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1. New South Carolina "Consumer Help Desk" Can Help You
The good news about the Web is that there is more useful information out there than most of us can imagine.
The bad news is that this information is so scattered and disorganized that most of us don't have time to find it.
This is especially true of consumer information. Lots of South Carolina organizations have done a good job of creating Web pages that can help consumers, but no one has brought these resources together so that they are easy to find and use.
To solve this problem, SCIway has created a South Carolina Consumer Help Desk (http://www.sciway.net/consumer/). This simple page includes quick links to the information you need to
- file a complaint against a business or charitable organization
- report a fraud
- get free legal help
- get off email, postal mail, and telephone solicitation lists
As we developed the South Carolina Consumer Help Desk, three state Web sites were especially helpful:
We would also appreciate your letting us know about links we should add to the Help Desk by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. New and Notable South Carolina Web Sites
3. 55 State Candidates Have Campaign Web Sites
This year's general election is about five weeks away, and the number of South Carolina candidates who have websites continues to increase. So far, at least 55 state candidates have websites, and you can find them all at http://www.sciway.net/gov/election2000.html - site no longer exists
Republican candidates lead in websites with 26. Democrats have 19 and Libertarians 7. Greenville County has the most websites for local races.
The last day to register to vote this year is next Saturday, October 7. For more information, please see http://www.state.sc.us/scsec/vr.html.
4. Lottery Pros and Cons
For me at least, the toughest choice on this year's ballot is the lottery referendum. There are good arguments on both sides of this question, and you can learn more about them by visiting these websites:
5. Bare Bones 101: Learn How to Search the Web Effectively
One of the frustrations of using Internet search engines such as AltaVista, Excite, and HotBot is that you often get a zillion hits–and the ones listed at the top aren't even remotely relevant to the information you're looking for.
Part of this problem is due to the inherent limitation of using computer software programs to search millions (soon billions) of Web pages. But another cause is that many of us have not spent any time learning how to use search engines effectively.
Fortunately Ellen Chamberlain, the head librarian at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, has developed an online tutorial that can help you learn a lot about Internet searching in a small amount of time. It's called "Bare Bones 101," and you can find it at http://www.sc.edu/beaufort/library/pages/bones/bones.shtml.
I can guarantee you that Bare Bones 101 will save you far more time than it takes to read Ellen's short searching lessons.
6. New SCIway Advertisers
7. PEARS - A Useful Source of SC Employment and Economic Data
UPDATE: In 2011, the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, formerly the South Carolina Employment Security Commission, introduced a new website. Although PEARS is no longer available, a collection of data can be found on the Labor Market Information page http://dew.sc.gov/about-lmi.asp. We have retained the article below for archival purposes.
The first step in using PEARS is to select the geographic area you want to learn more about: a South Carolina county ... one of our six Metropolitan Statistical Areas or 12 Workforce Investment Areas ... or the state as a whole.
PEARS is an acronym for Palmetto Economic Analysis and Research System. It was developed by the Employment Security Commission's Labor Market Information Department (http://dew.sc.gov/about-lmi.asp). If you have a question about PEARS or need assistance, please call 803-737-2660 (Columbia) or 1-800-205-9290.
8. Upcoming Festivals and Events
For the latest information on upcoming South Carolina events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.
9. Surprise of the Month: Who Is South Carolina Named For?
When I was a child, I heard a joke that asked, how do you pronounce the capital of Kentucky: "Lewis-ville" or "Looie-ville"? The correct answer, of course, is that Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky ... and Louisville is pronounced "Lu-a-vul."
Now ... who is South Carolina named for?
If you're thinking King Charles, you're right – Carolinius is Latin for Charles.
But which King Charles?
So far, England has had two kings named Charles. In 1629 Charles I granted a vast area he called "Carolana" to Sir Robert Heath, his attorney general. However, Heath did little to develop his new domain, which encompassed present-day South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
Charles I was beheaded in the Puritan Revolution in 1649, but his son, Charles II, was restored to the English throne in 1660. In 1663 the new king changed the name "Carolana" to "Carolina" and awarded the territory to eight of his most faithful supporters, who were thence called the Lords Proprietors.
Six years later the Proprietors sent three ships of colonists to establish a settlement at Port Royal (just south of Beaufort). In early April 1670, after a stormy, roundabout voyage, one of these ships –the Carolina– sailed into Charleston Harbor and landed its passengers on the western shore of what we now call the Ashley River. The colonists called their new town Albemarle Point in honor of the eldest of the Lords Proprietors. But the Proprietors soon changed its name to Charles Town to honor the king.
So, it seems reasonable to say that South Carolina was originally named for Charles I of England and that Charleston was named for his son, Charles II.
And now, for the Frankfort part of the story ...
While the English eventually dominated Carolina, the Spanish and French arrived much earlier. A Spanish ship anchored in Winyah Bay (Georgetown) in 1521, and a short-lived French Huguenot colony was established on Parris Island (just south of Port Royal) in 1562 – well over 100 years before the English landed at Charles Town.
The French called their Parris Island settlement Charlesfort in honor of their king, Charles IX. And several historical sources claim that the surrounding region was called, also in his honor ... Carolina!
If you have information that supports or contradicts this French claim, please send it to me at email@example.com, and I will publish what I learn in the next issue of SCIWAY News.
In the meantime I have no clue as to why North Carolina was allowed to secede from the real Carolina ... or why it was permitted to use our name. :)
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