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Find SC Bands and Musicians on SCIWAY
There are many interesting things in life, but there is almost nothing more magical than music. It just has a way of getting inside you and waking up parts of you that you sometimes forget even exist.
Fortunately, we have a lot of good bands and musicians here in South Carolina. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to contact them or find out where they're playing–these folks aren't into yellow pages. But they are into Web pages, so we have added a directory of South Carolina bands and musicians to SCIway (http://www.sciway.net/sc-bands/).
This directory was developed by my youngest daughter Jenny, who attends the College of Charleston and is a devoted student of popular music. (I can't find this course of study in their catalog, but I know it must be there because it's definitely her major.) So far she has found more than 60 South Carolina bands and musicians that have websites ... and she says she's working nights and weekends to find more.
Even if you haven't been to a club or concert in a long time, I think you will smile while reading the names of the bands and the various types of music they play: alternative rock, groove-oriented rock, jam rock, surf twang rock, folk-influenced rock, Celtic rock, hardcore, hip-hop, industrial, metal, thrash/death metal, punk, emo punk, hardcore punk, pop, melodic pop punk, brit pop, power pop, rap, ska, horror ska, etc. Music has gotten a lot more complicated since I was in college!
Lest you be concerned about the imminent collapse of Carolina civilization, please be assured that SCIWAY's new band directory also includes groups that play just plain rock, classic rock, hard rock, Southern rock, soul, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, country, beach music, swing, cover music, and music for parties and weddings.
Now here's where we need some help from you. If you know of a South Carolina band or musician whose Web site we've missed, please send its address to email@example.com. Likewise, if you feel we've misclassified a band's music or listed them under the wrong city or town, please send corrections to this same address.
We will also be happy to add fan club sites, fan forums and chat areas, and original reviews of South Carolina performances.
As with the rest of SCIway, the more people who pitch in, the more useful (and entertaining) these music pages will be.
New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites
Buy RiverDogs and Bombers Tickets Online
Spring is here and so, happily, is baseball. South Carolina has three minor league teams–the Charleston RiverDogs, Columbia's Capital City Bombers, and the Greenville Braves. You can find links to all three on SCIWAY's baseball page (http://www.sciway.net/sports/baseball.html), and you can order RiverDogs and Bombers tickets online through their Web Sites.
A Simple Way You Can Help Make SCIway Better
As SCIway continues to grow in size (we add at least 50 new South Carolina links a week), keeping thousands of links working is naturally getting more, let's say, challenging.
You can help a lot simply by letting us know when you encounter a SCIway link that doesn't work ... or doesn't take you directly to where it should. If you will send us the name of the problem link and the address of the SCIway page it's on (http://www.sciway.net/...), we will correct the problem quickly (which we're able to do about 90 percent of the time), or we'll drop the link.
Please address these "bad link" messages to firstname.lastname@example.org. The minute or two you take to write us will help a lot of people down the road.
Online Answers to SC Auto Insurance Questions
Two years ago the South Carolina General Assembly made some major changes to our automobile insurance laws. Most of these new laws went into effect on March 1 of this year.
If you have a question about these changes, you may want to visit a new Web page entitled "Facts About Insuring Your Automobile in South Carolina" (http://www.consumer.sc.gov/consumer/publications/Pages/Insurance.aspx. This information is provided by state government's Department of Consumer Affairs. It explains the new auto insurance laws in clear, simple language and includes a "frequently asked questions" section.
SCIway Adds Statewide Classified Ads
For the past two years, SCIway has provided South Carolinians convenient, one-stop access to state newspaper classified ads (see http://www.sciway.net/today/classif.html). But we have also received a steady stream of requests from people who want to post classified ads directly on SCIway.
You can now do exactly this by sending the text of your ad (and a link to a related Web site) to email@example.com. We will quickly post it in SCIWAY's new classified section (http://www.sciway.net/class/). The cost of this service is $20 a month for a 50-word ad. - no longer active
If you want your classified ad to reach a local audience, it's hard to beat the effectiveness of a local newspaper. But if you want to reach a statewide audience, we think you'll find that advertising on SCIway is not only effective but a bargain.
Vacation Rental Ads Cost Even Less
If you have South Carolina vacation rental property you would like to advertise, you can list it in SCIWAY's new vacation rentals section. For examples, please see http://www.sciway.net/join-us/businesses-organizations.html.
How Can You Tell If a Virus Warning Is a Hoax?
By this point most of us have received a forwarded email message, usually from a friend, that warns us NOT to open a message with a certain subject ... or our computer will turn to dust.
And at least once, most of us–Good Samaritans that we are7#150;have forwarded this message to a small army of our friends and business associates ... only to have one know-it-all write back to say that the virus we're trying to protect people from is a well known hoax. Can't someone invent a way to retrieve mail messages!?!
So how can we tell which viruses (worms, etc.) are real and which are hoaxes? The answer is simple. Just steer your browser to these two reliable lists of hoaxes:
Scouting for Information on South Carolina Indians
This summer Ellan Sykes, a graduate student in the University of South Carolina's College of Library and Information Science (http://www.libsci.sc.edu), will be working with SCIway to develop a collection of Web pages about South Carolina Indians. If you know of any websites, books, articles, maps, pictures, art work, or other materials that would benefit this project, I would appreciate your letting us know about them. Just send your leads to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I think South Carolinians of all ages are going to be interested in these Indian Web pages. However, we chose this particular subject on the recommendation of third grade teachers, who (among many other things) are responsible for helping our state's students learn about South Carolina's history and resources.
If you would like to learn more about South Carolina Indians today, the best Web resources I know of have been created by Gail Lang of Summerville (see http://www.pride-net.com/native_indians/ - site no longer exists).
Upcoming Festivals and Events
For the latest information on upcoming South Carolina events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.
Mystery of the Month: Where in the World is USC Salkehatchie?
The University of South Carolina has campuses in Columbia, Aiken, Beaufort, Lancaster, Spartanburg, Sumter, Union ...and Salkehatchie. Where in the world is Salkehatchie?
Well, in a sense Salkehatchie isn't. That is, it's not a city or town. USC Salkehatchie's main campus is actually located in Allendale, and it has a branch in Walterboro as well. Both of these communities are located in the southern part of our state, between Aiken and Charleston.
USC Salkehatchie takes its name from two rivers–the Salkehatchie and the Little Salkehatchie–which flow through or border the five counties it serves (Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Colleton, and Hampton). These two streams meet below Walterboro and form the Combahee River, which then rolls into St. Helena Sound above Beaufort.
The name "Salkehatchie" stems, of course, from an American Indian word. The original Indian word was Sadkeche, which was a Yemassee Indian town. The Yemassee, originally from Florida, lived in southern South Carolina during the 1600s and early 1700s. In 1715 they revolted against the English and massacred traders and settlers. Soon after this "Yemassee Uprising," the English drove the tribe back to Florida and eventually massacred most of its members near St. Augustine (see http://www.questia.com/read/62056428/the-yemassee)
I have wondered where Salkehatchie is for at least 20 years, and I would like to thank Marvin Light, the Director of USC Salkehatchie's Learning Resources Center (http://www.sc.edu/salk/lrc.html - page no longer exists), for taking the time to enlighten me.
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