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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 email@example.com.
2. New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites
3. New SCIway Advertisers
All three of these SCIway advertisers sell their products online.
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.
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 websites.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
8. Upcoming Festivals and Events
For the latest information on upcoming South Carolina events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.
For more information on future SC festivals and events, please see http://www.sciway.net/tourism/festivalplace.html.
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.
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 email@example.com, and we'll be happy to add it to the appropriate county page.
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