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Former Journal owner leaves legacy of journalism, leadership

By: Bruce Wallace Newspaper owner, reporter, publicist and community builder are just a few of the ways Jane Flink is being remembered. Flink, 93, died on Thursday, April 14. She owned and edited the Boone County Journal from 1986-2001 and was among the first to bring weekly newspapers into the computer age. She was elected

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SoBoCo School District Moving Forward

By: Carson Blake April 5, 2022, local elections surpassed recent previous elections in voter turnout. According to the Boone County Clerk, the Ashland polls saw a 32% voter turnout, an increase from the April 6, 2021, local elections that saw an estimated 12% voter turnout.  There are currently 6,895 registered voters in the Southern Boone

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Hubbell Presents Leadership Gift To Ranken Project

One of Boone County’s largest employers has announced its intentions to support the Workforce Development Center under construction in southern Boone County with a gift of $250,000. Part of Hubbell’s brand portfolio, AB CHANCE, employs more than 700 people at its Centralia, MO facility in northern Boone County. AB Chance began manufacturing operations in Centralia

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DNR awards $1.1 million grant to Missouri Rural Water Association

Department of Natural Resources awards $1.1 million grant to Missouri Rural Water Association The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded a $1.1 million Clean Water State Revolving Fund Technical Assistance Grant to the Missouri Rural Water Association. The association will use the funding to provide assistance to small- and medium-sized publicly-owned treatment works. The association

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Ernie’s Edibles

By: Ernie Wren This week I was in the spring weather mode and had a sudden craving for ice cream. My favorite at the “Ice Cream Factory” is the “Tiger King” which is described as “Cream Cheese ice cream with real gooey butter cake pieces, caramel and butterscotch swirls.” The “Cobalt Cookie” is a “blue

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Walking School Bus Spring 2022

By: Joan-Seidel-Petralia The Spring 2022 Walking School Bus season will run Monday, May 2, 2022 through Friday, May 27, 2022. We have two starting points for our walk: The Public Library parking lot and the Ashland Childcare Center at 701 E. Liberty Lane. All elementary and primary aged students are welcome to walk with us.

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Around Town

By: Ernie Wren The big news from last week is the election results, of course. Crystal Branch and Barrett Glascock won their school board seats with an almost two-to-one lead over their opponents, which was a clear vote by the community on the future direction of the school board. With a higher voter turnout rate

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Inflation Overtakes Labor Quality

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index decreased in March by 2.4 points to 93.2, the third consecutive month below the 48-year average of 98. Thirty-one percent of owners reported that inflation was the single most important problem in their business, up five points from February and the highest reading since the first quarter of 1981.

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Ernie’s Edibles

By: Ernie Wren If you are looking for a wonderful place to eat in historical Hartsburg, the Burg has a fine selection of menu items from traditional breakfast platters to a variety of sandwiches (Po’ Boy, BLT, etc.). I like going there for “Taco Thursday” in which my wife and I enjoy a mixture or

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