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A look at the young men and women who make up the Class of 2018

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A passion for soccer was turned into a volunteer coaching role for Bolivar resident Chris Dinwiddie. The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, native is one of the volunteer coaches for the Bolivar Football Club, which finished its first season last year. Dinwiddie wants his love for the game to rub off o…

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Hats off to the proud blue and gold, as Polk County looks to the future of farming across the area

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The caps and gowns are donned for the next generation of leaders graduating from local high schools

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The Polk County and Bolivar Charitable Trust established by the late David Delarue, a former Bolivar resident who lived in San Fransisco at the time, has distributed more than $5.5 million to Polk County governing bodies and agencies during the first quarter century of the fund’s existence.

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Whether it’s time to give the place a little more pizzaz and curb appeal before selling, give the outside of the house a facelift or just a little work to make an enjoyable and attractive sitting area for those who live in the house, landscaping can be just the thing.

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There is no perfect formula for selling your home efficiently, but by following these five tips prior to listing you can increase your chances to close quickly at a higher price.

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An economic impact study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Housing Policy Department shows that the home-building industry in the five-county Springfield area not only pays for itself, its economic impact results in new income and jobs for Missourians.

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Five years ago The Bailey Company built new houses or commercial structures almost exclusively, with virtually no remodeling; today remodeling accounts for 95 percent of its business.

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The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield has many functions, all of which are related to promoting the home-building industry. This includes educating the public; sponsoring events such as the home and remodeling shows and the Parade of Homes; and fighting unnecessary regulations…

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Although we often hear about the sale prices and appraised values of existing homes being driven down by market forces, there are still many factors in place that continue to increase the cost of building a new home.

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Second quarter 2011 housing sales figures from the Greater Springfield Area Board of Realtors (GSBOR) show a mixed bag, but overall sales have held firm compared with 2010. Units sold in the first six months in the six-county area are down - 1,617 compared with 1,935 last year, and the avera…

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When it comes to real estate it’s currently a buyer’s market, but home sales are still on the rise despite the turbulent economy. According to an Associated Press report, home sales were up 7.7 percent in August, but the median sale price of homes fell more than 5 percent.

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Harold Noirfalise used to curse the big steel box in the garage of his Joplin home. It was there when he and his wife, Brenda, bought the house a couple years ago. The box shared space with a pickup, a car and a workshop where he built radio-controlled model airplanes, making for a crowded garage.

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While the slumping economy continues to produce waves in the real estate market, making it a challenging sales environment, homeowners aren’t shying away from projects to improve and renovate the houses where they currently live, according to a couple of Webster County contractors.

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Homes that have been foreclosed upon by a lending agency often appear to be a bargain when looking at the price tag, but is buying a foreclosed home always a bargain?

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Economic development can be a competitive challenge between municipalities vying for sacred business. Towns that have recognized the importance of economic development and are able to support it, employ full-time staff dedicated solely to the purpose of bringing businesses and opportunity to…