Don’t miss the HTC Annual Membership Meeting. We’ve got prizes, giveaways and a live band

Don’t miss the HTC Annual Membership Meeting. We’ve got prizes, giveaways and a live band.

This year’s event will take place Aug. 7 at the HTC Center on the campus of Coastal Carolina University. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Oracle Blue returns for this year’s entertainment, which begins at 4:15 p.m. The business meeting will begin at a new time of 6 p.m.

Each member who registers before 6 p.m. will receive two $2 bills, receive fun giveaways and be entered to win great prizes. We hope to see you there.

New look, same great service. Main office in Conway gets a makeover

A new experience awaits you at the HTC main office in Conway on Highway 701 North.

After months of remodeling, the revamped customer service area is open to the public. The remodel features about 1,850 square feet of retail space, an interactive HTC Security and Connected Home display, the latest in wireless hand-held devices and accessories.

Stop by the office and say hello at 3480 Highway 701 North, Conway, 29526. Or, check out any of our other six retail locations.

Be prepared when a big storm strikes, here are some tips on how to stay in touch

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Now that the official 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has arrived and scientists are warning of a heightened risk this year, the need for reliable communications is more important than ever. 

“HTC realizes the importance of telecommunications services in emergency situations and severe weather,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “At HTC, we are committed to helping our customers stay connected to their family and friends at all times, and we understand that the significance of doing so increases during emergency situations.  So, we’re prepared to do whatever it takes to keep all of our services operating.”

Here are some simple tips to minimize frustration and maximize family safety in emergency situations:

  • Have a family communications plan in place-Designate someone out of the area as a central contact, and make certain all family members know who to contact if they become separated. Consider additional mobile phones for your family’s use.  If you want to add additional mobile phones to your wireless service, remember to do so before an emergency. 
  • Program emergency numbers-Emergency contact numbers should be entered into your home and mobile phones, including the police department, fire station and hospital, as well as family members. And, don’t forget to program in 911 so you don’t have to think about it during and after an emergency.  
  • Keep the lines open-HTC strongly encourages subscribers to limit phone use during periods of severe weather. Keep non-emergency calls to a minimum and limit your calls to the most important ones.  Too many callers can jam telephone lines and overwhelm tower capacities.  Also, refrain from calling 911 unless it is an actual emergency.  Stay tuned to local radio and TV broadcasts for weather updates. 
  • Power outages can be a problem – It’s important to note that in a power outage situation, fiber to the home technology has a limited battery backup life typically up to 8 hours to keep traditional phone lines working. VoIP relies on a modem plugged into the electrical grid.  No electricity, no phone.  Telephone service served via copper facilities is line powered and not dependent on the same electrical supply as your home. 
  • Keep wireless batteries charged-Have an alternate plan to recharge your battery in case of power outages (i.e. charging via your car charger, extra cell phone batteries, use of power banks and portable chargers to give you extra talk time.
  • Try text messaging-Most wireless phones are now text-messaging capable, and many times during an emergency such as a tropical storm or hurricane, text messaging will go through quicker than voice calls. And more importantly, text messaging helps free up the phone lines for emergency officials. 
  • Use call forwarding in evacuation-Since call forwarding is based out of the telephone central office, you can forward your home number to your wireless number in the event of an evacuation. You will get incoming calls from your landline phone, even if your local telephone service is disrupted at your home. 
  • Dial 611 for Repair Service-If your service is disrupted, dial 611 toll free from any HTC landline phone or 843-365-2186 to request repair service.  Keep in mind that the loss of electrical power can sometimes result in the interruption of telephone and cable television service.  As soon as the primary power supply is returned to our equipment, your service will once again be fully active. 
  • Do not rely on cordless home phones-Cordless home phones rely on your home’s electricity.  During power outages, cordless phones are inoperable. 
  • Lightning can be dangerous-Limit your phone use to emergency calls only during inclement weather. Lightning can travel through phone lines resulting in severe injuries to anyone on that line. 

Are you ready to try the All New Ninja Challenge Course?

Rockin’ Jump’s monthly pass this summer is only $39!  That’s only $14 more than 2 hours of jump time at Myrtle Beach’s Ultimate Trampoline Park. 

The park just added new skill challenges to one of its most popular attractions, the Ninja Challenge Course. These include a stunt bag, hanging doors and hand hops, plus the height requirement has been removed so the whole family can try it out!

Get your monthly pass today at RockinJump.com/myrtlebeach.

Watch our Facebook page in the coming weeks for a chance to win tickets for your family.

Win Tickets to Brookgreen Gardens Summer Lights Festival

Brookgreen Garden Summer Lights

There’s still time to enjoy the show courtesy of HTC.

For the first time, the Gardens is offering the Brookgreen Summer Lights Festival. The lights are created by Chinese craftsmen in the tradition of famous Chinese Lantern Festivals.

The larger-than-life silk sculptures will feature a variety of native animals, insects and plants. There will also be music, Chinese paper crafts, horoscopes, food truck vendors and much more.

The display, which debuted in May, will run 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights through Aug. 18, and have a finale Sunday, Aug. 19.

Watch our Facebook page for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets.

Buy Fresh, buy local by visiting your local Farmer’s Market

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Fresh tastes better! Local farmers’ markets offer fresh produce from farmers, growers and producers right here in our area.

Visiting your local market is a wonderful way to get outside, buy fresh and meet new people while supporting your local community.

You can find a wide variety in fresh local seasonal fruits, vegetables, as well as local grass-fed beef, desserts, honey, cheese, soap, pottery, jewelry and more. 

The Waccamaw Market Cooperative is a nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating and managing community based farmers’ markets throughout Horry and Georgetown Counties.

Head out for a fun day trip to Bald Head Island

Bald Head Island

Enjoy a day trip full of history, nature and exploration just off the coast of North Carolina at beautiful Bald Head Island.

The island, accessible only by ferry as cars are not allowed, offers you the chance to rent a bicycle, golf cart or kayak and set off on a relaxing and educational tour. Both guided and self-guided tour options are available for the 10,000 acres of pristine nature preserves.

There are diverse types of wildlife that you may encounter including dolphins, loggerhead turtles, birds, fish, fox, squirrels, alligators and deer. Pack a picnic and take advantage of the 14 miles of white, sandy beaches, restaurants and shops.

You can also pay a visit to the top of Old Baldy, the state’s oldest standing lighthouse. Built in 1817, Old Baldy rises over the trees where you can see a 360-degree view of the island. The lighthouse stands 110 feet high and was originally powered using 15 whale oil lamps.

Bald Head Island has been the filming backdrop for several Hollywood productions, including Weekend at Bernie’s, Sleeping With the Enemy, The Butcher’s Wife and Amos and Andrew.

What’s happening along the Grand Strand

Visit Myrtle Beach

It’s no secret we live in one of the most visited vacation destinations along the East Coast. But the fun is not just for the tourists, and there are likely some hidden gems in the area you may not know about.

Find the best of what’s happening at VisitMyrtleBeach.com – your guide to all the top attractions, restaurants, shopping, activities, nightlife and everything the Grand Strand has to offer. There is always plenty to explore and we should know … because you are here and so are we.

Beat the heat with ice-cream

It’s that time of year again, ice cream season. In this video we visit ice cream shops that will help you beat the heat in the Myrtle Beach area. From Murrells Inlet to North Myrtle Beach and Conway, we visit places where you can get a sweet treat sure to please. After a day of beach fun, shopping or running errands stop by and get a delicious treat.