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Rincon turns down special use permit

If legendary Southern rock band Molly Hatchet comes to Rincon next month, it won't be for an outdoor show.

October 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Moore leaving Chamber post

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced following its Thursday morning Board of Directors meeting that Tess Moore was stepping down as the Chamber's executive director.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Meet the candidates

In an effort to prepare voters as they head to the polls, the Herald is bringing you the candidates for the two contested county commission races, who they are and what they stand for.
Early voting concludes Friday and polls open Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.
District 3
Lillie Ruth Smart Brown
Age: 48
Occupation: Over the Counter Manager, Walmart, Rincon
Residence: Clyo
Family: Children, one son
Top 3 issues
The top issue in this race is taxes. We cannot continue to tax people out of their homes through increased assessments ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

No foul play in man’s death Sunday

An autopsy performed on a man found not breathing on Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on Sunday revealed no incidents of foul play, according to authorities.
Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the autopsy, conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation state crime lab in Savannah, also indicated the man was not struck by a vehicle. The man has been identified as Stephen Walsh, 43, of Guyton.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on a report of a man not breathing laying in the roadway. Deputies found the ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

IDA taking steps for cross country trail

A proposed cross country trail for the Effingham Industrial Development Authority's Research Forest Tract is gaining traction.
IDA CEO John Henry said support for the idea has been broad based and is growing.
"Everybody is encouraged. Everybody is enthusiastic," he said. "I think we can move forward. It can be a real great economic benefit for the community."
Erin Rahn of the IDA showed IDA members what could be done for high school and collegiate cross country trails around Blandford Elementary School.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 25, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Interest heating up in IDA’s 1-16 property

Interest in the Effingham Industrial Development Authority's holdings on Interstate 16 has picked up considerably, according to IDA CEO John Henry.
Henry said there are several active projects looking at the IDA's land there, some that are within the scope of a larger project the IDA has been courting for a while.
"We're at the point where we need more decision-making capacity," Henry said. "We're expecting to have to make a decision pretty soon. We have been showing the site, and project activity is skyrocketing right now.
"I-16 seems to be a hot site again."
For ...

October 25, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Citizens asked to prepare for wildfire season

Georgia's current dry weather pattern and incoming La Nina conditions have the Georgia Forestry Commission preparing for a potentially severe wildfire season.
"Now is the time for Georgians to think safety," said Alan Dozier, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "The number one cause of wildfire is backyard burns that get out of control, so it's critical to get a permit before striking that match."
The Georgia Forestry Commission recently unveiled its faster, easier burn permitting system that automatically ensures safe weather conditions for outdoor burning. By logging onto, 24 hours a day, users ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

USDA announces deadline for EQIP signups

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service announces that applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) must be submitted by Nov. 19 to be ensured consideration for the 2011 funding cycle.
"EQIP applications will continue to be accepted year-round," said Austin Blackburn, district conservationist. "However, in order to approve applications in time for the upcoming planting season we are setting the deadline."
Through EQIP farmers are assisted with the cost of installing various soil and water conservation practices such as converting diesel irrigation motors to electric, grass planting on cropland, livestock heavy use areas, retrofitting ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Chamber backs passage of questions on ballot

On Nov. 2, voters will have the opportunity to cast votes on a number of issues that are important to Georgia's economic future.
"The Georgia Chamber encourages voters to say yes to all of the statewide initiatives on this year's ballot," said Georgia Chamber President and CEO George Israel. "As our state works toward economic recovery, now is the time to put measures into place that will ensure our competitiveness, help existing businesses, and improve our quality of life."
Statewide amendments and referenda this year include:
Amendment 1 – Improving employment law
• Ensures that Georgia employers and employees enjoy ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Man found on Highway 21 dies

The GBI crime lab in Savannah is expected to perform an autopsy on a man who was found on Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on Sunday afterooon.

October 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

ECSO traffic unit to hit roads

An Effingham County Sheriff's unit dedicated solely to traffic could be on the roads by the end of next month.
County commissioners, in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, approved four additional deputies for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office's planned traffic enforcement unit. Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said he hopes to have the unit fully staffed by mid-November.
"If we can get it in before the holidays, we'll be better off," he said.
The ECSO had a pilot traffic enforcement detail in February, using the shortest month of the year to give itself an idea of what it could ...

October 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County OKs hospital pact

The Effingham Hospital has moved closer to getting its deal for a massive renovation and expansion of the 40-year-old facility.
County commissioners approved a contract that would guarantee the hospital 2 mills per year over the life of its planned 25-year loan through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also agreed to transfer 3.78 acres of land for the expansion plans.
The hospital has applied for $25 million Build America bonds from HUD, and HUD is expected to act upon the loan application soon. The Build America bonds program expires at the end of the year.
"We ...

October 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Work starts on Lions Christmas Parade

The annual Lions Christmas Parade will be held Nov. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. from Macomber Park on Lexington Avenue in Rincon.
Parade organizers from the Rincon Noon Lions Club are putting out the word now for area organizations and individuals to get their applications in for this year's event. Vehicles from the 118th Field Artillery Battalion, which has a unit based in Effingham, are scheduled to participate, along with soldiers from Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division.
Santa again will bring up the rear of the parade and some friendly surprises such as ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Making Effingham healthier

The State of Families and Children in Effingham County luncheon was all about wellness and responsibility.
"Health matters," said Russ Toal, clinical associate professor of health policy and management of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health of Georgia Southern University. "And it matters in many ways that people don't think about. The health industry and the health community is vital to its economic success and its economic development."
The event was sponsored by Effingham County Family Connection/
Communities In Schools and by Effingham Hospital. County and state officials, along with business and community leaders gathered at the Effingham ...

October 22, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Georgia Power sets outages, upgrades

Georgia Power has scheduled outages and upgrades for next week.
The first outage is scheduled for Oct. 27 and will begin at 9 a.m., lasting up to eight hours.
The affected areas are:
• Old Tusculum Road from Highway 21 to Mt. Pleasant Road
• Includes Boaen Road and Arnsdorff Road
• Highway 21 from Wallace Drive to north of Old Tusculum Road
The alternate date is Oct. 28.
An outage also is scheduled for Oct. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting up to two hours for residential customers.
The affected areas are:
• Wallace Drive between Highway 21 and Standard ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

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Manna House delivers hope

RINCON - You can't see it, but it's in every bag of groceries packed by Manna House Ministries. Somewhere between the milk, bread, fresh ...

November 21, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Click It or Ticket underway

SPRINGFIELD --The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is working around the clock to make sure Thanksgiving travelers are wearing their seat belts.

November 20, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Teachers drawn to newspaper work

RINCON - Tara Aiken, Jennifer Curry and Erin Wright are devoted high school teachers who are content with their professions. Still, the trio has an itch ...

November 20, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Girl Scout Troop 30197 celebrates founder’s birthday in special way

Girl Scout Troop 30197 celebrated the birthday of Girls Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low by honoring Peyton Donchell Thomas, who shares Low's Halloween birthday ...

November 19, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Josh Reddick Field just months away

SPRINGFIELD - Gold-painted shovels moved the first piles of dirt on what will become a golden opportunity for the children of Effingham County.

November 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

World Series champ receives hero's welcome at alma mater

GUYTON -- Josh Reddick's moral compass keeps him pointed in a homeward direction.

November 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Lady Mustangs' rebuilding project off to good start

GUYTON - It was only a scrimmage, but South Effingham's girls basketball team looked like a good bet to surpass last season's paltry win ...

November 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Effingham County Board of Education hears redistricting concerns

SPRINGFIELD - Some students and parents are going to have to share in Effingham County's growing pains.

November 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Springfield City Council rejects plant's wastewater request

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield City Council swiftly and unanimously rejected DRT America's request to dispose of thousands of gallons of wastewater in the city's ...

November 16, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

City of Rincon accepting items for Mayors' Christmas Motorcade

RINCON - The City of Rincon will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of Georgia's hospitals serving persons with ...

November 16, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


RINCON - Santa Claus has lots of helpers. Carl Rushing is one of them.

November 16, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Volleyball skills earn Williams college opportunity

SPRINGFIELD -- The love of Hailey Williams' sports life has blossomed into a beautiful opportunity.

November 15, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Poinsettia sale underway

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County Middle School's FFA chapter is conducting its annual poinsettia sale.

November 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Poinsettia sale underway

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County Middle School's FFA chapter is conducting its annual poinsettia sale.

November 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Christmas parade to feature World Series champion

RINCON -- The Lions Club Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday in Rincon will feature local World Series champ Josh Reddick. The former South Effingham ...

November 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

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