Be safe and on guard against phone and cyberscams

We have been made aware that some electric cooperatives have reported a rise in scammers posing as employees. The imposters call members’ homes threatening to disconnect electric service if not paid immediately by a prepaid money card. Please be aware that Diverse Power will never contact you by phone about late/delinquent payments or threaten to

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A Word from Wayne: Taking the mystery our of internet access

It’s a common term that’s not always understood: broadband. Simply put, broadband is internet access that is faster than traditional dial-up and always on and available to use. If you are among those fortunate enough to have reliable broadband, you may not recognize the dilemma faced by approximately 1.6 million Georgians who lack access to

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‘Bandit’ and ‘Buford T.’ call LaGrange home

Owner and president of Ragan Grading & Septic Tanks Inc. is the proud owner of an interesting find in LaGrange, Georgia. At age 16, after watching the 1977 hit film, “Smokey and the Bandit,” Ken Ragan developed a passion for Pontiac Trans Ams that he has never been able to shake. Roughly seven years ago,

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Broccoli Salad

– JOANN HAMMOND | LAGRANGE, GA. INGREDIENTS– 1 cup mayonnaise– 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar– 1/4 cup granulated sugar– 1 bunch broccoli, cut in bite-size pieces– 1/2 cup raisins– 1/2 cup sweet onions, chopped (Vidalia, if in season)– 6 pieces bacon, cooked and crumbled Mix mayonnaise, vinegar and sugar together well to make dressing. Toss

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Diverse Power’s 84th Annual Meeting of the Members

On May 13, Diverse Power employees safely greeted and registered 257 consumer-members attending Diverse Power’s Annual Meeting, including 215 at the co-op’s LaGrange headquarters and 42 at Cuthbert’s Pataula District office. The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated changes to this year’s meeting. The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Members was held solely for the purpose of the

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A Word from Wayne: Now offering EV charging station and EV incentives

Electric cars are catching on in many areas of the country, including the state of Georgia. Diverse Power is a strong believer in the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and is aiming to support EV owners by adding a quick charging station to the growing network of charging stations across the state and offering EV

2019 Capital Credits Assignment

All members, except those with a different contract for electric service, arehereby notified that Diverse Power’s patronage capital credit assignmentfor the year 2019 is 1.56 percent, and the total amount of capital creditsbeing assigned is $1,431,297. Because of our structure as a cooperative,each dollar a member pays in excess of the cost of providing electricity

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A Word from Wayne: Diverse Power Approved fro Retail Broadband Affiliate

In March 2020, Diverse Power, in conjunction with our affiliate company, Kudzu Networks Inc., became the first electric membership cooperative (EMC) in Georgia to file documents with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in compliance with Senate Bill 2 (SB 2). On April 21, 2020, Diverse Power became the first electric membership cooperative in the

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Tollerson Receives Cooperative Council’s Distinguished Cooperator Award

Diverse Power Board Director Roy Tollerson has been named a 2020 Distinguished Cooperator by the Georgia Cooperative Council. Tollerson accepted the award at the council’s annual meeting on March 9 at the Georgia Farm Bureau headquarters in Macon. The honor goes to those who have made outstanding achievements in and exemplary service to the cooperative

Sausage Cheese Balls

Ellen McMillian | LaGrange, GA 1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded 1 pound sausage 2 1/2 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick Mix all ingredients well. Form into small balls and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until browned. Note: Be sure to shred your own cheese rather than using pre-shredded cheese;

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Establishing roots in Calhoun

It may be chilly outside, but it’s warm inside the Calhoun County UGA Cooperative Extension greenhouse. The Calhoun County Cooperative Extension received one of ten Diverse Power Foundation community grants awarded this past January and is now starting to reap the benefits of all the hard work of its volunteers. The ROOTS (Realizing Our Opportunity

2019 WYT delegates


Selection for the weeklong leadership tour of the nation’s capital is based on an applicant’s grades, extracurricular activities, civic responsibility and leadership potential. Diverse Power annually chooses two or three delegates from its 14-county service area. Applicants submit two recommendations and write an autobiographical essay including their future plans and goals. Semifinalists are interviewed and

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Rum Balls

Recipe by: Jackie Kennedy, LaGrange, Ga. 1 (11-ounce) box vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2-1/4 cups crumbs) 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 cup powdered sugar, divided 1 cup finely chopped pecans 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/4 to 1/3 cup bourbon or rum In a large bowl, combine by stirring crushed vanilla wafers, cocoa

Wayne Livingston 2019

A Word from Wayne: A time for reflection

As we near the end of 2019, it’s inevitable that we take pause to reflect on the past 12 months. Simply put, 2019 has been a year of progress. Progress in education, communication and storm assistance. The spring of 2019 ushered in a new group of students eager to learn and jog down their paths

Christmas light display in Fort Gaines, Ga.

A simple manger started it all

When Pastor Ralph Estes, of Fort Gaines, Ga., was a young boy, his parents planted a seed for a love of Christmas with a simple manger scene. As the years went by, Estes moved from Miami, Fla., to Ohio and from Ohio to Georgia, where he and his wife, Rachel, now reside. Thirty-three years ago,

Green Power EMC receives Green Power Leadership award

Congratulations to Green Power EMC for becoming a recent recipient of the Center for Resource Solutions’ (CRS) 2019 Green Power Leadership Award in the Market Development category. Georgia’s first renewable energy program, Green Power EMC, provides electricity through its 38 member EMCs (electric membership corporations), including Diverse Power. Green Power EMC Members’ renewable energy projects

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Service area schools demonstrate sportsmanship and class

From figuring out their next steps in life to juggling extracurricular activities and schoolwork, high school students have much to accomplish—all while they develop their character and habits that will shape the rest of their lives. For those who engage in athletic activities, this is amplified as they not only worry about their actions in

Wayne Livingston 2019

A Word from Wayne: Give thanks for rural electric pioneers

They did their work more than 80 years ago, and most of them have passed away. But the legacy of the men and women who petitioned, paid for and built the electric cooperative that serves your neighborhood lives on every time you turn on the lights, watch TV or charge your cellphone. This holiday season,

Holy COW!

This cell on wheels (COW), telecom infrastructure placed on a mobile platform, will enable Diverse Power to better respond and assist natural disaster affected areas. Currently Diverse Power, Flint Energies, Snapping Shoals EMC and Cobb EMC, Harris County government and Georgia Right of Way have joined together in building a (TETRA) radio system, which efficiently

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A Word from Wayne: Celebrate Cooperative Month in October

October is the month when members and employees of cooperatives celebrate being part of businesses that are consumer-owned and run by the community. The nation’s consumer-owned, not for-profit electric cooperatives are unique within the $391 billion U.S. electric utility industry. More than 900 cooperatives in 47 states provide electric service to 56 percent of the

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Church to home: Nearly 50 years in the making

What used to be a Stovall community church, currently serves as a loving home to James Jackson and his wife of 62 years, Betty. In 1970, the couple purchased the church along with the 4 acres it stands on for the sum of $3,500. “We lived in LaGrange and were driving through the area one

Strawberry Nut Salad

August Recipe – 2 (3-ounce) packages strawberry gelatin– 1 cup boiling water– 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen, sliced strawberries, thawed and drained– 1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple, well-drained– 2 medium bananas, mashed– 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans– 1 pint sour cream In a large container, combine gelatin with boiling water, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Fold

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Traveling exhibition heads to Cuthbert

Museum on Main Street (MoMS), part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, is headed to Cuthbert, Ga., in January. Here the traveling exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” will be on display off the square at 72 Dawson Street. Crossroads is presented in Georgia by Georgia Humanities, the Center for Public History at the

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Receive faster responses by updating your contact information

When storms strike and outages occur, Diverse Power is often flooded with calls. Having the correct contact information helps us to access account information at a lightning pace. In addition, by using the My DPI mobile app to report outages, consumer-members are able to monitor outages in real-time as well as bypass the calling queue

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A Word from Wayne: Back to school

As students return to school throughout Diverse Power’s service territory, I’m reminded of how important young people are to the future of our communities. In a decade or so, the teenagers starting their senior year at area high schools will be working in local businesses and serving in community organizations. A few may end up

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Back to school safety: Dormitory 101

When the words “back to school” are uttered, most think of children returning to grade, middle and high school. Those in college are often not top of mind as they have heard the warnings of “look both ways” and “stranger danger” their entire lives. However, college students should be aware of overlooked and often under-taught

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Introducing a new feature of Co-op Connections®

Roadside Assistance is a new feature brought to the Co-op Connections program by Nation Safe Drivers (NSD). NSD has provided premier 24-hour towing and roadside assistance for over 50 years. With access to more than 45,000 towing providers nationwide, including the U.S. and Canada, you can travel with confidence wherever the road may take you.

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A Word from Wayne: Rural broadband follow-up

For more than 80 years, electric membership cooperatives (EMCs) have powered millions of Georgia homes, schools and businesses with reliable, affordable power. But, for many years, there has been a growing “digital divide” between rural Georgia and more urban areas, putting hundreds of thousands of Georgians without high-speed broadband internet at a tremendous disadvantage. During


Diverse Power Annual Meeting: 83 years and counting

On May 8, 949 guests attended Diverse Power’s Annual Meeting of Members, including 824 registered consumer-members at the co-op’s LaGrange headquarters and 125 registered consumer-members at Cuthbert’s Pataula District office. Diverse Power President/CEO Wayne Livingston updated members on progress made in the Georgia General Assembly regarding rural broadband and the passing of Senate Bills SB

Smokin' Mo's Hawaiian Wings

Smokin’ Mo’s Hawaiian Wings

chicken seasoning of choice 4 pounds wings (drummettes and flats) 1 gallon vegetable oil 1 lemon 1 lime 4 tablespoons butter small bottle hot sauce of your choosing Season and fry wings in oil at 350 degrees until golden brown. In the meantime, slice lemon and lime into quarters. Heat butter and hot sauce to

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A Word from Wayne: Get your home in shape for summer

Servicing your air conditioning system and home energy efficiency are a lot like getting an oil change or tuneup for your car. Sure, it’s an expense—but it’s still cheaper than waiting until your unit breaks down to call a technician. It will also save you the stress of being left in the heat and scrambling

Operation Round Up cents turn into dollars

Operation Round Up turns consumer-members’ cents into dollars as 37 students were recently awarded scholarships by the Diverse Power Foundation. Headed by a nine-member volunteer board, the Foundation distributes funds raised through Operation Round Up®, Diverse Power’s philanthropic program, in which consumer-members round up their power bill to the next dollar with the extra change

Consumer-member Jimmy Bradley Sr. and Diverse Power President/CEO Wayne Livingston

Updating Pataula’s farmers

Diverse Power hosted its annual luncheon for Pataula District farmers on Jan. 18. The event brings the southwest Georgia cooperative’s senior staff and board of directors and proves to be a perfect way for farmers to communicate their needs to the co-op and for Diverse Power representatives to update farmers on improvements to the electric

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A Word from Wayne: Rural broadband

Internet connectivity has become a common thread linking advancing industries and the technology that plays an important role in our day-to- day lives at home, thus making rural broadband essential. Many industries such as manufacturing, education, agriculture and health care all depend on steady and reliable connectivity to utilize the technology of today and keep

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April 8th is Lineman Appreciation Day

Many of Georgia’s electric cooperatives, including Diverse Power, are recognizing April 8th 2019 as Lineman Appreciation Day. These men and women work in the most extreme and, at times, extremely dangerous conditions. They venture out into terrible thunder and ice storms, knowing that thousands to millions of people depend on them to keep electricity flowing.

German Chocolate Pie by Barbara Stubbs, Pine Mountain, Ga.

German Chocolate Pie

– 1 (4-ounce) package Baker’s German Sweet Chocolate – 1/4 cup butter – 1 2/3 cups evaporated milk – 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar – 2 tablespoons cornstarch – 1/8 teaspoon salt – 2 eggs – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 2 unbaked deep-dish pie shells – 1 1/3 cups coconut – 1/2 cup chopped

front row, from left, Anthony Talley (10 years of service), Paula May (15 years of service), Tanner Hicks (5 years of service) and Ben Shadrick (15 years of service). Back row, from left, Matt Phillips (20 years of service), Brent Loftin (20 years of service), Shannon Anthony (15 years of service) and Tim Reeves (5 years of service). Not pictured: Brannon Horne (10 years of service), Jamin Blair (15 years of service), Jimmy Hutto and Bubba Allen (20 years of service).

Diverse Power Service Awards presented

Another year brings new service awards to the Diverse Power family. Awards were recently presented to employees at its annual Celebration Luncheon held Dec. 20 at the cooperative’s headquarters in LaGrange. Employees were greeted with congratulations from President/CEO Wayne Livingston and applauded by all in attendance. Honored were, front row, from left, Anthony Talley (10

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A Word from Wayne: Mobile app streamlines communication and account access

With technology so readily available in the palm of consumer-members’ hands, Diverse Power is aiming to make communication and account access fast, convenient and reliable by empowering our consumer-members with tools that are easy and intuitive to use. The My DPI mobile app assembles many account features that are also available online in one portable

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Space heater safety tips

• Buy space heaters that have been safety tested and have a tip-over shut-off feature. • Before using a space heater, it’s a good idea to make sure your smoke and CO2 detectors are working properly. • Use a space heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface – NOT on carpet, furniture or a countertop.

Diverse Power Board Member and DAR Regent Cheryl Meadows proudly displays the newly awarded proclamation.

Highway 27 Purple Heart signs unveiled

After many months of planning and preparation, the dedication and unveiling of Purple Heart signs finally came to fruition on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. A well-suited day for the ceremony, the dedication was held on Veteran’s Day at the Weston C. Lee Veterans Memorial Park in Bluffton, at 2:00 p.m. The local veterans park was

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Formula 24 race coming to LaGrange

LaGrange is proud to be the home of two teams making big moves in single seat, electric-powered car racing. Yes! That’s right. Cougar Strong Racing is the name of Long Cane Middle School’s two GreenpowerUSA Formula 24 racing teams. Each team is comprised of 15 elementary students, 5 students from each grade, who build, man

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Why should you apply to go on the 2019 Washington Youth Tour?

You could stay home this summer, or you could kick it off with a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C., with more than 100 peers who quickly become close friends. On the Washington Youth Tour, you’ll laugh until your face hurts, sing songs on a tour bus, crane your neck to look at tall buildings, stand

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A Word from Wayne: Winter weather and galloping lines

Winter weather can be harsh and cause havoc many months of the year, but severe winter weather is more prevalent in the South January through March. During extreme and fluctuating cold weather conditions such as high winds and freezing rain, lines may begin to gallop. This is when lines take on a jumping, whipping or

Diverse Power delegates, Evelyn Johnson and John Curtis, were spotted wearing their Georgia Grown shirts. (Photo by Byron McCombs)

Washington Youth Tour delegates wear Georgia Grown pride on their sleeves

The term “Georgia Grown” usually brings to mind something edible, perhaps peanuts, peaches or pecans. But it also refers to apparel, including Georgia Grown T-shirts, which were highly visible in the nation’s capital last June during the annual Washington Youth Tour (WYT). “We thought it would be special for our students to not just wear

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Don’t miss out!

Give yourself a holiday gift: Apply at Diverse Power for community and school grants, scholarships and the summer Washington Youth Tour. Deadlines to apply for each of these are in January. For information and applications for Diverse Power Foundation community/school grants and student scholarships, visit or call Executive Assistant Lisa Booth at (706) 845-2000,

Dry Christmas tree equals fire risk

If you bring a live Christmas tree into your home every year, you’re in good company. The National Christmas Tree Association estimates that up to 30 million households celebrate the holidays by decorating a fresh fir or pine. The downside is that tree needles can dry out, turn brown, fall off or even catch fire.

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New Co-op Connections Card partners

Diverse Power welcomes four new businesses to our Co-op Connections Card program. Co-op Connections gives our members an opportunity to save when purchasing products or services—and provides area companies free advertising to increase their business. About 100 area businesses participate in the Co-op Connections Card program, which offers money-saving deals to Diverse Power members who

Diverse Power and assisting crews battled all sorts of obstacles while restoring power following Hurricane Michael, including wading through swamps to repair lines.

Co-op response to storm: “Amazing”

Jimmy Webb, who operates Harvey Jordan Farms in Calhoun County, called the storm “the scariest thing I’ve ever seen” and its aftermath “a catastrophe.” Damage at his farm included irrigation systems flipped over, timber loss from pine trees clipped in half and equipment shelters ripped apart or left leaning. “The worst part was we had

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A Word from Wayne: Plant Vogtle deal makes for a bright energy future

In 2007, when the price of natural gas was double or even triple what it is today, Diverse Power, through our wholesale energy provider, Oglethorpe Power Corp. (OPC), sought opportunities to acquire safe, reliable and affordable electric generation resources to make sure we met your long-term power needs. Natural gas-fired generation was not a competitive

Historic storm slams Pataula District

By Jackie Kennedy Hurricane Michael plowed through southwest Georgia Oct. 10, leaving trees toppled, homes destroyed and 90 percent of Diverse Power’s Pataula District without power. At the height of the historic storm, 210,000 members of multiple electric cooperatives in Georgia were in the dark after the crippling storm damaged transmission lines and substations that


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