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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


Bunyan Kessler to close during its resurfacing

Work on re-paving Bunyan Kessler Road is expected to start soon, according to Effingham County officials.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Private dirt road residents ask county to start maintenance

A deed will be prepared so that Effingham County crews can begin taking care of what has been a private dirt road, after more than two dozen residents requested the county maintain it.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State unveils updated emergency mobile app

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security have introduced an upgraded version of the state's emergency mobile app, Ready Georgia, which was designed to help Georgians stay safe and informed during emergencies. Upgrading the app was one of the recommendations of the governor's Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce.

June 16, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County expected to get audit Tuesday

Effingham County commissioners expect to get the much-awaited and anticipated audit of the county presented Tuesday.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Gun locks are key

As he watched news coverage of last week's school shooting in Oregon, Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie saw the need to remind the community that his office provides gun locks free of charge.

June 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Council members OK Mars’ budget

From glowing reviews of the sound system and an appreciation of the seating arrangements, Springfield City Council members are hearing plenty of good things about the Mars Theatre.

June 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Woman loses house and a home to her rescued pets

Suzanne Collier lost her home and all the belongings in it Monday night, but she is focusing on what she still has.

June 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Funeral Friday for Owen Rivers, 4

Funeral arrangements have been made for the 4-year-old Effingham County boy who died following a head-on collision on Highway 17 Friday afternoon.

June 10, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Armstrong Police collect nearly quarter-ton of pills

Over the past four months, the Armstrong Police Department at Armstrong Atlantic State University collected nearly 500 pounds of unused prescription drugs. With the help of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, the drugs were transported to Florida to be incinerated.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State revenues climb more than 3 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia's net tax collections for May totaled $1.39 billion for an increase of nearly $42.25 million, or 3.1 percent, compared to the month-ended May 2013.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Former SEAL Team 6 sniper says to keep a target on goals

Growing up with an adopted and abusive father, there was plenty for Howard Wasdin to overcome. And that was before he signed up to take basic underwater demolition/SEAL team training.

June 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County approves Sand Hill Park improvements

Effingham County commissioners have approved $45,000 in improvements for Sand Hill Park and want to take a closer look at improvements for one of its oldest facilities.

June 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Crash claims life of 4-year-old child

A 4-year-old child died and two people were injured in a traffic crash caused by a reckless driver Friday afternoon, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

June 07, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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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


Springfield opts to bump up its millage rate

The millage rate is increasing in Springfield, after city council members approved a hike last Tuesday night.

August 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT hopes drivers take a shine to diverging diamond

State Rep. Bill Hitchens has seen the two "diverging diamond interchanges" in use on metro Atlanta highways.

August 18, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Hospital gets ready for hurricane season

Effingham County Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Emergency Management Agency met with Michael Murphy, emergency management health care professional at Effingham Health System, to discuss plans for the 2014 hurricane season.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County trims millage rate

Effingham County commissioners approved a slightly lower millage rate and also voted to keep fire and sanitation fees the same during a special called meeting Wednesday evening.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to set 2015 millage rate Wednesday

Effingham County commissioners are expected to set the 2014-15 millage rates when they meet Wednesday at 6 p.m.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work set to start on county’s next audit

The next audit of Effingham County's government appears to be on track.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners set meeting for rec plan

Effingham County commissioners will meet with members of the county's recreation board as part of a process to come up with a master plan for the county's recreation needs.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Crawley named county manager in McDuffie

Former Effingham County administrator David Crawley has been hired to be the county manager in McDuffie County.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Insurance commissioner recommends buying travel insurance for vacation losses

ATLANTA - With the Labor Day weekend approaching, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges Georgians to consider travel insurance to protect against possible vacation losses.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


DOT to hold open house on 21/95 plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation seeks input on the proposed diverging diamond interchange on Highway 21 at I-95 Exit 109 in Chatham County.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County to drive forward on ash road repairs

Effingham County commissioners have approved a bid for repairs for nearly a dozen ash roads, but also are urging the contractor to exert traffic control measures to prevent cars from becoming damaged.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Red Cross still in urgent need of blood

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County to take up water pact for possible development

Effingham County commissioners are expected at Tuesday's meeting to delve into how to provide water and sewer service to a potential development off Old Augusta and Chimney roads.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECSO needs help for its K-9 unit

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit has helped the community in a number of ways. Now, the ECSO is hoping the public will return the gesture.

July 31, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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