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O’Keefe resigns; School Board considers spring bond issue

Southern Boone School Board member Craig O’Keefe delivered his letter of resignation last week. The resignation from the longtime board member is not official until approved by the school board at Monday’s September meeting. O’Keefe said he had become the only board member with “No” votes on specific topics nad thought he was fighting an

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City gets concrete tax payment

Ashland City Administrator Lyn Woolford said at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting that the City was quickly gaining back on it under-performing sales tax collections. Woolford told the aldermen that Central Concrete, which has been paying City of Columbia sales tax, had not paid City of Ashland sales tax over the past three years.

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Mayor attempts to work with MoDot

Ashland resident Justin John summed up the area off of Highway 63 near the city’s north water tower: “It just looks terrible.” Mayor Gene Rhorer concurred. The discussion took place at last week’s Board of Aldermen meeting and John wants MoDot to take care of their mowing off the highway. However, Mayor Rhorer explained to

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Goshen Celebrates 185 years

September 21, 2017 will mark the 185th anniversary of Goshen Primitive Baptist Church, in Wilton, Missouri. Everyone is invited to join the anniversary service on Sunday, September 17. Bible Study begins at 9:30, and worship service is at 10:30. A carry-in lunch will follow the services. Twelve people met on August 9, 1832, for the

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DIY? Permits often required for work

When property owner Dave Westhoff had workers begin tearing shingles off of his duplex at Redbud and Henry Clay last week, he was surprised to get a phone call from the City of Ashland reminding him that he needed a permit for the work. “I didn’t know about that and I’m not sure everyone at

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City sees sales tax dip again in July

The City of Ashland saw sales tax fall for the fourth time in five months with the August reporting of the July sales tax collections. The August report shows $15,724 collected, compared to $24,767 for the same time last year. For the first four months of the city’s fiscal year, the City has collected $115,659,

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Learning Garden in Transition

As the Learning Garden’s five-year private foundation grant runs out this year, the Southern Boone School District begins piloting the outdoor school classroom with former fourth grade teacher Hope Sickmeier as its teacher. What started as a few raised garden beds by parents Lesli Moylan and Jennifer Grabner has become multiple gardens west of the

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Missouri High School students challenged to drive safe and buckle up

Calling all Missouri high schools to compete in the 2017 “It Only Takes One” campaign. This campaign provides great opportunities to win prizes for your school while educating young drivers about safe driving habits and safety belt use. The campaign is sponsored by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and ACT Missouri. Statewide registration is

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Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield cuts Boone County

Residents of Boone County utilizing the Affordable Care Act marketplace will have a new challenge next year as the county’s only carrier will no longer offer health insurance. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield announced last Friday that they will no longer offer health insurance for the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Boone County and 16

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