January 18, 2007

Tri-County Cooperative Customers Being Prepared For Sticker Shock of Price Hike

Not many things have not gone up in price in the past 20 years. Tri-County Electric Cooperative will finally be succumbing to this economic trend.

General Manager David Ramsey told a gathering of customers at the Scotland County R-I High School on January 9th that the northeast Missouri electric provider will be implementing a price hike in March.

I realize this isnt the news people want to hear, he said. But I dont look at it as paying the piper. Instead I know that we enjoyed an unprecedented period of low rates.

Tri-County will be raising its rates on the April billing cycle, for the March power consumption of customers. It marks just the second price hike for the company since 1986.

The amount of the rate increase has not yet been determined. Ramsey stated the co-op had received results of a revenue requirements study performed by a consulting firm. The study indicated the company needs to increase revenue by 10.95 percent.

The co-op board is scheduled to meet January 22 to review the study as well as other information to determine the 2007 rate increase.

Ramsey stated customers would receive a new rate sheet as well as an explanation for the price hike in upcoming mailings.

Board president John Eggleston of Memphis said this would be the first in a series of price hikes for customers.

Im not sure how warmly our presentation will be received, he told the gathering, but this is inevitable. And this is not a single-year event. It is going to extend out for years.

Ramsey said the cooperative is anticipating significant price increases in 2008 and again in 2009 with smaller price hikes predicted for 2010 and 2011.

The general manager explained the changing electricity market. Since 2004, the cost of electricity to the cooperative has risen from $3,218,013 to an estimated $3,941,000 to serve the roughly 6,400 meters maintained by the co-op.

Ramsey explained the rising electricity costs were caused by three main factors: increased environmental regulations, increased member demand and higher fuel and material costs.

The Missouri cooperative system will be spending an estimated $300 million this year to upgrade its power plants coal scrubbers to reduce pollution as required by federal law. Ramsey said the co-ops have already spent $750 million on such projects.

Basically we have spent $1 billion and yet have done nothing to increase power production, he said. Actually the process decreases production slightly.

Decreased production is not what the cooperatives need. The electric providers have seen customer demand double since 1980, with continued annual growth of 2.3 percent predicted.

Each one of us is using more electricity than we did years ago, Ramsey stated. Demand is significantly higher across the nation. It is a supply and demand issue.

The supply of electricity has itself become much more costly to produce. Fuel prices have risen significantly. In 2004 the coal base price was $16.72. That cost was projected to be $20.93 this year but has actually risen to $24.11 with the company expecting $28 prices soon.

We use roughly 10 million ton of coal a year, Ramsey said. So the co-op is spending $70 million a year more on fuel.

The coops natural gas fueled plants also have seen rising costs. The natural gas base price in 2004 was $6.54. In 2007 that cost is now $9.20.

Material costs have also hit the cooperatives like Tri-County hard.

Fuel costs for the fleet of vehicles maintained by the company has risen 37 percent in two years.

Steel prices have risen 20 to 30 percent making equipment cost more.

We have to have decent equipment out there for the guys to do their jobs, Ramsey said. We have to have a good, working fleet to keep your lights on.

Wire prices have more than doubled since 2003, going from $1.51 a foot to $3.07. Copper, used for grounding, has gone up 177 percent.

It has gone up so much that our cooperative offices have been broken into twice with wire and copper being taken, Ramsey said.

Material costs have risen so much that the state cooperatives plans for a new power plant have seen the price tag raise from $1 billion to $1.7 billion for a proposed 700 MW plant being planned near Richmond.

Ramsey said all of these factors have led to the impending price hikes. He added that the cooperative first has made cost-cutting measures and will continue to take hard looks at expenditures so that price hikes will be as small as possible.

He also noted that while Tri-County will be raising its rates the electricity costs for customers will still be favorable compared to the cooperative rates in the eight neighboring states. Ramsey said he was told that Ameren UE has a 35-percent price hike proposal in front of the Missouri Public Service Commission for consideration. Many Illinois customers will be experiencing 55 percent price hikes.

No one likes a price increase, but Id take a 10-percent spike over a 35-percent raise any day.

Buford Shuts Down Knox County In Conference Tourney Semifinals

Knox County had the bases loaded with just one out in the top of the second inning Saturday afternoon in Moberly in a 0-0 game in the Lewis & Clark Conference Tournament semifinals. But starter Aaron Buford buckled down and struck out Logan Miller and Jacobi Miller to end the scoring threat, and basically end the Eagles chances.

Buford was perfect over the final five innings, retiring the final 17 batters in order.

The Tigers finally got their bats going in the third inning of Knox County starter Isaiah Prebe. Will Pickerell led off with a base hit. Buford walked. Pickerell was caught trying to steal third, but the Tigers kept the pressure on. Gage Dodge plated Buford with a base hit. Will Fromm added a hit before a Knox County error allowed two more runs to score to put SCR-I up 3-0.

Elijah Cooley started the fourth inning with a bunt single. After a hit by Aaron Blessing, Cooley scored on a fielder’s choice by Pickerell. Buford doubled in a run and Dodge added an RBI hit to push the lead to 6-0.

The Tigers tacked on two more tallies in the bottom of the sixth. Blessing tripled and scored on a hit by Buford. Pinch runner Parker Triplett came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Fromm to make the final score 8-0.

Buford notched the shutout, holding the Eagles to just two hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings of work.

He also went 2-3 at the plate with two RBIs and a run scored. Dodge was 2-3 with two RBI and Blessing went 2-3 with a run scored while Lane Pence went 2-4 as the Tigers out hit Knox County 11-2 on the day.

Scotland County improved to 12-0 with the win.

USDA Officials Visit Memphis to Announce $4.6 Million Loan for Wastewater System Upgrades

City of Memphis officials were joined by representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division, and representatives from the offices of Rep. Sam Graves and Sen. Claire McCaskill to announce funding for a municipal wastewater project.

USDA Rural Development Acting Area Director Leann Gleason today announced a Water & Waste Disposal Loan of $4,641,500 to the City of Memphis. The funds are being used to upgrade the existing wastewater treatment system from a discharge to a no-discharge, land application system in order to comply with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, along with collection system improvements.

“Having a sanitary and up-to-date sewer system is very important to the livelihood of any community. Without wastewater treatment facilities, residences and businesses would not exist,” said Gleason. “The City of Memphis is taking proactive steps to make improvements to their wastewater treatment system for long term use. We are proud to be in partnership with the city to assure they have a system in place to preserve and improve the quality of life for the community.”

Memphis has operated a centralized sewer system for several decades. The city currently owns and operates a sewer collection and treatment system consisting of one facultative lagoon system and a combination of gravity sewer, lines and collective force mains. After the upgrades, the City of Memphis’ wastewater treatment facility will comply with the current MO DNR requirements.

The Water & Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage, disposal, sanitary solid waste’ disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Further information on additional programs is available by visiting the USDA Missouri Rural Development website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/mo. Interested parties may also. contact the Kirksville Area Office at (660) 665-3274 Ext 4.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission’ area, has an active portfolio of more than $216 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life, in rural America.

NANCY JUNE BARNES (9/13/1942 – 4/24/2017)

Nancy June Barnes, age 74, of Edina, MO, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, in Edina, MO.  She was born September 13, 1942 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Perry Riley and Zerita Faye Wright Meeks.

She was united in marriage to Gerald James Barnes on April 10, 1960, in Edina, MO, and he preceded her in death on September 3, 2011.  Nancy was also preceded in death by her parents, one brother Hollis Meeks, two sisters Jewel Skelton and Virginia Meeks.

Surviving are three children, Brenda Strange of Edina, MO, Jimmy (Sharon) Barnes of Novinger, MO, and Richard (Teresa) Barnes of LaPlata, MO, one brother Perry (Ruth) Meeks of Wheaton, IL, eight grandchildren, Juston and friend Mindy, John and wife Kim, Eric and friend Traci, Todd and friend Sabrina, Mark and friend Sara, Shyanne and husband Jerome, Kylea and husband Cody and Lexi, eight great grandchildren, Ava, Paisley, Addison, Brylee, Ariel, Eliza, Scotty and Krystina, several brothers and sisters-in-law, Darrell, Harold and Linda Barnes, Stanley Purdin, Donna Patterson, Sandra Hoskins, Kay Cassidy, Larry, Ronnie and Jana Barnes, Donna and Perry Meeks.  Several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Nancy received her education in Scotland County.  She was employed for 19 years with Edina Elementary and Knox County High School as a Cook.  She was also employed with Knox County Home Health, Midge’s Greenhouse and Knox County Nursing Home.  Nancy enjoyed being with her family and friends, gardening, quilting and reading books.  She was a past 50 year member of Colony Eastern Star, and an active member of the Edina First Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, in Edina, MO.  Reverend Dewayne Wellborn will officiate the services assisted by Steve Miller.  Burial will be in the Linville Cemetery.

Music will be Rita Worthington and Wynona Banks.  Selections will include In The Garden.

Casket bearers will be John Strange, Todd Strange, Mark Strange, Phillip Spory, Dave Fagan and Joe Campbell.

Honorary bearers will be brothers and sisters-in-law and Perry Meeks, Lexi Barnes, Eric Strange and Juston Barnes.

Visitation will be held Friday, April 28, 2017, after 4 p.m. with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson-Rimer funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Memorials may be made to Edina First Christian Church or Hospice Compasses.   Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.

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FARMER’S MARKET – Each Thursday starting May 4, 2017 at Memphis Medical Building (SC Hospital). 2:00-6:00 p.m.  Vendors welcome to join us.

JUST ARRIVED – Garden Seed, Seed Potatoes and Onion Sets are in at  Countryside Flowers. 465-8521.

HOUSE FOR RENT – Three bedroom house in Memphis.  No Smoking. Call 660-341-4819.

FOR SALE – Fresh homegrown asparagus.  Call 660- 945-3020.

FOR SALE – Green Mountain Pellet Grill, Daniel Boone Model.  Works perfect. Paid over $600, will take $500, OBO.  Still 1½ year guarantee remaining.  Includes grill cover and a bag of pellets.  Contact Richard Harper at 660-328-6216 or 660-341-4327.

FOR SALE – 4 plots in the New Catholic Cemetery, Edina, Section NE West half F11.  Good location in upright stone section. 660-627-1688.

MULTI-FAMILY GARAGE SALE – Friday, April 28 (8-4) and Saturday, April 29 (8-12).  Tons of shirts and dresses, shoes and coats, boys’ and girls’ clothes up to 2T, new infant caps, changing table, high chair, car seats, sweeper, Cabella’s Camp Chairs, rocking chair/ottoman, grill (propane), meat grinder, baked goods and much more.  One mile west of Memphis, Good Residence.  Beside Ed’s Machinery.

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, April 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 1 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 2 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 3 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, May 4 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Sticks, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, May 1 – Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 2 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 3 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 4 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

Friday, April 28 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 1 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, May 2 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, May 3 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 4 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beats, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, April 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, May 4 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SC Ministerial Alliance Plans for National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4

Dion Elmore, Chief Communications Officer of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, states, “The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775.”  Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

Elmore goes on to say, “As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.  In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.”

The theme for the 2017 National Day of Prayer observation is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us! Based upon Daniel 9:19, it emphasizes our need as a nation to cry out to God who is sovereign over all governments and authorities; “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!”

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the First Christian Church in Memphis on Thursday, May 4th at noon to join them in praying for our nation.

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, and drinking water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.  Additionally, they suggest avoiding caffeinated beverages and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 1:30-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join their blog at blog.redcross.org.

Sheriff’s Office to Offer Drug Take Back Day

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.

Expired or no longer needed prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office on the north end of the lower floor of the Courthouse in Memphis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the Sheriff’s Office will take medications all year long, this day and time focuses awareness about disposing of medications in a environmentally safe way.

Having a dedicated disposal date also assists with eliminating the potential for abuse or accidental ingestion by an adult or child who has not been prescribed the medication.

All medications are eligible to be taken back with the exception of inhalers or aerosol-propelled medications, or any kinds of needles or “sharp?. api-pens (epinephrine injectors) can be accepted only if they are in a box.

Spring clean the medicine cabinet knowing you have place to go with what you no longer want or need!

Local Students Receive State FFA Degrees

SCR-I seniors Sadie Davis, Lane Mohr, Calesse Bair, and McKaela Bradley each received their State FFA Degree at the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia April 21-22, 2017.

Four members of the Memphis FFA Chapter, Calesse Bair, McKaela Bradley, Sadie Davis, and Lane Mohr, received their State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level.

The Memphis FFA members were 4 of 761 degree recipients who received the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention. The annual convention was held April 20-21 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Awarding of the degree is based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school, and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing three percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker.

Embrace Change, Respect Tradition was the theme for this year’s Missouri FFA Convention More than 8,500 youth and guests were in attendance.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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