Polaris Tech holds groundbreaking in Ridgeland

Polaris Tech, a charter school slated to open in August, held its groundbreaking at the site of the new school on Grays Highway in Ridgeland Friday morning.

Photo by John Williams/Polaris Tech. Polaris Tech, a charter school slated to open in August, held its groundbreaking at the site of the new school on Grays Highway in Ridgeland Friday morning.

Morris Center offering volunteer sessions

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage invites the community to informational sessions to learn about volunteer opportunities.

The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is offering sessions to learn about volunteer opportunities.

9 die from flu in South Carolina last week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State health officials say nine people have died from the flu in South Carolina in the past week.

Sheriff: Cocaine, guns, cash seized in Hardeeville

Police arrested a Hardeeville man Thursday after executing a search warrant and finding cocaine, marijuana, guns and THC, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Police found 16 grams of powder cocaine, 279 grams of marijuana, two guns, 83 grams of THC wax and approximately $5,000 cash, the Sheriff’s Office said, after searching a Hardeeville residence.

Hardeeville Police seek help identifying suspect

The Hardeeville Police Department is investigating a suspected financial identity fraud that cops say occurred at 6:15 a.m. on Jan. 10 at the Speedway Gastation at 18492 Whyte Hardee Boulevard.

Photo courtesy Hardeeville Police Department Cops seek the public’s assistance in identifying fraud suspect.

UPDATE: Donations taken for Ridgeland family after house fire

The Ridgeland Fire Department, along with Jasper County Fire-Rescue, responded to a residential structure fire Thursday afternoon on Wise Street in Ridgeland, according to a news release

Photo courtesy Ridgeland Fire Department The Ridgeland Fire Department and Jasper County Fire-Rescue responded to a residential structure fire on Wise Street Thursday. There were no reported injuries.

York County Sheriff's Office Detective Michael R. Doty. York County Sheriff's Office

Across the South, it’s snow, ice and record-breaking cold

ATLANTA (AP) — A thin layer of snow and ice across the South closed highways, schools and government offices and sent cars sliding off the road Wednesday, while a blast of cold air broke records as far south as the Gulf Coast.

A snow covered downtown is seen, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Atlanta. The South awoke on Wednesday to a two-part Arctic mess. First came a thin blanket of snow and ice, and then came the below-zero wind chills and record-breaking low temperatures in New Orleans and other cities. (AP Photo/Janelle Cogan)

Old Ridgeland Hospital demolished to make room for new charter school

Kaye Davis watched last Wednesday afternoon as the front entrance of the former Ridgeland Hospital crashed to the ground.

Kaye Davis, of Ridgeland, watches the demolition of the old Ridgeland Hospital last Wednesday. Davis was one of many employees who had worked at the hospital since it had opened in 1971. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

Hardeeville OKs $6.5M for recreational facility

Hardeeville took a step toward building a multipurpose recreational facility during its city council meeting last week.

Recognizing school board appreciation month

Jasper County School District joined school districts throughout the state and nation to celebrate School Board Recognition Month in January.

January is School Board Recognition Month and members of the Jasper County School District Board of Trustees includes from left: Randy Horton, Jerold Murray, Kevin Karg, Tedd Moyd, Chairwoman Priscilla Green, Berty Riley, Bennie Hazel, Daisy Mitchell and Debora Butler. Photo submitted by the Jasper County School District.

Board says school district on ‘correct’ path

Jasper County School District Superintendent Donald Andrews received a satisfactory performance review by the school board following a closed session during the district’s meeting last week, according to a district press release.

Donald Andrews

Hardeeville closer to election date change

Voters in Hardeeville look to be headed to the polls in even number years in November after the city agreed to draft an ordinance to change its municipal election date and abolish its election commission.

School district: No injuries after minor bus accident

Emergency officials responded to a minor bus accident involving a Jasper County School District bus Tuesday morning, Jasper County School District Public Information Officer La’Shanda Grant confirmed.

This month in state history: South Carolina tries to annex Georgia

On Jan. 23, 1777, William Henry Drayton addressed the Georgia Convention in Savannah proposing that South Carolina annex the state of Georgia. In the midst of the American Revolution, the offer was spurred by economic interests as well as concerns that Georgia’s citizens did not support the Patriot cause.

William Henry Drayton / From the Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society

Suspect shoots 4 officers in S Carolina, 1 critically hurt

YORK, S.C. (AP) — Four law enforcement officers, including three SWAT team members, were shot and wounded as they searched for a domestic violence suspect in South Carolina, authorities said Tuesday.

Cars are parked at a home in York, S.C. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, where multiple deputies responding to a domestic violence call were shot and wounded. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said Christian Thomas McCall is the man officers think shot and wounded the officers early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jeffrey S. Collins)

Windi Weaver/Special to JCST A White ibis enjoying the weather at the Savannah Wildlife Refuge in Hardeeville.

Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, a statue of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. overlooks the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., where advocates say officials are doing a good job at preserving sites links to civil rights. The site is among about 130 locations in 14 states being promoted as part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail, which organizers hope will boost tourism in the region. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Parade celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Downtown Ridgeland was the site Saturday morning of the Martin Luther King Jr. parade, presented by the Garden of Light Committee. The theme was “Together we win with love for humanity.”

Klaus Ritter/Special to JCST Martin Luther King Jr. Parade grand marshals Lee Arthur and Luvenia Youmans. The Garden of Light Committee hosted the event Saturday in Ridgeland.

South Carolina soldier dies in Iraq

FORT MILL, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a soldier from South Carolina who had been stationed in Texas has been killed in Iraq.