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Former Savannah Catholic priest indicted in Jasper County

Former Savannah Roman Catholic priest – and convicted child sex offender — Wayland Yoder Brown has been indicted in Jasper County on nine counts of criminal misconduct with a minor – sexual battery — involving two male 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone III announced Monday.

Photo courtesy 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office Wayland Brown

Official: Those rescued not getting to shelters

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on Tropical Storm Harvey (all times local):

Wilford Martinez, right, is rescued from his flooded car by Harris County Sheriff’s Department Richard Wagner along Interstate 610 in floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Photo courtesy Ridgeland Police Department / Ridgeland police seek this suspect in a June 16 hit-and-run

Damaging Hurricane Harvey settles in over southeast Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Hurricane Harvey settled over southeast Texas early Saturday, lashing the state’s Gulf Coast with damaging winds and dumping torrents of rain over hundreds of miles of coastline that braced for what forecasters predicted would be life-threatening storm surges — basically walls of water moving inland.

Rain is blown past palm trees as Hurricane Harvey makes landfall, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in almost a dozen years. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Latest: Hostage situation over; gunman wounded

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on shooting and hostage situation in Charleston, S.C. (all times local):

Police gather near the scene of a reported shooting in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Aug.24, 2017. Authorities say a disgruntled employee shot one person and is holding hostages in a restaurant in an area that is popular with tourists. Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference that the shooting was not an act of terrorism or racism. (Grace Beahm Alford /The Post And Courier via AP)

Fired dishwasher shoots chef; takes hostages in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A fired dishwasher shot a chef and was holding a “small number” of people hostage at a crowded restaurant in a tourist-heavy area of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday, authorities and one of the restaurant’s owners said.

Police gather near the scene of a reported shooting in Charleston, S.C., on Thursday, Aug.24, 2017. Authorities say a disgruntled employee shot one person and is holding hostages in a restaurant in an area that is popular with tourists. Mayor John Tecklenburg said at a news conference that the shooting was not an act of terrorism or racism. (Grace Beahm Alford /The Post And Courier via AP)

Mayor: Angry worker shoots 1, holds hostages in restaurant

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An angry employee shot one person Thursday and was holding “a couple” of others hostage at a crowded restaurant during lunchtime in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, authorities said.

The Latest: Charleston Mayor: 1 shot, hostages being held

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on shooting and hostage situation in Charleston, S.C. (all times local):

The Latest: Harvey now a hurricane, likely to become major

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Harvey (all times local):

Chris Mathew fills his vehicle and five gas cans at Costco in preparation for tropical weather on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Pearland, Texas. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the tropical depression was expected to intensify over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the Texas coast Friday. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Red Cross assisting after Ridgeland mobile home fire

The American Red Cross is assisting a person whose mobile home on Coosaw Scenic Drive in Ridgeland was damaged by a fire Tuesday afternoon, a news release said.

‘A man of his word’: Former sheriff Riley remembered 10 years after fatal car wreck

Ten years ago Charles Mitchell lost the man who gave him his start in law enforcement.

File photo Sheriff Ben Riley was killed in a car accident Aug. 29, 2007.

$900K for school improvement fund

The Jasper County School District has a bank account with funds specifically dedicated to capital improvements — the capital improvement fund. Capital improvements are anything that has a useful life longer than one year. The funds can be used for things like purchasing new computers and technology, building or renovations, or general maintenance.

High bids force new fire station remodeling strategy

Following attempts to get bids to remodel Ridgeland’s fire station, Town Council took a different avenue to move the project forward during its recent meeting.

Jean Tanner/Special to Jasper County Sun Times A black and yellow garden spider, also known as a banana spider, was spotted dragging its prey into its golden orb.

Young scholars enjoy educational trip

A group of young girls recently returned from a seven-day trip to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. The trip was a reward to the 9-year-olds for a successful three-year commitment to the Antioch Educational Center’s Scholar Program.

Photo courtesy Antioch Educational Center Nychelle Patrick, Ayana Gant, Janiah Orr and Hazella Jeffcoat enjoyed a trip to Washington D.C., and Baltimore, Md.,as a reward for a successful three-year commitment to the Antioch Educational Center’s Scholar Program.

New Audi dealership planned at New River Auto Mall

Audi Hilton Head will soon have a new facility at New River Auto Mall.

Michelle Flores/JCST Hardeeville and Jasper County officials help break ground Tuesday on Audi Hilton Head at New River Auto Mall.

Checkpoints stop 22 speeders

The Jasper County TRUST Coalition’s law enforcement partners conducted checkpoints throughout Jasper County from Aug. 11-13.

Sober or Slammer! campaign kicks off

Hardeeville partners with Arrhythmia Alliance to run for a cause

The city of Hardeeville and Hilton Head-based non-profit Arrhythmia Alliance and have partnered to raise funds for new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Hardeeville. The Hardeeville Fun Run for a Cause, with more than 60 registered participants, was Saturday at Hilton Head Lakes North.

Photo courtesy Arrhythmia Alliance The city of Hardeeville and Hilton Head-based non-profit Arrhythmia Alliance have partnered to raise funds for new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Hardeeville. The Hardeeville Fun Run for a Cause, with more than 60 registered participants, was held Saturday at Hilton Head Lakes North.

Thousands gather in South Carolina for total solar eclipse

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Parts of South Carolina plunged into more than two minutes of darkness on Monday as a total solar eclipse finished its journey across the country before skirting off into the Atlantic Ocean.

Ezra Packham, of Jacksonville, Fla., looks through his solar glasses in preparation for the solar eclipse Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, on the beach at Isle of Palms, S.C. Ezra and his family said the wanted to come to the Isle of Palms because they wanted to be on the beach and the city of Isle of Palms was giving away solar glasses. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)