Santa’s Special Pay It Forward – January 2019

As a seasonal volunteer-employee of LEC, the co-op has decided that Santa Claus should also have the chance to participate in its employee Pay It Forward program. Here’s how it works: every co-op employee is entered into a random drawing to receive $500 to pay forward in any way they choose. Each month a new name…


Pay It Forward – January 2019 – Dennis Fox

Dennis Fox, a Security Consultant for ProTec Services (a division of LEC), paid forward $500 to the Laurens County Humane Society as part of Laurens Electric’s employee Pay It Forward program. Dennis said, “It was hard to make a choice because there are so many worthy causes. However, I hate seeing innocent animals suffer so…


W.I.R.E.’s Jenny Ballard Scholarship

Jenny Ballard co-founded WIRE (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) in 1981, and is the wife of then ECSC Chief Executive Officer, Al Ballard. This scholarship, in her name is sponsored by WIRE. WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship for Women Returning to College The WIRE Opportunity Scholarship is awarded to a woman who may not have…


Pay It Forward – December 2018 – Crystal West

December’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Representative Crystal West, paid forward $500 to the Hensley family of Taylors. The Hensley’s two-year old daughter Nicolette has struggled with a variety of medical needs since birth, and needs a special device to help her connect with others. The Tobi Dynovox Eye Gaze Communication…


Pay It Forward – November 2018 – Barry Hodges

November’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Contract Superintendent Barry Hodges, paid forward $500 to Mrs. McNeely’s 4th grade class at Fork Shoals Elementary School. Barry said, “School teachers spend so much time with these children and they see the needs that aren’t being met. Often the teachers will spend their own money on classroom…


Pay It Forward – October 2018 – Drew Munyan

October’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Lineman Drew Munyan, paid forward $500 to Straight Street in Laurens. The youth center, located downtown at 220 West Main Street, provides an avenue of spiritual and social growth off the public street where youth, ages thirteen through nineteen, can meet with their friends in a safe…


Pay It Forward – September 2018 – Keith Burbage

September’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Field Technician Keith Burbage, paid forward $500 to Laurens County Cancer Association’s annual 5k Walk/Run on September 22nd. The event, “Run like a Mann,” is held in memory of Laurens resident Tim Mann. “Tim and his wife Debra have been friends of ours for many years,”…


It pays to be a co-op member

Laurens Electric Cooperative will refund $1,000,000 in patronage capital credits during the month of October. As a member-owned electric utility, the cooperative has returned $15,873,479 in patronage capital credits since 1990. As owners, you are entitled to receive a portion of the margins. An investor-owned utility would call this money profit and would keep it…


Watching storm pass on a power outage map: ‘It’s spooky.’

While Laurens Electric continues to monitor and prepare, co-ops in the low-country are already experiencing power outages. A slow-motion movie plays on the electric cooperatives’ outage map, as predictions turn to reality and Hurricane Florence tracks inland, back down the coast and inland again. Power outages will follow. The counties will turn from green, with the…


Power repair work could be delayed by slow-moving storm

The predicted slow movement of Hurricane Florence across South Carolina could delay the beginning of repairs, and that could mean extended power outages. Line crews cannot begin repair work until it is safe to work outside. “If this thing slow-walks across the state, the first consumers to lose power could be off for an extra…


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