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2017 Wiley Hay Days Schedule of Events

2017 Wiley Hay Days Schedule of Events

Friday, June 2 – 6pm, Jenea Aguilera Memorial Softball games; 7pm Wiley Lions Bingo/Kid’s game night @ Community Center  Saturday, June 3 – 7am, Wiley Hay Days 5K Run; 7:30-9:30 Breakfast at Rock School House; 10am Parade from Ward Street Line up; 10:30am Kid’s Carnival @ Park; 11:30 to 1pm Lions Club Sloppy Joe Lunch; […]

Council Approves Ordinances for Veteran’s Cemetery and Tourism Advisory Board

Council Approves Ordinances for Veteran’s Cemetery and Tourism Advisory Board

Two ordinances were passed by the Lamar City Council on first reading during its Monday night meeting, May 22nd. The first pertains to an amended city code establishing eligibility criteria for internment in the veteran’s section of Fairmount Cemetery.  The change now includes eligible dependent children in addition to the veteran’s spouse to be buried […]

Sunshine Prevails for Saturday Lamar Days Festivities

Sunshine Prevails for Saturday Lamar Days Festivities

It’s too bad there wasn’t a way to scoot the calendar around so this past Friday would have been sunny. The chilly rain that spread through Prowers County dampened the first-ever Lamar Chamber Noontime BBQ for Lamar Days, a change from the traditional Good Morning Lamar Breakfast.  Despite the weather, the board of directors served […]

2017 Wiley Hay Days Royalty: Robert & Margaret Porterfield

2017 Wiley Hay Days Royalty: Robert & Margaret Porterfield

The Porterfield’s moved to Wiley in 2008 after growing up in Holly and then living in South for over 40 years. Margaret Files and Robert Porterfield were married in the Holly Methodist Church in 1960 and chose to return to southeastern Colorado to be near Margaret’s Holly relatives after retiring from their jobs in Dallas/Fort […]

Creation of Tourism Advisory Board Proposed for Lamar

Creation of Tourism Advisory Board Proposed for Lamar

  An unofficial petition for a tourism-oriented lodging tax is being circulated among Lamar residents in an effort to provide a headcount for the Lamar City Council. The proposal for the new ordinance, which is being promoted by local citizens, offers some similarities to the current Lodging Tax and some important differences. The main similarity […]

Lodging Panel Funds Car-Related Events

Lodging Panel Funds Car-Related Events

    Requests for marketing funds for a demolition derby/monster car show and a car show/concert were approved by the Prowers County Lodging Tax Panel at their monthly meeting, May 16th. Jacob Holdren of Holly received $3,656 to fund the Holly Gateway Classics Car Show to run concurrent with the annual Holly Fair on September […]

Lamar Days Activities:  See and Do Around Town

Lamar Days Activities: See and Do Around Town

Friday, May 19th: Kick-Off BBQ at the Chamber Parking Lot from 11am-1pm – $9 at the door or purchase tickets at the Chamber at 336-4379 (DJ, Lunch, Merchant Sidewalk Sales and Specials) No-Booze Cruise – 6:30 PM at Sonic Drive-In.  Help raise funds for the annual Fire Department July 4th Fireworks Show Saturday, May 20th: […]

Sand Creek Massacre Observes Memorial Day Weekend with Special Evening Walk

Sand Creek Massacre Observes Memorial Day Weekend with Special Evening Walk

Join the staff of Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in observance of the Memorial Day weekend with a special evening walk on Friday, May 26, at 7 pm. Park staff will explore the night march of Colonel John Chivington and 675 troops of 1st and 3rd Regiments, Colorado (US) Cavalry, as they marched from […]

Holly Commercial Club Preparing for Spring Events

Holly Commercial Club Preparing for Spring Events

    Eric Depperschmidt, Executive Director of PEP, Prowers Economic Prosperity was present and a guest. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. The Treasurers Report was read and approved.  The Holly Shopper Report was given, with a loss and the Membership Report was given. Calvin Melcher added to the agenda about […]

PEP Outlines Shared Economic Concerns with La Junta

PEP Outlines Shared Economic Concerns with La Junta

Rick Robbins, PEP President, shared the highlights of a recent meeting with his economic development counterparts from La Junta. “We visited with Brian Burney, CEO of Oliver Manufacturing in La Junta and Economic Development Director, Ryan Stevens,” explained Robbins, during the PEP meeting on May 16th.  “We have a lot of similarities and right now, […]

DeWitt’s are Lamar Days Royalty

DeWitt’s are Lamar Days Royalty

Life-long Lamar residents, Janet and Terry DeWitt have been selected as this year’s Lamar Days Royalty by the Lamar Zonta organization. The couple will lead the annual parade this Saturday morning, May 20th at 10am.  This year’s Lamar Days theme is, “Legends of the Wild West” and the parade route will be the same as […]

Students, Community to Explore the History of Lamar’s La Colonia

Students, Community to Explore the History of Lamar’s La Colonia

(Lamar, Colorado; May 12, 2017) This summer, Lamar Community College students will have the opportunity explore the rich history of Lamar through the stories of its citizens. Students and community members will carry out a local history project on La Colonia neighborhood on the north end of Lamar. This project will ultimately result in a […]

Business Growth Discussions Held at Lamar Merchants/PEP Roundtable Meeting

Business Growth Discussions Held at Lamar Merchants/PEP Roundtable Meeting

  The Lamar Merchants and PEP, (Prowers Economic Prosperity) combined two different meetings into one session at the Wash Spott on East Olive Street, Tuesday, May 9th.  PEP has been hosting a series of roundtable information meetings devoted to such topics as agriculture, housing, marketing, employment, transportation and last night’s session, retail sales.  The Lamar […]

Lamar Retail Sales Tax Notes a Drop

Lamar Retail Sales Tax Notes a Drop

March Sales and Use tax collected in April by the City of Lamar showed a decrease of 1.36%, or $3,885.89 when compared to the same period in 2016. Collections in 2017 were $281,626.93 and $285,512.82 for last year.  Total Sales and Use Tax collections had a drop of 2.93% for a decrease of $9,262.08.  Collections […]

Added Amenities at Prowers County Fairgrounds

Added Amenities at Prowers County Fairgrounds

Travelers will notice a new split rail fence along the parking lot and south side of the road leading in to the Prowers County Fairgrounds from Savage Avenue. They were installed several weeks ago, according to Kirk Powers, Building Maintenance Supervisor for the county. If, for any reason, residents or visitors want to picnic, the […]