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Do you risk losing out on family connections, learning, running your business and shopping and entertainment opportunities because you don't have reliable electricity or broadband services? Live life to its fullest with safe, reliable and affordable electricity and fiber-fast internet, TV and phone services. You matter! We serve homes, farms, churches, schools and small and large commercial businesses to make people's lives better. Thank you for your interest in the cooperative's actions to make people's lives better. The Newsroom will keep you informed.

On Behalf of Team SEMO - Thank you! 

CEO Sean

CEO/GM Sean Vanslyke

Smartphone: (573) 703-7694


SEMO Electric Cooperative's 2021 Annual Meeting will be held as a drive-thru event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13 at the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo grounds. All members (one per household) who participate will receive a $15 bill credit plus a participation gift and be placed in The Grand Prize Drawing for one of five $250 bill credits. The Grand Prize Drawing will be held live on SEMO Electric Cooperative's Facebook page at 9 a.m. Friday, May 14.

Members will be asked to elect four directors to the Board of SEMO Electric Cooperative. To respect social distancing, registration and voting will take place from your vehicle's window during the event. Voting will end a 6 p.m. so ballots may be counted. Results will be announced at the business meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. See the Official Notice and more details. 

We will have a live concert from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Brothers Walker and Doug Johnson. Bring your own chair and snacks and come join the fun on Thursday, May 13.

Member Spotlight | ReCar in Benton, Missouri

Why Recar? Here’s why. Everyone knows you save money on buying a vehicle with a history, but they have concerns about financing, protection plans, and ability to resell. We say- no more worries. We remove the concerns and leave our buyers with only the benefits- saving money and buying more vehicle for less. We use our experience of 15+ years and 20,000+ vehicles sold at 74 Auto to provide you with a better way to find the value on your next car. Our worldwide base of repeat customers will tell you we do business the right way, and we stand behind what we sell. We also provide a Carfax history report with every vehicle. Our buyers save money when they buy and lose less when they resell. This works because of the value from their initial purchase. It’s why our customers come back and it’s why you’ll come back too.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean - Three Words

#TheFridayFeature​ What three words describe you? The Friday Feature is a weekly booster to keep negativity out of your head. 😀 You are better when you are happier.

Thank You for Work Zone Awareness

THIS IS #WorkZoneAwarenessWeek. Help keep all types of workers (including Team SEMO) who work in or alongside roadways safe. Slow down and follow all signage and flagging directions. More tips: #WorkZoneAwareness #Safety #NWZAW

Member Spotlight | Workshop 22 in Benton, Missouri

This small business shout-out is a little longer than usual. You don’t want to skip past it because this veteran has a story to tell. Workshop 22 is located right off of I-55 at the Benton, Mo., exit in the building formerly known as Diebold’s Orchard. Dustin Johnson had a vision and a desire to help veterans in need and that’s exactly what he’s doing. From crafts, clothing and food, this unique business has it all. If you have any questions about the store or about ways to get involved, give them a call at (573) 545-5980.

The Friday Feature w/ Sean - Courage to Help

While we were standing in line to board Southwest Flight 1966 from St. Louis, a young lady approached me with two boarding passes and asked how boarding worked. I explained the process to the couple. They took a seat, not far from where we were standing, to wait their time to board. Eye contact. Conversation ignited. It was the couple’s first flight. To say they were nervous was an understatement. I offered to use their phone to take a photo saying “there is only one first time.” Soon afterwards, boarding began. We said “enjoy your flight and your trip.” We lumbered back to row 17 so we could get an aisle seat and a middle seat as the flight would soon be full. Boarding continued. We watched for the couple. The plane was quickly filling up as about 75 more fliers boarded. Finally, we saw the couple enter the plane. Debbie and I looked at each other. The window seat was still empty beside her and, in God’s will, a flight attendant was standing in the aisle across from me. Quickly, we identified the first-flight couple to the flight attendant and invited the couple back to row 17. We offered the window seat for better viewing, but the aisle seats were preferred. She sat next to Debbie. More nerves. Debbie started talking to her. Apprehension. The plane began to back out away from the gate. Tears. Debbie explained the take-off process. As the plane’s engines started to roar, more tears. The plane rushed down the runway. And then it happened. Hands touched. Two souls became one for a few moments. No more tears. Soon, the first time flier was enjoying a Diet Coke at 35,000 feet in the air. And, shortly thereafter, asleep.

#WattsHappending Wednesday & Live on KYMO

If you are planning on adding services for 2021 irrigation, let us know so we can start the planning process. Or if you want to switch your uncontrolled rate to load control, the deadline to change is April 30. We appreciate our farmers! #wattshappeningwednesday

Plus, we were live this morning on talking juice, fiber and the upcoming annual meeting Classic KYMO 105.3 FM. 

Member Spotlight | Pizza Inn in Sikeston, Missouri

Locally-owned and operated, this small business shout-out goes to Pizza Inn located in Sikeston, Mo. They offer a full buffet that runs from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. seven days a week. Pizza Inn is open for dine in, carry out or delivery so give them a call at (573) 471-8590.