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YMCA looks to school board to help solve child care puzzle

Southern Boone YMCA Director Kip Batye says that the growth of the local YMCA is in part due to growth in the Southern Boone Community. But with growth, Batye notes, comes a challenge to serve the community with a variety of services. Batye will again go before the SoBoCo Board of Education on Monday in

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Taking the FFA Fundraising Toilet Plunge

Not waiting until the start of the school year in September, the Ashland FFA set about last week to bring new plumbing to potential supporters. FFA members delivered a blue toilet to numerous Ashland businesses and Southern Boone homes last week. The high school students then “rescued” and removed the brightly-painted toilet if the contributor

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Woolford: Police officer killed after common traffic stop

Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford said Monday that the killing of a Clinton Police officer should serve as a reminder that officers don’t know what they will be approaching during any stop or call for service. The manhunt for Ian James McCarthy, of Clinton, ended Tuesday evening without incident. McCarthy has been charged with first

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City street work begins this week

City of Ashland street work will begin this week with striping and overlays on selected streets around town. First, a contractor will be restriping parking spaces on Broadway in downtown Ashland. The work will result in parking be prohibited between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on both sides of Broadway. Street overlays will include: Justin,

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Boone Hospital honored as “High Performing”

For the third year in a row, Boone Hospital Center was ranked the #1 hospital in mid-Missouri by U.S. News & World Report. It also ranked #4 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

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SoBoCo alum awarded nursing scholarship

Amanda Ferreiro, Ashland, recently was awarded the Ethel Christine Johnson Lemonds and Rhonda J. Lemonds Brown Master’s Scholarship. It is offered annually to a select few graduate students in the Mizzou Sinclair School of Nursing and is one of many scholarships tailored specifically to nursing students at Mizzou. Currently Ferreiro is pursuing a master’s degree

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Auditor Galloway uncovers evidence of $90 million billing scheme at Putnam County Memorial Hospital

Poor condition of hospital finances leads to questionable management contract, abuse of power and oversight failures by hospital leadership UNIONVILLE, Mo (August 9, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released an audit of Putnam County Memorial Hospital, which uncovered $90 million in inappropriate lab billings by hospital leadership and associates. The investigation started after

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Boone Hospital begins merger talks with MU HealthCare

The Boone Hospital Board of Trustees have reached unanimous consensus to explore the feasibility of aligning Boone Hospital Center and University of Missouri Health Care, according to a Tuesday press release. The potential merger signals the end of a process which began last year as Boone Hospital began seeking a new management contract. “We are

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Burks named new Boone County Clerk

Taylor Burks was named the first member of the Republican Party to be the new Boone County Clerk. He was appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens over Democratic nominee Brianna Lennon. Burks was sworn into office on Monday by Judge Kevin Crane. Burks replaces longtime county clerk Wendy Noren, who resigned in June due to health

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Prop 1 sales tax goes to voters on Tuesday

Southern Boone voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to decide two ballot issues – a new state representative in the Missouri Legislature and the Boone County Proposition One road and sales tax. The polls will open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and polling places will include the Ashland Senior Center and the

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