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The battle for District 50: Sara Walsh

Sara Walsh is running for re-election on November 3, 2020. She first won the seat in 2017 to serve District 50 as the State Representative. “The two main roles of the State Representative is to change state statutes and state laws from January to May, and represent the views of the district helping citizens navigate

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The battle for District 50: Kari Chesney

Though Kari Chesney has not held an elected office, she has dedicated much of her time to volunteering and serving on local commissions. “I’ve been in the research sciences and in the hard sciences all my life; a lot of volunteer work here in Columbia that has spurred me to public office,” said Chesney. With

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“Second Saturday” Success

If you have driven by the American Legion Hall on Broadway on the second Saturday in the past two months, you may have noticed a significant increase in both vehicles and pedestrians. That’s what is known as “Second Saturday” here in Ashland.  Second Saturday was started to help promote small businesses and encourage consumers to

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Around Town

New businesses are popping up around town, and more are planned in the near future.  Recently we have seen the addition of The Sun Life Tanning Company across from the YMCA. USA Mortgage will also be opening up for business this week, across from City Hall at 108 E. Broadway.  Construction has also begun on the

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Missouri unemployment

The Missouri labor market’s recovery resumed in September 2020. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 13,000 jobs over the month, and over-the year job losses from COVID-19 shutdowns dropped below 125,000. Missouri’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate went down by 2.1 percentage points in September 2020, decreasing to 4.9 percent from an August 2020 rate of

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A look at Ashland’s Baptist Home

The Baptist Home was originally founded as a retirement home for Baptist pastors in 1913. In time, it has become an elderly care living development for patients outside the Baptist Church, maintaining the organization’s mission to help care for those in need. Today, The Baptist Home of Ashland serves as one of four locations in

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City Hires Plan Reviewer/Inspector

As we await the results of the 2020 Census, our City continues to experience a fast rate of growth. Our city administrator, Tony St. Romaine, and I are anticipating a lot of building activity, both commercial and residential, as we move into spring 2021. Quality growth with careful oversight is crucial as we work to

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VA Expands Caregiver Support Program

On Oct. 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC). The expanded program now includes qualifying Veterans who served in the armed forces on or before May 7, 1975. Before the recent expansion, only qualifying Veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001,

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Protecting Patients with Preexisting Conditions

By Vicky Hartzler I am pleased that President Trump signed an executive order to prevent private insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. This is something that is important to me and all Americans and was the law of the land for most Americans even prior to the Affordable Care Act.  Almost 90%

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Speed Limit Change

On 10/08/2020, Ashland Public Works crews changed the speed limit signs on S Main St. from 20 MPH to 25 MPH.  This change was approved by the City of Ashland Board of Aldermen. This speed limit increase is effective immediately once the signs are changed over and includes all of S Main St., from Broadway

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