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Playing with purpose
Following its first loss of the season, the Bolivar High School boys basketball team netted another win against the Willard Tigers in a home game Friday, Jan. 7. During a faceoff that saw the team …
Bolivar resident goes to Hollywood
Bolivar resident and Buffalo High School art teacher Brett Stump recently won the L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Contest, an international annual awards program. He will be traveling down …
BH-FP seeks Pillar nominations
As the Bolivar Herald-Free Press gears up for its annual Pride and Progress special section — set to insert Wednesday, March 30 — the newspaper is seeking help from its readers in the …
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Questions for Missouri from Georgia
The criminal case for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia had a personal impact on me. Like Arbery, I often walk briskly in nearby neighborhoods. Although I must confess that at my advanced …
Liberators honored at awards ceremony
After a hard-fought season in its second year in the Ozark Conference, Bolivar High School’s football team was honored at a football tailgate provided by parents and the athletic booster club …
Public record for Wednesday, Jan. 12
CIVIL ACTIONS The following civil suits have been disposed in Polk County Circuit Court with Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth V. Rohrs (unless otherwise noted) presiding: Newks Properties LLC, …
The New Year’s Day downer
To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the whole New Year’s shtick. A million years ago when I was single, I dreaded New Year’s Eve because there was far too much pressure on it. If …
Bolivar teen hurt in wreck
A Bolivar teenager was hurt in a two-car crash in Harrison County at around 3:35 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8.  According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Cally M. Brandon, 18, was …
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Liberator boys named Blue and Gold champions
Bolivar’s boys basketball team competed in the gold division of the Blue and Gold tournament Monday through Thursday, Dec. 27-30, at JQH Arena in Springfield, and the Liberators came out …
First deer
Colton Routh, age 6, shot his first deer, a 10-point buck, during late youth season while hunting with his dad on his grandparents’ farm. He is the son of Matt and Charity Routh of Flemington.
Rising to the challenge
With the fall semester coming to end, some of Polk County’s boys basketball teams have been racking up the wins. Winter break has put a pause on some teams, but some are still competing for the …
Polk County scoreboard for Wednesday, Dec. 29
GIRLS BASKETBALL Dec. 20 Bolivar 55 Lebanon 84 Dec. 21 Pleasant Hope 65 Humansville 44 MCE 51 Greenfield 53 Fair Play 6 Miller 59 Dec. 23 MCE 59 Niangua 35 Fair Play 18 …
Sports briefs for Wednesday, Dec. 29
Halfway students signs for Moberly Halfway Cardinal Elavia Sharp signed her letter of intent to Moberly Area Community College, according to a Twitter post. Cross country races to …
Chopping up the season
The Bolivar High School Lady Liberator wrestling team has had its fair share of ups and downs already this season, coach Jeff Davis said. Charlene Barnum, Davis added, has been the team’s …
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Opinion
The Board of Directors of Polk County Christian Social Ministries wants to shout out a big THANK YOU to the people of Polk County for once again making our annual Share Your Christmas Program a huge …
Dear Santa, Don’t take this the wrong way. You know I love you. But what I need right now is not new things. It’s help. And correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have a …
I remember Christmas shopping without credit cards. Of course, when I was a boy I could not have had a card; but, neither did Mom or Dad. As far as I know, Dad never did. All he ever bought on …
It is a wonderful time of year here in Polk County!  On behalf of the board of directors and members of the Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce, I’d like to say thank you to the many people, …
Have you ever been rolling along thinking that you’re doing a decent job of keeping everything done? Me, either! But one thing I have always thought I was pretty good at was recycling. …
School
Blood drive set for Dec. 30 Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Southern Hills Baptist Church’s fellowship hall. The church …
At Bolivar R-1’s Thursday, Dec. 16, school board meeting, the board voted for a “final resolution refunding option” which leaves the district open for possible future …
Hundreds of academic journeys came to a successful conclusion Friday, Dec. 10, as Southwest Baptist University graduated more than 200 students at two winter 2021 commencement ceremonies in the Jane …
The year’s end is just weeks away, and with it the end of the fall semester. For many university students, this month will also mark the completion of academic goals. Southwest Baptist …
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Beekeepers to meet The Pomme De Terre Beekeepers will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, at the University of Missouri Extension Office, 18715 Cedar Street, Hermitage. The program for the meeting …
The donation of land by a local company is paving the way for the City of Bolivar to offer a new park to residents and visitors.  In the Tuesday, Dec. 14, board of aldermen meeting, the board …
Nab a CBCO hoodie during blood drive in Bolivar Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is hosting a community blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Southern Hills Baptist …
As 2021 will soon come to close and a new year will begin, Citizens Memorial Hospital and the Citizens Memorial Health Care Foundation are preparing for the start of a new …
For decades, Gary Fulbright worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Citizens Memorial Hospital. For the last several years, he has served as the hospital’s Chief Executive …
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