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Plan Your Vacation or Weekend on SCIWAY
South Carolina has such a rich variety of places to visit and so many interesting things to see and do that it's hard to know what your options are, much less choose among them. To help with the information part of this problem, we've added a new Recreation, Travel, Tourism section to SCIway (http://www.sciway.net/tourism/). It includes
As always, if you know of a useful online resource we've missed (and in this case we know we've missed hundreds), please send its address to SCIway.News@SCIway.net.
New South Carolina Web Sites
*** SCIWAY no longer has Carolina English Teacher online. If you are interested in specific articles, please contact us and we will try and help you.
The complete 1996-97 issue of Carolina English Teacher is now available on SCIway. This journal is published in printed form by the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English (SCCTE), the state affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English. The first issue of Carolina English Teacher appeared in the spring of 1978. The 1996-97 issue is the fourth that has been published electronically on SCIway.
Two More South Carolina Library Catalogs on Web
We've discovered two more South Carolina libraries that have Web catalogs--Furman University and NOAA's Coastal Services Center in Charleston. You can reach these catalogs through SCIWAY's Library section (http://www.sciway.net/lib/). New South Carolina Web catalog total: 14.
Water Tower Reports Keep Pouring In
Thanks to several readers for letting us know about three more "unusual" South Carolina water towers:
More On Markers
First, I would like to apologize to astronaut and Navy Captain Frank Culbertson for twice calling him a colonel in last month's "Roadside Marker" story. I knew better--my head must have taken leave of my shoulders.
I would also like to thank the many readers who wrote to say that the South Carolina Department of Archives and History has published a "South Carolina Historical Marker Guide." This 235-page, glove-compartment- size book was printed in 1992 and includes the text of some 800 markers as well as maps, photos, and additional background information. You can buy this guide for $13.25, which includes shipping and handling. For ordering information, see https://ssl.sc.gov/Mall/Store/b7e76e4047434c308c53670ead743e23/MallCat/Books/Product/55b99378487443c4ada3eb576a5f21e1/. (Please be patient; this connection is sometimes slow.)
Upcoming Festivals, Shows, Events
For the latest information on upcoming South Carolina events, please see http://www.sciway.net/calendar.html.
Mystery of the Month
Many of South Carolina's less developed areas have an abundance of whitetail deer, and the highways that traverse these areas are spotted with occasional deer-crossing warning signs. These yellow and black diamonds picture a buck springing toward the roadway.
Late one night last spring, I was driving south on I-26 when my car's headlights struck one of these signs--and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature red-nosed deer. I blinked, took a couple of swigs of Coke (real Coke), and drove on. I knew I was sleepy.
I didn't think about Rudolf again . . . until he suddenly reappeared about two hours down the road! This time I stopped, walked back up the highway a few hundred feet, and looked the deer on the sign straight in his left eye. His nose was still red.
Since that night I've sighted at least a dozen red-nosed deer-crossing signs throughout the state--from as far north as Laurens County to as far east as Georgetown County and as far south as Dorchester County. Careful examination of these signs reveals that the red noses are not painted on (as I first presumed), but are instead clusters of seven to nine red dots. Each dot is about the size of a quarter, and they look like they all came from the same stash. Most of the clusters are round, but one is shaped like a football.
The burning question is, of course, who's decorating South Carolina's deer-crossing signs? Is this a low-budget state or federal highway beautification program that I've somehow missed hearing about? Or is it the stealthy work of a mysterious humor being who roves the state's highways in the still hours of early morning . . . armed with a stepladder and a pocketful of red dots? If you have a clue or have spotted a red-nosed deer in your neck of the woods, please write firstname.lastname@example.org. Bored South Carolina drivers want to know.
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: 11,000+
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