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Child dies after being shot

A 9-year-old Effingham County boy has died after being shot Thursday night at a home on Zittrouer Road.

February 21, 2014 | Paul Floeckher | Local


Pickup driver hits pedestrian, pole, knocks out power

An Effingham County man is suspected of driving under the influence in a wreck Tuesday that injured a pedestrian and knocked down a power pole.

February 20, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Rincon council approves tablets purchase

Rincon City Council members are about to get a lot more communication and information power in their hands.

February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County OKs paving for Blue Jay, McCall

A Savannah company is expected to start in the next few weeks on a paving project that will affect traffic on two major Effingham County roads.

February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Annexation puts delay on county, city fire station

The deal between Effingham County and the city of Rincon to place a fire station off Blue Jay and McCall roads may be delayed.

February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Young right whale freed from entangled fishing rope

A young North Atlantic right whale is swimming easier after wildlife biologists cut away most of the 100-plus yards of heavy fishing rope the animal was dragging.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Losses from last week’s storm pegged at $25M

ATLANTA - State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said estimated insured losses in Georgia from last week's winter storm stand at $25 million.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Hudgens warns of rip-offs

ATLANTA - Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens warns homeowners eager to get their lives back to normal to beware of unreputable contractors who may be price gouging.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Six hurt in truck, daycare van wreck

Six people were injured, one of them seriously, when a pickup collided with a childcare business' van Monday morning at Highway 21 and Ebenezer Road.

February 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Pastor’s death hits church, friends hard

Jeffrey Rollins' length of tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church of Springfield spoke volumes about he how felt about his church, and how his church felt about him, the church's deacon chairman said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Deal challenger assails governor’s credentials

STATESBORO - David Pennington says that if elected, he will be Georgia's first limited-government, conservative Republican governor.

February 17, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local


Local pastor dies in one-car crash

A local pastor died Saturday in a one-car crash on Highway 119 near the Georgia/South Carolina state line.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


Moretz to serve 10 years in prison

Kim Moretz was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, and another five years of probation, following her conviction last week in concealing the death of Charlie Ray III.

February 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Moretz to serve 10 years in prison

Kim Moretz was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison, and another five years of probation, following her conviction last week in concealing the death of Charlie Ray III.

February 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Candidates state their cases with GHFF

With the general primary approaching quickly, political candidates are busy espousing their conservative credentials across south Georgia.

February 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Fees lowered for state wildlife vehicle tags

Georgia's five wildlife license plates will soon cost less and provide more support for conserving Georgia wildlife, from bald eagles to bobwhite quail.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Guyton man dies in Bulloch motorcycle wreck

A Guyton man was killed Wednesday morning in a motorcycle crash. Another man remains in critical condition after both motorcycles collided, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Authorities investigating two fires

Investigators are looking into fires at two vacant homes in Effingham County, including one they are calling suspicious.

April 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Candidates’ forum will have a new twist to it

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce typically hosts candidate forums during election years, but this year's has a new wrinkle.

April 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


ECSO mourns passing of retired longtime K9

Canine handler Cpl. Jamie Thompson, and the entire Effingham County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of K9 Lt. "Conan."

April 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Eden exterminator gets $1M lottery prize

ATLANTA – Purchasing a Georgia Lottery instant ticket was a grand slam for an Effingham County man, who won big while buying a cup of joe. Mathew McGee, 45, won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

April 22, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Rincon OKs August country music event at park

Rincon City Council members cleared the way for a country music festival at Freedom Park this August, but they still have to finalize fees and policies for the venue.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County weighs changes to fees

Effingham County commissioners didn't approve a new schedule of fees, but after their discussion on the topic, a restructuring appears to be in the offing.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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


City says building on annexed land won’t happen soon

Rincon City Council members tried to assure a neighbor of its newly-annexed property that it won't be home to sprawling new subdivision anytime soon.

April 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County may seek bonds to ease water-sewer debt

Effingham County commissioners may seek another method to alleviate their water and sewer debt.

April 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Two wrecks end in fatalities

A 72-year-old man and a teenager died from injuries in separate accidents Thursday on Effingham County roads.

April 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


City council adopts policies, procedures for Mars Theatre

With the grand opening of Springfield's Mars Theatre two weeks away, city council members approved a list of policies and procedures for the facility Tuesday night.

April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


No alcohol for movies at the Mars

While beer and wine will be served at certain live performances, alcohol likely won't flow at the Mars Theatre when it shows movies.

April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Sheriff’s office gets highway safety grant

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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