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Top stories

Charged with statutory rape of child under 14

A New Franklin man is in the Howard County jail on charges involving sexual intercourse with a child less than 14-years of age that allegedly took place in February 2018. Lance S. Johnson, 51, is …

Fayette city council approves water rate hike

The Fayette City Council on Tuesday gave unanimous approval to increase water usage rates for all customers, and base rates for customers outside Fayette. The council at its previous meeting on …

City sets Nov. 17 hearing for owner of downtown buildings


The Fayette City Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, discussed the latest engineering report concerning four deteriorating buildings on the west side of the downtown square. The …

Fayette schools approve incentives for subs

The Fayette R-III Board of Education on Wednesday last week approved a plan to reimburse substitute teachers for training fees following a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) …
From the Editor

The Children Of Our Community Deserve A Good Halloween

The time is upon us. I’m writing, of course, of the time-honored celebration of Halloween. In this time of COVID-19, what is Fayette doing for its children? I don’t mean the City, in …
Top Sports Stories

Clark Middle School wrapped up the softball season with a sweep of California on October 8 to finish with 21 victories. “I am extremely proud of this team’s performance this year, as …

Harrisburg trailed by just two runs in the fifth inning of Thursday’s sectional game, but a seven-run inning helped Leeton (20-3) pull away for a 12-3 win. It looked like Leeton might run …
The top-ranked Central Methodist men’s soccer team stayed unbeaten with wins over Evangel and William Penn. The Eagles have not allowed a goal in the month of October, outscoring opponents 22-0 …
The weather in Smithville during the state golf championship was not wonderful, but Ashley Clark’s finish was. The Harrisburg senior ended her high school golf career in the top 15 at the …
Letters
Vote for Our Children

To the Editor: “The Children of Our Community Deserve a Good Halloween” rightly identified the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our children and grandchildren.  Not …

It's OK to Vote Third Party


To the Editor: My friend Taffy Wallace and I have the debate, in each presidential election, in the Howard County Progressives group, over strategic voting as to the third parties--in this case …

Local News
Broadus named Public Health Administrator
Howard County has new leadership for its Public Health Department. Marsha Broadus was named Administrator last week. She takes over …
Lack of quality housing, downtown buildings holding Fayette back
Quality housing and refurbished downtown buildings are necessary if Fayette is to once again become a prosperous city, according to …
Holiday House distribution Dec. 12
The 2020 Christmas Holiday House gift distribution will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the First Baptist Church Education Building …
Tom Yancey’s inspiration lives on
On a fall afternoon in Fayette, a gentle breeze sweeps through campus. The orange and red leaves glide purposefully to the ground. And …
Candidates for county, state offices square off in forum
Candidates for county and district races spoke and answered questions at a forum Monday night hosted by the Fayette Advertiser. Held …
Sentenced to 35 years for murder
Alfredo Demario Hicks, Jr., who pleaded guilty to the shooting death of a man during a drug deal in December, will spend 35 years …
CMU alumni support local business, students during virtual Homecoming
When the pandemic caused the cancellation of an in-person Homecoming this fall at Central Methodist University, alumni across the …
City sets hearing for empty Main St. building
The City of Fayette is continuing its effort to address the situation of abandoned buildings in town. Nearly a block of buildings on …
Water rates in Fayette expected to increase
The City of Fayette will likely raise water rates. The city is using less water than what it contracted to purchase from the Howard …
Obituaries
Stanley Eugene Webster

Stanley Eugene Webster, 95, of New Franklin, passed away October 27, 2020 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia.   Stanley was born in …
Angi Lea (Estes) Pauley
Angi Lea (Estes) Pauley, 56 passed away unexpectedly October 8, 2020 at her home. She was born July 23, 1964 in Fayette, Mo., the …
Kathleen Cessac

Howard County rural resident, Kathleen Cessac, passed away at Advent Hospital in Shawnee Mission, Kansas October 7, 2020. She was 79 …
Joanne Basye

Joanne was born in Fayette, Missouri on October 23, 1934. She died in Boone Hospital Center in Columbia Missouri on October 22, 2020, …
Virginia L. Robb

Virginia L. Robb Waid, 86, of Hannibal, MO, formerly of Milton, IL, passed away at 1:26 AM Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at her …
Scott Strodtman
Scott Strodtman, 46, passed away at his home in rural Glasgow, Mo., on October 15, 2020, after a 12-year battle with Multiple …