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Clyde Duncan: Black history is central to the beginnings of British Columbia


As you can imagine, those were the days of the “Wild West”, with miners disembarking from their ...
The proclamation was read at the birthplace of British Columbia, National Historic Site Fort Langley on Friday, Nov. 19, 1858, establishing the Colony ...

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL AGENDA


Authorizing an agreement with Sustainable Farms & Communities Inc. for the use of Clary-Shy Community Park located on the west side of Clinkscales Road ...
and Recreation Department’s Holiday Toys for Columbia’s Youth Program H. Accepting a donation ...

SC plans to widen I-20 west of Columbia to 3 lanes


LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina road officials say Interstate 20 west of Columbia will be the next South Carolina interstate expanded to three lanes in each direction. The Department of Transportation said Friday that the project in Lexington ...

Hundreds Protest for BC Residents' Hunting Rights in West Kelowna


A peaceful protest in West Kelowna on Saturday drew hundreds of people with ...
“We look at wildlife as something that belongs to everyone in British Columbia and we don't believe that 20 to 40 per cent of our harvestable surplus of wildlife should ...

West Central residents offer optimism, concerns in open house


COLUMBIA — About 50 people visited the Activity and Recreation Center on Thursday evening to discuss their vision for the future of the West Central Columbia neighborhood. The open house marked the beginning of city planners' efforts to develop ...

GTA West highway: Forward thinking or retro mistake?


The Ministry of Transportation is in the middle of planning for a new four- to six-lane 400-series highway, GTA West, that would connect north ...
School of Business at the University of British Columbia. The province, armed with policies such as the ...

Small library added to West Columbia community center


LEXINGTON COUNTY SC — A small library designed for families is opening at a community center in a West Columbia park. The library at Douglas Reeves Community Park is stocked with books and educational games mainly for young children that can be exchanged ...

West Columbia police hosting self-defense class for women


(AP) -- WEST COLUMBIA, SC (AP) -- The West Columbia Police Department is offering women the chance to learn more about how to defend themselves. Chief Dennis Tyndall is inviting women to come to the department's headquarters on Thursday for a two-hour ...

Main Street loses prominent business owner as founder of First Thursdays on Main heads to West Columbia


Columbia’s Main Street has lost one of its prominent business owners just as the downtown district begins to attract new retailers and fill vacancies. Mark Plessinger, owner of Frame of Mind, closed up his boutique eyewear store Friday as he moves the ...

West Columbia boy really wants to build a Sno-Kone business


We receive a lot of mail here at our studios. Recently, one hand-written letter really stood out to us. A young West Columbia boy took the time to share his business plan with us and ask for a little help. "My name is Tradd. For Christmas, I got a Sno-Kone ...




SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR WEST COLUMBI

Avoiding cyberbullyng in WEST COLUMBI

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Why Cyberbullying is Different

Kids who are being cyberbullied are often bullied in person as well. Additionally, kids who are cyberbullied have a harder time getting away from the behavior.

  • Cyberbullying can happen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and reach a kid even when he or she is alone. It can happen any time of the day or night.
  • Cyberbullying messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience. It can be difficult and sometimes impossible to trace the source.
  • Deleting inappropriate or harassing messages, texts, and pictures is extremely difficult after they have been posted or sent.

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Effects of Cyberbullying

Cell phones and computers themselves are not to blame for cyberbullying. Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these tools can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.

Kids who are cyberbullied are more likely to:

  • Use alcohol and drugs
  • Skip school
  • Experience in-person bullying
  • Be unwilling to attend school
  • Receive poor grades
  • Have lower self-esteem
  • Have more health problems

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Frequency of Cyberbullying

The 2010-2011 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that 9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.

The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey finds that 15% of high school students (grades 9-12) were electronically bullied in the past year.

Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.

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Aids to study in WEST COLUMBI

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources for college, career school, graduate school, and professional school.

 Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Aid can come from

Besides financial aid, you also should think about what you can do to lower your costs when you go to college.

“Types of Federal Student Aid” Video

Check out this video to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education. (Captioning available in English and Spanish; just start the video and click on the CC symbol at the bottom.)

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Aid and Other Resources From the Federal Government

The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs. Besides aid from the U.S. Department of Education (discussed below), you also might get

The U.S. Department of Education awards about $150 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interestloans to more than 15 million students. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care. Thousands of schools across the country participate in the federal student aid programs; ask the schools you’re interested in whether they do!

Federal student aid includes:

  • Grants—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
  • Loans— borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest
  • Work-Study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school

Use FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of how much aid you might receive from the U.S. Department of Education.

Apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). And remember, the first F in “FAFSA” stands for “free”—you shouldn’t pay to fill out the FAFSA!

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Aid From Your State Government

Even if you´re not eligible for federal aid, you might be eligible for financial aid from your state. Contact your state grant agency for more information.

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Aid From Your College or Career School

Many colleges offer financial aid from their own funds. Find out what might be available to you:

  • Visit your school’s financial aid page on its website, or ask someone in the financial aid office.
  • Ask at the department that offers your course of study; they might have a scholarship for students in your major.
  • Fill out any applications the school requires for its own aid, and meet the deadlines.

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Aid From a Nonprofit or Private Organization

Many organizations offer scholarships or grants to help students pay for college. This free money can make a real difference in how affordable your education is.

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Found Unclaimed Money in WEST COLUMBI

What Is Unclaimed Money?

If the government owes you money and you do not collect it, then it’s unclaimed. This can also happen with banks, credit unions, pensions, and other sources.

Beware of unclaimed money scams. There are people who pretend to be the government and offer to send you unclaimed money for a fee. Government agencies will not call you about unclaimed money or assets. Learn how to spot these types of scams.

Currently, the government does not have one website for finding unclaimed money by name, Social Security number, or state. To find it, you’ll need to visit each site separately and perform a search.

States’ Unclaimed Money

  • Search by State  – Search your state’s listing of unclaimed funds and property.

Retirement

Taxes

Banking, Investments, and Currency

  • Bank Failures  – Search the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for unclaimed funds from failed financial institutions.
  • Credit Union Failures  – Find unclaimed deposits from credit unions.
  • SEC Claims Funds  – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lists enforcement cases where a company or person owes investors money.
  • Damaged Money  – The Treasury Department will exchange mutilated or damaged U.S. currency.

Mortgages

  • FHA-Insurance Refunds  – If you had an FHA-insured mortgage, you may be eligible for a refund from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Savings Bonds

International

  • Foreign Claims  – U.S. nationals can find money owed to them from foreign governments after loss of property.

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