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Opinion

Editorial: Heartened by community’s kindness toward strangers

They arrived in Ridgeland on their way back to Orlando, Tampa, Miami and all parts of Florida. They were tired and hungry, and their dogs needed to stretch.

Mayor’s memo: Public Works important part of city services

The sounds of construction will be heard on Martin Street this fall as renovations begin on Police Headquarters, the Municipal Court and the Hargray Building. And in early 2018, construction will begin on a new Fire Station 81.

Harry Williams

Editorial: Help each other during storm recovery

We had a week of high anxiety.

Editorial: Remember lives lost on Sept. 11

Editor’s note: We were all concerned in the last few days about the pending effects of Hurricane Irma. The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it still hit Jasper County Sunday night and throughout Monday with heavy rain and high winds. There was flooding throughout the county. We hope everybody is safe and helps each other in the recovery process.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times One of the pools at the 9-11 Memorial in New York City. Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the attacks.

Editorial: Kudos for hurricane relief efforts

We remember well the type of destruction a hurricane can bring. Hurricane Matthew ripped through the county last October, causing downed power lines and trees and flooded roads.

Photo special to JCST A car filled with supplies headed to Texas to help with hurricane relief efforts.

Editorial: Community gives support to teen

A 17-year-old Hardeeville resident in need of a heart transplant is getting love and support from his community.

Raquel Medrano/Special to the Jasper County Sun Times - Nathaniel suffers from an incurable heart condition, MakeAWish sponsored Nathaniel and gifted him with a trip to Disney World.

Sun Times reporter says goodbye to ‘special’ Jasper

I’m not good at goodbyes. I always, always, get over-emotional and therefore I tend to avoid them at all costs. But, in a month, I’ll be leaving the United States to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon for two years — so that means I have lots of goodbyes in the near future. Saying goodbye to friends and family is, frankly, going to suck, a lot. But saying goodbye to my job and Jasper County is indescribable.

Liz Bloom

Editorial: Hoping respectful rivalry continues

Let’s keep this going. We want more.

Editorial: Enjoy the school year

School is back and we are excited for what we hope will be a successful year.

Lori Gantt/Special to Jasper County Sun Times Thomas Heyward Academy’s school year has begun! The students celebrated the return of the school year last week as Lily Gantt was welcomed by the varsity cheerleaders.

Mayor’s memo: Help save lives with Saturday’s fun run

Hardeeville has two terrific events in August worth talking about.

Harry Williams

Aaron Bradford, lead historic interpreter from the Coastal Heritage Society, fires a musket as part of the Morris Center for Lowcountry’s Heritage’s South Carolina in the American Revolution program.

Editorial: Hearts & Darts

Hearts…to Charles Mitchell and his continued efforts to unite the community and put an end to the violence in the county.

Mayor’s memo: Be part of Hardeeville’s future

For the past 12 months, I have written this “memo” to keep you informed of Hardeeville’s goals and introduce the staff that is working to make all the city’s dreams come true.

Editorial: Wishing fire chief well on retirement plans

One thing was clear when we spoke to Wilbur Daley about his pending retirement as the county’s fire chief and director of emergency services: he’s not finished helping people.

Wilbur Daley

Editorial: Blood drive sparks community support

We were encouraged to see a parade of people last Thursday at Ridgeland Baptist Church as they waited to donate blood.

Editorial: Summer fun for everyone

The summer is supposed to be a time to relax and enjoy our great weather, but too often in recent weeks we’ve been unnerved by news of our youth being in danger and the prevalence of drugs.

Editorial: Concern for safety of county’s children

The safety of the county’s children is on our minds.

Reflecting on animal shelter and beloved Spike

May marked 21 years since the opening of Jasper County’s animal shelter on Carters Mill Road in Ridgeland. Jasper Animal Rescue Mission now provides shelter to dogs and cats, but 1996 was the long-awaited shelter’s debut.

Submitted photo Jasper County’s animal shelter made its debut 21 years ago. Pictured, from left, are Gene Cleland, Leroy Sneed, D.P. Lowther, Danny McKenzie, Laurel Berry, Barbara Bartoldus, and the Rev. Thomas McClary.

Mayor’s memo: Planning critical to Hardeeville’s growth

The recent announcement of Latitude Margaritaville is exciting news for Hardeeville and the entire region. Growth is coming to Jasper County, and careful planning is critical to the intelligent use of our resources and the protection of our environment.

Harry Williams

Editorial: Anniversary of church shootings a day for practicing kindness

After eight days of heavy sadness, there were four uplifting hours.