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Low turnout expected for April elections

A lack of contested races is expected to draw fewer than 10% of registered voters to the ballot box for the April 6 municipal and school board elections. Only two races are contested, those for the … more

City seeking solution to abundance of lilypads at city lakes

The City of Fayette is considering measures to address the problem with lilypads at city lakes. The excessive vegetation growth hampers recreational activities such as fishing and boating. Benji … more

County health dept. to seek Moderna vaccine

UPDATED at 9:57 a.m. on Jan. 27, 2021 Howard County will apply for the second of two approved  COVID-19 vaccines. Public Health Department Administrator Marsha Broadus said the county plans … more

Fayette school board votes to keep mask mandate

The Fayette school board gave unanimous approval to keep in place a mask mandate for all teachers, staff, and students that was approved in November. The measure was put in place following guideline … more

City awarded grants for pool

The City of Fayette and the Park and Recreation Commission announced the receipt of two Walmart Community Grants totaling $1,500. The city was awarded $1,000 from Walmart Facility #80 in Boonville … more

All three discrimination suits against CMU dropped

Lawsuits brought by three former Central Methodist employees against the university were dismissed with prejudice on Friday. Anita Davis, Antoinette Jackmon, and Olivia McQuitty each sued the college … more

CMU President Roger D. Drake Elected to Lead ICUM

Central Methodist University President Roger D. Drake, Ph.D., was elected unanimously by his peers to serve as president of Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri, the statewide … more

City posts notices on ‘dangerous buildings’

The City of Fayette took a small step forward in its effort to force the owner of nearly a block of deteriorated downtown buildings to improve his properties. On the Wednesday following the January … more

New Franklin mulls law enforcement contract with Sheriff’s Department

The City of New Franklin is considering the elimination of its police department. It would instead rely on the Howard County Sheriff’s Department, which in turn, would have a dedicated officer … more

Appointments available for DES preschool screenings

Daly Elementary School is now scheduling appointments for preschool screenings. Parents of students entering preschool for the 2021-2022 school year should contact Lisa Gebhardt at the elementary … more

County tax revenues in December up slightly

Revenues in Howard County collected in December 2020, totaled $7,401,125, up slightly from the same month in 2019, according to county collector Jinger Felten. That total does not include a payment … more

Fayette Mayor contracts COVID-19

Fayette Mayor Kevin Oeth confirmed that he has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Test results for Oeth and his wife, Barbie, came back positive on Thursday, January 14. They have been quarantined in … more

Addison Lab welcomes new chief operating officer

Addison Biological Laboratory in Fayette named Dr. Erik R. Martinez as its new chief operating officer. He began his role at the company’s headquarters in Fayette in early January. Dr. … more

Ambulance Dist. receives high-tech, reusable masks

The Howard County Ambulance Service responded to 24 calls related to COVID-19 during the final two months of 2020. The frequency has contributed to the difficulty in securing enough masks for … more

Howard County Regional Water Plant to be producing water by end of December

 BY KIM THOMPSON STAFF WRITER The smell of fresh concrete and bleach met 25-30 people who  came together on Thursday at the Howard County Regional Water Plant to celebrate the recent … more
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