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City street work begins this week

City of Ashland street work will begin this week with striping and overlays on selected streets around town. First, a contractor will be restriping parking spaces on Broadway in downtown Ashland. The work will result in parking be prohibited between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on both sides of Broadway. Street overlays will include: Justin,

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Boone Hospital honored as “High Performing”

For the third year in a row, Boone Hospital Center was ranked the #1 hospital in mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranked #4 in the state of Missouri. U.S. News ranks hospitals based on 12 specialties utilizing a mathematical model combining reputation, mortality rate, patient safety and care-related factors such as

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SoBoCo alum awarded nursing scholarship

Amanda Ferreiro, Ashland, recently was awarded the Ethel Christine Johnson Lemonds and Rhonda J. Lemonds Brown Master’s Scholarship. It is offered annually to a select few graduate students in the Mizzou Sinclair School of Nursing and is one of many scholarships tailored specifically to nursing students at Mizzou. Currently Ferreiro is pursuing a master’s degree

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Auditor Galloway uncovers evidence of $90 million billing scheme at Putnam County Memorial Hospital

Poor condition of hospital finances leads to questionable management contract, abuse of power and oversight failures by hospital leadership UNIONVILLE, Mo (August 9, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of Putnam County Memorial Hospital, which uncovered $90 million in inappropriate lab billings by hospital leadership and associates. The investigation started after

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Boone Hospital begins merger talks with MU HealthCare

The Boone Hospital Board of Trustees have reached unanimous consensus to explore the feasibility of aligning Boone Hospital Center and University of Missouri Health Care, according to a Tuesday press release. The potential merger signals the end of a process which began last year as Boone Hospital began seeking a new management contract. “We are

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Burks named new Boone County Clerk

Taylor Burks was named the first member of the Republican Party to be the new Boone County Clerk. He was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens over Democratic nominee Brianna Lennon. Burks was sworn into office on Monday by Judge Kevin Crane. Burks replaces longtime county clerk Wendy Noren, who resigned in June due to health

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Prop 1 sales tax goes to voters on Tuesday

Southern Boone voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide two ballot issues – a new state representative in the Missouri Legislature and the Boone County Proposition One road and sales tax. The polls will open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and polling places will include the Ashland Senior Center and the

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Missouri State Fair Aug. 10-20

Discover nature with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Aug. 10-20. Visit MDC’s Conservation Building from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to see live fish and other native animals such as snakes, turtles, and amphibians. Learn about and see displays of native plants that help butterflies and other

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Solar Eclipse plans come to light

There are a number of ways you can celebrate – or just observe watching the upcoming solar eclipse. Most will take in the once-in-a-lifetime event simply on their front porch, their backyard or outside their workplace. But there are plenty of plans in Mid-Missouri to make the most of the eclipse. The path of the

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Child care, facility use discussed by school district, community

A community meeting held last night at the Middle School annex was to bring two different views of child care in the community to the table. Changes at the state level – including more pre-employment training – have created greater expense for some local day care owners and will likely leave fewer day care choices

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