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Independence Day business by the book

Jacob Leffert, who will be a SoBoCo senior this fall, is working his fourth summer at the 13 Stripes Fireworks stand. “The idea came from my father. He did this as a kid. The goal is to do this during the summer so I don’t have to work during the school year,” said Leffert. Jacob

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Ameren, Highway Patrol to reward kids wearing life jackets

As the extended holiday weekend approaches, families with children will be looking to “get caught” by the Missouri State Highway Patrol while boating. That’s because the Water Patrol Division will be handing out free t-shirts to children wearing a life jacket while boating on the Lake of the Ozarks. In partnership with Ameren Missouri, the

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BoCo Commissioners on sudden death of OEM Director Tom Hurley

Boone County regretfully announces the unexpected death of Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Director Tom Hurley. Boone County Commissioners Dan Atwill, Fred Parry and Janet Thompson issue the following statement: “We are saddened by the loss of our colleague and dear friend Tom Hurley. He was a Boone County native whose love for this community

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WIC goes electronic

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is offering families a new way to shop for WIC-approved food using an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, eWIC. Families participating in WIC in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau and Osage counties will be the first to use the new eWIC

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Sen. Blunt’s Military Family Stability Act

By Senator Roy Blunt The Labor Department reported recently that the number of job openings in America exceeded the number of unemployed people by the largest margin on record. In April there were 7.4 million unfilled jobs across the country and only 5.8 million people looking for work. When I talk to employers in Missouri,

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A blooming new storefront

Driving on Henry Clay, it’s hard to miss the newly painted flower mural on a remodeled 1970’s building. In addition to the mural, the building has a new color scheme, a new owner and offers a commodity that for the past several months has been mostly unavailable in Ashland. In Any Event, a florist and

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Local entities strive for strong business, economy

A balancing act is occurring for Southern Boone County regarding how to handle growth and the continued need for commercial tax base, while maintaining it’s small town community appeal. “We need to still be a great place for families, but have more commercial development for increased sales tax for the school district,” said SoBoCo Chamber

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School board hashes out transportation

The SoBoCo school board discussed several issues pertaining to transportation at the regularly meeting held Monday evening. The first topic to be discussed is the two bus driver positions that have been open since March. Despite growth to the school district, the number of riders has been consistent at approximately 750. However, Special Education (SPED)

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MHP Joins Operation Dry Water

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Patrol’s participation in Operation Dry Water. Operation Dry Water is in its 11th year and Missouri has participated since the program’s inception. This national campaign includes marine law enforcement officers from all 50 states and six U.S. territories. Officers will coordinate special

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Hartzler Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Aid Vets’ Medical Transportation

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Congressman Joe Cunningham (D-SC) introduced bipartisan legislation today that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to reimburse certain veterans for ambulance transportation required during their medical treatment. Currently, the law allows the VA to reimburse ambulance rides to non-VA hospitals, as well as emergency treatment at such hospitals,

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