Arts and Culture
4:53 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Katy Bridge Coalition campaigning in Boonville


A group that fought to save a central Missouri railroad bridge from demolition is raising money to repair the span.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports  members of the Katy Bridge Coalition hope eventually to add the bridge to the Katy Trail, Missouri's 225-mile hiking and biking trail.

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8:33 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Boonville City Council to discuss Kemper redevelopment


The Boonville City Council is set to discuss renovating and redeveloping the campus of the former Kemper Military School Tuesday.

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8:43 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Hartzler looks to Boonville residents for input

Vicky Hartzler
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Residents in Cooper County are speaking out about the issues they want to see represented in Congress.

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4:39 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Boonville Tourists May Pay More in the Near Future

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Boonville tourists may soon spend more money on their visits.

That's because the city wants to increase its lodging tax from 4 % to 5 %.  That  move will add an additional $40,000 to the tourism fund for next year.

A lodging tax is applied only to those who spend the night in a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or campground in Boonville city limits.

Representative Lisa McClary of the Boonville Tourism Commission said she knows how the money will be spent.

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1:12 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Boonville school superintendent cleared in Obama rodeo act

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A Missouri school official has been cleared of wrongdoing in a State Fair rodeo act that mocked President Barack Obama.

Albert Watkins, an attorney for Boonville superintendent Mark Ficken, said Wednesday that an investigation by the school district found Ficken was not involved in inappropriate actions or statements.

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8:15 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Boonville school board begins investigation into Superintendent's role in State Fair incident

The public portion of the Boonville R-1 Board of Education's meeting Tuesday night was very short. It quickly went into executive session.
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The Boonville R-1 School District Board of Education held a special session Tuesday night to discuss investigating the superintendent’s possible involvement in a controversial stunt at the Missouri State Fair. 

Superintendent Mark Ficken was the announcer at the Missouri State Fair’s bull-riding event Saturday when a clown appeared in a mask resembling President Barack Obama and asked the crowd if it wanted to see Obama stomped by a bull.  Now, Boonville’s school board says it has hired a consultant to investigate Ficken’s involvement. 

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8:12 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Boonville citizens to vote on sales tax

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Boonville citizens will vote Nov. 6 on a tax initiative to raise the sales tax. The main portion of money from the tax would go to improving the water treatment plant in Boonville.

The tax initiative on the Boonville ballot  would raise the sales tax by half of one percent. This would raise the sales tax to 8.2 percent similar to that of surrounding cities.  The money would go toward improving the water treatment plant and storm water drainage issues. City Administrator Irl Tessendorf said times may be tough but the improvements are needed.

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12:47 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Boonville livestock auction barn to re-open next week

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Boonville’s livestock auction barn will re-open as the Missouri Valley Commission Company Tuesday, Oct. 23, under new ownership.

Jon Angell of Centralia owns the soon-to-be opened auction farm with his brother, Justin, and business partner, Mike VanMaanen.  Angell said with the previous owner, the company sold up to 60,000 head of cattle a year.

“There’s quite a need in this area to have a local barn for the cattlemen and farmers of the area to sell their livestock,” Angell said.

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8:11 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Butternut Bread plant requests pay cut from employees

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The Butternut Bread plant in Boonville is going bankrupt and is asking 80 employees to take an 8 percent pay cut along with reductions in company-paid pensions.

Frank Hurt, President of The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), says employees have an obvious decision to make, and they will not choose the pay cut.

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PM Newscasts
6:08 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

KBIA Newscast for June 18, 2012

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Regional news coverage from the KBIA newscast, including:

  • A $13.3 million federal grant to the MU Health System
  • A Sedalia Community College will be offering classes in Boonville in the Fall
  • The state auditor's office says a couple of ballot measures would have no cost to taxpayers
6:01 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

State Fair Community College to offer classes in Boonville

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A Sedalia-based community college will begin offering classes in Boonville in August.

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8:23 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Retired Boonville school placed on endangered building list

The advocacy group, Missouri Preservation announced Wednesday that Boonville’s Central Elementary School was on its Most Endangered Historic Places List for 2012.

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The 40/40 Project
12:00 am
Tue February 7, 2012

KBIA visits Boonville

Of all the historic buildings in Boonville, one of the most well-known is Thespian Hall, which still hosts dramatic and musical performances throughout the year.
Darren Hellwege KBIA

Darren Hellwege takes us on a Sunday morning visit to Boonville. We find a church where the ministry is a family affair, and some old friends who are a part of a great music scene in Cooper County. They all share a love of their neighbors, and of the history of this friendly river town.

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PM Newscasts
6:10 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Newscast for February 2, 2012

A Thursday morning fire in Boonville has destroyed two businesses operated by a program that helps people with disabilities
Matt Veto KBIA

Regional news from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Fire destroys Boonville's Unlimited Opportunities businesses
  • Food bank's Buddy Pack program faces cuts, elimination
  • Curators discuss proposed budget cut outcomes
5:52 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Fire destroys Boonville's Unlimited Opportunities businesses

An excavator cleans up the debris from a fire in Boonville. Two businesses run by Unlimited Opportunities were destroyed, but no one was hurt in the fire.
Matt Veto KBIA

A Thursday morning fire in Boonville has destroyed two businesses operated by a program that helps people with disabilities.

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5:05 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Boonville Organizations Seeking City Money May Have Stricter Guidelines

Boonville City Council members work toward tightening up the way organizations receive city funding.

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