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SCIWAY News No. 35 – December 2001


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In This Issue

  1. Something Special in Greenville
  2. Find "South Carolina" Gifts Online
  3. New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites
  4. Second SCIWAY K12 Web Design Contest Begins
  5. New SCIWAY Sponsors
  6. How Has the Population of Your County Changed Since 1900?
  7. Three Distinctive South Carolina Gifts
  8. Upcoming Festivals and Events
  9. Two Special Links and a Hope

1. Need a Greenville housing rental but want something special?

Know of someone looking for a beautiful condominium or duplex rental in Greenville? Southland Properties specializes in the finest quality, privately owned homes, condominiums, and duplexes -- located in great neighborhoods near Cleveland Park and other prime residential areas. View our online property descriptions with pictures and you'll find some not-so-standard amenities as well. Quiet neighborhoods and red brick. Fireplaces and hardwood floors. Even spearmint green lawns and pink azaleas. Surf to http://www.southlandproperties.org to learn more about us, or call us at 864-370-3718.
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2. Find "South Carolina" Gifts Online

If you're looking for some out-of-the-ordinary Christmas presents, take a quick trip to Shop SCIWAY. All of the products you'll find there have a South Carolina emblem or are closely associated with our state. All are sold by South Carolina companies, and most can be ordered online.

Here's a sampling: SC paintings and prints, barbeque sauces, belts, blazer buttons, books and cookbooks, caps and hats, Christmas ornaments, dog collars and leashes, flags and pennants, glassware and tumblers, golf accessories, hammocks, koozies, license plates, mugs, oyster knives, paint (yes, paint), peaches (next summer), pecans, porch swings, rice, a wide variety of shirts and sweatshirts, handsome silk ties, and sweetgrass baskets.

Whether you're looking for a special gift or a treat for yourself, I think you'll really like what you find at Shop SCIWAY.

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3. New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites

Angels and Scrooges - SC's best and worst charities - a good giving guide

South Carolina Christmas Tree Association - buy a tree from an SC grower

South Carolina Cotton Trail - from Bishopville to Dillon

South Carolina Disability Resources - how to get help

South Carolina Waterfalls - photos, directions, histories, legends

Still Magnolias - Aiken ladies pose nude for charity calendar - site no longer exists

Tenth South Carolina Volunteer Infantry - Confederate reenactors

US High School Principal of the Year - Sharon Buddin - Ridge View High - site no longer exists

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4. Second SCIWAY K12 Web Design Contest Begins

SCIWAY's second annual Web Design Contest for South Carolina K12 students is now under way. We have received 35 entries so far.

To take part in this contest, a student design team must create a web site about a South Carolina topic. All entries must be received by March 15, 2002.

Prizes will be awarded in three divisions: grades 1-5, 6-8, and 9-12. First prize in each division is $500, and second prize is $300. Twelve other student design teams will receive SCIway Excellence Awards of $100.

All winning teams will also receive trophies, and links to their web sites will be added to SCIway.

Last spring more than 100 student design teams entered SCIWAY's first Web Design Contest, and 18 teams won $4,200 in prizes. You can find the winning sites at http://sciway3.net/2001/.

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5. New SCIWAY Sponsors

The Art Shop - Sumter - paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, gifts

Bay Watch Resort Condominium - North Myrtle Beach - new, on the ocean - site no longer exists

Lakeshore Realty - Lake Hartwell and Lake Keowee waterfront properties - site no longer exists

Palmetto Clothing - Charleston - quality SC clothes, accessories, gifts - site no longer exists

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6. How Has the Population of Your County Changed Since 1900?

Since 1900 South Carolina's population has almost tripled ... rising from 1,340,316 to 4,012,012 in the 2000 census.

During this period seven of our state's 46 counties lost population, and seven now have more than five times as many residents as they did in 1900.

To see how the population of your county has changed, go to http://www.sciway.net/data/county-population/. There you will find easy to understand graphs that show how the populations of South Carolina's counties have changed, relative to both our state's population and our nation's population.

You will also find a graph that compares the growth of Charleston, Greenville, and Richland counties ... as well as two tables and a pair of maps that rank SC counties by their 2000 population and by their rate of growth since 1900 (or 1910 or 1920, if they were formed or changed after 1900).

I would like to thank Kasey Briggs of Charleston for producing these graphs. We are working on similar graphs for South Carolina cities and towns. They will be added to SCIway early next year.

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7. Three Distinctive South Carolina Gifts

As I've worked with the companies and individuals represented in Shop SCIWAY, I've learned about some distinctive South Carolina products that I didn't know existed. Here are three of my favorites:
  1. Palmetto and crescent Christmas ornament - no longer available ... glass ball, 3.25-inches in diameter. I like the white trees on the blue background, but you may prefer the blue-on-white version. $11.51, including shipping and sales tax. The per ornament shipping cost drops when you buy more.

  2. Silver Spoon Restaurants - no longer in print... the definitive guide to Charleston's 20 finest restaurants. No paid inclusions, lots of great recipes and pictures. Paperback, 44 pages. $17.68, including shipping and taxes ... $15.23 for additional copies. Gift wrapping and express shipping available.

  3. A set of twelve 24-karat gold-over-brass blazer buttons - page no longer exists ... made from a recently rediscovered Waterbury die. Pure South Carolina ... and far and away the classiest blazer buttons I've ever seen anywhere. $93.46, including shipping and sales tax.
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8. Upcoming SC Festivals and Events

For an annual calendar of South Carolina festivals, conferences, and events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.

Holiday Festival of Lights - James Island County Park - Nov 9-Jan 1

St Francis Festival of Trees - Greenville tree display - Nov 25-Dec 25

Christmas Charity Ball - Greenville - Sons of Confederate Vets - Dec 6

Candlelight Tour of Homes - Camden - Dec 9 - 3 to 8 pm

Christmas in Hopelands - Aiken - Dec 15-26 - scroll down

Colonial Ball - Charleston - Dec 22

First Night Charleston - Charleston - Dec 31

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9. Two Special Links and a Hope

There are a lot of links in this issue of SCIWAY News, but when you think about why we celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, here are the two most important:

South Carolina Churches and Religious Organizations

South Carolina Community and Service Organizations

Life's different this December ... sadder, more fearful, increasingly beyond our control. But there is so much we CAN DO to brighten the lives of other South Carolinians, and our own lives in the process. It can be buying an Angel Tree present, spending time with a person who's lonely, putting a couple of dollars in every Salvation Army pot we meet – or any of a thousand other good deeds.

I'm going to try to do more helping this year than I normally do. I hope you will too.

Rod Welch – James Island, SC

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Copyright 2001 SCIway, LLC. "SCIWAY News"(TM) is written by Rod Welch of James Island – with a lot of help from people throughout South Carolina. ISSN: 1527-3903. Direct circulation: 47,000+

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