Back in the late 1980s, while the nation was in the grips of the war on drugs, some courts started experimenting with alternative sentencing programs they hoped would be cheaper and more effective than incarceration. This week, the most recent batch of offenders graduated from the Boone County drug court, which is seen as a national role-model.
A group that oversees mental-health services in Boone County is considering merging into another city or county institution. The Boone County Mental Health Board has suffered from sporadic meeting attendance and failed attempts to create a community mental-health fund.
The president of the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District says new facilities would cut down the district’s emergency response times, so the district is asking southern Boone County residents to vote in favor of a $2 million bond issue on April 3rd.