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MFA Oil Foundation awards grant to Higbee School District FFA
8/3/2015

MFA Oil Foundation awards grant to Higbee School District FFA
The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Higbee R-VIII School District to be applied toward the cost of establishing an Agricultural Education Program. The MFA Oil Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.
Since it was established in 1998, the MFA Oil Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants.


Asbury wins gubernatorial online unofficial poll
8/3/2015

Asbury wins gubernatorial online unofficial poll
Howard County resident Randy Asbury, 56, candidate for Missouri governor, recently won a statewide gubernatorial poll sponsored by HennessysView.com of St. Louis. The poll included six announced and exploratory candidates.
The online poll of declared and likely candidates for governor was not a controlled survey. William Hennessy, who developed and analyzed the poll, wrote, “Be careful what you read into it. Instead of using the poll as a measure of breadth, I recommend looking at it from a few other angles.”


Schools to begin in August; other events taking place
8/3/2015

August is the time to take last-minute vacations and get ready for school. Other events are taking place as well.


Fayette citywide garage sale is Aug. 15
8/3/2015

The annual citywide yard and garage sale is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 15. This year’s event again is being sponsored jointly by the Fayette Newspapers and the Fayette Rotary Club.
Participating individuals and groups may set their own hours and locations. As in past years, sale sites will be included on the reverse side of a Fayette city map which may be picked up the Thursday before the sale day at various locations including: Commercial Trust Co., Casey’s, DJ’s, C&R and the newspaper office.


Fossil fuels amplify our abilities to make the world a better place for humans
8/3/2015

When it comes to global warming, I agree with the deniers. What are they denying? They are denying that our goal for this planet is to “minimize our impact on our environment at all costs.” One who supports this idea is David Graber, research biologist for the National Park Service summarizing McKibben’s book The End of Nature. He said “We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the earth. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”


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Local athletes have strong years in college
8/3/2015

Local athletes have strong years in college
From August to May, these sports pages are generally dedicated to covering the Howard County area high schools, middle schools and Central Methodist University.
Once student-athletes from the area graduate and continue their college careers somewhere other than Central Methodist, odds are their accomplishments will rarely turn up in these sports pages during that time.
Well, that’s what this particular issue is intended to accomplish.


Davis readies for second go-around with Eagles
7/30/2015

Davis readies for second go-around with Eagles
The second half of the month of July has been a whirlwind Homecoming celebration for Mike Davis.
The 1983 Central Methodist graduate and hall of fame coach was hired on July 18 to become the Eagles women’s basketball head coach, a position he previously held for 12 seasons from 1988 to 2000. He left Central Methodist in 2000 to become the head coach at Columbia College, a position he held for 14 years.


Fayette track athletes shine at Show-Me State Games
7/30/2015

Fayette track athletes shine at Show-Me State Games
It appears Fayette’s track and field season didn’t end with the Class 2 State Track and Field Championships in May at Jefferson City.
A total of eight Fayette High School athletes participated in the track and field portion of the Show-Me State Games on Saturday at Walton Stadium in Columbia. The Fayette competitors returned home with two gold medals and three silver medals.



Driftwood Outdoors: Family camping is a summer must
7/30/2015

Driftwood Outdoors: Family camping is a summer must
Time is going by too fast. My oldest daughter just turned 10 and my youngest is almost 9. Where did the years go? Looking back through pictures, I know we’ve done well with family adventures, and I hope they cherish the memories as much as I do, but they need to be ready to make a lot more before they’re grown up. I don’t intend to let the rest of their childhoods slip away with making the most of the time we have left. We’ll be camping a lot.



Eagles bring in eight players for 2015-16
7/28/2015

Eagles bring in eight players for 2015-16
The Central Methodist University men’s basketball team celebrated its first 20-win season in five years, posting a 20-12 record during the 2014-15 season. However, there will be many new faces in an Eagles uniform this winter after losing seven seniors, among other players.
As of Friday, head coach Jeff Sherman and the Eagles have announced they have signed eight players to add to their varsity and junior varsity rosters for the 2015-16 season.


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Obituaries
 
David Alvis (1948–2015)
7/31/2015

David Alvis, 67, of Columbia, passed into the hands of the Lord on Friday, July 31, 2015 at his home.


Maxine McKee (1944–2015)
7/31/2015

Maxine McKee, 71, of Fayette, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.


Gordon Francis (Sam) Wenneker (1935–2015)
7/27/2015

Gordon Francis (Sam) Wenneker (1935–2015)
Gordon Francis “Sam” Wenneker was born to Frankie (Williams) and Samuel E. Wenneker on April 16, 1935, in Summer Hill, Ill. He died at home in Vancouver, Wash. on July 15, 2015, at the age of 80.






Matthew Cleek (1972-2015)
7/15/2015

Matthew Cleek passed away July 11, 2015 at his home in rural Fayette after a six year battle with Multiple Sclerosis with his wife, Missy at his side. He was 42 years of age.


Alberto Gaona (1981-2015)
7/10/2015

Rural Fayette resident, Alberto Gaona died suddenly as a result of a tractor accident late July 6, 2015. He was only 34 years of age.


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