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State of the Art Emergency Operations System

Did you know that according to the National Weather Service, our region is one of the most flashflood prone in the U.S.? That’s just one of many potential disastrous events—natural or manmade—that can change lives forever. Behind the scenes are departments and...

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Welcome to our POWER UP Scrapbook

There’s no doubt that GVEC members have a generous nature. They are quick to respond when needed, stand ready to help their neighbors and are willing to donate their time as well as money to make their communities a better place for us all. This community-minded...

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Rodeo in the Sky

Congrats once again to our GVEC linemen. They represented the Co-op well at the International Lineman’s Rodeo in Bonner Springs, Kansas, where the best of the best linemen from around the world meet annually to test their skills against one another. It’s also the...

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Keeping GVEC’s Electric System Strong

Message from GENERAL MANAGER DARREN SCHAUER Since the beginning, GVEC’s focus has always been on providing members with all of the electricity they need to live their lives well. One of the keys to accomplishing this is building and maintaining a strong and reliable...

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Ask the Experts

Do you have a love-hate relationship with your air conditioning? If you’re like most people, you appreciate year-round comfort, but worry about higher electric bills. We understand. After 40 years in the AC business, we’ve heard it all and have the experience and...

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Create a Strong Password the Easy Way

One of the first steps to your online security is to create strong passwords that are hard to guess. Believe it or not, despite all of the stories written about passwords, studies show that the most popular ones are still “12345678” and “password.” But, no matter how...

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The Internet of Things

Message from GENERAL MANAGER DARREN SCHAUER Who would have imagined that wristwatches would one day be replaced by devices that not only would tell us the time, but also analyze the number of steps we’ve taken, hours we’ve slept, calories burned and our fitness...

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A Feast of Fellowship

Do you remember the story, Stone Soup? It’s about a hungry traveler who convinces a village that he can make a delicious soup from a stone. As the stone cooks, he persuades the villagers to part with other ingredients like salt, vegetables and meat. Before long, they...

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An American Story

Tucked away on the banks of the Guadalupe River at the Lazy U Ranch in Seguin is a small hand-crafted building that couldn’t be more than 200 square feet. But despite its small size, it delivers a powerful message as the only private, living war memorial in the U.S....

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TWO A-MAZING Dreams

Most retirement plans include traveling, hobbies, and building your dream home. They usually don’t include building a maze. But surprisingly, two families shared the same dream of using their land to create a family-friendly retreat. Dean and Lisa Schmoekel of Marion...

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TEXAS SHOWDOWN

What happens when two cities at opposite ends of the country claim to be The Turkey Capital? What else but a good old fashioned Texas showdown between turkeys, Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas and Paycheck of Worthington, Minnesota. It’s a turkey race not to be missed,...

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What It Takes To Be A Lineman

Message from GENERAL MANAGER DARREN SCHAUER With school in full swing, GVEC will once again visit area classrooms to teach students about electrical safety. This is something the Co-op has been dedicated to doing for the last 30 years with programs like Louie the...

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Cultivate Farm Safety

Farming is near the top of the list of the most hazardous jobs in the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Electricity is one of the hazards farmworkers need to be cautious around especially when they are under pressure to work quickly. One critical part...

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An Unlikely Home Sweet Home

Most people wouldn’t want to admit that the town jail was once their “home sweet home,” but Sandra Wolff recalls the Gonzales County Jail being just that when she was only six years old. Of course, that was back in the 1950s when her father, L.O. McGinty, was elected...

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