45th annual Polar Bear Run set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 17. Deadline to register is Feb. 7 to receive a commemorative sweatshirt. more
This Valentine’s Day, Citizens Memorial Hospice will be showing love for Hospice patients and families through their “Hug in a Mug” charity event. more
The construction crew at Mid-Missouri Bank have had less than favorable weather conditions to continue their work on the renovations taking place at the bank. But they have been on the job throughout whatever Mother Nature throws at them. The bank is undergoing renovations inside and out and are expecting a target date of mid-May for completion.  more
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