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Bennett named IDA chairman as Webb steps down

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority's board is under new leadership, as one of its most senior members was voted in as chairman Thursday night.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Studio CEO ‘happy’ with progress

The head of the massive movie studio complex to be built in Effingham County told members of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority that progress continues to be made on the project.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Driving ahead on the parkway

The Effingham Parkway is still a few years away from construction, but the interest in the road isn't stuck in neutral.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Carter: Congress 'working toward' balanced budget

After his terms as mayor of Pooler and a member of the state General Assembly, Buddy Carter is learning his way around Washington, D.C., and the Capitol - literally.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Georgia's elected


Second K9 joins Rincon police’s ranks

Rincon City Council members met the police department's newest member - but didn't offer any treats.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Lundy sworn in as Guyton police chief

Guyton's new police chief isn't a newcomer to the city's streets.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Diverging diamond work could start by end of year

Work on improvements for the I-95/Highway 21 interchange could happen before the end of the year, state transportation board member Ann Purcell said Thursday.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Savannah Tech plans major upgrade for Effingham campus

Significant additions are planned for the Savannah Technical College's Effingham County campus as part of STC's massive capital campaign.

March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Giving them a Taste

The fifth annual Effingham Chamber of Commerce Taste of Effingham was held Thursday at the Effingham County Recreation and Parks gym in Springfield, and another big crowd turned out to sample the wares of local restaurants and caterers.

March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


County to alter rec board makeup

By a split decision, Effingham County commissioners decided to start reducing the number of members on the county recreation board.

March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Pipeline project draws questions, critics

A proposed pipeline that would cross through Effingham County drew vocal opposition last Wednesday evening.

March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County awards bid to build Tusculum fire station

The Effingham County Fire and Rescue Department is expected to add another station in the next few months.

March 03, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Studio cites progress with finances, plans

Work is expected to start soon on a massive movie studio complex planned for southern Effingham County.

March 03, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SEHS student fashion show displays its impressions

Christian Mincey won the award as the top overall designer at the 2015 South Effingham High School student fashion show Saturday night.

February 24, 2015 | Staff report | Education


Interest grows in proposed sprawling park

There could be a wide range of activities taking place on a vast tract of land in southern Effingham County.

February 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Effingham jobless rate falls to 4.9 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for April was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in March.

May 28, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Off into the future

Nearly 380 young men and women became alumni of Effingham County High School on Saturday night, as the turning of tassels and the tossing of hats signified the end of their high school careers.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Education


SEHS grads sprint into the future

As they clutched diplomas and were released from their days as high school students, the South Effingham High School class of 2015 conducted the traditional sprint to the Mustang statue.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Education


On Memorial Day, an offer of thanks

He goes by Father Martino, in homage to St. Martin de Porres, who dedicated his life to working with the poor and seeking harmony. The Rev. Nguyen Thong Ba, in reality, is a Vietnamese immigrant who offered his never-ending gratitude for the American servicemembers who fought and died in his homeland decades ago.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


School board gives the OK to $91M budget

Effingham County Board of Education members have given tentative approval to a fiscal year 2016 budget that calls for cost of living raises for system employees.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Firm to draw up master plan for central recreation park

The plans for a proposed massive central recreation facility could be moving forward.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield buys former furniture store building

The downtown Springfield building that housed Walt's Furniture for more than 50 years is now property of the city of Springfield.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Local


It's career day at Ebenezer Elementary

Ebenezer Elementary School held its career day last Friday, and students in all grades got a chance to take a look at a number of different professions

May 19, 2015 | Staff report | Education


Top of ECHS class ready to tackle college

The top graduates from the Effingham County High School class of 2015 can't wait for college to start. In fact, at least has a head start.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Top SEHS grads find hard work equals top grades

Being designated the top graduates of the South Effingham High School class of 2015 was a welcome status for Jake Elliott and Cody Morgan.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Chamber job fair brings in crowd of employers, applicants

Jobseekers eagerly awaited the Effingham Chamber of Commerce's second annual job fair. So much so they were lined up well before the doors of the Effingham College and Career Academy opened.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


County, city finalize merger of fire services

Effingham County commissioners and Springfield City Council members have approved a pact merging their respective fire departments.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon OKs sale of land bought in new station purchase

Rincon City Council has approved sales contracts on surplus land that was part of its purchase for a new fire station.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT commissioner rejects pipeline application

State Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry decided not to grant a certificate of public convenience to Kinder Morgan for a 380-mile gasoline pipeline, denying the company the ability to exercise eminent domain for the project.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


School board chooses IE2 governance model

The Effingham County Board of Education has chosen the IE2 model for its system of governance, following a unanimous vote at its May 6 meeting.

May 19, 2015 | Patrick Donahue | Education


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