Laurens Electric crews restore power, one by one

Less than 100 remain without power Tuesday evening  Laurens Electric line crews worked throughout the day bringing the number of outages to less than 100 as of 5:00 p.m. The remaining outages are “single calls,” meaning each problem resolved in the field equates to an individual or a handful of members getting power back. That…


Laurens Electric Cooperative actively monitoring Hurricane Irma

Laurens Electric Cooperative is actively monitoring Hurricane Irma. Some storm prediction models forecast the hurricane potentially moving north up the coast line after it hits Florida. If the storm turns north, LEC will start to make preparations for potential outages. Employees are currently checking inventory to make sure there is plenty of equipment on hand….


Pay It Forward – August 2017 – Jim Long

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s August recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Jim Long from the Technical Services Department. Jim paid forward $500 to Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System during their 2017 Radiothon. Jim said, “If it weren’t for the Children’s Hospital, especially the staff in the NICU, I wouldn’t have 3 children today.”…


46 attend Cooperative Youth Summit, treated to tour by governor

Forty-six high school students representing 15 electric cooperatives and seven chaperones spent July 26-28 in the Columbia area on the first statewide Cooperative Youth Summit, which included a much longer visit with the governor than had been planned. The students, mostly rising seniors with a couple of rising juniors and one sophomore, got an introduction…


Upstate bikers raise $12,000 in 15th annual Poker Run

On Saturday, July 22, Laurens Electric Cooperative hosted its 2017 annual Poker Run. Despite soaring temperatures, more than 500 participants rode in this year’s event, and raised $12,000 to benefit the Cooperative Caring and the employee Pay It Forward program. The ride featured dual starts at Laurens Electric’s main office on Highway 14 in Laurens…


Pay It Forward – July 2017 – Mason Addy

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s July recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Fleet Coordinator Mason Addy. Mason paid forward $500 to Michael and Maggie Hurley of Fountain Inn. Their son Cooper, born June 30, began having seizures and stopped breathing soon after arriving home. He then spent two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care…


Pay It Foward – June 2017 – Jason Tumblin

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s June recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Lineman Jason Tumblin. Jason paid forward $500 to Woodruff Church of God’s Feeding our Future program. According to Rev. Donna Burdette, “Feeding the Future began three years ago when we recognized the need in our community of children who were dependent on…


How we make a difference

WE ARE DIFFERENT, as our Annual Report theme put it, and we’re making a positive difference in the Upstate — and beyond. Members who attended our 2017 Annual Meeting June 3 heard how from my friend Mike Couick, head of the state association of electric co-ops. Mike shared a story about lessons learned growing up…


Pay It Foward – May 2017 – Russell Tollison

Laurens Electric Cooperative’s May recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds is Warehouse Supervisor Russell Tollison. Russell paid forward $500 to the Debbie Green and her daughter Jordan. “Debbie has had heart surgery and is a diabetic and now resides at an assisted living facility because she is no longer able to be alone,”…


Golfers narrowly miss $1 million hole

Kendall Samero of Taylors came just 14feet from winning $1 million in Saturday’s finals of Laurens Electric Cooperative’s Million Dollar Hole-in-One Shootout at Eagle Zone golf center on Pelham Road in Greenville. Samero won $1,000 for the closest-to-the-$1 million-hole shot. Aaron Thomas placed 2nd and won $500, followed by Jamin Drake, who took home $250. Sponsored by Laurens Electric…