‘Speed bump’ meeting offers different views on speed control

Last Thursday’s community/neighborhood meeting on the speed bump pilot project showed there was about an even split on whether or not to continue the program.  City Administrator Lyn Woolford said Monday that a vote of 14-14 and successive emails to the city show that the Bluegrass neighborhood is split on whether or not they like

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First Responders Appreciation Event

The first Southern Boone First Responders Appreciation Event will be held Monday, Oct. 2 at Ashland City Park at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by Helping Hands of Southern Boone. The event will include a flag ceremony, speakers, live music and dinner. The event is free of charge and community members are welcome to

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Homeschoolers round up Hartzler

Three middle school students (one from Southern Boone and two who are homeschooled in Columbia) are partnering to host a Town Hall Discussion with Vicki Hartzler at the Ashland Optimist Building on Wed. Oct. 18. Although the event is open to everyone, it is geared for youth of all ages as a non-partisan, educational event.

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County Clerk Burks announces savings plan

Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks released a 2018 budget request on Monday which reduces the Clerk’s office’s non-election activities budget by 8%, saving Boone County taxpayers nearly $70,000 from the 2017 budget. Burks’ total request for 2018, including elections, saves more than $500,000 comparerd to 2016 fiscal year expenses. The budget savings are all non-election

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Police Report

Ashland Police and Boone County Sheriff’s office reported the following arrests recently. Friday, September 15th: • Boone County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Shayla Camille Cooper, 18, of Ashland, on failure to appear charges. No Bail. Saturday, September 16th: • Dustyn Michael Barron, 27, of Hartsburg, was arrested by Boone County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of 2nd

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Bettye Lee (Dye)Tracy 1928-2017

Bettye Lee (Dye) Tracy, 88, of Columbia, passed away September 16, 2017 at The Arbors at Colony Pointe in Columbia, Missouri. Bettye was born on December 23, 1928 in Skellyville, Oklahoma, a daughter of Kess and Maude Agnes Hoyler Dye. She married Derwood Tracy, Sr. in 1947 and he preceded her in death on August

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Thank you, I’m sorry

The people of Southern Boone County have treated me much better than I deserve. Over the years, and especially in recent weeks, various members of our growing community have paid me compliments and given me words of encouragement that both flatter and humble me. “I really enjoyed your column last week.” “You did a great

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Teens don’t change, distractions do

Based on recent events and the new school year, I went on a survey tour. I went to discover the answer to the question: “Are high school teenagers different today than they were 10, 25 or 35-years ago?” Why this survey now? Because the national opioid crisis is on our doorstep. This is not exactly

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SoBoCo hosts tough Osage team on Friday

If the Southern Boone Eagles want to get back on the winning track, they are going to have to show improvement in the areas that have plagued them the past two weeks – passing, offense and defense and going out and putting a pop on their opponent. The Indians, 3-1, come to Ashland for a

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O’Keefe resigns; School Board considers spring bond issue

Southern Boone School Board member Craig O’Keefe delivered his letter of resignation last week. The resignation from the longtime board member is not official until approved by the school board at Monday’s September meeting. O’Keefe said he had become the only board member with “No” votes on specific topics nad thought he was fighting an

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