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Top stories

Juneteenth to add fireworks to celebration

The St. Paul United Methodist Church in Fayette is preparing to host its 21st annual Juneteenth celebration. Tim Jackman, the event’s longtime organizer, said this year’s celebration will …

Arrested after leading officers on high-speed chase

A Franklin man is in the Howard County Jail after leading officers on a high-speed chase through two counties in what appears to be a stolen car. Brad Alan Marcum, 45, was arrested in the early …

Fayette to pursue public safety tax

The City of Fayette expects to pursue the issuance of a new public safety tax to support Fayette police and fire departments. The city council has been discussing the matter for some time, and at its …

Most voters stayed home on Election Day

The New Franklin School district will have two new faces on its Board of Education as a result of the April 6 municipal and school board elections. Newcomers Alan Marshall and Kirk Wilmsmeyer …

New Franklin nearing contract with Sheriff’s Department

The City of New Franklin is expected to enter into an agreement to pay the Howard County Sheriff’s Department for dedicated law enforcement coverage. The move would allow the city to eliminate …
Top Sports Stories

Named after long-time educator and coach in the Harrisburg School District, the Lowell Eaton relays were held on Friday. Eaton began coaching and teaching at Harrisburg in 1974-1975 and was the head …

Harrisburg High School’s loss looks to be the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s gain. MSHSAA last week announced Harrisburg athletic director Doug Fessler as having been …
Fifteen years ago, Central Methodist senior Nate Breland finished his career as an Eagle with 241 hits. Little did he know fifteen years later, he would be the head coach of the program and one of …
As the track season continues, seniors Josh and Zach Henderson continue to improve on their own records. Josh finished second in the shot put with a throw of 14.34 meters at the Fayette Relays on …
Letters
Thanks from The Coat Room

We would like to say a big thank you to all the churches, clubs and individuals of Howard County for their generous donations to the coat room for providing 390 coats, 84 blankets, and other winter …

Majority can’t show solidarity with Trump minority

Many in Congress are speaking against impeaching Donald Trump, claiming it makes no sense, even if there is a case against him, and that holding the President accountable for wrong-doing would only …

Local News
Celebrating 50 years of music
Music lovers will flock to Fayette on Saturday, April 17, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bandstand. A staple on the …
Slow day at the polls
Voting was underway for municipal and school board elections as this newspaper went to press Tuesday morning. Only 12 ballots had been …
Fayette Book Club invites public to presentation by Civil War history author
The Fayette Book Club will host author D. L. Rogers to discuss her work, “Elizabeth’s War: Missouri 1863,” at a meeting on …
Optimist Club BBQ fundraiser this Sunday
Good people will be making good food to support good causes in Fayette this weekend. The Fayette Optimist Club on Sunday, April 11, …
FACT to host virtual Fayette’s Got Talent
The Fayette Area Community Theatre (FACT) will host Fayette’s Got Talent on Saturday, April 17, and Saturday, April 24. Both …
Two Fayette teachers resign, three to become tenured
Two Fayette teachers have resigned, effective at the end of the school year, and three teachers will become tenured next school year. …
Boonslick YMCA giving out free meals to local youths
The Boonslick Heartland YMCA on March 23 began providing grab-and-go meals to youths below the ages of 18 in Fayette and surrounding …
Few contested races expected to draw low voter turnout
An exceptionally low turnout is expected for the April 6 municipal and school board elections. Howard County Clerk Shelly Howell said …
Valencia pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charge from February shooting
The Fayette man charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his 15-year-old son in February waived …
Obituaries
Vaughn Cooper
Vaughn Cooper, 74, passed away suddenly at his home in rural Glasgow on April 10, 2021. Oree Vaughn Cooper, Jr. was born October 3, …
Marvin Graves
Marvin Graves 65, of Fayette, Missouri, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at his home.  A memorial service will be held on …
Richard Alvin Marcum
Richard Alvin Marcum, 72, of Franklin, Missouri, passed away March 30, 2021, at Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in …
Jeffery Shirley
Jeffrey Shirley, 57, passed away March 29, 2021, in Fort Myers, Forida.  Jeffrey John Shirley was born November 13, 1963, in …
Florida Virginia Walker
Flora Virginia (Rhea) Walker, 77, of Slater, passed away December 23, 2020, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. Flora was born …
Sharon Kay Lemm
Sharon Kay Lemm, 56, of Slater, was found deceased at her home on February 3, 2021. Sharon was born in Marshall, Missouri on …