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Authorities searched overnight for a stealth F-35 fighter jet after it reportedly had a “mishap” and went down Sunday afternoon over Lakes Marion or Moultrie.  

The pilot safely ejected about 2 p.m. Sunday and landed on South Kenwood Drive in North Charleston, officials said. He was taken to a hospital and was said to be in stable condition.

Officials say authorities are focusing their attention on the lakes based on the jet’s last-known position.  The jet belongs to a unit focused on training pilots.

The public is being asked to help locate the jet because its transponder was not working “for some reason that we haven’t yet determined,” a Joint Base Charleston spokesman said.  Have info? Contact (843) 963-3600.

In other news in the City Paper:

CP OPINION: Brack: Schools need to teach media literacy. “With so much misinformation, disinformation, fake news and outright untruths floating around these days in cyberspace, it’s easier than ever to get misled. And because information jacklegs are trying to jack you up with bad information, something needs to be done about it. Otherwise, our democracy will suffer.”

CP NEWS: Alternative charter school in Charleston operating illegally, documents say. Troubled public charter school Charleston Advancement Academy (CAA) is continuing normal operations and recruiting new students — even though the state revoked its charter in January and a state appellate court dropped a judicial stay on Aug. 31 that allowed it to operate.

CP NEWS: New Netflix documentary tells story of RiverDogs’ Veeck. The Saint of Second Chances, a Netflix documentary that premieres Sept. 19, tells the story of Mike Veeck, master baseball promoter for the Charleston RiverDogs.

CP NEWS: Folly Beach celebrates 50th birthday. The city at the “Edge of America” is celebrating its 50th birthday.

More news: 

Wilson asks court to deny motion for new Murdaugh trial. State Attorney General Alan Wilson says there are “significant factual disputes” over allegations of jury tampering in Alex Murdaugh’s murder trial and has asked for an appeals court to dismiss a motion for a new trial.

SENATE 42: Runoff election is Tuesday. S.C. Reps. Wendell Gilliard and Deon Tedder face off in a Democratic primary runoff Tuesday.

Leber to challenge Senn for state Senate seat. S.C. GOP Sen. Sandy Senn will be challenged from the right for her Charleston seat by freshman Rep. Matt Leber over the state’s abortion ban.

State lawmakers studying impact of free school meals for all. A study committee is looking at the impact of all K-12 students getting free meals.

Charleston’s Union Pier must deal with old deed restriction. A buried phrase in a 1957 deed restriction for Union Pier is causing trouble for private redevelopment. It says the property must be used “for exclusively public purposes.”

Charleston leaders, public to meet 5 police chief candidates Monday. The five finalists to replace the late Luther Reynolds are to meet with city council members and the community Monday.

S.C. Medal of Honor museum renovation gets underway. A $3.5 million renovation is expected to be done next spring.

Mount Pleasant’s Mustard Seed restaurant to close. After 28 years, the restaurant will close this month.

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