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Politics
5:21 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Ashland hosts non-motorized transportation expansion meeting

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The city of Ashland is looking into expanding non-motor transportation. This includes producing more sidewalks, pedestrian crossings and bike trails throughout the city. The city hosted an open meeting to talk about this expansion Wednesday. About 25 members of the community participated and voiced their concerns about where sidewalks and walkways should be placed.

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Business
8:46 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ameren starts construction on natural gas pipeline

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Ameren Missouri says construction is underway on an 11-mile natural gas pipeline from Columbia to Ashland, which currently does not have natural gas service.

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Crime
7:58 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Former Mainstreet Bank chairman sentenced

Mainstreet Bank headquarters in Ashland, Mo.
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The former chairman of a mid-Missouri bank was sentenced to two years of probation for using federal bailout money to buy a luxury condominium in Florida.

Darryl Layne Woods, former chairman of the Mainstreet Bank, based in Ashland, was sentenced Tuesday for a misdemeanor of making a false writing.

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Politics
8:33 am
Thu January 23, 2014

3 Ashland aldermen resign over impeachment issue

Ashland, Mo.
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Three members of the Ashland Board of Alderman have resigned, a week after efforts to impeach another board member were dropped.

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Politics
10:19 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Ashland drops Alderman impeachment effort

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A mid-Missouri Board of Aldermen voted to drop efforts to impeach one of the board's members.

Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer cast a tie-breaking vote Monday night to drop seven articles of impeachment against Jeff Anderson. The board also dropped its contract with an impeachment attorney.

An impeachment hearing for Anderson was scheduled for Jan. 31.

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Politics
8:21 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ashland continues impeachment of alderman

Ashland
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Ashland’s Board of Aldermen is continuing its pursuit to impeach one of its board members.

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Business
10:21 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New YMCA may develop in Ashland

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Ashland residents may see a new YMCA -- that's because a committee said it wants to raise $500,000 in the next 5 years to jump start a new branch of the Jefferson City Area YMCA. 

Spokesperson, George Hartsfield, of the Jefferson City Area YMCA, is overseeing the committee’s proposal. He said he wants the public to know the $500,000 isn’t necessarily going to build a new gym just yet.

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Politics
8:46 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Ashland alderman reinstated after suspension

Ashland, Mo.
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Ashland Alderman Jeff Anderson was reinstated Wednesday after a one-month suspension. 

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Politics
5:21 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Ashland mayor resigns after three months on the job

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Since May, five Ashland city officials have left their positions. Now, the mayor decided to step down on Wednesday.  

It had been a long three months for Ashland Mayor Gene Rhorer.

“I signed up for a two-year term and I tried like heck to finish it out and it just occupied too much of my time,” Rhorer said.

Rhorer just took over as mayor in July after former Mayor Michael Jackson moved to Texas. He says he had been considering resignation for a year. He was previously an alderman.

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Politics
4:59 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Anderson's seat empty at Ashland Board of Aldermen meeting

Suspended second ward Alderman Jeff Anderson’s seat was empty at Tuesday morning’s special Ashland Board of Aldermen meeting. Anderson was at the meeting, but Mayor Gene Rohrer rejected Anderson’s interest to take his seat. Anderson also confronted members asking for his reinstatement only to be rejected by the mayor again.

“Would you be so kind as provide the citizens of our ward the authority for that suspension and the cause?” Anderson asked.

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Politics
8:41 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Special elections yield results for Mid-Missouri towns, utilities

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A few special elections in Mid-Missouri yesterday resulted in success for the towns and entities asking for new revenue.

In Ashland, voters approved a one half cent sales tax increase to go toward transportation projects in the town. The Boone County Clerk reports a voter turnout of just over 6 percent for two special elections, with the measure passing 86 to 65.

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Education
6:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Southern Boone hires new superintendent away from Van-Far in Vandalia

The Southern Boone School District has hired a new superintendent.

Board of Education President Ellen Kesterson says Chris Felmlee stuck out among the 26 people that applied for the job. Kesterson says Felmlee is currently the superintendent in the Van-Far school district in Vandalia.

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Education
8:09 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Southern Boone School District gets community input on superintendent search

The Missouri School Board Association hosted a forum, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Southern Boone High School about the Southern Boone School District's search for a superintendent.
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After some controversy in its school district the Ashland community is working with state education officials to find a new schools superintendent for its Southern Boone School District. The Missouri School Board Association hosted a forum at the high school Wednesday night to discuss the search a new superintendent.

About 13 community members, some of them also school board members, showed up last night to offer input on the qualities required for the next Southern Boone superintendent.

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Education
5:38 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Schools evacuated following gas leak in Ashland

Southern Boone School District students suffered no injuries after a gas leak in Ashland on Wednesday. 

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Lake of the Ozarks
6:40 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Third person electrocuted at Lake of the Ozarks

A 26-year-old Hazelwood woman has died in another electrocution near a dock at Lake of the Ozarks.

The Lake Sun Leader reports that the woman was swimming with two children near Dry Branch Cove's 4-mile marker on Saturday night when a current of electricity hit the water. The two children were not injured.

Lake of the Ozarks
2:43 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

UPDATE: Two Ashland children electrocuted in Lake of the Ozarks

The State Highway Patrol says two siblings from Ashland were electrocuted Wednesday at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Education
3:26 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Two Southern Boone County school leaders resign following scathing letter

A school district official says Southern Boone Middle School Principal Bob Simpson released a letter of immediate resignation this morning. The move comes after Simpson was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday morning.

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Education
5:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Investigation coming into allegations in Ashland-area schools

Southern Boone County School District is preparing to investigate a long list of accusations of administrative deficiencies.

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Business
1:03 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Ashland considering a downtown district

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The Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission has updated a proposal to create a downtown district. The expanded zone includes more businesses than the original 2009 plan. The proposal would establish architectural standards for a uniformed downtown area. 

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Harvest Public Media
9:46 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Selling doctors on rural communities

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Recruiting doctors to small towns is a chronic problem. Most places try to lure a physician by rolling out the red carpet with a big salary, a home on a golf course or other cushy perks.

Not so in Ashland, Kan., population 855, where the CEO of a tiny hospital is building a reverse recruitment model based on remote access and problems commonly found in third-world countries.

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