By Nicole Thomas Delaware County kicked off the Indiana gas boom in 1876 when natural gas was first discovered in the state near the town of Eaton. Delaware County is also the home of Ball State University, which was renamed from the Indiana Normal College when the Ball brothers, a family of industrialists and philanthropists,… Continue reading.
• Electric co-ops serve 42 million people and power over 21.5 million businesses, homes, schools and farms in 48 states. • Boone REMC was a model for other rural electric groups in the country. The REMC received one of the Rural Electrification Administration’s first loans on July 22, 1935. It was energized on May 21,… Continue reading.
The word “cooperative” is similar to “cooperation,” meaning people working together and mutually benefiting one another and the larger community. That’s the essence of the cooperative spirit, and co-ops exist for one reason: to serve their members. Not only have cooperatives been formed to sell electricity, produce and flowers, but there are also co-ops that… Continue reading.
Cooperatives play a vital role in transforming communities. The roots of the modern co-op movement can be traced back to a store started by a group of weavers in the town of Rochdale in northern England in 1844. The group was guided by a set of principles drawn up by one of its members, Charles… Continue reading.
Sometimes when Heath Hudnut is on his riding mower cutting grass on weekends or in the evening, his wife must flag him down. An emergency call has come in, and he needs to grab his white hat and go. But Hudnut wears two white hats in his rural community. One is the hardhat of a… Continue reading.
The second oldest county in Indiana, Clark County is located on the north bank of the Ohio River across from Louisville, Kentucky. It was named after General George Rogers Clark, who was the older brother of William Clark — one of the leaders of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Days of family fun In Borden,… Continue reading.
During Kendall Hankins’ initial job interview with Southeastern Indiana REMC, the general manager asked him one question that caught his attention. Beyond his qualifications for the job, the GM wanted to know what Hankins did for his community. He was glad the GM asked. Not only did Hankins have impressive community experiences to share, but… Continue reading.
Constructed in 1908, the Indiana State Sanatorium was originally built to give respite and healing to those suffering from tuberculosis. More than a medical facility, the Sanatorium, and its surrounding buildings situated on over 200 acres, functioned as a self-sufficient community. Doctors and nurses lived on the property. There was a greenhouse, a dairy barn… Continue reading.
Jim Binkley honors the trade even after retirement Clark County REMC’s Wyatt Binkley first climbed at a lineman rodeo when he was 12 years old. Last year, he was on the team that finished first place overall at the inaugural Indiana Electric Cooperative Lineman Rodeo. He received a unique, handcrafted trophy for his efforts —… Continue reading.
For many people, Labor Day is a day of rest and relaxation. For others, it’s the perfect time to catch up on outdoor projects before the season changes. If you’re planning on laboring outside this Labor Day, Sept. 4, remember these pointers so that you work safely: Use fiberglass or wood ladders when working around… Continue reading.
Late summer and early fall often bring tornadoes and floods to our part of the country, so it’s smart to take precautions after a storm hits. Keep in mind that debris from storms can easily ignite if it comes into contact with downed power lines, especially if electrical wires are severed. Also, standing water and… Continue reading.
Now’s the ideal time to start preparing your home for the impending cooler weather. Use this handy checklist of chores that includes tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to start your season off on the right foot. □ Safely store warm weather tools, such as trimmers and lawnmowers. Check your cold weather tools,… Continue reading.
The final member of the Indiana Connection team to highlight is Mandy Barth, the vice president of communication at Indiana Electric Cooperatives, the publisher of the magazine. Her essential leadership provides the glue that binds the whole team together. Here’s more about her: As vice president of communication, it is my pleasure to work alongside… Continue reading.