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Lemonade needed on hot day

The heat, like Jessica John’s right forearm, packed a powerful punch on Saturday afternoon. John, a 10-year-old karate student in the YMCA’s program, took a whack at a two-inch board during the Lemonade Daze Karate demonstration and chopped it right in two. The first 90-degree-plus weather of the summer took nearly as vicious a whack

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Optimist Foundation, Wren, builds new bikes for giveaway

Long before he was an Eagles soccer fan, long before he was a member of the Ashland Optimist Club, Ernie Wren was very handy with small bicycle wrenches. “I worked at a Columbia bike shop, Jim’s Bike and Key,” said Wren, sitting amidst a pile of broken, abused bicycles of a variety of shapes, sizes

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Park Board Talks Park Sales Tax

The Ashland Parks and Recreation Board is considering recommending an eighth of a percent park tax to the Board of Aldermen. The tax would affect all citizens of Ashland. The board spoke briefly about the tax at it’s weekly meeting Monday night, but did not vote on whether it wanted to move forward with the

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Ash Street Sidewalk Project Begins This Week

Construction is now underway on the $440,000 project to build new sidewalks along the south side of Ash Street from Main Street to Henry Clay Boulevard, and along the west side of Henry Clay Boulevard from Ash Street to Redbud Lane. “We’re excited to complete this next phase of construction on such an important amenity

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Lemonade Daze Ready for Premiere

There is one thing you can count on for this Saturday’s first-ever Lemonade Daze event at Ashland City Park – there will be lemonade and it will be necessary. With the hottest weekend of the year scheduled, Lemonade Daze volunteers and attendees will be looking for that lemonade to keep them cool. “There will be

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First Glance at 2016-17 SoBoCo Budget is a Deficit Budget

Just because the SoBoCo school district was capable of passing a $7-million-plus bond issue and student population is experiencing unprecedented growth, that doesn’t mean the budgeting process gets any easier. SoBoCo Superintendent Chris Felmlee presented his first draft of the 2016-17 school year budget to the school board at a special budget workshop meeting last

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Woolford Drops “Interim” Status

  What has been unofficial since last summer became official in May. The Ashland Board of Aldermen has dropped the “interim” Police Chief Lyn Wolford’s City Administrator title and made him the City Adminstrator/Chief of Police. The Ashland Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a new contract for Woolford at their May 24 meeting. “I am

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SoBoCo taps Karr, Griffith as new Assistant Principals

Southern Boone Schools Superintendent Chris Felmlee confirmed Tuesday morning that the district had picked two internal candidates for Assistant Principals. Lucas Karr, currently a PE teacher at the Elementary School, is slated to be the new assistant principal at the Primary School and Justin Griffith, currently a social studies teacher at the Middle School, is

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Summer Street Work Begins

City maintenance crews have been out working on streets since early Spring, however, the summer work – with street overlays and improvements – will begin in earnest this month. City Administrator Lyn Woolford said this past week that nine streets had been identified as priorities for the City improvements: West Oaks, Johnson Street, Church Street,

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