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School district: No injuries after minor bus accident

Emergency officials responded to a minor bus accident involving a Jasper County School District bus Tuesday morning, Jasper County School District Public Information Officer La’Shanda Grant confirmed.

This month in state history: South Carolina tries to annex Georgia

On Jan. 23, 1777, William Henry Drayton addressed the Georgia Convention in Savannah proposing that South Carolina annex the state of Georgia. In the midst of the American Revolution, the offer was spurred by economic interests as well as concerns that Georgia’s citizens did not support the Patriot cause.

William Henry Drayton / From the Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society

Suspect shoots 4 officers in S Carolina, 1 critically hurt

YORK, S.C. (AP) — Four law enforcement officers, including three SWAT team members, were shot and wounded as they searched for a domestic violence suspect in South Carolina, authorities said Tuesday.

Cars are parked at a home in York, S.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, where multiple deputies responding to a domestic violence call were shot and wounded. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said Christian Thomas McCall is the man officers think shot and wounded the officers early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

Windi Weaver/Special to JCST A White ibis enjoying the weather at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville.

Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. overlooks the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where advocates say officials are doing a good job at preserving sites links to civil rights. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Parade celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Downtown Ridgeland was the site Saturday morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade, presented by the Garden of Light Committee. The theme was “Together we win with love for humanity.”

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Martin Luther King Jr. Parade grand marshals Lee Arthur and Luvenia Youmans. The Garden of Light Committee hosted the event Saturday in Ridgeland.

South Carolina soldier dies in Iraq

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a soldier from South Carolina who had been stationed in Texas has been killed in Iraq.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST This hanging flower arrangement on Jean Tanner’s back porch provides a warm winter home for a wren that ‘doodled’ out a hole in the oasis form.

Community fights cancer, helps others

The community did its best this fall to help others and raise money to fight cancer.

Special to JCST There was great support this fall for the Lee Lawn Service Okatie Cancer Walk at St. Luke Baptist Church.

Tax tip: File early to avoid identity theft

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to file their taxes as early as possible. Scammers use consumer information to file tax returns and steal refunds before the individual files.

MLK Parade this Saturday in Ridgeland

The streets will be filled with floats, cars and paradegoers in Ridgeland Saturday morning to remember the life and accomplishments of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ridgeland launches new website

Residents not only in Ridgeland but around the county, state and even outside the country can find out all they need to know about the town through its new website, Town Administrator Dennis Averkin said.

Photos submitted by Joshua Rowland Town of Ridgeland council member Josephine Boyles takes the oath of office.

Johnson new County Council chair

Jasper County Council has a new chairman and vice chairman for the next two years.

Newly elected Jasper County Council Chairman Tom Johnson, left, received the gavel from outgoing Chairman Marty Sauls during a Jan. 2 meeting. Photo by: Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hardeeville police seek public’s help month after fatal train crash

The Hardeeville Police Department seeks the public’s help a month after a man died in a crash with a train, according to a city news release.

Traveling baseball exhibit coming to Morris Center in Ridgeland

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in downtown Ridgeland will present The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community.

Submitted photo The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will present The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community Saturday, Jan. 13.

How much snow fell in Jasper?

Photo courtesy Blane Raley. The snow scene in Tillman.

John Paul II closed Friday

Storm brings snow, freezing temperatures, snarls traffic

Winter Storm Grayson has certainly left a mark on Jasper County and the surrounding areas, leaving behind as much as 6 inches of snow in parts of Ridgeland and 3 inches in Hardeeville, according to the National Weather Service.

Submitted photo A truck driver from Anderson said said he was stuck near Exit 5 in Hardeeville Wednesday for about seven hours.