SPECO Sends Two to Nation’s Capital

LIBERAL, Kansas—Southern Pioneer Electric is gearing up to send two area youths to Washington, D.C., on an all-expense paid trip from June 13-20.

Youth Tour winners Ella Burrows of Satanta and Sophia Dawson of Medicine Lodge were chosen out of almost 40 high school students to represent Southern Pioneer Electric in our nation’s Capital. Both students had to submit an application and then go through a rigorous interview process to be chosen for the trip.

Burrows and Dawson will join just over 40 students from Kansas and a handful from Hawaii, Kansas’ Youth Tour partner state. The group will be chaperoned by members of the Kansas Electric Cooperative state-wide organization as well as employees from several other cooperatives from Kansas.

The two will join Pioneer Electric’s Mia Rock and Autumn Deyoe of Ulysses on Thursday and travel to Topeka where their adventure begins. After an evening banquet welcoming all of the Kansas/Hawaii Youth Tour participants, the group will head to the Kansas State Capitol for a tour. After an early Friday flight, the group will settle in and prepare for the week to come.

Some of the highlights of the trip will be visiting numerous memorials including the Lincoln, MLK Jr. and Jefferson memorials, catching a Washington Nationals game, visit the Smithsonian museums, a river boat dinner cruise on the Potomac and touring the Holocaust Memorial Museum. The group will also spend time at the U.S. Capitol, meeting Kansas’ Congressional Delegation and staff, along with Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.

Those are just some of the amazing opportunities the students will get to experience before returning home next Thursday. The trip is a week packed full of things to do and is the experience of a lifetime for many.

Notice of Account and Available Refund

Between March 28, 2012 and July 8, 2018, Southern Pioneer Electric Company charged a $3.95 transaction fee to customers that paid their monthly electric bill using an e-Check.  An e-Check is an electronic payment transacted via telephone or on-line using a checking account (the account and ABA number) as opposed to a credit/debit card or automatic withdraw.  The e-Check fee was not authorized under Southern Pioneer’s Rules and Regulations approved by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC).  As a result, the KCC ordered Southern Pioneer to refund the transaction fee to all customers who were charged for paying by e-Check.  During the month of April 2019, Southern Pioneer refunded the previously collected fees to all customers currently receiving electric service by way of a bill credit.  Former customers, who paid their electric bill with an e-Check between March 28, 2012 and July 8, 2018 and who are no longer receiving electric service, are also eligible for a refund.  Monies owed to these former customers have been placed in an interest bearing escrow account at the Grant County Bank and will be refunded to the former customers upon request. Please see the full list of those names below.  If you are on the list, please call 620-424-5249 to claim your refund, after which time a check will be issued for the money due.  Any refunds not claimed by May 5, 2020 will be paid to the State Treasurer pursuant to K.S.A. 58-3935(a)12 and K.S.A. 58-3951 to be held as unclaimed property. Inquiries after that date should be directed to the State Treasurer’s office.

Full List of Names Eligible for e-Check Refunds Here.

2019 Kicks Off With Three Donations

The Southern Pioneer Electric HUGS team started 2019 off in a big way, making donations in Liberal, Satanta and Sublette to kick off 2019.

In Liberal, the HUGS team donated $3,000 to the Junior Elite Softball (JES) for general use purposes. The JES, formed to provide a safe, positive learning environment for young ladies, had over 100 girls enrolled in the program in 2018.

In Satanta, HUGS members presented USD 507’s Pathways to Reading program with $3,158 for several hundred books. The Pathways to Reading program is to encourage reading and reading related skills for upper elementary and middle school students. The books will be age and skill appropriate for those age groups, something the program is striving towards.

Finally, in Sublette, the HUGS team donated $3,800 to the Sublette Rotary Club who is working on an American Legion project. The money will go towards bringing more life into the American Legion building by upgrading everything in the building, including the kitchen, bathrooms, big hall and club room.

“We are always so happy to be able to donate money to good causes,” said Southern Pioneer HUGS team member Dee Longoria. “This week we were able to donate to three different organizations focusing on our communities’ youth and veterans, so all around just a great experience.”

Southern Pioneer Electric Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pioneer Electric Cooperative, is headquartered out of Ulysses, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company has local offices in Liberal and Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company serves approximately 17,200 customers and operates in 10 counties and 34 communities. Southern Pioneer Electric Company’s service territory stretches east from Liberal to Medicine Lodge and north to Kingman and back west to Greensburg, Kansas. Southern Pioneer Electric Company is dedicated to providing customers with safe and reliable electric service. For more information about the HUGS program, please contact Vice President of Energy Services, Anita Wendt. (Phone: 620.424.5271 and E-mail: awendt@pioneerelectric.coop).