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Top stories

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …
Top Sports Stories

It is a rare treat to watch a high school basketball player who has scored 1,000 points in his career. Even more rare is the opportunity to watch two players square off against each other after they …

The sixth-seeded Fayette girls couldn’t shake of the rust fast enough to hold of third-seeded Bunceton/Prairie Home in the opening round of the New Franklin Tournament on Monday.  The …
An untimely timeout may have cost Pilot Grove the game in Monday night’s opening round of the 92nd Annual New franklin basketball tournament as the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs came from behind …
Over the years, baseball fans have celebrated what my old friend, attorney John Whiteside, refers to as the “principle of moments.” This involves those moments when all things come …
Letters
An open letter to Josh Hawley and Vicky Hartzler

An open letter to Josh Hawley and Vicky Hartzler What, I wonder, did you think was going to happen? Donald Trump claims the election was fraudulent… that in reality he won the …

Thanks to Main St. for great Christmas

Thanks to Fayette Main Street Association and all the businesses and volunteers who were a part of Fayette’s Christmas Celebration. • Christmas Holiday House  • Christmas …

Local News
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 …
Martha Holman passes away at 95
Fayette lost one of its most beloved citizens last week. Martha Rogers Holman passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at the age of …
Waggoner named MAEDC Board Chairman
The Board of Directors of the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation elected new officers and welcomed two new members to the …
Personal property tax form mailed out
Howard County Assessor Woody McCutcheon has mailed out personal property forms to tax payers for the 2021 assessment year. By March …
MU Extension Council nominees announced
Citizens of voting age in Howard County will have an opportunity to vote and elect members to the University of Missouri …
New county officials sworn in
Four new, and one re-elected, Howard County officials were sworn into office on Dec. 31. Sheriff Jeff Oswald, Coroner Trisha Clark, …
Candidates slow to file for city, school board elections
With less than two weeks remaining in the filing period for the April 6 municipal and school board elections, very few have filed for …
Harbison retires after 44 years at 
Commercial Trust Co.
Mark Harbison has officially retired. After a career of more than 44 years at Commerical Trust Co. in Fayette, Harbison left his …
3 charged after child ingests marijuana wax
Three people are facing charges after a child was placed on a ventilator as a result of allegedly ingesting a highly potent marijuana …
Obituaries
Jerry Wayne Watson
Jerry Wayne Watson passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Riverview Nursing Home. Jerry was born on April 13, 1937 in Moberly, …
Sammie Francis Blakely
Sammie Francis Blakely, of Fayette and formerly of Columbia and St. Louis, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at the Fayette Caring …
Martha Rogers Holman

Martha Rogers Holman, 95, passed away peacefully January 5, 2021 at the long time Rogers family home on Church Street in bucolic …
Raymond Maupin Sr.
Raymond Maupin, 76, of Franklin, MO passed away at HST Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, MO on December 26, 2020.  Raymond …
Richard B. Copeland, Jr.
Richard Benjamin Copeland, Jr. 1928-2020 Richard Benjamin Copeland Jr., 92, of Glasgow Missouri died December 16, 2020 at …
Lurline Estill
Lurline Estill passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at the age of 91.  She was born July 3, 1929, to Charles and Elsie …