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Carter to hold day office in Rincon

A representative from U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter's office will be in Rincon to meet with anyone who needs assistance with a federal agency during an upcoming Congressional "Day Office." Brooke Childers will be available on Monday in Rincon.

June 30, 2015 | Staff report | Georgia's elected

All-time high in volume, tonnage for Georgia Ports

The Georgia Ports Authority set all-time records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May with strong growth across several key business sectors.

June 30, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Walters re-elected as GPA chairman

The board of directors of the Georgia Ports Authority has re-elected James A. Walters of Gainesville to serve as chairman.

June 30, 2015 | Staff report | Business

How the state addresses nursing profession

Last month, National Nurses Week celebrated the work that nurses perform to provide quality care for patients every day. In Georgia, there are currently over 164,600 active nursing licensees, including approximately 119,200 registered nurses (RNs), 35,700 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 9,700 advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

June 30, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Three new chapters in the story of America

You won't often see so many history-making events crammed into such a small period of time, but that was the case last week with three huge stories breaking in a little less than 30 hours - a bonanza for those of us who work in the news industry.

June 30, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Going back to California and all is well

Dr. Michael Adams, former president of the University of Georgia, has announced he is returning to Pepperdine University, located in the wilds of Malibu, California, to become chancellor, effective Aug. 1. He had once been that institution's vice president of university affairs.

June 30, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

ACA still unworkable, unaffordable and unpopular

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the administration to allow ObamaCare subsidies to flow through This is a disappointment for the rule of law and for the states that have fought to keep some of ObamaCare's flawed policies out of their states.

June 30, 2015 | By Nina Owcharenko | Opinion

Health care law’s new name should be SCOTUSCare

The only thing worse for health care in America than Obamacare has been its implementation, which clearly ignores the rule of law.

June 30, 2015 | U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter | Opinion

Descendants visit Blandford

The Blandford Railroad Crossing, Blandford Road, the community of Blandford, the historic Blandford Depot, Blandford Elementary School, and the old Blandford post office all have something in common in addition to being located in Effingham County. Their name comes from the chief engineer of the Brinson Railway, Major R. A. Blandford (Richard Abner Blandford, 1845-1916) who engineered the construction of the railroad from Savannah to Springfield in 1906-07.

June 30, 2015 | By James B. Sickel | Echoes of Effingham

Living with children

Q: We just discovered that our 17-year-old is using nicotine. He tells us he's been using for the past several months, smoking two to four cigarettes a day to cope with academic anxiety and relationships. He tends to be socially reserved and has been struggling with academics of late. He appears contrite and remorseful and has said "I should never have gotten started with this stuff in the first place."

June 30, 2015 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle

Dixie Diva

It is, I believe, a distinct and unique trait of the South the way we carry on long conversations with people we are passing in the loaf bread section of the grocery store or in the checkout line.

June 30, 2015 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

A word from UGA Extension

In agriculture, the more you learn, the less you know. Many farmers will tell you this. No season is the same, and you learn something every day. We began this year with enough rain to slow down planting. Once we got everything planted, the rain shut off.

June 30, 2015 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle

I could be wrong

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding gay marriage, a large number of Biblically-based Christians feel beleaguered.

June 30, 2015 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Effingham jobless rate rises to 5.3 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that unemployment in Effingham County was 5.3 percent in May, up from April's figure of 4.9 percent.

June 30, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Waitress pays for grieving parents’ meal after learning of baby’s death

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas couple who recently lost their baby daughter found a bit of solace in a meal, thanks to a server at one of their favorite restaurants.

June 30, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | Hot Topics

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Rincon Elementary celebrates May Day

Rincon Elementary School staged its 32nd annual May Day celebration, with each grade level performing a dance and the May Queen and her court being crowned.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education

School board votes to fire accused teacher

The Effingham County Board of Education voted unanimously April 28 to fire a special education teacher who had been accused of inappropriate conduct with one of her students.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Thunderous support

Dozens of motorcycles thundered out of the Lowe's parking lot Saturday morning, the parade of chrome and steel led by a silver Dodge Charger.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

Effingham delegation won’t back pipeline

Effingham County's state legislative delegation made it clear earlier this week it does not support the proposed Palmetto Pipeline.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Lawmakers: Road work funding bill will help

Though it won't provide money for new road projects, the passage of HB 170 is critical for the state's transportation needs, state lawmakers said last week.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Court date set for Rincon chief's traffic charges

The fire chief of Rincon will be in Port Wentworth Municipal Court later this month on three traffic charges.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

State’s lures could reel in big catch for area, say legislators

The state is making inroads with economic development, members of Effingham County's General Assembly delegation, and the next big prize could be an automobile manufacturer.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Burns tosses hat into ring for House majority leader

Jon Burns' star has been rising steadily throughout the Georgia Legislature. It may soon rise to one of the top spots in the House of Representatives.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

New VFW post opens in Effingham County

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post 12149 was formed and brought to life Thursday evening at the United Way of Effingham County service center.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

ECSO visits Rotary

Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and Investigator Joe Heath discussed their work with the ECSO during a visit to the Rotary Club of Effingham County.

May 05, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town

Searles graduates from basic training

Army Pvt. Joshua T. Searles has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

May 05, 2015 | Staff report | Around Town

Legislation bolsters education

While transportation legislation and funding along with issues such as medical marijuana took the headlines, important education legislation passed the Legislature this year and increased funding for education was a centerpiece of the fiscal year 2016 budget. High school students will have a wide array of opportunities from dual enrollment in colleges and universities to technical certification that will give them both a skill certification and a high school diploma.

May 05, 2015 | By state Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Transportation bill is a turning point for lawmakers

Gov. Nathan Deal has finally signed the bill that dominated most of the discussion and media coverage in this year's legislative session: HB 170, the transportation funding bill.

May 05, 2015 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Celebration sparks walk down memory lane

You are going to have to give me a little scat room today. I am having an attack of the nostalgias. Going down someone else's Memory Lane can be as boring as a lecture on the life cycle of guppies but this has been a reflective few weeks for me. My beloved Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Georgia and the campus chapter of my college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, both celebrated their 100th anniversaries this past month in Athens.

May 05, 2015 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Perusing the old photo album again

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

May 05, 2015 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

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