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Southern Boone: Changes in political strategy

During the spring of 2020 election cycle, we’ve all witnessed many changes in the political landscape across the nation, many of which can be seen locally in Southern Boone.  The changes can be attributed to a number of factors; COVID-19, reaching a milestone of growth of approximately 5,000+ in Ashland, and an increasing voter demographic

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Job growth from Medicaid expansion

Missouri can anticipate a wave of job growth and annual economic output from Medicaid expansion of more than double the expected $1 billion in yearly savings to the state budget. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday by the Missouri Foundation for Health. The independent study concludes that Medicaid expansion will create more

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Missouri’s medical marijuana program publishes first annual report

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is pleased to announce the release of its Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulatory Program’s annual report to the Governor. DHSS is required to annually submit a report to the Governor regarding the efficient discharge of its responsibilities under Article XIV Section 1 of the Missouri Constitution. Reported activities

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Now Mayor, New Board Members

Thank you to each Ashland and Southern Boone citizen who took the time to show up and vote today. Thank you to all the candidates, including my political opponent, Mr. Dorise Slinker, who invested months of time, energy, and financial resources in their election bids. We all desire what we feel is best for our

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SoBoCo Summer School 2020

By: Alex Naughton Summer school is going to look a little different this year amid Covid-19 concerns. The Southern Boone County School District has drafted a reentry plan and submitted it to the Boone County Health Department with hopes of approval. The reentry plan states that the school district is offering two weeks of in-seat

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Minneapolis: Impacting Ashland

By Ernie Wren The video recording of a black man’s death at the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis, MN has impacted the United States in many ways that previously peaceful protests have not. Police office Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, even

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Park Board plans for summer and fall

The Ashland City Parks Board met on May 11th to discuss both new and old business.  In new business, the board discussed how to use candy donated by Connections Bank and new flags for the “Avenue of Flags” along north Henry Clay.  With the previous cancellation of the annual Easter Egg Hunt due to social

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Ashland’s outgoing officials

Three Ashland officials will not be seeking reelection this year. Mayor Gene Rhorer, Ward One Alderman Danny Clay, and Ward Two Alderman Jesse Bronson will all be permanently leaving their positions following the end of their terms. Rhorer has been the Mayor of Ashland for seven years. He has also spent three years with Planning

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Free Pool Day

Ashland Optimist Community Pool Opening:  Monday, June 1, 2020, Noon to 7pm. Free admission & free flavored ice sticks and water  (While Supplies Last) Sponsored by:  Richard & Kellie Sullivan Family

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Missouri unemployment rate rises to 9.7 percent

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a severe downturn in the nation’s labor market in April 2020. In Missouri, seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 305,100 jobs over the month, and by 327,800 jobs over the year, the largest one-month and one-year decreases since the current data series began in 1990. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased

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