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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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MLK Committee hands out Humanitarian Award

Effingham County's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance Committee presented the Humanitarian Award to Pastor Paul Moore and the members of the Elam Egypt Baptist Church of Egypt in recognition of their community service outreach program to help their fellow man.

January 30, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

EPD supports Burns’ emergency response bill

ATLANTA - A bill introduced late in last year's General Assembly session is getting support from environmental groups as it comes back before state legislators.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Medical marijuana bill may be gaining support

ATLANTA­ - What could become one of the General Assembly's most controversial bills is generating quite a buzz - well before it hits the floor for a vote.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

ECSO: Toddler left at home as parents go on drunken joyride

Two Effingham County parents arrested Wednesday for driving recklessly in a church parking lot also were charged with child cruelty - even though their toddler wasn't with them.

January 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Crime Reports

Not snow much

The warnings local officials issued to stay off Effingham County roads on Tuesday and Wednesday appear to have paid off.

January 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

In the end, faith is stronger than grief

The past few weeks, I have presided at more funerals than I have in any six-month period in my ministry. In so doing, I have witnessed grief so deep that I have been shaken, humbled, and reminded how quickly life changes. The story of Horatio Spafford came to mind more than once over these weeks.

January 30, 2014 | By Rev. Bob LeFavi | Church

Changes to the state health benefit plan

Monday, the board of the Department of Community Health made changes to the present State Health Benefit Plan, which are retroactive to Jan. 1.

January 30, 2014 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion

Taking aim at ‘Guns for God’

American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts." Ol' Will would have loved the Georgia Legislature. They are the gift that keeps on giving.

January 30, 2014 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion

Georgians embrace school choice

For proponents of school choice, there's heart-warming encouragement in the announcement last week that the state has already reached the 2014 cap in contributions to Georgia's Tax Credit Scholarship Program, which funds choices in education for Georgia's children.

January 30, 2014 | By Benita Dodd | Opinion

State labor office to recruit for Georgia Ports positions

(Updated on January 29)

January 29, 2014 | Staff report | Business

School to resume Thursday, with delayed start

Effingham County students will be back in school on Thursday, albeit with a little later start.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Local

Governor declares state of emergency

After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon Wednesday.

January 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Tips for motorists in icy conditions

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department offers the following tips from its training unit on driving in wintry conditions:

January 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Raisin’ interest in Effingham Day at the Capitol

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce continued a tasty tradition on Thursday by baking loaves of raisin bread to give to the state's elected officials at Effingham Day at the Capitol.

January 27, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Author makes new pair of shoes her mission

Austine Royer Smith is accustomed to people leaving donated clothing on her front porch, to give to people she helps on mission trips to Haiti.

January 27, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

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