HTC reconnects members after Hurricane Dorian

Horry County, SC – HTC crews have been working with other local utility companies and emergency management officials in Horry and Georgetown Counties to restore service to its members as quickly as possible after Hurricane Dorian.  We are happy to report that as of 3:00 p.m. all known network outages have been repaired.

If you are an HTC member and still experiencing a service outage, please report it by dialing 611 toll free from any HTC exchange or 843-365-2186. 

All HTC retail and office locations are now open, and all HTC offices are equipped as Wi-Fi hotspots.  Any local resident can stop by one of the seven HTC office locations to access free wireless internet and battery charging options for handheld devices. 

For more information, contact Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing, at 843-369-8559 or 843-902-3727. 

 

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AT&T providing relief to customers affected by Hurricane Dorian

HTC wireless partner AT&T knows how crucial communications are during this time and wants to help lessen the burden on customers so we can take care of what matters most – helping friends and families.

With Hurricane Dorian approaching, AT&T will waive overage charges on mobile services, giving unlimited talk, text and data for AT&T wireless and AT&T PREPAID customers in affected areas in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina from September 2 to September 8.

AT&T is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian and will continue to provide updates as needed.

Those zip codes in Horry and Georgetown counties that qualify relief are:

Zip

County

29440

Georgetown

29442

Georgetown

29510

Georgetown

29511

Horry

29526

Horry

29527

Horry

29528

Horry

29544

Horry

29545

Horry

29566

Horry

29568

Horry

29569

Horry

29572

Horry

29575

Horry

29576

Horry

29577

Horry

29578

Horry

29579

Horry

29581

Horry

29582

Horry

29585

Georgetown

29587

Horry

29588

Horry

29597

Horry

29598

Horry

HTC Establishes STEM Camp and Local Scholarships

Students from MCC LIT participated in a computer coding class as part of the HTC Summer STEM Camp. Pictured left to right: Wesley Carmichael, Messiah Brooks, Kareill Tessano, Mikyran Long, Zahvon Green, Aulani White, and Coach Ja’Net Wade.

Horry Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (HTC) is proud to announce a partnership with Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) to fund a summer STEM camp for area youth and scholarships for local public high school seniors.

The HTC STEM Summer Camp was created to expose young students to the world of STEM and the education and career opportunities available to them in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. The donation allowed for over 200 children from the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, the Mary C. Canty Life-Long Impacted Teens (MCC LIT), the James R. Frazier Recreation Center in Bucksport, and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Conway to attend the camp for free. HGTC professors lead the camp in areas of computer coding, coding with robotics, digital photography, virtual reality, YouTube, food science, and social media. HTC plans to offer the HTC STEM Summer Camp again in the summer of 2020.

Students from MCC LIT enjoyed a digital photography class as part of the HTC Summer STEM Camp. Pictured left to right: Antoinette Brockington, Ashanti Crawford, Jada Green, Kaylee Brown, Briana White, Aj Eacholes, Ne’veah Brooks.

“HTC is pleased to partner with Horry-Georgetown Technical College and our local community partners to encourage our youth to explore the world of STEM and provide scholarship opportunities for standout high school seniors,” said HTC CEO Mike Hagg. 

For students at the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, this year’s camp was eye-opening and rewarding.

“The HTC STEM Summer Camp gave our teens at the Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand opportunities to explore the worlds of technology and science in hands-on ways they haven’t experienced,” said Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand CEO Dione Buonto. “Our collaboration with HGTC and HTC will inspire our youth as they continue on their educational journeys!”

Ja’Net Wade, recreation youth coordinator at the City of Myrtle Beach, agrees.

“We really enjoyed all of our STEM classes,” she said. “The hands-on, in-class experience has helped us get an in-depth understanding of the subjects and a preview of what college will be like. All of the professors were amazing as we learned so much from them!”

The HTC Cooperative Spirit Scholarship will fund 13 $1,000 scholarships each year for the next five years for one graduating senior from each public high school in Horry and Georgetown counties.

“This generous commitment from HTC will allow us to expose our talented area youth to the educational and career opportunities available to them through HGTC, and to do so at an early age,” said HGTC president Dr. Marilyn Murphy Fore. “The scholarships will make these opportunities a reality for high school students across Horry and Georgetown counties.”

MCC LIT students Jada Green and Aulani White during the HTC Summer STEM Camp’s social media and YouTube class.
Messiah Brooks of MCC LIT explores the world of virtual reality at the HTC Summer STEM Camp.

HTC employee recognized as top Independent Marketing Executive of the Year

Sandy Hendrick of Conway was recently recognized as the Independent Marketing Executive of the Year by Cablefax Magazine.

Sandy Hendrick
Sandy Hendrick

Hendrick, a 20-year employee of HTC, is a marketing supervisor whose specialties include the HTC Digital Cable products. Among his many tasks, he has played a pivotal role in retransmission negotiations and contract negotiations with a host networks.

“I’ve benefited from being able to touch all of HTC’s different areas – product development, strategy, customer service and pricing,” Hendrick told the magazine. “Being a smaller company, we’re specialized, but we’re also jacks of all trades.”

Among the many initiatives Hendrick was recognized for was his role in a brief blackout of a local station in 2018. He reached out to the National Cable Television Cooperative and cable providers from around the country similar to HTC to calculate the best strategy for negotiations in the customers’ best interest. 

“Sandy knew how important it was for him and our other members” to resolve the situation quickly, Judy Meyka, NCTC’s Executive Vice-President said. “He has a great relationship with a lot of our members and I think they look to him for his support and input.”

Hendrick lives in Conway with his wife and two children, is active in the local tennis scene and is a member of the local Kiwanis Club.

You can read the full article in Cablefax Magazine by clicking on the link.

 

 

ACC Network coming to HTC Digital Cable

Big news for Atlantic Coast Conference fans just in time for football season.

ACC Network LogoHTC Digital Cable subscribers will be able to enjoy the ACC Network beginning Aug. 22, the day of its launch.

When the network launches, you will be able to find it on channels 867 (HD) and 67 (SD). The alternate network, which shows additional games if they’re being played, is available on  68.

Clemson and Georgia Tech will play the first live game on the ACC Network at 8 p.m., Aug. 29. 

To sign up, call 843-365-2154.  

HTC REEL Kids awards banquet will premiere Aug. 4

HORRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA – HTC Digital Cable announced today the airing of the 19th Annual HTC REEL Kids (Recognizing Extraordinary Examples of Leadership) Awards Ceremony.  The premiere episode of the 2019 Ceremony will air Sunday afternoon, August 4 at 2 pm on HTC Digital Cable Channel 4. 

REEL KidsFuture airings will continue on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 9 p.m. and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. throughout the upcoming months.  Visit https://www.htcinc.net/residential/digital-cable/local-programming/ for more information about programming. 

Viewers will be able to watch 52 students, representing Horry County Schools, receive their HTC REEL Kids awards.  Each recipient has proven themselves through scholastic, athletic and community achievements in the face of recent obstacles or extenuating circumstances. 

HTC invited a REEL Kid success story to inspire the award winners.  This year’s story was Benjamin Lay, who was honored in 2006 by the Academy for Arts, Science, & Technology.  Given a 90% chance of dying, Ben’s extraordinary story of survival began with the fight and defeat of cancer as a high school junior. Even though cancer came back with a vengeance years later, Ben is now cancer-free and has courageously taken the reigns of his life to forge a path of hope and optimism. 

Currently living in Nashville, Tennessee, he has carved out a very successful life in business working in the financial sector and corporate real estate industry.  He gave an uplifting speech to the 2019 REEL Kids about the impact the REEL Kids program had on his life and encouraged the REEL Kids with inspirational words of support. 

HTC looks forward to working with guidance counselors and teachers in Horry County Schools again through the nomination process that starts very soon for the 2019-2020 school year.  For more information regarding the HTC REEL Kids program and other ways HTC connects with the community it serves, please contact Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing, at 843-369-8559.

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.