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Man struck and killed on Interstate 85 in South Carolina

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A man has been struck and killed as he tried to cross Interstate 85 in South Carolina and authorities say the driver kept going.

In celebration of the Hardeeville Catfish Festival

The 43rd Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival parade took over downtown Saturday morning. Led by grand marshal Patricia Stephens, a lifelong Hardeeville resident, the parade was filled with fun, music and lots of candy.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Grand marshal Patricia Stephens.

Coroner: Hunter shoots, kills man she mistook for wild hog

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been killed after South Carolina authorities say a hunter using a night-vision scope mistook him for a wild hog.

Defendants waive right to bond in separate murder, sexual assault cases

Two Jasper County defendants in separate and unrelated cases waived their right to bond Friday, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said.

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Scott admonishes Trump to be more careful on racial matters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s lone black Republican urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to avoid inflammatory racial rhetoric such as his statement blaming “many sides” for the violence at a recent white nationalist protest in Virginia.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only African-American Republican serving in the Senate, talks to reporters about his plan to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss race and Trump’s widely criticized response to last month’s protests and racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Be aware of upcoming school district events

The Jasper County School District is hosting several meetings in the coming weeks. Here’s a look:

Report Hurricane Irma damage to Assessor’s Office

The Jasper County Assessor’s Office is conducting damage assessments for homes and businesses related to Hurricane Irma.

‘People care’: Road-weary travelers grateful for free food, drinks, rest in Ridgeland

The road weary are welcomed in Jasper County — and they’ll even get some free snacks, water and snow cones.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Travelers headed south were welcomed to the Farmers’ Market in Ridgeland for free food and drinks.

UPDATE: Catfish Festival is ‘good to go’ in Hardeeville this weekend

Update: The Catfish Festival is “good to go” as scheduled this weekend, according to Hardeeville recreation director Addison Jarrell.

JCST file photo Hardeeville’s Catfish Festival is scheduled for this weekend weather permitting.

Town of Ridgeland opens noon Wednesday

Support for naming detention center fails

The Jasper County Detention Center (also referred to as the Law Enforcement Center) became the center of discussion as far as its namesake during the most recent Jasper County Council meeting.

Shellie Murdaugh/Special to JCST Sheriff Chris Malphrus presents Zeke Dunham a plaque for 30 years of service to the JCSO.

County endures hurricane effects

Jasper County was on edge last week and early this week as it waited for the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Donna Rowell/JCST A tree crashed on top of a car on S.C. 336.

Parent University returns in October

Jasper County Parent University returns with Thursday sessions Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26. There will be sessions Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and each consecutive Saturday.

Plan to attend county’s comp plan meetings

Jasper County is launching “Jasper’s Journey: Our Next 20 Years.”

Volunteer group helping evacuees: Offering snacks, drinks Wednesday to travelers

Jasper County is ready to help others. Calling the initiative “Jasper Operation Evacuee Comfort” a group spearheaded by Regina Webster, Rhonda Lowther and Joyce Sapp plans to offer free snacks, baked goods and drinks to travelers headed back south after the storm.

Donna Rowell/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Travelers voluntarily leaving Ridgeland - many who have passed through from out of state - ahead of Hurricane Irma.

‘The county is open’: Mandatory evacuation orders lifted, but caution urged

Mandatory evacuations for Knowles Island and the Tullifiny River basin in Jasper County have been lifted.

Gov. lifts mandatory evacuation orders

Pedestrians walk by a flooded car on a street as Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, S.C., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)