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Where Have We Been?
Well, I wish I could say I spent May and June leisurely cruising the Intracoastal Waterway . . . but I was actually grappling with an unfriendly case of pneumonia. I'm feeling much better now though and am looking forward to getting SCIWAY News back on the wire once a month.
Thanks to all of you who have written the past three months with suggestions for SCIWAY News and SCIway Web. As you will see from this issue, the number and quality of South Carolina websites increase every week.
E-mail Addresses For South Carolina Elected Officials
SCIway Web now lists the e-mail addresses of 140 South Carolina elected officials – including mayors, state representatives and senators, the governor and other state officers, and US representatives and senators. Just link to http://www.sciway.net/gov/#sc-elected-officials. If you know of an address we should add or change, please send a short message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New South Carolina Web Sites
Andrews, South Carolina – Biggest Small Town On SCIWAY
Andrews is a small town (population 3,000) located about 20 minutes inland from Georgetown. But thanks to the Andrews Revitalization Association and two town residents – Tim Nesbitt and Matt Temple – Andrews has one of the most engaging websites (http://members.tripod.com/~andrews_sc/government.html in South Carolina. This site was created to promote economic development, and it includes a business directory as well as information about Andrews' history, government, public services, and claims to fame. It has increased the town's visibility and boosted community pride.
In recent months the greatest growth on South Carolina's Information Highway has occurred at the local level. At least 90 of our cities and towns are now on the Web, and you can find them in the Cities and Counties section of SCIway Web (http://www.sciway.net/ccr/). If you know of a local site we've missed, please send its address to email@example.com.
Five More South Carolina Library Catalogs On Web
Five more South Carolina libraries – Charleston County, Richland County, Coker College, Erskine College, and Presbyterian College – now have online catalogs that can be accessed directly by Web browsers such as Netscape and Internet Explorer. Web catalog interfaces are easier to use than character-based telnet interfaces, and they don't require you to have telnet software installed on your computer.
The Charleston County Library has also improved its Web site significantly . . . moved to a new address (http://www.ccpl.org) . . . and developed a South Carolina Room (http://www.ccpl.org/content.asp?name=Site&catID=11877&parentID=5402) for genealogical researchers.
More than 50 South Carolina library catalogs can now be accessed via the Internet. You can reach all of them through SCIway Web's Libraries, Archives, and Museums section (http://www.sciway.net/lib).
Civil War @ Charleston
I've always been interested in history, but I can remember some history text books in high school and college that were, let's say, dry. I doubt that textbooks have improved much in the relatively short time since then, but I know there are now some history websites that I would have skipped lunch for. One of these is Civil War @ Charleston, which is available in two flavors:
This large, impressive site was created and is frequently updated by William Hamilton, a Charleston attorney and Civil War reenactor. It focuses on Charleston area forts, battles, and related military and naval operations; and its letters, diary excerpts, and photographs provide first-hand views of the Civil War period that no textbook can match.
South Carolina has a rich history. websites like Civil War @ Charleston bring life to this history and help students of all ages learn easily and enjoyably.
This hurricane season has been quiet so far. But the South Carolina Emergency Management Division's Web site (http://www.scemd.org) is well worth bookmarking . . . just in case.
Upcoming Festivals, Shows, Events
For the latest information on upcoming South Carolina events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.
Water Tower of the Month
South Carolina has hundreds of water towers, most of which are rather ordinary. But one – Gaffney's Peachoid – catches the eye. This peach of a water tower is located on I-85 between Spartanburg and the North Carolina border and holds one million gallons. It's so special that two Web pages have been constructed in its honor:
Until recently the Peachoid had some nearby competition: Two large, unused water towers in the center of downtown Spartanburg that were painted brown, green, and blue like the earth, trees, and sky. Both were torn down this past April to make room for a parking lot for the Spartanburg County Public Library's new main branch. These two circular "skyscapes" looked a little childlike, and they always made me smile when I drove into Spartanburg. I miss seeing them and wish someone had made a Web page for them before they were destroyed.
Speaking of which . . . rumor has it that Belton, Newberry, Oconee County, and perhaps Kershaw and Horry Counties have water towers that deserve their own Web pages. If you know of a South Carolina water tower that is unusual, please write me about it – or better yet, develop a Web page for it. I'll share what I learn in next month's issue of SCIWAY News.
Copyright © 1997. SCIWAY News is written by Rod Welch of James Island, South Carolina – with a lot of help from people throughout South Carolina. Circulation: 10,000+
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