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Liz Bloom

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.

Football season kicks off with 2 Friday matchups

Football is back! The season kicks off Friday. Here’s a look at the first matchups of the season:

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times Jacob Masters makes a move during a recent scrimmage. The Rebels host RHHS 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18.

Petition to make ‘most dangerous’ road safer

Near Schinger Avenue and Pearlstine Drive sits the Riverwalk Business Park in the Okatie area off S.C. 170.

Cops seek suspect in fatal shooting of 77-year-old Hardeeville man

A 77-year-old Hardeeville man was shot and killed Thursday morning and Hardeeville Police are searching for the suspect.

Pope eyes NYC Marathon in support of his son, epilepsy awareness

Cooper Pope looks like an average 8-year-old.

Earl Pope/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Cooper Pope, 8, stands in his dad’s #teamcoop race shirt holding up all of his dad’s medals from races and triathlons.

Hardeeville gets into the Back-to-School spirit

With the school year kicking off next week, the city of Hardeeville hosted a back-to-school event for the community to spark excitement in parents and students.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Elected officials from Hardeeville all came out to support the event. Pictured here from left to right are Mayor Harry Williams, Matha Spisso wife to David Spisso, councilman Mike Sweeny, and Mayor Pro Tempore David Spisso

Traffic Stop yields seizure of narcotics.

A traffic stop on Tuesday Aug. 1 by the Sheriff’s Office Crime Suppression Team led to the arrest of 27-year old Juan Marquis Clarke of Hilton Head at the intersection of Bees Creek Road and Fordville Road.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Narcotics, cash, and scale seized during the traffic stop of Clarke.

Sheriff’s Office seizes narcotics on Malphrus St.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29-year old Ridgeland native Tyree Jenkins today, August 3, at 109 Malphrus St. in Ridgeland for possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

Jasper County Sheriff’s Office/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - The Sheriff’s Office seized cocaine, MDMA, and crack cocaine, along with money and scales from Jenkins residence.

Kids learn golf with The First Tee

The summer is prime time for children to play sports, improve their skills, and have new experiences. The Boys & Girls Club of Jasper County helped local kids expand their athletic horizons by partnering with The First Tee of the Lowcountry to give five students an opportunity learn golf.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Samuel Lyles practices his putting on the green with Brady Bonds.

Teen involvement top Stop the Violence priority

To stop the violence, the youth need to be engaged and on board. At least that’s how Charles Mitchell, a Hardeeville police officer and organizer of Stop The Violence in Jasper County, sees it.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Charles Mitchell smiles as one teen tells him she hopes to receive an academic scholarship for college after high school.

Old Ridgeland hospital likely home for Polaris Tech

The county’s newest charter school, Polaris Tech, is looking at purchasing and renovating the old Ridgeland hospital on Grays Highway.

Polaris Tech/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - A hypothetical proposed version of the renovated hospital.

Hardeeville Journalism campers learn to be reporters.

During the summer, Hardeeville’s Parks and Recreation Department has hosted themed camps for kids. Last week was journalism camp.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Allie (left) and Holly (right) holding up their hand-drawn newspapers detailing their crime scene reports.

Renovated fire department weight room aims to get employees in shape

During the past few weeks, the building adjacent to the Ridgeland Fire Station on Railroad Avenue has been under renovation. The final product: a weight and exercise room available to all town of Ridgeland employees.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - The equipment in the new RFD weight room was selected with input from all of the current firefighters.

3 days of Stop the Violence events aimed to unite community

Efforts to stop the violence continue.

Dogs take center stage at show

Last weekend, Ridgeland was the host of the Hilton Head Dog Island Kennel Club Show, in association with American Kennel Center.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - A handler and her dog compete in one of the size specific events during the Hilton Head Dog Island Kennel Club Show at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High.

Get geared up for the start of football

Football season is less than a month away, which means it’s time for the start of official practice.

JCST file photo Jahmaal Nelson and Ridgeland-Hardeeville High begins football practice 4:30 p.m. Friday.

John Paul II hosts sessions for all ages

The offseason hasn’t slowed John Paul II athletics in the slightest. After hosting football camps two weeks ago, the Catholic school hosted an all-ages basketball camp last week, with morning and afternoon sessions.