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It took over two years for word of the Emancipation Proclamation to reach slaves in Texas. Over 150 years, residents of Boonville have annually celebrated the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1863 executive order that freed America's conscripted blacks.

Boonville is hoping a gun-making plant can boost its economy after a decade of manufacturing job losses. CMMG is seeking a $200,000 forgivable loan from Boonville so it can move its operations from rural Fayette, about a half an hour to the north. 

Katy Bridge Project Ready to Move Forward

Oct 20, 2015
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New ownership is causing the Katy Bridge Project to move full steam ahead.

Boonville’s bed tax, which is a five percent tax on all local hotels, is bringing in more money than expected. 

The tax revenue has brought in $102,596 so far, and is predicted to bring in five percent more than expected this year.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation completed designs for permanent repairs to a crack found in a bridge near Boonville today.

District Bridge Engineer Alan Trampe said crews found a crack on Mar. 16 in one of the steel beams under one lane of the bridge. Trampe said the crack was roughly three-inches long.

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A popular New Year’s resolution for many people is to get in better shape by exercising and eating healthier. At the Boonslick Heartland YMCA, Assistant Director Vanessa Dorman wanted to bring those looking to lose weight together.

“I can’t tell you how I thought of it,” Dorman said. “But people are always concerned about their fitness in January, so I decided to make a program to make it official.”

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The Boonville police officers are now using body cameras. Last week, the police department received 20 body cameras for its full-time police officers. The department received a grant to purchase 7 cameras while the city paid for the rest. Each body camera costs $738. Boonville Detective Randall Ayers said the cameras have only had minor software glitches so far. He said the new body cameras will benefit the police department.

Boonville plant to close in 2015

Nov 21, 2014

250 jobs will be eliminated at the NORDYNE Plant in Boonville, Missouri in the beginning of 2015.

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The Boonville Police Department is starting to test three different body-worn cameras with prices ranging from $350 to $800.  Bobby Welliver, the chief of police for the Boonville Police Department, said body-worn cameras will both benefit the police officers and the community.

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.

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

Hartzler looks to Boonville residents for input

Nov 6, 2013
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Residents in Cooper County are speaking out about the issues they want to see represented in Congress.

Boonville Tourists May Pay More in the Near Future

Oct 21, 2013

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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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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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. 

Boonville citizens to vote on sales tax

Oct 24, 2012
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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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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.

Butternut Bread plant requests pay cut from employees

Sep 19, 2012
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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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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

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

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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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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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

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

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