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by KY3 News | October 31, 2011
WARSAW, Mo. -- A Benton County jury convicted a man from Bolivar last Thursday for a killing in 2007 that prosecutors say stemmed from a dispute over a drug debt.  John Loomis, 26, is guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Loomis was charged for the fatal stabbing of Christopher Cornell, 19, who investigators say went to Loomis' home to try to collect a debt.  Cornell's body turned up a couple of days later in the bed of his pickup at an apartment complex in Bolivar.  Loomis told police he acted in self-defense.
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by Gene Hartley and Emily Wood, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | November 16, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- City police say a 20-year-old man told detectives that he bought two assault rifles this week and intended at first to shoot up a movie theater, then changed his mind and decided to shoot people at random at the Wal-Mart store here.  Police started investigating Blaec Lammers after his mother called and said she was concerned he might mimic a shooting last summer at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. "They know their loved one better than anyone else, and when they're concerned enough to alert the police department, then we have to take that very, very seriously," said Darin Chappell, the city administrator in Bolivar.
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by Paula Morehouse and Cliff Erwin, KY3 News | April 5, 2012
BOLIVAR  -- Newbron Halie Rae Crisler couldn't wait to meet the world.   Her mom, Zelda, felt the contractions start early Thursday morning. "I was having a feeling, but I wasn't to sure because we've been up here twice already and false alarms," explained Zelda Crisler. It wasn't long, though, before Zelda knew this was the day. Zelda and her husband, Devin, took off for the nearly 30-mile ride to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar. "We got around the last curve in Pittsburg and I had a really sharp urge to push," said Zelda.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News | May 23, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo. - With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you might be thinking about heading to the local pool. But if you live in Bolivar, that won't be possible.  Costs for the new aquatic center are growing -- now topping $6 million -- and right now no one knows when it will open. Instead of swimming in their brand new six-million-dollar pool, City of Bolivar taxpayers are swimming in aquatic center debt and a series of delays from the construction company in charge. The new center, funded through a tax initiative, was first set to open in September.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | October 26, 2012
Bolivar, Mo. -- Bolivar police said a seasoned scam artist managed to trick church goers and others across the Ozarks to donate money to her to pay for phony medical bills and other personal expenses.  Brookelyn Walters, 33, faces charges for stealing, and investigators said she could face at least a half dozen other charges in the future. Police said Walters managed to collect more than $40,000 in online accounts alone.  They are still adding up all the checks, cash, and private donations they said she collected around southwest Missouri over more than two years.  "You can't question someone having cancer.  You would be the biggest heartless person in the world if you ever questioned someone," said Pam Credille, a Bolivar resident who cared for Walters for more than a year.
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by Sheena Elzie, KSPR News and selzie@kspr.com | January 14, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The days of buying cards at the Hallmark store in Bolivar are just about over, as the store is in the process of closing for good.  After more than 30 years of business, Blair's Hallmark will shut its doors March 1.  Owner Mary Blair says slow sales have forced the store to close up shop. Blair took ownership of the store six years ago.  She says business started off well, but over the past few years the store has lost tens of thousands of dollars to big box stores.
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by Jerry Jacob, KY3 News and jjacob@ky3.com | July 2, 2012
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Former Polk County sheriff and current state Sen. Mike Parson of Bolivar said Monday that he will run to be the Republicans' leader in the Missouri Senate.  The position is held by Sen. Tom Dempsey of St. Charles County, who is up for re-election this year. ---- Edited news release: “Republicans hold unprecedented majorities in both the House and Senate, yet we struggled this year to advance conservative ideas to completion,” said Parson.  “The voters of this state have made very clear what they want to see us accomplish, and it is past time for us to deliver.” Among several duties, the Senate majority floor leader sets the schedule of bills up for consideration by the full body, the time allotted for floor debate on legislation, and the meeting times and dates of the Missouri Senate.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | November 15, 2012
BOLIVAR, Mo. --  This small city faced some tough financial times and difficult decisions during the recession, but now it's showing signs of progress.  A new shopping complex, with some major national names, is set to open during the first part of 2013. "It lets people see we are moving forward. We are attracting businesses," said Bolivar City Administrator Darin Chappell. The Railway Station II is a 34,000-square-foot shopping complex on Springfield Avenue (Missouri 83) across the street from the Wal-Mart store.  Its developer started with a hope that the struggling city could rebound and even grow.
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edited news release | February 7, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Meyer Bluegrass Band brought home top honors at an international competition in Nashville last weekend.  The band is three brothers and one sister who have been playing bluegrass music together since 2008. Meyer Bluegrass Band won the International Band Contest at the convention and awards contest of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America .  The event was at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. John, David, James, and Mary Meyer have been playing bluegrass together since 2008.  They won the KSMU Silver Dollar City Youth In Bluegrass competition in 2009 with older brothers Joe and Paul.  The family homeschools and has been involved with music since Mary was a baby.
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By Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | November 7, 2011
BOLIVAR, Mo -- Some business owners in Bolivar are worried about changes to a major traffic intersection. MoDot wants to make some intersection improvements on Highway 13 at the U Highway intersection just south of Bolivar. Crews wanted to install what's called a J-Turn intersection there, you would essentially drive past where the intersection is now and turn left then U-turn onto southbound Highway 13 a few hundred yards to turn onto U highway. But one restaurant owner says he's seen first hand how changes in the traffic flow can put the brakes on business.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com | February 27, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. - Missouri Governor Jay Nixon plans to visit Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar this afternoon. Nixon will talk about plans to strengthen Medicaid in Missouri. He says it would strengthen the state's economy. Nixon also says a Medicaid expansion would give health coverage to an additional 300,000 Missourians over the next few years.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | February 7, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A third young man will likely be charged for a shooting spree last weekend in Polk County.   The Polk County Sheriff's Department says the high school wasn't the trio's first target on Saturday night. Peter Collins was already asleep on Saturday night, but his friends heard the shots.  "They heard pop, pop, pop, and Wendy immediately jumped up from the chair and went to the window to look out and saw the truck, got a really good description of the truck," said Collins on Thursday.
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edited news release | February 7, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Meyer Bluegrass Band brought home top honors at an international competition in Nashville last weekend.  The band is three brothers and one sister who have been playing bluegrass music together since 2008. Meyer Bluegrass Band won the International Band Contest at the convention and awards contest of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America .  The event was at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. John, David, James, and Mary Meyer have been playing bluegrass together since 2008.  They won the KSMU Silver Dollar City Youth In Bluegrass competition in 2009 with older brothers Joe and Paul.  The family homeschools and has been involved with music since Mary was a baby.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | February 6, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- A second man is charged with shooting Bolivar High School last Saturday night.  Polk County prosecutors charged Preston Urie, 20, of Bolivar on Wednesday with first-degree property damage and armed criminal action, the same charges filed on Tuesday against Doran Snodgrass, 17. Someone shot out three window panes, and damaged a glass trophy case, a school sign and the concrete steps at the high school around 10 p.m.  Bolivar police...
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by Dustin Hodges, KY3 News and dhodges@ky3.com | February 6, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Police took two 17-year-old students into custody after shots were fired at Bolivar High School on Saturday about 10 p.m.   One of the students was charged on Monday afternoon. Doran David Snodgrass of Bolivar is charged with first-degree property damage and armed criminal action.  If he's convicted of property damage, he could get a prison sentence between two and four years, or a jail sentence up to one year, and/or a fine up to $5,000.  If he's convicted of armed criminal action, he could get a prison sentence of at least three years with no chance for parole, probation, conditional release or suspended impostion or execution of sentence for at least three years.
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by KY3 News | February 3, 2013
Bolivar, Mo. --  Someone shot up the Bolivar High School early Sunday morning.  Bolivar Superintendent, Dr. Steve Morgan, gave KY3 news a written statement saying that no one was believed to be in the building at the time.  Windows were broken by the bullets that also hit the school's trophy case.  Police are investigating it as an act of vandalism.  The cost of the damage hasn't been estimated.  As a precaution Bolivar police and the Highway patrol...
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by Chris Brewer / Digital Media Editor and E-mail: cbrewer@schurz.com / Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | January 28, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Four teens were hospitalized on Sunday night after a crash near Bolivar. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Hunter Allen, 17; Dakota Crouch, 17; Emily Ledford, 16; and Colby Ross, 19, all of Bolivar, were taken to the hospital in Bolivar with minor to moderate injuries. The four were riding in a 2008 Ford Focus on 455th Road, a mile east of Bolivar, when the rear of their car was hit by an unknown vehicle.  The Focus then ran off the left side of the road, overturned and hit a utility pole, according to a Highway Patrol crash report.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News | January 26, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- Guns were going to the highest bidders at Saturday's gun auction in Bolivar. Organizers of the Diamond S gun auction say events like this usually draw big crowds- but not quite this big. About a 1,000 people showed up at the auction. With the fears over gun control laws, folks say they're buying up guns and ammo however they can- while they can.
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by Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | January 23, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- All around the City, new businesses are opening and artists are finding space that allows them to create.  It's part of a new energy THAT city leaders believe helped them become one of six designated Main Street Association communities across the state. "They don't have to be a Monet or a Picasso; they can just do their own thing and just have a good time," said Justin Ballard, the owner of Fired Up Pottery on the square in Bolivar. Ballard is a photographer by trade but he opened up a kid-friendly pottery shop just before the holidays.
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by Doug Owen, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | January 22, 2013
BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The lights went out for about an hour at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Tuesday afternoon.  An employee in the store said, when power was restored, there was a smell like plastic burning.  The Bolivar Fire Department had engines in the parking lot as investigators tried to find the cause of the smell.  No one at the Bolivar Fire Department was available to talk about whether investigators found what caused the smell or the outage....
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