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Ameren Missouri donates $25,000 to Southern Boone Area YMCA for new facility

Ameren Missouri contributed $25,000 to the Southern Boone Area YMCA’s “Here for Good” capital campaign to help construct a new recreation facility in Ashland. Construction of the new YMCA is underway and will serve the growing community in Boone County once complete. “The Southern Boone Area YMCA promotes healthy living and helps strengthen the community

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Roundabout! Roundabout! Roundabout!

That’s correct, Ashland now has three roundabouts.  Ashland opened up the third roundabout in town, with a fourth location currently being planned in the near future.  Citizens can still be of mixed opinions as to the effectiveness and safety of these structures. In March of 2014, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) initiated the first two

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Back to School Edition

Dear Parents, Guardians, Students and School Community Stakeholders, Welcome back to a new school year! I know there is a wide mix of emotions as we begin a new school year. I hope students are excited to come back. Despite the uncertainties we are dealing with, it is my utmost desire to provide a safe

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Mizzou enrollment increase

After months of careful planning, the University of Missouri resumed in-person classes today, launching the start of the fall 2020 semester. Overall enrollment was 30,849, up 4% from fall 2019. A record retention rate of 90% — a measure of freshmen who return as sophomores — contributed to the growth. Increases also included 7.6% more

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Forbes: Boone Hospital

Forbes and Statista selected America’s Best-In-State Employers based on an independent survey of more than 80,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 500 people in their U.S. operations. The surveys were administered using a series of online panels and provide a representative sample of the U.S. workforce. “Boone Hospital Center has served the

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Route 63 Ramp Lane to Temporarily Close

Motorists in Columbia will see road work taking place on the northbound U.S. Route 63 exit ramp at the Route WW and Broadway interchange next week. Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be paving the right turn lane of the ramp on Monday, August 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This work will require

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City of Ashland Roundabout Opening

City of Ashland Roundabout Opening-East Broadway (East Route Y) and Industrial Drive  On 08/20/2020, beginning at 9:00 AM the new roundabout at the intersection of East Broadway (East Rt Y) and Industrial Dr will be opened for through traffic.  At this same time, the existing detour loop will be closed and removed in the near

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SoBoCo schools awaiting official school board re-entry approval

“I want to make it clear that we [Boone County Public Health and Human Services] give guidelines, the health department doesn’t approve a school reopening plan. We review and offer guidance but the school board is the ultimate approver, but it’s wonderful when schools turn plans over so we can make comments on the side,”

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Extra precautions to be taken for fall sports

This fall, school sports in Southern Boone will be a little different. The district is putting additional safety measures into place in accordance with county health codes. As of right now, there is not a plan in effect. There is a plan currently being finalized, however, the draft must be approved by the Boone County

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Daycares Create Innovative Activities

The 2020 pandemic has created many changes in every day activities, and daycares are no exception.  These activities have been impacted by health restrictions and financial considerations.  “Child care providers have been hit by the pandemic in a very unique way,” said Brian Schmidt, Executive Director of Kids Win Missouri. “The child care system has

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