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

RHHS celebrates National School Choice Week

Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School celebrated National School Choice Week Jan. 21-27.

Special to JCST Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School celebrated National School Choice Week Jan. 21-27. The student ambassadors were Miss Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School Angel Jackson, Karen Cervantes, Tuesday Cabang, Kimbraia Brown, Rashamel Butler, Ayana Mungin, Jonathan Cristofoletti, Nakel Pinckney, Andrea Habersham, Irvin Espinoza, Kaitlyn Sutton and Nallely Machias.

Black History Month: Woodson founder of February celebration

The creator of what’s now known as Black History Month hoped for a day when it would no longer be required.

Carter G. Woodson

Ridgeland Piggly Wiggly Assistant Manager Dina McGuire, Tonya Oakley (co-operator), Jimmy Locke (butcher), Adriane Williams (pricing coordinator), and Manager Lou Sherman are participating in the first Valentines for Veterans program in the store. Two other Piggly Wiggly locations, including Hardeeville and Port Royal are also participating. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Moyd to run for county auditor

Tedd Moyd, who has served in one political office for six years, seeks a different political office this year.

Tedd Moyd

Violent crime decreases in Ridgeland, Hardeeville

The town of Ridgeland and the city of Hardeeville both saw decreases in the number of violent crimes reported in 2017, according to each department’s statistics.

Community input sought on Hardeeville rec facility plans

The community’s input will be sought as Hardeeville moves forward with its $6.5 million recreational facility.

County names new emergency services director

Franklin Edwards, who has more than 35 years of experience in fire service, was announced as Jasper County’s new Emergency Services Director during Monday’s Jasper County Council meeting.

Franklin Edwards

National Weather Service: No East Coast tsunami warning

A routine National Weather Service test on Tuesday resulted in a false push notification to mobile phones about a tsunami warning, giving jolt to many residents on the East Coast.

Some people on the East Coast got a push alert on their phones Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, about a tsunami warning, but the National Weather Service says it was just a test. Meteorologist Hendricus Lulofs said there was a glitch Tuesday during a routine test. (AP Photo/Jeremy DaRos)

Linda Moore/Special to JCST Linda L. Moore in Sun City took this picture of a raccoon that was looking for food under her bird feeder.

3 high school students among 4 dead in South Carolina wreck

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Three high school students were among four people killed when their pickup truck hit an oncoming car head-on in South Carolina.

Ridgeland Fire urges caution in outdoor burning

The Ridgeland Fire Department urges residents to exercise caution in outdoor burning. Dry grass and strong winds have contributed to several quickly spreading fires that Ridgeland Fire has responded to in recent weeks, the fire department said.

US investigators say deadly Amtrak train crash preventable

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators are trying to figure out why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing a conductor and an engineer in South Carolina.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster speaks at a press conference following a crash between an Amtrak train and CSX freight train in Cayce, SC, near Charleston Highway and Pine Ridge Road around 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 20. At least two people were killed and at least 70 people were injured. (AP Photo/Jeff Blake)