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U.S. Sen. Graham visits Jasper County

  • 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.

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

Graham, who met the media at the Clementa C. Pinckney Jasper County Government Building, discussed the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport expansion, the Jasper Port and the Exit 3 project off Interstate 95.

“There were three big charts presented to me that explained the three biggest needs for Jasper County,” Graham said. “A new exit off of Interstate 95 to open up economic development, an airport to make it more attractive for people to come here associated with business enterprises in the area, and the port itself. If you can pull these three things off, then Jasper County will be integrated in a regional and world economy in a way that people long after us will look back and say thank you.”

Graham visited Ridgeland as part of his tour of all 46 counties in the state. He also visited several local businesses.

“It is great to have a Senior United States Senator working on our behalf and to know he is very committed to Jasper County,” Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls said.

Graham said the port, on track for 2025, is a vital project.

“The port is sort of the game changer here,” he said. “I have spent a lot of time on the port of Charleston and I want you to understand I have never lost sight of the Jasper port. It’s a chance for the two states to do something together that would benefit everybody. If we can pull this off, then you would have people coming down to service the port, warehouses would be built; assembly facilities will be built. As the port grows, so will the county. The economic base of the county is changing; you’re having more and more retirement communities coming in.”

Read much more in this week’s Jasper County Sun Times.

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