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  • Local sailor completes icy mission

    ANTARCTICA - The temperature hovers around zero degrees all day. You're surrounded by ice, and depending on how strong the wind is, the temperature can drop to nearly 50 degrees below zero.

    Quincy Champion says that Antarctica is so cold, you have to wear special clothing to prevent freezing to death.

    Despite the conditions, he's glad to have gone there three times.

    "It's a beautiful place," he said.

  • Man looks to market ant-proof pet bowls

    PAGELAND - Randy Deese says he's found a foolproof way to keep fire ants from helping themselves to your pet's food.

    In various places around his yard are early prototypes for the Ultimate Pet Feeder, a bowl he created for his own pets after fire ants became a serious problem.

    It's taken seven years for him to polish the product before offering it for sale to the public.

    They should be available for stores in about five weeks, he said.

  • Man faces charges in sports bar shooting

    Charges were filed Monday against a Lancaster man who fired a handgun Friday night outside the Buford Sports Bar off S.C. 522.

    The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has charged William Wesley Branham Jr., 36, of 2736 Kirkover Drive, with assault with intent to kill and pointing and presenting a firearm.

    Branham was involved in an altercation with a man outside the bar about 2 a.m., according to a sheriff's office incident report.

    Witnesses told deputies that Branham pulled out a knife after he began to fight.

  • Teen shot, car shot at in two city incidents

    Lancaster police continue to investigate two shootings that reportedly occurred about the same time Saturday night.

    Officers came to East Dunlap Street near the Witherspoon Street intersection about 8 p.m. and found a teenager lying in the grass off the road.

    The teen, 17, had been shot in the back. He said he didn't know who the assailant was, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

    He was taken to Springs Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released, Capt. Harlean Howard said.

  • Man, 29, shot after holdup at nightclub

    Ulyses Oliver believes he might have been killed if an assault on him occurred just a few moments later.

    When Oliver stepped outside the Grown Folks club off Kershaw Camden Highway early Friday morning to go home, three men approached him and demanded money. Two had guns and the other man had his hands under his shirt pretending to have a firearm, he said.

    Oliver said one of the men told him that they had "wanted to get (him)" for a while.

  • Woman charged with arson in Brooklyn fires

    A Lancaster woman has been charged with arson after her apartment and another building in her neighborhood burned early Tuesday morning.

  • Death to PACT bill has local support

    The standardized test that South Carolina students have been taking over the last several years may soon be a thing of the past.

    Last week, the state House voted unanimously on a bill to do away with the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test, which was created in response to the state's 1998 Education Accountability Act.

    The "Death to the PACT" bill moved to the state Senate this week.

  • More than light in city now

    INDIAN LAND - Employees are moving in, and a new building is under construction at Inspiration Ministries' City of Light campus on U.S. 521.

    About 300 people will move into the completed WorldReach Center, a 118,029-square-foot headquarters building, over the next few weeks, said John Roos, senior vice president of corporate communications and research for Inspiration Ministries.

  • Council wants more input before acting on dangerous dog ordinance

    Most showed up to defend man's best friends - in this case, pit bulldogs.

    Others handed out police incident reports and photographs of wounds suffered at the mouths of pit bulls.

    It was clear in County Council chambers Monday night - either you love pit bulls, or you hate them, and the county needs to do more work on a proposed ordinance that targets dangerous dogs.

  • Professor promotes reading for pleasure

    Literacy advocates were encouraged last week to remember the pleasure you can get from reading and to spread that joy with others.

    Dr. Linda Gambrell, president of the International Reading Association, was the guest speaker during a special luncheon on Thursday afternoon sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation.

    The event, dubbed For the Love of Reading, was held at the multipurpose room of the Bradley Building at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.