FCC schedules meeting to address prison cellphone issues

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission is following through on its promise to work with corrections and public safety officials to combat contraband cellphones in the nation’s prisons, setting a meeting next month to work on the issue.

Candidate for governor visits Sun City

Catherine Templeton said if she becomes the next governor of South Carolina, she wants to make sure the growth happening in Jasper and Beaufort counties can be managed.

Catherine Templeton, a Republican candidate for governor, spoke to residents of Sun City during a visit last week. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Gymnastics doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”

Larry Nassar looks at the gallery in the court during the sixth day of his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar has admitted sexually assaulting athletes when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which is the sport’s national governing organization and trains Olympians. (Dale G.Young/Detroit News via AP)

County seeks community input with launch of survey

Jasper County has launched a community survey for Jasper’s Journey: Our Next 20 Years, the initiative that will develop a comprehensive master plan to guide growth and development for the community.

Church plans monument in memory of Sen. Pinckney

A Ridgeland church is raising money to place a monument in its churchyard in memory of the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Linda Mouzon, a lifelong church member at St. John A.M.E. Church outside of Ridgeland, stands next to the church’s sign. Mouzon and the congregation are supporting the project to have a monument placed on church grounds in remembrance of the late Senator Pinckney. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Developer withdraws its solar farm zoning request

A letter from Moffett Solar II, LLC addressed to Jasper County Council chairman Tom Johnson and dated Jan. 11 changed the council meeting last week.

A large crowd gathered for the county council meeting last week to discuss the proposed solar farms in the county. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Slain man’s family posts $40,000 reward

The family of Jamol Horton is offering a reward of up to $40,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for his slaying.

Courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office The family of Jamol Horton is offering a $40,000 reward to anyone who can help identify the person or people responsible for his murder.

Parker’s bringing IT hub, jobs to Hardeeville

Parker’s plans to house the IT operations for its convenience stores and invest more than $1 million in a new 20,000-square-foot facility at the Hardeeville Commerce Park, the SouthernCarolina Regional Alliance announced Tuesday.

2 dead, 19 injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A 15-year-old male student opened fire with a handgun inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing two classmates and injuring 19, including 14 with gunshot wounds. Police led a suspect away in handcuffs and said there is no reason to suspect anyone else in the nation’s first fatal school shooting of 2018.

Emergency crews respond to Marshall County High School after a fatal school shooting Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Benton, Ky. Authorities said a shooting suspect was in custody. (Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun via AP)

Student: Boy arrested in school shooting has violent past

DALLAS (AP) — A 16-year-old boy accused of shooting a classmate at a Texas high school on Monday had a history of aggressive actions at school, a fellow student said.

In this photo from video by KDFW Fox4, law enforcement personnel gather outside the high school in Italy, Texas, following an active shooter incident at the school Monday morning, Jan. 22, 2018. Sheriff’s officials said a boy who is a student at the school was taken into custody. (KDFW Fox4 via AP)

Sauls recognized for service as County Council chair

Marty Sauls received a plaque during council’s meeting last week for his two years of service as Jasper County Council Chairman,

Outgoing Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls, middle, was presented with a plaque of appreciation from the Jasper County Council during a recent meeting. Sauls served for two years as council chairman and remains a member of council. He is pictured here with councilwoman Barbara Clark, current chairman Tom Johnson, and council member Henry Etheridge. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Windi Williams-Weaver/Special to JCST This red-shouldered hawk enjoys the view at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville.

End to shutdown in sight as Senate breaks Dem filibuster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress sped toward reopening the government Monday, as Senate Democrats dropped their objections to a temporary funding bill in return for assurances from Republicans leaders that they will soon take up immigration and other contentious issues.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Senate leaders have reached an agreement to advance a bill ending government shutdown. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

With Senate talks falling short, shutdown enters workweek

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown is set to sow more disruption and political peril Monday after the Senate inched closer but ultimately fell short of an agreement that would have reopened federal agencies before the beginning of the workweek.

Clouds are reflected in the U.S. Capitol reflecting pool at daybreak in Washington as day three of the government shutdown continues, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Family displaced after Ridgeland fire

The Ridgeland Fire Department responded to a home on Great Swamp Road Saturday afternoon for a structure fire and found heavy fire from the rear of the residence and a fast-moving brush fire spreading from the house that was endangering several other structures nearby, according to a Ridgeland Fire Department news release.

The Ridgeland Fire Department responded to a home on Great Swamp Road Saturday afternoon for a structure fire. There were no injuries, but the family was displaced.

Polaris Tech holds groundbreaking in Ridgeland

Polaris Tech, a charter school slated to open in August, held its groundbreaking at the site of the new school on Grays Highway in Ridgeland Friday morning.

Photo by John Williams/Polaris Tech. Polaris Tech, a charter school slated to open in August, held its groundbreaking at the site of the new school on Grays Highway in Ridgeland Friday morning.

Morris Center offering volunteer sessions

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage invites the community to informational sessions to learn about volunteer opportunities.

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is offering sessions to learn about volunteer opportunities.

9 die from flu in South Carolina last week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say nine people have died from the flu in South Carolina in the past week.

Sheriff: Cocaine, guns, cash seized in Hardeeville

Police arrested a Hardeeville man Thursday after executing a search warrant and finding cocaine, marijuana, guns and THC, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Police found 16 grams of powder cocaine, 279 grams of marijuana, two guns, 83 grams of THC wax and approximately $5,000 cash, the Sheriff’s Office said, after searching a Hardeeville residence.

Hardeeville Police seek help identifying suspect

The Hardeeville Police Department is investigating a suspected financial identity fraud that cops say occurred at 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 10 at the Speedway Gastation at 18492 Whyte Hardee Boulevard.

Photo courtesy Hardeeville Police Department Cops seek the public’s assistance in identifying fraud suspect.