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Woody’s gives back throughout the holiday season

Woody’s Pub and Grub in Ashland is no stranger to serving its community. Throughout the year, this small town business is able to bring in big time funds that are donated locally. One of the business’s largest fundraisers is the annual King of Wings contest, where wing makers from across the county compete with their

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Branch reacts to county fair moving back to Columbia

Plans to bring the Boone County Fair back to Columbia have been set in motion for the coming year. Though the fair has been held in Sturgeon since 2016, the county recently signed a deal to cede fairgrounds land from the City of Columbia. The primary focus behind this change of location is to both

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Boone County property taxes due

Brian McCollum, Boone County Collector of Revenue, wishes to remind taxpayers that Boone County property taxes are due December 31, 2019. If taxpayers have not received a property tax statement, they should contact the collector’s office immediately. If taxpayers have yet to declare personal property as of January 1, 2019, they will need to contact

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Workers to benefit from increased minimum wage

Hard-working Missourians will see another wage increase to ring in the new year. In 2018, voters from every corner of our state resoundingly voted Yes on Proposition B to gradually increase Missouri’s minimum wage from $7.85 an hour to $12 an hour by 2023. With 62.34% of the vote and carrying 82 of Missouri’s 114

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Medical marijuana facilities certification

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has begun the process of issuing ten certifications for medical marijuana testing facilities. Testing facilities whose applications are approved will receive notification of that approval to the email addresses of the individual who created the application in the Medical Marijuana Registry Portal, the individual listed in the

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UPDATE: Ashland Shooter Arrested

This morning at approximately 10:36 a.m., a man suspected of shooting at Ashland Police was located and taken into custody.  Eusebio Daniel Barjas-Real, 29, of Ashland was arrested by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies at 105 E. Liberty Lane in Ashland. Efforts to locate Barjas-Real had been ongoing since this incident occurred at approximately 11 p.m.,

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Shots Fired at Ashland Police Officer

  UPDATE: Police continue to search for Eusebio Daniel Barajas-Real.  He is suspected of firing three shots at an Ashland police car late Tuesday night. Police ask that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts call 311. 12.18.19 – On 17 December 2019 at approximately 11:06 p.m., three shots were fired at an Ashland Police car

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Census may impact city government

Depending on the 2020 census, the City of Ashland could have the ability to change its form of local government.  Currently Ashland is a fourth class city in a first class county.  If the 2020 census shows the city as having more than 5,000 inhabitants, Ashland voters could elect the option of a charter form

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School board meets despite weather and closings

Despite school closings due to weather, the Southern Boone County School District met Monday, December 16.  Construction is now completed on Red Tail Drive, which leads to the new central office building. It was finished the first week of December. “I wanted to wait and bill the city for their share when the work was

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Dept. of Natural Resources will award approximately $2.8 million in energy loans

Seven public schools will receive approximately $2.8 million in low-interest loans to fund energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy. The funded projects are expected to support 35 jobs and benefit more than 12,000 Missourians, with annual energy savings resulting in approximately $404,527. The loans will

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