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City of Ashland Road Construction-East Broadway (East Route Y)

On 05/20/2020, beginning at 12:00 PM, both lanes of traffic in the 800 block of East Broadway will be re-routed through a detour loop at this location.  This detour loop will allow for both lanes of traffic to continue.  This detour is required for the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of East Broadway

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Fire District Bond Proposal, Status

Southern Boone Voters will see a proposal on their ballot on June 2nd asking the question, “Shall Southern Boone County Fire Protection District issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $3,200,000 for the purpose of paying costs and acquiring fire trucks, apparatus and equipment and constructing, furnishing and equipping a fire station?”  Jim

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Six candidates running for three school board seats

There are three seats on the Southern Boone County school board up for grabs in the coming June 2 election. There are six candidates for the seats: Tiffany Clevenger, Amy Begemann, Dawn Sapp, Kevin Schupp, Ashlee Vaughn, and Neal Lines. Two of the candidates, Sapp and Schupp, are incumbents seeking reelection. Clevenger has worked in

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City Candidate Forum

Monday evening an online Zoom candidate forum was hosted by the Southern Boone Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Boone Economic Development Committee, with Tracy Titmus, president of the SoBo Chamber,  as moderator.  The candidates for alderman were each asked about their long-term plans for the city in the next four years. Bryan Bradford, Stephen

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Boone County Commission Controversy

Did Boone County Commissioners Janet Thompson and Dan Atwill attempt to exclude their fellow Commissioner, Fred Parry, from a May 13th conference call related to COVID-19 for political and/or ideological differences?  Or was the exclusion related to current legal proceedings against the county, which Fred Parry is reported to support?  Regardless, the May 13th conference

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Pool will follow COVID-19 mandates

The Ashland Optimist Community Pool board is attempting to do something that Boonville and Centralia are not, namely open its pool for the summer.  It’s a challenging task given incorporating not only the state COVID-19 restrictions, but the stricter Boone County restrictions as well.  Pool planning was moving smoothly, and everything was on track to

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Officer Roberson honored

Ashland Police Officer George Roberson, center, was honored at the Ashland Police Department yesterday morning with a certificates of proclamation due to being shot at in the line of duty.  State Rep. Sara Walsh, left, presented a proclamation from the House and the Senate to Officer Roberson. A declaration from Lieutenant Governor Kehoe, right, was

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Band Wars at Southern Boone Middle School

On Friday, May 8, the Sobocoband page on Facebook had a posting which ignited a firestorm of responses.  The posting was the following; “Attention! SBC Band needs your help! 6th grade band is being cut from the 20-21 class electives!! We need parental voices to be heard! Please reach out to your SBC board members

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Graduation: Special circumstances, innovative accolades

In mid-April, Gov. Mike Parson announced that all Missouri public and charter school facilities would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.  This order has resulted in several changes in plans for high school seniors, including not having a traditional graduation ceremony.  But one aspect that has not changed is the tremendous community

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Elections: Sanitary measures and absentee voting

Sanitary precautions, absentee voting, and new polling places are all measures being taken to protect elections this year, says Boone County Clerk Brianna Lennon. With the municipal April 7 election moved to June 2, the Clerks’ office is taking that time to prepare.  One of the biggest changes happening is the switch in polling locations.

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