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Starting off with a bang

A huge crowd turned out Friday night for Rincon's annual Freedom Rings, which this year included fireworks after the laser show. The fireworks display was provided by Brent Fisher of Falcon Fireworks in Effingham County.

June 30, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town


A celebration 25 years in the making

It was the silver anniversary for the United Way in Effingham County - but for its staff and others, it's the beginning of a golden future.

June 30, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Rec complex master plan could be done soon

Effingham County commissioners and recreation officials could get drawings in two weeks of what their proposed large central complex may look like.

June 30, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work plugs along as studio waits on master plan approval

It will be an extra four weeks for the Moon River Studios' master plan to perhaps meet the Effingham County commissioners' approval, but the chairman of the company's board doesn't believe that will slow much down.

June 30, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Repaving, restriping set to start soon on county roads

Repaving and restriping on some of Effingham County's most difficult roads is expected to commence soon, after commissioners approved bids for work at their June 23 meeting.

June 30, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Settlement reached in 2010 suit against county

Effingham County commissioners voted last Tuesday to approve a settlement in a nearly five-year-old lawsuit.

June 30, 2015 | Staff report | Local


Robbery suspect pleads, gets 20 years

One of two Effingham County men arrested for a pair of October 2013 robbery attempts has pled guilty in superior court.

June 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Crime Reports


Georgia-Pacific grant helps ECSO put two new K9s on the street

The two newest members of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office are getting ready to hit the streets later this summer.

June 23, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


BOE approves budget

The Effingham County Board of Education approved a budget for the coming fiscal year that includes teacher pay raises, increased pay for non-certified personnel, additional assistant principals at each middle school and one additional band teacher for each of the system's three middle schools.

June 23, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Effingham IDA passes slightly smaller budget for coming fiscal year

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members have approved a fiscal year 2016 budget that is a reduction from its current spending plan.

June 23, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City ready to light up the night for Freedom Rings

The city of Rincon is making preparations for what has become its annual laser light show - and its first fireworks show.

June 23, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Mayor says regional approach best method to fight for bases

A group of leaders in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry is trying to make sure the federal government doesn't derail one of the area's most powerful economic engines.

June 16, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Legion Auxiliary commended for work with VA hospital

It was more than just swearing in new officers for the American Legion Post 209 Auxiliary to celebrate Thursday night.

June 16, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Visitors from across the state to descend on Mars

The Mars Theatre is preparing to welcome visitors from around the state.

June 16, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Camp Buddy cooks up fun

For a waiting and hungry group of young campers, Chief Nick Mueller does not mind toiling over a hot pizza oven.

June 16, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


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Articles By Author - Patrick Donahue


For Deadwyler, Mars was a mission

Tommy Deadwyler took the Mars Theatre stage Saturday night in what was one of his final acts, but he'll have a hand in an ...

September 01, 2015 | Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Analyst: Effingham economy headed in right direction

Effingham County's economy is heading in the right direction and could do so for a while, community leaders learned at the annual Effingham Chamber ...

September 01, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


A living tribute

A park that bears his name now has a living symbol to honor the memory of Peter Giles Jr.

September 01, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


City’s golf course getting noticed

One of the city of Rincon's biggest investments may be starting to provide dividends.

September 01, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Tyre sentenced for sexual encounter with minor

The founder of a local theatre troupe has entered a plea on charges of child molestation.

August 31, 2015 | Staff report | Crime Reports


Chamber annual retreat takes a new direction

ST. SIMONS ISLAND-The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's annual community retreat took a different direction this year.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA turns on the financing power for solar farm

Effingham County Industrial Development Authority members have given a green light to a solar power project.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


‘Team player’ wins Helmey Humanitarian Award

Effingham Health System named Shannon Heath as its C. Edward Helmey Humanitarian Year of the Award winner Monday afternoon.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Springfield grant paves way for canoe, kayak launch

Springfield's path to the Ebenezer Creek has taken another step.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Master plan for central rec complex almost done

Effingham County officials are putting the final tweaks on a proposed massive recreation complex for the center of the county.

August 25, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


New Ebenezer to hold benefit dinner

New Ebenezer Retreat Center will hold a benefit dinner Thursday at 7 p.m. with Leon Jacobs Jr. providing entertainment beginning at 8 p.m.

August 24, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town


County agrees to settlement in Grandview suit

The long legal battle between a development group and Effingham County commissioners appears to have ended.

August 18, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Buddy system

The Backpack Buddies program at Marlow Elementary School got a big lift from the members of the 117th Air Control Squadron.

August 18, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Emotions run high on request to change ECHS nickname

Emotions and passions are running high following a request to the Effingham County Board of Education to end the use of the Rebels name and ...

August 18, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


A smooth and busy start to the school year

It's been a smooth start, for the most part, to the 2015-16 school year, Effingham County Superintendent Randy Shearouse.

August 11, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


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