Total solar eclipse marks state’s largest tourism event

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Last month’s eclipse saw at least 1.6 million people travel to or within South Carolina, making it the largest single tourism event in the state’s history.

Feds subpoena docs from co-owners of failed nuclear project

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities have subpoenaed documents from both companies that abandoned a multi-billion dollar nuclear power construction project in South Carolina, the utilities confirmed Thursday, signaling the first concrete evidence of a federal probe into the failure.

Dogs showcase skills in Ridgeland

Morningstar’s Clever K9’s in Ridgeland hosted a UKI Agility competition Aug. 25-26. Items raffled off raised $113 for Morningstar Animal Rescue & Referral, Inc.

Windi Williams-Weaver/Special to JCST Brodie is an almost 4-year-old Border Collie owned by Sue Tetanich of Charleston. He was rescued by Phoenix Rising Border Collie Rescue at about 6 months old. He was found inside a refrigerator box and left outside in the cold.

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Waterlilies are out in full force as captured by contributor Klaus Ritter.

South Carolina has 11 West Nile virus cases

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say there have been 11 cases of people infected with the West Nile virus in South Carolina this year.

Get Hurricane Irma recovery help

Through a partnership with the United Way of the Lowcountry, Jasper County residents can call 211 and get connected to information and resources to assist with Hurricane Irma storm recovery.

After the storm: Residents recover from Irma flooding

If Hurricane Matthew wasn’t enough last October, now homeowners and at least one business owner in Jasper County are having to recover from flooding from the effects of Irma.

Photo courtesy Marty Sauls Paul Crosby's home on Knowles Island suffered damage from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Spanish translators aid storm alerts

A Ridgeland woman wanted to help her fellow citizens in Jasper County during Hurricane Irma and she was able to do so in a big way.

Yajaira Uzcatezui and Jasper Fire Rescue PIO Garrett Lucas and Nadia Paez during a press conference.

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Prayer sustained Estill officer shot on duty

“In the name of Jesus, you will live and not die.”

Estill police officer Quincy Smith (third from left) visited the Barnwell County Career Center on August 24 to share the story about how he was shot last year. Pictured from left are: (front row) Bilaysia DeLoach, JaMarcus Smalls, Officer Quincy Smith, Justin Donaldson; (back row) Officer Tyler Jordan (Varnville Police Department), and Bryon Williams.

Wilcox graduates from basic training

Hunter Wilcox, a Jasper County resident and 2017 graduate of Step of Faith Christian Academy, graduated United States Coast Guard basic training in Cape May, N.J. on Sept. 8. Wilcox will be stationed in Abbeville, La.

Car retailer rebrands as Peacock Auto Mall

The former New River Auto Mall on U.S. 278 in Hardeeville has announced a rebranding initiative, changing its name this month to Peacock Auto Mall.

Photo courtesy of Peacock Automotive Warner Peacock, president and CEO of Peacock Automotive, announces New River Auto Mall’s rebrand as Peacock Auto Mall.

Man struck and killed on Interstate 85 in South Carolina

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A man has been struck and killed as he tried to cross Interstate 85 in South Carolina and authorities say the driver kept going.

In celebration of the Hardeeville Catfish Festival

The 43rd Annual Hardeeville Catfish Festival parade took over downtown Saturday morning. Led by grand marshal Patricia Stephens, a lifelong Hardeeville resident, the parade was filled with fun, music and lots of candy.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Grand marshal Patricia Stephens.

Coroner: Hunter shoots, kills man she mistook for wild hog

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — A man has been killed after South Carolina authorities say a hunter using a night-vision scope mistook him for a wild hog.

Defendants waive right to bond in separate murder, sexual assault cases

Two Jasper County defendants in separate and unrelated cases waived their right to bond Friday, the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said.

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Scott admonishes Trump to be more careful on racial matters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s lone black Republican urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to avoid inflammatory racial rhetoric such as his statement blaming “many sides” for the violence at a recent white nationalist protest in Virginia.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only African-American Republican serving in the Senate, talks to reporters about his plan to meet with President Donald Trump to discuss race and Trump’s widely criticized response to last month’s protests and racial violence in Charlottesville, Va., at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Be aware of upcoming school district events

The Jasper County School District is hosting several meetings in the coming weeks. Here’s a look:

Report Hurricane Irma damage to Assessor’s Office

The Jasper County Assessor’s Office is conducting damage assessments for homes and businesses related to Hurricane Irma.

‘People care’: Road-weary travelers grateful for free food, drinks, rest in Ridgeland

The road weary are welcomed in Jasper County — and they’ll even get some free snacks, water and snow cones.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Travelers headed south were welcomed to the Farmers’ Market in Ridgeland for free food and drinks.