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Snapping Shoals celebrates 75 years at annual meeting

COVINGTON — All Snapping Shoals EMC members are invited to celebrate the cooperative’s 75th anniversary at this year’s annual meeting on Thursday, July 25, at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers.

For the special occasion, the popular yellow plastic buckets full of goodies handed out to members will be replaced by commemorative galvanized buckets bearing the anniversary logo. Buckets are available to the first 2,000 members to register.

Registration takes place from 8:30 - 11:15 a.m. The business portion of the meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with the election of several members of the board of directors. There is no opposition this year. Members up for re-election are Ruby Woods, Newton County, District 1; Dr. Millard Ross, Rockdale County, District 2; James I. White, Henry County, District 4; and Frank Lineberger, DeKalb County, District 3.

More than 50 door prizes will be given away after the business session ends, including TVs, microwaves, DVD players and more, said Leigh-Anne Burgess, communications specialist with Snapping Shoals. The grand prize is a 2001 Ford F-250 that has been retired from the Snapping Shoals fleet.

Only members are eligible to register, participate in the election and win prizes. Members must be present to win prizes.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 members are expected to attend, along with their guests, which typically puts attendance at between 3,000 and 4,000, Burgess said.

Food will be available to purchase and free snow cones and soft drinks will be provided.

Snapping Shoals EMC is a non-profit, consumer-owned cooperative headquartered in Covington. Snapping Shoals provides electric service to about 95,000 residential, commercial and industrial consumers in an eight-county area southeast of Atlanta, including Newton and Rockdale counties.