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MFA Oil Foundation awards grant to Higbee School District FFA
8/3/2015

MFA Oil Foundation awards grant to Higbee School District FFA
The MFA Oil Foundation has awarded a grant to the Higbee R-VIII School District to be applied toward the cost of establishing an Agricultural Education Program. The MFA Oil Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations that are working to improve communities where MFA Oil has a significant concentration of members and employees.
Since it was established in 1998, the MFA Oil Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants.


Asbury wins gubernatorial online unofficial poll
8/3/2015

Asbury wins gubernatorial online unofficial poll
Howard County resident Randy Asbury, 56, candidate for Missouri governor, recently won a statewide gubernatorial poll sponsored by HennessysView.com of St. Louis. The poll included six announced and exploratory candidates.
The online poll of declared and likely candidates for governor was not a controlled survey. William Hennessy, who developed and analyzed the poll, wrote, “Be careful what you read into it. Instead of using the poll as a measure of breadth, I recommend looking at it from a few other angles.”


Schools to begin in August; other events taking place
8/3/2015

August is the time to take last-minute vacations and get ready for school. Other events are taking place as well.


Fayette citywide garage sale is Aug. 15
8/3/2015

The annual citywide yard and garage sale is coming up on Saturday, Aug. 15. This year’s event again is being sponsored jointly by the Fayette Newspapers and the Fayette Rotary Club.
Participating individuals and groups may set their own hours and locations. As in past years, sale sites will be included on the reverse side of a Fayette city map which may be picked up the Thursday before the sale day at various locations including: Commercial Trust Co., Casey’s, DJ’s, C&R and the newspaper office.


Fossil fuels amplify our abilities to make the world a better place for humans
8/3/2015

When it comes to global warming, I agree with the deniers. What are they denying? They are denying that our goal for this planet is to “minimize our impact on our environment at all costs.” One who supports this idea is David Graber, research biologist for the National Park Service summarizing McKibben’s book The End of Nature. He said “We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the earth. Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along.”


University of Missouri announces spring 2015 dean's lists
8/3/2015

The following local students were named to the dean’s list in their respective colleges at the University of Missouri-Columbia following the spring 2015 semester.


Kemper School named ‘Place in Peril’
8/3/2015

Kemper Military School Administration Building in Boonville has been included on the list of Places in Peril by the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.
Founded in 1976 as the Heritage Trust, the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation is a statewide membership-based tax-exempt organization that is headquartered in central Missouri and located in the historic Katy Train Depot in Boonville.


Area news briefs
8/3/2015

Megan Borges, who graduated as valedictorian at the New Franklin High School commencement on May 20, recently completed the Chemistry Immersion Program (CHIP) at the University of Missouri. CHIP, a two-week experiential learning program, aims to enhance student learning in chemistry and biochemistry by increasing instructors’ knowledge of laboratory techniques and then engaging teachers alongside students.


Kids learn about animals at Library Street Fair
7/30/2015

Kids learn about animals at Library Street Fair
Those who attended the Howard County Public Library Street Fair enjoyed musical entertainment, popsicles, bottled water, balloon animals, face painting, door prizes and a friendly water balloon fight.




CMU fund drive reaches first goal
7/30/2015

CMU fund drive reaches first goal
Central Methodist University has two reasons to celebrate the impending completion of its Thogmorton Center for Allied Health. Not only will CMU students and faculty soon move into the new building, but university officials are celebrating the successful conclusion of fundraising for the new center.
CMU has completed phase 1 of its Campaign for the Heart of Central, according to CMU President Roger Drake. The university raised more than $6.5 million to cover costs of the new Thogmorton Center which will open in a matter of weeks for the 2015-16 academic year.


Stevens pleads guilty to five counts of sexual misconduct
7/30/2015

Stevens pleads guilty to five counts of sexual misconduct
A Boonville man pleaded guilty to four counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree and one count of attempted statutory sodomy in the first degree in the Cooper County Court on Monday.
Raymond Edward Stevens, 50, of Boonville, had been arrested by the Boonville Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Feb. 19.


Howard County commissioners working on repairs
7/30/2015

The Howard County Commission have their hands full with repair of roads, the Keller Building and the Howard County Jail.
Rains on Friday and Saturday nights did a lot of damage on the county roads. Gary Dillon, County Road Superintendent, was out repairing roads and pipes throughout the county all day on Saturday and Sunday. “The damage was spotty,” Howard County Commissioner Sam Stroupe said. “Some parts of the county were hardly affected at all and other parts were hit hard.” County road crews will be out in force all week.


Electric co-op youth program means education and fun
7/30/2015

Electric co-op youth program means education and fun
Emily Binder of Salisbury and Mackenzie Fenton of New Franklin were among the 98 high school students from across Missouri who participated in the Electric Cooperative CYCLE program. CYCLE stands for Cooperative Youth Conference and Leadership Experience. The conference was held July 15-17 in Jefferson City.
Binder and Fenton were sponsored by Howard Electric Cooperative of Fayette.




Fayette Disc Golf Course is new and improved
7/30/2015

Fayette Disc Golf Course is new and improved
Progress as planned continues at the Fayette Disc Golf Course. Under the auspices of the Howard County Health and Wellness Council (HCHWC), course improvements are ongoing and include the recent installation of nine PDGA-sanctioned Gateway Disc Sports Titan Pro-24 baskets.
As part of the deal, professional disc golf course designer Dave McCormack of Gateway, who has designed over 30 courses in Missouri and across the country, evaluated the course and proposed changes to improve play and safety.


Festival of the Arts just around the corner
7/30/2015

Final preparations are being put in place for the seventh annual Fayette Festival of the Arts coming up this Saturday, Aug. 1, with a full schedule of events running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities take place in and around Howard County’s historic courthouse square in the heart of Fayette, in addition to the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art in Classic Hall on the campus of Central Methodist University.


Winner selected in drawing for $200 meat package
7/30/2015

Winner selected in drawing for $200 meat package
The New Franklin FFA held a meat variety pack drawing fundraiser for students to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) July 14-19 in Washington D.C. Jennings Premium Meats generously donated the variety meat pack which was over a $200 value. On July 10, the drawing was held and the winner was Becki Probst of Fayette.




University of Missouri 2015 spring graduates
7/30/2015

The following local students graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia following the spring 2015 semester.


Farm tour scheduled for Aug. 6
7/30/2015

The Annual Howard County Farm Tour is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6. Participants are asked to meet at the Howard County Courthouse in Fayette before 6 p.m., as the tour will leave promptly at 6 p.m. Transportation will not be provided, so participants are asked to please carpool.


Classes scheduled for Master Gardeners
7/30/2015

Sharing is at the heart of the Master Gardener program. Gardening brings joy as you fill your world with growing things, says David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. It also allows you share your joy with others. “Master Gardeners embrace helping others learn to grow,” Trinklein said.


Area news briefs
7/30/2015

On July 25, 11:13 p.m., Alexis J. Gerlach, 16, of Harrisburg, was traveling east on Highway 124, two miles west of Route A in a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. Gerlach crossed the center line and struck John C. Geha, 54, of Fayette, driving a 2002 Ford F-150.


 
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