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SCIWAY News, No. 25 – February 2000


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This issue of SCIWAY News is sponsored by Chocroaches™ – (no longer available), the ultimate South Carolina Valentine's gift. Buy your sweetheart a box of these delicious chocolate bugs by going to http://www.sciway.net/shop/ and clicking on "Food Products and Gifts."

In This Issue

  1. South Carolina High School Reunions and Alumni Web Pages
  2. New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites
  3. New SCIway Advertisers
  4. SCIway Adds New One-stop Tax Resources Guide
  5. Learn about South Carolina Black History on the Web
  6. SC Progress Report: Per Capita Income for SC Metro Areas, 1970-1997
  7. Consumer Tip: South Carolina Bar Offers Free Legal Help
  8. Upcoming Festivals and Events
  9. Surprise of the Month: The Threads that Connect SC Place Names
  10. More Information about SC Place Names

SCIWAY News is a free, concise electronic newsletter that will keep you informed about what's happening on South Carolina's Information Highway. It is usually published once a month and spotlights new South Carolina Web sites and other noteworthy state online resources and services. If you find SCIWAY News useful, please forward this issue to others who are interested in South Carolina. But if you don't want to receive any more issues, just send the word "unsubscribe" to news@sciway.net.

1. South Carolina High School Reunions and Alumni Web Pages

We've noticed that there are a growing number of South Carolina high school alumni Web pages. So we've added a new page that links to these alumni sites (http://www.sciway.net/edu/k12/alumni.html). If you know of a South Carolina high school alumni Web page that's not on our list, please send its address to service@sciway.net.

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2. New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites

Chambers of Commerce Directory - links to 60+ SC chambers
http://www.sciway.net/org/buscoc.html
Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce
http://www.clarendoncounty.com
Governor Hodges' 2000-2001 Budget - surprisingly interesting
http://www.state.sc.us/governor/budget/ - page no longer exists
Newberry Opera House - quality performances, impressive variety
http://www.newberryoperahouse.com
PACE Program - pay college tuition in advance; lock in today's rate
http://www.state.sc.us/tpp/
Reading with Rachel - Rachel Hodges' Family Literacy Program
http://www.readingwithrachel.org - site no longer exists
SC Department of Archives and History - Summary Guide to Holdings
http://www.state.sc.us/scdah/guide/guide.htm
SC United - wants to remove Confederate flag from Statehouse dome
http://www.scunited.org - site no longer exists
South Carolina Heritage Coalition - wants to keep Confederate flag
http://kudzumedia.com/schc.htm - site no longer exists
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division - SLED
http://www.sled.sc.gov/
South Carolina Nature-Based Tourism Association
http://scnatureadventures.com
South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
http://www.scvan.org

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3. New SCIway Advertisers

All three of these SCIway advertisers sell their products online.

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4. SCIway Adds New One-stop Tax Resources Guide

The bad news is that it's income tax time again. The good news is that it is at least getting easier to get the forms and instructions you need to complete your return. And now you can even get answers to your SC tax questions online.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (http://www.sctax.org/) has done a particularly good job of putting tax-related resources on the Web. If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 (or higher) installed on your PC, you can print every South Carolina tax form imaginable as well as related instructions, guides, brochures, and manuals. You can also ask a tax-related question by email ... file your SC return through the Web ... and even check the status of your refund online.

To make it easier for South Carolinians to find online state and federal tax information, SCIway has added a new Tax Resources Guide (see http://www.sciway.net/gov/taxes.html), which you can reach in one click from our home page. This guide also includes a simple chart that shows the sales tax rates (5, 6, or 7 percent) for South Carolina's 46 counties–one of the questions we're asked most frequently.

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5. Learn about South Carolina Black History on the Web

February is Black History Month, and fortunately there is a lot of information about black South Carolinians on the Web. Three sites merit special mention:

SC African American History Online - http://scafricanamerican.com/

Short biographies of 120 notable black South Carolinians–including James Clyburn, Larry Doby, Joe Frazier, Dizzy Gillespie, Jesse Jackson, Eartha Kitt, and Ron McNair.

African-Americans and South Carolina - http://www.usca.edu/aasc/

Includes a timeline of important events, longer biographies of 20 black South Carolinians (with suggestions for further reading), and links to 25 African-American Web sites.

Chicora Foundation studies - http://www.sciway.net/hist/chicora/chicora-foundation.html

Five captivating research reports on the lives of 18th century blacks, free blacks in Charleston before the Civil War, African-American cemeteries, the Port Royal Experiment, and my favorite, the letters of Quash, the freedman who managed Kiawah after the Civil War. These studies are the work of the Chicora Foundation (http://www.chicora.org), which is located in Columbia.

You can find all these South Carolina black history resources–and many more–on this SCIway page: http://www.sciway.net/afam/. If you would like to suggest an addition, please write service@sciway.net.

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6. SC Progress Report: Per Capita Income for SC Metro Areas, 1970-1997

Last month's South Carolina Progress Report compared the growth of per capita personal income in South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and all 50 US states from 1950 to 1998.

This month we look at the growth of per capita income in our state's six "interior" metropolitan areas: Charleston-North Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, Myrtle Beach, and Sumter. (We have not included Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill and Augusta-Aiken because the larger portion of these areas is outside South Carolina.)

These two graphs show the growth of per capita personal income in our six SC metropolitan areas from 1970 to 1997: In a nutshell:

  1. Columbia area residents have significantly higher incomes than the residents of other SC metro areas. Sumter area residents have the lowest.

  2. Myrtle Beach, Florence, Columbia, Greenville, and (to a lesser extent) Sumter have gained ground on the rest of the US since 1970. Only Charleston has lost ground.
Part of Charleston's decline is no doubt due to the closing of its Navy Base and the loss of thousands of high-paying shipyard jobs in the early 90s. But the graphs also show that Charleston incomes did not increase nearly as much between 1970 and 1990 as did Myrtle Beach, Florence, Columbia, and Greenville area incomes.

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7. Consumer Tip: South Carolina Bar Offers Free Legal Help

If you have a legal question–now or down the road–the South Carolina Bar (http://www.scbar.org) has two free public services that may be able to help you.

The first service is a Web page called LawLine. LawLine provides straightforward answers to more than 50 frequently asked legal questions. These questions are grouped into 10 broad categories, including automobile issues, bankruptcy, wills and estates, and landlords, tenants, and leases. You can access LawLine by pointing your browser to http://www.scbar.org/PublicServices/LawLine.aspx.

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8. Upcoming Festivals and Events

For the latest information on upcoming South Carolina events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.

100 Years/100 Artists: 20th Century SC Art - Columbia - thru Mar 19
Native Islander Gullah Celebration - Hilton Head Island - Feb 5-26
Edwin McCain - solo acoustic performance - Isle of Palms - Feb 10
Rockin' for a Reason - featuring Velveeta - Charleston - Feb 11
Both events are benefits for the America Street Foundation.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition - Charleston - Feb 18-20
Myrtle Beach Marathon - Feb 19
Carolina Marathon - Columbia - Feb 26
Horry County Museum Quilt Gala - Myrtle Beach - Feb 26-27
Carolina First Reedy River Run - Greenville - Mar 4
Assistive Technology Expo 2000 - Columbia - Mar 28
The Citadel Conference on the South - Charleston - Apr 6-8

For more information on future SC festivals and events, please see http://www.sciway.net/tourism/festivalplace.html.

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9. Surprise of the Month: The Threads that Connect SC Place Names

The part about SCIway I enjoy most is traveling around South Carolina and visiting places I've never been. The more I do this, the more I'm impressed with our state's rich variety of place names–and how much these city, town, and community names reflect our history and our environment. They constantly remind us of ...

Our European connections–Denmark, La France, New Holland, Norway, Scotia, Switzerland ... Bath, Lancaster, Windsor, York, Waterloo, Warsaw Island, Florence, Sardinia, New Bordeaux, and Parris Island.

Famous SC leaders–Laurens, Marion, Pickens, Sumter, Calhoun Falls, Aiken, Hampton, Wade Hampton, Tillman, and Hodges.

Our Presidents–Laurens, Adams Run, Adamsburg, Jefferson, Jackson, Jacksonboro, Fort Jackson, Lincolnville, Johnsonville, Nixonville, Cartersville, and Clinton.

Our agricultural roots–Clover, Oates, Oatland, Cane Island, Pumpkintown, Fairfield, Richland, Garden City, Gardens Corner, Cowpens, Goose Creek, Goat Island, Bull Island, Plantersville, and Barnwell (a double-dipper).

Our religious heritage–St Andrews, St Charles, St George, St Matthews, St Paul, St Stephen, St Helena Island, St Phillips Island, Providence, Zion, New Zion ... not to mention Chappells, Bishopville, Abbeville, and Moncks Corner.

Our avid hunters–Bucksport, Hunting Island, Bowman, Powdersville, Dovesville, Elko, Buffalo, Tigerville.

Our ascending highlands–Rocky Bottom, Little Rock, Rock Hill, Little Mountain, Mount Carmel, Mount Croghan, Peak, Summit, Mountain Rest ... and, of course, Mount Pleasant.

Our attraction to the numbers 6 and 9–Six Mile, Nine Times, Ninety Six.

Lots of places named for men–Allendale, Charleston, Chester, Clyde, Dale, Daniel Island, Donalds, Drunken Jack Island, Edmund, Elliott, Floyd, Georgetown, Gilbert, Glenn Springs, Jamestown, James Island, Johns Island, Lewis, Patrick, Perry, Richburg, Robertville, Russellville, Vance, Walterboro, Woodrow ... and Bowman, Rodman, Steedman, Tillman, Manning, and Manville.

And several named for more interesting women ... Clio, Iva, Hannah, Hilda, Joanna, Lena, Lydia, New Ellenton, Pauline, Ruby, Salley, Sharon, and Lady's Island.

Our "smiling faces" hospitality–Welcome, Travelers Rest, Fountain Inn, Lodge, Bath, Hickory Tavern ... and your choice of Ballentine, Killian, or Lone Star.

And finally, some things we want–Liberty, Prosperity, Fair Play, Lucknow, Parr, and Moore.

OK ... some of this is a little tongue-in-cheek. But all of these places are located in South Carolina, and there's an interesting story behind almost every name. I hope these examples will encourage you to learn about community names near your home ... and to share what you learn with a child.

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10. More Information about SC Place Names

You can find South Carolina place names "classified" in more than 40 ways by going to http://www.sciway.net/ccr/placenames.html. Some of this is serious, and some, I hope, will make you smile. The intent is to make learning about our state's geography more interesting to students of all ages.

If you're wondering where some of the places listed in this newsletter are located, just go to any sciway.net page ... click the dark blue search button at the top of the page ... and enter the name of the place you're looking for. The results that appear will show you what county the community is located in, and you may be able to find it on one of our county maps (http://www.sciway.net/maps/cnty/).

If you live in a South Carolina community that's not on SCIway, please send its name to service@sciway.net, and we'll be happy to add it to the appropriate county page.

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Copyright © 2000 SCIway, LLC. SCIWAY News is written by Rod Welch of James Island, South Carolina–with a lot of help from people throughout South Carolina. ISSN: 1527-3903. Direct circulation: 28,500+

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