Members of Horry Electric Cooperative who live or work in the Aynor area have enjoyed the convenience of being able to pay their electric bill at Conway National Bank’s Aynor branch office at 2605 Highway 501 since June of 2006. “That same convenience is now available to our members at Conway National’s Red Hill branch office at 1360 Highway 501 in Conway,” says Jodi Braziel, office manager for Horry Electric Cooperative. “On behalf of our members, we appreciate their willingness to help us expand our bill payment options to our members by providing not just one, but now two conveniently located paystations.”
In the Loris area, members have long enjoyed the advantage of using the local branch office of The National Bank of South Carolina (NBSC) on Main Street. “We have an unusually high volume of members who would rather pay their electric bill in person than drop it in the mail; have it automatically drafted; pay it online or by phone,” says Danny Shelley, chief financial officer for Horry Electric. “We’re fortunate to have NBSC’s branch in Loris and Conway National Bank’s Red Hill and Aynor branch locations as options for our members,” he continues, adding that getting to Horry Electric Cooperative’s offices is not always an easy trip.
“Being able to make an electric bill payment at these local paystations is not only convenient, it’s easy,” says Braziel. “All you need is the amount you want applied to your bill and a copy of your current statement from Horry Electric,” she continues. “The credit will be applied to your account in real time, just as if you had made the payment in our office.”
Without a copy of your statement, the transaction isn’t possible. “The banks working with us as paystations have access to being able to apply a credit to an account using the number on the statement, but they do not have the ability to access or search for specific or individual account information,” says Brian Swart, programmer for Horry Electric. “The privacy of our members and their information is always a high priority at Horry Electric, so their access is restricted to apply credit to the account numbers on the statements provided directly to them by the individual making the payment.”