Line crews staging to assist electric cooperatives in storm aftermath

At least 500 lineworkers have arrived in South Carolina or are on their way to assist electric cooperatives whose members may lose power during Hurricane Florence. Another 250 lineworkers from surrounding states are on standby. Electric cooperatives’ power distribution system—at 75,000 miles of line, more than all other utilities in the state combined—is spread over…


Laurens Electric Cooperative actively monitoring Hurricane Florence

Laurens Electric Cooperative is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence. As of Monday, most storm prediction models show South Carolina as being in the cone of uncertainty. However, as with Hurricane Irma this time last year, even if Florence does not make a direct hit on our state, heavy rainfall and high wind can cause outages. As…


Pay It Forward – August 2018 – Stacy Tumblin

August’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Supervisor Stacy Tumblin, paid forward $250 each to local causes that support veterans. Service Dogs for Veterans (SD4V) complements the traditional treatment for Veterans with PTSD, TBI, and MST, by training them and a dog to become highly effective service dog teams. According to…


Pay It Forward – July 2018 – Melissa Bryan

July’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Budget Analyst Melissa Bryan, paid forward $500 to the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Melissa, herself a survivor, said “the organization provides support to patients as they are dealing with the anxiety and uncertainty of an ovarian cancer diagnoses.  On my first day in the chemo…


Upgrades to protect customer information

Beginning July 1, this upgrade will cause some of our members with older internet browsers to get an error when trying to access their billing page. Find out if you will be affected at https://help.crossbrowsertesting.com/faqs/testing/wont-page-load-older-browsers/. Or download one of the following internet browsers that are compatible with the upgrades: Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/ Firefox https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ Internet Explorer…


Pay It Forward – June 2018 – Greg Davis

June’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Lineman Greg Davis, paid forward $500 toward a 529 College Savings Plan for a child who lost his father earlier in June. Chad Tolbert passed away on June 2nd, 2018, leaving behind his eight year old son Landen. In Chad’s honor, his friends and family started the college…


Laurens student earns statewide honor during Youth Tour

Peyton Crowder of Laurens has been selected as the South Carolina Youth Leadership Council delegate during the Washington Youth Tour. The son of Eddie and Angie Crowder, Peyton is representing Laurens Electric Cooperative on the annual educational trip. He is one of 69 students sponsored by South Carolina’s electric co-ops who visiting the nation’s capital…


Sharing a good time—and good news at LEC’s 2018 Annual Meeting

LAURENS ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE was pleased to welcome 2,855 members and many guests to our 2018 Annual Meeting June 2. If you couldn’t make it, please allow me to recap the highlights: Stable rates: Your co-op is one of the fastest growing in the state, I noted in my report. Our finances remain sound. Thanks in…


Pay It Forward – May 2018 – Dan McKinney

May’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Locator Dan McKinney, paid forward $500 to the family of Joy Albright, a single mother who was killed in a car accident May 5. Dan said “Joy leaves behind three children, ages 3, 5, and 7 years. She was on her way to work when tragedy…


Pay It Forward – April 2018 – Paula Lyles

   April’s recipient of the employee Pay it Forward funds, Customer Service Representative Paula Lyles, paid forward $3,000 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…