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In God We Trust LLC announces collectors show MINDENMINES-Dave Sorrick of In God We Trust LLC has announced the dates and locations of the Original Collectors Show for 2014. The multi-hobby collectors event will make stops in Parsons, Kan; Osage Beach/Lake of the Ozarks and Joplin in 2014. The Original Collectors Shows feature local and regional vendors trading in coins, currency, gold, silver, sports cards, sports memorabilia, postcards, stamps and other small collectibles of interest to the collecting public. The shows are always open to the public free of charge and offer free parking. Members of the public are encouraged to buy, sell and trade at the shows and to bring in items for free appraisal. The series of shows had its origins in Pittsburg, Kan. in 1989 and has visited several communities over the years. The first event of the 2014 season will be the Parsons, Kan. Cool Collectibles Show see SHOW, page 3A

Fire causes major damage The Lamar Fire Department responded to a structure fire located at 307 E. 6th St., in Lamar, at 7:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The structure is owned by Clyde Berry. The cause of the fire has been listed as a leak in the wood stove chimney, causing ignition in the attic. Major damage occurred in the central part of the structure. Two people required medical treatment and were transported to Barton County Memorial Hospital. A passerby reported the fire. The fire department responded with two trucks and 17 firefighters and was on the scene for approximately 1 ½ hours. The city electric crew, Lamar Police Department and the Barton County Ambulance assisted the fire department. The Red Cross also responded to assist the family.


SECTION A Correspondents......................... 2 Friends & Family....................... 3 Christmas Greetings................. 4 Christmas Greetings................. 5 Sports.......................................... 6 SECTION B School.......................................... 2 Records/Legals........................... 3 Records/Legals........................... 4 Legals/Classifieds....................... 5 Area News.................................. 6

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper Ward 1 winner, Gary and Sheila Stevens, 603 Jackson.

By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer richardcooper@ LAMAR-Lamar Community Betterment judged residential Christmas lighting, December 16, and produced a list of winners different from last year. That is a part of the rules; no one is allowed to finish in the same place (first, second, or third) as they finished the year before. In each ward, first place was awarded $20, and second and third places received $10 each. The prizes were provided by Lamar Community Betterment and were in the form of Barton County Cash, which may be spent only in Barton County. Judges were a combination of youth and adults. The Community Betterment youth were members of the Lamar High School Student Council and 4-H Teen Leaders from across

Barton County. The adults were volunteers from Jasper. In Ward 1, first place was Gary and Sheila Stevens, 603 Jackson. Second place was Dwight and Dorothy Parks, 300 Arbor Drive. Third place was Kent and Melissa Morey, 710 Wheeler Road. In Ward 2, first place was David Howard, 403 Reavley Drive. Second place was John and Marsha Bary, 207 West 3rd. Third place was Geoff and Jackie Leininger, 207 Cherry. In Ward 3, first place was Kevin and Amy Neher, 1606 Maple. Second place was Brian and Camma Griffith, 201 East 10th. Third place was Bill and Patricia Nixon, 901 Oak. In Ward 4, first place was Cheryl Flores, 1100 East 19th. Second place was Don and Jane Miller, 101 East 20th. Third place was Phil and Tina VanKirk, 1105 East 18th. Winner in the business category was Legacy Farm and Lawn, 510 West 12th.

Inside or outside? By ROB WILSON Pastor Lamar First Christian Church

From the very moment we’re born… God begins to call to us. Like a lover pursuing his beloved, God courts, He woos, He pursues us. He doesn’t send actual flowers or chocolates or romantic cards… but through events in our lives we see His love, feel His promptings and admire His beauty. Through faith, we know that He is not only good, but worthy of our entire heart, mind and soul. But some in our world have missed His calling. The noise of this world, rejection by oth-

ers, painful circumstances, or even self-centeredness have caused them to not see the flowers or chocolates or cards. Many people have even slammed the door shut on God. Yet He will continue to send love into their lives with His message of life, hope and victory in His Son. And even though God has had the door shut in His face, because of His great love, He again will open it and send out His message of forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration in Christ. In spite of men throwing the door shut in rebellion, He will again open the door and send out His message of repentance, peace and joy in Jesus.

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper Ward 2 winner, David Howard, 403 Reavley Drive.

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper Ward 3 winner, Kevin and Amy Neher, 1606 Maple.

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper Ward 4 winner, Cheryl Flores, 1100 East 19th.

Some people keep closing the door on God for their entire life. But the day will come when what people have been doing to God, He will do to them: He will shut the door; not out of hate but out of profound sadness. And when God shuts it – it’s permanent. Death is a door that no man can open. So every person decides what side of the door he’ll stand on before the door is closed and locked. Inside or outside? Those on the inside sing this old popular song: Jesus, lover of my soul. Jesus, I will never let you go. You’ve taken me from the miry clay, You set my feet upon the rock I now know. I love you, I need you. Though

the world may fall, I’ll never let you go. My Savior, my closest friend I will worship you until the very end. What about those on the outside? Take heart, God is opening the door again right now… we call it the Christmas season. Yes, it can get muddled with gross materialism and family squabbles… but it also spotlights the profound mystery of God clothing Himself with humanity. Immanuel – God with us. The message of Christmas is an invitation to know God. He’s still wooing. He’s still pursuing. He’s still courting. He still wants to pour His unfathomable love over a dying world.

CDC discusses diesel services business coming to Lamar Heights By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer richardcooper@

LAMAR-The monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Barton County Community Development Corporation (CDC) focused on a new business that will be locating in Lamar Heights. Independent Diesel Services will locate east and south of the Lamarti Travel Plaza on a 60 by 100 foot parcel of land and

will serve the needs of diesel tractor-trailer rigs traveling on Interstate 49. The owner is Jim Gillaspy of Enid, Okla., who operates a diesel services business in that city. He chose Lamar Heights because it is located on the interstate and is roughly midway between Kansas City and Tulsa. Also, because Lamarti’s is a member of the A-Best truck stop network is believed to have influenced his decision. CDC economic development director John Adams told the

board at the December 19 meeting that Gillaspy made the decision to open a business here in late September. He has already purchased the metal building that will house the facility, and construction should start next February or March. It should be open for business in April. It will house three service bays, a tire changing operation, and an office. Adams said between six and 10 persons should be employed during the first year of operation, with that number to grow

in the years to follow. In his director’s report to the board, Adams said a building expansion of Red Neck Blinds is expected to start in the first quarter of 2014. The expansion will be used for warehousing and storage. At the conclusion of the meeting, officers were elected for the next term. Brian Brewer will be president, Shawn Maberry will be vice-president, Tom Shaw will remain as secretary, and Bobbi Jeffries will remain as treasurer.

Water main break in Golden City prompts boil order By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer GOLDEN CITY-A break in an eight inch water main in Golden City was discovered shortly after 9 a.m., Wednesday. Before the main could be repaired, the city’s two water towers were drained

to the point that a boil order was issued by the city as a precaution. The boil order was issued at 2:30, Wednesday afternoon. Public Works Director Greg Lowe took a water sample to the Greene County Health Department, Thursday, for testing. Friday morning, the results of the test were received showing no contamination and that the water was approved for public consumption. The boil order was immediately lifted.

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correspondents Coonfoot & Vicinity By LOUISE OTT

Peeking out the door this early Monday morning, with the heavy frost I thought it had snowed. I’m ready for winter to be over and some people said winter hasn’t even started yet, so not very encouraging. Gary and Judy Nelson, Michael Nelson and Ella Mae Turpen enjoy going to dinner on Sunday at a restaurant. Arbry Winans, Ray and Nicole Winans, Ray and Tristan and Elvin Winans Jr. and Durella were visitors of Marie Winans. Kenneth Dee and Esther Archer and Louise Ott were visitors and dinner guests of George Straw. Steve Patterson, pastor of Alba Friends Church non-profit organization, appreciates any donations from anyone. Plans are to serve coffee, pastries and chips. Anyone can call Steve’s cell phone at 417793-3308 or home phone at 1-417-525-6107 and he can tell you more about the lunches and what days. The café is at 212 Main in Alba. Louise Ott, Esther Archer, George Straw, Layton Straw Jr. and Albert Straw would like to say a big thank you to every-

one with calls and cards about our sister, Frances Roberts, 85, who died Wednesday, Nov. 20.

For-getme-nots By GAIL LEAMING

Did you know that Hitler and Obama are the only leaders that have their own logo picture? Now Obama’s is going to be on the gas stations that are giving free gas to minorities and poor that are on Obama Care to go to the hospital. If you have a job and work, then you have to find your own way to the hospital. When the temperature finally got to 38 we made a trip to Racine to make the Journey to Bethlehem. If you didn’t get to see it, make a note to go next year. The church puts on a fantastic program with bells, singers and recitations. The trip lasts about an hour and is a walking tour of what Joseph and Mary had to go through just to get to the City of David. If you can’t walk that far, then they have golf carts to ride in. We got to visit with people camped along the way, the shepherds and every once in a while a Roman guard would ride up on a horse and check your papers or collect money (tax). We happened to have

a delightful little four year old that was in our group that showed he was sharp as a tack. One stop showed the group the maps they had made out of papyrus and gave directions. This little boy said he didn’t need the map because you could just follow the campfires along the path. They even had a camel along with the other animals. We were told over 7,000 came last year. We are going to Mt. Moriah to watch the lights tonight. They are supposed to have lights like we watched in Oklahoma City, with music. Sunday, Kamala came to Carthage to go to Stone’s Throw Theater and lunch. It was a very funny comedy about a church Christmas play put on by three sisters. We had a good time. Delivering Christmas presents today since the weather is so pretty. Dorothy Miller, Clea Kleeman and myself are trying to collect stories and pictures of the Golden City School and the history up to the present date. If anyone has anything to show or tell, please contact us. We are going to try to make a book by the alumni banquet in November. Thank you Justin Crawford and Dianna Pyle for helping me work on the computer. Sometimes you have to work slowly for me to understand, but I

did finally get everything loaded for my sewing machine. Christmas music everyday and finishing up the wrapping. Even ole Bah Humbug is in the spirit. Made a trip around the towns to run errands today and thought I could rest tomorrow, but have just been informed we are going after quail tomorrow so best cut this short. Need to get these out by tonight. Called Kim Stuart in Oklahoma City and just caught her before she left for home in Arkansas. She and Randy are my go to for info on the RV. She told me that Donna had fallen and broke her ankle. Get well soon Donna. She had just lost her husband Ted this month and didn’t need any more heartache. For the rest of my readers, also have a Merry Christmas.


I received word of the death of Myrtle Hatfield Ferrell, age 85, at her home in California. She was a former resident of the Bellamy community and attended Sheldon High School; however, due to bus route changes she attended her senior year and graduated from El Dorado Springs. She is survived by a daughter, Janet Moore, of the

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home and grandchildren and one brother, Gerald Hatfield. Funeral services were held in California. The family of Elizabeth Brown held an early Christmas gathering on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Moore-Few Community Room in Nevada. Family members from Rogers, Ark., Diamond, Lee’s Summit and Sheldon were present to enjoy the day. Sheldon Christian Church held their holiday dinner following morning services on Sunday, Dec. 15, with a large crowd attending. Several members were delivered to members unable to attend. The Sheldon Vision Committee met Monday, Dec. 16, at the Christian church, with plans being made for the presentation in January to the Drury architect students. The Sheldon School Christmas Music Concert was held Monday night at the school auditorium. Students in kindergarten thru sixth grade performed Christmas songs. The fifth grade beginner’s band joined the junior and senior high bands for several numbers. During the evening Sheldon Mayor Jerod Lamb presented the awards for the Christmas lighting contest to Larry Gardner, first place; Debbie Huggins, second place and Josh Lamb, third place. The kinder-

garten class won the food collection contest. Sheldon R-8 basketball teams traveled to Bronaugh Tuesday evening, Dec. 17 for three games. Bronaugh defeated Sheldon boys junior varsity and girls team and Sheldon boys winning 45 to 36. Sheldon travels to Rich Hill Thursday evening and to Golden City on Friday. The Christmas program will be presented Sunday, Dec. 22, at Sheldon Christian Church at 10 a.m. A candle lighting service will be held at the Christian church on December 24, at 6 p.m. I accompanied Phyllis Sprenkle and Eileen Leininger to Joplin on Wednesday to celebrate Eileen’s birthday. Delores Honey joined us for lunch. Dorothy Cross called to inform me that Kenneth Roland, age 91 of Graves Mills, had entered a nursing home for rehabilitation following a stroke. Kenneth is a former resident and neighbor of Dorothy’s in the Bellamy community and attended Sheldon High School, graduating in 1940. I received word Tuesday of the death of a special friend since 1934, Ann Irene Irwin Wolf, age 91. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m., with visitation on Thursday evening at Ferry Funeral Home.

Excerpt from Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits regarding Truman’s visit to Lamar (Editor’s note: The following account was written by Helen Thorpe in a newsletter, Thorpe’s Tantalizing Tidbits, that she wrote from1943-1945 for those serving in the Armed Forces during World War II.)

“My Mamma Done Told Me” – Well, she told me a lot of the facts of life, I’ll admit, but she neglected my education sadly, and so I came out of the Battle of the Electric Fan minus part of my right thumb nail and a goodly slice of my right forefinger. All this pre-

vented my holding a pen for some time, and so I’m slow on writing. Can’t I think up the darndest excuses? They’re better than some of you manufacture, at that! Everything worked out even, tho. My cousin was here three weeks, then I lit in and finished my canning and cleaned the Old Home Place; for the Truman Celebration, and now that’s all done, I’m off again – or yet! Clubs start tomorrow and I hope to get lined up again in the old rut. Speaking of the Truman Notification here, Lamar really put it over.

Joplin tried to steal the show and bring Truman up at 7:30, but Guy Ross and Raymond River got on the phone and told the head boys that if Joplin wanted to steal the show, they could erect the platform down there and have it. Since it was nationally advertised to come off here, tho, the big boys became very very sweet, and we got Truman here about four o’clock with seven bands, Assoc. Press men galore, Life Magazine Photographers, Nat’l Broadcasting boys and big shot Senators, machine politicians, hard-boiled women

politicians, pickpockets and plain-clothes men. Mel Ridgely donated 75 bucks to the light fingered gentry and I heard a Mr. Deering lost some, too. Bourbon flowed like water. Some mixed drinks in the Courtyard, others stood in the middle of the street and guzzled their firewater. Sneed’s Café let so many in, so many out, and stayed closed next day to recuperate, and sedans, hotel rooms, alleys and curbs became temporary bars. A Committeewoman came into the hotel early that day fol-

lowed by a man sweating under the load in a heavy cardboard box, sealed and labeled with a Nat’l brand name of liquor. She wanted a “safe” place to leave her sandwiches. I acted dumb then, but later when I saw her passing out the contents, I just had to say, “Lady, don’t look now, but your sandwiches are all wet.” Lil’ Arthur Aull says Senator Whooses es-

Club Notes LAMAR COUNTRY CLUB WINTER BRIDGE CLUB Betty Gideon was the hostess Tuesday, Dec. 17. The winners were Kathy Jenkins, first, and Rosalee Potter, second. There will be no meetings on December 24 and 31. The hostess on January 7, 2014, will be Kathy Jenkins.

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ner. Sack lunches were along with enjoyed cake, cookies, candy and snacks. Table grace was given by Joy Beeman. Those present were given a box of candy from Marie Polston and a letter from her was read, as she was unable to attend. President Marj Ness called the meeting to order by leading the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the devotion with all reading the Lord’s Prayer in unison. The minutes and trea-

surer report were read an the afternoon was spent approved. A thank you playing dominoes. note for the cookie plates was read from Eileen Bordon and a Christmas greeting was read from Olive Ditmar. Since December is the month for selection of officers, a motion was made and seconded to retain all officers for another year. The meeting adjourned to meet on January 7, at 1:30 p.m., with Pauline Stanwill as hostess. Roll call will be “How I spent New Year’s Eve”. Following adjournment

timated the crowd at 10,000 people. Lamarites say it ran less than 5,000 souls, and I’ve seen larger crowds back when they had the drawings on Saturday afternoons. Remember? The many hot dog, pop and hamburger stands lost money in most cases, and hundreds of pounds of hamburger meat was unsold, see TIDBITS, page 3A

“What we have a right to expect of the American boy is that he shall turn out to be a good American man.”

Sheldon Jolly Senior Citizens met Tuesday at the Donaldson Building for the monthly din-

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FRIENDS & FAMILY Tucker recognized by Salvation Army

Lamar Democrat/Melody Metzger The American Red Cross recognized three ladies on Monday afternoon, Dec. 16, for their years of dedicated service. Nell Finley Voorhees was recognized for over 50 years of service, beginning with the blood program at Lamar in 1967. Marie Banwart served for over 30 years and Edth Sitton for 31. Pictured are, sitting, left to right, Sitton, Voorhees and Banwart. Standing behind the three are, left to right, Donor Recruitment Manager of Blood Services Miquel A. Villasana and Floyd Banwart, husband of Marie.

Golden City Class of 1955 meet in Branson

The Golden City High School Class of 1955 met in Branson for the weekend. Those attending were Bill White, Charles Ritchey, Elsie (Stump) Ritchey, Marva (Patterson) LaFon, Delbert Stump, Sam Walker, Louise (Walker) Graham, Leota (Stevenson) Stump and sitting, Dawson Mitts.

The Good Samaritan Shop would like to congratulate Polly Tucker on her Certificate of Achievement and recognition by the Salvation Army for eight years as a bell ringer. She received two certificates and a Salvation Army bell. Polly has been the most faithful and reliable bell ringer and has helped raise money for the Christmas Project for almost eight years. Thank you, Polly! What you do for the community is appreciated. Tucker, left, is pictured with Pat Neely.

Divines get together The descendents of Blanche Divine held a family reunion on November 24, in Appleton City. A ham and turkey dinner was enjoyed at the noon hour. “Happy Birthday” was sung to Karen Thompson and a get well card was signed by everyone to be sent to Larry Divine, who is recovering from surgery. Those attending were Claude Dean McDonald, Golden City; Patty Baugh, Carthage; Jacque and Tom Ball, Jasper; Robin Smith, Monett; Jordan Austin, Kirksville; Kaylen Terry, Claudia, Keeton, Kyett and Arloe, Walnut Grove; Don, Ona and Todd Null and Maurice Clements, Lamar. Also, Dan and Leslie Roncelli, Jenna, Lauryn and Drew, Odessa; Jarold Clements, Taberville; Mark and Nichole Leisten and Mackenzie and Emi, DeSoto, Kan.; John and Sharon Walls, Blue Springs; Randy and Lynn Buckman, Braylen, Brynn and Brooks, Lee’s Summit; Karen and Allan Thompson, Raytown; Debbie and Danny Cashett, Liberty and Jamie Walls, Blue Springs.

Annie’s Project class scheduled in Nevada Are you a woman who loves farming? Do you want to learn how to run your farm as a business? Do you want to learn how to do a better job of marketing or how to pass the farm to the next generation? If so, then join Annie’s Project, a class designed just for farmwomen. This class is being offered by University of Missouri Extension including seven evening sessions on Tuesdays, January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 and 11. The classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Crowder

College computer lab in Nevada. Items being discussed include economics of land ownership, land rental contracts, understanding Missouri fence laws, livestock and grain marketing, risk management, farm record keeping and taxes, business plans, how property is titled, insurance needs, financial statements, retirement and estate planning, farm, learning to communicate and work with different personalities, utilizing computers and the internet on the farm and much more.

Show, continued from page 1A at the Municipal Building at 112 South 17th, Parsons, Kan. on Saturday, Feb. 8. The Parsons’ show is a charity event for the Parsons Police Officers Association and SKIL Re-

source Center, Inc., with the proceeds devoted to the youth of Parsons and the Labette County area. The Mid-Missouri Collectors Show will be held on Friday, March 21 through Sunday, March 23 at the Inn at Grand Glaize, 5142 Osage Beach Parkway, Osage Beach.

The course will be taught my University of Missouri Extension specialists and will include guest speakers. The goal of the class is to empower farmwomen and help them make better management decisions through learning experiences, networking and by utilizing critical financial resources. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, which gives them the opportunity to learn as much from one another as they do from instructors.

The class is being partially funded by a grant from the North Central Risk Management Center, however there is a cost of $75 for the seven week course to cover additional expenses. Class size will be limited to the first 20 women who register to ensure sufficient group interaction and one-on-one assistance. For more information or to request a brochure call or stop by the Vernon County Extension Center at 417-448-2560 or vernonco@missouri. edu.

The final event of the year will be the Joplin Route 66 Collectors Show held at the Continental Banquet Center/Granny Shaffer’s Restaurant at 2802 N. Range Line Road on Saturday, Sept. 27. Dealers, collectors and vendors interested in obtaining tables or booths at

the shows are encouraged to contact Dave Sorrick at 620-423-6600 or email Applications for the events may also be obtained at the In God We Trust LLC website,

Tidbits, continued from page 2A but Lamar looked beautiful and yards trimmed to a blade, flowers lovely, the square decorated, and windows shining. You should be proud to come from Lamar, and we’ll put on an even larger celebration, minus the

pickpockets and other evils when YOU (i.e. soldiers serving in World War II) get home. Let’s see, food for 58 kids plus wives or sweethearts, 2 x 58 is 116 to feed. Well, I can do it, and sure will, if I can just get you all back

here. The tragedy of Sheriff Patterson’s and Sammy’s murder really outshadowed the Truman affair. Here was real grief, and it may go down as unsolved, but the officers are still working on it, you know. Mrs. Patterson is living at the jail until the new Sheriff is elected and takes his place in January, which means she will have time to decide at leisure her plans for the future. Josh Box is Acting Sheriff.

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Christmas Greetings

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Metzger’s Mutterings

By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat melodymetzger@ “Count your blessings, name them one by one”…. That is probably one of my favorite hymns and one that we sang at church services the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Brother Robb’s sermon was centered on doing just that, as well as showing our appreciation for all that we are thankful for. This got me to thinking about all that has transpired in my life over the last year. I think back on it now and wonder how I ever made

it through, but with help from above I did and am now blessed in so many ways because of it all. It started out about this time last year when my son Jud informed me that he and Meghan had bought a house in Webb City and would be moving from my mom’s house. This was something I knew was eventually going to happen, but really didn’t want to have to deal with it. Unfortunately, life has a way of slapping one in the face sometimes. Thank goodness it was a relatively painless ordeal. Right after that transpired my grandson Landon was

born one month premature, but perfect in every way. Due to complications on his mommy’s part Landon had to be delivered in Springfield, so now both of my grandsons were born there! Landon was a beautiful healthy baby boy and has continued to grow and enrich my life in so many ways. He just started walking a month or so back and now is going full steam ahead. When I was over the other night he ran to me with his arms open, which was a first, and a big smile on his face. Needless to say I scooped him up and gave him a big hug. What a joy he is in my life. As soon as the first of the year was over I had to tackle clearing out a house that had been occupied by family since the 1940’s. As I’ve said before,

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of sight, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

no one ever moved out, they just moved in on top of the other! Well, I got done what had to be done and got ‘er sold to a wonderful individual that has breathed new life into it, complete with a new family to love it. I still drive by regularly to keep tabs on it and it does my heart so much good to see it looking so nice. Mom might never forgive me for selling it, but I know she would be pleased with the way it is being taken care of. While all this was going on I was told by Doug and Rayma that they were looking into the possibility of selling the Democrat. Oh my… I’ve been employed by the paper for 29 years and just took for granted that I would al-

ways be here. Well, many months later (what sometimes seemed like a lifetime), I’m still here and working for some great individuals. I have done things I never thought possible and have survived. I have also widened myself to new experiences, meeting new people and have been blessed to have them in my life. Another event was seeing Jud and Meghan getting married with all my family and friends surrounding me. What a true blessing that was. There were many that could not make it, that’s what happens when your family is scattered all across the

United States. The ones that mattered the most celebrated with us and we had a wonderful reunion. It was nice to finally get together for something good! Now I’m looking forward to Christmas and getting my grandson Kobyn, as well as celebrating Landon’s first birthday! I am eternally grateful for the blessings that I have had bestowed on me and thank the good Lord for all he has done in and with my life. Can you count life’s blessings? If so, name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!

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New members of weightlifting club at Lamar High School

New members of the 500 pound club at Lamar High School after the New members of the 1000 pound December max out are, left to right, Jessica White, Erica Cleveland, Kynlee club at Lamar High School are, left Lehman, Shelby Haskins, Megan McManis and Cassidy Beem. These six to right, Ethan Taffner and Cody girls lifted a combined total of 500 pounds or more in the squat, power Hayworth. clean and bench press.

Pictured, left to right, are Billy O’Brien, Levi Peterson and Brett McDonald, the newest members of the Lamar High School 1000 pound club.

A look back at the softball Tigers historic season

Seven members of the Lamar Lady Tiger 2013 softball team were named to the Class 2 all district team. They are, from left, Addie Maberry, Baylee Starmer, Ryan O'Sullivan, Emmie Robertson, Trinity Cornell, Lexa Curtis and Cassidy Beem.

Senior Emmie Robertson and freshman Cassidy Beem were named to the Class 2 all state softball team recently. The pitcher-catcher battery were key in the Lady Tigers historic season.

"They were so intent on doing what they needed to do, that the focus was there night in and night out," he said. As a team they fielded at an .861 clip despite having to fill critical infield positions with newcomers or outfielders turned infielders. They were dealt a blow when senior shortstop Taylor Jackson was injured over the season and was unable to suit up all fall. Stepping in at the critical defensive position was Baylee Starmer. Senior Trinity Cornell stepped in at first base after playing exclusively in the outfield in the past  and finished with an impressive .939 fielding percentage. Senior Addie Maberry was always reliable at sec-

ing runners is key, especially in playoff games where every team has an ace on the mound. Key to the small ball approach  was outfielder Ryan O'Sullivan, who was counted on to move Starmer into scoring position if she reached base to lead off the game. "On anybody else's team Ryan would probably be hitting in the middle of the order, but because she handles the bat so well we batted her second. If we could get a run in the first inning, I liked our chances," said Timmons. It happened often. O'Sullivan led the Lady Tigers with six sacrifice bunts, frequently moving Starmer who hit .300 on the season into scoring position for Robertson

trying to do. I knew that if they didn't, we weren't going to have much of a year but if they did, we could really do something special. We asked them to sacrifice, to take pitches, to do the little things and this group was the most disciplined team I've had in my five years," said Timmons, who was assisted by Tanina Torbeck. Their team bought in immediately, winning their first six games. In fact, Timmons' approach turned out to be a perfect recipe for success. The Lady Tigers outscored their opponents 140-24 on the season. They won their own tournament early in the year outscoring Jasper, Butler and Southwest Washburn 28-0 in the

pitcher. "Oh, it's not even close. If you want to win, you have to have pitching and as great as Emmie has The Lamar Lady Tiger been the last three years, softball team had some pretty lofty goals heading into the 2013 campaign and they met every one of them. "It hurt to lose the playoff game because they wanted it so badly, but they did everything they set out to do this season and I'm very proud of them and they should be very proud of themselves," said coach Tim Timmons, whose team set a new record for the proSeven members of the Lamar Lady Tiger 2013 softball team were named to the all Big 8 Conference gram with 23 wins. They team. They are, from left, Addie Maberry, Baylee Starmer, Ryan O'Sullivan, Emmie Robertson, lost only four games, inBrynn Fanning, Cassidy Beem, Olivia Fanning. cluding the season finale when they fell to Marionville in a hard fought she was even better this ond and freshman Olivia and Beem. three games. They won contest in the Class 2 year and I didn't know if Fanning handled the hot Maberry hit .321 and the El Dorado Springs state quarterfinal. It was that was possible," said corner. Brynn Fanning outfielder Erica Cleve- tournament and reached the furthest the Lady Ti- Timmons. played almost flawless land hit .310. the finals of the Seneca gers had advanced in the She tossed 15 shutouts defense, committing only "For us to play the kind tournament where they and three no-hitters. She one error in left field. An- of small ball that we need- lost to the host. They also playoffs since 1995. Winning 23 games allowed only 24 runs the other freshman, Cassidy ed to in order to win, the lost to the Lady Indians requires a great many entire season. For her Beem, played catcher and kids had to be unselfish. It in Big 8 Conference play. things and in softball career she finished with threw out 16 of the 18 was imperative that they Monett defeated Lamar the number one thing is 1,013 K's. runners who attempted buy into what we were 1-0 and Seneca beat them pitching. The Lady Ti- "She has seven legiti- to steal on her. She also gers had a true ace on mate pitches, seven pitch- provided a big bat in the the mound. Senior Em- es that she gets over for clean-up spot, leading the mie Robertson's statistics strikes," said Timmons team in many offensive are jaw dropping. She with a laugh. "It's awful categories. pitched every inning of hard to hit a pitcher with Beem pounded six every game. She struck command of seven pitch- home runs and drove in out 342 batters in 165 in- es." 36. She scored 24 runs, nings, which equates to In her repertoire was had eight doubles, a triple over two per frame. She a rise ball, fastball, drop and batted .532, strikwalked only 19 and al- ball, curve, change up and ing out only six times in lowed only 59 hits. Her a screwball. 77 at-bats. Robertson hit earned run average was a It's also impossible to in the three spot and finwin softball games with- ished with a .471 average microscopic 0.21. In the spectrum of high out solid glove work, but with four home runs. She school sports, both boys when a pitcher is striking scored 21 runs, drove in and girls, it's impossible out so many hitters, it can 19 and had seven doubles. to find a player on a team be difficult for fielders to Starmer led the team sport that has more bear- stay focused. Timmons with 10 stolen bases. ing on the team's success says that wasn't a prob- Softball is a game of than that of a softball lem for his team. small ball where movBy CHRIS MORROW Lamar Democrat chrismorrow@

5-1. The Lady Tigers finished third in the league. But against teams their own size, Lamar went 13-1, their only loss coming to Marionville in the quarterfinal. It was also the only game they dropped at home. "You just can't imagine how much fun this bunch of kids was to coach," said Timmons who will lose four of them to graduation. Robertson, Maberry, Cornell and designated hitter Lexa Curtis will be missed. "Lexa was very important to our success. She hit and she did a great job of helping bring along our younger players. If you want to win you have to have a player like Lexa on your team," said Timmons. When asked about the seniors Timmons shook his head. "They're irreplaceable." That said, the Lady Tigers are bringing back an experienced group in 2014, a group that already understands the dynamics that are required to put together a special season. They landed seven players on the All Big 8 team: Robertson, Beem, Maberry, Starmer, O'Sullivan, B. Fanning and O. Fanning. They also had seven named to the all district team: Robertson, Beem, Cornell, Maberry, Starmer, O'Sullivan and Curtis. Beem was named to the first team at the conference, district, region and all state levels. Robertson was first team in the conference, district, region, state and was first team All Southwest Missouri.

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Section B

Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation award grants

Lamar Democrat/Richard Cooper The Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation (MRTF), a division of the Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA), has awarded three $500 grants for purchase of equipment to classroom teachers in Region 9 of the association. Region 9 includes Barton and Jasper counties among others. In left picture, agriculture instructor Jared Jeffries of Jasper R-V High School is presented the check from Vicki Orr, vice-president of Region 9. Others in picture are Jim Orr, member of the MRTF board of directors, and Mary Kuhn, president of Barton County retired teachers unit of Region 9. Jeffries said the grant would be used to purchase android tablets for his classroom. Right, the second grant was awarded to Jennifer Shaw, librarian of Lamar R-I West Elementary School. She intends to use the grant for furniture in a reading area of the library. She is shown on the far left in the second picture. The third recipient of a $500 grant was Elizabeth English of Carthage Middle School.

Board sets 2014-15 school calendar, enrollment up slightly By RICHARD COOPER Democrat staff writer

LAMAR-The Lamar R-I school calendar for the 2014-15 school year was set by the board of education at its meeting of December 19. “It will look very much like this year’s calendar,” said Superintendent Dr. Zach Harris, “with only a few minor changes.” There will continue to be 168 days with classes in session. Teachers will have two more professional development days, but there will be two fewer work days. The first day of classes will be August 18, 2014, and the last day of school will be May 15, 2015. No classes will be held on August 21 and 22, to allow students and teachers to enjoy the Lamar Fair. Enrollment figures for November showed a stable number of students at all four schools with only a slight increase at three of them. East Primary had an enrollment of 292, up two from October. West Elementary reported 309, an increase

of six from October. Lamar Middle School had 322 enrolled, an increase of two, and Lamar High School was unchanged at 405. The total for the district was 1,328, 10 more students than at the end of October. The condition of the running track at Thomas O’Sullivan stadium was discussed. It has been found to have numerous places of wear, some holes, and has come loose at the sides from its asphalt underpinning. Bids for installation of a replacement surface have not been sought as yet, but are expected in the near future. The resignation of Sharon Brannan, West Elementary principal, was accepted, effective at the end of the current school year. Brannan is retiring. Dr. Harris recommended the formation of a teacher panel to assist in the interview process. He indicated that he expected to have a recommendation to present to the board in February. The board unanimously agreed that it wanted to meet the candidate in person before it rendered a final decision.

The Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) is seeking applicants for 17 scholarships that will become available to school districts in Missouri that are members of the association. Lamar R-I is such a member. The board selected applicant Kenna Roland, daughter of Curt and Susan Roland to be the applicant from Lamar R-I. Nextel Communications has leased a parcel of ground west of the Lamar Career and Technical Center for several years. The company plans to terminate the lease on June 30, 2014, and a termination agreement, if signed by the school district, would give the communications tower and an accompanying shed to the district. Dr. Harris said he has contacted several members of the school staff for ideas on how the equipment could be used, but no one saw any use for it. Therefore, the board declined to sign any termination agreement, which will require that Nextel return the site to its original condition.

Barton County of Yesteryear

Plaza Theater construction underway in 1934 In July 1934, construction of our current Plaza Theater was underway. It would become the jewel of the south side of the Lamar square. Actually, it would not be the first motion picture house in Lamar. The first would bear the name Bijou and was opened in 1908 roughly where Castle’s Shoe Shop is now situated. A fire later in 1908 resulted in relocating the Bijou on the southwest corner of the square. After about 10 years, it was moved into a building on the immediate north side of what is today known as the Gilkey Building, and the name Plaza was born. It would remain at that location until the new Plaza was completed. The new theater (A spelling of “theatre” is also correct, British version.) was glowingly described in an article that appeared in the Lamar Democrat, Friday, July 13, 1934. A. J. Simmons is starting to build his new theatre on the south side of the square. When this building is completed it will be one of the handsomest theatres in this part of the country. The architect, L. P. Larson, who built the Gillois Theatre in Springfield and the Fox Theatre in Joplin, has designed the new theatre for La-

mar. It will be forty-three feet wide, a hundred and thirtyfive feet long, and the height of the front will be thirty-eight feet. The effect of the front will be modernistic and beautiful. The theatre will be of the stadium type. It is very doubtful if any town even near the size of Lamar will have a theatre to approach Lamar’s new Plaza. Mr. Simmons expects to have the theatre ready to move into before the close of October. The erection of the theatre will give employment to quite a little gang of men for the next three months. It is Mr. Simmons’ ambition to have a theatre that will compete successfully with the best playhouses, in the cities in driving distance of Lamar. It should be a magnet to draw people here from a considerable distance, and to make hundreds of folks who up to the present time scarcely come here at all, in the habit of driving to Lamar, because of the excellence of its beautiful and modern new theatre. The new Plaza opened October 25, 1934. Congratulatory telegrams were received from such motion picture notables as Clark Gable, Al Jolsen, and Mae West. It prospered for decades and truly was the jewel of the south side of

the city square. However by the 1980s, it was beginning to feel the pressure of television competition and changing entertainment tastes. A fire next door in December 1985, never touched the Plaza but left the theater with a lingering smell of smoke that would lead to its closing on April 6, 1986. It would be used for storage and eventually there were suggestions that it be demolished. Those suggestions spurred a determined effort to save the theater. Betty Kuhn led the charge to restore the Plaza to its past glory. The Community Plaza Rescue committee was formed, and with hundreds of hours of volunteer work and generous donations from both inside and outside of the community, from both individuals and businesses, the Plaza was renovated and reopened on the memorable night of November 5, 1998. Today, the Plaza is in full operation and has a new digital projector, again made possible by the generous citizens and businesses of Lamar. Once more, the Plaza is the jewel of the south side of the Lamar square.

County average annual and hourly wages, 2012 The average annual wage paid in Missouri’s 114 counties for 2012 showed a sharp differential between the lowest and highest figures. Generally, higher wages are paid in the urban areas of the state with lower wages found in the more rural counties. The county where the state’s highest wages were paid in 2012 was St. Louis where the annual wage averaged $52,392. St. Louis County does not include the city of St. Louis, which is a separate entity in Missouri political and economic figures. Inside the city of St. Louis, the average annual wage was $54,222. Deep in the Missouri Ozarks in Shannon County, the lowest average annual wage of $20,450 was paid. Using the total wages for all industries, public and private, here are some 2012 figures from a number of

southwest Missouri counties. Barton County had an average annual wage of $26,855 and an average hourly wage of $12.91. In Dade County, the average annual wage was $25,996, and the average hourly wage was $12.50. Cedar County’s average annual wage was $24,887, and the hourly wage was $11.96. Vernon County reported an annual wage of $32,255 with an hourly wage of $15.51. With the presence of Joplin, Jasper County produced the highest figures in the immediate area. Its annual wage was $34,625, and its average hourly wage was $16.65. The counties with colleges or universities tended to have their figures nudged upward somewhat. Greene County with Missouri State University had an average annual wage of $34,625 and an hourly wage of

$17.68. Boone County with the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri had an average annual wage of $38,158 and an hourly wage of $18.35. Cape Girardeau County with Southeast Missouri State University had an average annual wage of $35,951 and an hourly wage of $17.28. However, Adair County with Truman State University produced figures that some might expect to be higher. Adair’s annual wage was $28,598, and its hourly wage was $13.75. The state average for 2012 was an annual wage of $42,692 and an hourly figure of $20.53. These figures come from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) and are based on the Quarterly Census of Employment for 2012.

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Connor Brown, son of Matt and Heather Brown, is the sixth grade Student of the Week at Lamar Middle School. Connor likes to show pigs at the fair and play basketball and football. His favorite school subject is band. In band he plays the trombone.

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Area students participate in PSU graduation

Katelyn Collins, daughter of Tony Collins and Michelle Elder, is the seventh grade Lamar Middle School Student of the Week. Katelyn’s favorite color is purple. She loves camping and drawing. Her favorite subject in school is art.

Macie Graves, daughter of Jim and Teresa Graves, is the eighth grade Lamar Middle School Student of the Week. Macie enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves riding horses. Her favorite season is summer.

STAR Students of the week

PITTSBURG, Kan.More than 580 students participated in Pittsburg State University’s spring commencement exercises on December 13. Commencement exercises were held in the Garfield Weede physical education building on the PSU campus. Area students graduating included Danielle Row, Golden City, receiving her Bachelor of General Studies; Matthew Rives, Jasper, Bachelor of Science in Technology; Kayla J. Williams, Lamar, Bachelor of Science in Education; Remington

Wilson inducted into honor society

BATON ROUGE, La.-The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced that Derrek Wilson of Liberal was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Wilson was initiated at STAR Students at Lamar East Primary for the week of December 16 are, third row, left to right, Kansas State UniverKilee Smith, Areana Beaumont, Pablo Paiz, Addison Berryhill; second row, Lydia Nolting, Trey sity. Pittsenbarger, Landon Huskey, Kynlee McCulloch, Trey Shaw; first row, Jasmine Day, Skylar Driggs, Wilson is among apChase Bennett, Kaitlyn Rives. proximately 320,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and

Jasper Students of the Month

Congratulations to the Jasper Elementary December Eagles of the Month. These Eagles were chosen because they consistently display the character traits of respect, responsibility and safety. Pictured are, front row, left to right, Quentin Winans, Abbie Pierce, Annleigh Sentlinger, Paige Sentlinger, Shiloh Storm, Alexis Durman, Ashlyn Carmichael, Miranda Neher and Kara Leman. Back row, left to right, are Devon Pashia, Shanon Sisseck, Angel Buhlinger, Ali Wilkey, Katelyn Buhlinger, Korbin Fast, Isaac Braker and Matt Breshear.

Bunton receives scholarship for excellence in agriculture

dergraduate degree. He is the youngest son of Matt and Laura Bunton. The $1500 scholarship, named after a long-term MO-AG board president, was given based on academic excellence, community service, involvement in agriculture and excellence in academics. “I felt proud of my roots. I was glad that I have put in all of the hard work and long hours that I have. It is nice to see all of your hard work come together and have the opportunity to be honored like this. If I didn’t have Pictured left to right are Laura Bunton, Brian Bunton, Matt Bunton, the background that I Chairman of MO-AG Board Chris Hoffman and President-Elect Rex Meyr. do, there is no way that I would have won this scholarship,” said BunBy BEN BUNTON Foundation Scholar- Business Administration ton. after completing his unship. Lamar native Brian Bunton is currently Bunton was honored on studying Agriculture Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Business at Missouri MO-AG winter banquet State University in in Columbia, as one of Springfield. He is a juthree recipients of the nior and is interested in Jim Russell pursuing a Masters of

Lehman, Lamar, Bachelor of Business Administration; Tyler J. Smith, Lamar, Bachelor of Science; Joshua Lee Short, Mindenmines, Bachelor of Applied Science and Latisha Joann Potter, Mindenmines, Bachelor of Science. Graduates from Liberal included Angela J. Johnson, Bachelor of Science; Byron Keith McKay, Bachelor of Science in Education; Erin Marie Rivero, Bachelor of Arts; Jacob A. McClure, Bachelor of Science; Lauren E. Rose, Bachelor of Science in Education and Mitchell Garon Ross, Bachelor of Science in Technology.

7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

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MARLENE FARMER CARTHAGE-Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the United Methodist Church in Carthage for Alice Marlene Farmer, 80, Carthage, who died. Burial was in Lake Cemetery in Lamar. Arrangements were under the direction of Weng Funeral Chapel, Jasper. Survivors include her husband, George Farmer, of the home; a sister, Joan Oglesby, Lamar; three children, Mary Bruffett, Joplin, Karen Farmer, Granbury, Texas and Bruce Farmer, Duenweg and six grandchildren, Dustin Bruffett, Kristin Fritchman, Nicholas Nappier, Katherine Laster, Breanna Farmer and Abigail Farmer. Mrs. Farmer was born Feb. 26, 1933, to Bill and Alice Snook, on the family farm near Golden City. She was a 1951 graduate of Golden City High School. She and her husband moved to Carthage in 1956. They resided in Casa Grande, Ariz. from 1959 to 1962, then returned to Carthage. Mrs. Farmer attended art school and in 1954 she went to work at Newman’s Department Store as a commercial artist. Aside from a three year hiatus in Arizona, she worked there until Newman’s closed in 1989. The remainder of her working years were spent at Leggett & Platt, also as a commercial artist. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church in the communi-

ties where she lived. VanLandingham served She married George as honorary pallbearers. Farmer in 1953. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes AssoLARRY ciation and/or American Heart Association in the ISAAC, JR. name of Lois VanLandLAMAR-Funeral mass ingham, in care of Danwas held at 10 a.m. Thurs- iel Funeral Home, 1201 day at St. Mary’s Catho- Broadway St., Lamar, Mo lic Church in Lamar for 64759. Larry Eugene Isaac, Jr., Condolences may be 51, Lamar, who died Sat- sent at www.danielfunerurday, Dec. 14, 2013, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital Survivors include her in St. Louis. Rev. Pat Teter five children and their officiated. Burial was in spouses, Terry and Dave Highland Cemetery at Hill, Liberal, Rick and Sharon VanLandingham, Iola, Kan. Arrangements are un- Granite Bay, Calif., Ron der the direction of Dan- and Debbie VanLandingham, Sand Springs, Okla.; iel Funeral Home. Memorial contributions Jerry and Lynn VanLandmay be made to St. Mary’s ingham, Peyton, Colo. Catholic Church, in care and Becky and Marty Owens, Woodinville, of the funeral home. Condolences may be Wash.; 16 grandchildren; left at www.danielfuner- 35 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Survivors include his tin, Santa Rosa, Calif. and parents, Larry and Caro- many nieces, nephews lyn Isaac, Lamar; a broth- and cousins. er, Evart and Gina Isaac, She was preceded in Lamar; a sister, Susie and death by her siblings, Ross Knierim, Lockwood; Lawrence Essex, Leona six nieces and nephews, Frame, Walter “Bud” Rodney, Tiffany, Will, Essex, Bertie Lewman Brenna, Emily and Kyle and Harley Essex; and a and 10 great nieces and grandson, Brian Trammell. nephews. Mr. Isaac was born Dec. Mrs. VanLandingham 27, 1961, at Iola, Kan. to was born June 2, 1925, Larry Eugene Isaac Sr. in Liberal, to Roy and and Carolyn Lee (Wom- Versie (Smith) Essex. She ack) Isaac. He was a 1980 attended Liberal High graduate of Shawnee Mis- School. She moved from sion NW High School. Liberal to Kansas City, He had lived in Lamar Kan., and in 1963 relosince 2005, moving from cated to Campbell, Calif. Kansas City. He was a In 1982 she moved back self employed craftsman, to Liberal. remodeling kitchens and She married Myrl Vanbaths in high-end homes. Landingham on Oct. 21, He was an aviation enthu- 1944. He died Oct. 13, siast, especially historical 1996. planes, and was a member of the Experimental WILLIAM C. Aircraft Association and MOYER a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. GOLDEN CITY-Services were held at 2 p.m. Friday for William C. “Bill” Moyer, 84, Golden City, who died Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Minister David Powell officiated. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Golden City. Arrangements were under the direction of Konantz Warden Funeral Home, Lamar. Music was “I Can Only Imagine”, “See You Again” LOIS and “Amazing Grace”. VANLANDINGHAM Pallbearers were Will Davis, James Davis, Jeff LIBERAL-Services were Payne, Chris Payne, Greg held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Tyner and Curtis Robinthe Christian Church in son. Liberal for Lois Nadine The obituary may be “Shorty” VanLanding- viewed and condolences ham, 88, Liberal, who sent at www.konantzwardied Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, in Sand Springs, Survivors include a son, Okla., after a long illness. David W. Moyer, Lawson; Graveside services were three daughters, Tammie held at the Liberal Ceme- Davis, Pearland, Texas, tery following the funeral Sharri Payne and husband Clarence, Kansas service. Arrangements were un- City, Mo. and Sandra Teel, der the direction of Dan- Golden City; 13 grandiel Funeral Home, Lamar. children, Dawn, Lauren, Pallbearers were Rick, Erica, Greg, Hannah, Ron and Jerry VanLand- Will, James, Katie, Holingham, Dave Hill, Marty lie, Chris, Jeff, Nicole and Owens and John Pock. Kalea; 10 great-grandJim Pock and Ronnie children; a sister, Barbara

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Jane and husband Dr. Donald E. Wilson, Prairie Village, Kan. and a niece, Leigh Anne and husband Bill Neal, Fairway, Kan. He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepfather, Scott Hamilton. Mr. Moyer was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Eustis, Fla. to Heber Tilton and Florence (Wastell) Moyer. He was reared in Lamar on the family dairy farm. He attended college and went to work in Kansas City as one of the original ramp clerks for the US Postal Service at both the downtown Kansas City and Kansas City International Airports. He bowled and coached softball and was a traffic director for the Kansas City Chiefs. He served in the National Guard at Camp Clark and was a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge. He was a Christian.

PERRY O. ONSTOT Perry O. Onstot, age 91, died peacefully at his home, on Friday, December 13, 2013. He was born on January 11, 1922, in Maryville, Missouri to Perry D and Goldia Mae Onstot. Following high school in Lamar, MO, Perry joined the Civilian Conservation Corps, where he served in Idaho as Assistant Educational Advisor and Senior Leader. From 1942 to 1945, Perry proudly served in World War II as a gunner-armorer in the 392nd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. Perry received an Honorable Discharge in July 1945, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education in 1948 from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He worked as a Vocational Agriculture instructor at Carl Junction High School from 1952 to 1954, then as Chief Agronomist at Thurston Chemical Company and W.R. Grace & Co. In 1962, he joined Standard Oil Company (Esso), and from 1965 to 1970, he served as VicePresident for Esso Agricultural Products in the Philippines. From 1970 to 1984, Perry worked as a consultant for the World Bank, serving in several Southeast Asian countries, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, and others. From 1984 until his retirement in 1990, he was employed by Canpotex, Ltd., the world’s largest potash producer, to promote modern agricultural practices and improve crop yields in China. He lived in Hong Kong and traveled extensively in mainland China during that time. After an exciting 40year career that took him to nearly 90 countries, Perry retired to Kansas City where he enjoyed the company of his family, served as Onstot National Historian, attended see DEATHS, page 4B


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JACK AND ALLENE NOLL WILL OBSERVE their 57th wedding anniversary on January 6. Cards can be sent to them at 233 South KK Hwy., Lamar, MO 64759. A small family get-together is planned at a later date. 2013 BARTON COUNTY PLAT BOOKS may be purchased at the Barton County Commission Office at the Barton County Courthouse, 1004 Gulf St., Room 102, Lamar. A CROWDER COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE will be available for appointments on January 8 and 9, at the Lamar Career and Technical Center. Advising, testing and enrolling can be done at the LCTC for Crowder College students. Call 417-592-2940 or email for an appointment. BARTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas. Home health will be on call at 417-682-3363. THE BARTON COUNTY LIBRARY will close at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed all day Wednesday, Jan. 1. They will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2, 10 a.m. BARTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s holiday. Home health will be on call at 417-682-3363. A FREE MOVIE MATINEE WILL BE HELD Monday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m., at the Mary K. Finley Library in Lamar. Refreshments will be served. For movie title and more details call the library at 682-5355.

MENU BARTON COUNTY SENIOR CENTER LUNCH MENU: December 30 – January 3 MONDAYRoast Closed for New Year’s beef and gravy, Cali- Day. Taco fornia blend vegetables, THURSDAYzucchini and tomatoes, salad with meat, cheese, hot roll, rosy apple- beans, lettuce and tomasauce, coffee/tea/milk. toes, pineapple, tostito TUESDAY- Chicken chips, pudding, coffee/ and noodles, mashed tea/milk. Vegetable potatoes, green beans, FRIDAYwheat roll, sliced beef stew, tossed salad, peaches, coffee/tea/ tomato juice, cornbread, apple crisp, coffee/tea/ milk. milk. WEDNESDAY-

MARRIAGE LICENSE APPLICATIONS The following have filed a marriage license application with the Barton County Recorder’s Office: Eladiv Cano Cortes, 26, El Dorado Springs, and Leah Whitney Flores, 26, Lamar. Dylan Wayne Urtado, 21, Miller, and Harlee Nicole Splitter, 19, Miller. Isaac James Schmidgall, 24, Lamar, and Makensy Shay Massa, 22, Lamar.

Mark Alan Maneval, 47, Jasper, and Tresa Dionne Bottles, 47, Nevada. Kyle Leroy Collier, 24, Liberal, and Abbey Danielle Page, 22, Liberal. Austin James Eaves, 19, Lamar, and Bethany Malaina Dene Graves, 19, Lamar. Steven Wayne Hackler, 42, Liberal, and Shauna Michelle Bean, 32, Liberal. Gregory Alan Clark, 58, Lamar, and Twilla Lurie Brubaker, 50, Lamar.

LAMAR MUNICIPAL COURT REPORT Opal Luzadie Anderson, no insurance, $48 fine. David Lee Carter, Jr., driving while intoxicated, $423.60 fine. Jacob Allen Chapman, larceny under $750 (shoplifting), $228 fine. Lamont James Comer, domestic assault, $186 fine. Madison Sylvia Paige Elliott, defective vehicle equipment, $150 fine. Karen Diane Guzman, failure to register motor vehicle – 2nd offense, $78 fine. Charles Anthony Haddad, trespassing, $103 fine. Tyler Dean Harris, receiving stolen property, $228 fine. Zachary Charles Harris, minor in possession of alcohol, $86 fine. Adam Ryan Hartman, no insurance, $203 fine. Landon Neil Haubein, possession of drug par-

aphernalia, possession of marijuana, $364 fine. Jason Scott Hill, failure to yield, $78 fine. Natasha Hope Hodges, larceny under $750 (shoplifting) x2, $456 fine. Trenton Gabriel Kranker, minor in possession of alcohol, $86 fine. Brent Alan Luthi, no operator’s license, $53 fine. Jennifer Nichole Marti, domestic assault, $186 fine. Elizabeth Mae McMasters, failure to register motor vehicle, $38 fine. Telicia Diane Michna, stop sigh/light violation, $33 fine. Carroll Lea Mills, defective vehicle equipment, $150 fine. Lynly Kristen Nims, warrant arrest – F.T.A., $150 fine. Machelle Leigh Oliver, no insurance – 3rd offense x2, $1006 fine. Kaden Michael Overstreet, stop sign/light violation, $33 fine. Joseph Adam Parcell, failure to register motor vehicle, $38 fine. Alex Searles Probert, driving while suspended, $228 fine. Dustin Ray Ragsale, see MUNICIPAL, page 4B

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Records/legals Deaths, continued from page 3B local theatre and musical events, and re-established ties with his World War II crewmates, becoming an active member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society and the 392nd Bomb Group Association. Perry was a loving patron of the arts and enjoyed attending plays, visiting museums throughout the world, and amassed an impressive collection of primitive artifacts and art works from his many travels. Perry will be remembered for his appreciation of hard work and sacrifice, dedication to family, and a deep love for his country. Most importantly, he had an abiding

faith in the dignity of the human spirit. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his brother, James Melvin Onstot of San Francisco, California; wife (divorced) Doris Allison of Overland Park, Kansas; son, Jon and his wife Jill of Peculiar, Missouri; daughter, Meri Lee and her husband Robert Scagliotti of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter, Debra Clarke of Overland Park, Kansas; and five grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Perry was preceded in death by his parents Perry and Goldia, and his adopted son James Lamont

Municipal, continued from page 3B failure to register motor vehicle, $38 fine. Caleb Lee Ramey, warrant arrest – F.T.P., $100 fine. Johnathon Anthony

Onstot. Services were held at 11 AM., Friday, December 27, at McGilley and Hoge Chapel 8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, Kansas, with a reception following the service. Burial will be held in private at a later date. Memorial contributions are welcome and should be submitted to the Honor Flight Network, http:// donate-now/. Thanks to the staff and volunteers of Omega Health Care for their hospice support. Arr: McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel, 8024 Santa Fe Dr., Overland Park, KS 66204. www.mcgilleyhoge. com.

LAMAR-Services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Golden City Mennonite Fellowship for John J. Coblentz, 90, Lamar, who died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his home. Burial followed in the Golden City Mennonite Fellowship Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Konantz Warden Funeral Home. The obituary may be viewed at Survivors include his wife, Anna Miller and seven children, Mary Coblentz, Lamar, Rhoda Vargas and husband Guillermo, Costa Rica, Joanna Plank and hus-

band Alan, Elverta, Calif., Judith Witmer and husband Luke, Lamar, Jonathan Coblentz and wife Adina, Lockwood, Eunice Coblentz and Joel Coblentz, Lamar and 20 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah (Miller) Coblentz; two brothers, Noah and Monroe and four sisters, Fannie, Lovina, Mary and Edna. Mr. Coblentz was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Fredericksburg, Ohio, to Jacob and Dena Coblentz. He moved his family to Missouri in 1974. He was the owner of Coblentz Bulk Foods. He married Sarah Miller on Nov. 27, 1947. She died Nov. 16, 1967. He married Anna Nisly on

Nov. 27, 1969.

DORTHA AYERS LAMAR-Services are pending with Konantz Warden Funeral Home for Dortha Ayers, 91, Lamar, who died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013.

COLONEL JOSEPH CONRACE LAMAR-Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home for Colonel Joseph Conrace, 80, Lamar, who died Friday, Dec. 20, at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon. Burial will be at the National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, Kan.

warrant arrest – F.T.P., $100 fine. Connie Mechele Shaver, dog at large, failure to purchase pet tags, $66 fine. Brittney Marie Slater,

following too close, $78 fine. Stephanie Arlene Thornsbrough, warrant arrest – F.T.P., $50 fine. Rayma Lynn Walters, filing a false police report,

$278 fine. Cassey Denise Webb, failure to register motor vehicle, domestic assault, $216 fine. Trevor Lance Webb, domestic assault – 2nd of-

fense, $328 fine. Andrew Lee Willet, minor in possession of alcohol, $86 fine. David Andrew Williams, failure to register motor vehicle, $35 fine.

County Memorial Hospital, to Jeffrey Steward and Bonnie Steward: A tract commencing on the north line of Second Street in the City of Lamar, Barton County, Missouri, 25 feet north and 407 ½ feet east of the southwest corner of northwest quarter of southwest quarter of section 19, township 32, range 30 in the City of Lamar, Missouri and running thence north 170 feet thence east 142 ½ feet to the west line of Gulf Street, thence south 170 feet, thence 142 ½ feet to the place of be-

ginning. Warranty Deed, filed December 6, 2013. Ruth E. Carlson of Barton County, Missouri to Daniel Embry of Barton County, Missouri: All of lots 5 and 6 in block 4, Original Town of Milford in Barton County, Missouri; except a tract beginning at the southeast corner of said lot 5, thence west along the south line of said lot 5 a distance of 27 feet, thence northeast to a point 20.5 feet west of the northeast corner of said lot 5, thence east along the north line of

said lot 5 a distance of 20.5 feet, thence south along the east line of said lot 5 a distance of 113.9 feet to the point of beginning; also, the south half of lot 9 in Jenkins Addition to the Town of Milford, Barton County, Missouri. Special Warranty Deed, filed December 9, 2013. Wells Fargo Bank, NA to Michaelson, Conner and Boul, Inc., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: A tract 10 feet east and 117 feet north of the southwest corner of block 6 in Parry’s Addition to the Town of Lamar, Bar-

ton County, Missouri, and running thence east 150 feet to the west line of Cherry Street, thence north along said west line of Cherry Street 62 feet, thence west 150 feet, thence south 62 feet to the place of beginning. Corporation Warranty Deed, filed December 9, 2013. Joplin Westco, Inc. to Westco of Oklahoma: A tract commencing 35 rods, 12 feet, and 6 inches west of the southwest corner of Peter’s Addition to the City of Lamar, Barton County, Missouri and running

thence west 9 rods and 16 feet, thence north 18 rods, thence east 9 rods and 16 feet, thence south 18 rods to the place of beginning, being a part of the southwest quarter of northeast quarter of section 25, township 32, range 31. Warranty Deed, filed December 9, 2013. Deborah Charron and Greg J. Charron, Larry Cearnal and Joy L. Cearnal and Jerry Cearnal and Janet Elaine Cearnal of Barton County, Missouri to Peggy Sue Hayes of Barton see PROPERTY, page 6B

AND PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY M. SCARBERRY, Deceased: You are hereby notified that the undersigned Personal Representative will file a Final Settlement and Petition for determination of the persons who are the successors in interest to the personal/real property of the decedent and of the extent and character of their interest therein and for distribution of such property, in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Barton County, Missouri, on January 9, 2014 or as may be continued by the Court, and that any objections or exceptions to such Final Settlement or Petition or any item thereof must be in writing and filed within twenty days after the filing of such Final Settlement. JAMES V. NICHOLS NICHOLS & NICHOLS 206 West 10th Street Lamar, Missouri (417) 682-6003 RICK SCARBERRY Personal Representative 12-11,18,25,1-1-4tc


which conveyance was made to the undersigned Trustee in Trust, to secure the payment of a certain Note in said Deed of Trust described; and WHEREAS default was made and still continues in the payment of said note; NOW, THEREFORE, at the request of the legal holder of said Note, and pursuant to the provisions of said Deed of Trust, the undersigned Successor Trustee will sell the property above described, at public vendue, to the highest bidder for cash, at the west front door of the Barton County Courthouse in the City of Lamar, Missouri, on January 7, 2014, between the hours of 9:00 o’clock in the forenoon and 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon, at 1:00 p.m., for the purpose of satisfying said indebtedness and the costs of executing this trust. s-George D. Nichols GEORGE D. NICHOLS, Successor Trustee 12-11,18,25,1-1-4tc

AND GRANTEES OF ORDER FOR SERVICE LEVI J. MORROW, III BY PUBLICATION OF NOTICE AKA LEVI MORROW, III, Upon the verified DECEASED, and KELLEY MORROW, Defendants, statement of Plaintiff, it Cause No. 13B4-CV00469 see LEGALS, page 5B

Rickman, animal abuse – 2nd offense, $303 fine. Thomas John Rowland, no operator’s license, $53 fine. Allen Michael Shaffer,

Property transfers Warranty Deed, filed December 3, 2013. Raymond E. Hiebert and Darline Hiebert of Barton County, Missouri to David S. Blauvelt and Mary Ann Blauvelt as co-trustees of the David S. Blauvelt and Mary Ann Blauvelt Revocable Trust of Barton County, Missouri: A tract located in the southwest quarter of section 1, township 33, range 31, Barton County, Missouri. General Warranty Deed, filed December 4, 2013. Karen Wegener, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Barton


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Legals IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF BARTON COUNTY, MISSOURI PROBATE DIVISION In the Estate of ROBERT FRANCIS MCKAY, Deceased, Estate No. 13B4PR00036 NOTICE OF FILING OF FINAL SETTLEMENT AND PETITION FOR DISTRIBUTION TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ESTATE OF ROBERT FRANCIS MCKAY, Deceased: You are hereby notified that the undersigned Personal Representative will file a Final Settlement and Petition for determination of the persons who are the successors in interest to the personal/real property of the decedent and of the extent and character of their interest therein and for distribution of such property, in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Barton County, Missouri, on January 7th, 2014, or as may be continued by the Court, and that any objections or exceptions to such Final Settlement or Petition or any item thereof must be in writing and filed within twenty days after the filing of such Final Settlement. GEORGE D. NICHOLS NICHOLS & NICHOLS 206 West 10th Street Lamar, Missouri (417) 682-6003 s-Robert McKay, Personal Representative s-Jay C. McKay, Personal Representative 12-4,11,18,25-4tc IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF BARTON COUNTY, MISSOURI PROBATE DIVISION In the Estate of DOROTHY M. SCARBERRY, Deceased, Estate No. 12B4-PR00058 NOTICE OF FILING OF FINAL SETTLEMENT

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE WHEREAS MARY CATHERINE BALLARD, by her Deed of Trust dated August 11, 2003, and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of


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Legals/classifieds Legals, continued from page 4B is hereby ordered that the Unknown Heirs, Successors and Grantees of Levi J. Morrow, III aka Levi Morrow, III, deceased be served by publication of notice pursuant Missouri Supreme Court Rule 54.12(c) in the Barton County Lamar Democrat. Witness my hand and the seal of the Circuit Court this 18th day of December, 2013. s-Janet Maupin Circuit Clerk By: Amanda Sturgell Deputy Circuit Clerk 12-25,1-1,8,15-4tc

TRUSTEE’S SALE IN RE: Patricia J McCarthy married Christ J McCarthy Trustee’s Sale: For default in payment of debt and performance of obligation secured by Deed of Trust executed by Patricia J McCarthy married Christ J McCarthy dated December 23, 2005 and recorded in the Office of the Recorder of Deeds of Barton County, Missouri as Document No. 20052399 the undersigned Successor Trustee, at the request of the legal holder of said Note will on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., (at the specific time of 4:55 PM), at the West Front

Door of the Court House, City of Lamar, County of Barton, State of Missouri, sell at public vendue to the highest bidder for cash the following described real estate, described in said Deed of Trust, and situated in Barton County, State of Missouri, to wit: ALL LOT 8, IN BLOCK 37 OF PARRY’S 3RD ADDITION TO THE CITY OF LAMAR, BARTON COUNTY, MISSOURI, CONTAINING 0.26 ACRES, MORE OR LESS AND SUBJECT TO EASEMENTS OF RECORD AND ZONING ORDINANCE NO. 1100, AS AMENDED. To satisfy said debt and cost. MILLSAP & SINGER, P.C., Successor Trustee 612 Spirit Drive St. Louis, MO 63005 (636) 537-0110 File No: 155349.011514.317916 FC Notice Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §1692c(b), no information concerning the collection of this debt may be given without the prior consent of the consumer given directly to the debt collector or the express permission of a court of competent

PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Lamar will hold a public hearing on January 20th, 2014 at 7:15 P.M. at City Hall to discuss the city's submission of an Emergency application for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. In order to qualify as an emergency under regulations of the State of Missouri, the project will be evaluated using each of the following criteria: Seriousness, Immediacy, Uniqueness, Lack of Sufficient Local Funds. As part of the hearing process citizens will be asked to comment on the proposed project. The city needs as much local participation as possible in order to reflect the true desires of the community as a whole, as well as the comments relating to the proposed project application. The city is proposing to demolish four buildings located on the northeast corner of the downtown square currently known as the Gilkey Building Complex. The area to be addressed is bounded by Poplar Street on the east, Broadway Street on the west, 9th Street on the north, and 10th Street on the south. The total project cost is estimated at $145,000. The city proposes to contribute $4,000 in cash, $800 in-kind labor by city crews, with grant funds of $134,000 needed to make up the balance. All citizens, including those in the targeted area, are encouraged to attend in order to comment on the proposed activities. For more information on the proposed project, contact Traci Cox at 417-682-5554, Ext. 318. 12-25-1tc held January 6 & 13, 2014, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Budget estimates will be available for public inspection January 13 through January 21, 2014, in the County Clerk’s PUBLIC NOTICE Hearings for the Barton office. 12-25,1-1-2tc County 2014 Budget will be jurisdiction. The debt collector is attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. 12-25,1-1,8,15-4tc

CITY OF GOLDEN CITY, MISSOURI MUNICIPAL ELECTION April 8, 2014 Filing Dates: December 17, 2013 through January 21, 2014 MAYOR – Two Year Term ALDERMAN WARD ONE Two Year Term ALDERMAN WARD TWO Two Year Term ALDERMAN WARD THREE Two Year Term Notice is hereby given that a City election will be held in the City of Golden City, April 8, 2014, at which election all voters residing within the city limits of Golden City will be given the opportunity to vote. Any qualified resident interested in filing for candidacy may file at the City Hall, 701 Depot Avenue, from 8:00 a. m. to 5 p. m. weekdays, with the City Clerk. For further information call 5374351. The filing period will be from 8:00 a. m. December 17, 2013 with the closing date for filing of January 21, 2014 at 5:00 p. m. 12-25,1-1-2tc Public Hearing Notice A public hearing will be held Monday, January 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lamar City Board room of City Hall, 1104 Broadway, Lamar, Missouri. A proposed text amendment to the City’s zoning ordinance will be discussed. The proposed amendment will place a maximum year restriction (15 years old) on Manufactured Homes placed within the city and omit Manufactured Homes within R-2 & R-3 zones. All citizens are invited. All parties in interest and citizens shall have the opportunity to be heard. 12-25-1tc

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Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday, 5 p.m. and Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., in the basement of Lamar Memorial Hall, 1104 Broadway. Big Book Study is the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are nonsmoking. Narcotics Anonymous Meetings - Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., 1104 Broadway, Memorial Hall Basement. Services Offered

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Lamar Elks Lodge holds hoops shoot

Taylor Ray, daughter of Larry and Jonnie Ray, Mindenmines, recently finished second at the Elks Hoop Shoot. She won for the Lamar Elks Lodge No. 2800 and continued to Clinton, finishing second. Taylor is 12 years old and attends school in Liberal, where she is in the The Lamar Elks Lodge recently held its area hoop shoot. Winners of the 2013-14 event were: Roy sixth grade. In the picture with Taylor is past Snider (12-13 boys), Taylor Ray (12-13 girls), Payton Morrow (8-9 boys), Kara Morey (10-11 girls), president Dennis Bell. Congratulations to Taylor from the Elks Lodge No. 2800. Kyleigh Talbott (8-9 girls) and Isaiah Inman (10-11 boys).

How to B. Wise in Decorating my home with fall decor. I want to do a little decorating, but I’m not sure where to start, can you help? Ellen

Q. Barbara, the weather is beginning to change which is the sign of a new season and that has given me the desire to touch up

A. Ellen, after the hot summer and the return of wonderful, crisp air, it’s invigorating to me to welcome the new season’s changing colors. Autumn is the start of several exciting holidays and my favorite time of the year! Since you are interested in adding touches of fall décor, start in a few key areas in your home and you’ll keep your decor fresh and fun all year long. Let’s start with the fire-

place mantel since it’s an excellent spot for fall foliage. Decorate with signature pieces for this time of year including vines, changing leaves, flowers, branches and pumpkins. And all of these come in many shapes, sizes and colors. Head to the kitchen with a large bowl filled with gourds and scattered with walnuts as a great centerpiece for your dining room table or kitchen counter. Even something as simple as pears, oranges and apples filling a tall glass, cylinder vase will look dramatic. Add a few vines or bright leaves to accentuate. Fall is a time for baking so using

items that remind you of seasonal food like pumpkin bread or pie will add just the right touch. Baskets are also popular this time of year. I keep baskets throughout the house the entire year. On a recent visit, my four year old great grandson wanted to know if he could water my artificial flowers I have in a large basket on the floor! I’ve inherited several interesting baskets from family members over the years that loved them too. Baskets can easily be filled with items for the season such as hedge apples, tree branches, cinnamon sticks and dried

corn. Your entryway is one of the best places for fall decorating and will invite visitors into your home and make them feel welcome. It’s also one of the most visible places in your house especially if you plan to decorate sparingly. If you have furniture like an entry table, it’s the perfect place for a fall floral arrangement of natural items picked from your yard. Items like twigs of various sizes can be all it takes if beautifully arranged to complete the right spot. Even dried flowers can do the trick. When you decorate for

fall you can go as simple or as lavish as you like. Focus on decorating key locations with the most visibility. Just have fun doing it and let the creative juices flow. After all, decorating should be as much about the journey as it is about reaching the destination and this time its fall! Barbara Wiseman, a Certified Interior Decorator and a Nevada resident, will answer your questions about decorating in her column to appear monthly in the Lamar Democrat. Send questions to

Missouri’s southwest region is projected to produce more than 36,000 total job openings during the decade of 2010-2020. This includes openings created by new job growth as well as those created through the need for replacement workers. Replacement openings occur mainly due to retirement and transfers to other occupations. During this decade, the 20 occupations with the greatest number of total openings include four transportation and mate-

rial moving occupations and three sales related occupations. Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers are projected to have the most total openings at 2,097 with 872 of them due to growth. The average annual wage is projected at $44,858. Retail salespersons are projected to have 1,418 job openings with 339 of them due to growth. The average annual wage is projected at $20,957. A combination of food preparation and food service workers is expected to have 1,415 job

openings with 388 of them due to growth. The average annual wage is projected at $17,278. Registered nurses are expected to have 715 job openings with 230 due to growth. The average annual wage is projected at $45,903. Personal care aides are expected to have 535 job openings with 423 due to growth. The average annual wage is projected to be $17,631. Elementary school teachers (not including special education teachers) are expected to have

409 job openings with These figures are pro100 due to growth. The vided by the Missouri average annual wage is Economic Research projected at $37,836. and Information Cen-

ter (MERIC), a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

By BARBARA WISEMAN Certified Interior Decorator

Expected job openings in southwest Missouri, 2010-2020

Public hearings set for MGE rate increase request JEFFERSON CITY-The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold five local public hearings in February for a rate increase request filed by Missouri Gas Energy (MGE). Hearings will be held in Kansas City, Gladstone, Independence, St. Joseph, and Joplin. The Joplin hearing will be on February 18 in

Corley Auditorium (located in Webster Hall) on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. A commission staff public information/question and answer session starts at 6 p.m. with the taking of sworn statements to follow. On September 16, MGE filed a natural gas rate increase request with the Missouri Pub-

lic Service Commission seeking a general rate increase of approximately $23.4 million. MGE provides natural gas service to approximately 507,500 customers in western Missouri including the communities of Lamar, Lamar Heights, Golden City, Lockwood, Sheldon, Jasper, El Dorado Springs, and Stockton.

Property, continued from page 4B County, Missouri: Lot 6 in Parkview Addition to Golden City, Barton County, Missouri. General Warranty Deed, filed December 11, 2013. Frances L. Southern to Robert M. Cole and Tamara L. Cole: All of the northeast quarter of the southeast quarter of section 8, township 33, range 29, Barton County, Missouri. Warranty Deed, filed December 11, 2013. Donald L. Thompson and Susan P. Thompson of Barton County, Missouri to Donald L. Thompson and Susan P. Thompson of Barton County, Missouri: All of

the northeast quarter of section 32 in township 33 of range 31; and all of the east half of northwest quarter of section 32, township 33, range 31; except a tract in the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of section 32, township 33, range 31, Barton County, Missouri, containing 3.61 acres; and except a tract in the northeast quarter and the east half of the northwest quarter of section 32, township 33, range 31, Barton County, Missouri, containing 105.93 acres. General Warranty Deed, filed December 11, 2013. Connie J.

Smith to Gerald Wayne Walbrath and Lezlie A. McCallum as joint tenants: The west half of lots 1 and 2 in block 3 in First Addition to Lamar, Barton County, Missouri. Warranty Deed, filed December 11, 2013. Martha Joan Reed of Barton County, Missouri to Laramie K. Todd and Lindsay N. Todd of Barton County, Missouri: A tract in the west half of the southeast quarter of section 6, township 31, range 30, Barton County, Missouri; except a tract in the west half of the southeast quarter of said section 6.

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