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Farm Bureau has its day at the Capitol

Effingham County Farm Bureau members traveled to Atlanta recently to participate in Georgia Farm Bureau Day at the Capitol.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Local


Driving ahead on the parkway

The Effingham Parkway is still a few years away from construction, but the interest in the road isn't stuck in neutral.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Second K9 joins Rincon police’s ranks

Rincon City Council members met the police department's newest member - but didn't offer any treats.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Lundy sworn in as Guyton police chief

Guyton's new police chief isn't a newcomer to the city's streets.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Diverging diamond work could start by end of year

Work on improvements for the I-95/Highway 21 interchange could happen before the end of the year, state transportation board member Ann Purcell said Thursday.

March 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to alter rec board makeup

By a split decision, Effingham County commissioners decided to start reducing the number of members on the county recreation board.

March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Pipeline project draws questions, critics

A proposed pipeline that would cross through Effingham County drew vocal opposition last Wednesday evening.

March 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County awards bid to build Tusculum fire station

The Effingham County Fire and Rescue Department is expected to add another station in the next few months.

March 03, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT schedules lane closures for eastbound I-16

Contractors for the state Department of Transportation, in conjunction with a $5.3 million concrete rehabilitation project on I-16 from exit 152 to exit 162, will be installing temporary lane closures on the eastbound lanes. Closures will begin Friday and will last daily from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | Staff report | Local


Interest grows in proposed sprawling park

There could be a wide range of activities taking place on a vast tract of land in southern Effingham County.

February 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County sets meeting on plans for Effingham Parkway

Plans for the proposed Effingham Parkway will be on the drawing boards for people to see at a public information open house next month.

February 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


EPD chief: textiles plant permit most stringent

The permit for a Screven County textiles plant that was the source of a massive fish kill is the most stringent in the state, Environmental Protection Division director Jud Turner said.

February 18, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Cities worry about effect of transportation tax proposal

As state lawmakers weigh a change in the sales tax system to fund transportation initiatives, cities and counties are starting to line up against it.

February 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield takes a look at license plate readers

The Springfield Police Department could be the next local law enforcement unit to add license plate scanners.

February 17, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Bicyclist dies in collision with SUV

SAVANNAH – A Savannah woman died Sunday after the bicycle she was riding collided with a sport utility vehicle driven by an Effingham County man.

February 16, 2015 | Staff report | Local


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County, city finalize merger of fire services

Effingham County commissioners and Springfield City Council members have approved a pact merging their respective fire departments.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon OKs sale of land bought in new station purchase

Rincon City Council has approved sales contracts on surplus land that was part of its purchase for a new fire station.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT commissioner rejects pipeline application

State Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry decided not to grant a certificate of public convenience to Kinder Morgan for a 380-mile gasoline pipeline, denying the company the ability to exercise eminent domain for the project.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon set for a show for July 4th

It's been three years since there was an official fireworks show in the county for Independence Day festivities. Rincon City Council, however, may be adding to its Freedom Rings celebration.

May 12, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County proposes pay raises

Effingham County commissioners are weighing a proposed budget that includes raises for county employees.

May 12, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County opts to join CORE MPO for a small slice

Effingham County is set to get a seat at the table of the Coastal Regional Metropolitan Planning Organization.

May 12, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City pushing ahead on EIP grant for new Kroger

As trucks roll in and out of the site for the planned new Kroger, the city of Rincon is taking steps to help the process.

May 12, 2015 | Staff report | Local


State campaign aims to cut down on road fatalities

Transportation and law enforcement officials across Georgia kicked off DriveAlert ArriveAlive, a year-long multi-agency campaign to call attention to an 25 percent increase in roadway fatalities in the first quarter of 2015 and how changes in driver behavior can help to decrease these numbers.

May 12, 2015 | Staff report | Local


State to ramp up efforts to erase child sex trafficking

The state is planning a major push to eliminate child sex trafficking, and it will kick off later this summer in Savannah.

May 12, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


School board votes to fire accused teacher

The Effingham County Board of Education voted unanimously April 28 to fire a special education teacher who had been accused of inappropriate conduct with one of her students.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Effingham delegation won’t back pipeline

Effingham County's state legislative delegation made it clear earlier this week it does not support the proposed Palmetto Pipeline.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Lawmakers: Road work funding bill will help

Though it won't provide money for new road projects, the passage of HB 170 is critical for the state's transportation needs, state lawmakers said last week.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Court date set for Rincon chief's traffic charges

The fire chief of Rincon will be in Port Wentworth Municipal Court later this month on three traffic charges.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Burns tosses hat into ring for House majority leader

Jon Burns' star has been rising steadily throughout the Georgia Legislature. It may soon rise to one of the top spots in the House of Representatives.

May 05, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Building trust

Local law enforcement needs the help of the citizens it serves, and the community also needs to be able to trust the officers, authorities said Thursday night.

April 28, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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