CONYERS — The 82nd version of Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corp.’s annual meeting was unlike any other. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the annual meeting was held as a drive-through event at the Georgia International Horse Park.

Beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, thousands of EMC members drove through a registration checkpoint and then on to a tented station where they were given the yellow bucket members have come to know and love. About 1,500 buckets were handed out.

Each year the bucket holds a few small gifts. This year’s bucket contained some lightbulbs and a notice that registered attendees would receive a $20 credit on their power bill. In a prize drawing held later at SSEMC headquarters, 75 registered members received a $50 bill credit. The grand prize of the day — a 2003 Ford Ranger pickup truck — was won by Gary Esslinger of Newton County.

Snapping Shoals serves nearly 100,000 member accounts across eight counties — Henry, Walton, Newton, DeKalb, Morgan, Rockdale, Butts and Jasper.

Support Local Journalism

Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or making a contribution today.


I have been editor of the Rockdale Citizen since 1996 and editor of the Newton Citizen since it began publication in 2004. I am also currently executive editor of the Clayton News Daily, Henry Daily Herald and Jackson Progress-Argus.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please log in, or sign up for a new, free account to read or post comments.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.