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Liz Bloom

‘We’re all a team’: Echols takes over as Boys & Girls Club director

For Derell Echols, Indianapolis, Ind., is home. His favorite football team, the Indianapolis Colts, is there, but more importantly, Indianapolis is the home of his childhood Boys &Girls Club.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Derell Echols, the new director of the Boys and Girls Club of Jasper County

U.S. 17 resurfacing wrapping up

In February, S.C. Department of Transportation held an open house for the public to explain its U.S. 17 expansion project. And eight months later — as travelers to and from Savannah have noticed — resurfacing work has been underway.

JCST photo Road work continues on U.S. 17 in Jasper County.

Charter school's sports growing

The new school year at Royal Live Oaks Academy charter school in Hardeeville is bringing with it new athletic opportunities for students. Royal Live Oaks, which last year began competing in SCHSL Region 4-A, added varsity cross country, track and field, and boys tennis to its athletic program.

THA, JPII battle in a 5-set, SCISA thriller

The rivalry between Jasper County’s SCISA schools — Thomas Heyward Academy and John Paul II — grew in intensity last Thursday night after the JPII Golden Warriors beat the host Rebels 3-2 in volleyball.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Junior Ivy Bryan prepares to serve. Bryan is one of THA’s captains this year.

Friday night football: St. Andrew’s rolls past THA 33-0

Thomas Heyward Academy’s head coach Nic Shuford knew St. Andrew’s, of Savannah, would be a difficult matchup for his young Rebels. He knew the game would be a physical battle on the line of scrimmage. But the Lions of St. Andrew’s didn’t even let the Rebels near the end zone, shutting out THA 33-0 Friday in a SCISA clash.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Logan Thomas carries the ball on a QB keep in the 33-0 loss to St. Andrew's.

Raising funds for Hardeeville teen with life-threatening heart ailment

At 17 years old, most teenagers spend their days thinking about college, homework and video games.

Raquel Medrano/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Nathaniel (left) stands with his older brother. Nathaniel has three siblings, an older brother, a younger brother, and younger sister.

Sun Times reporter says goodbye to ‘special’ Jasper

I’m not good at goodbyes. I always, always, get over-emotional and therefore I tend to avoid them at all costs. But, in a month, I’ll be leaving the United States to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon for two years — so that means I have lots of goodbyes in the near future. Saying goodbye to friends and family is, frankly, going to suck, a lot. But saying goodbye to my job and Jasper County is indescribable.

Liz Bloom

City annexes for public works facility

At the Aug. 17 Hardeeville City Council meeting, the city took a step toward annexing 5.09 acres of property into the city and also approved amendments to the budget.

THA earns first win, 46-29, over Hilton Head Prep

Thomas Heyward Academy earned its first victory of the 2017 season in a 46-29 defeat over Hilton Head Prep.

JCST File Photo: THA’s JR Patterson at a scrimmage in preseason. Patterson finished with 15 carries for 176 yards and three touchdowns in Friday’s 46-29 win over Hilton Head Prep.

Football Preview: John Paul II

$900K for school improvement fund

The Jasper County School District has a bank account with funds specifically dedicated to capital improvements — the capital improvement fund. Capital improvements are anything that has a useful life longer than one year. The funds can be used for things like purchasing new computers and technology, building or renovations, or general maintenance.

Golden Warriors at a glance

Coach: Kevin Wald (second season at John Paul, seventh overall, 26-27)

Coach Kevin Wald.

Young Jaguars expect to compete in Class AAA

After moving into Class AAA last season, Ridgeland-Hardeeville spent a season adjusting to their new region, developing a stronger passing offense and getting back to the basics of fundamental football. They finished 2-8, but this season the Jaguars are ready to leave their mark on Region 8-AAA.

John Paul II coach Wald: ‘We’re ready to see results’

With one year in its 11-man history books, John Paul II no longer is the new team to SCISA Region 2-A. And while the Golden Warriors are still among the newest of teams to play under the Friday Night Lights, coach Kevin Wald and his team are preparing to play like seasoned veterans.

Liz Bloom/JCST John Paul II coach Kevin Wald expects the Golden Warriors to have a successful season.

Mary Beth Lyons/Special to Jasper County Sun Times JPII junior Zack Doe runs for 62 yards in the second quarter to score the first touchdown of the season for JPII closing the gap with HHCA to 14-6. John Paul won 26-20 in double overtime.

John Paul II wins in double OT, 26-20

In double overtime, on third-and-10, John Paul II’s Zack Doe bounced off the edge and ran straight to the end zone, sealing a 26-20 Week 1 win Friday against Hilton Head Christian Academy for the first 11-man win in program history.

Photo Mary Beth Lyons / Special to JCST JPII Senior Nyleem Wright dodges a tackle running the ball for some needed yardage in the first quarter of the Golden Warrior’s home game against HHCA.

Jaguars, Rebels ready to renew rivalry

Despite residing only 1.5 miles apart and the rich football traditions of both Thomas Heyward Academy and the Jasper County School District’s public schools, Friday’s game between THA and Ridgeland-Hardeeville High will be just the second varsity football game between the schools.

JCST file photo Ridgeland-Hardeeville High and Thomas Heyward Academy joined together after the opening coin toss of last year's inaugural RHHS-THA game. The teams play 7:30 p.m. Friday at THA.

$9 million I-95 plan set to begin next month

In February, the South Carolina Department of Transportation announced a safety improvement plan for a 33-mile strip of Interstate 95 that runs through Jasper County and the Georgia-South Carolina border.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times - The South Carolina Department of Transportation received a bid on the estimated $9 million dollar project.