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Agents: Police officer in Hampton sold drugs

HAMPTON, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Hampton police officer sold cocaine and marijuana to an undercover agent.

Court: Violence law unfair to gay South Carolina couples

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — People in same-sex relationships in South Carolina should get the same legal protections against domestic violence as heterosexual couples, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday, deeming a portion of the state’s domestic violence law unconstitutional.

Man gets 18 years for Ridgeland armed robbery

A former North Carolina man who robbed a Ridgeland convenience store at gunpoint in 2016 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Photo courtesy 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office James Lamonte Anderson

Renovated fire department weight room aims to get employees in shape

During the past few weeks, the building adjacent to the Ridgeland Fire Station on Railroad Avenue has been under renovation. The final product: a weight and exercise room available to all town of Ridgeland employees.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - The equipment in the new RFD weight room was selected with input from all of the current firefighters.

Fire safety tips for businesses

The town of Ridgeland’s fire department strives to give you the best fire protection services through our fire prevention programs.

Chad Atwood is the town of Ridgeland’s fire marshal

Longtime volunteer firefighter Stanley remembered

Harold Stanley, one of last year’s Gopher Hill Festival parade grand marshals and a longtime volunteer firefighter, died July 16. He was 80.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Harold Stanley a longtime volunteer firefighter died Sunday. He's pictured during last year's Gopher Hill parade where he was named co-grand marshal.

3 days of Stop the Violence events aimed to unite community

Efforts to stop the violence continue.

Dogs take center stage at show

Last weekend, Ridgeland was the host of the Hilton Head Dog Island Kennel Club Show, in association with American Kennel Center.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times - A handler and her dog compete in one of the size specific events during the Hilton Head Dog Island Kennel Club Show at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High.

RHHS teacher tapped for national education award

Anthony Pitts, a 12th-grade language arts teacher at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Anthony Pitts, a 12th-grade language arts teacher at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence

Hardeeville plans more housing options

Hardeeville’s goal to offer diverse housing options is underway after the city approved, at its regular meeting July 18, annexing property from Beaufort County and approving zoning changes so residential developers D.R. Horton can build a small single-family, 105 starter-home development along the University City tract near University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Recognition for alcohol enforcement

The 14th Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team (AET) held its recognition luncheon June 28.

Special to Jasper County Sun Times Nicole Smith, 14th Judicial Circuit AET Coordinator, presents an award to Charles Williams of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

County, Malphrus awarded for finance reporting

Jasper County was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive financial report (CAFR).

Ridgeland man convicted of 2015 rape, burglary

A Ridgeland man who broke into a 61-year-old woman’s house and sexually assaulted her has been sentenced to 28 years in prison, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said.

Photo courtesy Ridgeland Police Department Kyshon Jemeel Jenkins

Klaus Ritter/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Flowers are now blooming everywhere. Contributor Klaus Ritter snapped this picture in Ridgeland.

Body found in river matching description of missing girl

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Officials say a body matching the description of an 11-year-old girl has been recovered from a South Carolina coastal river.

Police: Grudge against state agency led to funeral attack

<p>COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) &mdash; An investigator says a man who drove his car into mourners at a South Carolina graveside had a grudge against the state mental health agency where the woman being buried worked.</p>

This undated photo made available by the Richland County Jail, SC., shows James Kester under arrest. Kester drove into a gravesite at a South Carolina cemetery hitting 12 mourners on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Kester is charged with 12 counts of attempted murder. (Richland County Jail via AP)

McCain’s cancer diagnosis jolts Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain’s diagnosis of brain cancer jolted the Senate where Republicans and Democrats offered prayers and words of encouragement for a six-term lawmaker with a war hero past.

FILE - In this July 11, 2017, file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCain has been diagnosed with a brain tumor after a blood clot was removed. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Boys & Girls Club director Guisti leaving post after three years

Rich Guisti is stepping down after three years as unit director of the Jasper County Boys &Girls Club.

Donte’ Smith/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Rich Guisti, the current director of the Jasper County Boys and Girls Club, announced his resignation.

Entrepreneur Gadson aims to empower young people

In Ridgeland, many of the local business are family owned, but Gadson and Co. Cosmetics is owned and operated by a 24-year-old entrepreneur, former Ridgeland High student Princess Gadson.

Special to the JCST - Princess Gadson poses with one of her lipsticks from her cosmetic line, Gadson and Co.

New flood maps revealed

FEMA and the state of South Carolina held a public meeting Thursday to share the new proposed flood maps of Jasper County.

Liz Bloom/Jasper County Sun Times Members of the planning commission helped look up properties and flood map zones for residents.