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Volunteers Needed to Ring the Bell

The Lamar Ministerial Alliance and Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to ring the bells during the holiday season donation drive. Volunteers will spend two hours on weekends up to December 24 in front of various shopping areas in Lamar.  Their bell ringing will be the focal point for persons to offer cash contributions for the […]

Survivors Recap 1965 Flood at Historical Society Meeting

The historic flood that struck Prowers County created a different world 50 years ago.  With the June 18, 1965 flood, just about every life in the area was impacted by the devastation wrought by excessive rains and the subsequent floods.  Many residents who attended the Thursday, June 18, Prowers County Historical Society meeting at the […]

The Bridge Food Pantry Holiday Food Drive

As we approach the holiday season, we become keenly aware of the need in our community.  The Bridge Food Pantry is sponsoring a food drive to help lower income families have a better holiday season.  We are asking for donations of all sorts:  any canned goods, especially canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, stuffing mix, […]

Holly Ministerial Food Pantry Now Open for Food Distribution on Saturdays Under New Title

The Bridge Food Pantry (formerly The Holly Ministerial Food Pantry) has been chosen to distribute monthly food boxes from the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) for Prowers County.  The location has also been changed, now at 208 South Main Street in Holly. This program is for people 60+ years old that fall within the income […]

Overcoming Childhood Pain Explored at Lifetree Café

How to overcome childhood pain will be discussed at Lifetree Café on Wednesday August 6th at 6:30pm. The program features the filmed story of Delisa Mayer, whose family took part in an ill-fated university study during Mayer’s childhood. The outcome of that study—to introduce a newborn chimpanzee into the family and raise it as a […]

Sparrowhouse Ministries is Open for Food Donations at Life Center Church

Sparrowhouse Ministries, operated by Joel and Veronica Jacoby, received a $500 cash contribution from members of the Prowers Medical Center Auxiliary this past Monday, May 5.  The presentation was made prior to the annual appreciation brunch the hospital hosts for Auxiliary members.  The Jacoby’s recently took over the food distribution operation from Mary and Martha […]

Lightkeepers Ministries Developing Women’s Shelter

Mary Moore and Connie Gangwish are taking steps to provide a temporary shelter in Lamar for homeless women.  They’re just getting started on their long term goal, converting the former Troy Apartments on South Main Street into a shelter which will be known as Lightkeepers Inn.  “We’re working on our non-profit 501c3 status using a […]

Local Doctor-World Volunteer

Dr. James Smith of Prowers Medical Center and his wife, Cassie, recently returned from a week’s trip to Haiti this past January, but you won’t find them tanned from afternoons on the beach.  They and several dozen volunteers spent their time at a medical facility, treating patients in Haiti’s third largest city, Gonaives.    “We’ve been […]

Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Mass and Reception

The Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Mass and Reception, sponsored by Court St. Anne #1622 Catholic Daughters of the Americas, was held November 9, 2013 at St. Francis de Sales/Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Father Charlie Sena presided at the mass with assistance from Steven Injoalu, our seminarian. The Lamar VFW Color Guard Post 3621 participated in […]

Light Plant Customer Protests Rate Classification, Rick Beard Joins Utility Board

  Pastor Mark Viar of the Redeeming Love Church south of Lamar, spoke to the Lamar Utilities Board Tuesday, with concerns about the higher customer rating and consequent higher billing rates the church encountered due to summer air conditioner usage.  The church is paying a demand charge, he said, higher than their monthly electric payments […]

Ringing the Bells for Holiday Hopes

  The Lamar Ministerial Alliance and Salvation Army is seeking volunteers to ring the bells during the holiday season donation drive.  Volunteers will spend two hours on weekends between November 29 and December 23 in front of various shopping areas in Lamar.  Their bell ringing will be the focal point for persons to offer cash […]

Combatting the Enemy: Hunger

  In an effort to alleviate childhood hunger in Prowers County and portions of southeast Colorado, citizens and school and church representatives attended a community workshop sponsored by Colorado No Kid Hungry and LiveWell Prowers County Wednesday, September 25.    Robin Reichardt of Hunger Free Colorado and Alex Bergland from Americorps/VISTA presented some sobering facts regarding […]

Faithful Wish Deacon Wertin Well as he Departs for Seminary

Southeast Colorado knows him as a father and chiropractor.  Catholics in the area know him as Deacon. Now, Deacon Henry Wertin is starting a new journey as he begins formation to enter the Seminary and become a Priest for the Diocese of Pueblo.  As he departs Lamar, the Parishioners of Lamar, Holly, Bristol, and Springfield […]

Lamar Honkers Visit Valley Baptist Church

The Lamar Honkers congratulated Pastor Douglas Sanford and his congregation on their recent move to a new church on West Highway 50 in Lamar. After being headquartered at the Wiley Community Center for the past eight years, the Valley Baptist Church in Wiley has moved to their beautifully renovated facilities. The church is on the […]

Holly Bluegrass Festival Discussed at Holly Commercial Club

  This year’s Bluegrass Festival was the main topic of information during the monthly meeting of the Holly Commercial Club this past Wednesday, May 1.  The June 7-9 event will begin in Gateway Park with a pulled pork dinner at 6pm.  This year’s festival, as outlined by Marge Creech, will be featured on two pages […]

2013 Feed My Starving Children Event at Lamar Community Building

  “This will be the most fun you’ll ever have wearing a hairnet,” was the way the task of compiling food items was described for over 100 volunteers at the Lamar Community Building this past Thursday evening.    This weekend, as most of them did three years ago, volunteers will assemble 100,000 meals to be […]

Valley Baptist Church Marks Move to a New Home

After being headquartered at the Wiley Community Center for the past eight years, the Valley Baptist Church is Wiley is moving to Highway 50, just north of Lamar.  The building is on the north side of the highway, and has been vacant for a number of years.  Pastor Douglas Sanford, who hails from Kirk, Colorado, […]

Local Church Joins New Denomination

The First Presbyterian Church of Lamar started its ministry for the people of Lamar in 1901. This past summer the church became one of a growing number of Presbyterian churches starting a new denomination, ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. The church’s pastor, Rev. Rory Gillespie, explains the change: “For the last three decades […]

Historic Buildings Can Assist Future Retail Prospertiy

Twenty of sixty-eight buildings around downtown Lamar have the historic potential to qualify for a National or State Historical Register designation, or as local landmarks.  Those numbers are part of the findings from a two year study conducted by architects, Tim and Chris Hoehne.    Shawna Hodge, Lamar Main Street Coordinator hosted the information presentation at […]

Chivington Friends to Build New Church

At a recent meeting and after prayerful consideration, the Chivington Friends members have decided to build a new church building. As you know, shortly after midnight on April 27th this year devastating tornadoes rampaged Southeast Colorado and damaged or destroyed several homes and buildings. Our parsonage walls collapsed and the roof blew into the south […]