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Guyton woman killed in I-16 wreck

An Effingham County woman was killed when she was thrown from a vehicle in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning.

According to a preliminary report from the Georgia State Patrol, Roxanne Watkins Wilharm, 51, of Guyton, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by John Wesley Eaton, also of Guyton. They were driving west on Interstate 16, approximately six miles from Highway 67, when Eaton apparently lost control of the vehicle and drove into the median. The vehicle overturned several times, ejecting Wilharm.

July 30, 2007 | Staff report | Local


Sheriff at Sunrise

Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie spoke to the Effingham Sunrise Rotary group on July 3.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield to buy land for spray field

The Springfield City Council has approved a contract to purchase 105 acres of land for a spray field on Rincon-Stillwell Road for $2.4 million.

July 28, 2007 | By Sandi Van Orden Effingham Herald | Local


Passing of the gavel

Past President Lem Lancaster passes the gavel to new President Aaron "Ace" Herring.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Having a sweet Fourth

Effingham Care Center residents and their families were treated to good food and plenty of watermelon to celebrate the Fourth of July.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Give a pint, get a pint

Blue Bell Ice Cream is helping the American Red Cross encourage people to donate blood twice this summer with a special thank you gift of a pint of ice cream. Everyone who comes to give blood from July 9-13 at any Red Cross donor center or blood drive will receive a free coupon for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream or an actual pint of ice cream, while supplies last. The coupons can be redeemed at any store that sells Blue Bell Ice Cream.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Finishing touches

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Rincon's Fourth of July parade

Paradegoers and participants were greeted with sunny skies and a very warm morning Saturday for the procession.

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Rincon out to make 4th bigger, better

Many people worked hard to organize Rincon's Fourth of July festivities this year, and the city is looking at how to make it even better next year.

July 28, 2007 | By Ralna Pearson Effingham Herald | Local


Musical Fireworks, video highlights

On Saturday evening, the cities of Springfield and Guyton joined forces with the county to host the annual fireworks display held at Effingham County High School.

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Traffic, buffers worry Old Augusta residents

Residents along Old Augusta Road raised concerns about possible future traffic woes with Effingham County commissioners.

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


State's teen pregnancy rate declining faster

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development reports the decline of pregnancy rates among Georgia females between the ages of 15 and 17 exceeds the national average rate by 4 percent.

July 26, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


IDA trying to get I-16 water flowing

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority, county commissioners and Springfield are trying to solve the conundrum of how to provide water to the DP Partners tracts straddling I-16.

July 25, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


GSP taking part in Operation CARE

Although the upcoming July 4 holiday period is only 30 hours long, the Georgia Department of Public Safety is reminding motorists who will be traveling to exercise caution and to make safety a priority. Col. Bill Hitchens, DPS Commissioner, said careful planning is the key to a enjoying a safe holiday.

July 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


200 Club to start drive for families of 'Charleston 9'

Two days after nine Charleston firefighters lost their lives while rescuing four civilians during a furniture warehouse fire, the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire board of directors authorized a first "out-of-territory" financial response to the surviving families of the nine heroes.

July 24, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


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Separate accidents result in two fatalities

The Labor Day holiday weekend was a deadly one on Effingham County roads, as two women died from injuries in separate single-car crashes.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Military motorcycle training can fulfill state testing requirements

Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell has announced a new customer service for active/former military service members and their dependents requesting a motorcycle license. These customers may exempt the written and road skills testing for a motorcycle endorsement - if they have successfully completed a safety course based on the Motor Safety Foundation curriculums offered by the U.S. Department of Defense or branch of the U.S. military.

September 01, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Hospital, county to attempt to resolve pay disagreement

With the Department of Housing and Urban Development scheduled to visit in a few weeks, Effingham Health System leaders want to resolve an issue on how much money the hospital is owed from the county.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon approves service rate hikes

Rincon residents can expect to pay more for water, sewer, sanitation and fire fees.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Leaders look for ways to get the word out

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Community leaders want to get Effingham County residents to not just think local but act local - especially when it comes to spending their money.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work on parkway could start in 2017

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - The Effingham Parkway likely won't look like the design submitted a few years ago, with a tie-in to the Jimmy Deloach Parkway. But even with a scaled-back version, finding the money to complete the work may not be easy, Effingham County community leaders learned Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon council OKs changes to nuisance enforcement

Rincon City Council has approved changes to how it will handle violations and enforcement of its nuisance ordinance.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County turns down request for groundwater use

Effingham County commissioners voted not to cede any of its groundwater withdrawal permit so a proposed development could install a well and water tank that the county eventually would operate.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield opts to bump up its millage rate

The millage rate is increasing in Springfield, after city council members approved a hike last Tuesday night.

August 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT hopes drivers take a shine to diverging diamond

State Rep. Bill Hitchens has seen the two "diverging diamond interchanges" in use on metro Atlanta highways.

August 18, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Hospital gets ready for hurricane season

Effingham County Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Emergency Management Agency met with Michael Murphy, emergency management health care professional at Effingham Health System, to discuss plans for the 2014 hurricane season.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County trims millage rate

Effingham County commissioners approved a slightly lower millage rate and also voted to keep fire and sanitation fees the same during a special called meeting Wednesday evening.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to set 2015 millage rate Wednesday

Effingham County commissioners are expected to set the 2014-15 millage rates when they meet Wednesday at 6 p.m.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work set to start on county’s next audit

The next audit of Effingham County's government appears to be on track.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners set meeting for rec plan

Effingham County commissioners will meet with members of the county's recreation board as part of a process to come up with a master plan for the county's recreation needs.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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