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Liz Bloom

The art of literacy: New park hopes to promotes education through expression

Jasper County ranked 45th in the state in education in 2014, with 49 percent of third-graders testing below state standards in reading. The county’s high school dropout rate of 6.8 percent from 2013-14 ranked 46th.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Kids and volunteers spent the afternoon turning wooden squares into scrabble tiles for the giant scrabble board. Vowels and consonants were painted all different colors.

Hardeeville mulls lower mill rate

Tax season is (finally) over and most people would put finances out of their mind for another 11 months, but the city of Hardeeville is in full swing preparing its 2017-18 proposed budget.

John Paul II grows football program

John Paul II is slowly climbing up the ranks in SCISA. After strong basketball and soccer seasons, the Golden Warriors football team is ready to jump forward.

When the Catholic school opened in 2013, the program initially competed in eight-man football. Last season was its first in 11-man, and the team competed in Region 2-A and went 0-10.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Rising junior Zachariah Doe transferred into John Paul II this year from Hilton Head Christian Academy. Doe, a running back and safety, said the culture of the program is unlike any he’s ever been a part of and it’s contagious.

Jaguars spring into football

Football is back at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High. The Jaguars kicked off their spring season in April and already are counting down the days (93) until they open the season against Thomas Heyward Academy on Aug. 18.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - RHHS head coach Jahmaal Nelson instructs his offense during spring practice.

National drug epidemic strikes close to home

Every day, 144 Americans die from a drug overdose, according to the Centers from Disease Control. More than 3,000 such deaths occur every three weeks, slightly more than the 2,997 people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Hardeeville creating public defender post

In the United States, under the Sixth Amendment, any person accused of a crime has the right to legal counsel. That legal counsel can be obtained by the individual, or by the state as a public defender.

Schools HVAC units breaking down, need to be replaced

Jasper County School District is looking to improve HVAC units at all of its schools.

Alcohol sales ordinance scrutinzed

The Jasper County Council seeks to amend Chapter Four of the alcoholic beverages ordinance in its code of ordinances to clarify the law prohibiting alcohol sales in Jasper between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Seniors enjoy day at Sgt. Jasper Park

The heat didn’t deter the seniors of Jasper County on Tuesday from competing with one another in good fun over games of cornhole, zombie toss, and horse shoes at Senior Fun Day in Sgt. Jasper Park in Hardeeville.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Some of the seniors from different centers participated in friendly games of corn hole. The prize? Bragging rights.

Alvin Mitchell/ Photo S.C. Law Enforcement Division

State superintendent pays visit to Jasper school district

Once S.C. Education Superintendent Molly Spearman walked into Ridgeland Elementary School, her eyes light up and she smiled at the student artwork and writing samples plastered over the brightly colored walls.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times Ridgeland Elementary students were all smiles during S.C. Education Superintendent Molly Spearman’s visit.

Latino celebration canceled because of ‘political climate’

For the past five years, Hilton Head-based La Isla Magazine has hosted Fiesta de Mayo, a celebration that brings together people from throughout the Lowcountry to celebrate Latin American culture.

City selling Hardeeville’s Heyward House

The Heyward House in Hardeeville, which the city has owned for the last eight years, is under contract to be sold to Michael Condon of Vintage Home Restoration.

JCST file photo The city of Hardeeville is selling the Heyward House, one of the city’s oldest homes.

Suspect attempts to flee from U.S. Marshals serving warrants, crashes car

A Ridgeland man who U.S. Marshals were attempting to serve warrants to tried to flee in an SUV, but law enforcement cut him off, resulting in a collision with a U.S. Marshals’ vehicle, Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus said.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff's Office / Sammy Chisolm

John Paul earns share of soccer region crown, eyes playoff run

It’s taken three years, but John Paul II Catholic School has won its first SCISA region championship. The boys soccer team, coached by athletic director Matt Dakolios, claimed a three-way tie atop Region II-A after beating Beaufort Academy 1-0 May 3.

John Paul II/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Sebastian Laverde of Ridgeland leads John Paul II soccer team with 15 assists.

Sheriff Malphrus talks about officer-involved shooting

After the officer-involved shooting April 20 in Hardeeville, the Jasper County Sun Times met with county Sheriff Chris Malphrus to discuss the events, actions by the officers, and the collaboration between multiple law enforcement agencies.

Preachers and Deacons, Busby All-Stars raise awareness

On Saturday night, the county’s Preachers and Deacons team brought their skills to the basketball court at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High in hopes of defeating former NFL stars Michael Jenkins and Dedrick Allen Dodge and the Allen Busby All-Stars.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - The Allen Busby All-Stars featured prominent Lowcountry athletes including Michael Jenkins, Dedrick Allen Dodge, Lavar Youmans, and Antonie Youmans.

Motion to terminate schools law firm fails

Out of executive session at the April 24 school board meeting, a motion to terminate the relationship with legal firm Duff & Childs, LLC failed with a 4-4 vote.

Coastal Carolina health clinics closing

Coastal Carolina’s Medical Associates clinics in Ridgeland and Hardeeville will close their doors May 19.

Jaguars sprint to Lower State meet

Ridgeland-Hardeeville’s track team will be well represented at Saturday’s Class AAA Lower State meet.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times Kera Robinson is one RHHS competing in Saturday’s Class AAA Lower State meet.