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.

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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.

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