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Higbee wins first-ever district baseball title

Higbee celebrates with the first-place trophy moments after winning their first-ever district baseball title.
Higbee won its first-ever district baseball title on Wednesday, taking down rival Cairo in a 4-3 nailbiter in Glasgow. The first-seeded Tigers defeated the host team 3-0 on Tuesday to make their …
Terry Bentley accepts the Citizen of the Year award from Fayette Superintendent Brent Doolin.

Bentley named Citizen of the Year

Longtime Fayette teacher Terry Bentley was named the 2024 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Fayette Board of Education Wednesday night. Daly Elementary third-grade teacher Adrian Stumbaugh was …

Fayette, Glasgow, Harrisburg to hold graduations Sunday

Three area high schools are holding commencement ceremonies on Sunday. Fayette, Glasgow, and Harrisburg will each bid farewell to their senior classes at 2 p.m. Former Fayette teacher Howie Ball …

Bee’s Knees closes Fayette location

Bee’s Knees Taproom at the Nest, on South Main Street a half block off the square, shuttered it doors on Friday, May 10. The brewpub opened in February of last year to brisk business. It …

Boys & Girls Club enrolling for summer

Justin Addison/Fayette Advertiser Boys & Girls Club board members, students, and employees celebrated a formal ribbon cutting hosted by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, May 7. …
Top Sports Stories

Hit batsman hands Eagles opening-round victory in extras

The second-seeded Central Methodist baseball team escaped the first round of the Fayette Bracket of the NAIA National Tournament with come-from-behind win in extra innings, 6-7, over third-seeded …

Harrisburg blanked by rival Salisbury in District Championship

Monday night’s Class 2 District Championship was moved to Battle High School due to inclement weather and an unplayable field. The rain didn’t dampen Salisbury’s improbable run, …

7-year-old Fayette fisherman hauls in massive Blue Catfish at the Lake of the Ozarks

Seven-year old Beckett Cook of Fayette reeled in the catch of a lifetime at the Lake of the Ozarks last month while fishing off a dock on Apache Point in Climax Springs. After an unsuccessful …
Letters

RTS needs to do better job

City of Fayette Mayor and Council: RTS need to start doing better job with trash pickup. They leave trash can in roadway and driveway. Trash not in bag will not pick up. Give 45 days to get …

Public invited to quilting program

To the Editor: Dawn Heese, quilter and author of nine books, will provide a program for AWE on April 16, 7 p.m. at Schnell Hall. All are welcome. Dawn is an author, pattern designer, and Marcus …

Local News
Conrow leaving Downtown Fayette
Cana Conrow is leaving her post as executive director of Downtown Fayette, formerly Fayette Main Street, at the end of May.   Conrow was named executive director in April 2023 after having …
Library Lines - May 2024
May Greetings from the Howard County Library! We hope you are having a wonderful spring, which includes reading a good book! If you are not reading one, we would love for you to visit the library and …
Nadine (Turner) Mordt accepts her diploma from CMU President Roger Drake.
A dream 70 years in the making
Seven decades after she left Central Methodist College (now University), Nadine (Turner) Mordt finally fulfilled her dream of walking across the graduation stage and receiving her diploma. She was …
The dome of Central Methodist University's Morrison Observatory in silhouette on the left during a spectacular viewing of the aurora borealis.
Aurora borealis visible over Midwest
The night sky as far south as Florida glowed in hues of green, purple, and pink on Friday night as an extreme G5 geomagnetic storm blasted Earth’s magnetosphere. The gorgeous effect is the …
Fayette’s Second Baptist Church honored as part of Historic Preservation Month
Every year in May, local preservation groups, state historical societies, and business and civic organizations across the country celebrate Preservation Month through events that promote historic …
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, to become official location for National Wreaths Across America Day
National nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) announced last week that Mount Pleasant Cemetery in New Franklin will join in the mission to Remember, Honor, Teach as an official location for 2024. …
Optimist Club fishing derby June 8
The Fayette Optimist Club will hold its annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 8. Young anglers may start casting at 8:30 a.m. The derby will be held at the scenic lake at The Lodge, 542 …
Coach Mike Davis signals “three” to his team, signifying three wins to go to claim a national title, moments after cutting down the net following Central’s NAIA National Championship Second Round win on March 8, 2023.
Central fires women’s basketball coach Mike Davis
Central Methodist University fired head women’s basketball coach Mike Davis on Tuesday, April 30. Neither side cited a reason, but Coach Davis had apparently been suspended from the team early …
New Franklin senior Gracie Martin signed her letter of intent to be a member of the cheerleading squad at Central Methodist University in the fall. 
Seated: Gracie Martin and her parents, Christy and Anthony Martin. Standing, left to right: New Franklin cheer coach Blakeley Elliott, CMU cheerleader Jasmine Stewart, sister Makenzie Martin, CMU assistant cheer coach Abigail Rosa, and New Franklin dance coach Stacy Wells.
New Franklin senior inks with CMU cheer
New Franklin High School senior Gracie Martin signed her official letter of intent to be a member of the cheerleading squads at Central Methodist University starting in the fall. She will be a …
Obituaries
Daniel Emerson (Dan) Mann
Daniel “Dan” Mann, 86, of Fayette, passed away on May 4, 2024, at the University of Missouri Hospital. Dan was born in LaHarpe, Ill., on May 19, 1937, a son of Noble and Imogene …
Don McKee
Fayette resident Don McKee, age 92, passed away at the Lodge on May 2, 2024. Don Allen McKee was born in Rocheport, Howard Co., Missouri, on October 9, 1931, a son to the late Grover Benton and …
Ottis P. Lawson Jr.
Ottis P. Lawson Jr, of Franklin passed away Thursday morning May 2, 2024, at his home. Ottis Paul Lawson Jr., was born in Ogallala, Nebraska on January 23, 1955, the son of Ottis Paul Lawson Sr., and …
Ann Schafer
Ann Shockley Schafer
Fayette, Mo., resident Ann Schafer, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home on April 5, 2024. Ann S. Schafer was born December 6, 1944, in Jefferson City, Mo. She was one of five …
Mary Ellen Roland
Mary Ellen Kohl Foland
Mary Ellen Kohl Foland passed away quietly on April 4, 2024. She was born the daughter of Charles Leroy Kohl and Rose Raso Kohl on March 16, 1942, in Saint Louis, Missouri. She attended schools in …
Thomas Ward
Thomas Ray Ward
Thomas Ray Ward passed away peacefully with his wife, Rachel Steele, by his side at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2024 after losing his battle with cirrhosis.   Tom, a native of Northern …