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Top stories

New FHS band director hits the ground marching

Fayette’s newest band director has been busy so far this summer. Jennifer Rubin has already hosted freshman boot camp and summer band camp with a strong focus on continuing the band’s …
ELECTION 2020

County Clerk predicts 65% voter turnout

A high turnout is expected for the Tuesday, August 4 primary election. Howard County Clerk Shelly Howell predicts a 65% voter turnout, largely based on races for the Eastern and Western District …

2020 would have marked 100th anniversary of CMU Homecoming


This year would have possibly marked the 100th anniversary of Central Methodist’s first Homecoming. Records indicate that the first-ever Homecoming for the college was in 1920, but a tradition …

Commercial Trust donates to Fair Board

Commercial Trust Company in Fayette made a donation of $5,000 to the Howard County Fair Board Friday afternoon. The bank traditionally supports the annual county fair through purchases made during …
Central Methodist University

Central Methodist pulls plug on 2020 Homecoming, Band Day due to COVID-19

Central Methodist University on Wednesday announced the cancellation of its annual Homecoming and Band Day competition for 2020, citing concerns surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 …
Top Sports Stories

The coronavirus pandemic has created a challenging offseason for cross country and track & field programs everywhere. At Central Methodist, first-time head coach Kenny Anderson will be leading …

The 30th annual Sand Green Classic at the Fayette Golf Course saw a record number of participants on Saturday.   The tournament filled all 32 available spots for two-person teams, up from 22 …
For the athletes that participated in the Russellville High School Summer Series, the 2020 track season was just three weeks long. Still, many of them made the most of those three weeks, reaching …
A big first inning propelled New Franklin to a 7-3 win over Central Realty in a Babe Ruth game in Boonville on Thursday night. New Franklin sent nine batters to the plate during a five run first …
Letters
Thanks with helping to change coronor law

To the Editor: To pass a new law is incredibly difficult. The passing of the law to reform the coroner’s system was a collaborative effort of many individuals. We wish to express our …

Disagrees with school mask policy

To the Editor: Well, it finally happened! Trump has decided to push for people to actually wear masks! Then what happens? The New Franklin School Board decides …

Local News
City hires new administrator
The City of Fayette has hired a new city administrator. Tyler Griffith signed a two-year contract on July 15. He will begin serving as …
Countywide Rave Alert goes into effect next month
A new alert system for Howard County is set to go online in mid-August. Howard County Emergency Management has contracted with Rave …
Murder suspect appears in Howard County court
Alfredo Hicks, Jr., charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Columbia man on Dec. 30 in Fayette, appeared in Howard …
New Franklin school board says masks will be optional in fall
The New Franklin Board of Education decided to make masks optional when students return to school in the fall. The decision came …
Glasgow woman accused of murder now faces counterfeiting charge
A Glasgow woman charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of a Centralia woman now faces an additional charge of counterfeiting, a …
County school districts announce fall semester reopening plans
It may be the middle of summer break, but the administrations for Howard County schools have been preparing plans for opening back up …
Possible deal could provide
thousands to schools from CARES Act funds
Schools in Howard County are expected to receive tens of thousands of dollars from money given to Howard County as part of the …
Wallace to retire from health department this week
The Howard County Health Department will soon be under new leadership. Current Administrator Sheila Wallace, RN, will leave her post …
Howard Electric meeting will be drive-thru only
Howard Electric Cooperative in Fayette is making a drastic change to its annual meeting, which is slated for Saturday, August 8. Due …
Obituaries
Mrs. Doris Jean White

Mrs. Doris Jean White, age 87, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Bluffs surrounded by her …
Norma Jean Brooks
Norma Jean Brooks, 58, of Armstrong, Mo. went home to be with her Lord on July 25, 2020. She passed away peacefully at Boone Hospital …
Alexander Terrell

Alexander Terrell of Jefferson City, Mo. died July 19, 2020 in Sullivan, Mo. He was 24 years of age. Alexander Paul Terrell was …
Tresa Hoffman Biesemeyer

Tresa Lynn Hoffman Biesemeyer, 65, of Moberly, Mo. passed away July 22, 2020 at Boone Hospital …
Harry (Bunk) Lewis Jr.

Harry “Bunk” Lewis, Jr., 85, passed away peacefully at his home in Glasgow, Mo. on the morning of July 21, 2020. Harry Elzey …
Jack Lee Cook
Jack Lee Cook, 71, of New Franklin passed away unexpectedly at his home  July 4, 2020. Jack was born in St. Louis, MO on July …