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Shellie Murdaugh

School board mulls West Hardeeville, Bees Creek, ACE properties

The fate of the West Hardeeville and Bees Creek properties owned by the Jasper County School District remained up in the air following a called meeting of the school board on Monday.

Youmans celebrated as breast cancer survivor

Jayden Youmans grasped his mother’s hand a little tighter walking down the hall to his classroom Friday morning.

Jasper County Sun Times The Beaufort Jasper EOC Head Start and Early Head Start program in Robertville honor one of their parents, Ebony Youmans, for completing her cancer treatments. Youmans is pictured in the middle with balloons next to her father, Lee. The group honored Youmans and wore pink clothes in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Take a trip down Thomas Heyward’s Haunted Trail

It is a story of a military experiment gone terribly wrong. Those who dare to hear the story must begin on a trail that will eventually lead into a horrifying adventure.

Photo courtesy THA Haunted Trail Thomas Heyward Academy’s Haunted Trail at the Blue Heron Nature Trail in Ridgeland offers spooky adventures.

Local first responders honored

Those local first responders who risk their lives to save others received special recognition from the Sun City Hilton Head Board of Directors and the Government and Business Affairs Committee last week.

Awards were presented to several organizations and those who represent them, including Jasper County Fire Chief and EMS Director Wilbur Daley, Bluffton Township Fire District Chief John Thompson, Beaufort County Crew Chief Kevin Peeples Sr., Hardeeville Police Chief Sam Woodward, Hardeeville Fire Chief Steve Camp, and Sun CIty’s Chief of Security Tom Yurkin. Tom Lento, Chair of Government and Business Affairs Committee at Sun City, pictured third from left, presented the awards.

Celebrity chefs cooking to benefit local organization

Matt and Ted Lee have one goal in mind as they prepare to serve up a taste of their own Lowcountry cuisine to those attending an event to benefit Bluffton Self Help.

The Lee Brothers, Ted and Matt, will be telling stories and cooking southern delicacies during the Red Apron Sips and Seafood Party in BLuffton Oct. 20 to benefit Bluffton Self Help.

Rules and regulations approved for Ridgeland farmers market

The Ridgeland Town Council unanimously approved the rules and regulations to use the town’s new farmer’s market during its Oct. 5 meeting, according to town of Ridgeland Administrator Dennis Averkin.

Gopher Hill Festival was 'biggest yet'

The 46th annual Gopher Hill festival kicked off last Thursday with children wearing costumes and parading down the street, followed by participants racing tubs down Main Street in Ridgeland. There were also several pets taking center stage during a pet show and many showed off their talents during the talent show.

Waiver denied by commission for package shop

The town of Ridgeland Planning Commission recently voted unanimously to deny a waiver request from a local businessman seeking to operate a package store on property not originally intended for that purpose.

Jasper delegation officer files $300,000 suit

The first and only delegation officer for S.C. House and Senate members from Jasper County has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $300,000 from her employers.

Gopher Hill Festival gets underway

The tub races were one of many events held Thursday in Ridgeland as the 46th annual Gopher Hill festival got underway. (photos by: Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun)

Board approves CATE site

The campus of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School will soon house a CATE facility.

Sheffield Oil Company was presented with a certificate and represented in the photo by Lynn Richardson, middle. On the left is Gopher Hill Chairperson Linda Dailey and on the right is Gopher Hill Parade Chairperson Dallas Lassiter.

Hardeeville cops investigate credit card skimmers found at Exit 8 gas station

Two suspects were arrested in connection with credit card skimming incidents that occurred in Hardeeville on Sept. 28, according to officials. The Yemassee Police Department, the Hardeeville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to investigate.

Courtesy Hampton County Detention Center Alberto Yordan

Gopher Hill Festival names 3 grand marshals

Three of the town of Ridgeland’s oldest businesses are being honored as grand marshals for this year’s 46th Annual Gopher Hill Festival.

Marlon Sheffield

FEMA funds OK’d as town road needs repairs

The town of Ridgeland said it recently dodged a bullet with Hurricane Maria moving away from the area, but several other storms hit the bullseye, leaving behind a variety of flood damage for the town to discuss repairs.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Alphonso Tyler of Wagon Branch, who has been in the produce business for more than 40 years, enjoys the new Farmers’ Market pavilion.

After the storm: Residents recover from Irma flooding

If Hurricane Matthew wasn’t enough last October, now homeowners and at least one business owner in Jasper County are having to recover from flooding from the effects of Irma.

Photo courtesy Marty Sauls Paul Crosby's home on Knowles Island suffered damage from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Spanish translators aid storm alerts

A Ridgeland woman wanted to help her fellow citizens in Jasper County during Hurricane Irma and she was able to do so in a big way.

Yajaira Uzcatezui and Jasper Fire Rescue PIO Garrett Lucas and Nadia Paez during a press conference.

UPDATE: Catfish Festival is ‘good to go’ in Hardeeville this weekend

Update: The Catfish Festival is “good to go” as scheduled this weekend, according to Hardeeville recreation director Addison Jarrell.

JCST file photo Hardeeville’s Catfish Festival is scheduled for this weekend weather permitting.

Support for naming detention center fails

The Jasper County Detention Center (also referred to as the Law Enforcement Center) became the center of discussion as far as its namesake during the most recent Jasper County Council meeting.

Shellie Murdaugh/Special to JCST Sheriff Chris Malphrus presents Zeke Dunham a plaque for 30 years of service to the JCSO.

High bids force new fire station remodeling strategy

Following attempts to get bids to remodel Ridgeland’s fire station, Town Council took a different avenue to move the project forward during its recent meeting.