JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule,
designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2022. The rule will
remain in effect through March 31, 2023. It has been a part of the Commission’s rules and
regulations since 1977.
The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that
provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide
propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction.
The Cold Weather Rule:
 Prohibits the disconnection of heat-related service when the temperature is predicted to drop
below 32 degrees during the following 24 hour period.
 Provides more lenient payment terms permitting reconnection of service for natural gas
and/or electric customers.
 Allows customers to budget payments over 12 months.
 Requires that customers be notified by mail 10 days before the date the utility intends to shut
off service; an attempt be made to contact the customer within 96 hours before the shut off;
an attempt be made to contact the customer right before the shut off; and that notice is left at
the home when service has been shut off.
 Requires the customer be notified of possible financial help in paying the utility bill.
 Allows for the reconnection of service for less than the full amount owed.

A customer may register with the utility if:
 They are 65 years of age or older;
 Disabled to the extent that they have filed with the utility a form submitted by a medical
physician attesting that their household must have natural gas or electric utility service
provided in the home to maintain life or health; or
 They have obtained a formal award letter issued from the federal government of disability

A customer who is registered with the utility company as elderly or disabled will receive
additional notifications prior to a proposed discontinuance of service during the Cold Weather Rule
period. They may also be eligible for additional minimum payment arrangements.


Contact: Kevin Kelly Phone: (573) 751-9300 Governor Office Building, Suite 600


Missouri Public Service Commission

If a customer is faced with a heat-related utility bill that cannot be paid in full, it is important

1) Contact the utility company.
2) State an inability to pay the bill in full.
3) Provide monthly or annual income information.
4) Make a minimum payment.
5) Enter into a payment agreement.

For more information on the PSC’s Cold Weather Rule, please see the Commission’s website
at or call the Commission’s Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-392-4211.
Consumers can also receive Cold Weather Rule information from their local natural gas or electric
company or the local community action agency. In addition, there may be additional programs
available to consumers seeking assistance in paying their heating bills.

Thank you Community! Update on the food list needed for the Butler Senior Center Thanksgiving Dinner ( 2 pm Wednesday October 26th)

WOW!! The response from the community so far has been amazing!! Please keep the donations coming for the free Thanksgiving meal! Here is a current list of the needs we have:


3 gallon cans of green beans

10 gallon cans of corn

58 boxes stove top dressing

80 lbs white potatoes

25 lbs bacon

5 lbs butter

24 tubs of whipped topping

85 lbs sweet potatoes

10 boxes gallon freezer bags

42 packages brown and serve hot rolls

Small dessert to go containers

We need bags again! Walmart sacks, dollar general sacks, price chopper, whatever you want to get rid of!

Thanks for the great response! Please call if you want to help in any way. Bring in donations of food or money to the Carpenters Cup or call 660-679-3333 if you have questions. Remember, after November 1st, we will be taking orders for delivery and pick up. And please pass this along to anyone you know that is not on facebook, or needs a meal.

Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony December 11th

Excitement is building as the 27th  annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony approaches for 2022. Family and friends around the globe will unite as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause.

As candles are lit at 7 pm local time, December 11th a virtual wave of light will be created as hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious and political boundaries.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from the compassionate friends, creates a virtual 24- hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone.

Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

Every year you are invited to post a message in the remembrance book which will be available, during the event, at TCF’s national website. All allied bereavement organizations, churches, funeral homes, hospices and formal and informal bereavement groups are invited to join in the December 11th Worldwide Candle lighting at 7 pm.

See the website for the link address  .

Our hope is that you cherish the precious memories of time spent together  and that you are blessed with  a peace  that lasts the rest of your life. 

Appleton City/ Montrose GFWC Halloween Events

There will be a Halloween Parade on Saturday October 29. If you want to participate in the parade, line up is at 3:45 p.m. in the Elementary School parking lot. The parade starts at 4:00 and it ends in the Park. For any questions, call or text Lyndsi at 660 464 2575.

GFWC-Achievers will host Halloween in the Park 5:00-6:30 p.m. October 31. Costume judging begins at 5:30 p.m. There will be free hot dogs.

Appleton City Church of God Trunk or Treat will be October 31 6:00 p.m. until the treats are gone.

First Christian Church will have hot dogs and fish pond treats starting at 6:00 p.m. at the shelter.

First Baptist Church will have Trunk or Treat 6:00-8:00 p.m. or until the treats are gone.

Montrose Trunk or Treat will be 6:00-8:00 Monday, October 31. The Halloween parade starts at 6:00 and goes down Missouri Ave with the Trunk or Treat following the parade, lining both sides of Missouri Ave. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place for individual and theme/group costume