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Byline: KRIS WISE
One of the poorest counties in the state has resumed a long-running battle with the South Carolina State Ports Authority over control of a piece of land that's ripe for port development.
Jasper County has given the Georgia Department of Transportation until Thursday to accept a $9.2 million offer on property where the county hopes to build a new port terminal. If its offer is refused, the county plans to condemn the land and move ahead anyway with the job-rich port project.
The county's controversial idea has for years been criticized by Georgia and South Carolina port officials who fear a new, private deep-water port could siphon business away from state-run terminals in Savannah and Charles-ton, both aiming to be the biggest container port in the Southeast.
Jasper County has tried before to condemn the land - on the South Carolina side of the …