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Aldermen Table Duplex Proposal

First the Schooler Construction request for a zoning change to build six duplexes off Liberty Lane was given a “No” recommendation by the Ashland Planning and Zoning. Then the Ashland Board of Aldermen unanimously approved the plan in a first reading at a June meeting. Two weeks later? Now they are not so sure. The

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New Airport Development Includes retail and industrial

By Bruce Wallace Workers for CL Richardson company began laying pipe for the forced main sewer project in late June as the beginnings of the Ponderosa Commerce Park takes shape. The 478-acre development between US Highway 63 and the Columbia Regional Airport is entirely within the City of Ashland city limits as well was the

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First Female Commander to Lead American Legion

by Lexi Larson Catherine Sapp was named the new commander of the Ashland American Legion at the Tuesday, June 21 meeting. She is the first woman to hold this position in Ashland. Sapp, 47, graduated from Brazoswood High School in Jackson, Texas in 1986. Two years later she joined the Air Force and served for

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Southern District Commissioner Race heats up

by Lexi Lawson The race for the Boone County Commissioner, South County District, is beginning to heat up with the Republican and Democratic primaries on August 2. Two of those Democrats are Ted Farnen and Ann Peters. Ted Farnen is an editor for the Missouri School Board Association. He graduated from the Missouri School of

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New Digital Advertising in Ashland

by Bruce Wallace Ashland businessman Dave Westhoff has a new computer program at his office at the corner of Main and Henry Clay. It controls his business on east Broadway – the one 44-feet above the Ashland overpass. Westhoff maintains his new digital sign on east Broadway from his desk. “Actually, I can control it

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Liberty Lane Duplexes vote Tuesday

Whether or not to allow a builder to develop six new duplexes off Liberty Lane will be a question and vote for the Ashland Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. At their June 21 meeting, the aldermen gave first reading approval to the project which would be built in a lot just south of the

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South Woods Properties in receivership

When tenants on Liberty Lane came home from taking their children to summer school Tuesday morning, they found a letter taped to their front door informing them their duplex had a new firm controlling and managing its day-to-day operations. Rent was to be paid for July to the new firm, Balke Brown Transwestern. While a

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Aldermen reverse P&Z, approve zoning change

The proposed development of six duplexes off Liberty Lane, just east of the Middleton subdivision took a sudden turn Tuesday night as the Ashland Board of Aldermen approved the first reading approving the development. Last Tuesday the Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission had unanimously shot down Schooler Construction’s request for a zoning change from “Commercial”

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July 4 Closings and Events

Many businesses and government offices will be closed on Monday for the July 4th holiday. The City of Ashland will be closed and trash services will be moved back one day. County offices will also be closed for the holiday. Moser’s Grocery will be open on July 4th from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. The Ashland Optimist

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Ashland man hit by train in Boonville

An Ashland man was in serious condition at University Hospital after his car was struck Friday night near the Isle of Capri casino in Boonville. Donald Wood, 73, of Ashland had stopped his car on the railroad tracks near the casino at about 8:25 p.m. A Union Pacific train headed east-bound crashed into Wood’s 2002

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