South Carolina looks to keep improving through bye week

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s biggest surprises this fall heading into its bye week. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp believes his players will keep working hard during the time off to continue surprising people when they get back on the field.

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp calls for a timeout during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina figured to be a work in progress in coach Will Muschamp’s second season. But headed into their break, the Gamecocks are among the Southeastern Conference’s biggest surprises at 5-2 and have their sights set on even bigger things the rest of the way. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

California wildfire victims search burned homes for memories

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — After fleeing flames that were closing in on him 12 days ago, Donnie Steggal finally returned home Friday — and sifted through the ruins of the Northern California home where he and his wife raised their two children.

FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, a mailbox, one of few items left at the site of the destroyed home in Napa, Calif., where Sara and Charles Rippey died in a fast-moving wildfire, shows a pink and black polka dot ribbon that indicates a fire crew has visited the location. The vast majority of those who died in the Northern California wildfires were in their 70s and 80s including several couples who died together. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

State history: 1833 railroad one of world’s largest

On Oct. 2, 1833, workers for the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company (SCC&RR) completed a 136-mile railroad from Charleston to Hamburg. At the time the line was constructed, Hamburg (now North Augusta) was the largest inland port in the state. Built of hardwood rails, this single set of tracks was one of the longest railroads in the world at the time it was completed.

Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defending chief of staff John Kelly after he mischaracterized the remarks of a Democratic congresswoman and called her an “empty barrel” making noise. A Trump spokeswoman said it was “inappropriate” to question Kelly in light of his stature as a retired four-star general.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders calls on a member of the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

South Carolina’s jobless rate dips in September to 3.9

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — State officials say more people are working in South Carolina than ever before.

Coaches: Trump should invite South Carolina to White House

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White says it is a “slap in the face” to the Gamecocks that South Carolina still is waiting for an invitation to the White House as the national women’s basketball champions.

South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley answers questions during the Southeastern Conference women’s NCAA college basketball media day Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hardeeville PD seizes drugs, cash

Hardeeville Police Department

UPDATE: Wanted sex offender captured in Texas

The Ridgeland Police Department said an arrest warrant has been issued by the South Carolina Department of Probation and Parole for Stephen Alford Griner Jr. after he allegedly disabled a tracking device assigned to him following his Aug. 25 supervised release from the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. He had served a nearly 20-year sentence for a March 1999 first-degree criminal sexual conduct, police say.

Photo courtesy Ridgeland PD Stephen Griner

UPDATE: School board mulls West Hardeeville, Bees Creek, ACE properties

The fate of the West Hardeeville and Bees Creek properties owned by the Jasper County School District remained up in the air following a called meeting of the school board on Monday.

Elderly couples in wildfires’ path died in each other’s arms

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This undated photo provided by their son, Tim Halbur, shows Leroy Halbur, 80, and his wife, Donna Halbur, 80. The couple were unable to leave their Santa Rosa, Calif., home when a wildfire destroyed it early Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Donna Halbur’s body was found in a car in their garage, and Leyor Halbur was found in the driveway, their son said. (Courtesy Tim Halbur via AP)

Sheriff: Driver arrested on drugs, gun charges

A gun and drugs were found Tuesday after a traffic stop, according to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

Photo Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Antonio Watson

Top GOP consultant charged with illegal lobbying, conspiracy

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A top Republican political consultant and two former state representatives were indicted Wednesday in a corruption scheme in South Carolina’s Legislature that has now ensnared half a dozen lawmakers.

FILE - In a May 23, 2017 file photo, former Majority Leader Rick Quinn, left, and his father, Richard Quinn Sr. pause as they talk during a break in a hearing to get solicitor David Pascoe disqualified from the prosecution of Quinn in Columbia, S.C. Solicitor David Pascoe announced Wednesday, Oct. 18, that the State Grand Jury had returned indictments against Richard Quinn on charges of criminal conspiracy and failure to register as a lobbyist. Grand jurors also issued new indictments for two lawmakers already charged. Rep. Rick Quinn, the elder Quinn’s son, was charged with criminal conspiracy. (Tim Dominick/The State via AP)

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Cops: Bust yields drugs, cash

Citizens complained and law enforcement acted.

Photo courtesy city of Hardeeville

Community Solar Program construction begins in Jasper

Construction has begun at two of the three solar facilities to be completed for one of the nation’s largest utility-sponsored community solar programs, SCE&G announced.

Lane closures as I-95 safety improvements begin

Nightly lane closures have begun for the Interstate 95 improvement project. Lane closures will be between mile marker 27 and mile marker 22 southbound.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times The First Tee of the Lowcountry helps kids learn lessons. At Saturday's golf clinic, the group was encouraged to introduce themselves to each other.

The First Tee brings golf clinic to Ridgeland

Sometimes golf lessons begin with a handshake.

Anthony Garzilli/Jasper County Sun Times Luke Averkin, 8, takes a swing during The First Tee of the Lowcountry’s free clinic at Turpin Park in Ridgeland. The program seeks to instill core values into participants.

Youmans celebrated as breast cancer survivor

Jayden Youmans grasped his mother’s hand a little tighter walking down the hall to his classroom Friday morning.

Jasper County Sun Times The Beaufort Jasper EOC Head Start and Early Head Start program in Robertville honor one of their parents, Ebony Youmans, for completing her cancer treatments. Youmans is pictured in the middle with balloons next to her father, Lee. The group honored Youmans and wore pink clothes in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.