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Our Favorite Stories of 2022

The Texas Co-op Power staff shares its picks for top reads

At 100,000 square feet, Esports Stadium Arlington is the largest dedicated gaming facility in North America.

Courtesy Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

A Whole New Ballgame, February

On first thought, esports might seem like an activity reserved for big-city schools and large universities, but this story shows that students from small programs in rural Texas and Co-op Country can compete at the highest levels.

Travis Hill, communications specialist


Dawn Compton holds pillows for breast cancer patients

Blessing Box Project founder Dawn Compton, who often gets help from volunteers.

Scott Van Osdol

Hope in a Box, March

My hope with this well-written article is that this was able to bring awareness—and maybe more volunteers—to a very worthy cause and group in the Blessing Box Project. The scope of the project is grand, matched only by the size of founder Dawn Compton’s heart.

Alex Dal Santo, communications specialist


Lyn Sharp awaits the next order in Danibelle’s Lebanese Cuisine food truck.

Tom Hussey

Best in Tow, April

April was the perfect month for this feature as Texans look for things to do outdoors. Tom Hussey’s photos are as fun and engaging as the story. The story’s focus on local winners supports the co-ops’ Concern for Community.

Grace Fultz, print production specialist


Colorful illustration of Perez with cut paper background

John Jay Cabuay

Speaking to Children, June

María Alma González Pérez is doing all that she can to help young students learn to speak English by writing books that she wishes she had growing up in small-town South Texas. Her story is invigorating for this editor.

Chris Burrows, editor


Logan Bell and Geer Gillespie feed goats grass freshly picked from their fields at Low Gear Farmstead.

Scott Van Osdol

Connecting With the Land, September

Connecting With the Land makes me want to do just that: Drop everything, move to a pretty parcel of earth, and commune with goats and nature. Scott Van Osdol’s joyful photography pulled me into the story, and I loved learning about the inclusive community the homesteaders are building in Menard.

Jessica Ridge, communications specialist

This heartwarming story bridged generations, blending heritage and traditions among families with a surprising coincidental connection.

Jane Sharpe, senior designer


Meter readers have ready friends in Co-op Country. Ready enemies, too.

Illustration by Michael Koelsch

Reading Between the Lines, October

The story is delightfully written. It’s charming and endearing to the history of our co-op community.

Caytlyn Phillips, digital media specialist


Dawn Hodges serves up a plate of fresh-baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Scott Van Osdol

Watch Grandma Cook, November

Mark Wangrin took readers with him straight to Dawn Hodges’ charming home outside Bellville where, once there, we got to see for ourselves why this delightful grandma is a popular, if unlikely, TikTok star.

Tom Widlowski, associate editor