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Regional water project ahead of schedule by four months
5/15/2016

Regional water project ahead of schedule by four months
Work on the Howard County Regional Water system is progressing well and ahead of schedule, according to a report given by Fayette City Administrator Robin Triplett to the Fayette city council at their regular meeting May 3. Triplett is also on the Howard County Regional Water Commission.
The project is expected to be producing water by September. When construction began, it was thought to not be complete until January 2017.



Seven join Central Methodist Board of Trustees
5/15/2016

The governing Board of Trustees of Central Methodist University has been enriched by the addition of seven new members in recent months, according to CMU President Roger Drake.
The 36-member Board meets quarterly to set policy and provide oversight and direction to the CMU administration, Drake noted. Members typically serve four-year terms. Eleven states from coast to coast are represented on the Central Methodist governing body.
Trustees who have joined the board during the 2015-16 academic year include Bob Barnes, Wemi Daramola, Jim Kimbell, Mike Miserocchi, Kellie Platz, Niki Parrish, and Laurence Tucker.


Saying good-bye
5/15/2016

Saying good-bye
Outgoing Fayette Newspapers sports editor Greg Jackson (left) shares a laugh with Jeff and Julee Sherman at the Commercial Trust Community Room on Thursday during a farewell celebration.
The Shermans, along with many others, attended the reception held in Jackson’s honor, wishing him well on his new job as assistant sports editor with the Jefferson City News Tribune. Friday was Jackson’s last day with the Fayette Newspapers, where he has worked as sports editor since May 2009 after graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.


Fayette FFA recognizes outstanding achievement
5/15/2016

Fayette FFA recognizes outstanding achievement
The Fayette FFA hosted its Annual Awards and Recognitions Banquet on May 4. Following are the recipients of awards and recognitions.
Honorary FFA Degree was awarded to Karen and Jerry Ebbesmeyer.



Second graders pay a visit to the library
5/15/2016

Second graders pay a visit to the library
Daly Elementary School second graders visited the Howard County Library on Wednesday.
Librarian Cathey Monckton pointed out items offered by the library besides books: computers, educational games, and videos. Most second graders obtained yellow library cards so they could easily check out materials during the summer.


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New Franklin ‘walks off’ with milestone victory
5/15/2016

New Franklin ‘walks off’ with milestone victory
On paper, the New Franklin baseball team’s regular-season finale was supposed to be a matchup of two teams poised to make a run for the Class 1 state semifinals. Instead, the high expectations fell flat moments into the game.
New Franklin had no problem with that. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 2 in the Class 1 state rankings, drew a total of 13 walks and were hit by a pitch five times, flooding the basepaths with countless runners to beat No. 4 Santa Fe 12-2 in five innings.
New Franklin ends the regular season with a 20-1 record, its third-straight 20-win season. However, this is the first time in program history the Bulldogs have reached that milestone during the regular season.


Saying good-bye is a tough thing to do
5/15/2016

Saying good-bye is a tough thing to do
I was afraid this day might eventually come, and sure enough, here we are, my last story as sports editor with the Fayette Advertiser and Democrat Leader.
Friday was my last day working here in Fayette, and fittingly, Fayette’s high school graduation was my last official assignment. But this story is the toughest one to write, and in typical “Greg Jackson fashion,” I waited until the final hour before our press deadline to put together these words. It’s not that I don’t want to write this column. It’s just that I don’t know quite how to put “thank you” into 1,500 words.


CMU baseball team lands 10 players on All-Conference squad
5/15/2016

Last weekend was rather exhilarating for the Central Methodist baseball team, winning a conference tournament championship and receiving an automatic berth to the NAIA Baseball National Championship.
The Eagles received more good news on Monday. When the Heart of America Athletic Conference Baseball All-Conference Team was released, the list consisted of 10 Central Methodist players, the most honorees of any team in the conference for the 2016 season.


CMS track wraps up season at Lewis & Clark Relays
5/15/2016

CMS track wraps up season at Lewis & Clark Relays
Clark Middle School eighth-grader Jack Kindle already holds the school record in the boys 1,600-meters. As the Falcons entered the final meet of the year on Tuesday, the Lewis & Clark Conference Relays, Kindle had his sights set on taking down another record, the 800-meters, in his final middle school meet.
Kindle would fall a few seconds shy of achieving the mark, but he didn’t leave the meet quite empty-handed. He still won the conference title in the 800-meters with a time of 2:18.86, winning the race by nearly nine full seconds.


CMU track wins five conference individual titles
5/15/2016

CMU track wins five conference individual titles
The Central Methodist men’s and women’s track and field team combined to win five individual events on May 6 and 7 at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships, held at Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa.
The men’s team won three titles and scored 56.5 points, placing seventh out of 12 teams in the conference standings.




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Obituaries
 
Joan E. Downes (1931-2016)
5/13/2016

Joan E. Downes (1931-2016)
Joan E. Downes, 84, of Columbia, passed away May 6, 2016, at her home.








Betty Jean Harris (1927-2016)
5/10/2016

Betty Jean Harris, 89, of Fayette, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.


Linda Holem (1929-2016)
5/10/2016

Linda Holem, 86, of New Franklin, passed away at her home on May 3, 2016.


Travis “Duane” Watson (1941-2016)
5/5/2016

Travis “Duane” Watson (1941-2016)
Travis “Duane” Watson, 75, of Blackwater, Mo., passed away at his home on Friday, April 29, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.







Frank Knapp (1933-2016)
4/26/2016

Former Fayette resident, Frank Knapp, passed away at Riverview Nursing Center in Mokane, Mo., on April 23, 2016. He was 82 years of age.


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