Anthony Garzilli

Jasper church collects 1,850 shoeboxes for kids around world

The community’s churches have helped make Christmas special for kids around the world.

Photo courtesy Step of Faith Christian Academy Great Swamp Baptist Church was an area hub for Operation Christmas Child. Jasper County — led by the church — collected 1,834 boxes. Overall, the Lowcountry gathered 16,000 boxes.

1 dead after train hits car in Hardeeville

One person is dead after a train hit a car in Hardeeville Thursday evening.

Anthony Garzilli/JCST Emergency personnel on the scene in Hardeeville after a train struck a car. The driver of the car died.

Jaguars continue impressive run of success

The Jaguars continue to enjoy some home cooking.

JCST file photo RHHS coach Jeremiah Faber has the Jaguars off to a 3-0 start. RHHS is 31-2 at home since 2014.

Rebels putting on the pressure

Thomas Heyward’s girls are keeping up the pressure.

Carmen Pinckney/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Thomas Heyward’s pressure defense helped lead THA to a strong start.

THA boys (5-1) surging

A busy schedule has been good, but Bob Layman’s looking forward to the rest of December.

Carmen Pinckney/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Zack Black helped the Rebels to two wins in their first three games. Carmen Pinckney/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Zack Black helped the Rebels to two wins in their first three games.

Fundraiser for United Way reading program raises $8,800

Reading remains a priority in the Jasper County School District, and recently the district’s schools each participated in a campaign to raise money for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Ridgeland Elementary School coordinator Chandra Brooks $4,685 for the United Way’s Early Grade Reading initiative.

Ridgeland Elementary food drive benefits Hunger Free Zone

The word of the month for Ridgeland Elementary School’s students was “compassion” and the school’s 851 students truly showcased their compassion in November by holding a canned food drive to benefit the county’s Hunger Free Zone.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Ridgeland Elementary School’s food drive raised 1,300 cans for the county’s Hunger Free Zone.

Jaguars begin quest for Class AAA boys state crown

Jeremiah Faber often talks about his continued thirst and hunger to win a state championship. He’s in his 33rd season coaching the Jaguars, but has yet to win a boys basketball title.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Rashamel Butler, RHHS’s point guard, is part of a deep Jaguars team that began the season ranked No. 2 in the state by the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association.

Jags aim to get on winning track

Led by Que Drayton, a preseason top five Class AAA senior in the state and last season’s Region 8-AAA Player of the Year, Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s girls hope to make a run at a state crown. The team, which began the season 0-2 and ranked No. 3 in the state in the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association poll, hosts Colleton County on Friday.

Anthony Garzilli/JCST Jamee Mack and the Jaguars host Colleton County on Friday.

Lattimore Foundation helps feed 875 people on Thanksgiving

The first volunteer arrived at 7 a.m. An hour later there were 25 people ready to help.

Photos/Siobhan Egan/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Marcus Lattimore serves up Thanksgiving meals for the community along with his wife Miranda and several volunteers at Bar-B-Q Grill in Ridgeland on Thursday. This is the 4th year the Marcus Lattimore Foundation has brought Thanksgiving meals to Jasper County.

Rebels boys (2-1) and girls (3-0) enjoy winning ways

The Rebels have started strong. Thomas Heyward’s boys and girls basketball teams each began the season 2-0 with convincing wins last week. The girls won Tuesday night and the boys lost.

Photo courtesy Thomas Heyward Academy Coach Bob Layman led Thomas Heyward to a 2-0 start to the basketball season.

THA’s Thomas is on the mend, talks region-winning season

Logan Thomas’ football season ended with 8 minutes, 46 seconds remaining in Thomas Heyward’s SCISA Class A state playoff game against visiting Pee Dee.

Carmen Pinckney/Special to JCST THA quarterback Logan Thomas broke his fibula and tore ligaments in his left ankle during the team’s Nov. 11 loss to Pee Dee. He had surgery last Friday and said he hopes to be out of the cast by late February.

$10,000 raised for THA sporting clays team

A golf cart and trailer raffle helped raise $10,000 for Thomas Heyward’s sporting clays team.

Frankie Denmark won the golf cart and trailer raffle that earned $10,000 for Thomas Heyward’s sporting clays team.

RHHS boys basketball ranked No. 2 in the state, girls are No. 3

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High’s boys and girls basketball teams are considered to be among the best teams in the state.

JCST file photo Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s Que Drayton was named a top five Class AAA senior in the state by the SCBCA.

Holiday cheer: Lattimore returning to host Thanksgiving

The giving at Thanksgiving continues.

Jasper County Sun Times file photo Former Gamecocks football star Marcus Lattimore and his foundation will return to Ridgeland and the Bar-B-Q-Grill this Thanksgiving to help give out free meals for the fourth consecutive year.

Running for Cooper: Pope, Malphrus race in NYC marathon to raise epilepsy awareness

First it was the roar of hundreds of cheering supporters, then it was glancing every mile at the supportive note left the night before by his 8-year-old son, and finally, despite exhaustion and cramping in his legs, it was the sight of his family near the finish line that propelled Earl Pope to complete the New York City Marathon.

Photo courtesy Earl Pope Ridgeland’s Earl Pope ran in the New York City Marathon to help raise epilepsy awareness.

Editorial: Saluting county’s veterans

The weekend was a time to begin prepping for Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas season, but we made sure to take a moment Saturday to recognize Veterans Day and think about the many county residents who served and continue to serve.

Basketball begins: Teams set to tip-off

Hoops season is here.

JCST file photo Jeremiah Faber and the Jaguars begin the basketball season Nov. 17-18 competing in the Windsor Forest Basketball Showcase in Savannah.

SCISA Class A state semifinal: Pee Dee 42, Thomas Heyward 34

The winning streak — and the season — is over.

Thomas Heyward’s season ended Friday in a 42-34 loss to Pee Dee in a SCISA Class A state semifinal.

Kaitlyn Haynes