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Cooperative celebrates 75th anniversay

Amazing safety record

Robert W. Berry, president and CEO of Big Rivers Electric Corporation, right, accepts the Governor’s Safety Award from Anthony Russell, Kentucky Labor Cabinet commissioner, during a safety recognition dinner. Big Rivers has received this award more times than any other Kentucky corporation. Photo: Big Rivers Electric Corporation

Big Rivers Electric Corporation, the generation and transmission cooperative in western Kentucky, recently received its 38th Governor’s Safety and Health Award from the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. The co-op’s employees at the Coleman Station completed 1,755,304 hours without a lost-time incident, Wilson Station employees eight years without a lost-time incident, and Energy Transmission and Substation Department employees five years with no lost-time incidents. Sebree Station employees completed 2 million hours without a lost-time incident.

“This is really important,” says Jim Ed Burris, Corporate Safety manager with Big Rivers. “It means our people are not getting hurt and they are able to go home safe.”
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More scholarship money

The first recipient of the Bob Wade Sr. Memorial Scholarship is Carla Ramsey, daughter of Nolin RECC members Steve and Tina Ramsey. Carla is attending Western Kentucky University to begin her studies in middle grades social studies and language arts education. Her goal is to earn a master’s degree and return to Hardin County to teach. Photo: Sarah Woods

Nolin RECC now offers a $5,000 scholarship to a high school graduate in honor of long-time director Bob Wade Sr., who died in 2014. Wade served on the Nolin RECC board from 1970 to 2004 and was chairman for nearly 30 years.

“Bob Wade appreciated the value of education,” says Mickey Miller, president and CEO of Nolin RECC. “He had a tremendous impact on developing the co-op’s strategies and educational programs.”

The cooperative also increased each of its existing scholarships to $1,500. Six scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors. The seventh is a continuing education scholarship presented to a member returning to school.

75 years and counting

This 1941 Chevy truck was the first of a fleet of vehicles owned by Licking Valley RECC. Standing next to the unidentified man on the left is Kelse H. Risner, center, Licking Valley’s first manager, and Don Collins, right, the first lineman employed by Licking Valley RECC. Photo: Licking Valley RECC

Licking Valley RECC is celebrating its diamond anniversary as a member-owned cooperative. Incorporated in 1940, the co-op’s first distribution line was energized in 1941 when Licking Valley had 381 members. The co-op now provides power to 16,000 homes and 1,000 businesses in a 200-square-mile area of eastern Kentucky.

“We have been honored to serve our members with safe, reliable electricity for 75 years,” says Kerry K. Howard, Licking Valley general manager and CEO. “We are also proud to be involved in our community in many other ways.”

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