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Gov. moves to fire South Carolina utility board head

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster wants to fire the chairman of the state-owned utility involved in a failed nuclear project that has cost billions of dollars, but the chairman calls the letter “completely false.”

Gov. Henry McMaster

Thomas Heyward Academy drive collects 100 books for library

Thomas Heyward Academy’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes collected 100 books last week to donate to Ridgeland Pratt Library.

Special to JCST Thomas Heyward Academy’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes collected 100 books last week to donate to Ridgeland Pratt Library.

Ridgeland man sentenced to 15 years in DUI wreck that killed Bluffton teenager

A 28-year-old Ridgeland man charged with felony DUI following a head-on collision in January that killed a Bluffton college student has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Photo courtesy 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Christopher Lenning

UPDATE: Hardeeville man ID’d as victim in fatal train crash

A Hardeeville man died after the vehicle he was driving was struck by a freight train Thursday evening in Hardeeville, according to Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls.

Anthony Garzilli/JCST Emergency personnel on the scene in Hardeeville after a train struck a car. The driver of the car died.

1 dead after train hits car in Hardeeville

One person is dead after a train hit a car in Hardeeville Thursday evening.

Anthony Garzilli/JCST Emergency personnel on the scene in Hardeeville after a train struck a car. The driver of the car died.

Ex-cop gets 20 years in prison for fatally shooting Walter Scott

<p>CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) &mdash; A white former South Carolina officer was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist in the back in 2015, wrapping up a case that became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.</p>

FILE - In a Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager testifies during his murder trial at the Charleston County court in Charleston, S.C. Slager was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, for 2015 fatal shooting of unarmed black motorist Walter Scott. (Grace Beahm/Post and Courier via AP, Pool, File)

3 suspects face charges in alleged car dealership theft

Three suspects face charges in Georgia and Jasper County in connection to an alleged car theft at Mike Reichenbach Chevrolet, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said.

Photo Chatham County Sheriff's Office Jamie Ellis

Help children enjoy Christmas by giving

Santa’s heroes want to take a lot of children shopping in Jasper County for Christmas presents this year.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with several organizations to make Christmas for children in need.

School board members seek answers to math test scores

A Jasper County school board member has voiced his concerns to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division about recent End-of-Course math test scores.

Kevin Karg

Agape hosts Thanksgiving dinner

Agape Family Life Center’s After School Program hosted its Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 20 for parents, teachers, volunteers and community members.

Agape Family Life Center’s After School Program hosted its Thanksgiving Dinner Nov. 20 for parents, teachers, volunteers and community members.

Christmas parades kick off holiday season

Ridgeland and Hardeeville’s Christmas parades this week kick off the holiday season.

Active shooter class to take place Saturday

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office wants to prepare local churches for any emergency situation that might arise while conducting services.

Veterans to be remembered during wreath ceremony

Several members of the Sun City Veterans Association Color Guard gathered at Ridgeland Cemetery last week to discuss the upcoming Wreaths Across America event set for Dec. 16.

Wreaths are being placed on all of the headstones of known veterans in the Ridgeland Cemetery as a part of the upcoming Wreaths Across America event on Dec. 16. Photos by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

School board chair wants improved test scores

During a work session last week, the Jasper County School District’s school board was presented with the latest state test scores.

Priscilla Green

Charter school transfer to Erskine approved

Following a Nov. 30 meeting with the South Carolina Public Charter School District, Royal Live Oaks Academy in Hardeeville received permission to transfer to the Charter Institute at Erskine, according to Royal Live Oaks Executive Director Karen Wicks.

Fundraiser for United Way reading program raises $8,800

Reading remains a priority in the Jasper County School District, and recently the district’s schools each participated in a campaign to raise money for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Ridgeland Elementary School coordinator Chandra Brooks $4,685 for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST The cooler weather has a swarm of small yellow butterflies filling on the nectar of Jean Tanner’s Bottlebrush blooms.

South Carolina deputy kills suspect in domestic disturbance

<p>YORK, S.C. (AP) &mdash; A South Carolina sheriff&rsquo;s deputy has shot a killed a man after responding to a domestic disturbance call.</p>

Two-state chase leads to one suspect's arrest

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office received a call early Tuesday morning about a suspected burglary at Cooler’s Grocery Store that eventually led to the arrest of a Savannah man following a car chase involving multiple agencies.

Melvin Maurice Morrell /Photo Chatham County Sheriff’s Office

Cops offer safety tips after recent vehicle break-ins

After a few vehicle break-ins around the county this month, local law enforcement wants citizens to remember some important tips to remain safe.