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School Board discusses growth, future building projects

LEAD PHOTO: Southern Boone kindergarten students fill the cafeteria on Monday. The kindergarten class was expected to be about 155 this year, however, 162 students enrolled.  LEAD STORY: School Board discusses growth, future building projects The Primary school is currently at capacity, but the school board and administration are committed to keeping classroom sizes small. Primary School

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Gamble, Columbia Eye Consultants, open in Ashland

The Columbia Eye Consultants is the most recent medical practice to make a new home in Ashland. Local optometrist Jeff Gamble and his team have opened the practice. The Ashland office is at 101 Redtail, sharing a building with MU Healthcare and Hoyle Chiropractic. Ashland’s Jeff Gamble, a Columbia and Boonville native said Columbia Eye

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Southern Boone Kindergarten: BIG Numbers

Superintendent Chris Felmlee and SoBoCo Principal Brandy Clark look at the enrollment numbers and shake their head. But they are not surprised. Fall enrollment numbers at the SoBoCo school district were released last week and show that the kindergarten class set – another – new record for class size at 162. “We’re completely full,” Clark

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Skelton makes second run at 50th District

On Labor Day weekend, Michela Skelton’s political Facebook page offered simple, but direct logic for voters, utilizing political signage: “If you had this sign,” was the headline above a “Vote NO on Prop A” sign, “You’ll need this sign,” read the caption below the other political sign – a sign for Michela Skelton for the

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Potterfields honored for conservation efforts

Larry and Brenda Potterfield will be honored with the Governor’s State of Missouri Conservation Award at the third annual National Lewis & Clark Conservation Awards ceremony September 22, 2018. Hosted by the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF), this awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that lead the charge for the appreciation and conservation of our

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Recycling meetings looking for ideas, change

Lead Photo:  Southern Boone YMCA membership director Faryn Griffin. Lead Story:  Recycling meetings looking for ideas, change  If you ask Mayor Gene Rhorer, one sure-fired way to generate public interaction with municipal government is to tell them their trash schedule or method of pickup is changing. Saturday’s meeting about Ashland’s often-overflowing recycling site brought about 20

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Boone Hospital still searching for partnership

It is now official. After three decades of partnership, Boone Hospital and BJC have officially agreed to cut ties with each other. BJC Healthcare will let its lease agreement expire at the end of 2020 it was announced Sept. 4. Hospital Trustees said in a statement last week that “Our mutual needs no longer closely

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Griffin balances YMCA membership, college

Southern Boone graduate Faryn Griffin has quickly moved from being a part-time desk employee at the Southern Boone YMCA to director of membership. Griffin began her duties earlier this month and she is not only learning her new job, she is balancing that work with being a full-time student at Moberly Area Community College. “It’s

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City, YMCA seek FEMA grant for tornado shelter

The Ashland Board of Aldermen will meet in a special session this afternoon, Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. to discuss and vote on a proposal that could lead FEMA grant for a storm shelter. The aldermen are expected to approve a resolution that would allow city administrator Lyn Woolford to pursue a Federal Emergency

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Hooligans fundraiser at Woody’s this weekend

Baby Maklyn isn’t even one and she has already had two major surgeries, one was open-heart. These are just the first of many Maklyn will face as she grows. Maklyn was born five weeks premature alongside her twin brother, Mavryk, on December 16, 2017. Shortly after, Maklyn was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known

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