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The roots of the SoBoCo YMCA

With the new YMCA building under construction, it is an opportune time for the citizens of Ashland to learn the history of how it came to be. Before the YMCA was built, Ashland only had one area of general recreation and fitness: the City Park. The Ashland Optimist’s Club has also provided many opportunities for

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SoBo plan submitted for approval

Southern Boone County schools have only five weeks before the original school start date of September 8, 2020. SoBoCo school district, as of Monday, August 3, were still awaiting approval for their school reentry draft to Boone County Public Health and Human Services, this is why the administration says there has not been an official

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SOBOCO Student Plunkett Excels

Millie Plunkett, 17, has excelled in many arenas in her young life.  She recently was the runner-up in the “2020 NE FFA Expo” Pageant.   She is going into her senior year at Southern Boone High School while currently serving as the Ashland FFA President, being a lifeguard at the Ashland Optimist Pool, as well

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Missouri is #20 in Coronavirus Scams

As of July 15, Missouri residents filed 1,339 fraud complaints to the FTC. This marks a 140% increase since the WHO declared a pandemic in March when 557 complaints were filed. This has resulted in $828K in losses or $240 per victim in the state. SocialCatfish.com today released a study on Coronavirus Scams by State

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Ashland Optimist Pool: Mayor’s Committee

Ashland does not have a city owned pool, but it does have a privately owned community pool.  For the past 30 years the Ashland Optimist Community Pool has been managed and financially subsidized by the Ashland Optimists.  When the pool was first built, the Southern Boone School District sold the land to the City of

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The Southern Boone Fire District; bond money and Covid-19

Along with school board and mayoral candidates, a fire bond for voters to decide on was on the ballot last month. The fire bond was passed, earning the Southern Boone Fire District 3.2 million dollars. The bond funds will be going towards purchasing new equipment, fire trucks, and tools for the trucks. The funds will

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Expanding Medicaid

Is expanding eligibility for Medicaid a good deal for Missourians?  This question has loomed over policymakers for more than a decade.  While hundreds of studies have detailed the costs and benefits of Medicaid expansion, consensus remains elusive. Many skeptics still question whether expansion is worthwhile from a budget perspective. Fourteen states still have not expanded

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Hartzler Announces $9.9 Million Grant to Columbia Regional Airport

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) announced a $9.9 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the Department of Transportation to the Columbia Regional Airport (COU): The grant will help fund Columbia Regional Airport’s runway expansion project. The expanded runway will allow the airport to service flights using higher capacity aircraft. ~ Read more in today’s Journal

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Boone County adults gain access to free therapy

Boone County residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can now access mental health supports through the University of Missouri Psychological Services Clinic. Adults can receive up to five teletherapy sessions at no cost thanks to funding provided through the Boone County Community Health/Medical Fund. “COVID-19 has increased stress related to layoffs or work changes, financial

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Political Vandalism

Earlier this week, I shared w/ you that one of my constituents, Jacob Brummet, was the target of vandalism on his private property—damage to his President Donald J. Trump sign & burning of his American flags. Today, I delivered American & Missouri flags & Trump signs from our personal collection. Here in #District50 we respect

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