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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.

Elderly couples in wildfires’ path died in each other’s arms

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This undated photo provided by their son, Tim Halbur, shows Leroy Halbur, 80, and his wife, Donna Halbur, 80. The couple were unable to leave their Santa Rosa, Calif., home when a wildfire destroyed it early Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Donna Halbur’s body was found in a car in their garage, and Leyor Halbur was found in the driveway, their son said. (Courtesy Tim Halbur via AP)

Sheriff: Driver arrested on drugs, gun charges

A gun and drugs were found Tuesday after a traffic stop, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Antonio Watson

Top GOP consultant charged with illegal lobbying, conspiracy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Republican political consultant and two former state representatives were indicted Wednesday in a corruption scheme in South Carolina’s Legislature that has now ensnared half a dozen lawmakers.

FILE - In a May 23, 2017 file photo, former Majority Leader Rick Quinn, left, and his father, Richard Quinn Sr. pause as they talk during a break in a hearing to get solicitor David Pascoe disqualified from the prosecution of Quinn in Columbia, S.C. Solicitor David Pascoe announced Wednesday, Oct. 18, that the State Grand Jury had returned indictments against Richard Quinn on charges of criminal conspiracy and failure to register as a lobbyist. Grand jurors also issued new indictments for two lawmakers already charged. Rep. Rick Quinn, the elder Quinn’s son, was charged with criminal conspiracy. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP)

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Cops: Bust yields drugs, cash

Citizens complained and law enforcement acted.

Photo courtesy city of Hardeeville

Community Solar Program construction begins in Jasper

Construction has begun at two of the three solar facilities to be completed for one of the nation’s largest utility-sponsored community solar programs, SCE&G announced.

Lane closures as I-95 safety improvements begin

Nightly lane closures have begun for the Interstate 95 improvement project. Lane closures will be between mile marker 27 and mile marker 22 southbound.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times The First Tee of the Lowcountry helps kids learn lessons. At Saturday's golf clinic, the group was encouraged to introduce themselves to each other.

The First Tee brings golf clinic to Ridgeland

Sometimes golf lessons begin with a handshake.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Luke Averkin, 8, takes a swing during The First Tee of the Lowcountry’s free clinic at Turpin Park in Ridgeland. The program seeks to instill core values into participants.

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.

Gopher Hill Festival Winners

2017-2018 Miss Jasper County Pageant

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.

Checkpoints planned in Ridgeland on Friday

Federal aid for Jasper, 15 other counties for Irma relief

In response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 16 counties affected by Hurricane Irma, according to a news release.

Chief Daley receives plaque for retirement

Jasper County Council recognized retiring County Chief of Emergency Services Wilbur Daley (middle) during its Oct. 2 meeting. Daley has served the county for 17 years and council members presented him a plaque for his dedicated service to the community.

The Jasper County Council recognized retiring County Chief of Emergency Services Wilbur Daley (middle) during its Oct. 2 meeting. Daley has served the county for 17 years and council members presented him a plaque for his dedicated service to the Jasper County community. Pictured from left to right are: Councilman Henry Etheridge, Councilwoman Barbara Clark, Wilbur Daley, Council Chairman Marty Sauls and Councilman Tom Johnson.

Securities officials probing S. Carolina nuke plant fiasco

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Securities regulators are investigating the failure of a nuclear reactor construction project in South Carolina, according to a release Tuesday from one of the plant’s co-owners.

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Klaus Ritter snapped this image of a butterfly