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Shellie Murdaugh

Margaritaville moves ahead

More than 100,000 people — the majority from the Lowcountry — have shown interest in two existing Latitude Margaritaville properties in Hardeeville and Florida, according to its developers.

Jim Quirk, a Sun City resident, reviewed one of the maps with the developers with Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head during a Forum Club meeting. The developers were invited to provide an update to those living in Sun City on Nov. 17. Photos by Shellie Murdaugh/ Jasper County Sun Times

Green is school board’s new chairwoman

The Jasper County School District has a new board chairwoman following the board’s Nov. 13 meeting.

Priscilla Green was recently elected the new Jasper County School District board chairwoman.

District receives $2.5 million settlement

The Jasper County School District recently received a $2.5 million settlement for construction issues concerning both campuses that began several years ago, according to district officials.

Fire department receives go-ahead for construction project

In a decision more than two years in the making, the Ridgeland Fire Department will begin initial construction on a new portion of its building in January.

Ridgeland Council to vote Thursday to move town fire department project ahead

Ridgeland Town Council plans to vote on beginning construction of the new portion of the Ridgeland Fire Department during its Nov. 16 meeting.

Veterans are recognized for defending freedom in military

Orease Brown was presented a gift recently, but what he gave back to his country in the form of military service was the gift of freedom to all Americans.

Orease Brown, seated, is a 99-year-old World War II Veteran who was honored on Nov. 8 along with six of his fellow veterans during a ceremony at the Robertville Senior Center. He is pictured here with his son, Nathaniel. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

U.S. Sen. Graham touts Jasper projects

Three projects that Jasper County officials want to see become reality were spotlighted Monday by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who visited Ridgeland and discussed the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport expansion, the Jasper Port and the Exit 3 project off Interstate 95.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited Jasper County on Monday. Speaking in Ridgeland, Graham voiced support for several projects, including the Jasper Port.

Royal Live Oaks seeks transfer to Erskine institute

Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School in Hardeeville has been accepted to be a part of the Charter Institute at Erskine, according to Royal Live Oaks Executive Director Karen Wicks.

U.S. Sen. Graham visits Jasper County

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spotlighted three Jasper County projects as part of his visit to the county Monday.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to the media in Ridgeland on Monday. He’s joined with Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus, County Council Chairman Marty Sauls and Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams. Not pictured are Hardeeville city councilman David Spisso and County Councilman Theo Drayton.

Piggly Wiggly now open in Hardeeville

Hardeeville is back being part of the Piggly Wiggly family.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Piggly Wiggly is back in Hardeeville after almost a decade as Price Wise Foods. Terry Plant, manager of the Piggly Wiggly in Hardeeville, left, and Lou Sherman stand outside the Main Street location.

Witnesses describe chaotic scene after hayride crash

“There was hay everywhere, debris from the trailer was all over and there were parts of Halloween costumes everywhere.”

Ridgeland Cemetery part of Wreaths Across America

Beautiful wreaths will adorn the graves of the veterans in Jasper County for a nationwide ceremony Dec. 16.

Martin Sauls, far left, is pictured here with the the Wreaths Across America Committee.The committee includes Mary Wallace Berry, Steve Rountree, Paul Gill, Pam Gill and Brenda Thomas. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hayride crash remains under investigation

The Oct. 28 hayride accident in Ridgeland that sent seven people to area hospitals remained under investigation Monday, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern.

RHHS holds Career Day

To allow students to have a firsthand look at various careers available upon graduation, Career Day was held a Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School last week.

Career Day was held at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School recently as students had the chance to speak with representatives in various career fields. Photo by Erica Heyward

UPDATED: Man, woman identified as victims in head-on collision in Jasper near Talmadge Bridge

Two people were killed Thursday night after two vehicles collided head-on in Jasper County on U.S. 17 just before the Georgia state line, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

1 released, 2 remain hospitalized following hayride accident

One of the teens who was transported to Coastal Carolina Hospital in Hardeeville and immediately taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah because of injuries sustained in last Saturday’s hayride accident in Ridgeland was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon, according to a family member.

Courtesy Jasper County Fire-Rescue First responders from Ridgeland Fire Department, Hampton County and Jasper County treat injuries after a pickup and a trailer on a hayride collide.

New charter Polaris Tech is on schedule for ‘18 opening

The newest charter school in Jasper County continues to move its plans forward to open next year.

Photo courtesy: Polaris Tech Daisy White (left) and Dr. Bill Singleton (far right) are Polaris Tech Steering Committee members who joined several others recently in the Gopher Hill parade to make the public aware of the new school. The new charter school is scheduled to open next school year.

Board votes 8 to 1 for CATE clusters

The Jasper County School District will have four CATE clusters for its new facility following an 8-1 vote at an Oct. 23 meeting in favor of the new programs.

Fundraising continues for families of those injured in hayride accident

Following a horrible hayride accident last weekend in Ridgeland involving children and adults, a fund has been established to help the family of two brothers who remained in a hospital Tuesday.

Photo courtesy LaTesha Lowther Horry A fund has been established at South State Bank to help the Lowther-Horry family following a hayride accident which seriously injured two brothers on Oct. 28.

UPDATE: Fundraiser on Sunday for families of those injured in Ridgeland hayride crash

Ridgeland Fire Chief Bradley Bonds said once he arrived on scene after 8 p.m. Saturday, he saw a pickup truck had collided with the back of a trailer carrying people on a hayride.