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Barnhart to Represent Carroll Electric in Washington

James Barnhart, son of Edward and Christine Barnhart of Scio, has been selected to represent Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. at the Washington D.C. Rural Electric Youth Tour.

James, a junior at Buckeye Career Center, will join nearly 1,600 other youth from across the country for the June 8 – 14 tour. Youth Tour teaches students about the rural electric utility and gives students a first-hand look at the activities of our government in the nation’s capital. James will have a chance to meet and talk to congressional leaders from Ohio at the U.S. Capitol, while visiting the sights of D.C.

Youth Tour is an annual contest sponsored by Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives and Carroll Electric.

 

Carroll Electric Scholarship Recipients 

Carroll Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Carroll Electric) today announced the recipients of the Children of Members Scholarship competition.

Six students were chosen to receive $1,000 scholarships:

Anna Meyer, Catholic Central High School
Anna is the daughter of Ron and Julie Meyer of Bloomindale.

Rachel Dowell, Carrollton High School
Rachel is the daughter of Stephen and Jennifer Dowell of Carrollton.

Pria Anderson, Carrollton High School
Pria is the daughter of Joseph Rinkes and Shannon and Steve Weisbrod of Carrollton.

Kayla Huff, Edison Local High School
Kayla is the daughter of Ann and Fred Huff of Toronto.

Rebecca Gromley, Carrollton High School
Rebecca is the daughter of Neil and Corinna Gromley of Kensington.

Ronald Bowers, Harrison Hills High School
Ronald is the son of Howard and Tina Bowers of Hopedale.

The Carroll Electric Children of Members Scholarship competition is an annual contest that encourages Ohio’s rural youth to further their education and provides an opportunity to become more aware of careers in the rural electric program.

Applications were received from students in the six-county service territory. Selection criteria included personal and scholastic achievement, school and community involvement, and personal interviews.

 

Phone Scam Targets Carroll Electric Members

Your phone rings. Your caller ID says it's someone you know or a local business calling, but when you pick up the person on the other end of the call is claiming to be from Carroll Electric. What's the deal? 

Scammers are using fake caller ID information to trick you into thinking they are someone local, someone you trust - like a government agency or a company you do business with - like Carroll Electric. The practice is called "caller ID spoofing," and scammers don't care whose phone number they use. One scammer recently used the phone number of a gravel business in northeast Ohio to contact Carroll Electric members and demand payment and account information. 

Don't rely on caller ID to verify who's calling. It can be nearly impossible to tell whether the caller ID information is real. Here are a few tips for handling these calls: 

  • If you get a strange call from Carroll Electric, hang up. Contact the Carroll Electric office at 1-800-232-7697 to check the validity of the call. Carroll Electric employees won’t call out of the blue to demand money or account information.

  • Don’t give out – or confirm – your personal or financial information to someone who calls.

  • Don’t wire money or send money using a reloadable card. Carroll Electric utilizes the SmartHub pay portal for electronic billing and will never call you to demand payment using a reloadable card or wire transfer.  

  • Feeling pressured to act immediately? Hang up. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

If you receive a call from a scammer claiming to be a Carroll Electric employee, report it to Carroll Electric at 1-800-232-7697.

Want more tips for avoiding scams? Visit the Federal Trade Commission website at ftc.gov. 

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