Fathers, Sons, and Clones: A Non-Star Wars Story

When I first became a father, I was determined to raise a son who loved cars, sports, and the great outdoors—just like his dear old dad. When he was younger, Alex frequently went fishing and hiking in the woods with me. I taught him how to play baseball, basketball, and football. He enjoyed cruising in

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Now a member of a culinary cult

My wife has always wanted me to participate more in the kitchen. She doesn’t exactly want me to be a trained chef, just do a little more consistent job of helping to get dinner on the table. Or even an inconsistent job of getting dinner on the table. Anything. Up to now, my efforts have

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Darlene Blakemore

Darlene Jane Blakemore, 80, of Columbia passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at her residence. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Memorial Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Memorial Park Cemetery, with Thomas Lutz

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Saralyn Maine Pace 1942-2017

Saralyn Maine Pace, 75, died unexpectedly but peacefully in her home in Overland Park, KS, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. Memorial services will be held in Ashland, Missori, Sunday, January 14 at the Southern Boone County Senior Center. The memorial will begin with lunch at 12:30 p.m., service at 1:30 p.m. followed by burial in New

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Charter Schools up on legislative agenda for Republicans

Republican-led legislature, Gov. Grietens make Charter Schools a priority The Missouri Legislature will convene this week with nearly 300 Senate and 500 House proposals filed for the legislative session. But one topic was noted in the recent Southern Boone Schools annual breakfast with governmental officials – Charter Schools. Superintendents from three districts, including Southern Boone’s

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Tax Relief Coming in 2018

Missouri Department of Revenue Director Joel Walters today issued the following statement: “Passed by the Missouri Legislature in 2014, Senate Bill 509 called for a reduction to the individual income tax rate and created a deduction for business income, with both changes to be phased in over a period of years beginning in 2017. As

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Retirement of Judge Deborah Daniels

Associate Circuit Judge Deborah Daniels announced her last day on the bench will be February 28, 2018. She was first elected to the office in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Judge Daniels has overseen the probate division in addition to general civil and criminal dockets. Throughout her tenure on the bench, Judge Daniels

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Fire budget increases, as do expenses

Ashland’s growth this past year – and the past decade – has provided more property taxes for the Southern Boone Fire Protection District, but the increased cost of purchasing equipment and maintenance on a rolling stock of some nearly-antique vehicles has the fire district working hard keep the district’s financial head above water. The fire

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