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MU researcher studying possible COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present serious health and economic challenges, researchers around the globe are working to better understand the novel coronavirus in the hopes of developing a vaccine.  Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a “rapid response” study of

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Parks and nature; ideas for your summer

With Summer now in full swing, it is the perfect time to be outside. For Boone County Residents, Ashland and Hartsburg have some lovely areas for recreation. Nestled between the middle and high schools and surrounding neighborhoods is the Ashland City Park. The main entrance is right off of Ash St, leading to a parking

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Parents step up to ensure Junior/Senior Prom

In early April when Governor Mike Parson closed down in-seat K-12 Classes statewide due to the COVID -19 virus, alternative plans were being discussed to provide high school seniors with the activities they have been looking forward to.  School Superintendent Chris Felmlee stated that, “We WILL have prom and graduation. It will not be in

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School Board reacts to more state cuts

“We are rolling the dice,” said SoBoCo School Board President Steven Condron. The School Board is facing budget dilemmas after Governor Parsons cut education by 39% in the month of June, and will be announcing more State withholdings for the 2020 – 2021 school year. SoBoCo School Board has been slowly decreasing their budget reserves

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The Baptist Home’s new addition

The Baptist Home Corporate Office is pleased to announce that Derek Tamm has been selected to serve as the new acting administrative coordinator for its Ashland campus. He assumed the position on June 1, 2020, in preparation for the retirement of Founding Administrator Steve Long. Both Steve and his wife, Joyce, will retire on June

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New Officials Take Oath Of Office

Newly elected Mayor Richard Sullivan, Alderman Bryan Bradford, Alderwoman Melissa Old, and reelected Alderman Rick Lewis were sworn into office Tuesday June 16, 2020. The Board of Alderman finally took their seats after the April election was pushed back due to Covid-19. The City of Ashland is categorized as a fourth class city, in which

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Ashland’s New Police Chief

Police Chief Gabe Edwards was appointed to his new position on Tuesday, June 16th.  Some Ashland residents may recognize him from his previous position as Sergeant Edwards with the Ashland Police Department (APD), but others may be asking, “Who is our new Police Chief?”  We at the Boone County Journal have asked Chief Edwards a

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Ashland FFA receives Premier Chapter in Strengthening Agriculture

The Missouri FFA Association named the Ashland FFA Chapter the 3rd best chapter in the State and was named the Premier Chapter in Strengthening Agriculture. This designation was selected from the 35 chapters recognized with a Missouri FFA Gold Emblem, a Top Chapter award. Only 10 percent of state chapters receive a top chapter designation

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Walking School Bus Program

Monday, July 6, 2020 to Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Dear Parents,Grandparents, Community Organizations: Please join us for free exercise! Morning is the best time to take a walk in July.  When walking kids to school you will be surrounded with smiles, laughter, and entertainment.  Plus, you are helping yourself stay healthy!  We plan to walk the

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Mizzou tuition to increase this fall

Last week, the University of Missouri Board of Curators voted to raise tuition at UM universities approximately 2.3%, or the amount of inflation. With steady enrollment, the change would generate approximately $14.8 million for the UM System’s four universities.  “With this small increase, the UM universities remain among the lowest in tuition increases throughout the

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