Cooperative Awards 2017 Basketball Camp Scholarships

Thanks to the co-op’s Touchstone Energy Sports Camp Scholarship program, Union Power Cooperative is proud to congratulate two terrific kids selected to attend a week long summer basketball camp at two of the state’s largest universities.

Caydance Garmon, of Monroe Middle School, will attend N.C. State University Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp from June 11th – 14th. Caydance is the daughter of Crystal Mungo.

 Marcus Montgomery, of Weddington Middle School, will attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp from June 17-21st at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Marcus is the son Ferlando & Patricia Montgomery.

While Touchstone Energy Camps give students an opportunity to practice and improve on their basketball skills, these students have an opportunity to work closely with the staff and players while developing fundamental skills in leadership and teamwork. Leading the N.C. State Wolfpack Women’s camp is head coach Wes Moore, the 2014 ESPNW Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, his coaching team, and current and former N.C. State women’s basketball players. The Carolina camp is led by two-time NCAA national championship coach Roy Williams, his staff, and current and past Tar Heel basketball players.

Union Power Cooperative is proud to offer local students an opportunity to learn from college coaches and student-athletes while experiencing life on a college campus. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who applied!

Pics of Basketball Camp Scholarship Winners





Pictured above: Weddington Middle School Principal, Marcus Leakes with Marcus Montgomery and Theresa Chance.

Guidance Counselor Jerome Bellamy with Caydance Garmon and Theresa Chance.



Congratulations Union Power 2017 Scholarship Winners

As part of our commitment to community, Union Power Cooperative helps ease the financial burden for deserving high school graduates in our service area. This year, the Cooperative is awarding six $1,000 college scholarships to students to help with the cost of attending a North Carolina university or community college.

This year’s scholarship winners are: Tyler Crotts, James Fuchs, Brennan Halkidis, Eli Hatley, Emily O’Hare and Zaria Reep.

Tyler is the son of Bradley and Joan Crotts of Union County. He will graduate from Piedmont High School and plans to attend Central Piedmont Community College before transferring to a four- year college to complete his degree. An exceptional athlete, Tyler participated in football, basketball and various recreational sports throughout high school, all while maintaining his studies.

James is the son of Angela Abbatiello of Stanfield. He will graduate from West Stanly High School. He plans to attend University of North Carolina-Wilmington to study computer science. As a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, Debate team and the National Honor Society, James manages to demonstrate his commitment to his community through his membership and participation in the West Stanly Players.

Brennan is the son of Bob and Stacy Halkidis of Indian Trail. He will graduate from Porter Ridge High School as first in his class. He plans to attend Duke University in the fall where he will study economics. Brennan is also the recipient of the 2017 Gwen B. Price scholarship awarded by the North Carolina Electric Cooperative Association. While serving as president of the Student Council, he is an active member in the Math Honor Society, the Asian Appreciation Club and the Language Academy of the Carolinas. 

Eli is the son of Donnie and Diane Hatley of Albemarle. He will graduate from West Stanly High School. He plans to attend Stanly Community College and then transfer to a four-year college to study Biology on a Pre-Med curriculum. While in school, he participated in the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music Honor society and was a member of the marching band. He is an active part of his community by serving as an Explorer with the Stanly County EMS.

Emily is the daughter of Dean and Debbie O’Hare of Matthews. She will graduate from Weddington High School. She plans to attend UNC Chapel Hill where she will major in Biology. While in school, Emily has been an active member of the YMCA in her community while working at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse to save money for college.

Zaria is the daughter of Shawn and Debbie Reep of Monroe. She will graduate from Central Academy of Technology & Arts. While initially attending South Piedmont Community College, she plans to transfer to North Carolina State University to earn a Master’s degree in Botany and Geology.

Criteria for awarding scholarships is based on 40% need, 30% scholastic achievement; and 30% extracurricular activities in school, civic and community functions. Applications are judged by a committee that is not affiliated with the Cooperative.

Union Power is proud to offer scholarships to these six outstanding students and wishes them success as they pursue their future goals.


2017-2018 Bright Ideas Application Period Now Open

Bright Ideas grants are now available to local educators! Union Power has pledged a minimum of $20,000 for funding Bright Ideas grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Grants of up to $2,000 are available for creative, hands-on classroom projects.

We invite K-12 educators to apply for a Bright Ideas grant now through September 18, 2017. Teachers can find the simple, online application and learn more at As an extra incentive, teachers who apply by the August 15 “Early Bird” deadline will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards.

Bright Ideas grants are available statewide through the network of North Carolina’s 26 not-for-profit electric cooperatives. Since 1994, Tar Heel teachers have received more than $10.2 million in Bright Ideas grants, making possible 9,800 innovative projects that have reached well over 2 million students!

Please encourage your teachers to apply and display the enclosed poster at school to help spread the word.

At Union Power, it is our mission to not only deliver the electricity that powers our lives, but also to support programs and initiatives like Bright Ideas that make our communities more vibrant places to live and work. For more information about Bright Ideas or to arrange for a representative to visit your school, contact or 704-220-0709.

Thank you for your assistance in reaching outstanding educators through Bright Ideas grants. We look forward to partnering with your teachers to bring creative learning ideas to life!


Utility Post Are Not Bulletin Boards

People often claim these signs are a nuisance and a community eyesore, but it’s not necessarily the signs themselves that are the real problem – it’s the tacks, nails or staples that are used to affix the signs. Utility poles contain electrical wires, and people can be seriously injured while attaching signs to utility poles. Long after falling rain has smeared ink, and brisk winds have carried signs away, the small objects once used to keep them in place are left behind, and become potential threats to the safety of lineworkers.

Anything attached to the pole could create a hazard, such as nails, tacks or staples can puncture rubber gloves and other safety equipment, making line workers vulnerable to electrocution. Please do not place any items on utility poles. Help us keep our lineworkers safe as they work to serve our communities.

Their jobs are dangerous enough – help us keep them safe!

For more information.

Children & Electrical Safety

Teaching electrical safety to children is an ongoing program at Union Power Cooperative. Each year, we talk to thousands of school children across our service area and teach them how electricity is wonderful to have in our lives but that it can also be dangerous. When talking to your kids about electrical safety, keep these tips in mind:

  • Never fly a kite near power lines.
  • Never build a tree house in a tree near power lines.
  • Never, ever touch a line of any kind. It could be a live power line. If you see a line hanging from a pole or tree or on the ground, tell your parents or a neighbor to call the power company.
  • Stay away from substations, power poles and green padmount transformers.
  • Never put an appliance in or near water.
  • Don’t put your fingers or any object in an electrical outlet. (Parents please use safety outlet plugs to protect your children from power outlets in your home.)

Children love to climb up, on and over things. Fences are particularly inviting. Please talk to your children about electrical substations and why they must never climb the fences surrounding them. Your electric cooperative has placed signs, “Danger – Keep Out” or “Warning – High Voltage” on substation fences for your protection. Make sure your child understands this fact.

Children & Electrical Safety