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Spearheaded by Bolivar’s Open Hearts United Methodist Church, the seventh annual event featured a drive-thru format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as in years past, its purpose remained providing Polk County K-12 students with free school supplies and other needed products.

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After a month of exponential growth in Polk County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases, the county might have found itself in a holding pattern. 

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A report for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, dated Sunday, July 26, shows Missouri and Polk County in the red zone for its confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

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Humansville Elementary School teacher Trina Kennon said she misses the lively, joyful experience of teaching a classroom full of students.

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While the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Polk County continues to climb, tied largely to a local residential facility, other statistics show possible signs of improvement. 

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Polk Countians will head to the polls next Tuesday, Aug. 4, to settle the Republican primaries for southern district commissioner and sheriff, along with a host of statewide races. 

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Bolivar R-1 Schools will require all students, employees, volunteers and visitors to wear masks on campus. 

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Polk Countians will join voters across the state Tuesday, Aug. 4, to decide the future of Medicaid expansion in Missouri. 

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As positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Polk County now has one of the state’s highest seven-day increases.

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As Polk County faces increasing COVID-19 cases, area residents continue to find creative ways to stay connected. Pictured here, Zoe Lynn Mayfield, with the help of her father, James Mayfield, peeks through a hospital window to see her mother, Whitney Mayfield, and new baby sister, Millie Mor…

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Effective Sunday, June 26, Bolivar Open Hearts United Methodist Church will hold in-person Sunday morning traditional style services at 8 a.m. with old hymns outdoors on the lawn led by Pastor David Collum. 

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Does your publisher intend to admit he was wrong about “reopening” now that COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing?  He was quick to jump on that politicized bandwagon that backfired. Now, he’s silent.

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While major league baseball teams are considering how many games to play during a pandemic, some of us remember the olden days. 

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Bolivar R-1 students could be required to wear masks in the classroom this fall. 

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Editor’s note: This report reflects Polk County case numbers as of press time Tuesday, July 21. 

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As Missouri experiences its highest number of positive COVID-19 cases yet, several counties and municipalities have begun encouraging or requiring people to wear masks when going out into the community.

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Polk County School districts are among those across Missouri facing looming cuts in state funding due to the COVID-19 pandemic.