Empire District Liberty Utilities Company

Empire gas customers in north Missouri to see price of natural gas double

To reflect estimated changes in the wholesale cost of natural gas as well as a change in the company’s Actual Cost Adjustment (ACA) factor, natural gas customers of The Empire District Gas Company d/b/a Liberty (Empire) will see natural gas rates change under a filing that takes effect on December 1, 2021. The ACA factor […]

Natural Gas

After cold snap upended markets, natural gas could be pricey this winter

(Missouri Independent) – After a historic cold snap depleted natural gas reserves in February, prices for heating could be as much as 30% higher this winter, prompting concerns about increasing bills for Kansas and Missouri customers. Kansas is already grappling with the $1 billion fallout from this winter’s cold snap when natural gas prices rose by […]

Daylight Saving Time Generic

Audio: “Falling back” should remind Missourians of safety says Missouri State Fire Marshal

Three out of five home fire deaths happen in homes without working smoke alarms. As we approach Daylight Saving Time this weekend, Missouri’s state fire marshal is reminding us to protect ourselves and our families.  State Fire Marshal Tim Bean is asking that you use the clock-changing occasion to make sure you have working smoke […]

Cold Weather Rule

Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule takes effect November 1

The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2021. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2022. It has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities […]

Spickard School

Spickard R-2 Board of Education sets tax rate, votes to designate school employees as essential

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education on August 16th set the tax rate and voted to deem school employees as essential. The tax rate was set at $4.6604 per $100 of assessed valuation. Deeming school employees essential means if an employee has a known COVID-19 exposure and does not exhibit symptoms, he or she may […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors to hold a special meeting

The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors will hold a special meeting to discuss the construction project and lawsuit involving the nursing home district. The closed meeting will be held on July 1, 2021, at 1 p.m. The agenda also includes a discussion of employees. Raines Heating and Cooling of Princeton filed a petition […]

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Rains Heating and Cooling in Princeton files suit against Grundy County Nursing home District

A petition for damages has been filed against the Grundy County Nursing Home District relating to bidding for a partial HVAC system replacement in the 1972 section of Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments of Trenton. Rains Heating and Cooling in Princeton filed the petition, which involves five counts, including breach of contract, unjust enrichment, money […]

Spickard School

Spickard Board of Education adopts new salary schedules

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education this week adopted new certified and support staff salary schedules and amended the policy on unused sick leave compensation. Superintendent Erika Eakes reports the certified base salary was raised to $28,125. Support staff hourly wages were raised based on position and years of service. The dollar amounts per day […]

Election Day April 6, 2021

A preview of choices voters will see during today’s election in northern Missouri

In addition to candidates for public office, election ballots in the Green Hills Region today feature numerous ballot issues with polls open until 7 o’clock tonight. The city of Trenton offers the local use tax question which will be decided by the voters of the four wards of Trenton. All voters of Grundy county determine […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors rescind bid that was previously accepted for heating and cooling

The Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors voted at a special meeting on March 31st to rescind the notice of award to Raines Heating and Cooling for the upcoming HVAC project. Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments Administrator Jerry Doerhoff reports Raines did not comply with bidding requirements. The board accepted the bid from […]

Spickard School

Superintendent of Spickard school submits letter of resignation to Board of Education

The Spickard R-2 Board of Education has accepted a letter of resignation from the superintendent; however, no reason was given for Kristi Weldon’s resignation.  Weldon says the board will begin the process of looking for another superintendent. The board hired her in June. The board also approved the 2021-2022 school calendar. No specific calendar dates […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors sign USDA loan paperwork

Debra Berry from the United States Department of Agriculture attended the Grundy County Nursing Home District Board of Directors meeting on February 16th to have paperwork signed for an energy improvement project. Administrator Jerry Doerhoff previously reported the USDA-approved contracts for the energy project from Raines Heating and Cooling for HVAC and the Wilson Group […]

Missouri Governor Mike Parson

Audio: Governor Parson extends heating fuel deliveries by executive order

Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 21-03 temporarily relaxing hours of service regulations for commercial motor vehicles transporting residential heating fuels.     “With unseasonably cold temperatures impacting much of the state and nation, the demand for heating fuel only continues to rise. This has resulted in significant delays in the distribution of residential heating […]

Sunnyview Nursing Home

United States Department of Agriculture approves contracts for an energy project at Sunnyview Nursing Home

The United States Department of Agriculture has approved contracts for an energy project at Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments in Trenton. Administrator Jerry Doerhoff reports Raines Heating and Cooling’s bid for HVAC was approved for $828,270.29. The Wilson Group’s proposal for windows and doors was approved for $388,369. The Grundy County Nursing Home District is […]