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JEFFERSON CITY –After two years in a row of more than 1,000 fatalities on Missouri’s roadways, Gov. Mike Parson signed the Siddens Bening Hands-Free Law, prohibiting all drivers from using a handheld electronic communication device while driving, effective Monday, Aug. 28. more
Front row left to right: Amanda Bryant (4th grade teacher), Cindy Hawkins (5th grade teacher), Ida Dean (Kitchen staff), Tammy Highly(7-12 Title teacher). more
The first annual PHR6 Academy was held on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 9 and 10. more
At just 50 years of age, a former sports reporter for the Bolivar Herald-Free Press passed away last week. more
Sending off summer with a splash, Polk County Library gave local families a chance to get in some fun in the sun at its annual Wet ‘n Wild event on Thursday, July 27. Library staff prepared free food, water play, and other outdoor activities for over one hundred individuals. more
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. more
While donations of supplies have poured in, organizers of Saturday’s Tenth Annual Polk County Back to School Extravaganza say more are always needed. more
An unknown caller has been contacting businesses in the Polk County area under the guise of the Bolivar Wrestling Team. more
The Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center at CMH will celebrate its 15th anniversary Thursday, Aug. 24, with a come-and-go celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the cancer center. Oncology patients, their families, donors and the community are invited to enjoy refreshments, door prizes and a photo booth. more
Cleaner households, happier lives. That’s the aim of Jeff and Shawna Wright, a couple from Pleasant Hope who have recently set up their new Aerus location on the Bolivar square, selling vacuum cleaners, water filtration systems, and air purifiers. more
LimeBank recently announced that Russ Batten, a banker and businessman, is joining LimeBank as a commercial lender. Russ will be working at the organization’s Bolivar location beginning August 1, 2023. more
Bolivar Technical College (BTC) has proudly announced an extraordinary accomplishment — 100% of their Registered Nurse (RN) graduates from the May cohort have successfully passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). more
Citizens Memorial Hospital and Polk County Health Center have collaborated with Westlake Ace Hardware and Children’s Miracle Network to provide free car seat checks on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to noon at Westlake Ace Hardware, 2300 S. Springfield Ave., in Bolivar.  more
Missouri Memory Center at Citizens Memorial Hospital participated in the Eli Lilly and Company international clinical trial of Donanemab, whose full results were shared Monday, July 17, at the 2023 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and simultaneously published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). more
Due to recent rainfall in the area, the Bolivar City Fire Department and the Polk County Commision lifted the citywide and county-wide burn bans on Monday, July 24. more
Even on hot summer days, families in Polk County have been beating the heat at the Cribbs Family Youth Park with water play and a free meal. more
A new transportation and courier service is now available to the local community. Precision Cab Company was recently founded by Kody and Dee Crawford, owners of the Bolivar-based bowling alley K&D Lanes, located at 1827 W Broadway St. more
Bolivar recently gained a new store called Hominy Creek Boutique, owned and operated by Lisa Barham of Halfway. more
A late Bolivar physician left behind years of hard work and laughter with his colleagues and a lasting legacy in the community. more
Well-known traveler Steve Fugate, a native of Florida, visited Bolivar last week while on his ninth walk across the United States, having already covered over 49,000 miles of walking. more
Representative Mark Alford from Missouri took some time to converse with employees at the Break Time convenience store in Bolivar on Thursday, July 6. more
Mayor Christopher D. Warwick of Bolivar has thrown his hat into the ring for state representative. The district includes all of Polk County and a portion of Hickory County. A Republican, he will appear on the August 2024 primary ballot to face off against any fellow Republican candidates. Currently, Warwick is the first to publicly announce his campaign. more
The Bolivar City Fire Department responded to Parkview Health Care Facility, 119 W. Forest Street in Bolivar, on Monday, July 10, for reports of smoke in the building. more
The Bolivar City Fire Department and the Polk County Commission have issued burn bans for Bolivar and Polk County beginning Friday, July 7. The ban will remain in effect until further notice. more
Breakfast lovers can keep an eye out for a new eatery that will be coming to Bolivar soon. Heather and Shayne Heckadon are introducing the community to Black Squirrel Coffee and Crepery. more
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