A partially melted tire hangs on a tree near Paradise, Kansas. The surrounding land was scorched by a wildfire in December 2021

December 2021 was the warmest on record in Missouri and Kansas – by a long shot

(Missouri Independent) – Kansas and Missouri logged their warmest average December temperatures on record last month, according to data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Average temperatures over the last half of 2021 were higher than they’ve ever been in either state — and across the country. Meanwhile, despite a devastating cold snap that forced […]

Governor Mike Parson

Governor Parson seeks Joint damage assessments in anticipation of requests for federal disaster declaration

Governor Mike Parson announced the state has begun the process to obtain federal disaster assistance for Missouri in response to severe storms and deadly tornadoes that swept across the state on December 10 leaving behind a trail of destruction, including extensive damage to electric power systems. Governor Parson is requesting the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

Power Outage

Crews continue to make headway on power outages in north Missouri

Power is still out for some residents in the Green Hills due to high winds and storms on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. As of the early afternoon, Evergy indicated there were two power outages in Cainsville affecting about 150 customers. There were also power outages at Laredo, Jamesport, and Ridgeway, with each of those outages […]

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Efforts continue to restore power to electric customers after Wednesday’s storms

As efforts continue Thursday morning to restore electrical power for many locations in north-central Missouri, Grundy County Emergency Management has obtained information on the number of power outages in four area counties. As of 5 am this morning, power outages numbered 560 in Harrison County, most of them are Evergy customers in the Eagleville and […]

High Wind Warning issued for north Missouri on Wednesday, with winds gusting to 50 mph or more

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill is fairly confident that Wednesday is going to be windy, as they have issued a High Wind Warning. Temperatures are going to be far above normal on Wednesday as well as the forecast high is predicted to be 73 degrees, which will be some 30 to 35 degrees […]

Power Outage

Blown transformers cause power outage in Trenton

Multiple transformers blew the night of October 29th, causing a power outage in the south central part of Trenton. A spokesperson reports transformers blew on Kitty Street and at the First Street substation during the 12 o’clock hour. City Administrator Ron Urton reports an underground cable burned in two, and electricity was rerouted. The spokesperson […]

Galt, Missouri

Galt Board of Aldermen announce the purchase of city’s electric system by Grundy Electric Cooperative

The Galt Board of Aldermen accepted the resignation of an alderman on October 13. It was also announced the city’s electric system will have a transfer of services. Alderman at Large Tony Grindstaff resigned, and his position was declared vacant. A new alderman will be appointed at the November meeting. The person appointed will fill […]

Power Outage

Sagging power lines cause outage for some Trenton residents on Saturday night

Trenton Municipal Utility customers in north-central Trenton lost power for about four and one half hours Saturday night. Trenton City Administrator and Utility Director Ron Urton said an Evergy line sagged down onto one of TMU’s lines causing a breaker to open. Urton reported the breaker would not close because there was electricity back-feeding onto […]

Power Outage

Power outage in Trenton caused by shorted underground cable

Trenton City Administrator Ron Urton reports a power outage in the Crestview Terrace area Friday night, September 17, was caused by a buried cable that had shorted out. Urton says Trenton Municipal Utilities repair personnel were dispatched, dug up the line, and made the repair. The outage affected about 20 customers. Power went out about […]

Trenton Municipal Utilities Sub Station and Generators (TMU)

Audio: How electricity gets into Trenton’s electrical system and what happens during a power outage with city crews

Trenton City Administrator and Utility Director Ron Urton reports the after-hours emergency phone number to report power outages in the city is routed to the water plant. During the power outage that affected the whole city the night of July 15, he says the power plant operator had to shut down the water plant due […]

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Audio: Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs on the paths of tornados during Thursday night storms

Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs reports there appears to have been two different tornado paths in Grundy County during storms the night of June 24th. He says one started at the south edge of Tindall and went east for about a mile and a half. The other path started near 37th and Onyx […]

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After winter cold snap drove up natural gas prices, utilities grapple with who should pay

(Missouri Independent) – Penalties that Spire Missouri issued to suppliers who failed to provide natural gas during a February cold snap that forced power outages across the Midwest could drive bills for hospitals, schools, and businesses to astronomical levels, according to a trio of complaints pending before state regulators. During the worst of the cold snap in February, […]