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Black History Month: Woodson founder of February celebration

The creator of what’s now known as Black History Month hoped for a day when it would no longer be required.

Carter G. Woodson

Ridgeland Piggly Wiggly Assistant Manager Dina McGuire, Tonya Oakley (co-operator), Jimmy Locke (butcher), Adriane Williams (pricing coordinator), and Manager Lou Sherman are participating in the first Valentines for Veterans program in the store. Two other Piggly Wiggly locations, including Hardeeville and Port Royal are also participating. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Moyd to run for county auditor

Tedd Moyd, who has served in one political office for six years, seeks a different political office this year.

Tedd Moyd

Violent crime decreases in Ridgeland, Hardeeville

The town of Ridgeland and the city of Hardeeville both saw decreases in the number of violent crimes reported in 2017, according to each department’s statistics.

Community input sought on Hardeeville rec facility plans

The community’s input will be sought as Hardeeville moves forward with its $6.5 million recreational facility.

County names new emergency services director

Franklin Edwards, who has more than 35 years of experience in fire service, was announced as Jasper County’s new Emergency Services Director during Monday’s Jasper County Council meeting.

Franklin Edwards

National Weather Service: No East Coast tsunami warning

A routine National Weather Service test on Tuesday resulted in a false push notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning, giving jolt to many residents on the East Coast.

Some people on the East Coast got a push alert on their phones Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, about a tsunami warning, but the National Weather Service says it was just a test. Meteorologist Hendricus Lulofs said there was a glitch Tuesday during a routine test. (AP Photo/Jeremy DaRos)

Linda Moore/Special to JCST Linda L. Moore in Sun City took this picture of a raccoon that was looking for food under her bird feeder.

3 high school students among 4 dead in South Carolina wreck

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Three high school students were among four people killed when their pickup truck hit an oncoming car head-on in South Carolina.

Ridgeland Fire urges caution in outdoor burning

The Ridgeland Fire Department urges residents to exercise caution in outdoor burning. Dry grass and strong winds have contributed to several quickly spreading fires that Ridgeland Fire has responded to in recent weeks, the fire department said.

US investigators say deadly Amtrak train crash preventable

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in South Carolina.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speaks at a press conference following a crash between an Amtrak train and CSX freight train in Cayce, SC, near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road around 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 20. At least two people were killed and at least 70 people were injured. (AP Photo/Jeff Blake)

Amtrak crash: Screams, cries, awakening to a ‘nightmare’

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Passengers aboard the Amtrak train that slammed into a freight train before dawn Sunday described being jolted from slumber as seats ripped away, awakening to screams and crying.

Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce, South Carolina, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. At least two were killed and dozens injured. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP)

The Latest: 2 killed in South Carolina crash Amtrak workers

The Latest on a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina (all times local):

In this image from video, train cars are smashed and derailed Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 near Cayce. S.C. The crash left multiple people dead and dozens of people injured. (WLTX TV via AP)

Health Officials: 38 more die from flu in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials report 38 more people died from the flu in South Carolina last week.

HRMS band excels at regional, state levels

Nine Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School students auditioned for the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Region 4 Honor Band.

Special to JCST Nine Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School students auditioned for the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Region 4 Honor Band. Alyse Flores is the first student from Jasper County to earn a seat in the SCBDA All-State Band.

Royal Live Oaks celebrates National School Choice Week

Students and staff from Royal Live Oaks Academy spent Jan. 22-26 celebrating National School Choice Week through a variety of scheduled school events.

Photo courtesy Royal Live Oaks Academy Students and staff from Royal Live Oaks Academy spent Jan. 22-26th celebrating National School Choice Week through a variety of scheduled school events.

Beaufort Memorial, MUSC plan Okatie micro-hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina announced Thursday a plan to open a micro-hospital in Okatie.

County sees drop in burglaries, shootings; drug cases jump

Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus is encouraged by the county’s 2017 crime numbers and feels the decline in some categories (burglaries, shooting incidents, homicides) is largely due to increased officer visibility.

Sheriff Chris Malphrus

Jr. Jaguars donate bikes to families

By JCST Staff report

Special to JCST The Ridgeland Jr. Jaguars gave back to the community during the holidays as the youth football organization donated bikes to two families. The Jr. Jaguars also also interested in coaches for the upcoming season. If interested, contact Tyesha Hamilton at 843-226-3077 or hamilton_tyesha@yahoo.com.