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Liberty Utilities residential customers will see a rate hike by 2.39%

Beginning October 1st, Liberty Utilities residential customers in the southeast district will see a rate hike by 2.39% for those of those using approximately 10,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The rate change reflects the Weather Normalization Adjustment Rider which authorizes rate adjustments based on weather variations. The purpose of the increase is to adjust…

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Number of Children in State Custody Down

Greetings Friends of the 144th! We certainly have had some wonderful weather lately. I have been trying to take time each day to go outside and take a walk and enjoy the beauty. I certainly hope we have a long fall and plenty more beautiful days before old man winter arrives. I have been busy…

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Tackling the rural health care crisis

For too long, Congress has allowed special interests and the politically connected to shape health care policies and legislation. As a result, we have a health care system that puts corporate interests – not patients – first. And no one has felt the consequences more than our rural communities, where the average life span is…

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TRC Transfer Fair

Three Rivers College will be hosting a College Transfer Fair on Oct. 4 to give students and the community a chance to meet with four-year colleges about their programs, transfer/admissions requirements, scholarships, and financial aid. The fall Transfer Fair will be in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center along the first floor hallway and…

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Public meetings, birds and storytelling programs planned for southeast Missouri state parks

Missouri’s state parks and historic sites have several events planned for guests, ranging from public meetings to interpretive programs. Saturday, Sept. 23: Public Meeting at Big Oak Tree State Park Park representatives invite the public to a town hall-style meeting at 11 a.m. at the park’s picnic shelter. Park operations and updates will be discussed,…

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Feral Hog Numbers Down 65 Percent

Kevin Crider knows a troublemaker when he sees one, whether it be two-legged or four-legged. Before joining University of Missouri Extension as a feral hog outreach educator, Crider spent 28 years as a Colorado state trooper and as a U.S. park ranger. He also was a Missouri Department of Conservation feral hog elimination specialist.When he…

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Words, Meanings, and Surprises

“There’s a screw on the wall.”  That was Shawna’s response to my inquiry as to whether or not a hat rack was available at the Farmhouse Restaurant on Main Street in Branson.  Shawna was our quick-thinking waitress.  Raised as to not wear any head-cover at the table, and not noticing any formal-looking place to retire…

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Let’s Cook–Brined Pork Chops

I have written of a few of my kitchen mishaps, and now I have one to share that comes from Barb Kahl of Greenfield, Illinois. She tells of one experience with making her own jelly. “Having a variety of berries in my freezer, I decided to throw them all together and make Very Berry Jelly. I…

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VFW Newsletter

Reynolds County VFW Post 6660 Newsletter Randle Tolliver, Commander For veterans in crisis, the Veterans Crisis Line’s number is “988” then press “1”. Homebound veterans requiring assistance please contact any member. Veterans experiencing or at risk for homelessness, please contact any member or the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 424-3838. See you…

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