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Getting to know you: School Resource Officer Andrew Worrall

Andrew Worrall has been on the Ashland Police Force for five years and has recently been selected as the next School Resource Officer (SRO). The Journal asked Officer Worrall five questions that will help the community better know the officer tasked with looking out for their children and community. Q. Please tell us about your

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Walsh’s ‘Back the Blue’ launch

Tuesday the new Back The Blue license plate, HB 898 sponsored by Rep. Sara Walsh, was unveiled. Assisting with the unveiling were David and Beverly Thomas, parents of Molly Thomas Bowden, a Columbia Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2005. On Saturday, Steve and Sarah Walsh sat with Senator Caleb

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Mo. vaping-related lung illnesses confirmed

To date, nine possible cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products have been reported to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), with two cases confirmed and the remaining seven under investigation. These are amongst the 450 possible cases in 33 of the United States and the U.S. Virgin

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City Council hits reset button on new City Hall

At the September 3 City Council meeting, it was first clarified that the city council did not previously approve earlier morning construction hours and that police officers are enforcing current noise ordinances. The topics for discussion at the meeting were tax incentives, parks improvements and a recommendation to abandon current plans for a new city

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City of Ashland makes the walk to school a little safer

This year, the City of Ashland has embarked on a sidewalk improvement initiative in order to ensure the safety of its citizens. The City applied for a Transportation Alternatives Project Grant in October of 2018, hoping to provide maintenance to existing sidewalks along Main Street, as well as add additional walkways where needed. The $283,856.31

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Disaster recovery payments top $60 million

More than $60 million in federal grants, loans and insurance payments have now gone to Missourians to assist in the recovery from this spring and summer’s flooding and tornadoes. The funds include grants to households from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, payments from the National Flood Insurance Program on insurance claims and low-interest disaster recovery

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Parsons signs Model Employer Initiative

Monday, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-16, announcing the commencement of the Missouri as a Model Employer initiative. The Model Employer classification is an emerging trend supported by the federal Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy to help more people with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment. “Being a Model Employer is critical

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Stay alert at harvest time

Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity. In the coming weeks, farmers across the state will be harvesting their crops. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to share the road. Expect to see an increase in farm machinery traffic–especially on rural highways. Please obey all traffic laws and remain vigilant.

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Growth issues challange School Board

With record numbers of students at all grade levels, the school district will be looking at future expansions in the middle school building (2021) and high school facility (2025). The enrollment increases create a snowball effect on capacity needs as each class moves forward. The increases this year were: • Primary School 4.2% Increase (19

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Rodeo Results

The Cattlemen Days Rodeo has been a tradition in Ashland for 43 years. This year witnessed record crowds of over 3,300 on Friday night, and over 4,400 on Saturday. Saddle Club and Optimist. Board member Bruce Glascock attributes these record numbers to the quality and professionalism in which the rodeo prides itself. Mr. Glascock reports

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