Area News

Assessor mails out personal property forms

The Howard County Assessor’s office has mailed out forms to property owners for listing their personal property which is subject to assessment for the 2020 assessment year. By March 1, 2020, every owner or holder of personal property must report, on the form provided by the assessor, all taxable personal property that was owned or…

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City seeking bids for Ricketts-Graham Lake project

The City of Fayette announced it is now accepting bids to pave the walking trail around Ricketts-Graham Lake. Sealed proposals are being sought until 2 p.m. January 23. The bids will be opened and read aloud. As previously reported in the Fayette Advertiser, the city was awarded a RTP grant in 2017 by Missouri State…

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Lit Naturals denied cultivation license

Fayette company hopes to win approval of medical marijuana dispensary license   The application for a medical marijuana cultivation licence by a Fayette startup was denied Thursday by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Lit Naturals hoped to operate a cultivation operation in the city-owned spec building located in J. T. Golden Industrial…

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Inovatia awarded licence to test medical cannabis

Inovatia AgriTesting Services, LLC, in Fayette, is one of only 10 facilities approved by the Missouri Determinant of Health and Senior Services to test medical cannabis. The announcement was made Dec. 19. Testing facilities are charged with ensuring medical cannabis is not contaminated and will test for potency before it is sent to dispensaries.  Inovatia…

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County unemployment at historic low

Unemployment in Howard County held steady at 2.1 percent for the months of September and October of this year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is well below the nationwide rate of 3.6 percent. Missouri is holding steady at a rate of 3.1 percent. Highs for the year so far topped out…

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School board entertains plan to expand preschoolSchool board entertains plan to expand preschool

Members of the Fayette R-III Board of Education heard a pitch from Daly Elementary principal Cheri Huster to expand the district’s preschool program to include three-year-old children. The presentation came during the board’s regular meeting Dec. 18. Huster and her team explored three Missouri preschool programs including those in Eldon and Waynesville, and a private,…

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Snow storm shuts down schools, churches

A massive snow storm blanketed the Midwest Sunday and Monday, and turned Howard County into a wintery mess. Schools were cancelled throughout the county Monday and Tuesday and several church services were called off due to treacherous roadways. Additionally, local senior centers were closed. The Daly Elementary School winter concert scheduled for Monday night was…

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