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Captain Scott Jones and Chief Brent Watkins examine the damage to a home involved in a residential structure fire in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Residential fire
The Bolivar City Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire in the 110 block of North Elgin Avenue at around 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Light the Park Celebrates 20th Year
The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual Light the Park is now open from 6 to 8 p.m. every evening through Dec. 30. The event features light displays throughout Bolivar’s Dunnegan Memorial Park, 601 W. Forrest. Displays are sponsored by local businesses and organizations.
Lights of Remembrance
Citizens Memorial Hospice held their annual Lights of Remembrance event Monday, Nov. 13, at the Kerry and Synda Douglas Medical Center at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.
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Livestock Producers in Polk and Dallas County Are Eligible for Drought Recovery Assistance
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Karen Stillings in Polk/Dallas Counties reminds producers that FSA continues to accept applications for the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) for grazing losses due to drought. The deadline to apply for 2023 LFP assistance is Jan. 30, 2024.
The Lady Liberator's seniors #14 Kaylynne Walker and #2 Maddy Niven raises the championship trophy.

Lady Liberators battle to win the Morrisville Tournament
The Lady Liberators after beating Ash Grove in the opening round of the 52nd Annual Morrisville Basketball Tournament played the Marion C. Early team.
Good Samaritan Boys Ranch asks for stocking stuffers
Christmas is a time for giving, and with the upcoming holiday season upon us, organizations are seeking gift donations. This year, the community can donate stocking stuffers to the specialized care program at Good Samaritan Boys Ranch.
Local Sports
MDC reports 193,669 deer harvested during November portion of firearms deer season
Top harvest counties were Franklin, Texas, and Howell.
First deer for Mabary
Isaac Mabary, 12-years-old, took his first deer, an 8-point buck, with his 30-30 while hunting with his dad in a tree stand in Hickory County. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
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The Warming Center is a ministry associated with Polk County Cares (PCC), a nonprofit faith-based organization whose main focus is connecting people and empowering them to transform their lives through caring relationships.
Dad was a coon hunter and I was the boy who tagged along behind him.
Ridley Scott’s “Napoleon” did rather well for itself over Thanksgiving weekend, opening in the #2 position at the domestic box office behind the second weekend of the new “Hunger Games.” A debut at #2 behind a not-particularly-beloved returning champion may not sound impressive, but my prediction was that it wouldn’t even finish in the top three.
More than 20 years ago, Tom gave me a gift certificate for an hour-long massage as an anniversary gift. I’d never had a professional massage before. (Women don’t count the one-handed massages men sometimes give while holding the remote with their other hand.)
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.
Filing began at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 and the deadline to file is 5 p.m. Dec. 26. File at the central office during regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m, (final day for filing we are open until 5 p.m.) The order of filing will be the order on the ballot. Voting is for two spots on the school board.
Zion Lutheran Church had their annual chicken noodle dinner and were proud to be able to share the proceeds with several local charities. The organizations receiving donations were; Community Outreach Ministries, Shop with a Cop, Alpha House, House of Hope, Bolivar Care to Learn and S.O.A.R Bolivar.
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From December through February, Missouri's winter eagle watching is spectacular.
A drive through Christmas light display in Hermitage began Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly.
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