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SoBoCo reopening plan still in question

Southern Boone County school district administration team has yet to announce its reopening plan for the fall 2020 school semester.  “We needed to get through summer school first,” said Superintendent Chris Felmlee. SoBoCo schools made summer school a priority, not only to make contact with students but as a trial run for the school year

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School District to Pay Coaching Stipends

The new school board rejected a district proposal to not pay coaching stipends if the seasons were cancelled due to Covid-19.  Prior to the meeting, an email had gone out to coaches, indicating that if seasons were cancelled, the coaches and sponsors would not receive their stipends.  Many parents, patrons and coaches felt this was

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Meet APD’s newest officer

You may have noticed a new face in an Ashland Police Department uniform. APD’s newest member is Officer Cody Schmitz. Schmitz graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Institute in 2014 and began his law enforcement career with the Sturgeon Police Department. Schmitz most recently served as a Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy for four years. “I’m

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The Facts on Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid Facts: Today, Medicaid accounts for approximately 40% of Missouri’s budget. That means two of every five dollars Missouri spends already goes towards Medicaid.  In 2000, Medicaid was 18% of Missouri’s budget. This is a 220% increase in state spending in just twenty years. Right now we have more than 923,000 individuals on Medicaid –

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The future of Ashland; a look at the plan

There will be a public hearing on the City of Ashland’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan in the coming weeks. The hearing was originally set to be held on July 8, but ultimately did not happen. According to Mayor Richard Sullivan, city officials are working to set another date for the hearing. The City of Ashland’s Comprehensive

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Its 3:3, a Balancing of the Board

Mayor Richard Sullivan made the appointment of Stephanie Bell as Ward 2 Alderman after Alderman Jesse Bronson gave his formal resignation at the previous Alderman meeting.  “It’s time for me to move on. I’m proud of what this board has done,” said former Alderman Bronson.  For the remainder of Bronson’s term, Stephanie Bell will serve

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APD Deputy Chief Toalson to retire

Ashland Police Department Deputy Chief Terry Toalson is retiring after 14.5 years of service to the city of Ashland. DC Toalson’s last shift was July 14, 2020. DC Toalson recently served APD as interim chief, and during that time helped secure a new contract with Axon Enterprise that provided every commissioned officer with a new

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Federal grant to fund rural bridge replacement

A 100-plus year old bridge in rural Western Callaway County will soon be replaced thanks to a federal grant.  “We’re very fortunate we got this grant,” Western District Commissioner Roger Fischer said. “If not, I don’t see how our budget could have included replacing this bridge.” Built in the early 20th Century, the Burnett School

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Annual Summer Art Show

The Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance (MMAA) will be hosting its 9th Annual Summer Art Show July 17th through August 15th.  There will be open house events on July 17th from 10am to 8pm, and on July 18th from 10am to 2pm.  MMAA is located at 115 E Broadway in Ashland and there is plenty of free

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Southern Boone Learning Garden Selected for State Ag Pilot

The Southern Boone Learning Garden (SBLG), as part of our school district, has been selected as one of 20 participants to engage in the “Missouri Elementary Ag Units Project”. Garden Educator Hope Sickmeier testified at the state legislature in support of Senate Bill 218.  The senate bill authorizes the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary

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