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Mayor says why police chief was fired

Contact with police officers and others after being warned not to do so without the mayor's presence led to Chief Michael Berry's firing Wednesday night, according to Rincon Mayor Ken Lee.

October 07, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


New Ebenezer ready for 5th annual 5K

New Ebenezer Retreat Center will host its fifth annual 5K on Saturday. Proceeds from the event will be used toward a handicapped accessible cottage at the center.

October 07, 2008 | Sandi Van Orden | Local


Treutlen House dedicates computer lab

Treutlen House hosted a computer lab dedication on Friday.

October 07, 2008 | Sandi Van Orden | Local


Gulfstream still flying high

Even as all signals point to a hard landing for the economy, the sky very well may be the limit for Gulfstream.

October 07, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Tax bills now in the mail

Effingham County Tax Commissioner Lisa E. Wright announced 2008 tax bills were mailed Sept. 10 and carry a due date of Nov. 15. The tax commissioner's office will accept a U. S. postmark as evidence of timely payment received.

October 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Berry dismissed as Rincon police chief

Rincon City Council voted unanimously to dismiss Police Chief Michael Berry and another officer Wednesday night for failure to carry out directives issued by the mayor and council.

October 03, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Isakson backs mileage increase for volunteers

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced that he is co-sponsoring legislation that would help volunteers deal with rising gas prices by increasing the mileage deduction rate allowed for charity work.

October 03, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Guyton takes in more than a half-million dollars in tap fees

The city of Guyton received "a little over $500,000 in tap fees" for Crossgate Subdivision, according to Phillip King's committee report on water and sewer during Tuesday's council meeting.

October 03, 2008 | Angela Mensing | Local


King stuns council with resignation

Phillip King's resignation as a Guyton alderman during Tuesday's city council meeting took quite a few people by surprise. City hall employees expressed both disappointment and surprise on Wednesday.

October 03, 2008 | Angela Mensing | Local


Berry out as Rincon police chief

Rincon City Council voted unanimously to dismiss Police Chief Michael Berry and another officer Wednesday night for failure to carry out directives issued by the mayor and council.

October 02, 2008 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


King resigns from Guyton City Council

Guyton Alderman Phillip King tendered his resignation letter during tonight's city council meeting, resignation effective Sept. 10.

October 01, 2008 | By Angela Mensing | Local


Lengthy session isn't over yet

Rincon City Council spent more than seven hours in executive session Monday night, finally adjourning at 3:22 a.m. after closed-door meetings with more than a dozen city employees and others, talking to each individually.

October 01, 2008 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Seminar to show seniors how to prepare for emergencies

The Coastal Georgia Area Agency on Aging and Care Improvement Plus, Georgia's largest state-wide chronic condition Medicare special needs plan, are hosting a free event for Savannah area seniors Wednesday regarding health preparations for emergencies.

September 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Effingham Fall Festival coming

The Effingham Fall Festival will be held Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Historic Effingham Society and Living History Site.

September 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Courthouse group begins work

At their Aug. 19 meeting the Effingham County Board of Commissioners established a work group to make recommendations on how best to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our nationally recognized historic courthouse. The historic courthouse was built in 1908 with a later addition added and dedicated in 1979. The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

September 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


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ECSO mourns passing of retired longtime K9

Canine handler Cpl. Jamie Thompson, and the entire Effingham County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of K9 Lt. "Conan."

April 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Eden exterminator gets $1M lottery prize

ATLANTA – Purchasing a Georgia Lottery instant ticket was a grand slam for an Effingham County man, who won big while buying a cup of joe. Mathew McGee, 45, won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

April 22, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Rincon OKs August country music event at park

Rincon City Council members cleared the way for a country music festival at Freedom Park this August, but they still have to finalize fees and policies for the venue.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County weighs changes to fees

Effingham County commissioners didn't approve a new schedule of fees, but after their discussion on the topic, a restructuring appears to be in the offing.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State: ACA signups just under 150K

ATLANTA - With the end of the 2014 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens released data which represents the number of Georgians who sought health insurance coverage through the Federal Healthcare Marketplace.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


City says building on annexed land won’t happen soon

Rincon City Council members tried to assure a neighbor of its newly-annexed property that it won't be home to sprawling new subdivision anytime soon.

April 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County may seek bonds to ease water-sewer debt

Effingham County commissioners may seek another method to alleviate their water and sewer debt.

April 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Two wrecks end in fatalities

A 72-year-old man and a teenager died from injuries in separate accidents Thursday on Effingham County roads.

April 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


City council adopts policies, procedures for Mars Theatre

With the grand opening of Springfield's Mars Theatre two weeks away, city council members approved a list of policies and procedures for the facility Tuesday night.

April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


No alcohol for movies at the Mars

While beer and wine will be served at certain live performances, alcohol likely won't flow at the Mars Theatre when it shows movies.

April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Sheriff’s office gets highway safety grant

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


City talks plans for fire station

Rincon City Council members are expected to hold a zoning hearing at their next meeting on the city's newly-annexed 66 acres off Blue Jay and McCall roads.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County set to start work on roads

Improvements to McCall and Blue Jay roads are expected to start this week, according to temporary county administrator Toss Allen.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Challenge to Jones' candidacy dismissed

Vera Jones can continue her re-election bid, after the Effingham County Board of Elections voted 3-1 Friday morning to dismiss a challenge to her candidacy.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Allen ready for second run at seat

The numbers, Rick Allen believes, are in his favor.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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