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HTC, Local Connection to Area High School Football Coverage August 21, 2013

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HTC provides online coverage of select, local high school football games.

HTC officials announced today that online coverage, video and/or audio, will be available for select, local high school varsity football games at www.htcconnect.com  this season.

Streaming video of all home games and audio for all away games will be available for Carolina Forest High School, Conway High School, Myrtle Beach High School, North Myrtle Beach High School, and Socastee High
School.  Streaming audio of all home and away games will be available for Aynor High School and Loris High School.

“If you can’t make it to the games, HTC has you covered with high-speed internet, where you can catch all the live, online coverage of this season’s varsity games on www.htcconnect.com,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.  “HTC is proud to be the local headquarters for area high school football online.  We are once again connecting with the community to provide online viewing and listening opportunities for local high school football games this season.  We have supported high school sports for years now, and we’re extremely excited to be the local provider in this area for online coverage of high school football games.”

A complete schedule for the games, along with the link for audio and video of the games, can be found on www.htcconnect.com.  Just click on the links to watch and/or listen to the games LIVE on Friday evenings this
fall.

For more information about the airing of games, please contact Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing, at 369-8559, or Sandy Hendrick, HTC Marketing Supervisor, at 369-8161.
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About HTC
HTC, Inc.
is the nation’s largest telephone cooperative and the 18th largest
telephone company.  Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 60 years of service to
the community as a local communications leader.  HTC offers local telephone
service, long distance, Digital Wireless, Digital Cable, High-Speed Internet
Access, and advanced business services such as Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide
Area Network (WAN) design, firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) security.
HTC also provides Home Security and Fiber to the Home technology called HTC
Bluewave, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that delivers unparalleled  bandwidth for extremely high-speed Internet access and data transmittal, 100 percent digital cable TV video, and traditional voice service through a single  delivery point to a customer’s home.  For additional information about HTC, call
(843) 365-2154.

www.htcinc.net  |  Twitter: @HorryTelephone  |  Facebook:  www.facebook.com/HTCinc

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Recycling 2013 with HTC March 20, 2013

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HTC invites schools and businesses to join in annual directory and cell phone recycling effort to benefit education.

Horry and Georgetown Counties, SC- Wednesday, March 20, 2013 – HTC is partnering with the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Wendy’s, MyrtleBeachFamilyGolf.com, Medieval Times and Auntie Anne’s for the 2013 directory and cell phone recycling program, March 20 through May 3, 2013. RECYCLING 2013 is the theme of this year’s program to benefit local schools, the community, and the environment. HTC encourages everyone to drop off their old telephone directories (HTC & any other directories accepted) or any used cell phones to an HTC office location in Carolina Forest, Conway, Socastee, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Little River, or Loris. The goal is for each partnering school in Horry and Georgetown Counties to collect at least 2,013 directories.

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For each directory that is delivered to any HTC branch office location, technology prizes will be awarded based on two criteria: 1) the schools that recycle the most directories, and 2) the schools that recycle the most directories based on the number of students in the school. First place ($2,500), second place ($1,000) and third place ($500) prizes will be awarded in each category. Technology prizes will include desktop computers, laptops, smart boards, iPads and more.

For each cell phone recycled, HTC will donate a minimum of $1.00 per phone all the way up to $39 per phone to the Horry County Schools Fund for Homeless Students. Plus, each person donating a directory or cell phone will receive a rack card with coupons good for a FREE small FROSTY from Wendy’s, a FREE pretzel with the purchase of a pretzel from Auntie Anne’s, a FREE kid’s admission to Medieval Times, and a 50% off coupon for MyrtleBeachFamilyGolf.com. In addition, the top three schools that recycle the most phone books will receive prizes for the top participating class including: 1) Wendy’s FREE Kid’s Meal coupons for the students and teachers in the top class of those schools, 2) prizes from Medieval Times!

“HTC has sponsored the directory recycling program for over 21 years and 2013 is no exception. Our goal for this campaign is to continue this joint effort that supports area schools and the environment-both of which are crucial to our children’s future. During the course of a year, a large number of schools in our service area request support for new technology in the classroom. This recycling partnership presents an excellent opportunity for schools to win technology prizes for classroom use. In addition, this program creates environmental awareness by involving students, parents, and communities- everyone benefits,” said Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator.

“Wendy’s is proud to partner with HTC in the directory and cell phone recycling program for 2013. To teach and encourage recycling with our area youth will help promote a greener future,” said Kathy Alvis, Director of Marketing for Wendy’s.

“Auntie Anne’s is extremely proud to partner with HTC in the recycling program again in 2013. It’s rewarding to have a program that teaches families of our community the importance of recycling and are recognized for their efforts. We appreciate your help in making a difference in our schools,” said Andy King owner/operator of Auntie Anne’s Coastal Grand Mall, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach Mall and Tanger Outlets.

“Not only is this recycling program a valuable learning experience for the children but also an extraordinary effort for our community in reducing the negative impact of waste, conserving our natural resources and energy and decreasing air and water pollution,” said Sherry Johnson, Entertainment Golf General Manager. “Burroughs & Chapin is thrilled to work with HTC, Wendy’s, Auntie Anne’s, Medieval Times, the Solid Waste Authority and the schools of Horry and Georgetown counties to support this agenda and the importance of recycling awareness and education.”

“Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament is excited become a partner in the 2013 HTC recycling program. As a company, we feel it’s an honorable cause to support recycling and especially a program like this that gives back to those who recycle! We take the initiative to recycle at our castle, in a variety of ways; and are excited to be a part of an initiative with other business partners to reach out into the community and impress upon our area youth the importance of recycling, keeping the environment clean and going green! GO GREEN! And GO GREEN KNIGHT,” said Jennifer Willard, Marketing & Sales Manager for Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament.

When telephone books are recycled, they are used for such things as the manufacturing of ceiling tiles, textbooks, insulation, and envelopes for telephone bills. When cell phones are recycled, they are refurbished and redeployed in areas of the world where there are no land (wire) lines, or, where the cost of a new phone is prohibitive. Phones that cannot be refurbished or donated will be recycled and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

“It is always a pleasure to work with HTC on their phonebook recycling campaign because it meets the Solid Waste Authority’s mission of “Protecting Tomorrow’s Environment Today,” said Esther Murphy, Director of Recycling & Corporate Affairs for Horry County Solid Waste Authority. “This program has been very successful in the past, and we look forward to another year of growth and success. It is the SWA’s goal to participate in programs that promote and encourage recycling while at the same time save landfill space.”

Old directories and cell phones may be dropped off at any HTC branch office location. The Horry County Solid Waste Authority has provided a large recycling bin at the HTC Business office on Highway 701 North in Conway to handle deliveries of 25 or more. HTC branch office locations will not be able to handle drops in excess of 25 directories. Please see the receptionist for rack cards with coupon offers from Wendy’s, Auntie Anne’s, Medieval Times and MyrtleBeachFamilyGolf.com and to give credit to the preferred school.

In 2012, 70 public and private schools in Horry and Georgetown Counties participated with over 40,241 directories recycled instead of going into the landfill. Participating schools and local citizens also recycled 390 old cell phones with a value of $600. HTC presented that donation to the Horry County Schools fund for Homeless Students. Over the last 14 years, HTC has contributed more than $127,061.00 needed by participating and winning schools to purchase new technology in the classroom.

For more information about the RECYCLING 2013 program, please contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 369-8498.

HTC Restores Service & Assists Fire Victims March 19, 2013

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HTC has special procedures in place for Windsor Green fire victims. Customers who have lost their homes due to the fire can contact an HTC Customer Service Representative at 843-365-2154. HTC is doing everything it can to work with victims and minimize the stress and financial impact.

HTC is ready to help customers that need to disconnect billing and will not charge for installation of new service at temporary residences. HTC will also arrange temporary email accounts for those that had broadband so customers can keep their email accounts active and stay in touch with family and business.

HTC crews were on site Monday and all services have been restored.

Special procedures:
• Installation fees of services at temporary/new locations will be waived for customers.
• Broadband email accounts will not be disconnected and remain temporarily active.
• Fees for temporary email accounts will be waived.
• A charging station is available at the Plex, temporary housing for the Windsor Green residents.

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An HTC Installation & Repair crew was on site in Carolina Forest on Monday, March 18, working to restore services to homes that survived the Windsor Green fire.

About HTC
HTC, Inc. is the nation’s largest telephone cooperative and the 18th largest telephone company. Founded in 1952, HTC celebrates over 60 years of service to the community as a local communications leader. HTC offers local telephone service, long distance, Digital Wireless, Digital Cable, High-Speed Internet Access, and advanced business services such as Remote Recovery Services, Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN) design, firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) security. HTC also provides Home Security and Fiber to the Home technology called HTC Bluewave, a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that delivers unparalleled bandwidth for extremely high-speed Internet access and data transmittal, 100 percent digital cable TV video, and traditional voice service through a single delivery point to a customer’s home. For additional information about HTC, call (843) 365- 2154 or visit http://www.htcinc.net, Twitter: @HorryTelephone, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HTCinc

HTC and HEC Celebrate National Cooperative Month and Award Nearly $4,000 in Bright Ideas Grants October 18, 2012

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HTC (Horry Telephone Cooperative) and HEC (Horry Electric Cooperative) connected once again to help kick-off October as National Cooperative Month in Horry County. In doing so, the two locally-owned cooperatives awarded $4,000 in grants for local teachers. HTC, the local telecommunications cooperative, and HEC, the electric cooperative, are both responsible for generating hundreds of jobs locally while supporting relevant, community-oriented causes ranging from education to the environment.

HTC and HEC launched the Bright Ideas program in January 2007 with the hopes of providing funding for innovative classroom-based education projects. “Bright Ideas” grants are intended to fund projects outside normal public school funding parameters and can be made available to all disciplines in grades K-12 in Horry County. A school may submit an application, and teachers are limited to one application per year.

“Many teachers develop innovative classroom projects, but do not have the funds to implement the projects,” says Nicole Hyman, HTC senior marketing coordinator. “We were very pleased with the applications we received from various schools throughout Horry County, and we are excited to announce that through the Bright Ideas program HTC and HEC will help fund four of those projects.”

HTC and HEC recently visited four schools in the area to deliver nearly $4,000 in grant money. Lee Mayfield, 9-12 grade Agriculture teacher at Green Sea Floyds High, received $1,000.00 to purchase equipment including an AreoFlo Hydroponics System, new technology in plant production. Michael Stewart, Reading Interventionist teacher at Palmetto Bays Elementary, received $891.00 to purchase kits and tools for the school’s Robotics Club. Anna Locke, 3rd grade teacher at Socastee Elementary, received $985.00 to purchase iPads for an iLearning project in her classroom. Stacey Gerald, Gifted and Talented teacher at South Conway Elementary, received $900.00 to purchase cameras, software and other technology to use for the school’s Morning Show.

“We were very impressed with the requests and are especially proud that all grants presented this year are funded through the Co-Op Cup Golf Tournament hosted by HTC and HEC employees last fall,” says Toni Gore, HEC marketing and public relations assistant.

The Bright Ideas grant program is just one of the many that HTC and HEC implement in the educational sector of Horry and Georgetown Counties. For more information about the Bright Ideas grant program or other educational programs for local schools, visit http://www.htcinc.net, http://www.htcschool.com or http://www.horryelectric.com. Feel free to contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator at 369-8498 or Toni Gore, HEC Marketing and Public Relations Assistant at 369-6359.