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City of Bolivar works with stakeholders to intervene in Liberty rate hike

In light of news about proposed water and wastewater rate increases by Liberty Utilities, the City of Bolivar and its elected officials are taking steps to intervene on behalf of the community’s citizens.
Oliver and Elaine Pearson were excited to get to pose with the Governor.


Visiting with the Governor

Saturday, March 16, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson visited with Polk County supporters at a book signing prior to the Rayl Family Library grand opening. 
Tim Francka.


CMH Foundation announces leadership changes

Tim Francka was named the administrative director of long-term care at Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation. He oversees all CMH Foundation long-term care, residential care and independent living facilities.

CMH opens CMH Health & Wellness Clinic March 4

Citizens Memorial Hospital launched a new medical clinic March 4. The clinic provides wellness visits for patients without a primary care provider and hospital transitional care services for patients without primary care support.

Democrats to meet

Polk County Democrats will meet Monday May 20, at Smith's Restaurant. Dinner is optional at 5:30 p.m. with the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. We will be discussing several items on the agenda. Please bring a friend and join us for good food and fellowship. No guest speaker at this time. All fellow Democrats are encouraged to attend.

BHS seeking Hall of Fame nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame! The deadline to enter a nomination is July 7. Here are the criteria:

Show your love for Bolivar - Wear it out

Bolivar Night at the Springfield Cardinals will return on Thursday, June 27, as the Springfield Cardinals face the Arkansas Travelers at 7:05 p.m. Sponsored by the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, the popular annual event has been a chamber tradition since 2004.

Share you milestones

The Bolivar Herald-Free Press invites residents to send their engagement, wedding, baby, and other milestone announcements.

Polk County Senior Center menu for the week of May 27

Monday, May 27 — Closed for Memorial Day.

Tee time for St. Judes

Pictured front row left to right: Britni Coffey, Teresa Cornell, Sharon Coffey and Kristy Brown. Back row: Keegan Coffey, Kelly Coffey, Kyler Coffey and Keith Brown.

Saturday, May 18, was a perfect day for the Kenny Coffey Memorial Golf Tournament at the Bolivar City Golf Club. The tournament was organized by friends and family of the late Kenny Coffey with the proceeds going to St. Judes Children’s Hospital. “We had a wonderful turn out for the tournament,” said Tom Wilson one of the organizers of the event, “and was excited to raise $6100 to be sent to St. Judes. We all want to give a big thank you to all the sponsors that went above and beyond helping make this such a success!”

Lady Liberators End Season in Semifinals

The Lady Liberators closed their 2024 season on the pitch last week in a double overtime loss to Clinton in the semifinal round.

Seven from SBU going to NCAA

Southwest Baptist Track and Field team will send seven to the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Track and Field Championships later this month. Six female and one male Bearcat qualified from marks made earlier in the season. The Championship will take place on May 23 through 25 in Emporia, Kansas.

Get hooked on fishing with MDC Free Fishing Days June 8 and 9

Fish without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag.

1st Annual Father’s Day Car Show

Life Church Bolivar will host a car show, Sunday, June 16. The church is located at 110 W. Jackson Street, Bolivar.
Ben Tull and Brody Campbell are gracious in victory.

Liberator tennis has two all-state teams

Bolivar tennis competed in the individual state tennis tournament at Cooper tennis complex in Springfield May 17-18.
Ben Tull concentrating on his shot.


Rothdiener leads Liberator netters to the final four...again!

Bolivar boys tennis has established themselves to be a force to be reckoned with moving to its fourth final four in four years.
Senior captains Ellie Thomas and Ese Jones are encouraged following a Bolivar attack on the goal.


Soccer Seniors and Coaches Finish Final Regular Season

The Lady Liberators closed out the regular season last week with three solid wins as they head into districts this week. Following a 3-0 win at Hillcrest Monday night, May 6, Bolivar hosted Camdenton Tuesday, May 7 for the final home match of the season. With a large home crowd in attendance to celebrate senior night and the retirement of longtime coaches Steve Fast and Jeff Edge, the Lady Liberators went on to beat Camdenton 3-1 for the seniors’ first win against the Lady Lakers in their four year career at BHS.

Rex Brown award winners

SBU athletics department announced Issac Scroggins and Kallyn Stumbo as this years’ Rex Brown award winners as announced at the 2nd annual Purple Carpet Premiere.

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.
Wife issues a warning
All branches closed Memorial Day
I was invited to give a presentation at the city’s historical society in a couple of days. As Memorial Day is drawing near, I decided to focus on WWI. I took a different approach, however, and researched children soldiers.
Sleeping Beauty makes a confession
There is just something about a turtle. Maybe it’s the way they move with such dogged determination or the low-stress lives they seem to lead. Perhaps it’s how they lock themselves away when things are unpleasant and simply shut the world out until they can cope again. I don’t know, but they are just so cute, and I find nothing sadder than seeing one squished on the side of the road.
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.
The Mincks family reunion will be at noon on Saturday, June 8, in Pavilion #1 at Dunnegan Memorial Park, Bolivar.
The Polk County Genealogical Society placed flowers on graves as a service and fundraiser. Many of those ordering the flowers live out of the area or are unable to visit the graves of their loved ones or ancestors. This year there were 47 orders and PCGS volunteers placed flowers in 10 different cemeteries. There were 12 volunteers who helped with this project. This is the third year that PCGS placed flowers on graves and they are happy to be able to provide this service, giving people a way to honor their loved ones. The society plans to continue the project next year.
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.
Citizens Memorial Hospice will host bereavement support group classes starting Tuesday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. at CMH Community Room 2 at LimeBank, located at 1630 S. Killingsworth Ave., in Bolivar.
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.
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