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Local Co-ops Contribute to YMCA

Panhandle Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (PTCI) and Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TCEC) came together to donate $5,000 toward the Texas County Family YMCA’s annual fundraising campaign.

The annual support campaign helps fund the YMCA’s scholarship program, which helps low-income families with membership and program fees so they can take advantage of the YMCA’s offerings. The campaign also helps to keep programs affordable for all members, provides upkeep for the facility and helps with the overall sustainability of the YMCA.

Annual power pole inspection underway

TCEC contractor crews with Global Utility Services will be inspecting power poles for quality condition and stability for the next three to four months. The areas to be inspected are as follows:

Wanted: High school juniors and 8th graders to take all-expense paid trips

Don’t miss the January 25 deadline to apply for three amazing trips from TCEC. Applying is simple and going is free, there’s no catch because these trips are from your local electric cooperative.

Three high school juniors will be awarded trips to Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. from June 10 - 16. Two more will be awarded the opportunity to go to Leadership Camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, from July 16 - 22. Four eighth graders have the chance to go to YouthPower Energy Camp nestled in Red Rock Canyon at Canyon Camp, near Hinton, Oklahoma, from May 31 - June 3.

Oklahoma Panhandle breezes through

TCEC is always prepared to respond to potential weather events such as the forecasted blizzard over Christmas weekend. Although, the Oklahoma Panhandle breezed through the weekend without snow, the area was hit by bitter cold, dry winds. 

Prepare before the storm

TCEC has been monitoring the coming winter weather event to be prepared in case of potential damage to the system and possible widespread outages. A winter storm system is forecasted to impact TCEC’s service territory and surrounding areas beginning the Saturday after Christmas, December 26, and continuing through early Tuesday morning, December 29. While precipitation amounts will vary across the cooperative’s service territory, cold temperatures and wet conditions are a combination for possible power outages.

‘Needles’ in the storm

During whiteout weather conditions, trying to find the cause of power outages is often like trying to find the proverbial needle in a haystack.
On Sunday, December 13, a snowstorm with high winds and whiteout conditions blew through the Panhandle causing about 6,700 total outages of varying durations and locations. The outages began about 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon and continued until power was restored to all affected areas at about 3 a.m. on Monday morning.  

'Turn on' your blankets

     Stop shivering at night with a little help from an electric blanket.
     An electric blanket or mattress pad could save you up to 3 percent on your heating bill—for each degree you lower your thermostat overnight. And you won’t feel cold.

Thanksgiving goes cold

Thanksgiving goes cold


TCEC monitored the Thanksgiving weekend weather all week prior to prepare for the possibility of a major ice event. Members were notified through press releases, TCEC’s website and social media to prepare themselves as well.

TCEC urges weather preparedness

TCEC urges weather preparedness

No, it’s NOT just another trip!

Parents, are you thinking camps cost a bunch? Students, are you wondering if will there will be kids you don’t know from everywhere and what will be in it for me? You have never been on a trip like youth tour in Washington D.C., leadership camp in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, or energy camp in Hinton, Oklahoma. Yes, there will be hundreds kids you don’t know from everywhere just like you. You never know who might show up on these trips.


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