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Governor forms task force to find storm response fix

Gov. Nathan Deal announced immediate reforms for how the state communicates with Georgians when under a winter storm warning; he also named the Governor's Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force, which will advise on implementation of reforms and suggest short-term and long-term solutions.

February 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Local, state leaders meet at Effingham Day at the Capitol

Effingham County leaders and Chamber of Commerce members, along with members of its state legislative delegation, met with state officials Monday and Tuesday during the Chamber's Effingham Day at the Capitol.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


EPD supports Burns’ emergency response bill

ATLANTA - A bill introduced late in last year's General Assembly session is getting support from environmental groups as it comes back before state legislators.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Medical marijuana bill may be gaining support

ATLANTA­ - What could become one of the General Assembly's most controversial bills is generating quite a buzz - well before it hits the floor for a vote.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Not snow much

The warnings local officials issued to stay off Effingham County roads on Tuesday and Wednesday appear to have paid off.

January 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


School to resume Thursday, with delayed start

Effingham County students will be back in school on Thursday, albeit with a little later start.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


Governor declares state of emergency

After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon Wednesday.

January 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Tips for motorists in icy conditions

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department offers the following tips from its training unit on driving in wintry conditions:

January 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Resident asks county for help with road

Effingham County commissioners may adopt a unique solution to repair a subdivision's damaged roads.

January 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Simple steps can keep winter power bills from skyrocketing

As Georgians continue to experience record-low temperatures this winter, Georgia Power is reminding customers that preparation and planning can help minimize the impact of the severe weather on their energy bills.

January 27, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Schools to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday

With potentially dangerous winter weather expected to move into the area, the Effingham County School System has canceled school for students on Tuesday and Wednesday.

January 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


IDA lands back on prospect’s radar

A prospect that has been in hibernation for quite a while has asked the Effingham Industrial Development Authority to extend an option on land.

January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Troubled intersection to get four-way stop

Effingham County is about to attempt to curtail the number of accidents at one of its most troubled intersections.

January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State asks walkers, riders to wear reflective clothing

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is joining pedestrian and bicycle safety partners to remind both walkers and riders to wear reflective gear as winter continues and days remain darker.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Council may put in extra time to finish Mars work

With the grand opening of the Mars Theatre just three months away, much of the work remaining to be done may lie in the hands of the Springfield City Council.

January 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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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


12th District GOP hopefuls vow to overturn ACA

STATESBORO - In their first debate, the five Republican candidates for Congress in Georgia's 12th District responded to questions about Obamacare, Ukraine, reducing regulations, and states' rights in regard to medical marijuana.

April 03, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local


County votes to keep disputed road open

A disputed road will remain open, Effingham County commissioners decided Tuesday night.

April 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners give OK to elections board attorney

Effingham County commissioners approved an engagement letter for the elections board's attorney choice in Friday morning's hearing.

April 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Challenge to Jones’ candidacy to be heard Friday

The challenge to Effingham County 2nd District Commissioner Vera Jones' candidacy will be heard Friday at 9 a.m. at the Effingham County administrative complex.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Candidates call for a different direction

Office seekers at Saturday morning's candidates' forum on ethics, morality and principles agreed that the country is on the wrong track and needs to return toward a Judeo-Christian foundation.

March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Combative tones struck at GOP debate

SAVANNAH - The seven Republican hopefuls vying for a chance to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss took a number of shots at the federal government - and each other - in Saturday night's forum.

March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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