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Thank you for your interest in the cooperative's actions to make people's lives better. Our Blog is a place to keep you informed on a regular basis. Please scroll down to view posts starting on March 12, 2020.

With COVID-19, you are invited to use our drive-up facilities for full service. If you need to enter the main office building in Bloomfield or Sikeston for additional services, we ask that you wear a mask. Thank you for working with us to protect you and us. If you are experiencing financial hardship or have questions, please call us at 800-813-5230. For your safety, we encourage you to pay your electric or fiber bill in several ways: by phone (877) 833-3634; by mail PO Box 520, Sikeston, MO 63801; and by SmartHub.

We appreciate your concern as we continue to monitor the pandemic and take necessary steps to make people's lives better with electricity and fiber. Let’s squeeze the COVID-19 lemon to make lemonade and plant the seeds for a better future.  Thank you - CEO/GM Sean Vanslyke

January 22, 2021

Sean's Friday Feature: Our differences make us special. Let’s respect each other as we push forward to physically reconnecting.

January 21, 2021

Have you ever wondered why your energy bills go up in the summer or winter months? It’s because weather has a huge impact on your home's energy usage.

January 19, 2021

It’s Rivalry Night on GoSEMO Fiber’s Local 95! Tonight, Local 95 will be airing two previously recorded basketball games from last Friday night. The first game is the Kelly Hawks visiting the Chaffee Red Devils at 5:30 p.m. The second game is the Bernie Mules at home against the Dexter Bearcats! Get ready for a full night of basketball brought to you by GoSEMO Fiber on Local 95!

January 18, 2021

From beginning to end, this week's small business shout out does it all. Abner Snack Foods located in Bell City, Mo is famously known for Pa Pa's Jerky. Available in original, teriyaki and peppered beef jerky or the amazing sweet sriracha flavored pork jerky! This family owned and operated business has been around for many years. They currently deliver to over 400 convenience/grocery stores in Missouri and surrounding states. https://abnersnackfoods.com/

January 15, 2021

"The word of the year is intentional. We all have addictions. Here’s the deal: We are going to be intentional in 2021. We are going to work on our weaknesses and keep pushing forward because we can do it.”  

January 13, 2021

Are gaps in your windows making your home less comfortable? See how easy it is to seal in savings. One place where you will often find gaps is on exterior window frames. 

January 11, 2021

This week's small business shout out has been your source for quality new, rebuilt, used, and salvaged ag parts at the right price for 55 years! Terry and his team at Worthington Ag Parts in Sikeston will go above and beyond to meet your ag part needs. You can reach them by calling (573) 471-3969. https://www.worthingtonagparts.com/

January 8, 2021

Happy 83rd Birthday: The articles of incorporation of what would become the Scott-New Madrid-Mississippi Cooperative Association (now SEMO Electric Cooperative) were filed on January 8, 1938 with the recorder of deeds in Benton. Thank you to the members for your support. Thank you to our founders and past and present Board of Directors and employees (Team SEMO) for making lives better in southeast Missouri.

Happy Birthday!

Sean's Friday Feature #42: Embarrassing! Today is the day we start rebuilding America. Actions matter. Let’s keep pushing forward – together.

January 7, 2021

A member spotlight on Eftink Construction. Founded in 1973 by Carl and Sheila Eftink, it is a family business that continues to deliver quality and satisfaction. The company understands its customer's need for control of their investment and approaches each project as an opportunity to provide the best product with the highest standard of service.

January 6, 2021

Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

January 5, 2021

The Bank of Advance is the oldest bank in Stoddard County and is the only existing bank headquartered in the county to have survived the Great Depression. The bank was chartered on January 30, 1902 and has been serving the community ever since.

January 4, 2021

Just southwest of the Cairo (Illinois) bridge on Highway 60 East sits this week’s small business shout-out! The Station at 3Points is where you will find all your fuel and convenience store needs. They offer a wide variety of snacks, hot/cold beverages along with a selection of hot food items. We know the surrounding communities are glad to see a business back at this location. You can reach them by calling (573) 427-0771.

January 1, 2021

In 2021, be intentional about your relationships. Sometimes we don’t know what we have until it’s gone.

December 28, 2020

GoSEMO Fiber is bringing subscribers the 64th Annual Bloomfield Christmas Tournament LIVE on Local 95! Stay Fast, Stay Local, Stay Connected with GoSemo Fiber!

December 26, 2020

Member Spotlight: Bootheel Gymnastics Do you have a child that has sparked interest in gymnastics or tumbling? Are you an adult who thinks you may want to give it a try? If so, Bootheel Gymnastics is the place for you! They have a range of activities for the whole family. Shannon Reed and her team would love to hear from you! Give them a call at (573) 475-9791. bootheelgymnastics.com

December 25, 2020

A Christmas Prayer for you. 

December 24, 2020

Merry Christmas from your friends and family at SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber. We hope everyone has a safe & blessed holiday!

December 22, 2020

This video reminds us of the many gifts electricity brings with this festive and humorous take on the 12 Days of Christmas tune. This video is made possible by members of EEC-Safe Electricity - including SEMO Electric Cooperative. We appreciate their support in enhancing safety awareness and making this copyrighted video viewable to individuals visiting Safe Electricity’s YouTube channel. For non-members interested in using this video, please contact info@SafeElectricity.org.

December 21, 2020

At SEMO Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors' meeting, Joe Wilkinson, Chief Member Relations Officer for Associated Electric Cooperative, updated the board about the generation powering Missouri’s cooperatives. Associated  Electric, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including M&A Electric Power Cooperative of Poplar Bluff and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma that serve 910,000 members. In his report, Joe made several key points: A balance of electric generation sources ensures power is reliable, affordable and responsibly produced; In 2020, Associated added power from two new wind farms in the northwest part of the state, bringing the cooperative’s total to eight wind farms and 1,240 megawatts;  Coal, natural gas, hydropower and wind make sure the power Associated produces meets member needs through a balanced strategy. Joe, who serves as Associated’s lead communications professional, also gave a presentation to the board covering the importance of having a well-defined crisis communication plan and the need for communications planning in general. He emphasized that like any other area of life, having a plan to communicate in a timely and accurate way best serves members. 

Plus, the board watched SEMO 360, a video mashup of spotlights on member businesses and Team SEMO’s activities for the past 30 days. The video is showcased at each month’s board meeting as SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber’s focus is to make people’s lives better with Juice & Fiber.

December 19, 2020

Member Spotlight: Compassion Church at Sikeston. Pastor Frank and Alisa Worthington would love for you to join them at one of the many services offered. You can join them in person or enjoy the service online without leaving your home. If you have any questions, you can call (573) 258-8990. compassionchurch.cc/sikeston

December 16, 2020

Progress continues on building a permanent drive-thru at our Bloomfield location. There was a lot of action around 11 a.m. today. Currently, we have more than 2,200 members using our two temporary drive-thru facilities each month at Bloomfield and Sikeston. The permanent solutions will enhance safety and services for SEMO Electric members, GoSEMO Fiber subscribers and Team SEMO.  

December 14, 2020

Hope International Thrift Store in Advance, Missouri, has everything from clothes, toys, home furnishing items and furniture. If you or someone you know needs help furnishing a home, give them a call at (573) 722-0005.

December 11, 2020

Alright SEMO basketball fans, tonight is the night! GoSEMO Fiber Local Channel 95 is bringing you the SEMO Conference Championship game between the NMCC Eagles and the Notre Dame Bulldogs! Live tonight on local 95.Tune in at 6 p.m. for what is certain to be a barn burner! https://youtu.be/rRdMUukSH6k

Sean's Friday Feature #38: Do you have a little anxiety? Tension? Chin up!

December 10, 2020

More SEMO Conference Tournament basketball tonight starting at 6 p.m. Tune in on GoSEMO Fiber’s Local Channel 95. For those without GoSEMO's TV and Local 95, catch the games here: Consolation Championship with Dexter vs Jackson at 6 p.m. https://youtu.be/zN50XbMrtyE. The third place game with Poplar Bluff vs Sikeston at 7:30 p.m. https://youtu.be/mGbpnHfA5lA

December 9, 2020

We were live on Classic KYMO 105.3 FM this morning to discuss GoSEMO Fiber's Local TV Channel TV. We are broadcasting local basketball games and more for those who are unable to attend due to COVID-19 and other reasons.

December 8, 2020

Here are three easy ways you can make your home smarter - and save energy!

December 7, 2020

While SEMO Electric Cooperative misses participating in parades and other community events that have been canceled due to COVID-19, Team SEMO took a little time to help decorate the Old Stoddard County Courthouse in Bloomfield, Mo.

Bloomfield

December 5, 2020

The Dielhstadt Bar and Grill is the place to go in Dielhstadt, Mo., for burgers and other sandwiches with several side items, drinks and games. The bar and grill is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Call ahead at (573) 683-2405. The Dielhstadt Bar and Grill is a member-business of SEMO Electric Cooperative and GoSEMO Fiber.

December 4, 2020

Are you on Santa's Naughty or Nice list? You still have time to get on his nice list. Do something to make somebody feel special. Let them know you care.

December 3, 2020

SEMO Electric Cooperative's linemen annually conduct pole top rescue training. Linemen are trained how to safely lower an injured co-worker to the ground. Linemen train for this possibility, but pray and hope that they never have to use these skills.

December 2, 2020

Another big step for the GoSEMO Fiber as the fiber hut arrived for the Frisco Substation. It will take about three to four months before broadband services will be ready for members served via Frisco. 

December 1, 2020 

'Tis the season for the December issue of Rural Missouri! The issue is filled with holly jolly stories like one family's legacy in providing fresh-cut trees to how Cooperatives are spreading cheer throughout the state and delicious timely recipes perfect for the holiday table. Don't forget to vote for the Best of Rural Missouri Readers' Choice, too! http://www.Nxtbook.com/.../ruralmissouri/202012/index.php...

November 30, 2020

"It's the simple things." GoSEMO Fiber is making people's lives better in many ways. Check out our KFVS (CH 12 CBS) Business Break. 

November 28, 2020

Member Spotlight: Are you in need of a last minute gift or some must have Christmas decorations? If so, you will want to meet Mara Mayo at MK’S Bouquets. A young business owner, Mara wants to provide a quality service and business for Advance and the surrounding areas. You can stop by and visit or give her a call at (573)722-5800.

November 27, 2020

“The current of life never stops. One can choose to swim downstream. That’s an easier trip, but sooner or later it’s also where all the garbage collects. Upstream, on the other hand, is where the water is pure. The things that make life special and worthwhile are all upstream, and to get there, you must discipline yourself to swim against the current.” Just Jones by Andy Andrews

November 25, 2020

This week’s GoSEMO Fiber Business Spotlight is The RiverHouse & Amor On The River. The RiverHouse is “a wine place” located in Scott City. It is known for its beautiful views of the Mississippi River & Thebes Bridge, monthly sangrias & mimosas, good food, and a great atmosphere. Enjoy a day at The RiverHouse this winter on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am-9 pm and Sundays from 11 am-8 pm. Amor On The River is a barn located next to The RiverHouse that serves as a wedding & event center. Amor On The River is your one stop shop for weddings — rehearsal dinners, bridal party stays, wedding ceremonies, and receptions can all be done at Amor On The River in the barn or on The RiverHouse Wedding Pavilion. With COVID, the 2021 year is booking up fast. Contact them at 573-225-0372 or visit riverhousevenues.com to book your wedding or future event! There is so much history and fun to be found at The RiverHouse & Amor On The River. Learn more though this video or give them a visit. We are thankful to have them as SEMO Electric Cooperative Member-Owners and future GoSEMO Fiber Subscribers.

We were live on Classic KYMO 105.3 FM this morning to discuss gratitude, family support for Team SEMO and electricity and broadband services for southeast Missouri.   

November 24, 2020

Help GoSEMO Fiber and SEMO Electric support those that currently serve during this holiday season by adding to our page on KFVS 12’s military holiday greetings. These ads will run starting around Thanksgiving and throughout the holidays. Please send us a photo, branch of service currently serving along with rank, and hometown representing. You can inbox us, or email info and pictures to: loyd@gosemo.com.

Military Greetings

November 23, 2020

Wearing cotton right now? Jeans? Shirt? Socks? We got to harvest cotton with member-farmer Rick Faulkner in New Madrid County. The fact that cotton comes from a plant distinguishes this fiber from man-made materials like polyester and rayon. Cotton is grown on farms, not created in a lab. Cotton Cotton Farming

November 20, 2020

Are you looking for great homemade cooking or a piece of fresh pie? If so, you don’t want to miss this restaurant! Nestled in the small town of Bloomfield, you’ll find Elderland Restaurant. Family owned and operated, Jerry and Pam work hard at providing a great place to eat while giving back to the community. You can stop by and dine in or give them a call at (573) 568-2866 for carry out.

Friday Feature: Even with COVID-19, don't forget to celebrate! Keep pushing forward.

November 18, 2020

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse! Use your GoSEMO Fiber internet to stream your Disney favorites on Disney+ today. You can also watch Disney Channel through GoSEMO Fiber's go Complete package with GoSEMO Fiber HDTV. Don't have GoSEMO Fiber yet? Enroll now at gosemofiber.com or by calling 877.430.5418.

Mouse

November 16, 2020

Do you have honey do’s waiting to be done? Have you started a project but don’t have everything you need? Today’s small business shout out goes DanDee Hardware in Advance, Mo. You can reach them by calling (573) 722-3919 or stop by and see Liz!

November 13, 2020

It's World Kindness Day. Make a difference in someone's life today.

November 12, 2020

Today is the day! Catch the Fiber Force Team at Delta Growers in Charleston from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to get enrolled for GoSEMO Fiber. You'll love our fiber-fast internet, HDTV, and home phone service options. See you there.

November 11, 2020

Team SEMO surprised a local veteran with cash (personal donations) and gifts in Advance, Mo. 

Team SEMO’s linemen made it home safely from Alabama after helping restore power at Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corp.

Linemen Help

November 10, 2020

In honor of Veterans Day, NRECA asked veterans to share about similarities between their military experience and working for America’s electric cooperatives. Take a few minutes to hear what they had to say in this powerful video.

November 9, 2020

It’s a beautiful day to harvest soybeans. Let’s do it safe. Look up for power lines. We made a few rounds with member-farmer Tom today in Allenville, which has a posted population of 103 and is the newest Gig City in the USA!

November 8, 2020

Are you looking to rent a home in the Benton/Sikeston area? Do you prefer that home to have fiber fast internet? No need to look any further!  Our small business shout out goes to Kolwyck Development. Contact Nathaniel today at (573) 934-6133 or visit the website at kolwyckdevelopment.com.

November 7, 2020

Toys for Tots are back! Danielle is here to share how you can help!

November 6, 2020

Focus on what you control. Let's take time to bring the country together on Veteran's Day.

November 5, 2020

LiviJane’s has been providing quality, down home, country cooking since 2016, and is a staple business in the Bell City community. We are proud to serve them fiber fast service as they serve you some delicious food! Be sure to check them out!

November 4, 2020

Allenville’s Phil is GoSEMO Fiber subscriber number 5,000! Congratulations to him and the first 4,999 subscribers. Our first subscriber for high-speed, fiber-fast Internet, TV and phone was connected on February 16, 2018. True broadband in rural southeast Missouri! Team SEMO and our partners ConexonErvin Cable Construction LLCHighland CablingCo-Mo ConnectConfluent Technology GroupPike Electric, Townsend Tree Service are making people’s lives better! Shop now https://bit.ly/2TTpYrl

November 3, 2020

You may be watching the election results tonight, but watch tomorrow as we connect our 5,000th GoSEMO Fiber subscriber! Our first subscriber was connected on Feb. 16, 2018. It's a big deal for rural southeast Missouri as we make people's lives better!

5K

Gratitude! A special Thank Y’all was given to our linemen in Alabama who are helping restore power for Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corp due to Hurricane Zeta. 100% of the co-op's member-consumers were left without power. Six of Team SEMO’s linemen are working about 460 miles south of home (Sikeston, Mo.).

Thanks

November 2, 2020

It’s time for another small business shout out! We visited Helping Hands Veterinary Clinic in Advance, Mo. Dr. Ward and his crew are nothing short of amazing! They primarily focus on small animals but do offer some large animal services. They are accepting new patients. You can reach them at (573) 321-2021. Learn more at helpinghandsveterinary.

October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween. 

Be smart. Act safe.

October 30, 2020

Let's remember to be safe on Halloween!

Six Team SEMO linemen left this morning for Jackson, Alabama. They will help Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corp restore power after Hurricane Zeta hit the Gulf Coast. 100% of the co-op's member-consumers were left without power after Zeta. Jackson is 460 miles south of Sikeston, Mo.

Three things will happen next Wednesday: the sun will come up, we will know if 45 stays or 46 enters and the next campaign will begin. But for now, let’s try a fresh start to focus on people and issues to move the country forward. #pushingforward #leadwithyourheart #covid19safety

October 27, 2020

Gamers are counting down the days for the release of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X next month. In the lead-up to the release of the next generation of consoles, both companies have allowed players to utilize cloud gaming technology, indicating that the cloud may be the future of gaming. And while this technology can give instant access to hundreds of games in high resolution, it also means you may need to increase your broadband speed if you want a smooth gaming experience. Cloud-based gaming services have a huge upside. They give users instant access to hundreds of games with 4K resolution and crystal-clear surround sound. They can stream to any of their devices, even smartphones, which means users can pause a game on one device and pick it up seamlessly on another. But all these benefits come with a price. High-def streaming monopolizes bandwidth, which means those with slower connection speeds may not be happy with their experience. Remember what Netflix was like 10 years ago? If you or someone in your home plan to use your new console for cloud gaming this Christmas, be sure you have enough broadband speed to enjoy your high-def gaming. Learn more at gosemofiber.com

October 26, 2020

We want to give a shout-out to The Magnolia Campground & Store and to The Dogwood Bakery near Bertrand, Missouri! You definitely want to stop here, grab a sandwich, shop a little and don’t forget to buy a treat on your way out! This is such a fun little store and they have big plans in the making. If you have questions about the store or just need to order lunch, you can call them at (573) 475-8991.

October 23, 2020

It’s up to us to make good decisions based on facts - especially when we make decisions that impact other people. See the event Sean covered as a college student photographer 34 years ago today: https://youtu.be/4RNQESENzzQ

October 20, 2020

After six days away, Team SEMO’s linemen returned home safely after helping Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) restore power after Hurricane Delta. The video shows a sample of cooperatives, including MO Electric Co-ops, who responded to help. A great example of cooperation among cooperatives during NRECA National Cooperative Month!

October 19, 2020

SEMO 360 is a video mashup of spotlights on member businesses and Team SEMO’s activities for the past 30 days. The video is showcased at each month’s board meeting for SEMO Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors. SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber’s focus is to make people’s lives better with Juice & Fiber.  

October 17, 2020

Life is full of opportunities if we are willing to push forward and cultivate our own experiences. Get to it! #pushingforward #covid19impacts #leadwithyourheart

October 16, 2020

10 Fridays left until Christmas!! This week’s small business shout-out goes to Yule Log Cabin nestled in the hills near Commerce, Mo. Are you looking for a certain ornament or wanting a new theme all together? If so, you don’t want to miss the warm, inviting environment of this cute little Christmas cabin. The Yule Log Cabin also offers a wide variety of fresh cut Fraser Fir trees and wreaths. If you have questions about your visit, you can reach out to them at (573) 264-2747.

October 15, 2020

This week's GoSEMO Fiber Business Spotlight is Jennings Brothers Farms located near Morehouse, Mo. The Jennings Brothers grow popcorn for Pop Weaver Popcorn. Check out this video to learn more about the popcorn growing process and where you may see some of the Jennings Brothers’ popcorn! Thank you Jennings Brothers Farms for being a SEMO Electric member-owner and a future GoSEMO Fiber subscriber.

When you're a member of an electric co-op, you're part of something special. Without members, the co-op wouldn't exist. Thank you for being a member of SEMO Electric!

October 13, 2020

SEMO Electric Cooperative linemen are returning to assist Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) based in DeRidder, Louisiana, which saw another round of devastation from Hurricane Delta. Prayers for all. Missouri will send 108 linemen from 21 of its MO Electric Co-ops into the fray, along with two safety employees from the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. For many of them it will be the second time they have worked in Louisiana this year.

October 10, 2020

Don’t give in to the fog! Stay on track!

October 9, 2020

Have you recently been in a fender bender and need a repair? Found the car of your dreams but it needs cosmetic help? If so, you don’t want to miss out on our small business shout-out of the week!! Backfisch Body Shop, LLC has been in business since 2014 with years of experience prior to owning their own business. Go see them today or give them a call at (573) 233-6748.

October 8, 2020

Today’s GoSEMO Fiber Business Spotlight is M & J Auction in Advance. Located in the old VFW Building in Advance, the business has food, auctions, and storage sheds. They are open 11 am-2pm daily for food and at 6 pm on Fridays for auctions. Make sure to check their Facebook page for their daily lunch specials and for more information on their business. We are thankful to have M&J auction & kitchen as a SEMO Electric Member-Owner & a GoSEMO Fiber Subscriber!

October 6, 2020

Thanks to The Weather Channel for the shout-out to Bloomfield, Mo., and the Stars and Stripes Museum!

October 5, 2020

Let’s talk about amazing food and a great atmosphere! This week’s Small Business Shout-out goes to Sandy Ridge Smokehouse - located just west of East Prairie on Highway 80. Sandy Ridge Smokehouse offers a wide variety of smoked meats along with many more delicious menu items. If you are looking for something new, give them a try! Are you a member of SEMO Electric and want us to give your business a shout-out? Send an email to dannett@gosemo.com. 

October 3, 2020

One might think the penny has lost its power in today’s economy.  However, a few pennies can make a real impact on education. In 2020, more than 100 students were each awarded a $700 scholarship thanks to a little change through Operation Round-Up. Now, the SEMO Electric Cooperative Foundation’s 2021 Youth Scholarship application period is now open.  A one-time scholarship is open to any high school senior whose parent or legal guardian is a SEMO Electric Cooperative member.  The student must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater and attending an accredited college, university or vocational school in the fall of 2021.  The deadline to apply for this scholarship is January 8, 2021. The student can receive the SEMO Electric Foundation Scholarship only one time. It is not renewable. Finalists will be selected by the cooperative’s foundation board.  The scholarship monies will be awarded prior to the upcoming 2021 fall semester or quarter with the student’s valid proof of enrollment as a full-time student at the accredited college, university or vocational school by June 1, 2021. 

Since SEMO Electric started Operation Round-Up in 2008, $863,950 has been awarded to help area youth succeed in life. Operation Round-Up is a program that rounds up a member's bill to the nearest dollar. Participating in Operation Round-Up is easy. Each month, SEMO Electric simply "rounds up" the electric bill of participating members to the next highest dollar. For example, a member's monthly bill of $52.73 would be rounded up to $53, with the additional 27 cents going to the Operation Round-Up. Donations are tax deductible.

October 2, 2020

Feeling broken? We may feel broken at times, but we have to have hope and faith for the future. Have faith in yourself and others. #pushingforward #leadwithyourheart #covid19impacts

October 1, 2020

What a great way to kick-off #NationalCooperativeMonth with a new, free, public Wi-Fi Hotspot for students and residents in Bell City. We now have 15 hotspots - including two outside of our service area! Making other people’s lives better is the cooperative way! #pushingforward #leadwithyourheart #covid19business

September 27, 2020

We have added three more free public Wi-Fi hotspots!

September 25, 2020

It’s refreshing to get along.

September 24, 2020

All of our linemen have returned safely after helping Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) restore power due to Hurricane Laura. Our prayers continue for our family and friends along the gulf coast as heavy rains are now impacting the area.

Hurricane Laura

September 23, 2020

Team SEMO was live on the radio with Classic KYMO. Ron discusses “Look UP and Live” and Loyd discusses upcoming Team SEMO events and GoSEMO Fiber updates. Team SEMO continues to change lives one connection at a time.

September 22, 2020

GoSEMO Fiber Business Spotlight: Hiney Hut, LLC is a bar and grill located in Commerce, MO. It is known for its barbecue, ribeye sandwiches, chipotle chicken sandwiches, burgers, and more. They have been opened since November 2010. They strive to have fresh, good quality food for their customers— all of their ground beef is fresh and their steaks are hand cut. There’s something for everyone at the Hiney Hut— it’s definitely worth the drive! 2974 State Highway PP, Scott City, Mo.

September 18, 2020

It’s Friday so that means it’s time for another small business shout-out! If you haven’t tried BJ’s Travel Center in Kewanee (located right off of I-55) you are definitely missing out! Their pork steak is amazing! Each day they have a special, you can get it to go or dine in! In a hurry and want to call ahead, you can reach them at (573) 748-9710.

Let’s not stop halfway! Keep encouraging each other! #pushingforward #covid19impacts

September 17, 2020

It’s a shame more rural Americans don’t have access to Gig internet like GoSEMO Fiber. We are doing our best to help bring broadband to rural America. So far in 2020, we have held Fiber Fly-in learning events, in person or via Zoom, with 18 NRECA electric cooperatives. Three co-ops (Louisiana and Ohio) visited this week. Proud of #TeamSEMO for investing time to help make other people’s lives better.

September 14, 2020

GoSEMO Fiber Business Spotlight: Beggs Family Farm is part of Beggs Melon Company, Inc., a working farm that has been in business since 1895 and they are proud of their farming roots. This is the 21st year for the Harvest Festival and they will host around 30,000 people a year on their farm. It is the place to bring the whole family for a fun filled day. Enjoy one of the many activities they have to offer for the family. Activities include: The Maize©corn-maze, PHOBIE'S FARM (haunted house-Boo barn), Pig Races, Riding the Barnyard Express, Cow Barn play area (slide out of the loft), the wooden play fort, Western Town, wagon rides and so much more.They are opening this season on Saturday September 26, 2020 and will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays thru October 31, 2020, weather permitting. These dates may change due to CDC recommendations and county restrictions for COVID-19. The Beggs family encourage everyone to purchase tickets online for safety and to safe money. Thank you Beggs Family Farm for being a member-owner of SEMO Electric and a subscriber with GoSEMO Fiber. We appreciate you! beggsfamilyfarm.com

September 13, 2020

This brief video really sums up how much the folks at Beauregard Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BECi) and their members appreciate MO Electric Co-ops' help related to Hurricane Laura. While the effort continues to restore power for thousands, watchful eyes are now on Tropical Storm Sally. There is a plan to move crews should the weather become an issue.

September 12, 2020

Team SEMO had a great time passing out freeze pops at the City of Blodgett Missouri's Sesquicentennial Parade.

Blodgett Parade

September 11, 2020

Do you remember? Where were you? Let’s keep pushing forward. Let’s pray today for a better tomorrow!

September 10, 2020

Did you miss us on Classic KYMO 105.3 FM? Check out the live interview about our communities, parades, dove hunting and how fiber is making people's lives better. 

September 9, 2020

How prepared is your family if disaster shows up at your doorstep? Go to https://www.Ready.gov/plan to make an emergency plan with your family today. So if a disaster comes knocking, you'll be ready to keep your family safe.

¿Qué tan preparado está tu familia si el desastre toca en tu puerta? Vaya a https://www.listo.gov/es/haga-un-plan para hacer un plan de emergencia con su familia hoy. Así que si un desastre toca tu puerta, estarás listo para mantener a tu familia a salvo.

September 7, 2020

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States celebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.

September 5, 2020

Thank you for working and pushing forward! 

September 4, 2020

SEMO Electric Cooperative's Small Business Shout-out Friday goes to El Nopalito Grill in Miner, Mo. They offer dine in or carry out. They also have daily specials along with happy hour. They would love for you to come visit them and check out their recent remodel which includes more seating. If you want to place an order to go, call them at (573) 475 7099.

September 3, 2020

GoSEMO Fiber Business Spotlight: DJ's Shack along Highway 25 in Bloomfield, Mo. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

September 2, 2020

They missed the dove and hit fiber! 

September 1, 2020

It's a sport that many are involved in, but the last thing a dove hunter would think about when pulling their trigger is the amount of cash they may have to pull out of their pocket if shooting the wrong thing. The fee for damaging a fiber wire can cost a hunter up to $10,000. We will go to the landowner and ask who had permission to hunt, who was hunting and we will pursue the person who actually shot the fiber to try to reclaim the associated damages for the repair. When the fiber optic cable is accidentally shot, the pellets from the gun easily harm the glass fibers inside. A shot gun blast could cause many GoSEMO Fiber subscribers to be off-line, which means they will lose service for their internet, their television and their telephone services for approximately six to 12 hours.

August 31, 2020

Linemen from SEMO Electric Cooperative will join linemen from other Missouri electric cooperatives to assist Beauregard Electric Cooperative, based in DeRidder, Louisiana, recover from Hurricane Laura. The cooperative is 100% down with a tremendous amount of devastation. Team SEMO helped load equipment, packed a trailer with water and necessities, conducted fleet maintenance and completed travel documents before SEMO Electric's linemen left at 5 a.m. from Sikeston. DeRidder is 48 miles north of Lake Charles, La., and 612 miles southwest of Sikeston, Mo. Linemen will stay in a tent city designed to protect them from COVID-19. Special air filters capable of removing 99.4% of the virus were installed on the HVAC equipment and beds are spread out farther than would normally be done. BECI is a cooperative of 43,934 members. Currently, BECI has 43,914 members without power. Mutual assistance is an example of "cooperation among cooperatives," is one of the principles that guide electric cooperatives.

August 28, 2020

Nestled in the hills of Stoddard County, Boat House offers a perfect getaway with live entertainment, a full menu of food and wines and other beverages. Angie’s Boat House is located at 17253 County Road 252 outside of Bloomfield, Mo.

Laura brings thoughts of gratitude. 

August 27, 2020

Disasters won't wait for a pandemic to be over to impact your area. Don't wait until it's too late to make a plan. Learn how to prepare for a natural disaster and coronavirus by visiting https://www.ready.gov/plan.

August 26, 2020

Got GoSEMO Fiber? Remodeling the outside of your home? Call us so you don't disconnect your high-speed, fiber-fast Internet.

August 21, 2020

Let's get on the bus to help students learn.

August 19, 2020

EVs may not rule the roadways yet, but as battery technology improves and costs decline, more consumers are looking to EVs. Let’s look at the main types of EVs.

August 15, 2020

Don't let holes in your pants keep you from pushing forward. 

August 14, 2020

Team SEMO hosted a mobile food bank in Bloomfield. The event was paid for by personal donations from the employees (Team SEMO) and board directors. 

August 13, 2020

KFVS Ch 12 (CBS) Business Break

August 11, 2020

Gov. Parson attends broadband development event at SEMO Electric Cooperative.  

The governor announced 16 broadband projects from eight broadband providers will receive more than $3 million through the state’s Emergency Broadband Investment Program. It will connect nearly 2,000 Missouri households.

One of the programs, SEMO Electric Cooperative, will expand high speed internet to the Lake Road Estates Subdivision and Highway 61 in rural Scott County. The assistance of $142,200 will connect up to 60 households with 1 Gbps/1 Gbps internet.

You can click here for a full list of recipient programs in the state.

August 9, 2020

August 7, 2020

Power For Your Life Podcast: Loyd Rice from SEMO Electric Cooperative/GoSEMO Fiber discusses the importance of delivering this essential service to rural southeast Missouri.Fast, reliable Internet service is more essential today than it was a few short years ago. However, many Americans - one in three - do not enjoy high speed Internet. And most of those are in rural areas. Season 1 Episode 12

August 6, 2020

Behind the Network: Building the GoSEMO Fiber network to connect high-speed fiber Internet to homes involves many steps, coordination and communication. Here is a brief video clip of our construction conference call from today. For each area, we trim trees for the space to add fiber, make ready the poles to hold fiber, pull strand to hold fiber between the poles, pull and lash the fiber to the strand, splice the fiber at connection points, drop the fiber to the house and then connect the fiber inside the house. We hold these calls every two weeks with our team and partners to keep everyone on the same page so we can keep pushing forward - efficiently. We are close to 4,600 subscribers with many waiting patiently. GoSEMOFiber.com

August 4, 2020

Click to check out this month's Rural Missouri. See photos from Doughtnut Day in Advance, Feeding Christ's Children, the 2020 Annual Meeting, Attorney General Eric Schmitt's visit and Team SEMO's service anniversaries.  

Rural Missouri

July 31, 2020

July 28, 2020

Here are three easy ways you can make your home smarter - and save energy!

July 24, 2020

July 23, 2020

SEMO Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors held the July board meeting on Monday at Sikeston and approved $800,000 in capital credits to be sent to members. Since 1994, SEMO Electric has returned over $15.2 million to its members. 

Member-owners should watch their mailbox in mid-October as checks will be mailed to member-owners’ most current address listed on the Cooperative’s records. If the amount of the retirement is $10 or less, the amount will be carried over to the following year. If you cease to purchase energy from SEMO Electric Cooperative, please keep us informed of your address in future years. This will enable us to forward payment when the capital credits are refunded for the year or years of your membership.

As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, SEMO Electric allocates its annual operating margins, or profits, to members receiving service during the year. These margins (revenue in excess of expenses) are allocated using a proportional ratio (using the dollar amount of electric service that each member purchases in a year compared to the total electric service purchased by all members) and are called capital credits. They are used by SEMO Electric for operating funds and paid back to our members as the financial condition of the cooperative permits and according to bylaw provisions. Learn more. 

July Board Meeting

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