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HTC Employees Connect with the Giving Spirit by Donating Priceless Gift November 15, 2012

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HTC employees kicked off the season of giving by giving the gift of life. On Wednesday, November 7, HTC employees hosted a successful employee blood drive at the HTC main office in Conway. A total of 53 pints were collected for the American Red Cross with the potential of saving as many as 159 lives in Horry County who may be struggling with medical conditions.

“Donating blood is one of the most generous gifts an individual can give, specifically during the holiday season because the need for life-saving blood takes no holiday,” said Lisa Beverly, HTC Marketing Coordinator. “Thanksgiving is a time when we reflect on what we are thankful for, and this year, we are especially grateful to the employees and cooperative members for giving this priceless gift.”

HTC is proud to partner with the American Red Cross to host quarterly blood drives and help save lives in the community it serves. HTC employees donated 171 units of blood in 2012- 15% more than in 2011. According to American Red Cross records, HTC has donated 2,142 units of blood since August 1998, potentially saving as many as 6,426 lives.

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

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HTC Connects with New Name for Portal – www.HTCConnect.com November 6, 2012

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HTC announces new domain name and changes to htcnetracer.net.

HTC officials announced today that changes have been made to the http://www.htcnetracer.net home page including new features and name change. The name of the home page has changed to HTC Connect and the new domain is http://www.htcconnect.com. The http://www.htcnetracer.net address will continue to lead to the new home page.
Enhanced features to the new home page include:
• My Page feature – Once logged in, users can see all of the ads, events, photos, etc. they have submitted all in one spot and can edit or share via social media very easily.
• Local Video – In addition to the national video player currently on the site, HTC has added a local video player for HTC content. Short videos of product tutorials, local events and community news will be available from HTC.
• Mobile Site – For users on the go, it is very easy to navigate the mobile version of the site. Users can simply log in from a smartphone or tablet computer to have access to local and national headlines as well as submit classified ads, events and photos right from a mobile device.

“We are very excited about how the new features promote a connection within the area HTC serves. Several new features encourage local input from members,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing. “For example, through the My Page feature, information is submitted and can be shared via social media more easily than the previous version. And, the site is also mobile friendly so; it’s easier for users to connect on the go.”

There are many other ways users can benefit from utilizing http://www.htcconnect.com as their home page. From viewing news events, photos, local weather conditions and movie times to up-to-the-minute reports of local traffic and surf conditions with several web cams, the site helps subscribers stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in the community.

“Even if another home page is preferred, we hope members will visit http://www.htcconnect.com, check out the new features, and stay connected,” continued Vitt.

For more information about HTC, call a customer relations associate at 843-365-2154 or visit the nearest HTC office. HTC has nine convenient locations throughout Horry County: Coastal Grand Mall, two Conway locations (the main office on Highway 701 and the newest location on Highway 501 next to Hadwin-White), Loris, Little River, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Socastee and Towne Centre.

HTC Chief Executive, Financial Operations Receives National Award October 31, 2012

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O’Neal Miller honored by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association for Excellence in Management

HTC is very proud to announce that its very own, O’Neal Miller, Chief Executive-Financial Operations, was selected to receive one of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s (NTCA) highest recognitions of individual excellence, the Management Achievement Award.

With over 35 years of service to HTC, O’Neal Miller has continually advanced within the organization holding several positions commensurate with his knowledge and experience including accounting clerk, accountant, accounting supervisor and comptroller. For the past 17 years, Mr. Miller has led the accounting and finance departments at HTC as Chief Executive of Financial Operations. While accounting and finance are his specialties, Mr. Miller was recognized for his proven leadership not only in accounting and finance but also in human resources and customer service through his ability to develop and lead diverse teams.

O’Neal Miller, Chief Executive-Financial Operations, was selected to receive one of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s (NTCA) highest recognitions of individual excellence, the Management Achievement Award.

“O’Neal Miller is very deserving of the Management Achievement Award presented by NTCA, and the HTC family could not be more proud of the significant leadership accomplishments and contributions he has made to the HTC workforce through the years,” said Mike Hagg, Chief Executive Officer at HTC. “He has brought much strength to the table by intuitively being able to identify opportunities or obstacles in early stages of planning and has implemented practical and effective solutions. We celebrate O’Neal’s proven track record of success, both personally and professionally through effective team development and leadership.”

“I’m very humbled and honored to receive this award from NTCA. I’m extremely grateful for the recognition, and most appreciative of the support and encouragement of the HTC team of employees who made it possible,” said O’Neal Miller, Chief Executive-Financial Operations at HTC.

O’Neal Miller is a Horry County native and was educated in local public schools. He is a graduate of The University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He serves his community through numerous volunteer leadership roles at Langston Baptist Church and Child Evangelism Fellowship.

The Management Achievement Award recognizes outstanding and innovative management achievement on the national, state, and local levels. This award honors excellence in overall administrative management and groundbreaking efforts in specific areas, such as new technology and diversification.

NTCA, the “voice of rural telecommunications,” is the premier nonprofit association representing more than 580 small and rural telephone cooperatives and commercial companies. NTCA administers the retirement and security program at HTC. HTC has been a member of NTCA for over 50 years.

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.

HTC Annual Membership Meeting October 3, 2012

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HTC will hold the 2012 Annual Membership Meeting at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. All Horry Telephone Cooperative members are encouraged to attend and participate. The business meeting begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m., and all Cooperative members who register to vote before 7:00 p.m. will receive two $2 bills. Members who register at the meeting will automatically be entered into a drawing for an incredible array of door prizes awarded to those in attendance, including a family 4-pack from Medieval Times!

Entertainment for the evening is Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament with all the drama, bravery and honor audiences have come to expect from the cast of Medieval Times, Myrtle Beach. Plus, the award-winning Socastee Singers of Socastee High School will also perform, complete with colorful costumes, delightful choreography and stellar voices.

The HTC Annual Membership Meeting is a wonderful opportunity for HTC members to receive information concerning current HTC projects and future plans. There will be an election to fill three Board positions including two director positions to represent Conway, District 1, and one director position to represent Green Sea, District 3. Members will also vote on bylaw changes at the meeting and should make every effort to attend in order to cast their votes.

HTC Annual Membership Meeting Schedule of Events:
5:00 p.m. Registration begins, Exhibit Hall B
5:15 p.m. Entertainment by Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, and the Socastee Singers
7:00 p.m. Business Meeting followed by the Drawing for Door Prizes
Note: HTC will cover the parking fee for members at the Convention Center.

For more information regarding the HTC Annual Membership Meeting, please call 843-365-2151.

HTC, Local Connection to Area High School Football Coverage August 21, 2012

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

Horry County, SC – Monday, August 20, 2012 – HTC officials announced today that online coverage, video and/or audio, will be available for Carolina Forest High School, Conway High School, Loris High School, Myrtle Beach High School, North Myrtle Beach High School and Socastee High School varsity football games at http://www.htcnetracer.net this season.

“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 opportunities for viewing and listening to 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,” said Tom Vitt, HTC Director of Marketing.

A complete schedule for the games along with the link for audio and video of the games can be found on http://www.htcnetracer.net. 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.

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HTC and WFXB FOX TV Connect to Launch “TXT L8R” August 15, 2012

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HTC and WFXB FOX TV Connect to Launch No-Texting While Driving Campaign: TXT L8R

Horry and Georgetown counties – Monday, August 13, 2012 – HTC and media partner, WFXB FOX TV, are joining forces to launch a new no-texting while driving campaign called TXT L8R. The year-long campaign encourages drivers to wait before texting and driving with the “Arrive Alive, Text Later” theme message and reminder thumb bands for those who pledge to participate.

Those who choose to “Take the Pledge” are encouraged to visit an HTC store location to complete a pledge card and receive a FREE thumb band. Participants can also visit the HTC or WFXB FOX TV websites to complete and print the pledge cards online. Once the pledge cards are presented at any HTC store location, participants receive the FREE thumb bands and keep the pledge cards as reminders not to text and drive.

“We are thrilled to connect with WFXB FOX TV on this new public service campaign that focuses on reaching and encouraging local youth to think twice before texting and driving. HTC is extremely pleased to be one of the first telecommunications companies nationally and the first in the area to launch a campaign of this kind and bring this positive life-saving message to our community about not texting while driving,” said Tom Vitt, director of marketing at HTC.

“WFXB FOX TV is proud to be a part of bringing this powerful message to the viewers, and we believe each pledge and commitment is representative of lives saved on our local roads and highways,” says Rigby Wilson, vice president and general manager at WFXB FOX TV. “We invite viewers and local citizens alike to join with us to prevent future accidents from occurring. The ‘Arrive Alive, Text Later’ theme is such a simple message to understand and, with the obvious dangers of texting while driving, everyone should want to do their part and join the effort.”

Student leaders from nine area high schools have taken the pledge not to text and drive and will be featured in the on-going television Campaign. According to statistics, at any given moment over 800,000 Americans are texting or making calls while driving. This includes adults AND teens. People who text while driving are 23% more likely to be in a car accident.

For more information about the new TXT L8R campaign, visit http://www.htcinc.net or http://www.wfxb.com/TXTL8R/ and take the pledge, or visit the nearest HTC office. HTC has nine convenient locations throughout Horry County: Coastal Grand Mall, two Conway locations (the main office on Highway 701 and the newest location on Highway 501 next to Hadwin-White), Loris, Little River, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Socastee and Towne Centre.

CCU Announces Partnership with HTC for Naming Rights for New Student Recreation & Convocation Center August 2, 2012

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Local Communications Provider Receives Naming Privileges For 20 Years, Building to be called The HTC Center

August 2, 2012, Conway, S.C. – Representatives of Coastal Carolina University (CCU) today announced that Horry Telephone Cooperative (HTC) Inc., the local leader in communications services, has partnered with the University for the naming rights to the new Student Recreation and Convocation Center, which will be called
The HTC Center. In an agreement with the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, HTC will receive exclusive naming privileges for a 20-year time frame.

As part of the partnership, HTC has and will continue to provide some complimentary services such as wiring and technical assistance, and financial support to assist CCU with it ever expanding campus needs. The new facility is scheduled to officially open concurrent with CCU’s upcoming fall semester.

“There are two driving factors for growing our partnership arrangement with CCU. First is the ongoing business relationship that HTC has enjoyed with the University for almost 60 years. Second is the overall impact CCU has on a local and regional basis. CCU is one of our largest business customers as an institution not to mention that many faculty, staff and students also have the opportunity for HTC services,” said HTC Chief Executive Officer Mike Hagg. “From an economic perspective, CCU is a great resource for the community with the jobs they create, the research that they provide, and the social opportunities that they provide through sports, cultural events and other on-campus events hosted by the University. The HTC Center will add another venue as these events continue to grow.”

In addition to exterior and interior signage, HTC will also receive sponsorship exposure on the Chanticleer playing courts where HTC logos will appear, along with video board impressions stationed throughout the building.

Built to accommodate the quickly changing needs of CCU students, the new HTC Center will provide: a wide-range of recreational amenities; a new home for the Chanticleer basketball and volleyball programs; and house the new university bookstore. In time, the HTC Center will also become a community resource featuring concerts, special events and other potential public gatherings.

Designed by the Garvin Design Group of Columbia, the HTC Center houses more than 131,000 square feet of state-of-the-art equipment and resources with a contemporary look and atmosphere. The convocation portion of the building will be the home for CCU basketball and volleyball teams and will seat 3,200 fans.

The recreation portion of the center will include The Chanticleer Store, CCU’s bookstore, which has moved from Baxley Hall into a larger, two-floor space in the Center and is now open. Additional recreational facilities include and indoor track, multiple aerobics and exercise studios, weightlifting equipment, a rock climbing wall and a concession area.

Funds for the construction of the facility were provided by local sales tax initiatives, reserve funds and bond sales and the Horry County Higher Education Commission.

“We can’t say enough about the valuable partnership we have with HTC. This is more than just a sponsorship, but symbolizes what is already a deep business relationship. Our campus relies on HTC services and infrastructure every day and we are thrilled that they have joined us in launching this new student-centered facility,” said CCU President Dr. Dave DeCenzo.

“On behalf of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, we could never demonstrate enough gratitude toward HTC for stepping up and signifying their commitment to CCU and our community in such a public way. We thank HTC Executive Staff, Board of Directors, and all the members who we hope will view this partnership with pride. This support allows us to provide a very exceptional facility for the University for many, many years to come,” said Mark Roach, Executive Director of the Chanticleer Athletic Foundation.

Free School Supplies at HTC Stores on August 15 July 30, 2012

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HTC, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Conway and media partner, Waccamaw Publishers, is once again distributing FREE school supplies for the 13th Annual Back to School FREE School Supplies Event.

On Wednesday, August 15, HTC and Kiwanis Club of Conway members will distribute FREE school supplies beginning at 8:00 a.m. at each HTC branch office and at 10:00 a.m. at the HTC store located inside the Food Court at Coastal Grand Mall.

“The Kiwanis Club of Conway is extremely excited about the partnership with HTC to help fund and distribute free school supplies to those in need in our community. We are looking forward to participating in this project again and serving the children of our area. Our ‘Tools for Schools’ FREE School Supplies Program is a perfect fit in fulfilling the Kiwanis mission of ‘serving the children of the world’. We hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to receive the school supplies they need to prepare for the start of the new school year,” said Brad Parnell, President of the Kiwanis Club of Conway.

“Waccamaw Publishers is thrilled to be a part of the distribution of free school supplies to those that desperately need help to get ready for school this year,” said Tom Brown, Advertising Director for Waccamaw Publishers. “Through our newspaper outlets serving this area, we hope to reach all of our readers and other Horry County residents with the message that many children in our community need the support of local businesses and civic organizations, such as HTC and the Kiwanis Club, to help them move ahead with their education. Our support of this program confirms the fact that Waccamaw Publishers is a community-minded business, and we hope the program will continue with another successful year!”

According to Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, “Back to school time can be very stressful for some parents when it comes to the cost of school supplies, so this is one way we can help lighten the load. Every child deserves to report to their first day of school equipped with the necessary tools to learn and be successful. We are extremely excited about this event and with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Conway expect to hand out over 2,000 bags of supplies for children in grades K-12. The Back to School FREE School Supplies Program has become an annual event residents in the HTC service area greatly anticipate and depend on to provide essential school supplies for their children.”

Each HTC office will have bags packaged with pencils, rulers, erasers, pencil bags, notebooks and more. Supplies are limited and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. HTC has nine convenient locations throughout Horry County: Coastal Grand Mall, two Conway locations (the main office on Highway 701 and the newest location on Highway 501 next to Hadwin-White), Loris, Little River, Murrells Inlet, Myrtle Beach, Socastee and Towne Centre.

For over 60 years, HTC has been connecting with the communities it serves through various projects within the public and private school systems. For more information about the Back to School FREE School Supplies Program or for directions to any HTC office, please call Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 369-8498 or visit http://www.htcinc.net.

2012 HTC Recycling Results July 11, 2012

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Over 40,240 directories recycled by area public and private schools!

The HTC RECYCLING 2012 campaign results are astounding with 70 public and private schools in Horry and Georgetown Counties recycling over 40,240 directories and conserving valuable space in the local landfill. Participating schools also recycled 390 old cell phones allowing HTC to donate $600.00 to the Horry County Schools’ fund for homeless students.

During the campaign, participating schools and area citizens in Horry and Georgetown counties were encouraged to recycle old HTC and/or other phone books and cell phones. In return, HTC awarded 1st ($2,500 value), 2nd ($1,000 value) and 3rd place ($500 value) technology prizes in two categories: 1) the schools that recycled the most directories, and 2) the schools that recycled the most directories based on the number of students in those schools. For each directory and cell phone recycled, they received coupons good for a FREE small FROSTY from Wendy’s®, a FREE 21 oz. soda with the purchase of pretzel nuggets from Auntie Anne’s, and a Buy One, Get One coupon for mini-golf and Par 3 facilities from Burroughs & Chapin!

Technology prizes were awarded to the following school winners for 2012. These schools recycled the largest number of directories:

  • 1st Place ($2,500 value) St. Michael Catholic School (8,572 directories recycled)
  • 2nd Place ($1,000 value) South Conway Elementary (7,289 directories recycled)
  • 3rd Place ($500 value) Myrtle Beach Intermediate (1,629 directories recycled)

These schools recycled the most directories based on the number of students in the school:

  • 1st Place ($2,500 value) Holy Trinity Catholic School (5,416 directories recycled with 43 students)
  • 2nd Place ($1,000 value) Pee Dee Elementary (2,923 directories recycled with 758 students)
  • 3rd Place ($500 value) Daisy Elementary School (1,570 directories recycled with 605 students)

Technology prizes include desktop computers, laptops, smartboards, iPads, mobis and more.

Mrs. Linda Cherry, St. Michael Catholic School Principal, said, “The HTC Recycling program is a model for other local companies to help both the environment and local schools. We are thrilled to win first place this year. This program brings our school, church parish and the Garden City/Murrells Inlet community together to help the environment and our school. We thank HTC for the $2,500 technology award; we will be researching how best to use the award for our students.”

Natalie Waters, Home & School Association Treasurer for Holy Trinity Catholic School, said, “Many thanks to HTC for sponsoring the phone book recycling program again this year. Our students are very proud of winning and enjoy learning the importance of recycling. We have implemented a school-wide recycling program including the cafeteria, front office, and classrooms. Holy Trinity Catholic School will be upgrading the students’ classroom computers for K-5th grade this summer. We are grateful for the commitment HTC has to local education in Horry County.”

“HTC is strongly connected to the community we serve. Through the HTC recycling program, we are rewarding area schools while educating everyone on the benefits of recycling and environmental awareness,” said Tom Vitt, Director of Marketing for HTC. “We are grateful for the participation from the students, teachers and community members that play a vital part in the success of this program.”

Over the last 14 years, HTC has contributed more than $127,000 needed by participating and winning schools to purchase new technology in the classroom and over 850,000 directories have been recycle instead of going into the landfill. Special thanks to the recycling partners that make this program possible including the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Wendy’s, Burroughs & Chapin, and Auntie Anne’s. For more information about the HTC RECYCLING 2012 program, please contact Nicole Hyman, HTC Senior Marketing Coordinator, at 843-369-8498.

Nicole Hyman (left), HTC, presents $2,500 check to Debbie Floyd (right), bookkeeper and recycling coordinator, Linda Cherry (center), principal, and recycling students at St. Michael Catholic School.

Nicole Hyman (right), HTC, presents $1,000 check to Denise Williams (left), recycling coordinator, and Leon Hayes (center), principal at South Conway Elementary School.

Nicole Hyman (left), HTC, presents $500 check to Judy Couch (right), teacher and recycling coordinator, and recycling students at Myrtle Beach Intermediate School.

Nicole Hyman (right), HTC, presents $2,500 check to Natalie Waters (left), recycling coordinator, Ms. Shelia Durante (center), principal, at Holy Trinity Catholic School.

Nicole Hyman (right), HTC, presents $1,000 check to Linda Leisen (left), media specialist and recycling coordinator, and recycling students at Pee Dee Elementary School.

Nicole Hyman (left), HTC, presents $500 check to Dawn Brooks (right), principal, at the Daisy Elementary School.