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March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Crime Reports

Webb-Sikes

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Darwin Webb Jr. of Clyo are pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Victoria Josie Boma Webb, to Griffin Coy Sikes, son of Dennis Sikes of Springfield and Robbie and Gay Finch of Guyton.

March 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

Rice farming in Effingham

Effingham County produced large amounts of rice in the early days, according to the research by local historian Norman Turner. There were two types that were grown in Effingham.

March 27, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Dixie Diva

They all come with some kind of a price and all with a certain amount of disappointment but still Rodney keeps trying.

March 27, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Effingham jobless rate falls

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region decreased to 7.2 percent in February, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.5 percent in January. The rate was 8.6 percent in February a year ago.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Business

What’s love got to do with it?

In Christianity, hell is often characterized as a realm in which God or love is completely absent. The great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky may not have been far off when he said, "I am convinced that the only hell which exists is the inability to love."

March 27, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Budget bolsters local education

On Thursday, March 20, the 2014 legislative session came to an end when the House and Senate completed the 40th and final legislative day. There were several key legislative actions that I want to bring to your attention.

March 27, 2014 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion

Moving to prevent abortion coverage under ACA

The final days of the Georgia General Assembly concluded this week and much was accomplished this legislative session. There was a flurry of activity as both the House and Senate carefully considered and passed much legislation that will now go before Governor Deal for his consideration.

March 27, 2014 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion

Service in Senate has been rewarding

Day 39 (Tuesday, March 18): Day 39 of the legislative session can be as busy, if not busier, than day 40. Proof of this is the fact that we have 83 bills on the calendar today.

March 27, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion

Special Olympians turn in golden moments

Approximately 450 athletes, parents and volunteers enjoyed the Effingham County Special Olympics spring games on Friday at South Effingham High School.

March 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Accused pig assailant pleads guilty

Almost a year after video cameras caught his attack on a pet pig, a Springfield man has pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Multi-county drug probe leads to three arrests

SAVANNAH - Three people were arrested Thursday following a six-month investigation into illegal drug sales, including some that originated from Effingham County.

March 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Cell phone sales lead to warden’s ouster

The warden of the Effingham County Prison has been allowed to resign after a state Department of Corrections investigation revealed cell phones confiscated from prisoners were being sold without authorization.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

House 1st District hopeful talks to Effingham Democrats

First District U.S. House candidate Amy Tavio was a big hit at the meeting of the Effingham Democrats last Thursday.

March 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Elections board hires attorney for Jones’ candidacy challenge

The Effingham County board of elections has hired an attorney to aid it as it weighs a challenge to a candidate's qualification.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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A life of retirement? Yes, and no

Sometime early Saturday afternoon, Ken Lee will walk out of the Kroger store in Rincon and head to his pickup. The next time he passes through its doors, he'll be a customer, and not its manager.

February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

Planned Rincon Chick-fil-A clears hurdle

An approved development agreement may help start the work on a highly-anticipated venture in Rincon.

February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Moretz to serve 10 years in prison

Kim Moretz was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, and another five years of probation, following her conviction last week in concealing the death of Charlie Ray III.

February 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

Band reaches 'Homeland' with release of first full-length CD

Growing up in Effingham County, Nick Webb took piano lessons as a child and sang in the school chorus from fourth-12th grade.

February 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

ECHS FFA team takes second at CDE

The Effingham County High School FFA agricultural mechanics team recently took second place at the Area IV FFA Agricultural Mechanics Career Development Event at Treutlen County High School.

February 13, 2014 | Staff report | Education

AASU sets Pirate Preview for Feb. 22

Armstrong Atlantic State University will host an open house for prospective students and their parents to learn how to start strong at Armstrong.

February 13, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Remembering J. Wilton and Ellyne Arnsdorff

John Orrin Arnsdorff was born Oct. 23, 1906. He was the son of Johnnie and Lillie (Edwards) Arnsdorff. He was born in Clyo and attended school there at the Greene Morgan School where he completed seven grades. He spent most of his childhood in Clyo and was a member of the Turkey Branch Methodist Church for all of his life.

February 13, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Dixie Diva

"Some day," Daddy used to say often as I was growing up, "I'm going to the Holy Land. I want to walk where Jesus walked."

February 13, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Globetrotter to highlight next Parent University

Former Harlem Globetrotter Larry "Gator" Rivers will be the special guest for the Feb. 22 winter session of Parent University-Effingham at Effingham County Middle School.

February 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Georgia senators back halting IRS targeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., joined 37 of their Republican colleagues in co-sponsoring legislation to stop the Internal Revenue Service from implementing its proposal to curtail the political activities of 501(c)(4) groups.

February 13, 2014 | Staff report | Georgia's elected

Slowpoke Bill in neutral, for now

While legislators have the weekend off from the Gold Dome pressure cooker - with a deadline of March 20 already set for its work - the session's halfway point has been reached. Lawmakers would have been on the downhill side of the 40-day session, except that Son of Snowpocalypse forced officials and staff to flee the Capitol beginning Wednesday. At least they're working, or are scheduled to, on Monday, which is a holiday.

February 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Opinion

State House tries to clear up interest

It was very good to get back to work at the State Capitol after the temporary closure due to the inclement weather two weeks ago. We addressed, and passed, a bill that could potentially affect the pocketbook of every Georgian. Personal finances are always a concern for individuals trying to earn a living for the betterment of their families. Many Georgians have been frustrated with additional fees charged by local financial institutions that were vaguely annotated by our banks as "interest."

February 13, 2014 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion

Bills coming fast and furious in session

State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) will be reporting each week during the legislative session. The session began Jan. 13 and is expected to last until the first of March.

February 13, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion

For Trowells, it’s love, hope and faith

Dear Editor,

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Letters to the Editor

High school honor rolls

Honor rolls for the second nine-week grading period for Effingham County's two high schools:

February 13, 2014 | Staff Report | Education

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