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Grinding of the Greens 2017/2018

gogpicWe’re very happy to be a part of Grinding of the Greens, a special recycling project led by The Horry County Solid Waste Authority.

We encourage all residents to recycle their live trees when it is time to put away the holiday decorations. You can keep the decorations, just bring the tree to us!  Be sure to remove all the lights, decorations, any tinsel you used to decorate and take the tree out of its tree stand.

Drop off locations are scattered throughout the county. Details are included in this handy GRINDING OF THE GREENS FLYER. You can drop off your tree at any of the locations listed on the flyer between December 26 and January 29.

Trees dropped off will be chipped and recycled into FREE landscaping mulch. The mulch will be available to all citizens while supplies last. Grinding is usually done during the third and/or fourth week of February.  Trees are ground at each drop-off site.  When going to pick up mulch after the trees are ground, please be sure to take your own container.

Last year, more than 1,000 trees were dropped off and ground into mulch.  Let’s see if we can increase that number this year!

South Carolina Living magazine available online

The horrycovernovember2017November/December 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Plus, you can find the local content for all of the Horry Electric SCL editions published in 2017 on horryelectric.com!

This month’s highlights include:

  • CEO message: Giving thanks for your support – especially in one important way
  • Horry News: Right-of-way update; Do you have special medical needs? Check out our H2O Load Management and H2O Select programs
  • Merry Christmas from all of us
  • Nativity Exhibition at Maple Baptist Church
  • How to become a trustee of Horry Electric 
  • Annual Meeting Time Schedule

 

September edition of South Carolina Living will soon be delivered; it’s online NOW

The September 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Highlights this month include:HORRY SEPTEMBER 2017 COVER

  • CEO Column: Troubled by nuclear issues
  • BEAT THE PEAK – Sign up between September 1 and October 13 to be entered into a drawing for a $100 electric bill credit
  • Horry Extra: Steady growth continues on Horry Electric system
  • A place for fun – North Strand Recreation Center
  • Who Powers You:  Honor someone in your community and celebrate the power of human connections.

 

August edition of South Carolina Living delivered to members

The August 2017edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Highlights this month include: HORRY AUGUST COVER PDF

  • CEO Column: A great benefit for members – the Co-op Connections Card!
  • Horry News: Youth Tour delegate will represent S.C. at national events; Community Solar; Horry Extra promo
  • Co-op Connections Card local discounts
  • Co-ops look out for members as nuclear options mulled
  • Youth Tour highlights and How Power is Restored
  • Beat the Peak/Bank Draft and Advance Pay – we need members to participate!

 

 

 

 

July edition of South Carolina Living is online!

The  JULY 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

Local content includes:

HORRYJULY2017 COVER

  • CEO Column – Summer storms, outages – Line crews need room to work
  • WIRE awards $1,500 scholarship to hard-working young man
  • Use PowerTouch to get in touch – we need your updated contact information in our system!
  • Beat the Peak – a FREE and voluntary effort to help control energy costs for all members!
  • Two programs highlighted – H2O Select and Surge Guard

 

 

June edition of SCL is online!

The June 2017 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of subscribing members mid-month. Horry Electric’s local content, as well as the main part of the magazine, are both available online NOW!

HORRY JUNE COVER

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO column – In case you missed it: Quorum met, another successful event – Annual Meeting report
  • Horry News – WIRE’s gifts will comfort displaced seniors; Horry native newest members of Trust Board; Lineman Rodeo results
  • Operation Round Up report and sign-up form
  • Restoring service after the storm – goal is to get service back on ASAP and what to do if your electric service is damaged
  • Annual Meeting photographic highlights
  • Community Solar – update on the program, featuring members who jumped at the chance to participate!

Johnson attends Statehouse ceremony

Ashley Johnson represented Horry Electric Cooperative at the S.C. Statehouse Tuesday for the designation of Linemen Appreciation Day. He was one of 40 electric utility linemen stood with Gov. Henry McMaster and legislators as they honored the more than 2,000 lineworkers across the state.
Johnson, an Advanced Lineman with the cooperative, attended a news conference where the governor read a proclamation, and legislators unveiled a special automobile license plate to honor linemen.

 Part of the governor’s proclamation stated, “Linemen are the backbone of South Carolina’s electric utility system and deserve recognition for their work when the weather is good, after catastrophic events, and at all times in between.”

 

“It takes a special type of person to do that work,” said Rep. Mike Forrester, R-Spartanburg. “Most people know you have to be brave, but it takes a heart for service and the ability to be content doing hard work often without thanks, fanfare or attention. I don’t know of a group of people who are more universally humble, dependable and diligent.”

 

Legislators referenced Ice Storm Pax in 2014, the record-breaking rain and flooding in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 as examples of the extreme conditions linemen face during repair work.

 

After last year’s flood, “the localized damage was so bad in some areas that two separate cooperatives saw their systems completely dark for a period of time,” said Forrester, who is chairman of the House Labor, Commerce and Industry (LCI) Public Utilities Subcommittee.

 

Forbes magazine’s annual listing of the 10 most dangerous jobs includes lineworkers, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Luke Rankin, R-Myrtle Beach. “Most of us don’t think about the realities of the job. A safety-first attitude isn’t a cliché but is a matter of life and death,” Rankin said.

 

The dangers of the job and the personal sacrifice of the employees were noted by several speakers.

 

“We expect it (electricity) all the time and most especially during times when the weather is extreme,” said Sen. Thomas Alexander, R-Walhalla, chairman of the Senate LCI Committee. “When most of us are getting ready to enjoy a snow day with our excited children, linemen are preparing to be away from their familes for an extended period of time.”

 

“I want to make sure that we don’t forget the other side of that sacrifice,” said Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Berkeley Co., chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “For many linemen, there are families at home who are also making a sacrifice. A family is doing without a husband or a father during sometimes special and sometimes scary times. I want to make sure that we honor the sacrifice of the linemen’s families.”

 

Legislation is working its way through the House and Senate that would authorize a new automobile license plate to honor linemen. The plate’s proposed design, unveiled at the news conference, features an outline of a lineman at the top of a power pole. The state Department of Motor Vehicles must approve the design.

 

A special license tag can serve two purposes, according to Rep. Rita Allison, R-Spartanburg, chair of the House Education and Public Works Committee.

 

“First, it’s a way for the owner to express pride in something that makes them special, to identify with something bigger than him or herself. Second, it reminds those who see it of those positive groups or ideas. I hope every time someone sees it, they are reminded of the hard work and dedication of our linemen,” said Allison.

 

Johnson said he was honored to be able to represent his co-workers and his electric cooperative. “Most consumers seem to appreciate our work, but it’s really special to know the state’s leaders acknowledge it, too,” he said.

 

Horry Electric Cooperative provides power in much of Horry County. Twenty independent, member-owned electric cooperatives build and maintain what is collectively the state’s largest power distribution system. They serve 70 percent of the state over 75,000 miles of co-op power lines — more than all the other utilities in S.C. combined.

 

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LINEMAN PHOTO CAPTION: Ashley Johnson, an Advanced Lineman for Horry Electric Cooperative, joined more than 40 fellow utility workers in Columbia on May 2 as Gov. Henry McMaster and state legislators announced S.C. Linemen Appreciation Day. Johnson is pictured with the proposed design of a special license plate to honor linemen.

 

 LICENSE PLATE PHOTO CAPTION: Legislation is working its way through the House and Senate that would authorize a new automobile license plate to honor linemen. The plate’s proposed design, unveiled at a May 2 Statehouse news conference, features an outline of a lineman at the top of a power pole. The state Department of Motor Vehicles must approve the design.

 

 

GROUP PHOTO CAPTION: Electric utility lineworkers gather on the S.C. Statehouse steps on May 2 after Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed S.C. Linemen Appreciation Day. Officials also unveiled the proposed design of a special automobile license plate honoring linemen. “It takes a special type of person to do that work,” said Rep. Mike Forrester of Spartanburg.