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Police: Grudge against state agency led to funeral attack

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; An investigator says a man who drove his car into mourners at a South Carolina graveside had a grudge against the state mental health agency where the woman being buried worked.</p>

This undated photo made available by the Richland County Jail, SC., shows James Kester under arrest. Kester drove into a gravesite at a South Carolina cemetery hitting 12 mourners on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Kester is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. (Richland County Jail via AP)

McCain’s cancer diagnosis jolts Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain’s diagnosis of brain cancer jolted the Senate where Republicans and Democrats offered prayers and words of encouragement for a six-term lawmaker with a war hero past.

FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after a blood clot was removed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Boys & Girls Club director Guisti leaving post after three years

Rich Guisti is stepping down after three years as unit director of the Jasper County Boys &Girls Club.

Donte’ Smith/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Rich Guisti, the current director of the Jasper County Boys and Girls Club, announced his resignation.

Entrepreneur Gadson aims to empower young people

In Ridgeland, many of the local business are family owned, but Gadson and Co. Cosmetics is owned and operated by a 24-year-old entrepreneur, former Ridgeland High student Princess Gadson.

Special to the JCST - Princess Gadson poses with one of her lipsticks from her cosmetic line, Gadson and Co.

New flood maps revealed

FEMA and the state of South Carolina held a public meeting Thursday to share the new proposed flood maps of Jasper County.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times Members of the planning commission helped look up properties and flood map zones for residents.

School board approves architecture contract

At the special school board meeting on July 6, the Jasper County school board approved a contract for architectural services with firm Stevens and Wilkinson.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times This lizard was spotted enjoying the summer sun at the gazebo in downtown Ridgeland.

Ethics director: Lt. gov. can fundraise for nonexistent race

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There’s nothing wrong with Lt. Gov. Kevin Bryant raising money for a nonexistent race, said the director of South Carolina’s ethics agency.

Sheriff: 10 charged in prostitution sting

A prostitution sting this weekend led to 10 arrests, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff's Office Serafin Buenaventure

The Latest: Police saw no problems day before 4 killed

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on four bodies found in two South Carolina shootings (all times local):

Mother, 2 kids found shot in SUV connected to 4th killing

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — A mother and her two children were found shot dead inside a locked and running SUV in South Carolina by police, who were searching for the vehicle in connection with a fatal shooting two hours earlier, authorities said.

Fire Chief Daley retiring after 33 years

Wilbur Daley’s leaving his position as Jasper County Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Services, but he intends to stay actively involved in the community.

JCST file photo Wilbur Daley is retiring after 33 years in fire service, including the last 17 with Jasper County Fire-Rescue. Daley has been fire chief since 2008. He plans to continue at his post until the county finds his replacement.

Police: Ridgeland man charged after jumping off Hilton Head bridge

A Ridgeland man was arrested after cops say he jumped off the eastbound Hilton Head Island Bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway on Wednesday.

The sounds of summer camp: Kingdom Touch Ministries offers kids crafts, sports and reading

From the outside, Kingdom Touch Ministries in Ridgeland looks and sounds like most of the churches around Jasper County: quiet and calm. But just behind the doors, children’s laughter and voices echo throughout the building — the sounds of summer camp.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - A student, AJ, is happy with his finished mask.

TICO expanding in Ridgeland

TICO, a manufacturer of terminal tractors and related equipment for the port, intermodal, and distribution industry sectors, will expand operations at Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland with the addition of a parts distribution center as part of their product support program, according to a news release.

Special to JCST TICO will expand operations at Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland.

Kids go the distance at sports camp

Last week the Go The Distance Summer Sports camp brought together children from across the Lowcountry to learn about sports and Christianity.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - The children practice dances, community and fellowship at the high school this past week.

Volunteers in Medicine hosting Christmas in July fundraiser

More than a year ago, with a generous grant from the Palmetto Electric Trust, Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine (BJVIM) opened a satellite clinic in Ridgeland.

Ridgeland blood drive helps Red Cross during critical need

The community did its part last week to help the American Red Cross combat a critical blood shortage.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Gillisonville’s Rudy Smith donates blood during the American Red Cross blood drive at Ridgeland Baptist Church.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST Contributor Jean Tanner submitted this photo of a Great Blue Heron that claimed "squatters rights" on a boaters motor while he was backing the boat trailer down to load.