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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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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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Liberty Lane construction

Weather permitting, Christensen Construction, on behalf of Boone County Resource Management, will begin an asphalt overlay on Liberty Lane between Route M and the Ashland city limits. Work will take place Tuesday, July 9, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019 between the  hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The road will remain open but

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Independence Day business by the book

Jacob Leffert, who will be a SoBoCo senior this fall, is working his fourth summer at the 13 Stripes Fireworks stand. “The idea came from my father. He did this as a kid. The goal is to do this during the summer so I don’t have to work during the school year,” said Leffert. Jacob

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Ameren, Highway Patrol to reward kids wearing life jackets

As the extended holiday weekend approaches, families with children will be looking to “get caught” by the Missouri State Highway Patrol while boating. That’s because the Water Patrol Division will be handing out free t-shirts to children wearing a life jacket while boating on the Lake of the Ozarks. In partnership with Ameren Missouri, the

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BoCo Commissioners on sudden death of OEM Director Tom Hurley

Boone County regretfully announces the unexpected death of Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Tom Hurley. Boone County Commissioners Dan Atwill, Fred Parry and Janet Thompson issue the following statement: “We are saddened by the loss of our colleague and dear friend Tom Hurley. He was a Boone County native whose love for this community

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WIC goes electronic

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is offering families a new way to shop for WIC-approved food using an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, eWIC. Families participating in WIC in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau and Osage counties will be the first to use the new eWIC

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Sen. Blunt’s Military Family Stability Act

By Senator Roy Blunt The Labor Department reported recently that the number of job openings in America exceeded the number of unemployed people by the largest margin on record. In April there were 7.4 million unfilled jobs across the country and only 5.8 million people looking for work. When I talk to employers in Missouri,

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