While the desire to see tourism in Effingham County grow may be on many people's minds these days, one tour group appears to have gotten off on the wrong foot - and angered some local citizens in the process.
Michael King stood on the steps of Guyton's City Hall holding his youngest daughter, Braya, in his arms while he announced his candidacy for the County Commission seat for District 2. He cited rising tax burdens, property tax assessments, and communications problems as reasons he decided to run.
A year to the day - and almost to the minute - after friends and family and members of the Effingham County sent Alpha Battery off to Afghanistan, they gave those same soldiers a warm welcome home from their combat mission.
Georgia Army Guard Spc. Steven Harrelson of Rincon and a fire direction control technician for Springfield's A Battery 1/118 Field Artillery, talks about his experiences in Afghanistan with radio host Bill Edwards of Savannah's 1290 at the Georgia Guard Garrison Training Center.