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

Goings hopes to inspire with debut book

Patricia Wade-Goings is used to helping others.

Patricia Goings

‘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.

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Knowles Landing on a cold but sunny winter day.

S Carolina authorities arrest 4 for intimidating witnesses

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities say they were investigating a murder when they also arrested four women on charges of assault and intimidating witnesses.

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.