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    The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County held an open house last Thursday afternoon to invite the community in for tours and get an inside peek of what the club actually does.

    Right at the door, 6- and 7-year-old club members in red shirts greeted guests and offered to show them around the facility.

    Inside, children were busy completing homework, learning new information and playing computer games in the new reading technology lab.

Sports

Two area softball teams, rivals and runners-up in their respective leagues last year will converge at the Bluffton High softball field tonight, in what both coaches refer to as a friendly, yet competitive rivalry.

The Bluffton High Bobcats (3-3, 1-2) finished as runner-up in the SCHSL AAAA state championship last season, falling to Byrnes in three games. They will welcome the Thomas Heyward Rebels (12-2), who are coming off of a dominating appearance at the War Hawk Invitational last weekend, where they outscored opponents 49-0 over four games.

Opinion

A giving community

Hearts… to the community for helping the United Way of the Lowcountry reach its $2.4 million goal. The United Way saw a $100,000 increase from last year and Jasper played a big role by exceeding its goal. Jasper’s objective was $135,782, but the county raised $138,000.

United Way communications director Ryan Copeland said Jasper was helped by new donations from businesses and individuals. Coastal Carolina Hospital and Palmetto Electric each exceeded employee goals.