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Optimist Club brings Big Top back to town

The Ashland Optimist Club announced last week that they are bringing the Kelly Miller Circus back to Ashland for a one night show of dazzling acts.  Performances will be at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The big top for the one ring circus will be at the Ashland Optimist Club grounds. Advance

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SoBoCo clamps down on cafeteria debt

Parents not paying for school lunch could face small claims court, collections and missing end-of-year celebrations or graduation; Felmlee seeks payment plans. The Southern Boone School Board quickly voted to accept member Craig O’Keefe back onto the board Monday night. O’Keefe, who unexpectedly resigned last week, said at the outset of the board’s regular monthly

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Suspect arrested in Ashland on sodomy charges

A Columbia man was arrested Wednesday morning in Ashland by Boone County Sheriff’s detectives and Ashland Police and is being held in Boone County jail under suspicion of sodomizing two women. Derek M. Tarter, 32, of Woodland Drive in Columbia was stopped by Ashland Police in while he was stopped making a delivery during his

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SoBoCo ACT scores top state average

Southern Boone High School ACT scores once again exceeded the state average and were at the same level as in recent years, which pleases principal Dale Van Deven. “We have nearly the entire class taking the test,” Van Deven said, and the more students you have taking the test, the composite score gets lower. The

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Lloyd new Connections President

Lloyd, originally from Marshfield, took over daily duties at Connections Bank earlier this month. With 40-years of experience in banking – including stints at Boone National Savings, Midwest Independent Bank in Jefferson City, and most recently at Callaway Bank, Lloyd says he is looking forward to mold a team at Connections Bank. “My experience is

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‘Speed bump’ meeting offers different views on speed control

Last Thursday’s community/neighborhood meeting on the speed bump pilot project showed there was about an even split on whether or not to continue the program.  City Administrator Lyn Woolford said Monday that a vote of 14-14 and successive emails to the city show that the Bluegrass neighborhood is split on whether or not they like

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First Responders Appreciation Event

The first Southern Boone First Responders Appreciation Event will be held Monday, Oct. 2 at Ashland City Park at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by Helping Hands of Southern Boone. The event will include a flag ceremony, speakers, live music and dinner. The event is free of charge and community members are welcome to

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Homeschoolers round up Hartzler

Three middle school students (one from Southern Boone and two who are homeschooled in Columbia) are partnering to host a Town Hall Discussion with Vicki Hartzler at the Ashland Optimist Building on Wed. Oct. 18. Although the event is open to everyone, it is geared for youth of all ages as a non-partisan, educational event.

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County Clerk Burks announces savings plan

Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks released a 2018 budget request on Monday which reduces the Clerk’s office’s non-election activities budget by 8%, saving Boone County taxpayers nearly $70,000 from the 2017 budget. Burks’ total request for 2018, including elections, saves more than $500,000 comparerd to 2016 fiscal year expenses. The budget savings are all non-election

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