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Monds: Get government out of the way

It was all issues from the moment Libertarian gubernatorial candidate, John Monds, greeted Tea Party supporters at Sweetwater Grille in Rincon on Friday night.

"It's not rocket science," he said. "If you get government out of the way, business will thrive. That's how you create jobs; government doesn't create any jobs. They can either help businesses or they can hinder them."
Monds, 45, is the first black gubernatorial candidate to make the general election ballot in Georgia history. Highly active in his community, he reaped more than 1 million votes in 2008 when he ran for Georgia ...

October 18, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Keep on truckin’

The Rincon Fire Department received a hot new addition to their fleet. Southern Natural Gas donated a 2007 Ford F-250 4x4 super cab pick up truck to the department after hearing of their need. A surplus vehicle for SNG, the truck will be used primarily as a service truck to carry extra equipment, brush equipment and to get to places the fire trucks can't get to.

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Council overturns mayor’s veto

Springfield City Council members have overturned a veto issued by the mayor last week.
Mayor Jeff Northway submitted a veto Oct. 8 on a city council vote of Oct. 6, following an executive session to discuss a personnel issue.
Kenny Usher, appointed acting mayor for Tuesday night's regular council meeting, presided over the council's discussion of the veto and the meeting. Northway was not present at the council meeting and neither was Mayor pro tem Max Neidlinger. Northway was at work in Charleston, S.C.
"They have the right to do that," he said of the council's ...

October 14, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Speaker hits stump for Purcell, Burns

State Speaker of the House David Ralston told a roomful of supporters Thursday morning how important he considers Ann Purcell to be to the General Assembly.
Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, traveled several hours south to campaign on behalf of Rep. Purcell (R-Rincon) and fellow Effingham-based state representative Jon Burns.
"I really need, and you really need, Ann Purcell to come back to the House of Representatives," Ralston told a crowd at Baibry's. "I don't know of anybody who loves their community and speaks up for the community like Ann Purcell does. I live a long way ...

October 14, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

City, business owners try to push revitalization

City council members and Springfield business owners have vowed to do what they can do restore the city's downtown business district.
Property owner Pete Lancaster approached council members at their meeting Tuesday night to issue his concerns about empty and deteriorating buildings along Laurel Street. Lancaster owns two buildings on Laurel Street and recently leased one of them to business owner Jamey Stancell.
Lancaster said Stancell tried to get him to buy the old NAPA building directly across Laurel Street from his store, but the building adjacent to it, a former service station that has been empty for a ...

October 14, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

McKinney welcomes Palin’s endorsement

It was a welcome and unexpected phone call for Ray McKinney.
Earlier this week, the Republican nominee for the U.S. House 12th District seat got a call from Sarah Palin's office telling him the former Alaskan governor and GOP vice-presidential nominee was endorsing his campaign.
"We can count on Ray McKinney to be a strong, independent voice for Georgia's 12th Congressional District," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "As Ray says, 'If you like the way things are going now, vote for the other guy.'"
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Georgia Power sets next round of outages

Georgia Power has scheduled its next round of upgrades and outages.
An outage for Oct. 20 is planned to start at 9 a.m. and will last up to eight hours. The affected areas are:
• Pleasant Acres Road from McCall Road to just past Wilder Road
• McCall Road from Azalea Avenue to just north of Webb Road
• Courthouse Road from McCall Road to Eagle Drive.
The alternate date for the outage is Oct. 21.
An outage is planned for Oct. 21 that will start at 10 p.m. and last up to eight hours. The affected areas are:
• Effingham Hospital ...

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Candidates to take part in forum

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates' forum, to be held Thursday night at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium beginning at 6 p.m.
Candidates scheduled to take part include those running for the state House of Representatives, the Effingham Board of Education and the Effingham County Board of Commissioners.
Candidates for the two state House seats will be first on the agenda. Each will have one minute to make an opening statement before answering questions from a panel and will have two minutes for closing comments. Candidates are Republican incumbent Jon Burns and Democratic ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Courthouse readied for grand re-opening

A grand re-opening for the historic Effingham County Courthouse is on the calendar.
County officials are continuing to try to finalize a time for the event, which will be held Nov. 6. Work on the courthouse project is expected to be completed by Nov. 4.
The courthouse, which opened in 1909 to great fanfare, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has undergone two previous renovations, one in 1933 and another in 1979.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

County to take look at contract changes

Effingham County commissioners and staff are reviewing the contract from the Effingham Hospital and are discussing comments and proposed changes from the hospital and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"This is a little bit different," County Administrator David Crawley said of the proposed changes to the agreement. "We need to go through our changes, but this is a revised contract."
County attorney Eric Gotwalt said the revisions include taking out certain provisions the county had requested.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 11, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Regents chancellor sets retirement date

University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. announced to the Board of Regents his plans to retire at the end of his current contract year, June 30, 2011. Davis has served as chancellor of the system's 35 colleges and universities since Feb. 2006.
In his announcement, Davis noted that he had made a number of commitments when the Board of Regents appointed him in Dec. 2005 as the System's 11th chancellor. He promised the board a five-year commitment to the job, which will be fulfilled in Feb. 2011 and he promised Gov. Sonny Perdue that he ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Lighting the way

With comforting hugs, handshakes and whispered welcomes, members of the community took white candles from a wicker basket and formed a circle on the lawn of the Effingham County Courthouse.
In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program and Effingham County Domestic Violence Task Force held a customary candlelight vigil at dusk Tuesday evening to honor and celebrate victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
"You never know what's happening behind closed doors," said ECSO Chief Deputy Richard Bush.
After the group of approximately 35 assembled, Glenda King, director of ECVWAP, welcomed the ...

October 07, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Work week hours get high marks

Early survey results on Effingham County's 4-10 work week have been favorable, county officials said.
The county has received 116 citizens' surveys, said project manager Adam Kobek and 98 percent of the respondents said they had a pleasant experience with the county's new work hours. Commissioners adopted the four-day/10-hour-a-day work week in July for such entities as the county administrative offices, offices housed in the county annex, recreation, public works and water and wastewater.
Under the adopted work week, those county offices going to the new hours are open from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m ...

October 07, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Georgia Power sets next round of outages, upgrades

The next round of Georgia Power's outages and upgrades are scheduled to take place Oct. 12 and 14.
Outages on Oct. 12 will begin at 9 a.m. and could last up to eight hours.
The affected areas are:
• Honeyridge Road from Highway 17 to Highway 119
• Highway 119 from Old Louisville Road to Archer Road
• Honeyridge subdivision
The alternate date for the outage is Oct. 13.
The Oct. 14 outage will start at 9 a.m. and could last up to eight hours.
Affected areas are:
• Central Avenue from Highway 119 to north of Honeyridge Road
• Highway 119 ...

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Oxendine: Choose carefully during open enrollment period

ATLANTA-Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urges consumers who are part of a group health plan to be prepared to make the right choices during health insurance open enrollment.
"It's the time of year when many companies across the country hold open enrollment periods for their group health insurance plans," Oxendine said. "Consider the options carefully to be sure you and your family are properly covered."
Open enrollment refers to the period of time during which all members of your group health insurance plan have the opportunity to enroll in certain benefit programs. During this period, insurance carriers are ...

October 07, 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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