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Personal Co-op History Wins Teen a Scholarship

Thursday, November 20, 2014


On Aug. 11, 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt came to Barnesville, Ga., to throw the symbolic switch that began operation of Lamar EMC. Seventy-six years later, that bit of electric cooperative history helped a former Youth Tour participant win a scholarship. While on this year’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, Jessie Moore took up a challenge [...]

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Honoring Dave Hamil, a Rural Electrification Giant

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Each summer, the general managers of Colorado’s electric co-ops meet to hear presentations on important issues and to talk shop. But during our most recent meeting in the Overland Trail Museum, we got a history lesson, too. Our meeting in the museum’s Dave Hamil Building reminded us of the efforts of those who came before [...]

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NRECA Volunteers, Opens Hearts to Community

Monday, November 17, 2014


Food and fellowship marked NRECA’s annual Concern for Community Week at offices in Arlington, Va., and Lincoln, Neb., with employees opening their hearts and wallets to help those in need overseas and in the neighborhood. Overall, the fundraiser raised more than $71,000 for the NRECA International Foundation. “I am so proud to work with so [...]

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USDA Honors N.C. Co-ops for Job Creation Efforts

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Three years ago, Eddie Miller of North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. and David Thigpen of the U.S. Department of Agriculture started making field trips to electric cooperatives to try to drum up interest in a community development program. The drum beat loudly. Some $372 million and nearly 1,700 jobs later, Miller, Thigpen and NCEMC have [...]

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‘We Just Went In There:’ Linemen Find Power & Hope

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


It was 3 a.m., in the middle of an historic storm, when four Baldwin EMC linemen found themselves between rushing chest-high floodwaters and a mobile home containing a recently hospitalized elderly woman, three men and three dogs. What happened next? “We got out of the truck and got a little game plan together. We knew [...]

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