"This is why I left Ohio."

An unnamed North Charleston woman, whom we're sure is not alone in her reaction to the Lowcountry's earliest snowfall on record on Nov. 21.
Charleston County Gets RoadWise ·

With work set to begin on several fronts through the Transportation "Half-Cent" Sales Tax approved by voters in 2004, Charleston County has developed a new website to chart the program's progress and a weekly show on Comcast Cable Channel 2 to educate the public about the road projects funded through the sales tax.

The website, www.ccroadwise.org, lays out the history of the sales tax referendum, road projects and construction status, and public meeting schedules.

"In this electronic age, the website is a highly effective way to keep many residents fully informed of Charleston County RoadWise projects," said Cheryl Harleston, Public and Media Relations Coordinator for Charleston County RoadWise in a statement. "By visiting the new website, residents can stay up-to-date on how their half-cent sales tax is being used, as well as get their questions answered and give us additional feedback."

Visitors can view construction project photos, schedules, and project status reports. In addition, they will have access to past public meeting information and schedules for the upcoming meetings.

Previously RoadWise used Charleston County's www.smallchangeforbigchange.org, which had acted as the county's umbrella website for information on both the greenbelt and transportation portions of the Transportation Sales Tax.

Greenbelts information continues to be updated on this site (www.smallchangeforbigchange.org); however, the new RoadWise site (www.ccroadwise.org) will enable staff to focus on including an abundance of information specifically on road projects.

In addition to the new website, Charleston County RoadWise is using another tool to educate the public: a local cable show. The show is already airing, and is a public service that is provided at no cost to the County. The weekly RoadWise show airs Monday through Friday at 1:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 a.m.


"I think your paper needs to change its name to Charleston City Perverts, since this entire asswipe is nothing more than a mouthpiece for pervs, wackos and degenerates and NAMBLA."

That tasty morsel was scrawled on the back of a white supremacist tract sent to us in the mail from an anonymous soul in Knoxville, Tenn., who also included two hateful anti-homosexual comic strips and a warning that "diversity has failed."
For the Love of Property ·

Atlanta real estate developer Ben Carter and his family gave $1 million to the College of Charleston last week to establish the Carter Center in Real Estate. In conjunction with the School of Business and Economics, the Center will link real estate education with applications in the community. Direct descendants of Charleston's Middleton family, the Carters have pledged an additional half million to match other donations. If developers succeed in building subdivisions like Watson Hill on the congested Highway 61 near Middleton Place, graduates should have plenty of deals to make close to home. —Stratton Lawrence

$37 billion

That's how much retailers lose every year to shoplifting. It's not surprising that the holidays are the high time for five-finger discounts. This year, $3.5 billion is expected to be lost in fraudulent returns alone. Source: USA Today

6.6 percent

That's South Carolina's unemployment rate for October, up from 6.4 percent in September. The national unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent. Charleston's unemployment was at 5.5 percent, a slight increase from September. Source: South Carolina Employment Security Commission

4

That's where S.C. ranks in percentage of hungry households, according to the USDA's latest report on "Household Food Security in the U.S., 2005." Fifteen percent of households in the state reported food security issues, meaning there are way too many people going hungry in our state. The Lowcountry Food Bank helps provide food for nearly 14 percent of the coastal population, according to executive director Jermaine Husser. To get involved in eradicating hunger locally, visit www.lowcountryfoodbank.org.

37

That's the number of new rooms planned for an expansion at the downtown Holiday Inn on Calhoun Street. The five-story expansion will include meeting areas and a new dining facility. Source: The Post and Courier

$50,605

That's the amount Sticky Fingers paid for a stunning double portrait of native funnyman Stephen Colbert to benefit the nonprofit Save the Children. The painting will hang at their Meeting Street location, where Colbert's eyes will follow you from your sandwich to the bathroom and back.

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