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Building on schedule, budget on track

The Southern Boone School board was scheduled to meet twice this week – once on Tuesday night for a budget work session and again on Thursday for the board’s regularly scheduled June meeting. And the news for both is very positive, according to SoBoCo Superintendent Chris Felmlee. Concern over the next school year’s budget has

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Basinger building opens with bang

The first week of fireworks season has annually seen the Eagle Flight Fireworks stand go up on the east side of Highway 63, off Forsee Road. And it’s usually a hot business – literally. But this year the fireworks stand has been replaced – by a new 2,880 square-foot building for Ronnie Basinger and his

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Summer Driving? Or Just Inattentive Driving?

A pair of crashes on Highway 63 on Monday afternoon provided two more to the list of growing injury accidents in Mid-Missouri. Statewide the trend is growing as well as Missouri State Highway Patrol has recorded 369 traffic fatalities this year compared to 350 for the same time a year ago. Monday’s crashes happened within

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P&Z Rejects Duplex Bid on Liberty

The Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission denied approval for its second multi-family housing development in two months on Tuesday, June 14. Schooler Construction and C.L. Richardson Company were seeking a change of zoning for a vacant lot on Liberty Lane just east of the Middleton Crossing housing edition. The lot is currently zoned Commercial, the

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Residents call new trash plan “garbage”

Ashland residents took to Facebook last week to voice their irritation over the city’s new trash plan. The City of Ashland recently changed the trash service, along with its vendor Republic Services. The City chose a new contract which allowed for no increase in costs, but cutting trash pickup from twice each week to once

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Take Heat Precautions

As summer heat and humidity begin to make an appearance in mid-Missouri, health experts from University of Missouri Health Care urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves. Temperatures are expected to climb to a high of 97-degrees on Thursday and remain in the 90s through the weekend. “From dehydration to heat exhaustion to heat

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Permit OK, Hummingbird ready to dig

With Department of Natural Resources in hand, workers from the C.L. Richardson company will soon be installing pipe for the forced main sewage system from Hummingbird Properties near the Columbia Regional Airport. The Ashland Board of Aldermen approved the second reading for site approval of Hummingbird Properties at their June 7 meeting. That, plus the

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Lemonade needed on hot day

The heat, like Jessica John’s right forearm, packed a powerful punch on Saturday afternoon. John, a 10-year-old karate student in the YMCA’s program, took a whack at a two-inch board during the Lemonade Daze Karate demonstration and chopped it right in two. The first 90-degree-plus weather of the summer took nearly as vicious a whack

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Optimist Foundation, Wren, builds new bikes for giveaway

Long before he was an Eagles soccer fan, long before he was a member of the Ashland Optimist Club, Ernie Wren was very handy with small bicycle wrenches. “I worked at a Columbia bike shop, Jim’s Bike and Key,” said Wren, sitting amidst a pile of broken, abused bicycles of a variety of shapes, sizes

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