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Editorial: Communication kept county informed during storm

Hurricane Irma has passed our county, but before we move on to a fall season full of events, we want to acknowledge the constant communication throughout the storm that kept the county informed.

Led by Jasper County Fire-Rescue public information officers Garrett Lucas and Richard M. Hughes, information before, during and after the storm was provided on a regular basis.

County government, the city of Hardeeville and the town of Ridgeland officials stood together before the storm at the county’s emergency services building and relayed updates to the public.

Throughout the storm, scheduled press conferences — often two each day — were held, which were also broadcast live on Jasper County Fire-Rescue and the city of Hardeeville’s Facebook pages.

Immediately after the press conference volunteers Nadia Paez and Yajaira Uzcatezui gave translations for the Hispanic community. Paez and Uzcatezui’s updates were vital to getting the storm word out to the county’s Spanish-speaking communities, something they saw a need for after Hurricane Matthew last October.

Through Nixle and Twitter, the county’s emergency services and the city delivered up-to-the-minute alerts. The instant updates helped keep the public informed and helped us quickly get the information to you.

A major storm can be unnerving and lead to uncertainty; we applaud the efforts taken that kept the public informed.

Fall full of fun

We have transitioned into a great time of community events in Jasper County.

The 46th Gopher Hill Festival in Ridgeland next week continues a run of occasions that highlight the county. You can read about the parade grand marshals in this week’s Jasper County Sun Times, and next week we’ll preview the event that annually draws thousands to the community. Get ready Oct. 5-7 for a grand parade, music, food, talent shows and a lot of dancing.

A week later (Oct. 13) Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School hosts its homecoming. The event is always highlighted by its energized parade through downtown Ridgeland. Later that night the Jaguars’ football team hosts Battery Creek in an important region contest.

Halloween is right around the corner and the community can enjoy some spooky scenes at Thomas Heyward’s Haunted Trail at the Blue Heron Nature Center in Ridgeland. The trail also features carnival games and face painting. It begins begins Oct. 14.

Oct. 21 is the third annual Team Tradd Memorial Bike Ride, which includes 62- and 30-mile rides throughout the county. Live music is scheduled after the rides.

And Hardeeville’s fire department will be out on three Saturdays (Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21) to help the Fill the Boot campaign to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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