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Reflections from the Publisher 

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, November 20:

Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens will hold the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5:15 p.m.  This special event always kicks off the Christmas season for our area, and this year will be the first for Jim Lovinggood as Blue Ridge Electric's new President and CEO. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative is located at 734 West Main Street.



In-Depth Articles on Past Events:
  
Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative:    
           
(The Publisher began writing articles on Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative while Editor of The Pickens Sentinel beginning in 1999. Below are links to recent in-depth articles published in The Christian View magazine.)

Click here to read about Blue Ridge Fest 2018:
 

Blue Ridge Fest, a charity fundraiser of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, each spring brings to Pickens hundreds of classic cars to the Upstate's largest classic car cruise-in, with oldies music by top artists, food and soft drinks for sale, a chance to win large cash prizes, and a good time for thousands of fest-goers. Since its inception two decades ago, Blue Ridge Fest, through sponsors and ticket sales, has raised more than $2 million in net proceeds given to local charitable organizations. At the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest, Charles Dalton, President and CEO from 1982 until his retirement at the end of 2017, was presented the Blue Ridge Fest Founder's Award from new President and CEO Jim Lovinggood and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. This year's charity fundraiser raised a record $225,000 for local charities. The fun included the Upstate's largest classic car cruise-in and oldies music by The Spinners, Jim Quick and the Coastline, and Magic. Click on the link to read The Christian View magazine's article and to view The Christian View magazine's 125 photos from the 2018 Blue Ridge Fest. 


Click here to read about Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's 2018 annual meeting

Thousands of members attend the annual meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens each spring, enjoying music, free food and soft drinks, a free door prize, and drawings for many great prizes, including a pickup truck. Read an in-depth article and view 165 photos by The Christian View magazine of the 2018 annual meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. Jessie Lee Gilstrap, granddaughter of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Director Jimmy Lee Dodgens and his wife, Helen, sang the national anthem, Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant led in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Rev. Tommy Howard opened in prayer. Music was provided by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids and Gospel music groups The Zion Quartet and Gold City. Isaac Buckner, Dawson Gilstrap (grandson of Jimmy Lee and Helen Dodgens), Mackenzie Hopkins, and Alden Richardson, high school students selected for the Washington Youth Tour, were recognized, as were veterans in attendance, elected officials, and Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employees and the Blue Ridge Electric Board of Directors. Click on the link to read the in-depth article and to view all of the photos.
                                                                     
Click here to read about Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's 2017 Christmas tree lighting

The lighting of the Christmas tree at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative in Pickens begins the Christmas season each year. The 2017 tree lighting was the final lighting for Charles Dalton as President and CEO, as he retired at the end of the year. Alan Blackmon, who retired in 2016 due to having had a liver transplant, had the honor of lighting the majestic tree for the 2017 Christmas season. Ashley Dodgens sang Christmas music, and Rev. Nath Briley delivered an inspirational message. Local dignitaries, employees and members of Blue Ridge Electric's Board of Directors, and members of the public were in attendance. Click on the link to read the in-depth article and to view 23 photos by The Christian View magazine. 

Click here to read about The Vietnam Moving Wall's visit at Blue Ridge Electric Coooperative: The Moving Wall Moves Visitors, Some to Reflection, Some to Tears

The Vietnam Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. that includes the names of those killed in action in the Vietnam War, visited the Upstate November 9-13, 2017 and was displayed at the Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative office's shelter in Westminster. The Christian View magazine visited the Wall the afternoon of Thursday, November 9, when it was first set up for display, and also the morning of Friday, November 10, for the official opening ceremony, and also the afternoon of Sunday, November 12, for the closing ceremony, for three separate in-depth articles and nearly 250 photographs. On the first day, The Christian View magazine interviewed veterans and veterans' family members who were visiting the Wall, and also Oconee County Veterans Affairs Director Jerry Dyar, Oconee County Veterans Affairs Assistant Director Janice Mattheson Holbrooks, and Paul and Kim Chen, who drive the Moving Wall to sites across the country. Click on the link to read the in-depth article and to view all of the photos.

Click here to read about The Vietnam Moving Wall's Opening Ceremony at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative: Opening Ceremony for the Vietnam Moving Wall Draws a Large Crowd

Oconee County Veterans Affairs Director Jerry Dyar served as Master of Ceremonies for the opening ceremony of the Vietnam Moving Wall, displayed at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's office in Westminster, and speakers included Amy Childress from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and U.S. Representative Jeff Duncan. American Pride, a Statler Brothers tribute band, sang the national anthem as well as "More Than a Name on a Wall." Wreaths were placed by representatives from 13 veterans' organizations in Oconee County, and Vietnam veterans led in the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation and the benediction. Members of the Walhalla High School JROTC performed the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action ceremony. The names of 21 men from Oconee County who died in Vietnam were read. Click on the link to read the in-depth article and to view all of the photos.

Click here to read about the Vietnam Moving Wall's Closing Ceremony at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative Closing Ceremony for Vietnam Moving Wall Pays Tribute to Veterans

Oconee County Veterans Affairs Director Jerry Dyar served as Master of Ceremonies for the closing ceremony of the Vietnam Moving Wall, displayed at Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's office in Westminster, and speakers included Denise McCormick from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Oconee County Assistant Veterans Affairs Director Janice Mattheson Holbrooks, who worked to bring the Moving Wall to Oconee County, and State Senator Thomas Alexander from Oconee County. The names of 21 men from Oconee County who were killed in action in Vietnam were read aloud, and representatives from 13 veterans' organization in Oconee County retrieved the wreaths that had been placed during the opening ceremony. Click on the link to read the in-depth article and to view all of the photos.


Click here to read about Blue Ridge Fest 2017:  

Read an article and view more than 150 photos by
The Christian View magazine of the 2017 Blue Ridge Fest. Recently retired Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employee Alan Blackmon, who retired due to having had a liver transplant, and who had chaired the employee group who ran the festival when it started two decades ago, was honored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative President and CEO Charles Dalton, Blue Ridge Electric Communications Manager Terry Ballenger, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and Supreme Court Justice John Kittredge. Blue Ridge Fest included the Upstate's largest classic car cruise-in as well as music by The Flashbacks, Jim Quick and the Coastline, The Contours, and Little Anthony and The Imperials. Click on the link to read the article and to view all of the photos.

Click here to read about Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative's 2017 annual meeting
: 

Read an in-depth article and view more than 150 photos by
The Christian View magazine of the 2017 annual meeting of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. The meeting included Gospel and Bluegrass music by The Sweet Potato Pie Kids, Tugalo Holler, The Sheltons, and The Primitive Quartet. Rev. Bryan Hester offered the invocation and Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Employees of Blue Ridge Electric, Blue Ridge Electric Board of Directors, veterans, and elected officials were recognized, as were high school students Drew Holcombe, Peyton Brown, and Tanner Stegall, who were selected for the Washington Youth Tour. Click on the link to read the in-depth article and to view all of the photos.