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‘Caring for Caleb’ concert set for April 18

An upcoming gospel concert will benefit an Effingham County man who is battling a rare form of lymphoma.

April 18, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Christian Leadership Academy finishes its year

Another season of the YMCA Christian Leadership Academy was completed Monday at the annual spring banquet.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

FCCLA students attend leadership conference

Five students from the Effingham College and Career Academy chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) recently participated in a weekend leadership conference at The Classic Center in Athens.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Cloverleafs shine at 4-H District Project Achievement

Eighteen Cloverleaf students from Effingham County recently participated in the 4-H District Project Achievement competition in Emanuel County.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Education

State jobless rate falls to 7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 7.0 percent in March, the lowest rate since September 2008 when it was 6.8 percent. The rate was 7.1 percent in February and 8.4 percent in March a year ago.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business

Governor authorizes sales tax holidays

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed House Bill 958, legislation that will extend the statewide back-to-school tax-free holiday and Energy Star and WaterSense appliance tax-free holiday weekends for an additional two years.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Georgia's elected

State: ACA signups just under 150K

ATLANTA - With the end of the 2014 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens released data which represents the number of Georgians who sought health insurance coverage through the Federal Healthcare Marketplace.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Orchestra’s book sale strikes a chord

Book lovers of Effingham County and surrounding areas had an opportunity to browse and choose from more than 1,000 books offered for sale at Effingham Community Orchestra's book sale fundraiser April 12. Hardbacks were $1 and paperbacks were three for $1.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Honoring unknown soldiers

Guyton Georgia Confederate Cemetery was established to bury the dead from the Guyton Confederate Hospital, including 26 unknown soldiers who had died of illness during the Civil War. Most died of chronic dysentery, pneumonia, typhoid and yellow fever.

April 17, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Dixie Diva

It is each of the many Easters of my life that I remember more clearly than any other holiday. Christmases blur together with only a few standing out in my memory, such as the one when it snowed all day, the year I lost my voice completely, and the two times that I wasn't home - one working in Washington, D.C., and another in London.

April 17, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Board of education taking school choice applications

The Effingham County Board of Education is now accepting requests for students to attend a school other than the one for which they are zoned for the 2014-15 school year.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Education

Ready for takeoff with the Mars

The grand re-opening of the Mars Theatre is just a week away, and it is a highly-anticipated event.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Opinion

Voting is easier than you think

One of my main goals as Georgia's Secretary of State has been to increase efficiencies and decrease costs by using technology. Of all of the innovations that the Office has made over the years, I could not be more proud of the state's ability to offer online voter registration and the My Voter Page mobile app. These tools truly accomplish both goals.

April 17, 2014 | By Brian Kemp | Opinion

Johnson-Seckinger

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Johnson of Rincon are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Kathryn Teil Johnson, to Justin Michael Seckinger, son of Mrs. Karen Seckinger and the late Mr. Charlie Seckinger of Springfield.

April 17, 2014 | Staff Report | Engagements

Zeigler earns Allstate community award

Local Allstate agency owner Dusty Zeigler received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to helping others and community service.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

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House passes amended budget

Governor Deal revealed his recommendation for the fiscal year 2014 amended budget last week, and the House passed its version on Friday. The governor proposed a $20.2 billion budget for FY14 amended, which is a $369.9 million increase from the $19.8 billion general budget that passed last year.

January 27, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Essay, poster winners highlight MLK youth program

As part of Effingham County's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Observance, children and adults enjoyed the annual youth program Monday at the recreation department gym in Springfield.

January 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

Going deep at Macomber Park

More than 80 entrants dug in and swung for the fences at the second Josh Reddick Home Run Derby, held at Rincon's Macomber Park.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | More Sports

Survey hails GSU’s online programs

STATESBORO - Georgia Southern University is home to some of the nation's best online education programs, according to the 2014 Best Online Programs list from U.S. News & World Report.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Education

State jobless rate falls to 7.4 percent

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 7.4 percent in December, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.6 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December a year ago.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business

Daniel Defense aims at expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday that Daniel Defense, a leader in small arms manufacturing, will expand its existing operations in Black Creek adding 120 new jobs and investing $20 million into the project over the next five years.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business

IDA lands back on prospect’s radar

A prospect that has been in hibernation for quite a while has asked the Effingham Industrial Development Authority to extend an option on land.

January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Volunteers turn on muscle power

While many high school students were sleeping late on the Martin Luther King holiday, Ashley Clayton was doing yard work with her parents Al and Michele.

January 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Reaction to ‘spice’ ends in an arrest

An Effingham County woman was arrested Monday evening on charges she provided the synthetic drug "spice" to a minor, who then became violently ill.

January 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Teen jumps into pond to avoid deputies

A late-night burglary at South Effingham Middle School led to criminal charges for two 18-year-olds - and hypothermia for one of them.

January 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Troubled intersection to get four-way stop

Effingham County is about to attempt to curtail the number of accidents at one of its most troubled intersections.

January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

EEMA opens warming center

The Effingham County Emergency Management Agency has opened a warming center as nighttime temperatures continue to hover around 20 degrees.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Dixie Diva

The renowned bow maker in my hometown died. Only in the South would this probably be news. because we Southern women do admire a package well-wrapped.

January 23, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Local pastor is in need of help

Although this is a historical column, I believe history is made every day and another of God's human beings is in need so I ask for you to open your hearts to this story about a fine man who could use our support.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Echoes of Effingham

HES banquet to feature sounds of Confederacy talk

Historic Effingham Society will hold its annual banquet Feb. 1 at the New Ebenezer Retreat Center, beginning with a social at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

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