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SCIway to Add South Carolina Business Directory
In October we will add a comprehensive directory of South Carolina businesses to the SCIway Web site (http://www.sciway.net). Only businesses that have a Web page or Web site will be included.
This directory will be organized by type of business–one page for architects, one for banks, etc. Listings (links) for a particular type of business will be grouped by city.
At least until the year 2000, there will be no charge for a single listing in SCIWAY's business directory. There will be a small annual charge for additional listings under different business categories and cities. Low-cost "enhanced listings" (with bold links, searchable descriptive text, and red text) will also be available, as will rotating and exclusive banner ads.
If you would like your business's Web site to be included in SCIWAY's business directory, just send your address (http://...) to email@example.com. Also include the business categories and cities you'd like to be listed under. Once the directory is online, those businesses that have multiple listings will have some time to decide if they want to keep them.
If you have a suggestion about what we could do to make SCIWAY's business directory more useful, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites
Upcoming Festivals, Shows, Events
For current SC calendar of events, click here.
In South Carolina, the number of festivals peaks between March and June, then again in September and October. If you know of a Web site for an upcoming festival or event that is not listed on SCIWAY's calendar of events (http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html), please send its address to email@example.com. We in turn will add it to SCIway and include it in SCIWAY News.
USS South Carolina Visits Palmetto State for the Last Time
During the week of August 10-14, the USS South Carolina visited the state for which she is named for the last time. The South Carolina, a nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser headed for retirement, arrived in Charleston Harbor early on a Monday morning and anchored about midway between Fort Sumter and the Battery. Thousands of South Carolinians were able to tour the ship during her stay, thanks to a free water taxi service provided by the Navy.
The afternoon before the South Carolina sailed for Norfolk, Virginia, and deactivation, my daughter Jenny and I and our old friend Orca wound our way through the creeks and sounds that are the heart of James Island and entered Charleston Harbor just south of Fort Sumter. It was a thick gray day, even on the water, but we wanted to take some pictures of the South Carolina before she disappeared. You can see five of these pictures–and learn a good bit about the South Carolina–by visiting this SCIway page: http://www.sciway.net/sc-photos/charleston-county/uss-south-carolina-cgn-37.html. We hope that many South Carolinians, and especially school children, will find these pictures and information interesting.
I think this small page also shows how we can use the World Wide Web to preserve our state's present and share it with each other and with unborn children and grandchildren. While newspapers, radio, and television are instantly informative, they are also fleeting. Try finding a copy of last month's newspaper or last weekend's newscast. It can be done, but only with far more effort than most of us have time to put forth.
But the Web enables people with modest resources to preserve and easily access everyday images and information that until now have largely disappeared with the passage of time. For example, Ask SCIway recently received a question that wondered if the Southern Railroad station in Spartanburg had a wooden or concrete walkway in front of it in the 1970s. Not that long ago, but so far we haven't been able to determine the answer.
There were so many ordinary scenes in life that I loved but took for granted five, ten, twenty, thirty years ago ... scenes that I would be so happy to see again today. But I can't. They're gone. and I have no pictures–I thought they would always be there–and the images in my mind get cloudier every year.
If we spend a little time today developing simple Web pages for places and events that are important in our lives, then down the road we will still be able to see and enjoy and share them ... even after they've disappeared.
I hope this happens ... because diaries and old letters are going to be few and far between.
Copyright © 1998 SCIway, LLC. SCIWAY News is written by Rod Welch of James Island, South Carolina–with a lot of help from people throughout South Carolina. Circulation: 19,500+
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