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Students return to Fayette for CMU commencement

Central Methodist University held formal commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 on Sunday afternoon. Normally the event takes place in May and the conclusion of the Spring semester. But the …

CMS student marks Fayette school district’s third positive COVID-19 case

A student at Clark Middle School in Fayette has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an announcement from the district’s nurse and superintendent. On Monday the district sent an …

Details remain murky in Franklin murder


A great deal of mystery continues to surround a murder that took place in Franklin on Sept. 7, but authorities aren’t releasing much information. Emmett S. Wood, Jr., 44, is in the Howard …

New Franklin water rates likely to increase

The City of New Franklin is not purchasing the amount of water from the Howard County Regional Water Commission (HCRWC) as stipulated in the agreement between the two entities. The announcement came …

New eagle statue a testament to Class of 2020


A new eagle statue was unveiled on the Campus of Central Methodist University following the Class of 2020’s graduation ceremony Sunday evening. The statue, dedicated to the Class of 2020, is …
Top Sports Stories

Fayette put up seven runs in the third inning, turning a one-run advantage into a comfortable lead in a 11-4 win over New Franklin. Fayette coach Mike James moved Addison Newell into the second …

A four-run third inning propelled New Franklin to a 6-1 win over Higbee on Thursday. Tysen Dowell had an RBI single, stole third base and scored on a passed ball to turn a one-run lead into a 4-1 …
Abby Maupin homered twice as New Franklin defeated Higbee 17-2 on Thursday night. Carly Dorson was 2-2 at the plate with three RBI. S Held was 2-2 and drove in two runs. Jayna Matthews was 2-3 and …
Hannah Quint gave Fayette a 2-1 lead with a single to right field in the third inning, but the Falcons (5-2) were unable to hold the lead in a 3-2 loss at Westran (7-2) on Thursday. Quint finished …
Letters
Thoughts on upcoming election

To the Editor:    There are two distinctly opposed mindsets characterizing voters in this election. One is: I want government to protect my rights. Equal rights, voter’s rights, …

Supports Black Lives Matter

To the Editor: 

 I grew up with a sister who was not white. She was adopted from another country; I was adopted from right here in Central Missouri. I never saw her skin color or differences …

Local News
Local students cast in upcoming CMU play
The show will go on at Central Methodist University’s Little Theatre this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The first play of …
UPDATE: Suspect in Franklin has been apprehended
One woman is dead and a 44-year-old man is on the run following a homicide in Franklin on Monday. Police are searching for the …
UPDATE: Suspect in Franklin has been apprehended by law enforcement
One woman is dead and a 44-year-old man is on the run following a homicide in Franklin on Monday. Police are searching for the …
Howard County records first COVID-19 death
Howard County has recorded its first death attributed to COVID-19. The Howard County Public Health Department made the announcement …
City Council will re-inspect Ruether buildings
The Fayette City Council voted to take further action with regard to four buildings on the west side of the downtown courthouse …
Aldermen approve purchase of new Fayette police truck
The Fayette City Council gave unanimous approval to allow Chief of Police Jeff Oswald to purchase a new police truck.  Mr. …
Graduates to return for Sunday’s Commencement
Central Methodist University’s spring and summer 2020 graduates will finally be able to walk across the stage to receive their …
Fayette City Council vote to purchase laptops, iPads with CARES Act funds
The City of Fayette will utilize money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to purchase iPads and …
Replacement of Rt. EE bridge in SE Howard County
underway
The Missouri Department of Transportation advises motorists that construction began Tuesday on a new Route EE bridge over Prairie …
Obituaries
Mary Frances (Wyatt) Waller
Mary Frances Waller, 82, of rural New Franklin, passed away April 7, 2020 at her home cared for by her family. Mary was born in …
Bobby Franklin Sunderland
Bobby Franklin Sunderland, 86, of Higbee passed away September 13, 2020 at The Lodge in Fayette. He was born in Higbee, MO on May …
Scotty Hill
Rural Fayette resident, Scotty Hill, 63, passed away at University Hospital in Columbia, September 11, 2020. Robert Scott Hill was …
John S. Burke

John S. Burke, 67, of Houston, Texas, died Thursday, September 3, 2020, at Houston Methodist Hospital of complications following a …
T. Drew Schauffler

T. Drew Schauffler, 43, of Fayette, Missouri passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 5, 2020 in Columbia, Missouri.   Drew …
Lucille Mounter
Longtime Fayette resident Lucille Mounter passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020, at Glasgow Gardens. She had just celebrated her …