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Early morning storm damages church

During the early morning hours of Wednesday, June 26, Polk county had a storm roll through leaving some with trees and limbs down, outdoor furniture rearranged, some hail, and various amounts of rain. Mt. Olive Church, 4 l/2 miles north of Bolivar on Hwy D, sustained a sizable amount of damage to their buildings. The front wall had bricks blown off and the structure bowed inward, the cross was blown from the steeple and three heating and cooling units were crushed. In the fellowship hall, part of the roof was blown off causing the upper ceiling to collapse and causing water damage to the hall.

Fireworks allowed in Bolivar from July 2 to July 6 for 2024 season

This Fourth of July holiday season, fireworks are permitted within Bolivar city limits from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day from Tuesday, July 2, through Saturday, July 6.
Bruce Blakemore.


Bolivar Rotary Club hosting Celebration of Freedom July 4 at SBU

Bolivar Rotary Club is hosting the 44th annual Celebration of Freedom on Thursday, July 4, on the Southwest Baptist University campus. The community event begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues through fireworks at dusk.

John Bryant inducted in the the MIAA Hall of Fame

SBU tennis interim head coach John Bryant was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame Monday, June 3.. He joined seven others inducted into the Hall of Fame class of 2024 at the Kansas City Music Hall. Bryant becomes the second Bearcat to enter the MIAA Hall of Fame, the first being one of Bryant's athletes, Michael Obertop, SBU class of 1994.

Meet the Candidates, August 1

Polk County Republicans would like to extend an invitation to attend a “Meet the Candidates” Ice Cream Social to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the first Pavilion in Dunnegan Park in Bolivar. This will be an opportunity to hear from local and state candidates before voting in the August 6th Primary. Everyone is welcome.

Share your milestones

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

Summer lunches

The Polk County Health Center and Community Outreach Ministries are offering their free lunches again for the month of July. Lunches are available for free to kids between 0-18. As in the past years the lunches are provided between 11:30 and 12:30 p.m., at Cribbs Family Park, 410 W. Madison, Bolivar.

Applications now accepted for Country Days vendors

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.

Library Events

July 24-Aug. 2

Polk County Historical Society to meet

The Polk County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25. The meeting will be held at the Polk County Museum, 201 W Locust St. Bolivar.
Brock Davis, Kaine Smith, Fisher Williams, Blaine Chastain, Brody Moores, Cooper Kennedy.


Hook, line and sinker

The Bolivar Fishing team is finishing up their 2024-25 season with four teams going to National qualified tournaments.

City opens applications for managed deer hunt

The City of Bolivar has officially opened the application process for this year’s managed deer hunt.

Polk County Humane Society to hold “Putts for Paws” Golf Tournament

Polk County Humane Society (PCHS) will hold a golf tournament at Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club on Monday, August 12, in an effort to raise funds in support of the cats and dogs in their care.

Coach Spotlight

James Hanger is entering his fifth season at the helm of the SBU women’s volleyball team beginning in Fall of 2024. Across the previous four seasons, he has turned the program around finishing with 14 wins the last two seasons, the most in back-to-back seasons since 1987 and 1988.

I SPY — Polk County

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Halfway Tractor Pull, Saturday, July 13

The annual Halfway Antique-Farm Stock-Classic Tractor Pull will be held on Saturday, July 13, at the Lions Club grounds in Halfway.

Native Warm Season Grass Pasture Walk Near Fair Play, MO on July 22

“Native warm season grasses can be an important forage as cattle operations move to the summer months,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist.

City opens applications for managed deer hunt

The City of Bolivar has officially opened the application process for this year’s managed deer hunt.

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.
I’ve been a paid writer most of my life — 49 of my 76 years.
Co-Sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 66, American Legion Post 183, and Bolivar Elks Lodge 2828.
Why our brain does weird stuff
The other day I watched a spider build its web. Let me be clear, I am not a spider enthusiast, in fact, I am willing to admit I am arachnophobic. Yet, I sat there and watched him work (I have no clue the gender of said spider, but for the sake of this column, it’s a dude and I named him George).
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 City of Bolivar has officially opened the application process for this year’s managed deer hunt.
Co-Sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 66, American Legion Post 183, and Bolivar Elks Lodge 2828.
Robert “Bob” Cheney
Jeannette Perreco
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