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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

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.

Dogwood-Azalea Parade & The Friday Feature w/ Sean

Team SEMO - SEMO Electric and GoSEMO Fiber - will participate in the Dogwood-Azalea parade tomorrow. The parade will start at 11 a.m. Come join in on all the fun.

Week 56 of #TheFridayFeature | Preventive Care! Are you taking care of yourself?

This week is Lineman Appreciation Week. We would like to take time to recognize our wonderful linemen of SEMO Electric Cooperative. All of us at SEMO Electric work hard for our members. However, our linemen battle bad weather and safely work directly with electricity. Thanks to our crew and all neighboring cooperatives' teams for keeping our lights on in southeast Missouri. We love our members. We love our linemen.

Member Spotlight | Hinton RV Park in Sikeston, Missouri

Hinton RV Park, located in Sikeston, Mo., is a place you can find snowbirds, industrial workers or families passing through on vacation. Hinton RV Park is open year-round to meet all of your travel needs. To find out more, give Mark a call at (573)471-1457 or visit them at

The Friday Feature w/ Sean - Bad Days