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Adjustments to SPLOST budget to be made after shortage of funds

At a called workshop of the Effingham County Commissioners Wednesday, Nov. 30, the commissioners discussed SPLOST, Capital Needs and the Short Term Work Program (STWP ...

December 07, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local

United Way of the Coastal Empire raises $337,813 in Effingham Campaign

The United Way of the Coastal Empire's 2016 Effingham County Campaign announced Wednesday morning that donations from various businesses and groups in the area ...

December 07, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local

Don’t confuse a headache with a migraine: This could save your life

If you're one of the 30 million people in the United States who experience migraines at least once a year, you probably know your ...

December 07, 2016 | Hannah Chudleigh FamilyShare | Hot Topics

IKEA gives a hefty holiday bonus for employees, but there’s a catch

IKEA may not be lighting its employees' Christmas trees, but it's definitely brightening their pension accounts.

December 07, 2016 | Herb Scribner Web Team | Hot Topics

Amazon launching new store where you don’t have to check out

Amazon wants to make shopping at the grocery store so easy that it’s almost like you don't shop at all.

December 07, 2016 | Herb Scribner Web Team | Hot Topics

Navigating sweets and treats during the holiday season

It's the most wonderful time of the year … right?

December 07, 2016 | Paige Smathers | Hot Topics

The Clean Cut: Children take on Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' in new iPhone ad

In a new ad for the iPhone 7, children act out the balcony scene from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

December 07, 2016 | Noelle Baldwin Deseret News | Hot Topics

How to build the best bonfire

Editor's note: Before building a fire, always be sure you know wind conditions and that you will be able to keep the fire under ...

December 07, 2016 | Spencer Durrant | Hot Topics

From fluoride to lead, how to know what's in your family's water

You don't have to live in Flint, Michigan, to worry about your family's water supply. Concern about Flint's continuing battle with lead ...

December 07, 2016 | Jennifer Graham Deseret News | Hot Topics

This family of 10 solves fights in an unusual way (and the world is going CRAZY about it)

The Orgill family will be the first to admit they have their share of family problems – or maybe more since they have eight children. But ...

December 06, 2016 | Amberlee Lovell FamilyShare | Hot Topics

5 surprise health benefits of crying you've never heard of

Sometimes we all need a good cry. We may not want to, because it makes us look vulnerable, but that doesn’t mean it’s ...

December 06, 2016 | Callie Hansen FamilyShare | Hot Topics

10 things your grandparents want you to know

There’s so much about your grandparents you don’t know. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from them through a simple ...

December 06, 2016 | Callie Hansen FamilyShare | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Buses, cop car and snow plow no match for icy Canadian street

MONTREAL — Located in the province of Quebec, the Canadian city of Montreal averages about 82.5 inches of snowfall a year.

December 06, 2016 | Angie Treasure | Hot Topics

Have You Seen This? Self-petting dog will make your day

THE DOG HOUSE — If you’ve met more than one or two dogs, you’ve probably met at least one really smart dog and at ...

December 06, 2016 | Martha Ostergar | Hot Topics

Finding joy in the empty nest stage of marriage

The time that the last child leaves the home is often a tough time for marriage partners. The marital relationship in an empty nest takes ...

December 06, 2016 | Linda and Richard Eyre Deseret News | Hot Topics

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USDA announces deadline for EQIP signups

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service announces that applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) must be submitted by Nov. 19 to be ensured consideration for the 2011 funding cycle.
"EQIP applications will continue to be accepted year-round," said Austin Blackburn, district conservationist. "However, in order to approve applications in time for the upcoming planting season we are setting the deadline."
Through EQIP farmers are assisted with the cost of installing various soil and water conservation practices such as converting diesel irrigation motors to electric, grass planting on cropland, livestock heavy use areas, retrofitting ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Turned off by negative advertising

Dear Editor:

October 25, 2010 | By Rachael Jackson | Letters to the Editor

Chamber backs passage of questions on ballot

On Nov. 2, voters will have the opportunity to cast votes on a number of issues that are important to Georgia's economic future.
"The Georgia Chamber encourages voters to say yes to all of the statewide initiatives on this year's ballot," said Georgia Chamber President and CEO George Israel. "As our state works toward economic recovery, now is the time to put measures into place that will ensure our competitiveness, help existing businesses, and improve our quality of life."
Statewide amendments and referenda this year include:
Amendment 1 – Improving employment law
• Ensures that Georgia employers and employees enjoy ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

In support of Mock for the school board

Dear Editor,

October 25, 2010 | By Don Caphton | Letters to the Editor

A look at the amendments

The following is a brief summary of each of the five proposed amendments to our Georgia State Constitution and statewide referendum question on the November ballot for your consideration. Hopefully these explanations will assist you in making an informed decision on each.

October 25, 2010 | By State Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion

Reasons to support trauma

Next week, one of the most important votes in the history of health care in the state of Georgia will take place.
Amendment 2 will allow Georgians to decide whether they want to pay an annual $10 fee on motor vehicle tags to fund trauma care in our state.
With apologies to David Letterman, here's the top 10 reasons why we need Amendment 2 to pass:
10) Trauma injuries are the No. 1 cause of death among Americans under the age of 45 and the No. 3 killer among the general population. Trauma doesn't discriminate - victims come from ...

October 25, 2010 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion

Two dozen earn AP Scholar status

Twelve students from South Effingham High School and 12 students from Effingham County High School have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams. The exams were taken in May after completing the challenging college-level courses.
The following AP Scholars are seniors this year at SEHS: Andrew Faircloth, Robert McLaughlin and Austin Freeman (AP Scholar with Honor). The AP Scholars from SEHS who graduated last spring are: Alexis Fuhrman, Rachel Gadomski, William Hatcher, Amanda Hein, Audry Hyde, Sarah Mobley,
Melanie Richtman, David Stapleton and ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

FBLA goes to Motivational Rally

On Oct. 14, 14 members and two advisors from South Effingham High School Future Business Leaders of America attended the Motivational Rally and State Fair in Perry.

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Manior attends leadership retreat

Daria Manior attended a leadership retreat Aug. 28-29 in Kingsland sponsored by Prince Hall Grand Youth Chapter OES, Jurisdiction of Georgia.
The purpose of the retreat was to provide a positive learning experience and to help prepare youth for leadership challenges.
Over the two-day period, Manior and other youth attended various workshops and meetings. They also were invited to meet the first African-American mayor of Kingsland, Kenneth E. Smith Sr., who gave a lecture on the importance of education and leadership. The group also toured the College of Coastal Georgia, where they learned of the various degrees and learning opportunities ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Mercer University inducts two locals into honor society

MACON-The following area students were recently inducted into the Mercer University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, a first-year student honor society.
Sophomore Rebecca Callaway, of Rincon. Callaway is a student in the university's College of Liberal Arts.
Sophomore Ashlie Rubrecht, of Springfield. Rubrecht is a student in the university's College of Liberal Arts.
Phi Eta Sigma invites students of good character who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.5 during one of the first two semesters of their first year to join the organization. Inductees receive a pin in the ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Education

Open enrollment set to begin next month

ATLANTA-The GeorgiaCares State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is helping Medicare recipients make informed decisions about which prescription drug and Advantage plan options are best for them.
Consumers can compare available plans by visiting They also may call GeorgiaCares toll-free at 1-800-669-8387 for personalized assistance.
Open enrollment for Medicare Part C and D begins Nov. 15, and recipients will have until Dec. 31 to make their choices. With so many options available, choosing the right one is important. This is the first year that there will be one election period for both Part C and D ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

Man found on Highway 21 dies

The GBI crime lab in Savannah is expected to perform an autopsy on a man who was found on Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on Sunday afterooon.

October 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

A fair night for a ride

The fair runs through Saturday at the Effingham Fairgrounds in Springfield.
Highlights from tonight include local country duo, One-19, and tomorrow afternoon, look for the Effingham County Fair Beauty Pageant.

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Lifestyle

ECSO traffic unit to hit roads

An Effingham County Sheriff's unit dedicated solely to traffic could be on the roads by the end of next month.
County commissioners, in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, approved four additional deputies for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office's planned traffic enforcement unit. Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said he hopes to have the unit fully staffed by mid-November.
"If we can get it in before the holidays, we'll be better off," he said.
The ECSO had a pilot traffic enforcement detail in February, using the shortest month of the year to give itself an idea of what it could ...

October 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County OKs hospital pact

The Effingham Hospital has moved closer to getting its deal for a massive renovation and expansion of the 40-year-old facility.
County commissioners approved a contract that would guarantee the hospital 2 mills per year over the life of its planned 25-year loan through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also agreed to transfer 3.78 acres of land for the expansion plans.
The hospital has applied for $25 million Build America bonds from HUD, and HUD is expected to act upon the loan application soon. The Build America bonds program expires at the end of the year.
"We ...

October 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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