UPDATE: Donations taken for Ridgeland family after house fire

The Ridgeland Fire Department, along with Jasper County Fire-Rescue, responded to a residential structure fire Thursday afternoon on Wise Street in Ridgeland, according to a news release

Photo courtesy Ridgeland Fire Department The Ridgeland Fire Department and Jasper County Fire-Rescue responded to a residential structure fire on Wise Street Thursday. There were no reported injuries.

York County Sheriff's Office Detective Michael R. Doty. York County Sheriff's Office

Across the South, it’s snow, ice and record-breaking cold

ATLANTA (AP) — A thin layer of snow and ice across the South closed highways, schools and government offices and sent cars sliding off the road Wednesday, while a blast of cold air broke records as far south as the Gulf Coast.

A snow covered downtown is seen, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Atlanta. The South awoke on Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, and then came the below-zero wind chills and record-breaking low temperatures in New Orleans and other cities. (AP Photo/Janelle Cogan)

Old Ridgeland Hospital demolished to make room for new charter school

Kaye Davis watched last Wednesday afternoon as the front entrance of the former Ridgeland Hospital crashed to the ground.

Kaye Davis, of Ridgeland, watches the demolition of the old Ridgeland Hospital last Wednesday. Davis was one of many employees who had worked at the hospital since it had opened in 1971. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hardeeville OKs $6.5M for recreational facility

Hardeeville took a step toward building a multipurpose recreational facility during its city council meeting last week.

Recognizing school board appreciation month

Jasper County School District joined school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January.

January is School Board Recognition Month and members of the Jasper County School District Board of Trustees includes from left: Randy Horton, Jerold Murray, Kevin Karg, Tedd Moyd, Chairwoman Priscilla Green, Berty Riley, Bennie Hazel, Daisy Mitchell and Debora Butler. Photo submitted by the Jasper County School District.

Board says school district on ‘correct’ path

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews received a satisfactory performance review by the school board following a closed session during the district’s meeting last week, according to a district press release.

Donald Andrews

Hardeeville closer to election date change

Voters in Hardeeville look to be headed to the polls in even number years in November after the city agreed to draft an ordinance to change its municipal election date and abolish its election commission.

School district: No injuries after minor bus accident

Emergency officials responded to a minor bus accident involving a Jasper County School District bus Tuesday morning, Jasper County School District Public Information Officer La’Shanda Grant confirmed.

This month in state history: South Carolina tries to annex Georgia

On Jan. 23, 1777, William Henry Drayton addressed the Georgia Convention in Savannah proposing that South Carolina annex the state of Georgia. In the midst of the American Revolution, the offer was spurred by economic interests as well as concerns that Georgia’s citizens did not support the Patriot cause.

William Henry Drayton / From the Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society

Suspect shoots 4 officers in S Carolina, 1 critically hurt

YORK, S.C. (AP) — Four law enforcement officers, including three SWAT team members, were shot and wounded as they searched for a domestic violence suspect in South Carolina, authorities said Tuesday.

Cars are parked at a home in York, S.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, where multiple deputies responding to a domestic violence call were shot and wounded. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said Christian Thomas McCall is the man officers think shot and wounded the officers early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

Windi Weaver/Special to JCST A White ibis enjoying the weather at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville.

Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. overlooks the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where advocates say officials are doing a good job at preserving sites links to civil rights. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Parade celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Downtown Ridgeland was the site Saturday morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade, presented by the Garden of Light Committee. The theme was “Together we win with love for humanity.”

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Martin Luther King Jr. Parade grand marshals Lee Arthur and Luvenia Youmans. The Garden of Light Committee hosted the event Saturday in Ridgeland.

South Carolina soldier dies in Iraq

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a soldier from South Carolina who had been stationed in Texas has been killed in Iraq.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST This hanging flower arrangement on Jean Tanner’s back porch provides a warm winter home for a wren that ‘doodled’ out a hole in the oasis form.

Community fights cancer, helps others

The community did its best this fall to help others and raise money to fight cancer.

Special to JCST There was great support this fall for the Lee Lawn Service Okatie Cancer Walk at St. Luke Baptist Church.

Tax tip: File early to avoid identity theft

COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs urges consumers to file their taxes as early as possible. Scammers use consumer information to file tax returns and steal refunds before the individual files.

MLK Parade this Saturday in Ridgeland

The streets will be filled with floats, cars and paradegoers in Ridgeland Saturday morning to remember the life and accomplishments of the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Ridgeland launches new website

Residents not only in Ridgeland but around the county, state and even outside the country can find out all they need to know about the town through its new website, Town Administrator Dennis Averkin said.

Photos submitted by Joshua Rowland Town of Ridgeland council member Josephine Boyles takes the oath of office.