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What starts out small may end up big

In the Georgia State Legislature, even a relatively simple bill can sometimes turn into one of the most important pieces of legislation that is considered.

April 10, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion

OTC taps legendary coach as grad speaker

Herman Boone, the inspiration for the 2000 film "Remember the Titans," will be the featured speaker for Ogeechee Technical College's spring commencement ceremony next month, the college announced Thursday.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports

March 22

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Crime Reports

Sheriff’s office gets highway safety grant

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local

City talks plans for fire station

Rincon City Council members are expected to hold a zoning hearing at their next meeting on the city's newly-annexed 66 acres off Blue Jay and McCall roads.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Writing scores dip for eighth-graders

Reflecting the results across the region and state, Effingham County's scores declined slightly this year from last year on Georgia's Eighth-Grade Writing Assessment.

April 07, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

County set to start work on roads

Improvements to McCall and Blue Jay roads are expected to start this week, according to temporary county administrator Toss Allen.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Challenge to Jones' candidacy dismissed

Vera Jones can continue her re-election bid, after the Effingham County Board of Elections voted 3-1 Friday morning to dismiss a challenge to her candidacy.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

State economic development group earns exports honor

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday that the Georgia Department of Economic Development has been selected to receive the Presidential "E Star" Award for excellence in providing export programs and services.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business

New law gives tax credit for AFVs

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law HB 348, legislation that creates a new tax credit for Georgians who choose to purchase and operate alternative fuel trucks or buses.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Georgia's elected

Allen ready for second run at seat

The numbers, Rick Allen believes, are in his favor.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Chalk one up at Habersham School

Students at The Habersham School in Rincon put on a colorful display of school spirit Friday.

April 07, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Civil War docks in Rincon

With cannon and mortar fire booming across the field, the annual Civil War Experience came to Rincon's Freedom Park on Saturday.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

Locals in the pros, colleges update

Pros

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | More Sports

Deadline approaching for GSU season tickets

The deadline to renew Georgia Southern University football season tickets for the 2014 schedule is only a week away.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | College sports

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Ebenezer Elementary brings Georgia history to life

Second-graders at Ebenezer Elementary School put on a "living museum" to celebrate Georgia Day and highlight famous Georgians.

February 17, 2014 | Staff report | Education

City ready for ‘bigger, better’ July 4 laser show

Rincon City Council members are gearing up now for the city's annual 4th of July celebration.

February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

New group on the job at Effingham Hospital ER

Effingham Health System officially welcomed a team of doctors Monday who will take the hospital to "the next level of care," according to CEO Norma Jean Morgan.

February 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business

Six hurt in truck, daycare van wreck

Six people were injured, one of them seriously, when a pickup collided with a childcare business' van Monday morning at Highway 21 and Ebenezer Road.

February 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

Pastor’s death hits church, friends hard

Jeffrey Rollins' length of tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church of Springfield spoke volumes about he how felt about his church, and how his church felt about him, the church's deacon chairman said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Locals in the pros, colleges update

Pros

February 17, 2014 | Staff report | More Sports

Effingham lauded for workforce development effort

The Effingham County School System was one of six school districts in the state recognized by Gov. Nathan Deal and the Governor's Office of Workforce Development for having 100 percent of the system's high schools organized with a Go Build Georgia high school team.

February 17, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Rotary turns on renewable energy

Osman Bholat, area sales executive for Georgia Power, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Effingham County's meeting on Thursday.

February 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Waller honored with soybean efficiency award

Bart Waller, Effingham County commodity producer, was the recipient of the 2014 State Non-Irrigated Soybean Efficiency Contest.

February 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

A good man is called home by the Lord

Yes, a good man has gone home. The community of Effingham and, more particularly the First Baptist Church of Springfield, has sustained a shock. Jeffrey Rollins, their pastor, was killed in a single-vehicle accident late Saturday afternoon.

February 17, 2014 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion

Session hits the halfway point as Pax hits the capital

Feb. 10 marked the 20th day and half-way point of the 2014 legislative session. We quickly got to work, voting on legislation and reviewing bills in committee.

February 17, 2014 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion

Deal challenger assails governor’s credentials

STATESBORO - David Pennington says that if elected, he will be Georgia's first limited-government, conservative Republican governor.

February 17, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local

Watch what they do, not what they say

When you're writing about people in politics, you should pay closer attention to what they do than to what they say.

February 17, 2014 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion

Protecting children takes precedence

Let me run some numbers by you. 152: The number of children who died in 2012 in Georgia, despite the intervention of the state's Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). 13: The number of children who died in 2012 while in foster care. Zero: The number of people who died in shootouts in a house of worship in our state during the same period. 152 to 13 to zero. So what is the hot-button issue in this session of the General Assembly? Guns for God, of course. HB 875, authored by Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper.)

February 17, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Christmas boosts January revenues

Strong Christmas sales reported to the state in January helped total revenues to reach the highest total since 2007, some $1.805 billion, the fourth-largest month in state history.

February 17, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

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