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In 1941, most rural residents in Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties were still without electricity. While friends, relative and sto...
In 1941, most rural residents in Chatham, Harnett, Lee and Moore counties were still without electricity. While friends, relative and store owners in nearby cities were enjoying the advantages and advancements that electricity promises, farmers and many others living outside the cities were still doing things the hard way. It was time for a new beginning. It was time for cooperation. 

On April 23 of the same year, meeting in the Agriculture Building in Sanford, a group of citizens got together and decided to do just that, cooperate. Two months later, Central Electric Membership Corporation was formed and chartered. Within decades to come CEMC would grow to 21,000 members and service Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Moore and Randolph counties.
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