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School shooting massacre victims torn from community fabric

Two of the victims were coaches. One was a student who played trombone in the school band. Another proudly wore his ROTC uniform. Still another loved soccer. And most were so very young.

A woman cries as she bows her head in prayer during a vigil at the Parkland Baptist Church, for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

After Florida massacre, a look at some past school shootings

Authorities say a former student opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing 17 people. Fourteen wounded survivors were hospitalized. Here’s a look at some recent U.S. school shootings, and some of the deadliest of years past:

NTSB: Human error likely main cause of South Carolina crash

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Human error is likely the cause of a collision between an Amtrak train and a freight train in South Carolina that killed two people and injured dozens of others earlier this month, according to a preliminary report by federal investigators.

FILE- This Feb. 4, 2018, file photo shows an aerial view of the site of a fatal train crash between an Amtrak train, bottom right, and a CSX freight train, top left, in Cayce, S.C. According to a preliminary report by The National Transportation Safety Board dated Tuesday, Feb. 13, human error is likely the cause of the collision. (AP Photo/Jeff Blake, File)

FBI: Instagram messages show teen planned school shooting

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A teen charged with killing a first grader in a South Carolina school shooting targeted his old elementary school because he knew a police officer wouldn’t be there, an FBI agent who uncovered his social media messages said.

David Wagner, left, Tenth Circuit Solicitor, and Judge Edgar Long, right, listens to Tracy Call, middle, Anderson County Sheriff’s office investigator, during a waiver hearing for Jesse Osborne at the Anderson County Courthouse in Anderson, S.C., on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (Ken Ruinard/The Independent-Mail via AP, Pool)

Officials ID man killed by driver fleeing police

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who died after being struck by a car that was fleeing police in South Carolina last weekend.

2 charged after high-speed chase

A high-speed chase from Jasper County into Georgia led to two arrests and a cocaine bust, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Amanda Baker

Youth choir celebrates music extravaganza

United Gospel Youth of the Lowcountry celebrated its second annual Musical Extravaganza Feb. 3 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Hardeeville.

Special to JCST United Gospel Youth of the Lowcountry celebrated its second annual Musical Extravaganza Feb. 3 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Hardeeville.

Sales center for Margaritaville opens Saturday

Get ready to explore Hardeeville’s next big venture.

Courtesy Minto Communities A rendering of the sales center at Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head. A grand opening is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17.

Ridgeland native Williams signs with Barry Ball Artists

Ridgeland native Darryl J. Williams recently signed with Barry Ball Artists to present his one-man show “The Mind of a Tenor” to all major cruise lines, a news release said.

Darryl J. Williams

3-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run on major highway

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina troopers say a driver did not stop after striking and killing a 3-year-old boy on a major highway.

High school students recognized with good citizens awards

The Emily Geiger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently awarded six high school students with the “DAR Good Citizens Award,” for exhibiting the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools and communities.

Special to JCST Emily Geiger DAR Chapter presented Good Citizen Awards to Kaitlyn Pangilinan, May River HS, Acacia Bryant, Estill HS, Jasmine Howard, Thomas Heyward Academy and Isabel Noriega, Ridgeland-Hardeeville HS. They are pictured with DAR Chapter Regent Debi Bacon.

Tax tips: Protect yourself from identity theft, fraud and other schemes

People can fall prey to tax scams at any time of year, but these schemes tend to peak during tax-filing season, according to the IRS.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST Having many red and pink Christmas Cactus’, Jean Tanner enjoyed this eye-popping yellow one.

Town launches community survey

Ridgeland wants to hear from its residents.

Royal Live Oaks enjoys an evening of reading

Royal Live Oaks Academy in Hardeeville hosted Goodnight Knights Feb. 1. Families rotated to literacy stations while enjoying hot chocolate and S’mores.

Photo courtesy RLOA Royal Live Oaks Academy in Hardeeville hosted Goodnight Knights Feb. 1. Families rotated to literacy stations while enjoying hot chocolate and S’mores.

80 senior citizens receive pet donations

Holly Golden of Hilton Head Island wanted to do something for pets in Jasper County.

Submitted photo From left: Antoinette Freeman (site manager), Lila Resh (director), Nicole Bremer, Holly Golden, Reeves Bremer and Linda Vnuk.

22 more people die from flu in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say 22 more people have died from the flu in South Carolina.

Proposal would fine railroads that don’t use safety system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina lawmaker wants to fine rail companies that don’t implement a safety system investigators say could have prevented a deadly weekend crash, complaining that delays and extensions have dragged on for a decade.

The site of Sunday’s early morning train crash between an Amtrak train, bottom, and a CSX freight train, top left, in Cayce, S.C. Federal investigators are planning to give an update on their probe into a deadly crash between a freight train and a passenger train in South Carolina. The National Transportation Safety Board says on Twitter that the agency will hold a meeting briefing at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport.( AP Photo/Jeff Blake)

Bobby Payne scored 18 points in THA's win over Beaufort Academy. He's pictured here against St. Andrew's. Photo courtesy Thomas Heyward Academy

School district names new human resource officer

Diane J. Richardson has been hired as the Jasper County School District’s new Chief Human Resource Officer, the school district said.

Diane J. Richardson