News

School officials consider student nicotine testing

In growing concern for the health of Southern Boone County students, school officials are seriously considering adding the chemical nicotine to random drug testing. Finding a thin line between school and parent intervention. In separately interviewed groups of Southern Boone County High School students, all gave identical responses, that of the total high school student

[ Read More ]

Tax-free weekend

Missouri’s 2019 Tax-Free Weekend runs through Friday, August 2 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, August 4 at 11:59 pm. During this time, you’ll save the Missouri state sales tax of 4.225% — which is perfect timing for back-to-school shopping. The following will be free of sales tax during tax-free weekend: • Clothing priced at $100

[ Read More ]

Campaign match Buddy Pack

From Aug. 2-9, every dollar donated to The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri’s Buddy Pack program will be doubled by Missouri Employers Mutual as part of the MEM Buddy Pack Match. Donations can be made at buddypackshelp.com. Running shortly before school begins, the campaign will raise funds to pay for packages of food

[ Read More ]

Senator Hawley’s Bipartisan Bill to prevent officer suicide signed into law

Last Thursday evening the White House announced that President Trump signed Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) bipartisan Supporting and Treating Officers in Crisis Act into law. Sen. Hawley’s legislation restores grant funding for law enforcement support services and allows grant recipients to use funds to establish suicide-prevention programs and mental health services for law enforcement officers.

[ Read More ]

Boone Hospital Center No. 1 again

For the fifth year in a row, Boone Hospital Center was ranked the #1 hospital in mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranked #5 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

[ Read More ]

Hiring committee recommends Interim City Admin.

Four months after the common agreement to cancel the contract of previous City Administrator Lyn Woolford in order for him to focus solely on his role as chief of police, the City of Ashland may have an Interim City Administrator, Tony St. Romaine. The hiring committee for a new city administrator consists of two Board

[ Read More ]

A Non-Realistic Minimum Wage; Disaster Aid

Recently in Missouri, voters voted on the state level to increase the minimum wage to $8.60 in 2019. The change in minimum wage will be gradually phased in, eventually reaching $12 in 2023. The people of Missouri spoke on this as was their right. However, when the federal government comes in and tries to pass

[ Read More ]

Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Cole County

A FEMA disaster recovery center opened Sunday, July 21, in Cole County to provide one-on-one assistance to Missourians affected by recent flooding, severe storms and tornadoes. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration will provide information on available services, explain assistance programs and help survivors complete or check

[ Read More ]

Making Back to School better for parents

Parents from local schools have a new tool in their back-to-school bag of tricks this year as all of their school’s supply lists are now posted on TeacherLists.com. With just one or two clicks, parents can find their child’s exact supply list and then click right over to pre-filled shopping carts on Target, Walmart, Office

[ Read More ]

President orders Federal assistance

Last week, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Missouri and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on April 29, 2019, and continuing. The President’s action makes Federal funding available to affected individuals

[ Read More ]