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Aug. 27, 2014

Electric Rates on Rise in Chillicothe
The Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works recently approved a new system, driven by an increase in wholesale power, which means Chillicothe electric customers will see an increase in their rates. This will be reflected on September billing.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 10:32 AM

Distinguished Alumni Class of 2014 Announced
TRENTON, MO -- North Central Missouri Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce its 2014 Class of Distinguished Alumni. All individuals attended Trenton Junior College (TJC), now known as North Central Missouri College (NCMC). They are George Constant and Max B. Oyler of Trenton; Linda Wildman Gray of Prescott, Ariz.; and Dr. James Michael Ritze of Broken Arrow, Okla. These alums will be formally inducted as Distinguished Alumni at the NCMC Foundation’s eleventh annual gala on Oct. 11 at the Ketcham Community Center. The theme for this year’s gala will be “North Central Missouri College: Your Passport to the World.” All alumni and friends of NCMC are invited to attend. More information about the gala can be obtained by calling the foundation office at 660 359-3948 x1415.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 08:53 AM

GHCAA's Summer Energy Assistance Exhausted
Green Hills Community Action Agency has announced that the agency’s allotment of summer utility assistance funding has been completely used up. They will be unable to assist with electric shut-off notices or any other utility-related emergencies until the winter energy assistance season begins. Winter assistance begins Oct. 1 for the elderly or disabled, and Nov. 1 for all other households. No funds will be available for utility assistance prior to those dates and no applications can be accepted or processed until those dates. Those with questions are urged to contact the agency at 855-290-8544, visit them online at, or find them on Facebook.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 08:42 AM

Communities Can Change Transmission for the Better
by Lu Nelsen, [email protected], Center for Rural Affairs Earlier this month, several hearings were held across Missouri concerning a proposed transmission line that has the potential to carry Midwest wind energy to eastern markets. The Missouri Public Service Commission heard testimony from Missouri residents concerning the Grain Belt Express project, one of several new transmission projects in the region that could help boost new renewable energy projects. These hearings are an essential part of the transmission development process, as they provide communities and landowners the opportunity to ask questions and share their concerns. Transmission is an important factor in bringing new renewable energy onto the grid, but it’s vital new transmission is developed the right way. That means that we must have landowners and community members getting involved. Public involvement helps reveal the weak points. For example, many worry about the use of eminent domain for large-scale transmission projects. Insight from landowners points to flaws in the way that compensation for property is determined, and makes clear that there is more to property than just its fair market value. Developers must work hard to address these concerns, and work with communities and landowners to find a better way to develop transmission. Public involvement in transmission development offers all involved the opportunity to think about the future. As more renewable energy is developed, we will require more and better infrastructure to connect it to the electric grid. But we also need to change the way we develop projects, making the process more fair and agreeable to landowners. Editor’s note: Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.
Published Online Aug 26, 2014 - 08:36 AM

JoeStock Labor Day Music Festival Returns
ST. JOSEPH, MO -- The area’s largest and most eclectic live concert event returns Labor Day weekend---Friday (3-11 p.m.), Saturday (10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.), Sunday (10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.)---to downtown St. Joe. Over 33 musical acts will take the stage at Coleman Hawkins Park for the 5th annual JoeStock Music Festival. This is an all-ages, family-friendly event presented by the St. Joseph Music Foundation. It's free to the public and features a roster of internationally respected artists, regional performers, and amateur artists showcasing their talents in the genres of rock, alternative, pop, jazz, country, folk, metal, and experimental music. For more information contact the St. Joseph Music Foundation, (816) 676-1112.
Published Online Aug 25, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Results of DWI Saturation Conducted in Livingston County
Captain James E. McDonald, commanding officer Troop H, St. Joseph, announces the results of a DWI saturation conducted in Livingston County. The saturation was held from 7:00 p.m. on August 22, 2014, to 3:00 a.m. on August 23, 2014. During this enforcement operation, five officers patrolled specific areas with a goal of detecting impaired drivers and other traffic violations that contribute to traffic crashes. As a result of the operation, there was one arrest for driving while intoxicated, one arrest for minor in possession, 23 traffic citations issued, and 39 warnings.
Published Online Aug 25, 2014 - 10:30 AM

Troop H Driver's Exam Station Permanently Relocated
Effective Sept. 8, 2014, the Driver’s Examination Station in Savannah, Mo., will be moved to a new location. The new location will be 12737 State Route E, Savannah. The hours of operation will remain the same. Exams will be conducted every Monday from 8:45 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Published Online Aug 25, 2014 - 09:04 AM

AG Koster Warns Missourians of More Scam Calls
Attorney General Chris Koster today alerted Missouri consumers of recent reports of scam telephone calls appearing from the 202 area code. Consumer complaints indicate scammers leave threatening voicemail messages urging the consumer to call back or face severe consequences. When consumers return the call they are asked to leave their name and number, whereupon their message is returned from a different 202 area code number. Koster said that scammers often claim to be from federal agencies, such as the IRS, purporting to collect an unpaid debt and demanding personal financial information. While the scam calls appear to originate from a Washington D.C. area code, Koster warned that spoofing technology means the calls are frequently placed by scammers operating overseas. "These types of telephone scams prey upon Missouri consumers, often the elderly, using high-pressure tactics to obtain personal financial information," said Koster. "We want to make sure Missourians know about these scams and ask them to report scam calls to my office." Koster advised Missouri consumers to: Never give personal information to unknown persons over the phone or electronically. Be suspicious of unsolicited telephone calls, voice messages or emails. Do not return unsolicited voice messages from suspicious callers. Never wire or send money in response to an unknown caller’s demand. Missouri consumers who receive a scam telephone call from a 202 area code should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or file a complaint online at
Published Online Aug 22, 2014 - 03:37 PM

High School Equivalency Classes Scheduled
High school equivalency classes have been planned at the Maysville High School Library for Monday, Sept. 8, from 5-8 p.m. For more information, call 816-449-2154
Published Online Aug 22, 2014 - 10:52 AM

Able to Deliver Meals on Wheels?
The North 65 Center is seeking volunteers to help deliver food to seniors in the Grundy County area through the Meals on Wheels program. For more information or to offer your assistance, call 660-359-3058.
Published Online Aug 22, 2014 - 10:46 AM

Book Donations Requested
TRENTON, MO -- The Trenton Republican-Times is accepting donations of books---and money to go toward the purchase of books---for benefit of the students at S.M. Rissler Elementary. Ages preschool through fourth grade are targeted, and kids who receive the books will be able to take them home. Donations are welcomed at the R-T newspaper office Mon-Fri between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. through Sept. 19. Please call 660-359-2212 for more information.
Published Online Aug 22, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Free Christian Music Concert
TRENTON, MO -- Christian recording artists Never Blue Avenue will perform at the Rock Barn Courtyard, Trenton Fair Grounds, on Saturday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m. All ages are welcome, and there is no admission cost. Bring your lawn chairs. (Event to be moved indoors if inclement weather.)
Published Online Aug 21, 2014 - 02:18 PM

MU Extension Workshops for Farmers
Enjoy a free lunch at the Mildred Litton 4-H/FFA Community Building in Chillicothe (10780 LIV 235) and listen to Scott Brown, University of Missouri livestock economist, and Bob Kelly, University of Missouri ag business specialist, present updates for local farmers about ag-related banking. Scott will present "The Livestock Update" and Bob will present "The Crop Update" Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 11:30 a.m. RSVP (to Donna Acklin in Cameron at 816.632.2154 or [email protected], Loretta Minnis in Carrollton at 660.542.3195 or [email protected], or Jamie Clevenger in Chillicothe at 660.646.1234 or [email protected]) by Aug. 29. Seating is limited.
Published Online Aug 21, 2014 - 02:10 PM

Call for Artists
A collection of works by area artists will begin the 2014-2015 exhibition schedule in the Dorris Rider Art Gallery at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. “Local Artists Showcase 7” will open on Sept. 15 and run through Oct. 24. Artists can submit up to two pieces of original art that has not previously been shown in the Rider Gallery. Any media is acceptable, but some pieces may not be accepted due to size constraints or content. Regular hours at the Rider Art Gallery are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday, as well as selected weekend and evening hours by appointment. For more information or to submit your piece for consideration, please contact Jim Norris at 357-6345 at NCMC.
Published Online Aug 21, 2014 - 01:32 PM

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