Take a break from the Missouri heat

On a typical July day in Missouri, spending time enjoying the outdoors means swimming through the humidity. Rather than dripping in sweat, one group attending a class at Missouri Department of Conservation’s Runge Conservation Nature Center found themselves underground dripping with cool cave water. A group of participants traveled with Runge Naturalist Sam Stewart to

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Missouri Police have Governor’s support

Governor Mike Parson last Tuesday signed HB 898, sponsored by State Representative Sara Walsh, establishing a “Back the Blue” specialty license plate, which Missourians can obtain to show their appreciation for Missouri’s law enforcement officers. Walsh said that the “Back the Blue” license plate would be entirely voluntary with a ten-dollar contribution collected from the

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Old reps FFA Shooting Team

Oliver Old, a Junior at Southern Boone County R-1, represented the Ashland FFA shooting team at the Mizzou Trap Academy, June 19-21. In addition to shooting approximately 300 rounds during the academy, the participants received individual and group instruction from nationally recognized shooters. The academy centered on shooting fundamentals, leadership, focus and concentration, stress management

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Chemical-free options for managing mosquitoes

It’s time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, gardening, hikes and much more. Don’t let mosquitoes keep you inside; Instead enlist these chemical-free strategies to manage these pests in your landscape. Start by eliminating the mosquitoes’ breeding grounds. Drain the water out of buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water

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The Bell Jar/Glass Ceiling

The events described in Sylvia Plath’s literary masterpiece “The Bell Jar” take place in the early 1950s, a period contemporary Americans often refer to as “The Good Ol’ Days.” This era is undoubtedly what folks are referring to when they say they want to “Make America Great Again.” In the 1950s, segregation was the law

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Parade, picnic draw large numbers

Last Thursday on a hot and humid morning, the city’s annual Fourth of July tractor parade held its highest participation and attendance to date. There were twenty-one tractors entered in the tractor parade, which is the largest number to date. The American Legion opened its doors to the public for restrooms and an air-conditioned space.

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Mayor rejects MoDot rollover request

MoDot has rescheduled the State Highway Route M/Broadway repaving project with no date set for the project to be completed. “We [the City] had already paid our portion of the project and when I spoke to MoDot they wanted to roll over the money. I said no,” said Mayor Gene Rhorer. “That’s a different fiscal

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School, recycling near completion

Around town, Red Tail Drive is being completed and the Southern Boone County school district administrative staff is moving into its new central office building. The SoBoCo Central Office will hold administrator’s offices, the athletic director, special education staff and director and early education director. The building also consists of a boardroom for education and

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Police Report

Ashland Police and Boone County Sheriff’s office reported the following arrests recently. • 07.3.19: Nicholas Allen Walters, 33, of Columbia, was arrested by Ashland Police on a failure to appear charge. Bonded: $1,500 • 07.3.19: Columbia Police arrested Tabitha Rae Whitaker, 26, of Ashland, on possession of a controlled substance charge. Bonded: $4,500. • 07.03.19:

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Holiday Traffic Statistics

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2019 July Fourth holiday statistics: Troopers worked 376 traffic crashes, which included 139 injuries and nine of the 12 fatalities. Troopers also made 160 DWI arrests and 110 drug arrests over the holiday weekend. Troopers worked 11 boating crashes, which included five injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers

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