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Effingham County Teacher of the Year

In her classroom halfway down a hall at Ebenezer Middle School, Heather Cocke has created a utopia for her students.

November 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education

Effingham IDA recaps busy year

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority, in its first year-end review, discussed its accomplishments for the year so far and announced a goal to nearly double ...

November 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Architects to look at Springfield city hall uses

Springfield City Council members have agreed to a proposal from a Savannah architecture firm to explore how to redevelop Springfield City Hall.

November 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County says no to possible landfill

Effingham County commissioners voted unanimously Nov. 3 to reject a memorandum of understanding from a sanitation company regarding the Grandview tract.

November 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

United Way surpasses campaign goal again

The confetti cannons fired as the numbers were turned over Wednesday morning, just as they had two months ago when the United Way of Effingham ...

November 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

State jobless rate falls to 5.7 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in October was 5.7 percent, down one-tenth of ...

November 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business

DOL to help with recruiting at Caesarstone facility

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Caesarstone Technologies USA recruit up to 45 employees for its manufacturing facility in Richmond Hill on ...

November 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Moon River adds film production chief, head of film packaging

FONU2, Inc. and Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company, Inc. announced that Daniel Grodnik, Mass Hysteria's CEO, has taken on the additional responsibility as the head ...

November 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Living with children

The subject of today's lesson is so-called experts who don't know what they're talking about.

November 24, 2015 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Start your own investment ‘traditions’

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And like all holidays, this one has plenty of traditions, such as Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (started in ...

November 24, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Remembering Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving of course began with the Pilgrims in 1621 somewhere between Sept. 21 and Nov. 11. They wanted to give thanks and invited the Indians ...

November 24, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Dixie Divas

An email arrived in the middle of the night back in August. Its message was to tell me that my precious friend Randy Parks, one ...

November 24, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

A word from UGA Extension

As Thanksgiving approaches, we dive into cleaning the house for guests and family, we get excited for Black Friday deals and farmers are still stressing ...

November 24, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

I could be wrong

Madonna, the 57-year old queen of pop, made a tearful reference to the recent Paris attacks at her concert the other night in Stockholm, Sweden ...

November 24, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

30 years of cane grinding and engines

On a farm just south of Clyo, Danny Harden has been holding his annual cane grinding and engine show. Visitors come from across the state ...

November 24, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town

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Recalling 1976 Rincon businesses

This was compiled by Susan Exley of Historic Effingham Society. If you have photos, comments or information to share, contact her at 754-6681 or email her at:

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Echoes of Effingham

Carter witness to history at Capitol

Less than a year into his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Buddy Carter was witness to two historic moments just last week.

September 29, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Georgia's elected

About DNR’s new law enforcement division

In 2013, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources created the new Law Enforcement Division to consolidate the law enforcement and public safety activities previously performed by various DNR divisions. The Law Enforcement Division focuses on enforcing hunting, fishing, boating, and environmental laws, as well as promoting public safety on all DNR properties, such as state parks.

September 29, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

This legislator’s gift will matter

If you tried to find a state legislator who opposed the HOPE scholarship, you couldn't do it.

September 29, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Aliens have second thoughts about Earth

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Open the door, please!"

September 29, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

It probably doesn't happen as much as you'd like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings - typically, three to six months' worth of living expenses - should you pay off debts, or fund your IRA or another investment account?

September 29, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Living with children

Q: My 14-year-old son started public high school this year and immediately fell into his old bad habits. He's intelligent and capable of making consistently excellent grades, but he often does less than he's capable of. He also tends to wait until the last minute before he begins something like a book report.

September 29, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

History in the nation's capital

Pope Francis made history this week as the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. During his address, Pope Francis spoke of freedom, opportunity, and the American Dream. He presented a message of hope and reinforced our shared goal of putting people first so they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. In a time when we face many great challenges, the Pope reminds us that we also face a future of countless possibilities.

September 29, 2015 | By U.S. Rep Buddy Carter | Opinion

Dixie Diva

My people, long-suffering and ever faithful, spent their lives toiling while looking forward to heavenly rest when death finally called.

September 29, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

A word from UGA Extension

I have recently received several turf calls about caterpillars. The majority of the caterpillars are sod webworms and different species of armyworms. I have mostly seen sod webworms, which are less than an inch long and have dark spots over their body. They overwinter as caterpillars in protective webbing. In the spring, they feed and molt into the pupal state.

September 29, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

I could be wrong

One way Jesus taught and reinforced Kingdom values was by reinterpreting laws. In His interpretations, Jesus would emphasize to His listeners the spirit behind a law, instead of the necessity to blindly follow some rule without understanding why it was important. He often explained a law in terms of the fundamental, eternal truth undergirding it - such as the holiness of God - so His audience could see the law in a new light, and understand it as a reflection of righteousness instead of as a burden or yoke. "You have heard it said…., but I say to you…." was one common ...

September 29, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Unemployment in Effingham falls to 5.1 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that unemployment in Effingham County was down to 5.1 percent for August, a drop from the July rate of 5.6 percent.

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Business

After another big year, port projects even more growth

In his annual state of the port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported on a year of extraordinary growth, and provided a review of the $142 million fiscal year 2016 capital expenditure plan.

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Business

SEHS cheerleaders win big at Lakeside

The South Effingham High School varsity cheerleaders won first in the 5A division and were named grand champion at the Panther Cheer Classic, held Saturday at Lakeside-Evans High School.

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Education

Gatch named to VSU dean’s list

VALDOSTA-Courtney Gatch of Rincon has been recognized among more than 240 students from Valdosta State University who made the summer 2015 dean's list.

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Education

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