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The City of Bolivar recently updated policies surrounding its Annual Citywide Cleanup. This year, all items must be placed by curbs by 6 a.m. Monday, April 29.


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Annual Citywide Cleanup set for April 29

The Bolivar community is a little over a week away from the City of Bolivar’s Annual Citywide Cleanup. Now is the time to prepare items for the collection date.

Long time SBU tennis coach John Bryant is set to be inducted into the 2024 MIAA Hall of Fame.

Bryant was inducted into the SBU Hall of Fame in 1982 and 42-years later he becomes the second SBU inductee into the MIAA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame induction will occur during the MIAA Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 3, in the Music Hall at the Kansas City Convention Center.

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.


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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. 
Election

Absentee voting for August Primary

Voting absentee for the August Primary Election will begin on Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The Polk County Clerk’s office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday and open through the lunch hour for absentee voting.

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Monica Lunsford, CNA, CMH Medical Surgical Department.


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Monica Lunsford receives the March 2024 CMH TULIP Award

Monica Lunsford, CNA, is the March 2024 CMH TULIP Award recipient. She is a certified nurse assistant at Citizens Memorial Hospital’s Medical Surgical Department.

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BMS Football camp

The BMS Football team is excited to get to work this Summer in preparation for their season. If you are an incoming 7th or 8th grader at BMS and are interested in playing football in the Fall, the dates below are important. For 7th graders and those new to the program, during this week we will start learning our offense and defense, and we will also be learning plays and the different position skills on both offense and defense. By making it to camp, you will be ahead of the game when practices start on August 16th.

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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:
Sports

Head Coach Spotlight – Robert Clardy

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SBU football head coach Robert Clardy will be entering his 10th season at the helm of the Bearcats. The alumnus and record holding quarterback is the all-time winningest head coach in SBU football history with 37 wins.

BMS Football camp

The BMS Football team is excited to get to work this Summer in preparation for their season. If you are an incoming 7th or 8th grader at BMS and are interested in playing football in the Fall, the dates below are important. For 7th graders and those new to the program, during this week we will start learning our offense and defense, and we will also be learning plays and the different position skills on both offense and defense. By making it to camp, you will be ahead of the game when practices start on August 16th.
The Dr. Bill Donnell team (Will Johnson, Brad Gregory, Dr. Bill Donnell and Mark Donnell) took fourth in the C flight.


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56 teams compete in 34th annual CMH Golf Classic

Sponsors donated nearly $60,000 to the CMH Medical Excellence Scholarship Fund

BMS Football camp

The BMS Football team is excited to get to work this Summer in preparation for their season. If you are an incoming 7th or 8th grader at BMS and are interested in playing football in the Fall, the dates below are important. For 7th graders and those new to the program, during this week we will start learning our offense and defense, and we will also be learning plays and the different position skills on both offense and defense. By making it to camp, you will be ahead of the game when practices start on August 16th.

Bluegill - popular among anglers

Bluegill may not be the largest fish you’ll find in area streams and ponds, but in terms of popularity, they’re high on the lists of many Ozark anglers. This is the time of year many Ozarkers add fishing for bluegill to their list of favored pastimes because now is when we’re getting into the primary spawning period for this member of the sunfish family. In terms of length (up to 10 inches) and weight (usually around 12 ounces or less), bluegill might be considered rather small in comparison with other species area anglers like to catch (crappie, bass, etc.). However, the fish’s fighting ability and the tastiness of its filets are two reasons this species is so popular among anglers.
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Logan Turner 1 of 46 Student-Athletes Nationwide to Receive NCAA DII Scholarship

Bearcat football kicker Logan Turner added to his accolades as he is one of 46 student-athletes across the Nation to earn a Division II 50th Anniversary Scholarship. The NCAA Division II announced on Monday evening at the Division II Festival that Turner is the sole male recipient from the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Payson Reisner.


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Staying on track for a record breaking year

“What a wonderful finish to a great year,” said Coach Daniel Bayless, “in fact, this was a record year for our performance at the state level. Bayless has recorded every All-State athlete Bolivar has ever had in Track and Field since MSHSAA started the state competition back in the 1930s. “This year, 2024, tied with 2011 for achieving the most All-State honors. Both years we earned All-State in five events, but in 2011 Bolivar was a Class 3 school. Now we are competing at the class 4 level with bigger schools. Like I said, a record-breaking year.”

Get hooked with MDC Free Fishing Days

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to get hooked on fishing through its Free Fishing Days on June 8 and 9. During Free Fishing Days, anyone may fish in the Show-Me State without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit, or trout park daily tag. Free Fishing Days is an annual MDC event that takes place statewide during the Saturday and Sunday following the first Monday in June.
Basketball

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.
Opinion
The sensory assault of pet breakfast
My adorable fluffy little dog can be a bit of a jerk at times. Since the moment he moved into the house, he has thought it necessary to assert his dominance over the larger DeeDee, a 50-pound mutt that has resided with me for about two years. As far as seniority goes, she has him beat, but Louis may just take the cake when it comes to hair-raised, curled-lip, get-away-from-my-mom (me) attitude.
By the time you read this, another Father's Day will have come and gone, and I have no idea how I spent the holiday because I’m writing this in late May.
We've got a few suggestions
We have all seen the movie with the perfect girl and the man who falls for her; she is beautiful, kind, and can spout some obscure quote from a poem or book, which happens to be the exact quote he memorized from the same book. It must be destiny.
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
The Mincks family reunion was at the Dunnegan Memorial Park in Bolivar on June 8, those attending were; Tucker Lambert, Josh and Samantha Johnson, Robert Kirby, Kenny and Sandy Kirby, Tonya Mincks with Caven and Kason, Greg and Denise Larkin, Bill and Joyce Ingram, James Neil, Austin Irvine, Kenny and Sherry Harkless, Rheagan and Miles Hancock, Becky Hancock, Donna Jones, Billy Mincks, Paul Mincks, Cindy Mincks, Martha Morris, Dennis and Shawntell Sitton, Larry Mincks, Dean Mincks, Brenda Peek, Wink Ahart, Zack Zeugin, Chelsea Ramon, Oaklynn Manning, Chesley Ramon, Jada Ramon, David Manning, Willie Mincks, Bill and Emma Mincks, Sharon McCullough, Emily and Randy Lordd, Lisa Peek, Sabrina Peek, Brian Parrett, Angie Parrett, Con Parrett, Dennis Mincks, Dalinda Alavacek, Cletus and Beth Ingram, Jeff Mincks, Scott MIncks, Brigette Mincks, Steve Mincks, Betty Payne, Georgia Gaddy, Helen and Tori Payne, Richard and Anna Brown, Chesley Ramon J.R.
Monday, June 24 — Chicken or tuna salad on croissant, potato salad, creamy cucumber salad, vanilla pudding.
The annual Ahart reunion will be held on Sunday, June 23, at Lime Bank conference room on the third floor, 1630 S. Killingsworth, Bolivar. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Table service and drinks will be provided. Family and friends are invited. For questions or information, please call 417-276-1586.
The Polk County Health Center is offering a Ready IN 3 class to the public, classes will be at 1 p.m. on June 27, at the Polk County Health Center. Pre registration is required. To enroll contact Kermit Hargis at 417-326-7250 or email kermit.hargis@polkcountyhealthcenter.org.
(RR): Registration Required at http://www.polkcolibrary.org/event-calendar/
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