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Summer Reading: Where “Libraries Rock”

The Southern Boone Public Library began its summer reading program on May 30 with the theme of “Libraries Rock”. The library hosts the program every summer, with a different theme, to encourage kids to continue reading through the summer. Infants through adults can participate in the summer reading program by completing different activities, such as

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May’s Record-breaking heat brings Summer Weather Safety Week

According to the National Weather Service, among the cities reaching all-time high average temperatures for the month of May were: Columbia, Springfield, St. Louis, and West Plains. Kansas City and St. Joseph were among cities experiencing their second warmest May on record. It was the warmest May on record for the state of Missouri, according

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Farmer’s Market

The Ashland Farmer’s Market, run by Zach Rippeto, is open for summer business. Along with Jeni Schierbecker, Rippeto sells tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions and other vegetables as well as flowers, cakes, succulents, ribs and chicken. Schierbecker buys the vegetables from local growers, some from the Amish community, and resells them, while she grows the flowers

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New Medicare cards may bring about more scams

New Medicare cards are on their way to everyone enrolled in the program. Cards will be mailed automatically and free of charge. People should be wary of anyone calling to offer assistance with the cards or to request money or personal information, says Brenda Procter, University of Missouri associate extension professor. “Any time changes are

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Gov. Greitens Resigns

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who consistently introduced himself as a former Navy Seal, fell on his own sword on Tuesday and resigned his office effective June 1. Lt. Gov. Mike Parson will take the oath of office on Friday and complete the governor’s term. There may have been multiple reasons why the embattled Greitens quit

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New junior lifeguard program

The Ashland Optimist Club pool started a new program this summer to teach leadership, water safety and basic lifeguarding skills to students, named the Junior Lifeguard Volunteer Program. Jennifer Zagorac, a pool board member and head of the program, initially came up with the idea after her daughter, Mya, took part in a similar experience

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Looking for new fire recruits

As the Southern Boone community continues to grow and expand in all directions, the volume of calls at the Southern Boone Fire Protection District has also increased and so has the need for a larger force of volunteers. The fire district is made up entirely of volunteers. These men and women with other jobs or

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Ashland Park Board changes location of Fall Festival

The Ashland Park Board has made a change in plans for this year’s Fall Festival. The board originally scheduled to revive the festival as a fundraiser for the city parks after several years of not holding it. Set to be a one-day event with vendors, entertainment and children’s activities held on Oct. 20, a Facebook

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Aerial acrobatics

The sound of an engine whirring and starting up filled the air as hundreds of people turned their eyes towards the blue sky unblemished by clouds. Cameras snapped as the sound got louder and closer and a voice rang out through the noise of the crowd. An A-10 Thunderbolt passed low over the tarmac as

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Eilers begins Journal internship

An Illinois native from the small town of Chandlerville, new Journal intern Briley Eilers certainly understands community journalism. Eilers is the Journal’s new intern and has already jumped into the south county news scene. “I understand the need for local journalism that cares about the community and am looking forward to covering the news in

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