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Linemen: Powering and Saving Lives


March 28, 2018   By Susan Mungo in Community

Lineworkers resotoring power near St. Stephen after Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Linemen from across the state recently gathered in at Horry Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) in Conway to compete against one another. This is an annual event and this year was sponsored by Santee Cooper along with The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina and hosted by HGTC.

For more than 20 years it has been known as the lineworker’s rodeo . But if you have ever known a lineman and if you have ever seen one in action, you know this was more than a competition; this was a gathering of individuals who love what they do, have real respect for one another and put their lives on the line daily to make ours more comfortable.

I have known many linemen in my life and most have one thing in common, they absolutely love what they do. I love to ask them why they became a lineman. They say everything from “it is what I wanted since I was little” to “the minute I put those hooks on I was hooked!”

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Time for a Rodeo


March 15, 2018   By Jessica Yourko in Community
Do you have any big plans for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend? If not, let me help you make some.

On Saturday, March 17, the Conway campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College will play host to the 21 st annual Santee Cooper Lineworker’s Rodeo. It’s a cool event and it’s kid friendly. There are things for them to enjoy, too. 

The rodeo was established in 1988 to determine which teams would represent Santee Cooper at the International Lineman’s Rodeo, held that year in Kansas City, Mo.

In 2002, it was decided to expand the rodeo and invite qualified individuals and teams from the state’s electric cooperatives to participate in this friendly competition. 

While the rodeo may have started with very humble beginnings, it has grown considerably. It’s an event that lineworkers look forward to participating in every year, partly for the camaraderie that comes with working with others... Continue Reading >>

The Lake Busbee Decision


December 06, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Community

The 325-acre Lake Busbee began life as an industrial cooling pond for Santee Cooper’s Grainger Generating Station when the plant entered commercial operation in 1966.

You may have heard the news this week that the city of Conway and Santee Cooper have agreed to allow Lake Busbee to return to wetlands. We’ve been asked questions about the decision, so I wanted to give you some more information.

First, Lake Busbee isn’t a natural lake. The reason it’s there is because it was the cooling pond for the Grainger Generating Station. Is it pretty? Absolutely. Was it meant for recreation? Never.

However, we know that many people love Lake Busbee, which is why we gave the local stakeholders the chance to keep it as a lake. After Grainger closed in 2012, Santee Cooper talked with city of Conway officials and other stakeholders about what they would like to do. 

Without an active generating station, there is no business need for an industrial cooling pond. And, to be frank, we can’t justify the costs to our customers to continue pumping water into Busbee.

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This is hiking weather


October 18, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Old Santee Canal Park in the fall is a great place to rent a canoe and paddle Biggin Creek.

The sweltering, humid summer temperatures have passed and, in their wake, the glorious days of fall have arrived. I was practically giddy yesterday I opened my windows after work.

Cooler autumn temperatures always inspire me to enjoy the outdoors before winter arrives. Old Santee Canal Park is one of the places where I revel in nature and enjoy the cooler weather. The park has a 4-mile network of boardwalks and trails that meander beside and over the serene backwaters of Biggin Creek. You can hike your way around the park’s 195 acres, taking in the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry.

Along your hike, you’ll see natural limestone bluffs and what remains of the Santee Canal that was completed in the year 1800. Fox, squirrels, butterflies, egrets, warblers, herons, owls, lizards and other animals may be your companions on your hike. You also can rent a canoe to explore the 3-mile paddle trail that immerses you in a cypress swamp that wood ducks,... Continue Reading >>

Old Santee Canal Park perfect venue for eclipse, despite Mother Nature’s reluctance to cooperate


August 23, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper photographer Paul Zoeller took this image of the solar eclipse at Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner on Aug. 21 at the time totality.

“ The Great American Eclipse ” as it is being called, happened this past Monday. From the Oregon coast to the coast of South Carolina millions were able to view a total eclipse of the sun for the first time in 26 years.

In South Carolina, from the mountains to the sea, small towns and venues had prepared for large crowds and they showed. Old Santee Canal Park was a hot spot in the middle of the path for those desiring a family friendly spot in the path of totality.

Planning for big events and being a part of historical events is nothing new for Old Santee Canal Park. It’s history dates back to the days when roads were nonexistent and settlers looked for ways to export their cotton and indigo down river to Charleston.  It is known for hosting such successful events as the Shuckin’ in the Park in March, Celebrate The Season during the holidays, summer camps and the newest event, this month’s Palmetto Pirates Festival. Continue Reading >>