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Taking the right path

South Effingham High School juniors and seniors took turns Wednesday trying to walk a straight line for nine steps - while wearing goggles simulating having a blood alcohol content of .25, or three times the legal limit.

March 27, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Hall pleads guilty in 2011 fatal wreck

An Effingham County man accused in the April 2011 vehicular homicide of his passenger pled guilty Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

4-H’ers shine at Project Achievement

Fifteen Effingham County 4-H members competed at the Southeast District Project Achievement competition at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, including two who earned first-place finishes to advance to the state competition.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Effingham 4-H members learn leadership

Effingham County 4-H'ers recently made a trip to Atlanta to participate in Leadership Day, a time when leaders from all across the state come together to share ways they can improve leadership efforts in Georgia.

March 27, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports

March 13

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

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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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