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New left-turn signal in effect at 21/275

New traffic signals designed to improve safety and increase traffic flow - especially for left turns - have been installed this week on Highway 21.

August 21, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Water, sewer work on 9th Street to lead to road closure

Y-Delta Construction will be working along 9th Street in Rincon, starting next week, on the 9th Street water and sewer project. The contractor is scheduling a road closure starting on Monday at 7 a.m.

August 21, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

NAACP swears in new officers

The Effingham County NAACP recently swore in its slate of officers.

August 21, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

What did you learn about work-life balance this summer?

The calendar might not agree, but if you ask my children, they'll tell you today is the last day of summer.

August 21, 2014 | Greg Kratz Deseret News National | Hot Topics

School system enrollment tops 11,000

The Effingham County School System's enrollment has topped 11,000 students.

August 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Education

County turns down request for groundwater use

Effingham County commissioners voted not to cede any of its groundwater withdrawal permit so a proposed development could install a well and water tank that the county eventually would operate.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Oh, that’s cold!

Rincon Police Chief Phillip Scholl never expected his duties to include being doused by a bucket of ice water.

August 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Have You Seen This? Mind-bending projection mapping

TOKYO - Projection mapping isn't a new technology, but it's still in the phase of boggling minds. So projection mapping with real-time tracking might truly mess with your head.

August 21, 2014 | Martha Ostergar Deseret News National | Hot Topics

The return of Emperor Severus

Septimius Severus, Roman emperor from 193 to 211 AD, was a psychopath and sociopath. Citizens in his empire who had religious views different from his, particularly Christians and Jews, were persecuted severely during his reign. He made Nero and Domitian look like Girl Scouts, sane ones.

August 21, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

How premarital life affects future marital quality for young adults

Your prospects for a happy marriage may be tied to people other than your soon-to-be spouse. For example, the more people who come to your wedding, the better it bodes for your marital bliss. But the more serious premarital relationships you had before, the less likely you are to be happily married later.

August 21, 2014 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Getting with the program on transportation

The regional transportation sales tax referendum failed two years ago across most of Georgia and in metro Atlanta. So it's encouraging to see movement again, in the form of a joint study committee on transportation funding that met in Atlanta on Aug. 5 for the first of seven meetings around the state before the 2015 legislative session.

August 21, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion

Pushing the fight for medical cannabis

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night of the 2014 Georgia legislative session, it became apparent that a final vote to send a medical cannabis oil bill to the governor's desk for his signature was not going to happen this year.

August 21, 2014 | By Rep. Allen Peake | Opinion

Not just another tool in the toolbox

A recent public meeting held on the topic of aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) conspicuously neglected other relevant water-management problems and opportunities. The meeting was hosted on Jekyll Island by a General Assembly Natural Resources study committee chaired by Sen. Ross Tolleson.

August 21, 2014 | By David Kyler | Opinion

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Commissioners approve $26.81M budget

Effingham County commissioners have approved a fiscal year 2015 budget that shaves about 1 percent of spending from the current financial plan.

June 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County gets deluge of calls on water bills

Effingham County commissioners raised rates for county water customers, and now commissioners are getting flooded with calls about water bills.

June 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Child’s death leads to charges for mom, grandmother, father

A 5-month-old girl's mother and two other people remain in the Effingham County Jail after being arrested Monday in connection with the child's death.

June 19, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Curtain not closing on Medient

In spite of the tumultuous moves at Medient Studios, Inc., last week, maybe the planned massive studioplex won't be left on the cutting room floor.

June 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Opinion

To be or not to be a citizen

Politically speaking, perhaps the biggest news story last week was the historic loss of Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary election.

June 19, 2014 | By Sen. Buddy Carter | Opinion


Kailey Nicole Hammock and Carson Douglas Kelley were married Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 6 in the evening at Bamboo Farm and Botanical Gardens in Savannah. Mr. Fred Smith officiated.

June 19, 2014 | Staff Report | Weddings

Exploring old South Laurel Street

In 1951 and 1952, Frank Arnsdorff and the Allen brothers (George and Albert Allen) bought the Springfield Lumber Company across from the Methodist Campground in Springfield. George Allman of Oliver had previously operated the mill. They also had a planing mill there in a building nearer the railroad on the back of the lot where they dressed lumber. Remnants of that building still exist in a thicket of underbrush.

June 19, 2014 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham

Mama and her money

It was a couple of years before Mama just up and died without warning and when we least expected it, that I was visiting her one day.

June 19, 2014 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle

Why helping people still matters

Christians often feel a responsibility to help others God places in their path. Many times, the benefits of that assistance can be readily seen; the person we help thanks us and uses our assistance to better their lives in some way.

June 19, 2014 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church

Raising superheroes who love to serve

Many years ago the phone rang late at night. A young boy heard his father say he would be right there. Wanting a chaperone, the father told his son to get dressed and once again they went out into the night to help a single woman, a small town friend in need.

June 19, 2014 | Shannon Symonds Deseret News National | Hot Topics

App Scans Friends for Sex Offenders

NEW YORK - Have you ever been wary of making social connections online?

June 19, 2014 | Natalie Crofts Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Start a simple new travel tradition

The first time my husband and I traveled to Spain together, we were on such a tight budget that we couldn't afford to buy many souvenirs to bring back to our kids. We bought some cheap maracas and a bullfighter beach towel and called it good. But to our surprise, the thing our kids loved most was a small rock we brought back from the shores of the Mediterranean. It was this rock that they chose to bring to school for show and tell and took next door to show their friends.

June 19, 2014 | Olivia Meikle Deseret News National | Hot Topics

An odd looking food that is versatile and delicious

If vegetables aren't part of your normal meal plan or if they consist only of corn and potatoes, then you probably haven't expanded your veggie palate to artichokes.

June 19, 2014 | Brenda Stanley Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Recovering a marriage from pornography wreckage: 3 aspects of recovery

Pornography can take a desperate toll on marriage.

June 19, 2014 | Kilee Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

Infographic: The rich culture of soccer is everywhere — except for the U.S.

Soccer has taken the world by storm, weaving itself into cultures all over the world. The accompanying infographic shows some interesting facts about what has become the most-watched sporting event in the world.

June 19, 2014 | Ben Luthi Deseret News National | Hot Topics

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