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Amtrak crash: Screams, cries, awakening to a ‘nightmare’

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — Passengers aboard the Amtrak train that slammed into a freight train before dawn Sunday described being jolted from slumber as seats ripped away, awakening to screams and crying.

Authorities investigate the scene of a fatal Amtrak train crash in Cayce, South Carolina, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. At least two were killed and dozens injured. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP)

The Latest: 2 killed in South Carolina crash Amtrak workers

The Latest on a deadly Amtrak train crash in South Carolina (all times local):

In this image from video, train cars are smashed and derailed Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 near Cayce. S.C. The crash left multiple people dead and dozens of people injured. (WLTX TV via AP)

Health Officials: 38 more die from flu in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials report 38 more people died from the flu in South Carolina last week.

HRMS band excels at regional, state levels

Nine Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School students auditioned for the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Region 4 Honor Band.

Special to JCST Nine Hardeeville-Ridgeland Middle School students auditioned for the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Region 4 Honor Band. Alyse Flores is the first student from Jasper County to earn a seat in the SCBDA All-State Band.

Royal Live Oaks celebrates National School Choice Week

Students and staff from Royal Live Oaks Academy spent Jan. 22-26 celebrating National School Choice Week through a variety of scheduled school events.

Photo courtesy Royal Live Oaks Academy Students and staff from Royal Live Oaks Academy spent Jan. 22-26th celebrating National School Choice Week through a variety of scheduled school events.

Beaufort Memorial, MUSC plan Okatie micro-hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina announced Thursday a plan to open a micro-hospital in Okatie.

County sees drop in burglaries, shootings; drug cases jump

Jasper County Sheriff Chris Malphrus is encouraged by the county’s 2017 crime numbers and feels the decline in some categories (burglaries, shooting incidents, homicides) is largely due to increased officer visibility.

Sheriff Chris Malphrus

Jr. Jaguars donate bikes to families

By JCST Staff report

Special to JCST The Ridgeland Jr. Jaguars gave back to the community during the holidays as the youth football organization donated bikes to two families. The Jr. Jaguars also also interested in coaches for the upcoming season. If interested, contact Tyesha Hamilton at 843-226-3077 or hamilton_tyesha@yahoo.com.

Southern Lowcountry board talks Hardeeville, region growth

Helping each other help the Lowcountry grow was a prime focus of the recent meeting of the Southern Lowcountry Regional Board.

Top official resigns after false missile alert in Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s emergency management leader has resigned and a state employee who sent an alert falsely warning of an incoming ballistic missile has been fired, officials said Tuesday, weeks after the mistake caused widespread panic.

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2017 file photo, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department’s command center in Honolulu. A Hawaii employee who mistakenly sent an alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile earlier this month, creating a panic across the state, thought an actual attack was imminent, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Superintendent Donald Andrews addresses state of Jasper schools

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews acknowledges his district needs improvement and he plans to continue to guide it in the right direction.

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews speaks during the State of the Schools address. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/JCST

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST A Cardinal on the fence is looking for some bird seed.

Cops: Son left mom, 92, on floor for 3 days after she fell

SENECA, S.C. (AP) — The son of a 92-year-old South Carolina woman has been charged with neglect causing her death after authorities say he left her on the floor without medical care, food or water for three days after she fell.

Stomach bug sickens 200+ students at S. Carolina school

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — More than 200 students have fallen ill due to a stomach bug that’s ravaged a South Carolina elementary school.

Guns in schools? Options explored in Kentucky after shooting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Hours after authorities say a 15-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a western Kentucky high school, a Republican senator in the state’s Capitol rushed to file a bill intended to prevent future tragedies by putting more guns in schools.

People attend a vigil at Mike Miller County Park in Benton, Ky., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Hundreds of people turned out for the vigil that was held for the victims of the Marshall County High School shooting. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Sheriff: Drug raid yields crack cocaine, meth

A Thursday raid by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department at a Ridgeland home led to the confiscation of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office A Thursday raid by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and Bluffton Police Department at a Ridgeland home led to the confiscation of crack cocaine and methamphetamine, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

17 more in South Carolina dead from flu in past week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Twenty-two more people in South Carolina have died from the flu this season.

Sheriff’s Office catches burglary suspect

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office charged a Ridgeland man with burglary Thursday after cops say two shotguns and other items went missing from a home on Log Haul Road.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office William James Black Jr.