By RICK HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — MT. VERNON — A new director from Jefferson County is expected to be elected during the annual meeting July 13 of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative, based in Mt. Vernon.
Kathy Withers of Mt. Vernon has been nominated by a committee as a candidate for the Jefferson County position being vacated by retiring director Jerry Corners of Centralia, who has served on the board since 1980.
Withers owned and managed five travel agency locations in Southern Illinois from 1982 through 2012 and now concentrates on her retail cosmetic business. She graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor's degree.
Withers holds an Illinois Insurance Producer license, an Illinois real estate license, and is a part time marketing and business instructor at Rend Lake College. Active in the community, she serves as chairman of the Board of Directors at Crossroads Community Hospital. She served as board chairman of both the Mitchell Museum and Jefferson County Comprehensive Services. She is also a board member of the American Cancer Society and Keep America Beautiful, information states.
The annual meeting begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a live line demonstration at 8:45 a.m. Children's activities open at 9 a.m., and the business meeting begins at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. Members who register before 10 a.m. will receive a $10 credit on their August electric bill and receive a clock commemorating Tri-County's 75th year anniversary.
"It (the anniversary) is a big deal. We've been in business for 75 years and proud of the service we've provided to our members and looking forward to our next 75 years," said General Manager Marcia Scott. "We're looking forward to seeing our members and having a wonderful day."
The cooperative has over 16,500 meters located in the counties of Jefferson, Marion, and Washington.
According to figures provided in the June newsletter distributed to its membership, the cooperative had receipts of $53.4 million at the end of 2012, and expenses of $51 million. The cooperative has assets and liabilities of nearly $101 million.
Electric power cost the cooperative $36.5 million in 2012, with approximately $8.3 million in expenses for operating and maintaining its system.