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Vandelicht to be honored with MSHAA Distinguished Service Award

Longtime Fayette and Central Methodist University band director Skip Vandelicht will receive the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association.  Prof. …
Election 2022

Clerk Shelly Howell to seek second term

Howard County Clerk Shelly Howell has announced her intent to seek a second term. The filing period for the 2022 August primary and November general elections opens on February 22 and closes at 5 …
Election 2022

Judge Gebhardt announces bid for 4th term

Howard County Associate Circuit Judge Mason Gebhardt announced that he will run for re-election as on the Republican ticket in the 2022 August primary and November general elections. Gebhardt has …

Music boosters cancel trivia night

The Fayette Music Boosters have canceled their annual Trivia Night, originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 15. The cancelation is due to a scheduling conflict. District Band will …
City of Fayette

P&Z to hold hearing

Fayette’s Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a hearing for public comment on a request to rezone lots 310, 314, 322 S. Church Addition from B2 (business district) to RS-3 …
Top Sports Stories

The No. 14 Central Methodist women’s basketball team used stingy defense to earn a 68-41 victory over Culver-Stockton College at home on Saturday afternoon.  With the win, Central …

The Higbee Lady Tigers continue to roll through their schedule. On Thursday they came away with a 52-16 shellacking of the Southwest Lady Wildcats on the road. Freshman Ronnie Welch continued her …
The Higbee Tigers continued their hot streak as they made the two-hour trek to Ludlow, Missouri to take on Southwest Thursday evening. Surely the 80-34 victory at least made the ride home seem …
The CMU women’s wrestling team posted three first-place finishes at the EZ-Flex Open hosted by Ottawa University Saturday morning.  The event featured five schools, Indian Hills …
Letters
The generosity shown by the residents of Howard County is amazing!

The generosity shown by the residents of Howard County is amazing!  Monetary donations, work from energetic volunteers, and the community gifts of toys, games, and books contributed to a …

The Economy

To the Editor: I just heard on a newscast that we Americans will spend an estimated $800 billion on Christmas this year.  That’s a lot of gifting!  Indeed, it is about four-fifths …

Local News
County unemployment rate sits at 2.1%
The unemployment rate in Howard County dropped to 2.1% through November 2021, the second-lowest rate in the past five years, according …
Fayette girls pull upset in New Franklin Tourney opener
The Fayette Lady Falcons pulled off a strong upset Monday night in the opening round of the 93rd Annual New Franklin Tournament. …
Winter weather ushers in new year
The new year was ushered in with a strong dose of winter weather. After experiencing record high temperatures in December, 2021, …
Vacant buildings to be made into parking lot
Two deteriorated buildings are about to be demolished in an effort to create more parking in downtown Fayette. The vacant brick …
Vacancies remain as filing period expires
The City of Fayette will have a limited government following the April 5 municipal election. Nobody filed for open seats on the East …
Only two area school board races will appear on ballot
Only two of five school board races will be on the April 5 ballot. New Franklin and Harrisburg both have three candidates for two open …
Acquisition paves way for possible Exchange Bank expansion
Exchange Bank of Missouri in Fayette has acquired a neighboring set of buildings, which is expected be torn down to provide more …
Howard County Farm Bureau leaders attend annual meeting
Missouri Farm Bureau members returned to their traditional annual meeting December 5 through 7 at the Lake of the Ozarks. The …
American Legion fundraiser has new menu
The White-Bell American Legion fundraiser event next week includes some new menu items. They have added eggs and sausage to their …
Obituaries
Peggy Sue Ballew
Peggy Sue Ballew, aged 67, formerly of New Franklin, Missouri, passed away December 18, 2021, at the Iron County Medical Center in …
Charlotte Elaine Frink
Charlotte “Elaine” Fisher Frink, 87, of Fayette, Missouri passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, in Fayette. She is survived by …
Mildred Becker
Mildred Becker, of Boonville, formerly of Armstrong, passed away December 31, 2021, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, …
Louise A. Morgan
Louise A. Morgan, 77, of New Franklin, passed away December 23, 2021, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia. Louise …
Earlene Hilden
Betty “Earlene” Hilden, 88, of Boonville passed away January 3, 2022, at Boone Health in Columbia. Earlene was born on …
Daniel Lee Taylor
New Franklin, MO resident, Dan Taylor, 62, passed away at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, MO on December 31, 2021. Daniel Lee …