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Wyatt Earp Fallfest Baby Show winners see page 3A First Baptist Church to host Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner see page 3A Metzger’s Mutterings see page 4A Students of the Week see page 5A STAR Students see page 5A Class offered in Greenfield on Turf Grass Management see page 5A Jasper Agriculture Education teacher elected to serve as Southwest District president see page 5A Tigers dominate on big stage see page 6A The Lesters to appear in concert see page 1B Halloween Hullabaloo Costume Contest winners see page 1B Ordinance passed requiring cleaning deposit for Smith Park in Lockwood see page 2B Lamar High School Class of 1945 holds 68th reunion see page 6B Lamar High School Class of 1953 celebrates 60th reunion see page 6B LHS Class of 1963 meets for 50th reunion see page 6B Weather Forecast see page 6B INDEX SECTION A Correspondents ........................ 2 Friends & Family ...................... 3 Friends & Family ...................... 4 School/Miscellaneous .............. 5 Sports ......................................... 6 SECTION B Area News ................................. 2 Records ...................................... 3 Records/Legals .......................... 4 Legals/Classifieds...................... 5 Area News ................................. 6 Photo courtesy of Leena Harris A rainbow appeared to the North of town after a relentless rainy day in October. Lamar Democrat/Melissa Little Fall's in full swing as the trees transform around town. Mary K. Finley Library's tree on the corner of 10th and Cherry Street has become a brilliant flame red. Barton County’s lifeline for youth faces financial crisis LAMAR-A grassroots organization serving the needs of school age children and operating separate but parallel with local school districts is facing a severe financial crisis. About Our Kids, Inc. (AOK) has largely been supported by federal, state, and local grants since its founding in 1999. A three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education is expiring at the end of 2013, and concerned citizens are searching for ways of raising sufficient funds to stay in operation. AOK operates two centers for youth development, the Wolf Center at 801 East 12th for children in grades K-5, and Nathan’s Place at 1005 Gulf on the northwest corner of the Lamar square for grades 6-12. At the Wolf Center, children are provided a healthy meal Monday through Friday free of charge, and are offered physical education and recreation opportunities along with character education and development. At Nathan’s Place, a safe hangout after school is provided with a free and nutritious meal at 5 p.m. It’s open week days from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all day whenever school is out due to weather and during the summer months. Free of charge services include tutoring, supervised wireless internet access, an indoor basketball court, and laundry and shower facilities. Together, AOK serves over By CPL. STEVEN SHAW Lamar Police Department locked; 7. Keep curtains and blinds closed when away from home; 8. Utilize a burglary alarm with a loud exterior sounder and post alarm company decals or signs. 9. Keep landscaping trimmed so not to obscure your windows or doors from the street or your neighbor’s view; 10. Be thoughtful on what you post on social media that tells others that you are away from home; 11. Provide trusted neighbors with your emergency contact information; 12. Encourage neighbors who are at home during the day to watch and report suspicious activity to 9-11 as soon as possible. Also remember the holiday season is coming up. After opening those new expensive electronics that were received as Christmas presents, refrain from putting those packages out to the curb for trash pick up until the day of pick up so potential burglars don’t know what new high tech gifts you have just received. If you are going to be gone from home on a trip or vacation for the holidays, or any time, notify the Lamar Police Department at 417-682-3546 so you can be placed on our House Watch list. Be aware, burglaries happen during the daytime also Residential burglaries are a continued significant problem across Missouri. In Lamar 25 were reported in 2011, 30 in 2012 and 24 so far this year in 2013. Burglaries can occur at any time, but a significant amount occurs during daytime hours when people are away from home. Although burglars utilize a variety of methods to gain entry into homes, the most common method is to simply kick in a door to the residence. Most burglars will also knock or ring a doorbell to determine if there is anyone home prior to committing the crime. The Lamar Police Department would like to provide some helpful tips to the community in an effort to reduce the number of burglaries. 1. Always utilize a security deadbolt on all interior doors; 2. Utilize security storm doors; 3. Never leave windows open when away from home; 4. When gone, make it seem as if someone is home by leaving a radio or a television on; 5. Keep newspapers and delivered items clear of your front porch; 6. Keep fence gates closed and P.O. Box 458 | 100 East 11th Street Lamar, Missouri 64759-0458 Phone: 417-682-5529 | Fax: 417-682-5595 email@example.com | www.lamardemocrat.com 300 meals every week. Menus comply with USDA dietary guidelines. Nathan’s Place serves over 150 meals every week. All AOK activities are supervised by professional and certified staff members. The staff consists of eight employees, two full time and six part time. Beyond Lamar, AOK has provided physical fitness equipment and classes in nutrition to the school districts of Sheldon R-VIII, Jasper R-V, and the Southeast Kansas Learning Center. It also administered a one-year College Access Challenge grant in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Higher Education to provide funds to increase a college- By LT. JOHN DAVIS Lamar Police Department The officers at the Lamar Police Department and their spouses are preparing for the Seventh Annual Lamar Police Department “Shop With A Cop”. The purpose of the “Shop with a Cop” program is to provide gifts to disadvantaged children and their families and also allow them to interact with law enforcement officers in a more positive setting. The program is funded solely through donations; we will be giving each child $100 to purchase gifts for themselves. Last year, through the generosity of the citizens of Barton County, we were able to make a positive impact with 92 children. Also last year and again this year, we plan to select the children from all over Barton County, not just Lamar, and we hope to be able to Be sure to send us your recipes for the holiday cookbook! DEADLINE Friday, Nov. 15 going culture in rural Barton County. A group of eight people met, November 4, to examine the financial needs of AOK which lie ahead. They estimated that somewhat more than $100,000 will be needed to continue operating through 2014. The group discussed ways of educating the public about the program and the financial shortfall it faces. A marketing campaign is being planned. They were in unanimous agreement that AOK is a needed and worthwhile program for the Barton County community, as exemplified by its motto, “Empowering young people to make healthy life choices.” increase the number of children for the program. Again, we will also be including children from Lockwood and Jasper schools, bringing the total to five communities. This year’s event will be held at the Lamar Walmart on Saturday, Dec. 15, with donations being accepted until Friday, Dec. 14. If you or your business would like to sponsor a child this Christmas you may contact the police department. Donations may be mailed to “Shop with a Cop” c/o Lamar Police Department, 1106 Broadway, Lamar, MO 64759 or you can call 682-3546 and an officer will pick the donation up. We will also be doing our annual Hat Block fundraising on November 23 at the Walmart Super Center. Please feel free to contact Lt. John Davis at the police department if you have any questions.