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Fuel shortages drove February blackouts, Southwest Power Pool investigators find

(Missouri Independent) –  Rolling outages that left thousands without power in February were driven overwhelmingly by fuel shortages — especially in natural gas, executives with the Southwest Power Pool said Monday. This winter sustained frigid temperatures across the Midwest and South forced huge demand for energy while the weather made generators struggle to keep up. The Southwest Power […]

COVID-19 Delta Variant

Delta variant spread means Missouri COVID cases may ‘double or triple’ in July

(Missouri Independent) – During June, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 took hold in Missouri, the seven-day average of new cases doubled. And now that the easily spread mutation has reached every corner of the state, July will be a repeat of June, or worse, according to the University of Missouri professor monitoring wastewater for the […]

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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, […]

Gallatin City Hall

Gallatin Board of Aldermen report crews to begin installation of new electric and water meters

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen approved two ordinances on Monday, June 14 that authorized entering into service contract agreements. One involved a telemetry system with Micro-Comm for the water plant supervisory control and data acquisition system. The other involved a uniform service contract agreement with Aramark. The board agreed to hire Decker Construction to insert […]

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Trenton City Council informed 17th Street Bridge to open by late June or July 4th weekend

Work is progressing on the 17th Street Bridge project in Trenton with City Administrator Ron Urton telling the council Monday night that if weather conditions allow, he anticipates the new bridge can be opened by late this month or by the July 4th weekend. In his report, Urton noted base rock and curbing have been placed […]

Jason Clay

Trenton man charged with domestic assault in Sullivan County

A Trenton man has been charged in Sullivan County after an alleged assault in Pollock. Thirty-two-year-old Jason Edward Clay has been charged with felony second-degree domestic assault and felony third-degree domestic assault, stemming from September 2019. An arraignment was scheduled for the morning of June 10. A probable cause statement says a deputy went to […]

Coronavirus Concerns

Update: Livingston County Health Center reports 22 more cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours

In an update provided on Thursday afternoon, the Livingston County Health Center reports 22 COVID-19 cases have been added since May 26, making the total 1,685. One hundred fifty-two cases are active. Livingston County’s positivity rate is 28.5% of all PCR tests performed and 25.8% of all rapid antigen tests. Two hundred fourteen PCR and […]

Prison Sentence

Missouri man sentenced to 21 years in prison without parole for leading meth conspiracy

A Missouri man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in leading a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in southwestern Missouri. Nathen D. Libertus, 31, of Stella, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 21 years in federal prison without parole. On May 20, 2020, Libertus pleaded guilty to participating […]

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North Central Missouri Board of Trustees address lengthy agenda at latest meeting on Tuesday

The North Central Missouri Board of Trustees received a consolidated budget update on May 25, 2021. The 2021-2022 budget projection includes total operating revenue of $11,111,547. With auxiliary operations of $12,151,045, the total consolidated income is projected at $13,262,592. Revenues include $7,433,078 for tuition and fees and $2,939,169 in state appropriations. The budget projection also […]

Kidnapping

Bethany man faces charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child

A Bethany man faces several felonies after law enforcement responded to a report of a domestic assault in progress in the 500 block of South 15th Street in Bethany Sunday. Thirty-seven-year-old Richard Gene Moad has been charged with second-degree kidnapping, third-degree domestic assault, resisting or interfering with an arrest for a felony, and first-degree endangering […]