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2 dead, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A 15-year-old male student opened fire with a handgun inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing two classmates and injuring 19, including 14 with gunshot wounds. Police led a suspect away in handcuffs and said there is no reason to suspect anyone else in the nation’s first fatal school shooting of 2018.

Emergency crews respond to Marshall County High School after a fatal school shooting Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Authorities said a shooting suspect was in custody. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Student: Boy arrested in school shooting has violent past

DALLAS (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said.

In this photo from video by KDFW Fox4, law enforcement personnel gather outside the high school in Italy, Texas, following an active shooter incident at the school Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. Sheriff’s officials said a boy who is a student at the school was taken into custody. (KDFW Fox4 via AP)

Sauls recognized for service as County Council chair

Marty Sauls received a plaque during council’s meeting last week for his two years of service as Jasper County Council Chairman,

Outgoing Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls, middle, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Jasper County Council during a recent meeting. Sauls served for two years as council chairman and remains a member of council. He is pictured here with councilwoman Barbara Clark, current chairman Tom Johnson, and council member Henry Etheridge. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Windi Williams-Weaver/Special to JCST This red-shouldered hawk enjoys the view at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville.

End to shutdown in sight as Senate breaks Dem filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Senate leaders have reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

With Senate talks falling short, shutdown enters workweek

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek.

Clouds are reflected in the U.S. Capitol reflecting pool at daybreak in Washington as day three of the government shutdown continues, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Family displaced after Ridgeland fire

The Ridgeland Fire Department responded to a home on Great Swamp Road Saturday afternoon for a structure fire and found heavy fire from the rear of the residence and a fast-moving brush fire spreading from the house that was endangering several other structures nearby, according to a Ridgeland Fire Department news release.

The Ridgeland Fire Department responded to a home on Great Swamp Road Saturday afternoon for a structure fire. There were no injuries, but the family was displaced.

Polaris Tech holds groundbreaking in Ridgeland

Polaris Tech, a charter school slated to open in August, held its groundbreaking at the site of the new school on Grays Highway in Ridgeland Friday morning.

Photo by John Williams/Polaris Tech. Polaris Tech, a charter school slated to open in August, held its groundbreaking at the site of the new school on Grays Highway in Ridgeland Friday morning.

Morris Center offering volunteer sessions

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage invites the community to informational sessions to learn about volunteer opportunities.

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is offering sessions to learn about volunteer opportunities.

9 die from flu in South Carolina last week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say nine people have died from the flu in South Carolina in the past week.

Sheriff: Cocaine, guns, cash seized in Hardeeville

Police arrested a Hardeeville man Thursday after executing a search warrant and finding cocaine, marijuana, guns and THC, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Police found 16 grams of powder cocaine, 279 grams of marijuana, two guns, 83 grams of THC wax and approximately $5,000 cash, the Sheriff’s Office said, after searching a Hardeeville residence.

Hardeeville Police seek help identifying suspect

The Hardeeville Police Department is investigating a suspected financial identity fraud that cops say occurred at 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 10 at the Speedway Gastation at 18492 Whyte Hardee Boulevard.

Photo courtesy Hardeeville Police Department Cops seek the public’s assistance in identifying fraud suspect.

UPDATE: Donations taken for Ridgeland family after house fire

The Ridgeland Fire Department, along with Jasper County Fire-Rescue, responded to a residential structure fire Thursday afternoon on Wise Street in Ridgeland, according to a news release

Photo courtesy Ridgeland Fire Department The Ridgeland Fire Department and Jasper County Fire-Rescue responded to a residential structure fire on Wise Street Thursday. There were no reported injuries.

York County Sheriff's Office Detective Michael R. Doty. York County Sheriff's Office

Across the South, it’s snow, ice and record-breaking cold

ATLANTA (AP) — A thin layer of snow and ice across the South closed highways, schools and government offices and sent cars sliding off the road Wednesday, while a blast of cold air broke records as far south as the Gulf Coast.

A snow covered downtown is seen, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Atlanta. The South awoke on Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, and then came the below-zero wind chills and record-breaking low temperatures in New Orleans and other cities. (AP Photo/Janelle Cogan)

Old Ridgeland Hospital demolished to make room for new charter school

Kaye Davis watched last Wednesday afternoon as the front entrance of the former Ridgeland Hospital crashed to the ground.

Kaye Davis, of Ridgeland, watches the demolition of the old Ridgeland Hospital last Wednesday. Davis was one of many employees who had worked at the hospital since it had opened in 1971. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hardeeville OKs $6.5M for recreational facility

Hardeeville took a step toward building a multipurpose recreational facility during its city council meeting last week.

Recognizing school board appreciation month

Jasper County School District joined school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January.

January is School Board Recognition Month and members of the Jasper County School District Board of Trustees includes from left: Randy Horton, Jerold Murray, Kevin Karg, Tedd Moyd, Chairwoman Priscilla Green, Berty Riley, Bennie Hazel, Daisy Mitchell and Debora Butler. Photo submitted by the Jasper County School District.

Board says school district on ‘correct’ path

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews received a satisfactory performance review by the school board following a closed session during the district’s meeting last week, according to a district press release.

Donald Andrews

Hardeeville closer to election date change

Voters in Hardeeville look to be headed to the polls in even number years in November after the city agreed to draft an ordinance to change its municipal election date and abolish its election commission.