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Rincon makes plans to deliver post office to city hall site

The city of Rincon hopes to bring its old post office to a new home soon.
Council members agreed to move forward with plans for moving the old post office to city hall property, perhaps to the front right-hand corner of the tract, according to City Manager Michael Phillips.
The city will pay for the materials and local builder Freddy Long will perform the work on a donated basis, Phillips said. The city has set aside $25,000 for the work.
"It is intended to be as close to what it looked like as possible," Phillips said.
Also, Verizon's ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Speaker praises House for tough work in session

State lawmakers should be commended for passing a balanced budget in difficult economic times and for a host of other achievements, Speaker of the House David Ralston said.
Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) met with Savannah area Republicans on Tuesday and boasted of the job legislators did with a quickly and severely shrinking budget.
"I think we did a pretty good job of steering the ship between the rough waters," he said.
Ralston praised the work of the 180-member House in passing the $17.9 billion budget.
Higher education took a cut of $140 million, and the quality basic education formula suffered ...

July 08, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


Sheriff glad for new traffic laws on the books

The state's new laws for motorists have found a fan in Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.
McDuffie applauded the host of measures regarding activity behind the wheel, including a ban on texting for all drivers, a prohibition on teenage drivers using cell phones while driving and a provision calling for all drivers to wear their seat belts.
"Multi-tasking is not a good thing to be doing behind the wheel of a car," McDuffie said. "You multi-task behind a computer screen. When you're driving a car, you need to be concentrating on what you're driving. There's entirely ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Walking a fine line

One by one, teenagers tried to walk a straight and narrow line at the Rincon Police Department on Thursday morning. However, it wasn't easy.
And that's precisely what Sgt. Philip Scholl had in mind.
Sgt. Scholl employed the Fatal Vision simulator for several teenagers, letting them experience just how it feels to be behind the wheel and have impaired vision and judgement.
"It's really scary," said Ciara Wolfe, who led the teens in the class. "I could not imagine trying to walk that line with the legal limit of alcohol.
It's not even worth it. It ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hugs and cheers rule the day at Camp Buddy

As soon as she heard the cheers, "Yay, Ella," Molly Marchese came rushing in the room video camera in hand, beaming.
"Are you playing basketball, Ella?" she said, eager to capture this success on video for her husband to see later that evening.
Melinda Hawkins held Ella's waist as she balanced on a blue, angled step. Molly's 4-year-old, then threw a cantaloupe-size ball, hitting the ring of a child's basketball goal. The room cheered once more as Ella's arms reached upward excitedly.
Ella is one of eight children who attended the two three-day sessions of the ...

July 08, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local


Flood insurance policies resume

ATLANTA-Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized by Congress, and flood policies are again available through your homeowners insurance agent or company.
Flood coverage is federally backed by the NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Extension Act extends the NFIP through September 30 of this year, and is retroactive back to June 1. The program had been inactive since May 31.
Oxendine said a flood policy can be a valuable addition to standard homeowners coverage.
"Purchasing flood insurance is an important consideration for Georgia consumers, even if you think a flood is unlikely ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon on the road to cut out dirt roads

The number of dirt roads in the city of Rincon is expected to dwindle after council members approved a bid at their meeting Monday night.
Council OK'd a bid of $197,785 from Clifton Construction Company for a street paving project that will include Byrd Street, Savannah Avenue, Chatham Avenue, Middleton Street, Middleground Road and Old Middleground Road.
"All those are dirt roads that are going to be brought up," said Tim Baumgartner of EMC Engineering.
The city also has questions about some of those roads, namely, who owns them. Council members wondered how much of the road belonged ...

July 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


MAPP project to hold state of health meeting

Effingham County residents can voice their concerns about health issues at a town hall meeting.
The state of Effingham's health town hall meeting will be held July 12 at Effingham Hospital at 6:30 p.m. It's part of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships process, led by Russ Toal of Georgia Southern University's Jiann-Piang Hsu College of Public Health.
"It is to give people who have not heard of the MAPP process the chance to learn more about it," said Betty Dixon, clinical nurse manager for the Coastal Health District. "If it's a ...

July 05, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


County lends its support to hospital

Effingham Hospital Authority members are expected to approve a resolution from the county commissioners supporting their plans for hospital expansion and modernization.
Commissioners, in a 5-1 vote, agreed to a resolution backing the hospital's proposal for a $30 million modernization and expansion.
Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the resolution at a special called meeting Friday, and the resolution was hammered out in the minutes before the vote.
"I don't anticipate any issues," Hospital Authority Chairman Rick Rafter said. "I think this is a good project for the county."
Should the Build America bond package, issued by the ...

July 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Community copes with grief

Before the second vigil of the week in memory of a teenager killed in a June 28 accident on Stillwell Clyo Road last week, Austin Seckinger took the microphone and asked for donations to the Neil Morgan Memorial Trust Fund.
Those who donate $20 or more get a T-shirt and/or a window decal–designed and donated by Teezers Team Sports. A member of the Effingham County High School tennis team, Morgan's friends decided to surrounding a tennis ball all capital letters read "Neil Morgan Dec. 14, 1992-June 30, 2010." All proceeds go into the trust and will be ...

July 05, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local


Hospital wins commissioners' support

In an agreement hammered out just minutes before the final vote was taken, Effingham County commissioners approved a resolution Friday to back the Effingham Hospital's modernization and expansion plans.

July 02, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State Patrol issues holiday traffic projections

ATLANTA-As motorists take to the roads this week for the July Fourth holiday travel period, the Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers to plan their travels carefully, keeping safety as the number one priority. In Georgia, the 78-hour holiday period began Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday.

July 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Tomberlin, Dasher qualify for school board seat

Eddie Tomberlin will run again for his District 1 seat on the Effingham County Board of Education, but he will face opposition in the November election.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


LifeStar finally lands in Effingham County

After nearly three years of work, the LifeStar helicopter and crew are calling Effingham County home.

July 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guyton man killed in wreck Tuesday evening

A Guyton man was killed Tuesday evening when he lost control of his motorcycle on Interstate 95.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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Steve Jarvis to run for Buddy Carter's seat in congress

Bernard Stefan (Steve) Jarvis has announced that he is running as a democrat for the Congressional seat currently occupied by Rep. Buddy Carter in the ...

July 26, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Guyton to raise property taxes

The City of Guyton sent out a press release last week announcing that a decision has been made to increase the 2017 property taxes it ...

July 26, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Sheriffs working fatal accident

The Effingham County Sheriffs Department is currently working a fatal accident at highway 80 and 17.

July 25, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Smalls graduates from basic military training

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kenyatt N. Smalls II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

July 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew 369 celebrates awards night

Local Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew 369, who is chartered by St. John's Lutheran Church of Rincon, had plenty of things to celebrate ...

July 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia getting drivers to obey speed limit or get ticket

Motorists who think they drive faster than the legal speed limit without getting pulled over could soon see blue lights in the rearview mirror as ...

July 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


ECHS's Holder given $1,000 for use at GSU

Lenexa, Kan. – The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is pleased to award a $1,000 scholarship to student Robert Holder from Clyo, Ga., for the ...

July 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Kindness Rocks Effingham County

Local residents have gotten their "rock" on this summer as they paint messages, pictures and positive words onto rocks and hide them around the county ...

July 19, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Oktoberfest takes a break

In a press release sent out on Tuesday afternoon from the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, a decision to put the 2017 Oktoberfest on hiatus ...

July 19, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham 4-H members participate at State 4-H Council

EFFINGHAM COUNTY – State 4-H Council, one of Georgia 4-H's core programs, is the constitutional meeting of the Georgia 4-H Council and the election of ...

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Lightning catches Rincon home on fire

A lightning bolt struck a house in Rincon Sunday night, causing a fire that engulfed the structure and destroyed the home.

July 11, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Emancipation Diploma Bill in effect

On Monday, March 30, 2015 Governor Nathan Deal signed the Emancipation Diploma Bill (HB 91) into law.

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Music of Johnny Cash to fill Mars Theatre Saturday night

SPRINGFIELD – Get ready to take a journey back in time, to the life and music of "The Man in Black" performed by Cash Unchained featuring ...

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon water issue a major problem for City Council

At the regularly scheduled meeting of the Rincon City Council Monday night, the council heard comments about and voted on a number of issues.

July 11, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Billy Beckett ready to work

While he has only been serving the position for a few weeks now, Interim County Administrator for Effingham County, Billy Beckett, has been hard at ...

July 11, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


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