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Southern Lowcountry board talks Hardeeville, region growth

Helping each other help the Lowcountry grow was a prime focus of the recent meeting of the Southern Lowcountry Regional Board.

Top official resigns after false missile alert in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s emergency management leader has resigned and a state employee who sent an alert falsely warning of an incoming ballistic missile has been fired, officials said Tuesday, weeks after the mistake caused widespread panic.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department’s command center in Honolulu. A Hawaii employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile earlier this month, creating a panic across the state, thought an actual attack was imminent, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Superintendent Donald Andrews addresses state of Jasper schools

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews acknowledges his district needs improvement and he plans to continue to guide it in the right direction.

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews speaks during the State of the Schools address. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/JCST

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST A Cardinal on the fence is looking for some bird seed.

Cops: Son left mom, 92, on floor for 3 days after she fell

SENECA, S.C. (AP) — The son of a 92-year-old South Carolina woman has been charged with neglect causing her death after authorities say he left her on the floor without medical care, food or water for three days after she fell.

Stomach bug sickens 200+ students at S. Carolina school

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — More than 200 students have fallen ill due to a stomach bug that’s ravaged a South Carolina elementary school.

Guns in schools? Options explored in Kentucky after shooting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hours after authorities say a 15-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a western Kentucky high school, a Republican senator in the state’s Capitol rushed to file a bill intended to prevent future tragedies by putting more guns in schools.

People attend a vigil at Mike Miller County Park in Benton, Ky., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Hundreds of people turned out for the vigil that was held for the victims of the Marshall County High School shooting. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Sheriff: Drug raid yields crack cocaine, meth

A Thursday raid by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department at a Ridgeland home led to the confiscation of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office A Thursday raid by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department at a Ridgeland home led to the confiscation of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

17 more in South Carolina dead from flu in past week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty-two more people in South Carolina have died from the flu this season.

Sheriff’s Office catches burglary suspect

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office charged a Ridgeland man with burglary Thursday after cops say two shotguns and other items went missing from a home on Log Haul Road.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office William James Black Jr.

FCC schedules meeting to address prison cellphone issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is following through on its promise to work with corrections and public safety officials to combat contraband cellphones in the nation’s prisons, setting a meeting next month to work on the issue.

Candidate for governor visits Sun City

Catherine Templeton said if she becomes the next governor of South Carolina, she wants to make sure the growth happening in Jasper and Beaufort counties can be managed.

Catherine Templeton, a Republican candidate for governor, spoke to residents of Sun City during a visit last week. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Gymnastics doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”

Larry Nassar looks at the gallery in the court during the sixth day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar has admitted sexually assaulting athletes when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which is the sport’s national governing organization and trains Olympians. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)

County seeks community input with launch of survey

Jasper County has launched a community survey for Jasper’s Journey: Our Next 20 Years, the initiative that will develop a comprehensive master plan to guide growth and development for the community.

Church plans monument in memory of Sen. Pinckney

A Ridgeland church is raising money to place a monument in its churchyard in memory of the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Linda Mouzon, a lifelong church member at St. John A.M.E. Church outside of Ridgeland, stands next to the church’s sign. Mouzon and the congregation are supporting the project to have a monument placed on church grounds in remembrance of the late Senator Pinckney. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Developer withdraws its solar farm zoning request

A letter from Moffett Solar II, LLC addressed to Jasper County Council chairman Tom Johnson and dated Jan. 11 changed the council meeting last week.

A large crowd gathered for the county council meeting last week to discuss the proposed solar farms in the county. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Slain man’s family posts $40,000 reward

The family of Jamol Horton is offering a reward of up to $40,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for his slaying.

Courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office The family of Jamol Horton is offering a $40,000 reward to anyone who can help identify the person or people responsible for his murder.

Parker’s bringing IT hub, jobs to Hardeeville

Parker’s plans to house the IT operations for its convenience stores and invest more than $1 million in a new 20,000-square-foot facility at the Hardeeville Commerce Park, the SouthernCarolina Regional Alliance announced Tuesday.