Christmas Mailbox: Letters to Santa Claus

The Jasper County Sun Times invited the county’s students to write letters to Santa Claus and share them with our readers.

No injuries after crash at Ridgeland airport

The Ridgeland Fire Department said no one was injured after its crews and Jasper County Fire-Rescue responded Tuesday to a report of an aircraft having collided with a hanger at Ridgeland’s airport.

The Ridgeland Fire Department said no one was injured after its crews and Jasper County Fire-Rescue responded Tuesday to a report of an aircraft having collided with an hanger at Ridgeland’s airport.

Please to Jasper County Sun Times Students from the Jasper County School District's Jasper Gentlemen and the Diamonds and Pearls mentoring groups.

Wreaths Across America honors veterans

Celeste Lucas walked up the Ridgeland Cemetery driveway Saturday on her way to the Wreaths Across America event, remembering her family who gave their all for their country.

Hardeeville mulls ending election commission

Hardeeville’s residents might be headed to the polls during even-numbered years in November — and its election commission could be abolished.

School district removed from underperforming list

The Jasper County School District was recently taken off the S.C. Department of Education’s potentially underperforming school district list, according department spokesman Ryan Brown.

Brendlens brighten Christmas for family in need

Each year, Chelsea Brendlen hears from members of the community asking her one thing.

Lights and displays, including this one, can be seen in the Brendlen’s Christmas light display. The Brendlens are raising money for the Gibson family through donations from those who view the lights. Photo submitted by Chelsea Brendlen.

$2,500 college scholarship for Jasper student

The South Carolina Association of Counties’ annual Board of Directors Scholarship Program awards $2,500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are residents of counties chosen by lot by the association.

Official: Feds look at whether train engineer was distracted

DUPONT, Wash. (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday.

A damaged Amtrak train car is lowered from an overpass at the scene of Monday’s deadly train crash onto Interstate 5 Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. Federal investigators say they don’t yet know why the Amtrak train was traveling 50 mph over the speed limit when it derailed Monday south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Linda Moore/Special to JCST Sun City’s Linda Moore saw this eagle enjoying the morning sunshine.

McTeacher fundraiser raises $1,000 for RES

McTeacher Night at the McDonald’s in Ridgeland on Dec. 12 raised more than $1,000 for Ridgeland Elementary School. Forty-nine staff members from Ridgeland Elementary School participated in the fundraiser.

Submitted photo McTeacher Night at the McDonald’s in Ridgeland raised more than $1,000 for Ridgeland Elementary School.

Authorities: Multiple people killed in train derailment

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This photo provided by Danae Orlob shows an Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Authorities reported “injuries and casualties.” The train derailed about 40 miles (64 kilometers) south of Seattle before 8 a.m., spilling at least one train car on to busy Interstate 5. (Danae Orlob via AP)

Sober or Slammer! campaign

Hardeeville development moves forward

The city of Hardeeville and the Argent Land Holdings, developers of the proposed 7,351-acre East Argent development, are finalizing their plans.

Jasper church collects 1,850 shoeboxes for kids around world

The community’s churches have helped make Christmas special for kids around the world.

Photo courtesy Step of Faith Christian Academy Great Swamp Baptist Church was an area hub for Operation Christmas Child. Jasper County — led by the church — collected 1,834 boxes. Overall, the Lowcountry gathered 16,000 boxes.

Ridgeland seeking grant for wastewater treatment plant

The town of Ridgeland, following a public hearing Dec. 5, will apply for a loan/grant with the USDA to seek upgrades at the Jimmy Mixson Water Treatment Plant.

County Council pledges support for culinary institute

The Technical College of the Lowcountry is preparing a great recipe for success with its new Lowcountry Culinary Arts Institute and Interpretative Center.

The TCL Lowcountry Culinary Arts Institute would be similar in appearance to the Culinary Institute of Charleston. (Photo submitted by TCL)

Palmetto Electric check to county will fund spec building

Jasper County will move forward with another new spec building in the Cypress Ridge Industrial Park in Ridgeland thanks in part to a check from Palmetto Electric Cooperative.

Jasper County Council Chairman Marty Sauls, middle, accepts a $328,850 check from Ashley Feaster, of Palmetto Electric, for the county’s 2017 utility tax credits. He is joined by council members Henry Etheridge, left, Theodus Drayton and Tom Johnson. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Sheriff’s Office probes Saturday shooting

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting on Bees Creek Road that sent two people to the hospital on Saturday.

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Klaus Ritter caught this scene of the Super Moon on Dec. 3.