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Gift for Manna House

Manna House would like to extend a special thanks to First Baptist Church of Rincon for their recent donation of $1,000.
This offering will be used for the upcoming Thanksgiving project. On Nov. 22, Manna House will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to over 300 families in Effingham County. Deadline for signing up for the assistance is Nov. 18.
Thanks also to the churches, individuals, and businesses that have made donations of food items to help make this project a success. To make donations or for more information call Lisa Bush, director, at 826-2037 or 665-1985.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Wildlife Refuge to conduct control burn

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge will plan to conduct several control burns during the coming fall and winter months. The goal of control burning is to enhance wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of wildfires on the Refuge.
The 2010 Annual Control Burn Plan includes 3,153 acres targeted for burning during the next three months. Most of the units involve burning wetland impoundments to open up and provide quality habitat prior to the arrival of wintering waterfowl. Burns are timed so they minimize impacts on wildlife and people. Units are burned in small blocks to reduce smoke impacts. The burn ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Nease dies at age 91

A pillar of the Effingham County community will be laid to rest Monday.

November 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


County, cities to avoid court

The protracted tussle over service delivery strategy between Effingham County and some of the cities appears to be over, before it has to go before a judge to be settled.
The county and three municipalities were scheduled to appear in front of Judge Ronnie Rahn from the Atlantic Judicial Circuit this morning to settle differences over the service delivery strategy.
"If everything goes as expected, this will settle the service delivery strategy litigation that's been going on for 18 months," said Guyton city attorney Ramona Bartos. "It sets up a new mechanism of how the service delivery strategy acts ...

November 11, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


A salute to defenders

Veterans of service from generations ago, from just a few months ago and those still in the ranks gathered for the thanks of a grateful community Thursday morning.
Effingham County held its annual Veterans Day observance ceremony at Veterans Park in Springfield, with honors directed to all veterans and especially to Alpha Battery of the Georgia Army National Guard's 1/118th Field Artillery Battalion. The Springfield-based unit completed a year-long rotation in Afghanistan earlier this year.
"Now that I've been through combat, I think of all our forefathers who saw combat and saw more than I'll ever ...

November 11, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Energy Assistance to help with home heating bills

ATLANTA- As the colder months approach, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) will once again help Georgians struggling to keep up with the cost of heating their homes. DHS' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has received approximately $41.1 million in federal funds to assist low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with their heating bills.
Beginning Nov. 1, local community action agencies are administering the available funds to assist the homebound and elderly (aged 65 and older) may apply for help. All other eligible families may apply starting Dec. 1 until funds are exhausted. In most cases payments ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Barrow to sponsor Medicare sessions

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will sponsor Medicare Part D open enrollment workshops in Savannah on Nov. 15 and in Statesboro on Nov. 29.
Anyone who is enrolled in Medicare Part D or who wants to enroll in the program must sign up or make changes during the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31. During this time, people with Medicare can add, drop, or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a health plan for their 2011 coverage.
Constituents are encouraged to bring their prescription medications with them to the workshops.
"Folks ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Barrow to sponsor Medicare sessions

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will sponsor Medicare Part D open enrollment workshops in Savannah on Nov. 15 and in Statesboro on Nov. 29.
Anyone who is enrolled in Medicare Part D or who wants to enroll in the program must sign up or make changes during the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31. During this time, people with Medicare can add, drop, or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a health plan for their 2011 coverage.
Constituents are encouraged to bring their prescription medications with them to the workshops.
"Folks ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Crowd marvels at courthouse

With modern flourishes and touches and an eye toward its century of life, the doors to the Historic Effingham Courthouse swung open again Saturday afternoon.
The courthouse, now 101 years old, had been closed for more than a year as a team of architects, engineers and workers labored to painstakingly restore the venerable edifice and adapt it to 21st century use.
"This has been the most fulfilling and rewarding project I've ever worked on," said Josh Simpson, project manager for J.T. Turner Construction.
Work began in the summer of 2009, and the refurbished historic courthouse will be the ...

November 08, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


Final meeting on MAPP set for today

The final meeting of the Effingham County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) project will be held today, Nov.9, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Annex in the Administrative Complex located at 601 Laurel St. in Springfield. Lunch will be provided.
During the MAPP process, Effingham County citizens have, through research and community input, identified goals and strategies to address healthcare concerns in Effingham County.
The meeting will focus on planning the future action steps for improving the health of the Effingham County community.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


GSP to step up move over enforcement

Motorists who fail to move over one lane or slow down as they approach a stopped emergency vehicle will see an increased chance of receiving a ticket next week as state troopers in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee will join forces for stepped up enforcement.
Col. Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers in Georgia will participate with four of the neighboring state highway patrols to raise driver awareness of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and tow truck drivers as they work along busy highways and interstates ...

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Voters renew SPLOSTs

Effingham County voters turned out in force for a mid-term election and also backed the renewal of the two special purpose local option sales tax measures on Tuesday's ballot.
Turnout from the county's 28,326 registered voters was at 45.7 percent, with 12,943 ballots being cast.
Voters backed renewal of the E-SPLOST for the Effingham County School System by a margin of 58.2 percent to 41.8 percent. Proceeds from the one-cent tax are expected to go toward improvements at all of the system's schools, paying off the remainder of Marlow Elementary School financing ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


County adjusts four-day work week

Many Effingham County government offices are going to stay on a four-day work week schedule - but the schedule is changing.
Since this summer, many offices have been on a Monday through Thursday schedule, working 10 hours each day. Commissioners voted 4-2, with Chairman Dusty Zeigler and Commissioner Reggie Loper voting against, to extend the pilot program through the rest of the calendar year.
Commissioners had three different motions on what to do with the pilot program before settling on the option that changed the four days of operation for the county administrative complex and most offices at the county annex ...

November 04, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Historic Courthouse to get modern touch

The 102-year-old historic Effingham County Courthouse is on the verge of receiving a 21st century designation.
County commissioners will hold a dedication ceremony for the building Saturday at 3 p.m. The building has undergone a year-long renovation as a host of county offices are set to move into it and bring it back to full use.
"Everything is falling into place," county project manager Adam Kobek said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Historic Courthouse to get modern touch

The 102-year-old historic Effingham County Courthouse is on the verge of receiving a 21st century designation.
County commissioners will hold a dedication ceremony for the building Saturday at 3 p.m. The building has undergone a year-long renovation as a host of county offices are set to move into it and bring it back to full use.
"Everything is falling into place," county project manager Adam Kobek said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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Lady Mustangs avenge loss to Lady Bobcats

GUYTON -- Taking care of the ball helped the South Effingham Lady Mustangs take care of busines.

December 14, 2017 | | Local


Subject in officer-involved shooting identified

SPRINGFIELD -- The subject involved in the officer-involved shooting Tuesday night at Paddleford Subdivision was 50-year-old Marcia Metzger Aiken of Effingham County.

December 14, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


Elected officials discuss issues over breakfast

RINCON -- Effingham County business leaders, school officials and interested citizens were served a few morsels of information with their breakfast during Wednesday's Legislative Eggs ...

December 13, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


GBI to probe officer-involved shooting in Paddleford

SPRINGFIELD -- On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the Effingham County Sheriff's Office responded to a call in Paddleford Subdivision about a woman threatening suicide.

December 13, 2017 | | Local


Santa gives more than toys

Red Cross conducted a blood drive at Goshen United Methodist Church in Guyton on Tuesday,

December 12, 2017 | | Local


Empty Stocking Fund needs filling

The Exchange Club of Effingham's Empty Stocking Fund campaign is accepting donations.

December 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Cheese passion churns into business venture

SPRINGFIELD -- Richard and Wendy Cowart have carved out a small, unique piece of Georgia'a agricultural pie.

December 11, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Douglas graduates from basic training

U.S. Air Force Airman Nicholas J. Douglas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

December 11, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


Lady Rebels recognized at banquet

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County High School softball team conducted its end-of-season awards banquet Dec. 4 at New Ebenezer Retreat Center.

December 10, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


Man dies in single-vehicle crash

SPRINGFIELD -- On Saturday around 10:30 p.m., 41-year-old George Mitchell Hewitt of Gilbert, S.C., was killed in a single-vehicle accident.

December 10, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


Ribbon cut on Clarence Morgan Complex

SPRINGFIELD -- Saturday morning's damp, dreary weather didn't hinder the celebration of a facility that will brighten the lives of current Effingham County residents ...

December 09, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


IDA to seek community input during CEO selection process

SPRINGFIELD - The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority is looking for more than new business partners these days. It's also in the market for a ...

December 08, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union breaks ground on Rincon branch

RINCON -- Georgia Heritage Federal Credit Union broke ground on a new branch office in Rincon on Tuesday at the intersection of Highway 21 and Silverwood ...

December 08, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


DRT America here to stay

RINCON - The book on DRT America's brief history in Effingham County didn't end last month when the Springfield City Council rejected its request ...

December 08, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Mustangs stumble after forcing OT

BLUFFTON, S.C. -- Even though he looked emotionally drained Thursday night, South Effingham coach James Finlen was overflowing with pride inside.

December 07, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


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