Liz Bloom

UPDATE: 2 officers shot in Hardeeville; suspect killed

A Hardeeville Police Department officer and Jasper County Sheriff’s deputy were shot at 432 Sanders Road in Hardeeville after responding to a domestic dispute, according to Sheriff Chris Malphrus.

Jasper County Sun Times Law enforcement at the scene at Sanders Road in Hardeeville after a Hardeeville officer and JCSO’s deputy were shot responding to a domestic dispute. The suspect was killed.

Sheriff’s Office K-9 dies

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said its K-9 Doki died today.

Doug Byrd/Jasper County Sheriff’s Office - K-9 Doki

School board hears facility options

The Jasper County School District took steps toward developing its own CATE (Career and Technical Education) program and facility in February when it hired MB Khan, which analyzed current facilities owned by the district and looked to see if a facility would be a good fit for a CATE program.

Changes to 2017-18 school calendar

At the April 10 Jasper County School Board meeting, Superintendent Donald Andrews discussed the 2017-18 school calendar.

RHHS contending for spot in Class AAA boys soccer postseason tournament

RHHS’ boys soccer program is continuing its upswing. After a SCHSL Class AA playoff berth last season, the Jaguars are hoping to see another postseason run in Class AAA.

Sheriff’s Office seizes crack cocaine in early morning drug bust

At 3 a.m. Thursday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office raided a home on Pine Forest Loop near Ridgeland and seized 11.1 grams of crack cocaine, 0.5 grams of powder cocaine, and a small amount of marijuana, Sheriff Chris Malphrus said.

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office seized 11.1 grams of crack cocaine, 0.5 gram of powder cocaine, and a small amount of marijuana, Sheriff Chris Malphrus said.

Sheriff’s Office confiscates crack cocaine, cash in Hardeeville

Tuesday night the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Marshals raided a Hardeeville home and found 54 grams of marijuana, 14 grams of powder cocaine, 10 grams of crack cocaine, a scale, and $3,000 cash.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - Jasper County Sheriff’s Office seized 54 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of crack cocaine, 14 grams of powder cocaine, a scale, and $3,000 in cash.

Faber steps in as RHHS track coach

RHHS’s longtime basketball coach Jeremiah Faber has taken over the job as track coach. He replaces Anthony Elam, also a girls basketball assistant coach and head volleyball coach.

Dream becomes reality: City unveils new library

In 1977, the first Hardeeville Library opened on Martin Street, then seven years later the library moved to 37 Main Street. And as of April 8, the library has a new permanent home at 30 Main St.

Ridgeland aims for better water system

The town of Ridgeland is working to reconstruct its water treatment system.

Animal rescue missions seeks donations, volunteers

The instant the gate to Jasper Animal Rescue Mission opens, dogs begin barking, tails wag, and the entire facility seems to come to life.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - JARM worker holds an eight-week old puppy while his cage is being cleaned.

John Paul II starting to find soccer success

After starting the season 1-4, John Paul II’s boys soccer team rolled off seven straight wins to improve to 8-4 and 4-1 in SCISA Region 4-AA. The Golden Warriors, coached by Matt Dakolios, are starting to reap the rewards of his three-year plan.

Photo courtesy John Paul II Freshman captain midfielder Sebastian Laverde, freshman midfielder Marcello Vera, senior captain midfielder Karl Johnson and junior goalie Nyleem Wright are Jasper County residents who have helped John Paul II’s soccer team to eight wins in its first 12 games.

School superintendent talks budget

It’s the start of budget season at the Jasper County School District, and Superintendent Donald Andrews is looking at ways to make smart decisions. Last week the first-year superintendent discussed the school district’s future with the Jasper County Sun Times. Andrews said he “completely” understands the reason for some of the school district’s high salaries in the past was to attract employees to Jasper, but he has scrutinized the budget and is looking to put money into the classroom.

Donald Andrews

Sheriff: 20 homes suspected in drug activity on radar

On the edge of Sheriff Chris Malphrus’ desk sits a yellow legal pad.

JCSO adds drug recognition expert

When Chris Malphrus took over as sheriff of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, one of his major goals was to crack down on drugs and drug-related crimes. Malphrus and his team have since made multiple drug busts. Since taking office he’s also filled many vacancies, and as of last week, all new personnel have started, including Carmen Hartley as the new Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). When Hartley was certified two years ago, there were 136 DREs in the state, she said. There are now 140 statewide, according to the drug evaluation and classification program website.

Special Carmen Hartley is the JCSO’s Drug Recognition Expert.

Hardeeville set to debut new library

In a book, an entirely new universe comes to life. It’s a place where each reader sees different faces, feel different emotions, and goes on adventures alongside the protagonist.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times Hardeeville’s new library, opening April 8, is located on Main Street just off of U.S. 17.

265 jobs coming to county

There could be 265 jobs coming to the county.

School board vows to assist athletics

Jasper County’s school board wants to help its athletic programs.

Jaguars unified on soccer field: ‘They all trust each other’

At Ridgeland-Hardeeville High, the soccer team consists of 20 boys, but close to 40 students, parents, siblings and friends who come to games and practices unify the team. The Jaguars are primarily Hispanic, and that culture oozes over into the team, creating an extended family that supports the program.