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  • In most cases, bee stings are a minor problem that can be treated at home. Here’s how:

    – A bee will leave behind a stinger attached to a venom sac. Look for a small dark object like a splinter. Try to remove it as quickly as possible with tweezers. The stinger is a self-contained unit that includes a barb, a venom sac and muscles that can continue to pump venom into the bloodstream for 20 minutes after it was left behind. Wasps, yellow jackets and hornets don't leave their stingers in the skin.

  • In the PS2 game, “Garfield: Lasagna World Tour,” the lovable orange cat explores Egypt, Italy and Mexico in search of clues needed to win his weight in his favorite dish.

    In the world of video games, that might work.

    But in real life, Garfield might be headed in the wrong direction. He won’t find a whiff of lasagna in “the Boot,” the Land of the Pharaohs or in the City of Palaces.

    According to the BBC, he would only find his one love in Great Britain.

    That’s right.

    Blimey!

  • Charlie Bundy would rather be safe than sorry.

    If Bundy is out working at his farm in the Tabernacle community or anywhere he might encounter a bee, hornet, wasp or yellow jacket, he will have an emergency epinephrine autoinject (EpiPen) nearby.

    Epinephrine is used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions to insect bites, foods, medications, latex and other allergens.

    “I’m going to be cautious,” Bundy said. “Sometimes, you can spend all day out in the country and not see a soul. You do what you have to do, I guess.”

  • Some legal matters are so important that they make it before the U.S. Supreme Court.

    In 1893, one of the greatest legal cases of all time was put to rest when Chief Justice Melville Fuller and associate judges Stephen Field, John Harlan, Horace Gray, Samuel Blatchford, David Brewer, Henry Brown, George Shiras Jr. and Howell Jackson unanimously ruled that a tomato was indeed a vegetable and not a fruit.

    No, this is not some gag.  The case – Nix v. Hedden – addressed whether a tomato was classified as a fruit or vegetable.

  • For Bill Stokes, nothing matches the serenity of paddling the Catawba River on a crisp, early fall morning.

    “I can talk about it for hours,” Stokes said. “You arrive at sunrise when there’s a little mist on the water before the crowd gets out. There’s just no better place to watch birds and wildlife.”  

    That love of nature is why Stokes took up kayaking a little more than 12 years ago. He paddles somewhere just about every weekend.

    Sure, it’s a chance to get some exercise and enjoy Mother Nature at her best.

  • Ron Edwards was grateful to see Monday afternoon’s heavy downpour.

    Edwards, general manager of The Springs Farm in Fort Mill, said right now, crops there can use all the rain Mother Nature provides.

    “It’s taken a toll,” Edwards said of the recent heat wave. “The tomatoes and squash will take as much water as you can give them.”

    But the recent rainfall will have very little impact on the ripening peaches that growers are busy harvesting.

  •  McKenna Phillips of Elgin community waves to the crowd during the annual Charlesboro Fourth of July parade on Saturday. Charlesboro, Heath Springs and Rich Hill each held their Independence Day parades Saturday. They were held a day early since July 4 is on Sunday this year.

    A group of four-wheelers makes its way down Taxahaw Road in the Charlesboro parade Saturday.

  • The Pageland Watermelon Festival 2010 will be spectacular, offering a variety of fun-filled, family entertainment and events for the young and the young-at-heart.

    Thousands of visitors from throughout the Southeast travel to Pageland every summer to enjoy one of the largest festivals in South Carolina.

    The downtown festivities will kick off at 3 p.m. today. You can enjoy amusement rides, magic shows, the balloon man and other live entertainment in Moore’s Park at the gazebo.

  • Some 19 years ago, Midenna Anderson showed up at the Lancaster County Pool to watch her daughter, Emily Anderson McCain, practice for an upcoming Lancaster Swim Team meet.

    The longtime McDonald Green Elementary School kindergarten teacher said she plopped down in a lounge chair to observe.

    “That was all I was here for,” Anderson said.

    All of that changed when former swim team coach Lynn Hammond saw Anderson sitting there. Anderson readily admits that at that time, she knew little about triple kicks, arm flies and negative splits.

  • By the time Andy Harper made it to the Lancaster County Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association Market at Ace Hardware on South Market Street on Wednesday morning, the pickings were slim.

    There wasn’t any okra, squash and cucumbers left.

    But that was OK. Harper still drove off with a bag of hot green and red peppers and 2 pounds of tomatoes grown by Nathaniel and Mae Barber.

    What is different about this market is the crops sold there are grown in Lancaster.

  • Since its introduction in mid-April, Kentucky Fried Chicken has sold more than 10 million of its first-ever bun-less chicken sandwich, the KFC Double Down.

    But the one-of-a-kind sandwich, has sparked a nutritional outcry from critics.

    Why?

    Made with two thick, white meat chicken filets, two pieces of bacon, two melted slices of Monterrey Jack and pepper jack cheese and the “Colonel’s Sauce,” the original version of the Double Down contains 540 calories and 32 grams of fat. By comparison, the grilled version has 460 calories and 23 grams of fat.

  • The menu for 22 residents of Lancaster Children’s Home on Wednesday morning was typical breakfast fare; bacon, ham, eggs, grits and toast.

    But toasting milk in stemware set on tables adorned with fresh flowers, burning candles, name cards?

    That’s not a common sight.

    But it was a sight to stem some table manner confusion, said Annette Deese, Children’s Home director.

    See Lancaster SC’s Peggy Little, with a little help, schooled the group, ages 8 to 17, in former dinner etiquette.

  • Anything is possible.

    In the late 1980s, few people outside the Columbia music scene knew who Mark Bryan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker and Jim Sonefeld were.

    All of that changed in 1994 when the four, collectively known as Hootie & the Blowfish, released “Cracked Rear View.”

    That musical breakthrough was characterized by the national media as “instant success.”

    But musician and University of South Carolina graduate David Reed knows there is no such thing. It takes more than talent.

  • The July 4 holiday is summer entertaining at its best.

    We pack the picnic basket and head out to relax with family and friends or light the grill and invite them over for an Independence Day celebration.

    Given that, we don’t want to stay in the kitchen with the oven turned on any longer than we have to. And if we are outside, we want something that’s going to be refreshing and cool.

    With abundant sunshine and high temperatures forecast near 90 degrees in the extended forecast on Saturday and Sunday, cool, shady spots are going to be in demand.

  • The fourth of July is almost here. With the holiday falling on Sunday, there are two days of professional fireworks shows in this area to choose from. Here are some of the local events:

    Saturday

    – Rock Hill is hosting Red, White and Boom at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Old Town Amphitheater on Black Street. There will be children’s activities, live music and food vendors. For details, call (803) 329-8756 or e-mail crandall@cityofrockhill.com.

  • The natural appeal of Kay Zaitz’ yard at 202 W. Springs St. really draws attention. Chock-full of perennials and woodsy plant material, the yard has been named the June Yard of the Month by the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs.

    “The garden of Kay Zaitz is absolutely a veritable display of most plants known to mankind,” said Jackie Palmer, YOTM chairwoman. “She has a vast array of different specimens, planted cottage-style.”

  • When Brittany Hill downloaded a copy of the schedule for the upcoming Miss South Carolina pageant, it was printed on purple paper.

    For Hill, Miss Lancaster 2010, everything keeps coming up as a mixture of red and blue.

    When part of the white swimsuit Hill planned to wear Wednesday night disappeared before the approval process at the Marriot in Spartanburg on Mother’s Day weekend, she went with the back-up swimsuit, which is purple.

  • Eight area churches are partnering with the Society of St. Andrew to provide fresh, in-season vegetables for needy families in Lancaster this summer.

    Dubbed Squash Out Hunger, the ministry includes Eastside Baptist, Hopewell United Methodist, New Hope AME Zion, Spring Hill Baptist, Tabernacle United Methodist, Union Baptist, Unity ARP and Zion United Methodist churches.

  • These days, local dirt racers Brandy Baker and Bryan Crook are shaking their heads.

    Their sons are growing up fast and getting faster by the week.

    Dillon Crook, Andrew Baker and Austin Baker are coming into their own in at Lancaster Speedway. The trio used to play in the infield dirt. Now they’re competing on the track.

    Not only are the three following in their dads’ footsteps, the trio is also cutting the same red clay line their respective grandfathers, Buddy Crook and Carson Baker, did years ago.

  • Sandra Hinson got a little glimpse of heaven this week.

    She saw it in the pallet of shingles in her Flat Creek Road yard, boxes of roofing nails, new windows and a fresh coat of paint.

    Most don’t see the teenagers and adult volunteers who spent most of this week putting a new roof on Hinson’s small home as angels.

    But those who don’t should see them from Hinson’s perspective.

    That perspective comes from a roof that leaks so bad that water pools inside light fixtures.