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June edition of South Carolina Living is available online; due in mailboxes soon

The June 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month, but it’s available online NOW!june2015horrycover

Horry Electric local highlights include:

  • CEO Column: In case you missed it: quorum met; successful event
  • Horry News: Horry Electric guys rocked at Lineworker Rodeo; HEC Youth Tour delegation 2015; Making additions to your home? Include us in your plans!
  •  WIRE, Horry knitters help displaced seniors get cozy again
  • A fresh crop of Young Farmers
  • Co-op Connections: Skip on over to Skip’s Grill and chill out!

 

Other highlights from the magazine include: 

April edition of South Carolina Living available online

Thorryaprilcoverhe April 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month, but you can view our local content online now!

 HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  It’s that time of year – Annual Meeting 2015 is next month
  • 37th Rural Lady of the Year:  Frances Strickland
  • 2015 Annual Meeting parking/registration location diagram
  • Co-op Connections Card program feature:  Waccamaw River Rentals
  • Green Power – Meet the stars of Team Green
  • Capital Credits – Co-op returning $2.6 million in capital credits to members

South Carolina Living for February 2015 packed with news and information

febsclcoverThe February 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will  be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers mid-month,  but you can view it online NOW!

HEC local highlights include:

  • CEO Column  Always call before you dig: Projects big or small; make sure you call
  • Operation Round Up Report: HEC members generously helped 208 neighbors in need with $54,000 in aid during 2014
  • WIRE Jenny Ballard Opportunity Scholarship deadline is June 1
  • In Burgess, memories of another time – Mules and oxen helped bring co-op power to the Freewoods, member says
  • She ‘loved everything on the farm’ – except for one thing – Annie Plowden remembers growing up on her family’s farm in Burgess’ Freewoods
  • Right back where he started He followed opportunity up North, then followed his instincts back to Burgess – and farming – featuring Cad Holmes. 

January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living packed with news and information

januarycoverscl2015The January 2015 edition of South Carolina Living magazine will soon be delivered to the mailboxes of members and subscribers,  but you can view it online NOW!

Horry Electric Cooperative local content includes :

  • CEO Column  – Resolve to modify energy use
  • Two opportunities for high school students! Juniors may apply for Youth Tour 2015 (deadline 2/27) and Seniors may apply for the $1500 WIRE scholarship (deadline 3/1)!
  • Co-op Connections® Feature: Heating and air and savings to spare, just for co-op members!
  • Hooray for Hollywood! A touch of Tinseltown in Tabor City helped their teen romance take root in Green Sea
  • Authors share an easy-flowing tale of two rivers –

Other January 2015 highlights available online:

Have you winterized your home?

We’re expecting freezing temperatures through the night and into the morning.  If you haven’t already, there is no time like the present to winterize your home to save energy and money. Horry Electric offers these tips to help conserve electricity and heat, as well as your time and money!

  • Add weather-stripping around doors and windows.
  • Caulk around pipes where they penetrate walls and floors. Do this before cold weather because many types of caulk will not cure if installed in cold temperatures.
  • Insulate hot-water pipes in unheated spaces, such as attic or crawl space.
  • Make sure all of your light bulbs are energy-efficient CFLs. This will allow you to keep them turned on longer as the days grow shorter and use 75% less energy.
  • Use exterior caulk to seal all gaps and cracks around fixtures, openings, door and window frames.
  • Let the sunshine – and its warmth – in by opening drapes during the day. Close the drapes at night to help insulate the house from the cooler outside air.
  • During cool weather, set your thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 65 degrees at night or when leaving home for an extended time.
  • Replace broken window panes and seal window cracks. A small crack around windows and doors can cause a complete change of inside and outside air in the home every hour.
  • Keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use. For safety, be sure the fire is out and the ashes are cold before closing the damper. Consider installing a glass door since the fireplace is a major source of heat loss in the home.
  • Wood stoves or fireplaces need maintenance to burn cleanly. Improper venting can cause serious heat loss and could lead to fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Change your filters regularly – once a month for standard fiberglass filters, every two or three months for newer, pleated filters. Dirty filters hamper air flow and overwork the blower.

Application deadline for $1500 HEC WIRE scholarship is March 1

scwireHorry Electric’s chapter of W.I.R.E. (Women Involved in Rural Electrification) is offering a $1500 scholarship to an eligible high school senior who plans on attending either Coastal Carolina University or Horry Georgetown Technical College in the Fall of 2015.  The applicant must be the child or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc. in order to qualify.

The scholarship award is for one academic year for an entering freshman. $750 will be given for the fall semester. An additional $750 will be given for the spring semester, contingent upon meeting the 2.5 GPR requirement.

Scholarship Criteria includes:

  1. Applicant must be the child or dependent of a member of Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  2. Awards are for one academic year for an entering freshman.  $750 will be given in the fall semester and an additional $750 will be given for the spring semester, contingent upon meeting the G.P.R. requirement.
  3. Scholarship recipient must have at least a cumulative 2.5 G.P.R. at the end of the first semester of college to receive the second semester scholarship. Copies of grades should be submitted to Susan Brown at the end of the first semester, when registering for the second semester.
  4. Loans and/or college work-study awards received in addition to this scholarship do not reduce its full value in any way.
  5. In accepting the scholarship, the student gives consent to the release of grades and other relevant information to the scholarship sponsor at the end of each semester.
  6. All applications must be received by Horry Electric’s WIRE Group by Tuesday, March 1, 2015.
  7. Applicants must be attending either Coastal Carolina University or Horry-Georgetown Technical College. Disbursement of these funds will be handled by CCU or HGTC as per their procedures.
  8. In the event there is no qualified recipient, the scholarship is suspended for that year.
  9. In the event the scholarship recipient receives the first $750 for the fall semester and does not maintain G.P.R. and/or drops out of school, the balance of the scholarship is suspended for that applicant and for the remainder of the school year/spring semester.
  10. Financial need will be an important consideration in determining the winner.
  11. Students may be asked to participate in an interview as a final step in this process. Completion and submission of an application is not a guarantee that every applicant will be granted an interview. Those selected for an interview will be contacted individually.

Applications are being sent to all high schools in Horry County and will be available for students through the guidance counselor. Students can also  download and print the application  from this news story. All applications should be mailed to Mrs. Susan Brown – WIRE SCHOLARSHIP; Horry Electric Cooperative, Inc.; Post Office Box 119; Conway, South Carolina; 29528-0119

Download and print the application

Questions?  Call 843.369.2211 or email Mrs. Susan Brown.

Join the Co-op Month celebration

ICoopMonth-280n October, members from more than 29,000 cooperatives nationwide will join to celebrate the advantages of cooperative membership and recognize the benefits and values co-ops bring to their members and communities.

Unlike other businesses, cooperatives are not-for-profit, democratically controlled, volunteer-run, member-owned organizations. They exist to serve their members, and that level of service remains high even during even the toughest times. Instead of issuing stock or paying dividends to outside shareholders, cooperatives provide value to their members through their level of customer services and membership checks at the end of each year.

As a cooperative, we are guided by seven principles. Originally drawn up by Charles Howarth, one of 28 weavers and other artisans who founded the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England, on December 21, 1844, these principles governing cooperative operations were introduced into the United States in 1874 by the National Grange, and formally written down by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1937.

  1. Open and Voluntary MembershipCo-op_Month_Logo_f280x119_1380725114
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Members’ Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  7. Concern For Community

These principles are underpinned by six ideals—the d cooperative values of Self-Help, Self-Responsibility, Democracy, Equality, Equity, and Solidarity. In addition, the International Cooperative Alliance lists cooperative “ethical values” of Honesty, Openness, Social Responsibility, and Caring for Others.