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

Klaus Ritter/Special to Jasper County Sun Times This Osprey was caught hanging out in Ridgeland.

Happenings around the county

Rules and regulations approved for Ridgeland farmers market

The Ridgeland Town Council unanimously approved the rules and regulations to use the town’s new farmer’s market during its Oct. 5 meeting, according to town of Ridgeland Administrator Dennis Averkin.

Gopher Hill Festival was 'biggest yet'

The 46th annual Gopher Hill festival kicked off last Thursday with children wearing costumes and parading down the street, followed by participants racing tubs down Main Street in Ridgeland. There were also several pets taking center stage during a pet show and many showed off their talents during the talent show.

Waiver denied by commission for package shop

The town of Ridgeland Planning Commission recently voted unanimously to deny a waiver request from a local businessman seeking to operate a package store on property not originally intended for that purpose.

Jasper delegation officer files $300,000 suit

The first and only delegation officer for S.C. House and Senate members from Jasper County has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $300,000 from her employers.

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.

Gopher Hill draws huge crowds

One of the three Gopher Hill grand marshals included State Farm Insurance

Gopher Hill Festival gets underway

The tub races were one of many events held Thursday in Ridgeland as the 46th annual Gopher Hill festival got underway. (photos by: Shellie Murdaugh/Jasper County Sun)

Board approves CATE site

The campus of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School will soon house a CATE facility.

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.

Sheffield Oil Company was presented with a certificate and represented in the photo by Lynn Richardson, middle. On the left is Gopher Hill Chairperson Linda Dailey and on the right is Gopher Hill Parade Chairperson Dallas Lassiter.

Events: What’s happening

Republican Party meeting

Jean Tanner/Special to JCST Jean Tanner snapped this photo of a shiny black crow right in the middle of his ‘Caw-Caw!’

RHHS grads explore Biomedical Science

Several graduates of Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School have completed internships that allowed them to become more knowledgeable in their area of studies.

RHHS 2016 graduates Kayla Hasty and Myrandi Roper were paid interns this summer in the Biomedical Science Research program at South Carolina State University.

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.