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Student safety amid COVID-related traffic increase

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered nearly every part of our daily lives and the morning commute to school is no exception to that. The Southern Boone School District has experienced large volumes of morning and afternoon traffic in recent months. Southern Boone County has opted to hold in-person classes for the 2020-2021 school year and

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SoBoCo Schools and COVID-19

Similar to the congested traffic during the daily school commute the SoBoCo school board is congested with thoughts of how to deal with the school year during COVID-19. Before the school year began September 8, 2020 the fifth grade teachers were in quarantine from close contact exposure from a COVID-19 positive case. Due to lack

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Branch: Lifetime Mission Award

The American Heart Association recognized Crystal Branch, Southern Boone Primary, PE teacher (retired 2019-2020) with a Lifetime Mission Award for her years of leadership in Kids Heart Challenge.  Kids Heart Challenge is an event that teaches Heart Heroes (students) how to take care of their heart while raising awareness in the Community and donations for

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Ronda Mitchell Retires

After 26 years at the Daniel Boone Regional Library, Southern Boone County Public Library manager Ronda Mitchell will be closing the book on her successful career. Her first job at the library was in the Circulation Department in Columbia, but after a month she moved into the Public Services Department as part of the reference

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What’s New: Fighting COVID-19 6 Months Later

For six months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, (HHS), its public health component known as Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response(ASPR) and multiple other federal agencies to support a regional and national response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, also known as COVID-19. 

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Park Board plans for future improvements

The City of Ashland, Missouri Parks and Recreation Board met Monday to discuss park district and budget plans for the near future.  This year, the Ashland Park District faced a summer cut short by Covid-19. In these last few months, the board made the decision to cancel all scheduled events, including the beloved Fall Festival

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Optimist Halloween “Spooktacular” proceeding

The Ashland Optimist Club has hosted the annual “Halloween Spooktacular” for four years now, and has no plans to let the current pandemic get in the way.  The event provides a safe and friendly environment for families to bring their young children trick-or-treating while engaging with local businesses and organizations.  As with previous years, the

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New municipal center temporarily stalled, yet remain in works

From as early as Jan. of this year, the City of Ashland has been making efforts to relocate. With limited space and future plans to fill vacant city government positions, the committee has the option to either find a different building or to build an entirely new municipal center. Currently, the municipal center is a

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Welcome back, by the numbers

Excluding the SoBoCo elementary fifth grade, Southern Boone County schools are back in seat instruction after the COVID-19 stay at home order in March 2020. School administration have based the decision of returning to in seat classrooms based on the number of COVID-19 cases by zip code and the parent survey conducted this summer. The

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