So Bo Co Fire Protection District bond issue

The Southern Boone County Fire Protection District intends to introduce a no tax increase bond issue to be voted on in April by Southern Boone County residents.The district’s fire board is leading the initiative in hopes of using the bond money to fund the updating of equipment, as well as departmental renovations and additions.  As

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When the Wolf Is at the Door

March has been a brutal month, long in days and spare in spirit. The coronavirus pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. Heeding urgent warnings from medical experts who understand this deadly pathogen and how it spreads, Kit and I are staying at home for as long as it takes to slow the coronavirus

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I Am Not Okay But I Will Be

Nearly nine years ago, I reached out to a life-long friend and told her something I had not shared with anyone else—not even my wife Bethany. “I think I might be bipolar.” A few days after our conversation, I sent my friend an apology on Facebook Messenger. “Sorry if I worried you with all that

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ISOLATION STAYCATION

By Ernie Wren With the “new reality” of social distancing and isolation due to COVID-19, there is an abundance of professionals and articles advising us as to how we can best cope during this time.  Forbes magazine recently provided a good, but generic, list: limit your news intake, get outside, keep a routine, accept this

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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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