Ameren, energy companies begin push for raising rates for infrastructure funding

Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri energy companies made their case Tuesday for legislation that would allow them to raise rates to fund infrastructure projects.

Sen. Mike Kehoe presented the legislation — Senate Bill 207 — to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Tuesday afternoon, where he called on lawmakers to allow investor owned energy companies to raise rates to fund already completed projects.

“The upcoming need for infrastructure is our energy cliff,” he said. The legislation, “if done right, can be an effective way to fix aging infrastructure.”

First Friday Events Downtown Showcase Local Artistry with Added Bonus

Pictured above, Elizabeth's

By: Kaylin Bade

New Haven, MO - On the first Friday of each month, New Haven residents and those passing through are treated when visiting the various shops on Front Street. Not only are they offering the great products they have all month long, but also special treats and a rewards card system.

Get a Rewards Card at your first stop and then drop by each participating shop - Elizabeth's, Zia's Art Gallery, The Front Street Artisans, and Astral Glass and get your card signed.

President Obama's New Measures to Prevent Gun Violence

President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012.
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The White House - President Obama affirmed his belief that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms, and stressed that, like most Americans, he believes that we all have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure guns are used safely:

“I also believe most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale."

"I believe most of them agree that if America worked harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown."

"That’s what these reforms are designed to do. They’re common-sense measures. They have the support of the majority of the American people.”

Local pro athlete talks to youth group at Camp Trinity - Christianity is the only Saving Faith

Campers spend time picking up trash along the roadway, cleaning up what drivers throughout their windows.

Article and photos by Ruth Rethemeyer

New Haven, Mo. - This past weekend 76 kids in grades 6-12 from churches in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s Washington Circuit.

The youth spent time digging into God’s word, participating in various team building activities, listened to a present and former professional athletes who spend a lot of time spreading the message about the true God, picked up trash along the county road (90% of which was from alcoholic beverages) and heard from individuals who have struggled with and work daily to continually overcome their substance abuse problems.

The theme of the two-day event was: The Substance of Faith His Word is REAL, and He wants it to be REAL for you! Hebrews 11:1.

Alabama standoff ends - 5-year-old resuced safely


Pictured 65-year-old suspect Jimmy Lee Dykes.

FBI Special Agent, Steven Richardson said in a press conference held at approximately 4:20 p.m. CST,  “At approximately 3:12 p.m. CST this afternoon, FBI agents safely recovered the child who’s been held hostage for nearly a week. Within the past 24 hours, negotiations deteriorated and Mr. Dykes (Suspect 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes)  was observed holding a gun."

Lawmakers mull higher education funding formula

Missouri News Horizon

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s universities would need to show better performance to get additional state funding, if lawmakers approve a new funding formula that was unveiled on Monday.

Legislation was announced in the Senate Education Committee by State Sen. David Pearce, R-Warrnesburg, that would force universities to compete for a portion of additional state funding.

“I just think that we need to hold our universities accountable,” Pearce said. “We as a state need to determine what we think are important things that they should be doing and then reward those universities that are doing a great job.”

Sweet Homecoming Shamrocks win in overtime 52-50

Ross Seitter picks up a loose ball in overtime as New Haven trails 48-47, to give the Shamrocks a one point lead with under a minute to play.

New Haven, Mo. – Friday night’s overtime thriller saw a combined 13 lead changes, seven times the game was tied, and neither team able to build more than three point lead.

Union trailed by two, 42-40, as Nick Ziegler drove to the basket, hitting a turn around jumper as time expired, forcing the overtime and giving Union the momentum.

In the past two weeks New Haven has lost four games on the last possession and three of those times had control the last possession. “For regulation to end the way it did tonight…you could see it in the kid’s eyes…was like here we go again,” coach Ray Steinhoff told Quick News after the game.

Missouri View Points - Keeping Missouri’s Highways Safe On A Budget

(St. Charles, MO) – No matter where you go, part of state government is always underneath your feet or, in this case, tires.

Missouri Department of Transportation officials have been warning for the last few years that funding will not always keep up with the cost of maintaining and expanding our roads and bridges.

Part of the reason is the current transportation funding approach, which relies on fuel taxes and sales taxes on vehicles. Auto sales aren’t what they used to be and cars are more fuel efficient, meaning less revenue for the state.

Taxpayers still need safe roads and strong bridges, though.

The Super Bowl is not the time to become a football fan.

5 tips for the "Non-Football Fan".

People all over the world will be glued to their televisions watching the single largest sporting event of the year.  The Super Bowl is a reason to have a party and whether or not you even watch football you will still go, which is perfectly fine.

Who cares if the last football game you watched was Super Bowl 46, (That would be last year’s game) but please do not ruin it for those who are football fans by asking questions about what just happened.  This is not the time to learn about the rules of football.

Below are a few helpful tips for the “non-football fans" that will keep you from being tossed out the front door.

OBITUARY: Gerald: Chester William Meyer (April 11, 1928 - February 1, 2013)

Chester William Meyer, 84, of Gerald, Missouri, passed away on Friday Feb 1, 2013 at the New Haven Care Center.

Mr. Meyer was born in Gerald, Missouri on April 11, 1928, the son of the late Edward and Amanda (Homeyer) Meyer.

He was the husband of Bernadine (Toelke) Meyer. They were married October 14, 1950 at Ebenezer Stone Church, Gerald, MO. Bernadine survives in Gerald.

Chester is also survived by four daughters, Connie Gerdes & husband Ray of New Haven, Diane Gerdes of New Haven, Carol Meyer & husband Jim of Rosebud, and Peggy Borcherding & husband Bob of Gerald, one sister Esther Toelke of New Haven, nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

No shadow Punxsutawney Phil says spring right around the corner

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. — An end to winter's bitter cold will come soon, according to Pennsylvania's famous groundhog.

Following a recent stretch of weather that's included temperatures well below freezing as well as record warmth, tornadoes in the South and Midwest and torrential rains in the mid-Atlantic, Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his lair Saturday in front of thousands but didn't see his shadow.

Exciting ending as New Haven defeats Union in OT - See how it all unfolds

--We will have a complete game story of New Haven’s overtime win in Friday night’s Homecoming game against Union.

It was an electrifying atmosphere as Union scored as time expired in regulation to force overtime.  Watch how the final seconds of regulation and overtime unfolded in a great high school basketball game.

Tessa Kelsick Crowned 2013 NHHS Homecoming Queen

Updated: More photos added

New Haven, MO - New Haven High School has new royalty gracing in their hallways this evening as Tessa Kelsick was crowned the 2013 NHHS Homecoming Queen.

The annual Homecoming Coronation was held between the Junior Varsity and Varsity Basketball games just moments ago.

Tessa is the daughter of Lynn and Maryann Marren.  She is a member of FBLA, FCA, FCCLA, NHS, volleyball, and is the girls’ basketball manager.