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.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, February 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Friday, February 24 – Fish Fillet, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut/Butter Dessert

Monday, February 27 – Goulash, Italian Blend Vegetables, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, February 28 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5 Cup Salad

Wednesday, March 1 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, March 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookies

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 – Fundraiser Soup Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free will donation. Carry-outs available, call 465-7011.

Monday, February 27 – AAA and Care Board Meeting at 10:00 in Shelbina.

Thursday, March 2 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to MargAret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

New Beginnings

There is a major part to the Christian belief system that tends to get past some; well…. maybe all of us.  That would be the truth, the fact, that in Christ we are new day by day.  Oh how we struggle to live this out.

At County Fairs some have a competition called a Tractor Pull.  One by one, each tractor is at the starting line pulling a cart with weights that transition into a heavier load as the trek progresses.  Eventually, the tractor stops in its tracks because it can no longer pull the load.  The one that travels the greatest length gets the trophy.

Our daily walk is sometimes just like a Tractor Pull.  The further into the day, the heavier the load until we are shut down in our tracks.  God is very much  aware of our dilemma and is devoted to its reversal. If God is anything, He is all about new, renewal, renewing.  Bible expression and confirmation is there for a reason.  He knows we will experience deep stress and provides a way out.  This isn’t just church chatter.  This is to be life… your life… my life… renewed life… day after day.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16).

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (II Cor. 5:17).

It is for this very reason that Jesus called for our new beginning by being born again. Such isn’t a church doctrine as much as it is designed to restart our engines when we do more sputtering than effectively moving forward. Renewal…it’s a daily thing… so look toward it.  Experience it.  And tomorrow?  Start all over… new… again!

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Margaret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

MARGARET ELLEN HOWARD   (8/3/31 – 1/24/17)

Margaret Howard, 85, peacefully passed away early Tuesday morning, January 24, 2017, at her home in Citrus Heights, CA following a short battle with cancer. Her daughters and son-in-law were with her.

Margaret was the daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Callahan, of Memphis, MO.

She is survived by her three daughters, Coleen Howard and Jana Howard, both of Sacramento, CA, and Sherri Kelleher (Dan) of Vacaville, CA; grandchildren Sean Kelleher (Sylvia), Jennifer Dean (Ned); great-granddaughter Kiera Margaux Dean; and former husband, Wilmer Howard. She is also survived by her brother, James Callahan (Barbara) of Godfrey, IL; and many nieces and nephews on the Callahan and Howard sides of her family.

Margaret graduated from Granger High School in 1948 and then attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She married in 1951 and moved to California in December 1955.  In 1970 she went to work at American River College in the Job Placement Center.  She worked there until retirement.    Throughout her life she made many trips back to Memphis to see family and friends.

At her request there were no services.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

BABY MARTIN

Sheldon and Ashley Martin of Memphis, MO are the proud parents of a daughter, Tirzah Rain, born February 9, 2017 at 10:36 p.m. at Northeast Regional Medical in Kirksville, MO.  Tirzah weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Ivan and Nancy Martin of Lancaster, MO and Lamar and Melody High of Downing, MO.

BABY ZEISET

Carl and Leann Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a son, Corwin Grant Zeiset, born February 15, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Corwin weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Weston, Douglas and Jerian. Grandparents are John David and Nancy Zeiset of Memphis; and Ivan and Linda Martin of Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Neta Phillips picked up Aunt Jewell Brown and went to Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge at Memphis Pizza Hut.  Jewell said she had a wonderful time.  She received a box of candy and a word search puzzle book.

Katrina and Great-Aunt Neta went to Kirksville.

Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville and visited with Charlene Wheeler.  Charlene then went to Kirksville Hospital and had surgery on her right wrist and then back home.

Katrina took Neta to Memphis Hospital where she had carpel tunnel surgery on her left hand and then back home.

Dorcas Martin visited with Marjorie Peterson.  She brought her a small loaf of homemade bread.  Great-Nephew Matt Rankin and family sent Marjorie a dozen roses.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Keosauqua, IA.

Jack White came from Palmyra to visit Air Force buddy, Bob Hunolt.  They went to visit woodworking friend, Arlo Trueblood in the Scotland County Hospital.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Marjorie Peterson, Charlene Montgomery, Milt Clary, Rodger Holtman, Mike and Pam Blaine, Larry and Tamara Tague, Doris Day, and Thomas Kortkamp.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

On Feb. 15th Judge Karl DeMarce, a judge on the 1st Judicial Circuit (Scotland County) sat by special designation with the Supreme Court of Missouri.  DeMarce was sitting in the place of Judge Mary R. Russell who was recused from one case argued today.

In place of Russell, DeMarce heard the first case on the Court’s docket this morning: Case No. SC91968, State of Missouri ex rel.MoGas Pipeline LLC v. Missouri Public Service Commission, an appeal from Cole County regarding a state agency’s intervention in a federal regulatory proceeding.

TEN YEARS AGO

Several area residents were among the winners when more than $263.7 million in prizes of $1,000 or more were awarded to Missouri Lottery players during January.

Winners of $1,000 or more included: Irvin Bennett of Downing ($1,525), Charles Adams of Gorin and James Paris of Memphis (both $1,000).

20 YEARS AGO

Brian Robinson and Angie Stephenson were crowned at the 1997 Scotland County Courtwarming Royalty during halftime of the Tigers’ basketball game February 21st.  Robinson was crowned king by 1996 queen Melissa Harvey.  Stephenson was crowned queen by Patrick Miller who was standing in for his brother, Andy Miller, the 1996 king.

30 YEARS AGO

According to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, a farm house, owned by Ed and George Morrison, approximately 3 ½ miles northwest of Memphis, was broken into sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday evening.  The house was vandalized, with many valuable antiques stolen, and many antique dishes, glasses, etc., were broken and destroyed.  The vandalism and theft is under investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

40 YEARS AGO

Extensive damage was done to grave stones and mausoleums in the Gorin Cemetery by vandals sometime over the past week-end.  A number of grave stones were toppled and plates pried off mausoleums.

Also in Gorin, the home of Mrs. Bertha Walker has been broken into and vandalized.  Mrs. Walker, who lives alone, is currently a patient in a nursing home.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

The Gorin Cemetery Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals.

50 YEARS AGO

A 4-H leader recognition and worship was held at the Memphis Christian Church on Wednesday with a turkey dinner served at the noon hour to some fifty persons.

Presentation was made to the following: Clover Award to the twenty year member, Florence Stevenson; there were 30 1st year awards presented, then four 5-year awards, Mrs. Ray Baker, Mrs. Letha Musgrove, Mrs. June Reed, Mrs. Alice Smith and four 10-year awards: Mrs. Hope Curry, Mrs. Beulah Davis, Mrs. Opal Durham and Mrs. Leota Lancaster.

60 YEARS AGO

A new feed store will open in Memphis Monday, March 4 in the Plenge building at 129 North Johnson Street, across the street from the elementary school.

The new feed store is owned by Homer Kapfer and will handle a complete line of Pay-Way feeds for livestock, poultry and pets.

Tom Newkirk is the local representative of the Pay-Way feed mills.

The building which the new store will occupy is a new one built by the late E. H. Plenge.  The new store hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  They will also have pick-up and delivery service.

70 YEARS AGO

A movement, which has been on foot in Scotland County for the past few months to organize a new bank in Memphis, reached a climax this week when the 50,000 capital stock and $25,000 surplus was oversubscribed, it is said.

Application has been made for a charter, according to W. A. Southerland, and all the requirements have been met.  After approval by the comptroller at Washington, the organization will be perfected.

No quarters for the new bank have been obtained although several buildings are under consideration.

At the present time there is said to be a total of 28 stock subscribes to the proposed institution.

White House

The White House, one of the most recognizable buildings in Washington, DC., was designed by James Hoban, an Irish-born-and-trained architect who won a competition organized by President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in 1792. He also designed the Capitol. Although  President Washington oversaw construction, he never lived in the house. President John Adams, elected    in 1796 as the second President  was the first resident of the White House. Abigail Adams, President Adams’ wife, was known  to have complained about the largely unfinished new residence. President Thomas Jefferson, upon moving into the house in 1801, was also not impressed, and dismissed the house as being too big. Jefferson made several structural changes under architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe, such as the addition of terrace-pavilions on either side of the main building and single-story wings  for storage. In addition  to replacing the slate roof with one of sheet iron, Jefferson further improved the grounds by landscaping them in a picturesque manner. While James Madison was  President from 1809 to 1817, the White House was torched by the British  in the War of 1812. Although the fire was put out, charred walls and the interior brick walls were all that was left. Madison brought Hoban back to restore the mansion, which took three years. Expansion and further alterations were made when President Theodore Roosevelt declared the house unfit to inhabit. He had extensive remodeling done and extended the office wing adding the well known oval office. It was President Theodore Roosevelt who gave the White House its official name. President Harry Truman decided again the building was unsafe and had to be gutted, and remodeled. The White House, is an architectural symbol of the American presidency and the nation’s power, remains a stylistically simple resident and an  example of the stolid republican ideals of the Founding fathers. It is listed in the National Register of Historic places, along with other historic buildings in Washington, DC.

From Jauflione Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

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