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First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Howard County

The Howard County Public Health Department (HCPHD) confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Howard County on Tuesday morning. The patient’s identity will remain confidential; therefore, … more

Local distillery shifts from spirits to hand sanitizer

With the world on heightened alert due to the novel coronavirus that has swept the globe, and with essential products flying off the shelves faster than they can be restocked, many local businesses … more

Understanding state’s stay-at-home order

To further combat the spread of COVID-19 in Missouri, Governor Parson on Friday ordered Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams to issue a Stay at Home Order … more

CMU postpones May graduations

While Central Methodist University has no cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), university leaders have announced that the May graduation ceremony has been postponed. Central, in consultation with student … more

Fayette R-III extends shutdown through April 24

The Fayette R-III Board of Education on Wednesday, April 1, voted unanimously to extend the school closure through April 24. The district hopes to resume classes April 27. New Franklin and Glasgow … more

Central Methodist donates unused PPE

Central Methodist University’s nursing program has taken a big step to support Howard County in the face of Coronavirus (COVID-19). CMU has donated nearly $2,000 worth of personal protective … more

Howard Electric donates to Fayette Jr. Optimists

Howard Electric Cooperative, with the assistance of Howard Community Foundation, donated $1,500 to Fayette Junior Optimist Club. The contribution is a part of Howard Electric’s ongoing Annual … more

Restaurants struggle during COVID-19

“If the phone’s ringing, we’re cooking,” said Leremie Shafer during what would be a normally busy lunch rush on Monday. Leremie and his wife, Beth, own Miknan’s Main … more

County emergency management in good hands

Howard County has three fire departments, four law enforcement agencies, a county health department, and city and county governments. It’s up to two men to streamline communications between … more

Council gives OK for ADA playground to be installed at city park

New playground equipment initially designated to be placed at Ricketts-Graham Lake will find a home at the Fayette City Park. The playground universal design playground equipment, purchased by the … more

Motorcyclist seriously injured in crash

A Fayette man suffered serious injuries when he wrecked his motorcycle Monday afternoon.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Larry Koenig, 57, was northbound on Highway 5, … more

Coronavirus Stress: Help with Coping

COVID-19 is everywhere. Not just the disease, but news and information. We are pummeled by it daily though our social media, the news, and even our daily conversations. Our lives have been uprooted. … more

Mo. judges still hear some cases amid pandemic

Despite shelter-in-place orders in several jurisdictions throughout the state, Missouri courts are open and continue to hear a selection of cases. Howard County Associate Judge Mason Gebhardt in a … more

Wells offers unique home workout class

While Fayette residents are spending more time at home with schools closing and restaurants moving to take-out and delivery, Mackenzie Wells has created a fun way to improve your health while … more

Coronavirus Testing

COVID-19 information is consuming most of our attention these days. It is spreading – both the virus and the fear.  We are seeing an uptick in cases for two reasons. The first is that … more

Fayette City Council discusses measures to combat COVID-19

The Fayette City Council is doing its part to prevent the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic. During its regular meeting Tuesday night bottles of hand sanitizer were laid out on the meeting … more

County Commission Declares State of Emergency

The Howard County Courthouse will close to the public beginning today (Wednesday). The county commission signed a resolution Monday declaring a state of emergency for Howard … more

New Franklin school board discusses Buddy Packs distribution amid COVID-19 pandemic

The March 18 New Franklin school board meeting went as planned despite school not being in session. The open session lasted two hours; however, not many things were decided. The coronavirus … more

Fayette schools keep focus on students during pandemic

Statewide closures of schools due to COVID-19 haven’t stopped the Fayette R-III School District from meeting the needs of its students. Kids were scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, March … more

CMU has smooth transition moving classes online

Some colleges had monumental work to switch their classes online. At Central Methodist University, it was more like a pivot. In 2017, Central Methodist University’s Board of Trustees and … more
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