• Principal Donna Carter can envision the harmony.

    Pastor Ralph Lee can already hear the roar of the crowd.

    More than a year after the groundbreaking, Step of Faith Christian Academy’s long-awaited 15,000-square-foot on-campus gymnasium is coming to fruition.

    Construction began in June, recently the concrete was poured, and the facility expects to be ready for action by Thanksgiving.

    The games are about to begin.

    “I’m so excited about the gym,” Carter said.


Football season begins this week as Ridgeland-Hardeeville and Thomas Heyward start official practices. Here’s a look at when the teams will be on the field:



Ridgeland-Hardeeville begins 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, July 29. The first week of August the team practices 9 a.m.-noon, and during the second week the Jaguars practice 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

On Aug. 11 at 6 p.m., the Jaguars will scrimmage at Whale Branch.

RHHS hosts the Region 8-AAA jamboree, 7 p.m., Aug. 12. The Jaguars are set to play May River and Bluffton.


Hearts…. to the county students who helped improve the city of Hardeeville. Through the Urban Initiative Youth Conservation Corps, several kids refurbished the bridge connecting the senior center to city hall, repainted signs downtown and also created the Chain Pine Trail. And they helped with dove and duck banding.

The students spent eight weeks of their summer helping improve the city and learn about wildlife. Nice job!

Kudos to Alesha Bostick, Kaleb Hall, Hunter Holmes, Shabryiah Kinard and Tim Chase (adult leader).

Beaufort News

As storm surges and erosion continue to wash away the shoreline of Hunting Island State Park, the Coastal Conservation League is helping educate locals on the importance of beach renourishment and establishing a plan to prepare for the future.