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Community Reacts to Sudden Change in School Board’s Masking Policy

By: Travis Naughton After the Southern Boone School Board met on September 23rd and voted 4-3 to rescind a masking requirement in school buildings that reach a pre-determined threshold of active Covid cases and/or quarantines, a firestorm of public reaction ensued. Parents, teachers, and board members shared their opinions with the Journal. Brad Bartow, a

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Around Town

By: Ernie Wren October looks like it will be a busy, and exciting month, around town.  This weekend, October 9th and 10th is of course the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.  The festivities begin with a parade at 9am on Saturday, and there will be vendors, food, and activities throughout the weekend.  IMPORTANT traffic information from

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Southern Boone School Board special meeting

By Travis Naughton The Southern Boone school board held a special meeting last Thursday evening to consider revisions to the district’s safe re-entry plan in order to address increasing numbers of students and faculty testing positive for Covid-19 and/or being subjected to quarantine. Board members floated several ideas to keep more students in-seat, including changing

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Sadie Meets Senior Fund-raisers

By: Gene Rhorer Southern Boone High School Senior’s Ellie Helms , Gavin Blackburn, Tate John, Dylan Hoyle, Thomas “Bob” Andert, Riece Clevenger, Paige Gamble, Jersee Wren. All have one thing in common this year. This years Seniors went to Southern Boone High School librarian Melisa Duckett and asked could they all choose Sadie Robinett as

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Around Town

By: Ernie Wren Big news this past week belongs to the Southern Boone Marching Eagles, which competed at the Wright City 2021 Marching Festival. Our high school band took home: 1st place in Indoor Drumline, 2nd place in Parade, 2nd in Indoor Guard, Outstanding Drumline in Parade, and 2nd place in Field Show. There were

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June Pitchford will not seek another Term

After serving the citizens of Boone County as County Auditor for more than 30 years, June Pitchford announced that she will retire at the conclusion of her current term and not seek re-election in the 2022 election cycle. Her current term of office ends December 31, 2022. June Pitchford was first elected in November 1990

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City of Ashland Land Water Conservation Fund Grant Award

City of Ashland staff were notified that the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant application for the Ashland Ballfield Rehabilitation project had been approved by Missouri State Parks and the National Park Service. This grant will help fund several major improvements to the ballfield in the Ashland Community Park, located at 399 N College St.

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Lakeside Ashland Debate Continues

By: Ernie Wren Each time that it appears the Lakeside Ashland project has been ironed out, a new wrinkle appears. This past week the Southern Boone Fire District demanded that construction at Lakeside be halted as they believe the development does not meet pertinent fire code requirements. In communicating with representatives of the park, the

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Around Town

By: Ernie Wren Recently there have been some not so positive news: the continuing battle between Log Providence Road residents and the City of Ashland regarding the Lakeside Park development, a dozen or so “mask mandate” protestors outside of the primary/elementary schools in which Superintendent Chris Felmlee chastised them for their interactions with the children,

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Veterans United Home Loans and a resident family Make Donations

Correction: Sent By: Jennifer Zgorac This summer the Ashland Optimist Pool received two generous donations. A local resident family, who wants to remain anonymous, donated a large first aid kit full of supplies. See more in this weeks Boone County Journal Left to right: 2021 Lifeguard Pool Managers: Mya Zagorac, Katie Duncan, Ezra Ortbals and

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