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MU nursing students step up to help with patient care over winter break

One by one, the 70 nursing students on the late-afternoon video call turned on their cameras. Some were still in nursing uniforms from clinical, some were just taking a break from studying. Every hand was raised. “I was in tears,” said Robin Harris, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Missouri Sinclair School

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Palletts produce

Brenda Austin, of Ashland Eastern Star Chapter #309, presents a check to Ashland Mayor Richard Sullivan for the money raised for the city beautification project.  Pallett trees were made and decorated by several businesses, individuals and organizations who also gave donations. Five hundered dollars was received and donated to the city for the project. The

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Passage of COVID-19 Relief Package

Upon the Senate’s passage of the $908-billion COVID-19 spending package, Sen. Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement: “Tonight, Congress passed a $908-billion COVID-19 relief bill that extends unemployment benefits through the early spring, and provides support for small businesses, schools, healthcare, nutrition, rental assistance, child care, broadband, the Postal Service, as well as funding to

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Rep. Walsh files bill to aid Forensic Investigators

State Representative Sara Walsh has filed legislation to give forensic investigators better access to crime and accident scenes and ensure law enforcement can respond rapidly to emergencies. Walsh sponsored the Forensic Investigators Emergency Access Act (HB 380) after being informed of the problem by local forensic investigators and Dale Roberts, Executive Director of the Columbia

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There are an estimated 6,179 homeless Missouri residents

On any given night during the cold month of January, over 568,000 people experience the fear and discomfort of homelessness. While homelessness rates fell between 2007 and 2019, the problem has started to increase again. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in 2017, the U.S. began seeing a rise in homelessness

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Ward One Alderwoman Resigns

Ward one alderwomen and mayor pro tem, Leslie Martin, tendered her resignation effective immediately on Monday, December 14. The Board of Aldermen was notified during Tuesday’s scheduled meeting. Former Mayor Gene Rhorer first appointed Leslie following the death of Alderman George Campbell. She then ran unopposed in the next election.   Recently, we had an

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Around Town

This week’s article is dedicated to various fundraisers and charity drives going on in and around Ashland.  Please consider donating time or money to these local efforts and organizations that serve our community!  It’s not too late to fulfill that “bucket list” item of ringing the Salvation Army bell at Moser’s.  Friends, families, church groups,

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Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is characterized as a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons, typically tied to the start of fall and persisting into the winter months.  We know that depressive disorders don’t take holidays and this time of year can be stressful.  For individuals who suffer from or are at

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Missouri owners cited labor quality as top business problem

Small businesses reported a historically high level of job openings in November, according to NFIB’s monthly jobs report. Overall, 53% reported hiring or trying to hire in November, down 2 points from the previous month. A seasonally adjusted net 21% of owners are planning to create new jobs in the next 3 months, up 3

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Protect your pets from dangerously cold weather

Highs in the 40s might not seem bitterly cold, but temperatures are dropping below freezing at night through early morning, which can be a big danger to pets. It’s a common misconception that a pet’s fur will keep them warm while they’re outside, but the reality is – if it’s too cold for you, it’s

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