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The court, front row Finnleigh Anderson, Esmerelda Jones, Ellie Same, Ellie Thomas, Abbey DuVall, Ayden Spotila, Megan Howard, Sophia Garber, Denver Dooley; back row, Bella Essay, Kanton Fisher, Remmer Carr, Seth Martin, Trenton Patke, Drake Durham, Ethan Graves, Jason Wilkinson, Gardner Casey, Emma Goodman.

Courtwarming 2024

After a weather delay, the Liberators celebrated their 2024 Courtwarming on Tuesday, Feb. 20. 
Dr. Michael Methvin.



BOLIVAR, Mo - The Bolivar R-1 School District is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael Methvin as its new superintendent. Dr. Methvin brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record in educational leadership to his new role.
The girls enjoyed having their pictures taken with their dates in the Barbie photo booth.

In our Barbie era

Thursday, Feb. 8, BIS hosted their annual Valentine's Daughter dance. The event brought little girls with their 'dates', ready to dance, snack and enjoy themselves...during their Barbie era. 
Crews working to renew the old.


Bringing out historical beauty

It is one of the oldest buildings on the square, built by RB Viles, and after having siding over the original brick work for years the building is being refreshed and refurbished. Crews have had some great weather to work on getting the siding off and begin the ‘rejuvenating’ process on the building.

Aldermen Take Their Oaths

Aldermen are sworn in during the April 11 meeting. 

Due to the Elections on April 2, the Aldermen meeting was moved from its usual Tuesday to Thursday evening. The session began with the approval of the elections followed by the swearing-in ceremony for the four Aldermen elected at the beginning of April.


1st Ever KLIFE Pickleball Tournament is HERE!

KLIFE Families - It’s time to call your friends, warm-up those paddles, and get your teams signed up for Polk County KLIFE's first ever Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser. Join us on May 4th at Cribbs Family Youth Park!

Ladies retreat April 27

The First Baptist Church of Walnut Grove will be hosting a ladies retreat from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27. Registration begins at 8:30 p.m.


Bolivar Pentecostal Church of God will be in revival with Evangelist Steve McKnight from Thibodaux, Louisiana. Sunday, April 28 through Wednesday, May 1. Sunday services will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday will be at 7 p.m. nightly.

Sew ‘n’ Sew Quilt Guild

Sew ‘n’ Sew Quilt Guild will meet Friday, April 19, at United Methodist Church at 105 E. Division Street. Please come to the east entrance into the Fellowship Hall. Social time is at 9:30 a.m., the program starts at 10 a.m., with a meeting to follow at 11 a.m. The program this month will be Phillis from Shawn’s Sewing Center in Springfield, demonstrating the Brother Scan and Cut. All those interested in quilting are welcome. Contact Lynnette McCulloh at 402-289-3044.

Open Hearts UMC announces scholarship available to Polk County students

Open Hearts United Methodist Church, Bolivar, has announced the first $5,000 scholarship to be awarded from the Hegle Scholarship Fund established by a donation from former Bolivar businessman Weldon Hegle.

Polk County’s Got Talent

Auditions are now open for the annual Polk County’s Got Talent show, an event that recognizes local talent and raises funds for Community Outreach Ministries.

Liberators Fall in Final, Look to Learn from Loss

The Lady Liberators entered the Willard Tournament last Friday, April 12 as the defending champions, anticipating a possible re-match of the 2023 championship with the home team. Bolivar easily dispatched Neosho and McDonald County in two 8-0 matches Friday, securing their spot in the title game Saturday with Willard. Bolivar defeated Willard a week prior in penalty kicks at home after a 1-1 tie forced two overtime periods. As expected, the re-match was an intense battle on the pitch before the Lady Liberators fell in a 0-1 loss on a penalty kick in the final seconds.

Tractor Pull

Halfway Senior Class Project Graduation Tractor Pull will be Saturday, April 20, starting at noon. The pull will be held at the Polk County Fairgrounds, Bolivar.

1st Ever KLIFE Pickleball Tournament is HERE!

KLIFE Families - It’s time to call your friends, warm-up those paddles, and get your teams signed up for Polk County KLIFE's first ever Pickleball Tournament Fundraiser. Join us on May 4th at Cribbs Family Youth Park!
Seth Martin showing great concentration.

Liberator tennis "eclipses" Kickapoo 7-2

In a rare event, the Bolivar Liberator's tennis team played shortly after a solar eclipse. Something they obviously will never do again.
Aby Kaufmann makes her third consecutive save in penalty kicks to secure the double overtime win for the Lady Liberators.

Lady Liberators Work Overtime (Again) for the Win

The Lady Liberators were back on their home pitch last Thursday, April 4 to face Willard after dropping their first loss of the season at Springfield Central earlier in the week. For the second time in three days, Bolivar extended play Thursday night through two overtime periods with games decided in penalty kick shootouts.
Aaron Bass, Tom Wilson and Jackson Abode.


Big night in baseball for the Liberators

The Bolivar Liberators defeated the Buffalo Bisons 10-0 on Friday, April 5.
Conner Neal looks over the Trailblazer defense.   STAFF PHOTO/BOB CAMPBELL

Liberators sectional dreams dashed by Father Tolton 73-36

On Tuesday, March 5, the Bolivar Liberators were looking to bring the amazing energy and teamwork that powered them through the district tournament to the state sectional game with Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School of Columbia.

The Lady Knights of Polk County Christian School were recognized as state champions in division 4 for the girls Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association ( MCSAA) basketball state championship.
The third seed in District 10 Class 4, the Bolivar Liberators challenged their neighbors the Buffalo Bison (4-20).
The Shuler family is excited to announce that Connor Shuler, a Pleasant Hope High School ‘24 graduate, will be continuing his basketball career with Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.
Thursday, Feb. 22, the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats (23-3) rolled into Bolivar to compete in the last regular season game for both teams.
Spring turkey season has begun and, alas, you haven’t harvested a bird yet.
I told myself I wouldn’t write this column, but Angela just won’t let go, nor would I wish it so. This is for all who mourn Angelas of their own:
Sunshine Bowls and Bakery
Church folks are my parents’ type of people and they are, to my surprise, a sometimes cheeky group to be around. There are four specifically that, when joined by my parents, form a group of six who tend to hang out quite a bit. They have monthly game days, go on excursions to antique shops or hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and gather for occasional holidays when the rest of their families aren’t coming out to visit. They have always been exceedingly kind to me, even extending invitations to join their game festivities or visit for holiday meals when my parents were out of town.
How to beat the “I don’t wanna” beast into submission
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.
While donations of supplies have poured in, organizers of Saturday’s Tenth Annual Polk County Back to School Extravaganza say more are always needed.
A Missouri State University student from Halfway was awarded for her success at the 2023 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Collegiate National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 22-25.
Registration for all Humansville R-IV students will take place Aug. 9 through Aug.11, from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration packets will be available for parent pick up starting Tuesday, Aug. 8.
Sullivan Bank in Pleasant Hope will be doing a school supply drive for the Pleasant Hope School District.
All items must be placed at curbs by April 29
How well do you know Polk County?
The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting Wednesday, April 10, at Treasured Relics Estate and Consignment Sales. Treasured Relics is owned by Jo Christian and specializes in assisting families in liquidating household items during difficult times. See their Facebook page for information or contact them at 417-327-5814
The Downtown Bolivar Association is now accepting applications for vendors who would like to sign up for a booth space at Country Days. This annual event hosts a variety of organizations and vendors who offer food, entertainment, and other goods. This year, Country Days will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.
The Fair Play Schools would like to invite everyone to a retirement reception in honor of Mrs. Phyllis Garrison.
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