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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


City seeks to extend greenway project

Springfield is hoping to extend its greenway project, possibly with the help of a grant.

January 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Utility, deputies want to pull plug on scam artists

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is warning Georgia Power customers about scammers posing as company employees in an attempt to bilk money from people.

January 20, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Celebrating MLK Jr. Day

For years, Homer Wallace pushed for voting rights and to have Effingham County's own observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Monday morning, the former longtime county commissioner and community activist was recognized and hailed for his work.

January 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


King America settles with county over fish kill

Effingham County now has in its hands a $30,000 check, the result of its settlement with King America Finishing.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Firefighters honored for explosion exploits

An off-duty Effingham County firefighter who was one of the first to respond to a tanker-pickup truck collision and fire that claimed the lives of three brothers, and two Springfield firefighters were honored for their efforts in that incident.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners adopt updated job description for county administrator

With a revised county administrator job description in place, Effingham County commissioners may begin searching for a new day-to-day leader.

January 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County commissioners approve new travel policy

A new travel policy for Effingham County employees is set to go into effect, after commissioners unanimously approved its adoption last week.

January 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Long arms of the law help trapped driver

The quick actions of two Effingham County Sheriff's Office deputies are being credited with saving a man's life Thursday afternoon.

January 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Honey Ridge Road closed; 2,000 without power

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports that Honey Ridge Road is closed at Highway 119 because downed trees and power line.

January 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Lee ready to start next term as mayor

Ken Lee took his oath as the mayor of Rincon for the third time Monday night. Starting next month, he'll have more time to devote to his elected duty.

January 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Mars to make its debut

The long-awaited premiere for the Mars Theatre has been set.

January 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Jury, trial date set for Moretz case

For a third time, a jury has been selected for Kimberly Moretz's trial.

January 09, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Five injured in crash on Highway 17

Five people were injured, including one seriously, in a three-car crash Thursday afternoon on Highway 17 at Roebling Road.

January 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Statesboro to host state NAACP leaders

NAACP leaders from throughout Georgia will meet in downtown Statesboro on Jan. 24 and 25.

January 07, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local


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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


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


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