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The Bolivar School District has implemented water testing at each of its buildings this Fall. The tests check for levels of lead in the water as part of the state's "Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act." Last year, Missouri passed legislation requiring school drinking water to be tested and action steps to be taken if there are more than five parts per billion (ppb) of lead in the water, which is three times stricter than the Environmental Protection Agency’s standard of 15 ppb. more
This year OACAC with the support of several local businesses, organizations and individuals, were able to help provide over 120 Thanksgiving meals for Polk County families. With the help of volunteers the meals were able to be picked up at COM by driving through. OACAC feels so fortunate to have the support of so many that make this annual event a huge success. more
BOLIVAR, Mo - At the November 16th meeting of the Bolivar School Board, Dr. Richard Asbill, Superintendent of Bolivar Schools, announced that he will retire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. The school board approved his retirement. Dr. Asbill has served as the Superintendent of Bolivar Schools for the past three school years. more
Two 100-year-old veterans from among the “Greatest Generation” found themselves at the same Veterans Day event hosted last week by the high school they both attended. Graduates of the Marion C. Early class of 1941 and World War II veterans Harlin Sell and Doyal “Spike” Lindsey returned to their alma mater among dozens of military honorees at the school’s annual Veterans Day event. “The MCE Veterans Day Assembly is our favorite event we host and to have not one, but two MCE alum and WWII veterans made this day extra special,” said MCE Superintendent, Josh Angel. High School Principal, Justin Crumpley added, “We were just so excited and honored to have these two American Heros on campus for this year's Veterans Day assembly.” more
The annual ceremony honoring our veterans was held on the square on Saturday, Nov. 11. more
The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2023 Business of the Year and 2023 Community Partner of the Year at the chamber’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9. more
Shop local during Bolivar’s Christmas Open House Nov. 10 and 11 more
Halloween 2023 brought out goblins of all ages to the Bolivar square to trick-or-treat and have an all around fun night, visiting several businesses handing out goodies, going to haunted houses and socializing with other goblins. more
Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek visited with local leaders on Monday, Oct. 30, at the Polk County Courthouse in Bolivar. He discussed the local impact of the MOBUCK$ low interest loan program, and shared his plan to work on legislation that would expand the successful program’s capacity. more
A major Bolivar School District project, five years in the making, is completed. more
Crews have working daily repaving and repairing city streets. The work is ongoing so be ready for detours and slow traffic in areas where the workers are busy. more
Halloween is upon us and Bolivar and the surrounding towns are gearing up to welcome trick-or-treaters to their community by hosting some fun events. more
The Ozark Mountain Conference has announced its approval of Hillcrest High School’s application to compete in the 2024-2025 school year. more
Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation recently accepted a gift of $5,000 from the CMH Auxiliary board of directors for the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH. more
Halloween is upon us and Bolivar and the surrounding towns are gearing up to welcome trick-or-treaters to their community by hosting some fun events. more
Preparation for Polk County Christian Social Ministries annual Share Your Christmas program is underway. This is the 38th year for PCCSM to sponsor Share Your Christmas. What began as giving out a single bag of groceries and no gift bags to families in need in 1985, the program has grown into an abundance of gifts for every child as well as gift bags for adults and groceries for the families. more
Do you have a fun festival, awesome activity, or spectacular spookfest happening for Halloween? Let us know! The BH-FP wants to get the word out about your event. Send your information to news@bolivarmonews.com and we will publish your ghostly gathering. more
BOLIVAR, MO — The City of Bolivar’s Citizens Commission, Board of Aldermen and staff have been hard at work the past several weeks. more
Fall is showing off and whether it's a drive in the country or a walk around the city park, the colors of fall make it a beautiful way to spend an afternoon.  more
Polk County Christian School will be celebrating Veterans Day again with a special program. They are inviting veterans in their PCCS families as well as other veterans in the community to join them on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. This will be a time of celebration, as well as a time to remind students and guests about the importance of our veterans. more
On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information stating Jess Rush, a felon on parole, possessed a black, semi-automatic, 9mm pistol in Polk County, Missouri. Jess Rush is on parole after receiving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of Trudy Darby in Camden County in 1991. more
Eden Kallberg, the daughter of Phil and Sarah Kallberg, faces a daunting health crisis that would be difficult for any adult to face — not to mention a little girl less than two years old. more
Southwest Baptist University alumni and friends will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, Oct.6 and Saturday, Oct. 7 on the Bolivar campus. more
Thursday, Sept. 28 saw important people from Bolivar, surrounding areas, and throughout the state gather at the parking lot of CMH for the groundbreaking ceremony for the hospital’s 117 thousand square foot expansion building. The addition will add an operating room, nine ER rooms, two cardiac units, an expanded cafeteria, and labs. more
Bolivar Herald-Free Press announces the hire of new editor, Nicole Emmons. more
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