HTC opens new store in Carolina Forest

HORRY COUNTY, SC –   HTC officials announced today that a new HTC store in the Carolina Forest community is now open in the Towne Centre Lowes Foods Plaza.  The new store is located at 825-D Market Place Drive, Myrtle Beach just off of International Drive and replaces the HTC location at 3990 River Oaks Drive that officially closed on June 21.

The new full-service location features displays for a complete range of wireless products along with an interactive Security and Home Automation display showcasing the newest HTC products and services.  The store hours are six days a week:  Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“We are very excited about the latest HTC retail office in the Carolina Forest community and all it has to offer for new and existing members.  The new store provides convenient and easy accessibility for members and, we trust that visitors will enjoy the convenience, updated customer experience, and excellent HTC service,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. 

For directions or more information about the new HTC store in Carolina Forest or directions to other HTC locations, visit www.htcinc.net/locations

Grand opening events will be held later this summer. 

HTC employees help with local life-saving blood supply for American Red Cross

Conway, SC – HTC is committed to supporting its community. That’s why the Cooperative is so pleased to partner with the American Red Cross to host blood drives every quarter where employees are encouraged to donate in hopes of providing life-saving blood to our community.

On Wednesday, May 16, HTC employees generously gave 24 units, potentially saving as many as 72 lives because each unit has the power to save three lives.

“HTC has a long history of community involvement. Employees regularly band together for a cause and we support their efforts and are so grateful for their donations,” said Lisa Martin, Senior Marketing Coordinator. “Our mission to serve the communities in which we live and work is a cornerstone of our Cooperative’s heritage and culture. Our core value of community commitment carries on through our employees’ donations to the communities that have made our success possible.”

HTC employees have donated over 2,887 units of blood since 1999 potentially saving over 8,661 lives the past 20 years. For more information about HTC community outreach programs, visit www.htcinc.net/community.

For more information about how you can participate in the quarterly blood drives held at HTC, please contact Lisa Martin, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8714.

HTC sponsors trip to nation’s capital for two area youth

Connor Chilton
Connor Chilton

Horry County, SC – HTC and the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) sponsored an educational tour to Washington, D.C., June 1-5, 2019, for two local students selected for the 25th Annual Foundation for Rural Service Youth Tour.  Gracelyn Brown, representing the Academy for Arts, Science, & Technology, and Connor Chilton, representing Scholars Academy, were selected by school guidance counselors and HTC.  The 25th Annual Youth Tour exposes students to the federal regulatory process and explains the impact of legislative and judicial decisions on the telecommunications industry in rural America.  Students also have the opportunity to visit many of the historical sites in the nation’s capital.

The trip focuses on a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, including careers in telecommunications, the critical role telecommunications plays in rural America, and how legislative and regulatory decisions, made in Washington, affect the industry.

“Today’s youth are the future of telecommunications in America and we hope that by educating them about the industry, we will not only broaden their horizons, but also strengthen our communities,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “We are proud to have a role in educating our local youth and contributing to the future economic health of our communities.”

Gracelyn Brown
Gracelyn Brown

The Youth Tour brings together 100 high school juniors from across rural and suburban America to Washington, DC on a four-day culturally enriching experience.  The tour allows youth to visit the Supreme Court and US Capitol to meet with a member of Congress.  They also participate in an informational session about the Federal Communications Commission, US Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service and more.  Students visit the nation’s most historic and popular tour sites, including the Supreme Court and the Lincoln and Roosevelt Memorials. 

“We hope that by providing our youth with best telecommunications services possible, as well as exposing them to cultural and educational opportunities, such as the FRS Youth Tour, our youth will remain in and become active members in their communities,” said Vitt.

The 25th Annual Youth Tour is hosted by the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS).  FRS leads aggressive public information, economic and community development projects, which focus on rural telecommunications, to educate the public and improve the quality of rural American life.  It is the philanthropic arm of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which HTC is a member. 

For more information about the 2019 Youth Tour or other educational programs provided by HTC, please contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8498 or 843-902-3838. 

HTC announces winner in national college scholarship program

Elor Mayan
Elor Mayan

HTC is pleased to announce that Elor Mayan, a senior at the Academy for Arts, Science, & Technology, is the recipient of a $5,000 college scholarship program from Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), the philanthropic arm of NTCA.  Elor has been accepted to attend the University of South Carolina and plans to study nursing.  He and his family reside in the Myrtle Beach area.

The FRS college scholarship program includes a number of named scholarship opportunities including the

FRS JSI scholarships funded by Manny and Leo Staurulakis, of JSI, in honor of their parents John and Chresanthe Staurulakis. These scholarships are awarded each year and give preference to students with an interest in science, math, medicine, or engineering.

The FRS scholarship program awarded scholarships, ranging from $1,500-$5,000 to rural youth across the United States. Out of over 1,300 applications received this year, 54 scholarships were awarded.  The goal of the scholarship program is to help further higher education opportunities among high school students.  HTC strongly supports the youth of our community and is thrilled to sponsor this worthy program. 

Scholarship recipients were selected by an independent team of reviewers from the education field. To be eligible, recipients must be sponsored by a NTCA member system, and must indicate a desire to return to their communities once their collegiate studies have been completed. 

“We are thrilled to offer this program, with the goal of leveling the playing field for students who often face financial obstacles in their pursuit of higher education,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “The FRS scholarship program enables telecommunications providers to show their support of the youth living in the communities they serve.  It is a source of tremendous pride for us and for the entire community of HTC.”

The scholarship program is open to all graduating high school seniors that receive local telecommunications service from HTC.  Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, or vocational technical school, and have at least a C-grade point average. 

About HTC

HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telecommunications cooperative.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates nearly 67 years of service to Horry and Georgetown Counties as a local communications leader. 

HTC offers High Speed Internet, Digital Cable, Digital Wireless, Home Security, local telephone and long distance service, and advanced business services such as Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/WAN), Managed Networks, VOIP Solutions, WiFi Solutions, Firewall and Security services. HTC provides these services utilizing the area’s most extensive fiber optic network. 

Spammers phishing for personal information on HTC accounts

spam email

A phishing attempt has been identified by several HTC members who have received the above email.

If you receive this email, it is NOT from HTC. Be sure to check the return address (you can hover your cursor over the from address and it will show the actual e-mail address), and peruse any communication for errors.

In this email, you have the NB: and the 3 exclamation points that would never be included in an HTC communication.

If you receive this email, please delete immediately.

Give a gift, get a gift at spring blood drive

The Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

HTC invites the public to join it for its spring blood drive, which will take place from 7 a.m. to noon May 16 in the parking lot at the U.S. 701 retail location in Conway.

Those who take part will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email courtesy of the American Red Cross.

To schedule an appointment, contact Lisa Martin at lisa.martin@htcinc.net, or call 843-369-8714.

May means deals for moms, military and more

Wireless Services

One thing we’re sure Mom loved on Mother’s Day was talking with her children … and HTC can help make that possible year round.

For a limited time, you can buy one smartphone and get another half off when signing up for a new line. Both phones must be purchased on the AT&T installment plan and be included on the unlimited plan.

For the first responders, active military and veterans, you can get a $200 activation credit the entire month of May. Simply sign up for a new line of service on AT&T Unlimited & More plans, and the deal is stackable with other offers.

May is certainly the month to stay in touch.

Life Connections is mailing now

Spring has sprung, and close behind is the latest edition of Life Connections magazine.

Life Connections coverThe HTC quarterly magazine is expected in mailboxes around the middle of May, and includes a spectacular spotlight of Crooked Oak Tavern in Conway.

Charles T. Glazer is our artist spotlight and Weatherford Knife Co. our business spotlight for the Spring edition, and you will find informative articles on everything you need to know about your Wi-Fi network and how to secure your home from your smartphone.

Watch your mailbox for the latest edition, or pick one up later in the month at any HTC retail location.

Win tickets to Myrtle Waves

Myrtle Waves Water Park

The temperature is rising, so what better way to cool off than a family trip to Myrtle Waves Water Park?

Myrtle Beach’s premier water park has over 30 slides and attractions, including South Carolina’s largest wave pool and a 330,000-gallon lazy river.

The bravest of the family can climb the massive Turbo Twisters, which send you spiraling down at 50-feet per second.

HTC has teamed with Myrtle Waves to offer a family of four FREE tickets to the park. Simply fill out the form with this article and you are entered to win. It’s that easy.

The winner will be chosen May 23 and contacted via email. Tickets are good for any day this summer.

If you want to purchase a season pass or tickets online, visit the Myrtle Waves website or call 843-913-9250.

Fill out the form for a chance to win four passes to Myrtle Waves Water Park.

Safety first! Can you dig it?

shovel

Every state has its own 811 call center, and South Carolina is no exception.

At least a few days before any digging project, be sure to pick up the phone and call 811 whether you are doing the digging yourself or hiring a professional.

There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States.

That figure equates to more than one football field’s length of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the United States.

To know what’s below, always call 811 before digging!