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“I think the story is in the building,” Mark Stephens says, as he strides across the floor of his photography studio. Having recently announced his retirement, Stephens is looking to sell his long-time home and workplace where he has captured many special moments in the lives of people from far and wide. more
Several area cemeteries will be offering decoration services, hosting annual meetings, and/or accepting donations. more
Students of local schools were recognized for their achievements in Future Farmers of America at the 95th Missouri FFA Convention in Columbia. more
Graduation season is almost here, as seniors and their families prepare for upcoming commencement ceremonies. more
April is National Donate Life Month, a time devoted to educate Americans about organ donation and to promote and celebrate organ, eye, and tissue donations. more
Bolivar Night at Hammons Field will return on Thursday, June 8 as the Springfield Cardinals face Northwest Arkansas at 7:05 p.m. Sponsored by the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, the popular annual event has been a chamber tradition since 2004. more
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is currently conducting an investigation regarding an officer-involved shooting. more
Polk County Library is proud to announce the new collection of all-in-one STEAM kits, which are available at all the branches. more
Cows are on the move and will soon appear around Bolivar in preparation for Missouri Beef Days 2023. Running from May 6-13, Missouri Beef Days will feature a whole slate of fun activities for everyone throughout the week, in addition to regular events designed to educate the public about Missouri’s contributions to the beef industry and appreciate those who work in it. more
Pleasant Hope Schools hosted the Southwest Conference (SWC) Field Day on Friday, April 21, to celebrate all students regardless of abilities. more
Bolivar R-1 Schools employed a few new administrators for the 2023-2024 school year. more
A block party event called Caring for Caris will be held all day on Saturday, April 22 to raise funds for Caris Sheldon, a 10-and-a-half-year-old girl from Bolivar who was born with cerebral palsy. more
Polk County Library is set to start the renovation of their Bolivar location on Monday, May 8. A recent press release stated that the renovation “is aimed at improving the overall functionality of the library, while also making it more visually appealing.” more
The Lady Liberator varsity soccer team competed in and won the Willard Tourney that took place on Friday through Saturday, April 14-15. more
Doll up, lace up, or buck up and head out to this year’s weeklong Missouri Beef Days celebration in Bolivar for a full slate of events celebrating the beef industry – including an exciting banquet, or “shindig,” capping off a full first day of family fun. more
Southwest Baptist University students graduating in May were recognized for their contributions to their academic areas and divisions during “A Premiere of Excellence: Sweet Success” ceremony Tuesday evening, April 4. more
Bolivar residents can start their spring cleaning, because the annual Citywide Cleanup will take place during the first two weeks in May. more
Lt. Roger Barron recently graduated from the 2022-2023 Missouri Police Chiefs' Command College after completing the seven-month program. The ceremony was held in the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City on Friday, April 7. Barron was one of 35 graduates from across the state. more
The Bolivar city wide garage sale is coming up on Saturday, April 29, and the Bolivar Herald-Free Press is currently accepting garage sale ads for anyone wanting to have a sale that day. The cost of … more
Mrs. Joelle Smith’s first grade class at Bolivar Primary School had a mission to raise $4,000 in order to assemble and deliver Easter baskets to residents at Butterfield Residential Care Center. Not only did the students manage to reach their fundraising goal, they were also able to bring some springtime joy to local senior citizens. more
A man from Brighton died in a two-car crash on M96, seven miles east of Carthage, on Saturday, April 8. more
Gail Noggle, President/CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of Bolivar and Polk County, is announcing her retirement. She has more than 25 years of experience in community and economic development, as well as chamber of commerce and convention and visitor’s bureau leadership in Springfield. Noggle also owned a financial investment firm in the past. more
In addition to the family-friendly celebrations and recognition that are central to Polk County’s signature tribute to the beef industry, Missouri Beef Days 2023 will also include three special presentations designed to educate the public about beef and other ag-related topics. more
Another fun and exciting evening was on tap at Bolivar High School, Saturday, April 8. The 7th Annual Dancing With The Stars provided a full evening of entertainment to a sold out crowd. more
Citizens of Polk County made their way to the polls for the general elections on Tuesday, April 4. more
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