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Collins Sex Offender Sentenced to 17 Years for Child Pornography
A Collins, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography on his cell phone.
Pictured left to right: Les Hopkins, Donna Hopkins, Beverly Stevens, Riley Cushard, Keith Stevens, Gage Cushard, Kalyn Cushard and Kyle Cushard.


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Keith Stevens Receives Cattleman of the year recognition
The Missouri Cattlemen’s Association recognized a Bolivar cattle producer as the 2023 Cattleman of the Year at the 56th Annual Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show on Jan. 20, 2024, at Osage Beach. Keith Stevens was presented the award for his commitment to advancing the Missouri beef industry.
Davie Kaudle.


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CMH Senior Health Center is celebrating 20 years Open house is Friday, Jan. 26
The Citizens Memorial Hospital (CMH) Senior Health Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house from 9-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26. The Center is at 1840 W. Broadway St. in Bolivar.
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Bolivar R-1 School Board Candidate Forum
The Bolivar CTA is hosting the annual School Board Candidate Forum on Monday, March 18 in the Bolivar Board Room at the Central Office. The forum will begin at 6 p.m. with general questions, break for a Meet & Greet with the Candidates then, conclude with submitted questions and closing comments.
Polk County Senior Center menu for the week of Feb. 26
Monday, Feb. 26 — Ham and potato soup, broccoli, wheat roll, cherry crisp.
CMH Hospice to host bereavement support group classes
Citizens Memorial Hospice will host bereavement support group classes starting Tuesday, March 5, at 9 a.m. at Lime Bank, CMH Community Room 2, 1630 S. Killingsworth Ave., in Bolivar.
Deaths
Betty F. Blankenship
Billy “Bill” Leon Graves
Billy “Bill” Leon Graves
Flying blind
Mom and daughter hit some turbulence
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State bound
Bolivar took 8 wrestlers to Carl Junction for the Class 3 District 3 tournament. They competed with 14 other teams, a total of 167 wrestlers in 14 weight classes. In order to qualify for State they had to place in the top 4 of their bracket.
Pictured with the super fans; first Row left to right - Coach Sherry Rice, Hannah Warren, Jacob Harris, Shawn Strutton, Noah Strutton, Eric Ream, Chelsie Bailey-Fisher, Doug Cochran, Ethan Ream. Second Row left to right - Coach Dee Barber, Neveah Arquette, Adnan Gerry, Kyle Sass, Martin Hofs, Brandon Neal, Jacob Books, Jason Carter


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Liberator proud
The Bolivar Liberator Special Olympics basketball team hosted Republic on Thursday, Feb. 15. Along with their super fans made up with the Liberator Baseball team, the crowd cheered them on to a win. 
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Opinion
It was a good idea for “Bob Marley: One Love” to open on Valentine’s Day. Not just because there hadn’t been a decent box office performer in weeks (and even “Mean Girls and “The Beekeeper” were only mild hits) and the market was ripe for a takeover. Not just because the holiday weekend needed a blockbuster and “Madame Web” wasn’t up to the task. But because the movie had “Love” in its title, it could dominate the couples’ scene on Wednesday and ride that insurmountable lead to winning the weekend. The result was a domestic take of over $50 million, enough to already make it the 2nd-biggest movie of the year, behind only “Mean Girls,” which it will probably overtake before the week is out. The film can be associated with a brilliant commercial decision, but not so much its creative ones.
I’ve never depended on farming for my bread and butter, but I can thank FFA —Future Farmers of America, in my day — for launching my career as a journalist.
Writer remembers Barbies in bloom
It’s time for a little-publicized, but very obvious sign that winter is drawing to a close in the Ozarks.
Often I miss the good old days of my farm boy youth.
School
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.
Business
Citizens Memorial Hospital and Bolivar Family Care Center announce the addition of Nicole Davis, licensed master social worker, and James Lowery, licensed professional counselor, to the medical staff.
Drury University will join the Southwest Baptist University Mercy College of Health Professions partnership to provide Drury students with a pathway to a career in nursing.
Innovate SOMO brings successful Early-Stage Business Boot Camps to the region.
DEATHS
Betty Frances Blankenship
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