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County delays adopting its FY10 budget

Effingham County residents told their county commissioners that pay raises for county employees pale in comparison to their property taxes.

June 29, 2009 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield makes no changes to liquor law

The Springfield City Council voted to keep the alcohol ordinance the same after considering amending the ordinance to change the time of sales and consumption on premises.

June 29, 2009 | By Sandi Van Orden | Local


50 years later, effects of train disaster linger

Like Sunday, the same day 50 years earlier was a hot, muggy afternoon.

June 29, 2009 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon looks to add tasers to arsenal

The Rincon Police Department has taken the first step toward putting tasers in the hands of its officers.

June 25, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


City ready for fireworks show

The show will go on Saturday night in Springfield.

June 25, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


State awards $2.95M grant for project

The state made good on its promise of a massive grant that helped lure EFACEC to Effingham County.

June 25, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


Commissioners weigh bigger millage rate cut

The millage rate cut Effingham County commissioners are proposing could become a little larger.

June 23, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


With seat open, IDA wants to avoid a big turnover on its board

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has a seat to fill - and wants some answers on making sure that they don't have to fill out the majority of the board.

June 23, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


State: Take advantage of National HIV Testing Day

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Public Health urges citizens across Georgia to get tested for HIV on June 27, National HIV Testing Day (NHTD).

June 23, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


Riverkeeper announces new mercury initiative

MIDVILLE - Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper recently held its Ogeechee Basin Celebration and Annual Membership meeting at Coleman Lake Restaurant near Midville. More than 100 people turned out to enjoy the afternoon and fish fry from the historic restaurant.

June 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


GSU workshop to focus on career growth skills

Career-growth skills from resume-writing to keeping your new job are the focus of Georgia Southern University workshops in Savannah and Statesboro this summer.

June 22, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon Lions Club steps up for soldiers

Thanks to the Rincon Lions Club, local soldiers will be able to call home to their families. The Rincon Lions Club donated $1,000 to the Phone Cards for Soldiers campaign. The Veterans Park of Effingham board of directors is raising funds to purchase telephone cards for members of the local National Guard unit, Alpha Battery, now deployed in Afghanistan. With this donation, each of the 100 members deployed will receive at least one $10 phone card. Donations can be mailed to: Veterans Park, P.O. Box 1078, Springfield, GA 31329. For information, call Ruth Lee at 754-6730.

June 18, 2009 | Staff Report | Local


IDA pares budget for next fiscal year

Anticipating a drop in property tax revenues, the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority is paring its budget.

June 18, 2009 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECRP loses its 'rock'

Jacan Brown had friends across the county and across the state she had never met.

June 18, 2009 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Initial work on old courthouse set to begin

Work on renovating the historic Effingham County Courthouse is expected to begin soon, after county commissioners gave the go-ahead for selective demolition and exploration of the building.

June 18, 2009 | Patrick Donahue | Local


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Firm to draw up master plan for central recreation park

The plans for a proposed massive central recreation facility could be moving forward.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield buys former furniture store building

The downtown Springfield building that housed Walt's Furniture for more than 50 years is now property of the city of Springfield.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Local


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


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