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Get ready to cash in on Capital Credits

$100 bills

One of the major benefits of being an HTC member is the receipt of Capital Credits, or cash back.

Here’s how it works: Any revenue remaining after all the Cooperative’s expenses have been paid are returned to members via Capital Credits in proportion to their usage of HTC services. HTC has refunded over $139 million in Capital Credits to our members in the local community since 1979. No other telecommunications company can make that claim. 

This year, more than $11 million in Capital Credits will be paid directly to HTC members.  We hope you enjoy your Capital Credits. It really does pay to be a member.

For more details about Capital Credits, call us at 843-369-8530 or 1-844-249-9864.

We dodged a bullet, but stay prepared

Most of Horry County got off light when Hurricane Dorian passed early in September, although some of our neighbors to the north of the county did not.

It’s important to stay prepared. Remember, we are in the peak of hurricane season, which doesn’t end until Nov. 30.

Use lessons learned in prior storms to always be prepared in case of another severe weather event.

Follow these tips:

  • Have a family communication plan in place, with one person as the central contact.
  • Keep phone lines open whenever possible. Too many callers jam the lines.
  • Purchase battery backups for VoIP equipment in case the power goes out, and consider getting a traditional landline phone.
  • Keep wireless batteries charged and an alternate plan to recharge them.
  • Try text messaging instead of calling.
  • Should you have to evacuate, use call forwarding.

How about those Chanticleers?

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team is off to a 2-1 start, which includes the program’s first win over an FBS school.

It’s a great time to head out to the newly-expanded Brooks Stadium and cheer on your Chants.

Ticket packages are available by visiting GoCCUSports.com. What better way to spend a beautiful fall Saturday than showing your pride in the local school.

Rise up, Teal Nation.

HTC invests in youth with STEM Camp, 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.

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.

HTC employees offer life-saving assistance to community

Red Cross Bus

HTC employees rallied in August to serve the community, taking part in food and blood drives at the Highway 701 location in Conway.

August saw the Cooperative take part in the Stock the Pantry challenge, where nearly 5,000 items of food were collected for local food banks.

Employees rallied again on Aug. 21, giving 25 units of blood during a Red Cross blood drive. HTC workers have donated 71 units of blood so far this year, and more than 2,912 since 1999.

Join us in our next blood drive, scheduled for November.

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.