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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 Fayette’s new city administrator on Monday, July … more

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 Alert, a mass notification system, that can send immediate … more

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 County court July 15 for a hearing.  Hicks’ … more

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 during the board’s meeting July 15. Board members sat six feet … more

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 Class E felony. Amy Renee Rievley, 36, is currently being held … more

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 in the fall. The county emergency management office gave schools … more

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 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In May, the … more

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 on Friday. Wallace has been with the health department here … more

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 to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will be drive-thru … more

Kunze named Fayette City Clerk

The Fayette City Council officially hired Tara Kunze as the new City Clerk during closed session of its special meeting Thursday evening. Kunze, who began working for the city in February 2019. … more

Deadline to apply for primary absentee ballots is July 22

The last day, by statute, to mail out an absentee ballot for the upcoming August primary election is next Wednesday, July 22.   Howard County Clerk Shelly Howell asks anyone who intends … more

Bridge replacement nearly complete

Howard County road and bridge crews are expected to complete the construction of a new bridge on County Road 320 this week. Work started in April. The total project cost is $378,639.07, of which 80 … more

Gov. Parson signs bill to increase in coroner training following 2011 incident in Howard County

Missouri Governor Mike Parson on Monday signed into law HB 2046, a part of which deals with increasing training standards for coroners in the state. Section 58.035 establishes the Coroner Standards … more

Thurman estate donates $150k toward splash park

The City of Fayette will receive $175,000 from the estate of the late Lucile Thurman, the majority of which is earmarked for a new splash park. The gift was announced at the June 30 special meeting … more

City council passes 2020-2021 budget at special meeting

The Fayette Board of Aldermen gave unanimous approval in the adoption of the city’s fiscal year budget Tuesday evening, June 30. The new fiscal year 2020-21 began the following day, July 1. The … more

Fayette High School graduates 33

Fayette High School gave a final farewell to the Class of 2020 following a senior year that could be called nothing, if not unconventional. The ceremony, originally scheduled for May 15, was … more

Longtime State Farm agent Pat Phillips to retire

For the first time in more than three decades, Fayette will have a new State Farm Insurance agent on the Fayette square. Pat Phillips will retire at the end of the day June 30, and Landon Ball will … more

New liquor store to open on Morrison St.

Fayette is getting a new liquor store. Ma’s Discount Hooch is in the final stages of preparation on West Morrison St., across from the Fayette Post Office. Although an official opening day has … more

Downtown CID established

The Fayette city council on Tuesday, June 23, gave unanimous approval to establish a Community Improvement District (CID) in downtown Fayette. The mechanism in which the CID will be funded will now … more

Full slate of 
festivities planned on 
July 4

Independence Day is Saturday, so government offices will close Friday. Banks in Fayette will be open Friday and closed Saturday. The weekend will kick off with the Independence Day Volleyball … more
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