Cancer survivor: Listen to that voice in your head saying something is wrong

Tony Rash, Public Safety and Health manager, began to feel off at the start of the summer in 2014.  When he went to the doctor a month after his initial symptoms, he began a two-year battle with cancer that would require six surgeries. 

The summer of 2014 was an eye-opening one for Tony Rash.

That June, the Longview resident began to feel off. His appetite was gone, and when he did eat, it only took a couple bites for him to feel full.

He knew something was not right but kept finding excuses for his unusual symptoms.

”It was so easy for me when I first started to say ‘Oh, it’s hot. I’m not eating as much because it’s hot weather,’” Rash said. “So many times we put off what we know are real problems.”

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‘An unintentional self-exam saved my life’

After years of regular mammograms, Shreveport mom discovers she has three tumors

In 2013, only a month after having a mammogram, Suzanne Western discovered a knot in her left breast. The knot turned out to be three tumors she needed to immediately have removed.  Photos by Henrietta Wildsmith

Suzanne Western has always been diligent when it comes to mammograms.

After losing a grandmother to breast cancer and seeing her aunt battle the disease, she’s always known the importance of keeping regular appointments for early detection. But it would be her own experience that would show her self-exams are equally as important.

In June 2013, only a month after a mammogram, Western found a knot in her left breast.

She had been getting ready for her first day back to work in fleet services in Shreveport following a summer vacation when she felt it while rubbing lotion on a sunburn.

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What’s SWEPCO doing in East Texas?

SWEPCO is busy in East Texas. 

Crews are storm hardening the power grid to better withstand harsh weather.  They’re also trimming more trees away from power lines after more than 70 inches of rainfall between last September and June spurred vegetation growth. 

Watch as Distribution System Inspector Sr. Philip Johnson details these and other ongoing projects in East Texas. 

Shine the light on love: SWEPCO’s Zac & Lauren Pianalto

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Zac and Lauren Pianalto

The couple met on both of their first days of work at SWEPCO in February 2007. Continue reading “Shine the light on love: SWEPCO’s Zac & Lauren Pianalto”

Now Hiring: Customer Care Agents

Do you have a smile in your voice, a willingness to serve and a positive attitude?

Jean Simpson Personnel Services is hiring Customer Care Agents for SWEPCO. We’re looking for highly qualified candidates who have:

  • 2 or more years of customer service experience
  • Excellent communication and computer skills
  • Availability to work a flexible schedule in a 24/7 operation

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‘The Light Man’: Wilson’s career has been caring for Little River County

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Robert “The Light Man” Wilson, July 2017. Photo by Tye Jackson.

For 36 years, Robert Wilson worked as the single troubleman for Ashdown, Ark., earning him the name “The Light Man” by the town’s residents.

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