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  • Claude Dean, a World War II veteran who served as chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission since 1970 and was recognized with the Sgt. Jasper Award in 2013, died Thursday. He was 94.

    Dean grew up on Main Street in Ridgeland and served in the Navy. He helped expand Ridgeland’s airport from five airplanes and three hangers to its current 60 airplanes and 49 hangers. He owned a sky blue 1956 Tri-Pacer airplane.

    Dean’s passion for airplanes was recognized by the Jasper County Council last year when it passed a resolution to name the Ridgeland Airport in his honor.

Sports

Thomas Heyward won its second straight game Friday when it beat host John Paul II Catholic School 48-0 in a SCISA Region 2-A contest.  
The game was at the Richard Gray Complex in Hardeeville.

The Rebels (3-2, 2-0) took control early on a 30-yard Logan Thomas touchdown run. Thomas finished with two rushing touchdowns and a passing TD to Trevon Grier, who had two touchdowns.

River Pender had a touchdown run.

THA led 35-0 at halftime.  Spencer Hexamer and Dalton Steedley scored in the third quarter. 

Opinion

Hearts…to the life of Ridgeland’s Claude Dean, who died last week at 94 years old. Dean’s passion for aeronautics was well known, and it was great to see Jasper County Council last year name the airport in Dean’s honor.

He was chairman of the Jasper County Aeronautics Commission since 1970 and the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport has grown under his leadership to include 60 airplanes and 49 hangers.

We look forward to the airport’s continued expansion, which will include a 4,200-foot runway.

Beaufort News

The pavilion at Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park turned into a reader's paradise Friday with the annual Friends of the Library Book Sale. The sale will continue through Sunday.