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Bridge Closes With Two-Day Notice

A century-old bridge spanning Cedar Creek east of Ashland was closed last Friday, Oct. 7 as MoDot engineers have declared the bridge unsafe for traffic. The Burnett School Road bridge was closed, preventing traffic from Boone to Callaway County. Motorists were advised to utilize Zumwalt Road (South of Burnett School) or State Route Y (North

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Car thefts prompt police warnings

Ashland Police reported Tuesday morning that a number of car thefts occurred in the overnight hours. Officer James Creel said a person or persons rifled through about a dozen automobiles late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. “We did have a report of one firearm stolen,” Creel said, “mostly they were looking through cash as

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Eagles Marching Band Hosts Inaugural Marching Festival

The parade coming down Broadway on Saturday is a part of the first annual Southern Boone Marching Band Classic. SoBoCo will be hosting 13 schools in parade, drum line and color guard and field competitions. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Bands will march from the Broadway and Henry Clay intersection and march west

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Pumpkin Fest sets another record

The 25th edition of the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival added on another attendance record as a crowd of 40,000 people packed into town on Saturday. Besides the draw of big pumpkins from multiple pumpkin patches, more than 160 vendors displayed their goods, cooked tasty foods and had plenty of activities for all ages. The two-day

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Ashland Police get creepy clown complaint

Ashland Police have not been left out of the nation-wide “clown-craze” epidemic. An Ashland Police officer was called last Friday by a Palomino Ridge resident who saw teens in a car wearing a clown mask. The resident reported it, officers said, because of the recent news about people wearing clown costumes acting in a threatening

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Burnett School Bridge Closes Friday

Boone County provided little warning to residents east of Ashland that the Burnett School Road Bridge would be closing on Friday (today) by noon. Residents such as Diana Hallett, who lives just east of the bridge in Callaway County were unhappy that “MoDot and the county gave me just one day as a part of

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Pumpkin Fest Turns 25

This year’s edition of the Hartsburg Pumpkin Fest will mark 25 years of pumpkins, food, vendors and fun. Pumpkin King Glen Beckmeyer will lead off the parade at 9 a.m. Saturday for this year’s festival. Festivities will take place between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday throughout Hartsburg. Last year’s changes in traffic and

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Light at the End of the Tunnel: Missouri River Bridge To Open Nov. 14

There’s some good news on the horizon for Missouri River Bridge commuters: the westbound Route 54/63 bridge in Jefferson City will reopen on Nov. 14, Missouri Department of Transportation officials announced today. The bridge, which has been closed since May 1 for painting and other repairs, was expected to open to traffic by the end

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SoBoCo MAP scores provide information for instructors

While slipping a bit as expected, faculty and administration were please with SoBoCo MAP scores which were released last Thursday. “It’s always good to know where we stand,” said Assistant Superintendent Tim Roth. “We have plenty to be happy about, but we also have a few challenges.” The Missouri Assessment Program test gives students, teachers

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Hiker rescued at Devil’s Backbone

Southern Boone fire fighters rescued a woman who fell off a cliff in the Devil’s Backbone area last Wednesday. The victim, a 21-year-old, was hiking with friends after dark along Backbone Road near Cedar Creek, according to Southern Boone Fire Protection District spokesperson Roger Jaeger. “She was pretty lucky,” Jaeger said, “we had 16 fire

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