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Giving thanks and giving back


November 25, 2015   By Willard Strong in Community
Santee Cooper - United Way Day of Caring

Santee Cooper employees volunteer for the 2015 Trident United Way Day of Caring.

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the blessings we have and the yuletide season also gives us the opportunity to reach out and help others.

At the risk of sounding like horn-tooting, the recently concluded fundraising effort for Trident United Way showed the generosity of Santee Cooper employees in the Moncks Corner area who again stepped up to make this year a record-setting effort, and contributing to make the Lowcountry a better place to live.

Our employees also contribute to United Way campaigns in Horry County, where we serve the municipalities of Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Surfside Beach and Loris. Anderson County, where we have a generating station, also has our employees as part of their campaign.

The barrel of worthy causes will never be empty, of course, and one particular charitable organization cannot be everything to everybody. It is amazing to me the level of participation our employees exhibit year... Continue Reading >>

Celebrate The Season With Us


November 18, 2015   By Kevin F. Langston in Community

Photo by Jim Huff

If you've recently been by our corporate headquarters in Moncks Corner, chances are you've seen some of Santa's helpers getting things ready for Celebrate The Season , which returns for its fifth year to once again bring families and the community together this holiday season. Thousands of enchanting lights, and weekend Holiday Fairs are just some of the delights awaiting visitors beginning Friday, Nov. 27 .

Celebrate The Season features a nightly Holiday Lights Driving Tour with spectacular light displays along a quaint route that begins at our headquarters and winds through the adjacent Old Santee Canal Park. The month-long event is fully powered with Green Power from Santee Cooper and exclusively uses energy-efficient LEDs. Admission is $5 per vehicle, and visitors can make repeat trips through the display route on the night they attend for the price of one nightly admission.

Celebrate The Season's Holiday Lights Driving Tour is open daily except for... Continue Reading >>

Bring on the bluegrass


October 07, 2015   By Nicole Aiello in Community
As the weather begins to cool and the trees shake off their summer greens for the fiery reds and burnt oranges of fall, I realize this is my favorite time of year. The smell of campfires, the cheers at football games and the coziness of my well-worn college sweatshirt are all reasons I love fall. Another reason is fall brings with it the season of festivals.

Fall festivals come in all shapes and sizes, but they all mean I get to be outside having fun with my favorite friends and family. And now, there's a new fall festival in town. Old Santee Canal Park is hosting the inaugural Biggin Swamp Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 1 p.m. Not only is the name poetic, the musical lineup is pretty impressive, too. Listen closely – can you hear the mandolins and fiddles, too, or is it just me?

The Bluestone Ramblers will "pick" things off at 1 p.m. and the Blue Plantation Band will pluck their way to the stage an hour later. Strumming up... Continue Reading >>

Paying it forward


September 16, 2015   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper employees in Horry County again stepped up for the United Way of Horry County's annual Day of Caring, held last Friday.

Last Friday, many people attended or participated in ceremonies and tributes in remembrance of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. For so many, it is a day they will never forget and one that changed them, in some way, forever.

For many Santee Cooper employees in Horry County, it was a day they chose to remember the lives lost by paying it forward and doing something good for someone they may never meet. Those employees participated in the 2015 United Way of Horry County's Day of Caring (DOC).

This wasn't Santee Cooper's first year helping with the DOC. In fact, employees have been making a difference for United Way agencies across the state for more than two decades. Some employees pledge donations to United Way and some lend their skills on the Day of Caring. Many employees do both.

This year, Santee Cooper employees worked at South Strand Helping Hand , The Salvation Army of Conway , and the Disabled American Veterans in... Continue Reading >>

A Lesson in Observing


May 20, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Community
School is starting to wind down, and traffic along the Grand Strand is starting to pick up. The temperature has hovered in the mid-80s for the last few weeks, and those heat pumps are humming all over. While it's not quite time for our family vacation, it's obvious that summer is on its way.

Next Monday, all the fun begins: Next Monday is Memorial Day.

Living in Myrtle Beach my entire life, Memorial Day has always signified the unofficial start to summer. Scores of visitors will begin to roll in, and our highways and hotels will be packed from now through Labor Day. Traffic will be unbearable, and most locals will just decide to stay home.

Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, began after the American Civil War to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who died in service. After World War I, this holiday was expanded to include all American casualties of war or other military action.

In May 2000, President Bill... Continue Reading >>