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Forfeiture filing alleges $2.4 million embezzlement scheme

Exchange Bank of Missouri’s Fayette branch, located on South Church Street. Inset: Megan Dougherty as she formerly appeared on the bank’s website.
The United States Attorney’s Office has filed a Notice of Successor Trustee’s Sale for five tracts of land in Howard County that allegedly were at least partially paid for with money …
A view looking north of the sidewalk Central Methodist will replace. A deep rut from cars parking along the street is seen on the left.

Council can’t come together to support new sidewalk project

The Fayette city council cannot seem to come together to support an upcoming sidewalk replacement program planned by Central Methodist University alongside campus on Church Street. The latest heated …

CMU legend Dr. Luetjen passes away

Legendary Central Methodist University professor, coach, and athletic director Dr. James Luetjen passed away on Tuesday, July 9, at the age of 91.   Dr. Luetjen was a prominent figure on …

Council approves police wage hike, purchase of drug incinerator

The Fayette city council unanimously approved wage and benefit increases and a sign-on bonus for the Fayette Police Department. It also approved a proposal by City Marshal David Ford to share the …
Angie Malone in front of the Fayette City Hall. The photograph was published on the city's Facebook page.

City hires part-time building inspector

The City of Fayette has hired a new part-time building inspector. She is Angie Malone, who formerly served as both the city’s director of public works and building inspector after a career as a …
Top Sports Stories

Putting in the work

Basketball players entering fourth thorugh eighth grades worked on their skills at the Fayette Falcon Elite Basketball Camp held July 12-14 at the high school gym.   “It may have …

Sand Green Classic raises money for new clubhouse

The Fayette Golf Course announced the early stages of building a new clubhouse. It will be designed not only for the course members, but to host events for the community as well. The course …

Youth basketball players hone skills at CMU camp

SIXTY YOUNG BASKETBALL PLAYERS hit the hardwood last week for the annual Central Methodist University basketball camp. Players ranged in age from Kindergartners through eighth-graders. Players …

Work begins this week on Route P bridge

Rehabilitation work began this week on the Route P bridge between New Franklin and MO 240. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will replace and widen the bridge deck at a total cost of …
Letters

Exempting Childcare Facilities from Taxes Is a Bad Idea

To the Editor : On August 6, along with voting in party primaries, Missouri voters are being asked to vote on a constitutional amendment to exempt all childcare facilities outside of homes from …

Report animal bites to Public Health Department

To the Editor : Recently there has been an increased number of late reported cases of animal bites which occur/have occurred in Howard County. We are writing this letter to share information …

Local News
Is the city council ignoring the Sunshine Law?
Did the Fayette Board of Aldermen violate the state’s sunshine law? It would appear so. During the city council’s last regular meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the council voted 4-0 to approve …
Citywide Garage Sale Aug. 10
The annual Fayette Citywide Garage Sale will be held on Saturday, August 10. To have your ad included with the publication list of sales, email it to: advertising@fayettenews.com, or personally …
61st Annual Roanoke Band Concert next Saturday
A long-standing Howard County tradition will continue on Saturday, July 27. The 61st Annual Roanoke Band Concert begins at 7 p.m. from the historic Roanoke Band Stand. While listening to various band …
Fayette Celebrates Independence Day
Fayette woke up on Independence Day to soggy conditions after another night of torrential rainfall. Another 1.5 inches of rain of rain fell in the overnight hours, forcing the annual Fayette Party in …
Council passes $6.2 million city budget
Fayette’s Board of Aldermen passed the city’s fiscal year 2024-2025 budget right on deadline during a special meeting held on Monday, July 1. The new fiscal year begins on July 1. …
Two dead in wake of June 25 accident in Old Franklin
Two people involved in a three-car crash in Old Franklin on June 25 have died from their injuries. Mark S. Thomann, 72, Boonville, and Carolyn K. Volden, 73, New Franklin, were both in a 2010 Ford …
July 4 crashes keep county EMS crews busy
Three teens injured Three Howard County teenagers were injured in a one-car accident near Glasgow on the afternoon of Thursday, July 4. The three unnamed juveniles, males aged 16 and 13, …
Heavy rains cause local flooding
Nearly five inches of rain fell in the overnight hours of July 3, causing flash flooding and power interruptions, and damaging county roads. Another inch and a half fell the following night. …
More power outages Monday
City crews worked to restore power to portions of Fayette early Monday in the latest of a series of power outages as thunderstorms continued to saturate this section. The first outage came …
Obituaries
Dr. James (Jim) Martin Luetjen
Dr. James (Jim) Martin Luetjen passed away peacefully on July 9, 2024, at Boone Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, surrounded by loved ones.   Jim is survived by his sons, James Lawrence …
Maryllis Arlene (Jackie) Jackson Sartain
Maryllis Arlene   Jackson Sartain (Jackie), age 88, of Columbia, Missouri died peacefully at home, July 11, 2024, in Columbia, MO, surrounded by a family that loved her dearly.   A …
Carolyn Kay Volden
Carolyn Kay Volden, 73, of New Franklin, passed away on July 3, 2024, at the University of Missouri Hospital. Carolyn was born in Petersburg, Mo., on November 15, 1950, a daughter of Emmett and Sarah …
Joenie Wells
Salisbury, Mo. resident Joenie Wells, age 84, passed away on July 3, 2024, at Glasgow Gardens nursing home in Glasgow, Mo. Bessie Joen Wells, affectionately known by her family and friends as …
Yolanda Vandecnoke
Yolanda Vandecnocke, 84, of Fayette, passed away at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia on June 28, 2024. Yolanda Dora Maria Vandecnocke was born June 3, 1940, in Gheel, Belgium, a …
Nick Taylor
Fayette resident Nick Taylor, age 58, passed away on June 27, 2024, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia, Mo. Nicholas Gail Taylor was born on September 16, 1965, in Fayette, Mo. He was one of …