Tim Phillips 1936-2020

Tim Phillips, age 83, of Ashland passed away March 20, 2020 at his home. Tim was born December 27, 1936 in Ashland, the son of George and Mildred Peak Phillips. He was a 1955 graduate of Ashland High School and married Nettie Burnett on November 16, 1957 in Ashland. Tim enlisted in the United States

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The Origins, Meaning and Urgency of Quarantine

Spring 2020 arrived with a looming sense of urgency in the air.  The coronavirus is officially a global pandemic.  The first case in the United States was confirmed in Seattle in late January, but weeks of frustrating state and federal red-tape and mixed messages from the White House delayed widespread testing for Covid-19.  Critical time

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Heroes Wear Scrubs

“Not all heroes wear capes.” This statement makes its rounds on social media and on t-shirts quite regularly. It has been used to describe teachers, first responders, foster parents, service members, and many other groups of people who are, without a doubt, heroes. However, the statement, as it is written, is flawed.   Batman, Robin, and

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STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

BOONE COUNTY ORDER NO. 2020-03C Why was this order issued? This order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents, with the goal of limiting the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community. How long is the order in effect for? The order will take effect at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March

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COVID Corner: What to expect during testing

“Covid Corner”….a nickname used by some emergency room (ER) personnel when referencing the quarantined area within the University Hospital ER that is used for COVID-19 testing and treatment.  I was one such patient, and would like to share the experience of being tested.  For weeks I had been experiencing bronchitis off and on.  The symptoms

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CDC Recommendations

Following new recommendations released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today, Governor Mike Parson released the following statement regarding mass gatherings or large community events in Missouri: “As we are all aware, concerns over COVID-19 continue to grow across the state and the nation. In accordance with CDC recommendations, my administration and

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A Situation Report on the Coronavirus Global Pandemic

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic.  It’s not a seasonal flu or influenza.  What’s referred to as covid-19 is a coronavirus—the first to reach pandemic levels.  WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus predicts the situation will worsen.  It probably originated in bats but passed

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I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

“Hear that lonesome whippoorwill, he sounds to blue to fly—” While writing lesson plans for our unit on Country music, I knew that I needed to include Hank Williams on the list of essential artists of the genre. Hank’s contribution to not only Country music, but Music (with a capital “M”) in general, cannot be

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SOBOCO Closure

The Board of Education has made the decision to close school to students beginning Thursday, March 19. At this time, Southern Boone Schools plan to resume classes Monday, April 13.  In order to meet DESE’s educational requirements during this extended break, students will be expected to complete work assigned by teachers.  This work may be

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