‘People care’: Road-weary travelers grateful for free food, drinks, rest in Ridgeland

The road weary are welcomed in Jasper County — and they’ll even get some free snacks, water and snow cones.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Travelers headed south were welcomed to the Farmers’ Market in Ridgeland for free food and drinks.

UPDATE: Catfish Festival is ‘good to go’ in Hardeeville this weekend

Update: The Catfish Festival is “good to go” as scheduled this weekend, according to Hardeeville recreation director Addison Jarrell.

JCST file photo Hardeeville’s Catfish Festival is scheduled for this weekend weather permitting.

Town of Ridgeland opens noon Wednesday

Support for naming detention center fails

The Jasper County Detention Center (also referred to as the Law Enforcement Center) became the center of discussion as far as its namesake during the most recent Jasper County Council meeting.

Shellie Murdaugh/Special to JCST Sheriff Chris Malphrus presents Zeke Dunham a plaque for 30 years of service to the JCSO.

County endures hurricane effects

Jasper County was on edge last week and early this week as it waited for the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Donna Rowell/JCST A tree crashed on top of a car on S.C. 336.

Parent University returns in October

Jasper County Parent University returns with Thursday sessions Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26. There will be sessions Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and each consecutive Saturday.

Plan to attend county’s comp plan meetings

Jasper County is launching “Jasper’s Journey: Our Next 20 Years.”

Volunteer group helping evacuees: Offering snacks, drinks Wednesday to travelers

Jasper County is ready to help others. Calling the initiative “Jasper Operation Evacuee Comfort” a group spearheaded by Regina Webster, Rhonda Lowther and Joyce Sapp plans to offer free snacks, baked goods and drinks to travelers headed back south after the storm.

Donna Rowell/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Travelers voluntarily leaving Ridgeland - many who have passed through from out of state - ahead of Hurricane Irma.

‘The county is open’: Mandatory evacuation orders lifted, but caution urged

Mandatory evacuations for Knowles Island and the Tullifiny River basin in Jasper County have been lifted.

Gov. lifts mandatory evacuation orders

Pedestrians walk by a flooded car on a street as Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, S.C., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Storm downs 51 trees in Jasper; mandatory evacuations remain

The effects of Hurricane Irma brought 7 inches of rain in the last 24 hours to most of Jasper County and downed 51 trees, Jasper County Fire-Rescue Public Information Officer Garrett Lucas said.

Donna Rowell/Special to JCST The storm soaked Ridgeland and throughout Jasper County.

The Latest: Big tree falls on building owned by SC governor

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Irma (all times local):

Cory Donoher pulls Linda DeWalt and her dogs on his kayak down a street in Jacksonville, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, after it was flooded from the Ortega River when Hurricane Irma passed over the region. (Dede Smith/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Hardeeville Fire Department/Special to JCST A downed tree in Hardeeville was one of the storm's effects.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Irma spreads rain, high winds to Southeast

MIAMI (AP) — Once-fearsome Hurricane Irma weakened Monday to a still-dangerous tropical storm as it spread high winds and rain across the Southeast, one day after engulfing most of the Florida peninsula. Both of Florida’s coasts were pounded by storm surges, thousands of its residents remain in shelters and millions of homes and businesses around several states are without power.

Pedestrians try to walk as waves crash at The Battery as Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, S.C., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Storm update: Trees down, Power outages increase

Jasper County Fire-Rescue encourages the public to limit travel on the road. There are more than 2,600 customers without power.

Donna Rowell/Special to JCST - A car attempted to go under this downed tree on S.C. 336, according to Jasper County Fire-Rescue. There were no injuries.