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Holiday cheer: Lattimore returning to host Thanksgiving

The giving at Thanksgiving continues.

Jasper County Sun Times file photo Former Gamecocks football star Marcus Lattimore and his foundation will return to Ridgeland and the Bar-B-Q-Grill this Thanksgiving to help give out free meals for the fourth consecutive year.

After nuclear debacle, utility asks to cut S. Carolina rates

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — With customers angry that they’re still paying for a defunct multibillion-dollar nuclear reactor project, a co-owner of the South Carolina plant says it now wants to cut power rates and offer other givebacks.

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. President Keller Kissam speaks at the company’s headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Cayce, S.C., about cutting customers’ rates in half over the next three years, following the abandonment of construction of two nuclear reactors. Kissam said SCE&G will ask regulators immediately to reduce customer rates by 3.5 percent, with company shareholders bearing remaining net construction costs for the next 50 years. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

The Latest: Power company wants to cut South Carolina rates

CAYCE, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. plans after failed nuclear project (all times local):

S. Carolina officials announce 1st flu death of season

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina health officials have confirmed the state’s first flu-related death this flu season.

California gunman’s wife found dead; death toll climbs to 5

RANCHO TEHAMA RESERVE, Calif. (AP) — The wife of a gunman who went on a shooting rampage in a Northern California town was found dead inside their home, authorities announced Wednesday, raising the death toll from the attack to five.

Yellow tags mark where bullet casings found at one of the scenes of a shooting spree at Rancho Tehama Reserve, near Corning, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Law enforcement says that five people, including the shooter were killed, and several people including some children were injured during the shooting spree that occurred at multiple locations. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

UPDATE: 5 Jasper residents among 13 charged after multi-agency drug raid

A multi-agency investigation into the distribution of cocaine, crack cocaine and opiates ended Nov. 15 in the arrest of 13 suspects — five from Jasper County — on charges of alleged conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

J & J Machinery Transport brings jobs to Ridgeland

J & J Machinery Transport, Inc., a company specializing in the transport and relocation of precision industrial and commercial machinery, has invested $2.5 million and created eight jobs at the former Daniel Defense facility at 58 Firefly Drive in Ridgeland, the SouthernCarolina Alliance said.

Ridgeland Council to vote Thursday to move town fire department project ahead

Ridgeland Town Council plans to vote on beginning construction of the new portion of the Ridgeland Fire Department during its Nov. 16 meeting.

Veterans are recognized for defending freedom in military

Orease Brown was presented a gift recently, but what he gave back to his country in the form of military service was the gift of freedom to all Americans.

Orease Brown, seated, is a 99-year-old World War II Veteran who was honored on Nov. 8 along with six of his fellow veterans during a ceremony at the Robertville Senior Center. He is pictured here with his son, Nathaniel. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times

U.S. Sen. Graham touts Jasper projects

Three projects that Jasper County officials want to see become reality were spotlighted Monday by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who visited Ridgeland and discussed the Ridgeland-Claude Dean Airport expansion, the Jasper Port and the Exit 3 project off Interstate 95.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham visited Jasper County on Monday. Speaking in Ridgeland, Graham voiced support for several projects, including the Jasper Port.

Royal Live Oaks seeks transfer to Erskine institute

Royal Live Oaks Academy Charter School in Hardeeville has been accepted to be a part of the Charter Institute at Erskine, according to Royal Live Oaks Executive Director Karen Wicks.

The Latest: Witness: Gunman opened fire on truck near California school

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on deadly shootings in Northern California (all times local):

Traffic backs up outside Rancho Tehama, Calif., after multiple people were killed in a shooting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Jim Schultz/The Record Searchlight via AP)

Sessions says he has ‘no reason to doubt’ Moore accusers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions voiced no skepticism Tuesday of accounts by women accusing Roy Moore of groping or pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teens, and hinted the Justice Department might look into allegations against the besieged Republican Alabama Senate candidate.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington. Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal. The Justice Department made the announcement Monday in responding to concerns from Republican lawmakers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sheriff's Office says guns, drugs, cash seized in Mitchellville

The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office said multiple guns, drugs and cash were seized Monday after warrants were served in the Mitchellville area.

Photo courtesy Jasper County Sheriff’s Office A drug bust yielded eight guns, 124 grams of cocaine, 27 grams of meth, a small amount of crack cocaine, 37 Xanax pills and a small amount of marijuana, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

4 students attend leadership conference

Special to JCST Kendal White, a student at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School, and Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney.

Charter schools takes 2nd at United Nations event

Twenty-five middle-schoolers from Royal Live Oaks Academy were recognized as the “Distinguished School” for their performance at Georgia Southern University’s 36th Annual Middle School Model United Nations event in Statesboro, Ga. During the event, students are assigned countries to represent as they research, debate, and come to a consensus for a resolution.

Photo courtesy Royal Live Oaks Academy Royal Live Oaks Academy took second at Georgia Southern University’s 36th Annual Middle School Model United Nations event in Statesboro, Ga.

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST A tiny green tree frog takes an undisturbed rest on a stalk of Jean Tanner’s Century plant.

U.S. Sen. Graham visits Jasper County

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham spotlighted three Jasper County projects as part of his visit to the county Monday.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to the media in Ridgeland on Monday. He’s joined with Ridgeland Mayor Joey Malphrus, County Council Chairman Marty Sauls and Hardeeville Mayor Harry Williams. Not pictured are Hardeeville city councilman David Spisso and County Councilman Theo Drayton.

Ivy Garden Club honors veterans

Special to JCST Members of the Ivy Garden Club gathered at the War Memorial at the courthouse in Ridgeland on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. After a brief ceremony, a wreath was placed at the memorial in remembrance of those who served from Jasper County.

Palmetto Veterinary Hospital is November Business of the Month

Palmetto Veterinary Hospital has been named the Town of Ridgeland's Business of the Month.

Palmetto Veterinary Hospital was named Business of the Month for November by the Town of Ridgeland. Photo by Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun Times