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Shellie Murdaugh

Margaritaville makes its debut

Music echoed throughout the parking lot as people lined up in groups wearing floral outfits and colorful balloons, anxious to get their first glance of Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head on Saturday morning in Hardeeville.

Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head opened its sales center Saturday with refreshments and entertainment. Photos by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

‘No evidence’ of testing irregularities, state department says

After concerns from at least one Jasper County School District school board member about some of the district’s recent test scores, state officials provided a response during a Jan. 22 work session.

ACE director proposes high-tech career center

A new concept to include a “high-tech career center ” was unanimously approved by the Jasper County School school board during a called meeting last week. The concept was also being pitched to the Beaufort County school board for consideration Feb. 20. It could keep the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence (ACE) open beyond 2019.

Leaders discuss importance of teamwork to build county

Continued growth and teamwork in Jasper County was the main focus of the State of Jasper County breakfast last week at Palmetto Electric in Hardeeville. The event was hosted by the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce.

Moyd to run for county auditor

Tedd Moyd, who has served in one political office for six years, seeks a different political office this year.

Tedd Moyd

Violent crime decreases in Ridgeland, Hardeeville

The town of Ridgeland and the city of Hardeeville both saw decreases in the number of violent crimes reported in 2017, according to each department’s statistics.

Community input sought on Hardeeville rec facility plans

The community’s input will be sought as Hardeeville moves forward with its $6.5 million recreational facility.

County sees drop in burglaries, shootings; drug cases jump

Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus is encouraged by the county’s 2017 crime numbers and feels the decline in some categories (burglaries, shooting incidents, homicides) is largely due to increased officer visibility.

Sheriff Chris Malphrus

Superintendent Donald Andrews addresses state of Jasper schools

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews acknowledges his district needs improvement and he plans to continue to guide it in the right direction.

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews speaks during the State of the Schools address. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/JCST

Candidate for governor visits Sun City

Catherine Templeton said if she becomes the next governor of South Carolina, she wants to make sure the growth happening in Jasper and Beaufort counties can be managed.

Catherine Templeton, a Republican candidate for governor, spoke to residents of Sun City during a visit last week. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Church plans monument in memory of Sen. Pinckney

A Ridgeland church is raising money to place a monument in its churchyard in memory of the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Linda Mouzon, a lifelong church member at St. John A.M.E. Church outside of Ridgeland, stands next to the church’s sign. Mouzon and the congregation are supporting the project to have a monument placed on church grounds in remembrance of the late Senator Pinckney. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Developer withdraws its solar farm zoning request

A letter from Moffett Solar II, LLC addressed to Jasper County Council chairman Tom Johnson and dated Jan. 11 changed the council meeting last week.

A large crowd gathered for the county council meeting last week to discuss the proposed solar farms in the county. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Slain man’s family posts $40,000 reward

The family of Jamol Horton is offering a reward of up to $40,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for his slaying.

Courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office The family of Jamol Horton is offering a $40,000 reward to anyone who can help identify the person or people responsible for his murder.

Sauls recognized for service as County Council chair

Marty Sauls received a plaque during council’s meeting last week for his two years of service as Jasper County Council Chairman,

Outgoing Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls, middle, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Jasper County Council during a recent meeting. Sauls served for two years as council chairman and remains a member of council. He is pictured here with councilwoman Barbara Clark, current chairman Tom Johnson, and council member Henry Etheridge. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Old Ridgeland Hospital demolished to make room for new charter school

Kaye Davis watched last Wednesday afternoon as the front entrance of the former Ridgeland Hospital crashed to the ground.

Kaye Davis, of Ridgeland, watches the demolition of the old Ridgeland Hospital last Wednesday. Davis was one of many employees who had worked at the hospital since it had opened in 1971. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hardeeville OKs $6.5M for recreational facility

Hardeeville took a step toward building a multipurpose recreational facility during its city council meeting last week.

Board says school district on ‘correct’ path

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews received a satisfactory performance review by the school board following a closed session during the district’s meeting last week, according to a district press release.

Donald Andrews

Hardeeville closer to election date change

Voters in Hardeeville look to be headed to the polls in even number years in November after the city agreed to draft an ordinance to change its municipal election date and abolish its election commission.

School district: No injuries after minor bus accident

Emergency officials responded to a minor bus accident involving a Jasper County School District bus Tuesday morning, Jasper County School District Public Information Officer La’Shanda Grant confirmed.

MLK Parade this Saturday in Ridgeland

The streets will be filled with floats, cars and paradegoers in Ridgeland Saturday morning to remember the life and accomplishments of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.