By Debby Woodin
and Dustin Shipman
Sarah Davis is a single mother and college student whose hours at work were cut, leaving her short of money to pay winter heating bills.
That sent the Carthage woman to Economic Security Corp. on Thursday to apply for assistance in meeting winter’s expense.
“Without this I would have to ask family for help or get another job. Those are really the only options that I have, but with school it is not easy, so for the next eight weeks I am going to struggle,” Davis said.
Penny Cooper, of Joplin, also is seeking help with heating bills.
“My husband was laid off and I was recently terminated, and it does help because, without this, I wouldn’t even have my lights on and I have a 15-year-old son at home,” Cooper said.
She said it’s hard to ask for assistance when she sees so many others struggling, too.
“There are a lot of people who need help right now, but it is a great help,” she said.
Davis and Cooper aren’t alone. They are among the 5,079 households statewide seeking subsidies this winter to help pay utility bills. With layoffs on the rise and other economic problems, applications are up nearly 28 percent from the 3,975 filed last year in the state, according to figures provided by Robyn Walker, family intake assessment specialist at ESC, 302 Joplin St.
There’s good news, though, for all those who heat with natural gas. Gas rates for customers of Missouri Gas Energy have gone down, from 95 to 77 cents per hundred cubic feet. That will save the average user about $23 in February and March, said Jason Fulp, spokesman for MGE.
And, for those who qualify for assistance, there’s more good news. More people will get help with bills and with weatherizing their homes because more money is being made available for both programs.
By Debby Woodin
- Joplin Metro
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PART TWO: Joplin City Council report documents continued
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. Documents are converted for digital viewing.
The amount of documentation we received is extensive, and testimonies are continued here.
PART ONE: Joplin Globe receives copy of investigation named in court order
As a result of a court order obtained by the Globe against the City of Joplin, and Thursday's waiving of appeal by the City Council, we have received a copy of the Thomas Loraine investigation report that led to the firing of former city manager Mark Rohr. As documents are converted for digital viewing, they will be uploaded here.
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