JCST Staff Report

Checkpoints planned in Ridgeland on Friday

Federal aid for Jasper, 15 other counties for Irma relief

In response to Gov. Henry McMaster’s request, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exists in South Carolina and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in 16 counties affected by Hurricane Irma, according to a news release.

Football Friday final: John Paul II 30, The King’s Academy 12

Led by Zach Doe’s three touchdowns and a stingy defense, John Paul II beat host The King’s Academy, 30-12.

Football Friday final: Thomas Heyward 37, Dorchester 0

Thomas Heyward wasted no time Friday making a statement in its important SCISA Region 2-A game against visiting Dorchester.

Volleyball: HHP beats THA, 3-1

Volleyball: THA tops St. Andrew's, 3-0

SBA offers Hurricane Irma disaster assistance

WASHINGTON–South Carolina businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Irma Sept. 6-13 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced today.

Hardeeville man accused of inappropriately touching a child

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office charged a Hardeeville man with inappropriately touching a child.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office. Sinuhet T. Gomez

Participants sought for First Tee of the Lowcountry clinics in Ridgeland

Children ages 7 to 17 will have the opportunity to learn more about golf, free of charge to the participants. Experienced volunteers, led by coach Bob Valentino of The First Tee of The Lowcountry, will be hosting five complimentary golf clinics for kids this fall. Participants will learn to play golf as well as receive an introduction to The First Tee’s Core Values and Healthy Habits.

Youth soccer scores

Jasper County Recreation Department standings

Fiddlers Seafood offers food, fellowship

Fiddlers Seafood Restaurant in Ridgeland has been in business since 1999. Located in downtown, the business is right in the heart of the Gopher Hill Festival’s festivities. Owner Donna Rowell offered her thoughts on the restaurant and her affection for the festival:

Photos Fiddlers Seafood Garlic crabs are some of dishes you can grab at Fiddlers Seafood in Ridgeland during Gopher Hill weekend.

Jasper company collecting donations for Puerto Rico

NRAM Collision Center, owned by Peacock Automotive, will collect donations for disaster relief efforts to help the citizens of Puerto Rico. A 53-foot trailer was brought to the Collision Center, located on S.C. 170 in Ridgeland and will be available for community members to deliver donations until Thursday, Oct. 12.

Friday Football finals: Thomas Heyward 52, Hilton Head Christian 23; John Paul II 36, Carolina Academy 14

Both of the county's SCISA teams won Friday.

Hardeeville police seek burglary suspects who stole a safe

Hardeeville Police seek two men suspected of stealing a safe from Check-N-Go.

Photo courtesy the city of Hardeeville Two suspects are sought after cops say they took a safe from Check-N-Go in Hardeeville

Cops need help identifying shoplifting suspect

Ridgleland police need help identifying a man suspected of shoplifting from Handy Dan’s Gulf Station at 8250 East Main Street on Sept. 20.

Photo courtesy Ridgeland Police Department Cops identify this man as a suspect in a shoplifting at Handy Dan’s Gulf Station at 8250 East Main Street on Sept. 20.

Hardeeville’s Meeks recognized with day in her honor

Lifelong Hardeeville resident Joyce Meeks was honored by City Council Thursday with a proclamation naming Sept. 21, 2017 as “Joyce Meeks Day.”

Photo courtesy the city of Hardeeville The city of Hardeeville proclaimed Sept. 21, 2017 as Joyce Meeks Day at Thursday’s meeting.

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.

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.