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News In Brief - September 17, 2007

Obama to speak in Rock Hill on Thursday

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., will speak at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Freedom Center, 215 East Main St., Rock Hill.

Doors open at 11:30. Tickets are required but are free and may be picked up at several locations in Rock Hill: the Freedom Center; Winthrop University at 346 Bancroft; McHale's, 122 E. Main St.; the Obama Regional Office, 1835 Ebenezer Road; and the York County Democratic Party Headquarters, 339 East Main St., Suite 102, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Divers search for man in Catawba River

Rescue workers searched from sun up to sundown Sunday for a man who disappeared Saturday night while swimming with friends in the Catawba River.

The 22-year-old Hispanic man had gone fishing with friends about a mile north of I-77 in a remote area along the river, according to Cotton Howell, director of the York County Emergency Operations Center.

After fishing, the men went swimming, and the victim disappeared without calling for help, Howell said witnesses told officials.

"There are lots of rocks, holes, shallow spots, lots of deep spots in that area," Howell said. "Lots of debris to get trapped or tangled in."

There is no evidence alcohol was a factor, Howell said. The search is expected to resume today. Authorities will not release the victim's name until he is found.

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