Nicole Courtney

Nicole Ann Courtney, 47, of Ashland, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 1, 2020, at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Nicole was born on March 14, 1972 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the daughter of Glenn Kliethermes and Vickie Nilges. Nicole, in early childhood began a happy, joyful life, until an accident happened when she caught her

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Rosalee Marie Higgins

Rosalee Marie Higgins, 88, of Jefferson City, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in Hartsburg.  She was born on April 24, 1931 in Hartsburg, the daughter of Arthur and Emilia (Stumpf) Thomas.  Rosalee was united in marriage on September 3, 1950 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Hartsburg to Ralph Higgins, who preceded her

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United We Stand

“Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.” –LL Cool J Where do I even begin? That is the question I’ve been asking myself over and over since learning that I would be writing my first column for the Boone County Journal in over five months. How do I explain to you, my

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Economic Partnership Events in SoBoCo

By Ernie Wren The mission of the Southern Boone Economic Development Council (SBEDC) “is to unite individuals, businesses, educational partners, civic organizations and government leaders in collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for area residents by encouraging a stronger economic base in the greater Southern Boone area.”.  To that end, the SBEDC will

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Gary Arnold

Gary Norman Arnold, 75, Columbia, Mo., died Thursday, February 27, 2020 in Hialeah, Fla., after a brief illness. Gary was born March 3, 1944 on the Hartsburg hill to Norman and Dorothy Sapp Arnold.  He graduated from Ashland High School in 1961 and worked in construction.  A salesman stopped at the log cabin he and

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Walsh reports: Ashland City House Bill

It is my great honor to represent the people of Missouri’s 50th District and to share with you this week’s District 50 Report: Thank you to those who testified in support of my HB 1601 which had a hearing in the House Local Government committee last week. Ashland is one of the fastest growing cities

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Elizabeth Burnett Family

Thank you to:  Chad and Brenda at  Robinson Funeral Home Jessica at In Any Event Cindy and Dan at the  Copper Kettle Pat Mills, Marilyn Benedict, family and friends.  From the  Elizabeth Burnett Family

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Why Reading and Celebrating Black History Matter

This February, Black History month, I reread Margot Lee Shetterly’s terrific historical narrative, “Hidden Figures.”  When it was the Columbia One Read selection a few years ago, I discovered a story that had been missing in the American history books I grew up with in the late 1950s and early 60s when I attended McLean

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