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New Football Season / New Coach

By:  Ernie Wren Mark Ross has been recently hired as the new head coach for the Southern Boone Eagles football program. He takes over for former coach Trent Tracy who was promoted to Activities Director. Coach Ross most recently coached for the Marceline, MO football program over the past four years.  During his time at

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Around Town

By:  Ernie Wren I have developed a philosophy of  “If it’s a good book to read, it’ll be made into a movie, and I’ll catch it then.” Currently most of my reading is done online as I am somewhat of a news junkie. However, I was recently drawn to a social media promo of the

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Monkeypox Vaccine

State and regional health officials are announcing a monkeypox vaccine distribution plan for the St. Louis area that expands eligibility for vaccination based on recent increased transmission of the virus in the region. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has designated the St. Louis County Department of Public Health as the St. Louis

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Initiative on adult-use marijuana

Secretary of State certifies Legal Missouri 2022 citizens’ initiative petition Missouri voters will soon have an opportunity to determine whether the Show-Me State becomes the 20th in the nation to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adult use. The Legal Missouri 2022 campaign on Tuesday announced that its citizens’ initiative petition — signed by more

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Ernie’s (Healthy) Edibles

By:  Ernie Wren Eating at Jose’ Jalapeños is always a wonderful time with tasty food, and of course talking with Billy Hanks and all the friendly staff there. And while there are some foods not on my diet that I love (such as Queso and refried beans), there are also a variety of delicious healthy

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Missouri Had the 15th Most Bankruptcies per Capita in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic provided an unexpected financial boost to many in the U.S., but with the economy potentially facing a recession, households and businesses could have challenging months and years ahead. And after years of encouraging downward trends, this could mean that bankruptcies in the U.S. will once again be in focus. The pandemic’s impact

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Tempers Flare at Park Board

By:  Ernie Wren When Ashland resident Ron Wilcox began speaking at the Tuesday evening Park Board meeting August 8th, the atmosphere took a confrontational tone almost immediately. Mr. Wilcox started with apologizing to board member Marcy Wood for having been rude to her at the last public meeting, however, he emphasized that he was not

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Around Town

By:  Ernie Wren Taco Bell. Pretty soon you may not have to “Run for the Border” to get some fast-food Mexican flavors. Taco Bell will be putting forth their site plans for Planning & Zoning review, hoping to open a new location by the new Break Time on Eastside Drive. Some may remember that a

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The Boone County Fair returnes to the Columbia

Written By FFA Reporter Ashley Sjostrand. The Boone County Fair returned to the Columbia location for the 2nd year and it was a success. Members exhibited their livestock and hams in Columbia,MO the week of July 19-23, 2022. Ashland FFA members had great participation at the fair with the following members exhibiting livestock Nicole Sjostrand,

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Ernie’s (Healthy) Edibles

By:  Ernie Wren The Dandy Lion on Main has a nice variety of menu items, including healthy choices that are quite delicious! I have my “go to” Yogurt Parfait which is an absolute treat, and a new fave, the Berries & Cream toast.  They will customize it to your preference, such as making it without

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