Ridgeland Council to vote Thursday to move town fire department project ahead

Ridgeland Town Council plans to vote on beginning construction of the new portion of the Ridgeland Fire Department during its Nov. 16 meeting.

Veterans are recognized for defending freedom in military

Orease Brown was presented a gift recently, but what he gave back to his country in the form of military service was the gift of freedom to all Americans.

Orease Brown, seated, is a 99-year-old World War II Veteran who was honored on Nov. 8 along with six of his fellow veterans during a ceremony at the Robertville Senior Center. He is pictured here with his son, Nathaniel. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

U.S. Sen. Graham touts Jasper projects

Three projects that Jasper County officials want to see become reality were spotlighted Monday by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who visited Ridgeland and discussed the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport expansion, the Jasper Port and the Exit 3 project off Interstate 95.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited Jasper County on Monday. Speaking in Ridgeland, Graham voiced support for several projects, including the Jasper Port.

Royal Live Oaks seeks transfer to Erskine institute

Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School in Hardeeville has been accepted to be a part of the Charter Institute at Erskine, according to Royal Live Oaks Executive Director Karen Wicks.

The Latest: Witness: Gunman opened fire on truck near California school

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly shootings in Northern California (all times local):

Traffic backs up outside Rancho Tehama, Calif., after multiple people were killed in a shooting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Jim Schultz/The Record Searchlight via AP)

Sessions says he has ‘no reason to doubt’ Moore accusers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions voiced no skepticism Tuesday of accounts by women accusing Roy Moore of groping or pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teens, and hinted the Justice Department might look into allegations against the besieged Republican Alabama Senate candidate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington. Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sheriff's Office says guns, drugs, cash seized in Mitchellville

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said multiple guns, drugs and cash were seized Monday after warrants were served in the Mitchellville area.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office A drug bust yielded eight guns, 124 grams of cocaine, 27 grams of meth, a small amount of crack cocaine, 37 Xanax pills and a small amount of marijuana, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

4 students attend leadership conference

Special to JCST Kendal White, a student at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, and Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Charter schools takes 2nd at United Nations event

Twenty-five middle-schoolers from Royal Live Oaks Academy were recognized as the “Distinguished School” for their performance at Georgia Southern University’s 36th Annual Middle School Model United Nations event in Statesboro, Ga. During the event, students are assigned countries to represent as they research, debate, and come to a consensus for a resolution.

Photo courtesy Royal Live Oaks Academy Royal Live Oaks Academy took second at Georgia Southern University’s 36th Annual Middle School Model United Nations event in Statesboro, Ga.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST A tiny green tree frog takes an undisturbed rest on a stalk of Jean Tanner’s Century plant.

U.S. Sen. Graham visits Jasper County

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spotlighted three Jasper County projects as part of his visit to the county Monday.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to the media in Ridgeland on Monday. He’s joined with Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus, County Council Chairman Marty Sauls and Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams. Not pictured are Hardeeville city councilman David Spisso and County Councilman Theo Drayton.

Ivy Garden Club honors veterans

Special to JCST Members of the Ivy Garden Club gathered at the War Memorial at the courthouse in Ridgeland on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. After a brief ceremony, a wreath was placed at the memorial in remembrance of those who served from Jasper County.

Palmetto Veterinary Hospital is November Business of the Month

Palmetto Veterinary Hospital has been named the Town of Ridgeland's Business of the Month.

Palmetto Veterinary Hospital was named Business of the Month for November by the Town of Ridgeland. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hardeeville police investigating armed robbery at Parker’s

The Hardeeville Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred around 2:35 a.m. Thursday at Parker’s Gas Station, according to a news release.

Hardeeville police released this photo of the armed robbery suspect. If you have any information about this suspect please contact Hardeeville Police Department Detective TJ Hubbard at 843-227-4606

Piggly Wiggly now open in Hardeeville

Hardeeville is back being part of the Piggly Wiggly family.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Piggly Wiggly is back in Hardeeville after almost a decade as Price Wise Foods. Terry Plant, manager of the Piggly Wiggly in Hardeeville, left, and Lou Sherman stand outside the Main Street location.

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La Potosina offers sweet treats in Ridgeland

Downtown Ridgeland got a little sweeter last month as Nadia Paez, along with husband Hector and children Denise and Christopher, celebrated the grand opening of La Potosina, a snack shop filled with delicious goodies based on authentic Mexican street snacks.

John Newton/La Voz Latina Nadia Paez and her family recently had a grand opening for their Ridgeland store, La Potosina, a snack shop filled with delicious goodies based on authentic Mexican street snacks. Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus is pictured at the grand opening.

Witnesses describe chaotic scene after hayride crash

“There was hay everywhere, debris from the trailer was all over and there were parts of Halloween costumes everywhere.”

Ridgeland Cemetery part of Wreaths Across America

Beautiful wreaths will adorn the graves of the veterans in Jasper County for a nationwide ceremony Dec. 16.

Martin Sauls, far left, is pictured here with the the Wreaths Across America Committee.The committee includes Mary Wallace Berry, Steve Rountree, Paul Gill, Pam Gill and Brenda Thomas. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hayride crash remains under investigation

The Oct. 28 hayride accident in Ridgeland that sent seven people to area hospitals remained under investigation Monday, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.