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New Rincon Elementary cost: $20.7 million

The new Rincon Elementary School will be built at a cost of $20.7 million, after Effingham County Board of Education members agreed to a maximum price at their meeting Wednesday.

August 10, 2016 | By PATRICK DONAHUE | Local


‘People are frustrated’

There is a great level of frustration among the people with the government, U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said Wednesday - a sentiment he has shared since his first day on the job.

August 10, 2016 | By PATRICK DONAHUE | Local


Lawsuit claims USA Gymnastics failed to act on predator

An Effingham County family is asking for $10 million in damages from USA Gymnastics, claiming the organization failed to act on complaints of sexual misconduct by a former coach.

August 05, 2016 | Staff report | Local


DoT urging safety as school starts

Students heading back to school means more traffic, increased congestion and the need for extra safety precautions. From school buses loading and unloading, to kids walking and biking, to parents dropping off and picking up, dangers abound.

August 03, 2016 | Staff Report | Local


Hitchens receives award from state police chiefs group

State Rep. Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon) recently received the Meritorious Service Award from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). Rep. Hitchens was presented with this award during the GACP summer training conference.

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Local


State lawmakers announce three road projects in the area

The legislative delegation from Bulloch, Candler and Effingham counties announced that three DOT projects were awarded to the district by the state Department of Transportation. The awards total $2.3 million and the projects will address safety improvements, plant resurfacing, shoulder rehabbing and signage upgrades. Sen. Jack Hill, Rep. Jan Tankersley, Rep. Jon Burns, Rep. Butch Parrish and Rep. Bill Hitchens made the announcement.

August 03, 2016 | Staff report | Local


State awards grant Springfield greenway site, app

The Georgia Department of Economic Development's (GDEcD) Tourism division announced that it has awarded more than $85,275 in product development agreements to 13 new and expanding tourism projects across the state, including Springfield's Ebenezer Creek Greenway website and tour app.

August 02, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Rincon chief hopes program has an impact

For those young drivers who think it won't happen to them, Rincon Police Chief Phillip Scholl has a message.

August 02, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Effingham horse tests positive for EEE

A horse in Effingham County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). EEE also has been detected in the mosquito population in Chatham County. EEE is a mosquito-borne virus that causes swelling of the brain and poses a significant risk to both horses and humans.

July 28, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Muldrew takes runoff for judge seat

Michael Muldrew, currently chief assistant district attorney in the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, will become the circuit's newest Superior Court judge in January, after outpolling Martha Hall in Tuesday's runoff.

July 27, 2016 | By Al Hackle Statesboro Herald | Local


Red Cross facing critical blood shortage

While thousands of people from across the country responded to the emergency request for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, a critical blood shortage remains. The Red Cross urges eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

July 27, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Business summit to replace annual Chamber retreat this year

This year's annual Effingham Chamber of Commerce retreat is taking a different approach - and will be in a different locale.

July 27, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners deny CASA request for part of add-on fee revenue

The Ogeechee Judicial Circuit's Court-Appointed Special Advocates will have to wait to receive funding from the same source as Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program.

July 27, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County opening the door for new online portal

Effingham County's presence on the World Wide Web could be changing soon.

July 27, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon to replace current K9 cars

The Rincon Police Department's K9 corps will be getting new rides.

July 26, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Local paddlers explore natural beauty of lower Ebenezer Creek

On Saturday, the Georgia Conservancy, City of Springfield and Georgia DNR welcomed more than 30 paddlers on an exploration of lower Ebenezer Creek.

December 08, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Adjustments to SPLOST budget to be made after shortage of funds

At a called workshop of the Effingham County Commissioners Wednesday, Nov. 30, the commissioners discussed SPLOST, Capital Needs and the Short Term Work Program (STWP ...

December 07, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


United Way of the Coastal Empire raises $337,813 in Effingham Campaign

The United Way of the Coastal Empire's 2016 Effingham County Campaign announced Wednesday morning that donations from various businesses and groups in the area ...

December 07, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Lady Rebels finish fourth at state

The 2016 Effingham County High School competition cheer season was a successful one for the Lady Rebels as they finished with a fourth-place showing at ...

December 05, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Road work at intersection of Fort Howard Rd-Hwy 21 causing traffic jam

Construction at the intersection of Fort Howard Road and Highway 21 in Rincon has traffic backed up for over a mile.

December 02, 2016 | Staff report | Local


DDI construction requires lane closures on SR 21

Contractors for Georgia Department of Transportation will be paving for the diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on SR 21 at I-95 interchange in Port Wentworth.

November 30, 2016 | Staff report | Local


David Exley named Coroner of the Year

On Nov. 19, the Georgia Coroners Association held their Annual Meeting at the Macon Marriott City Center in Macon and during that meeting, the Honorable ...

November 30, 2016 | Special to the Herald | Local


Vince Dooley visits Effingham

Former University of Georgia football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Vince Dooley, was put to work Tuesday afternoon signing autographs ...

November 30, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Vince Dooley visiting Rincon Kroger for book signing

Legendary University of Georgia football coach, Vince Dooley, will be signing copies of his books and other collegiate memorabilia on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m ...

November 28, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Effingham County Teacher of the Year: Bilinda Sikes

Some people grow up not knowing what they want to do with their life or what they want to be when they grow up – others ...

November 22, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


City of Rincon receives $500,000 grant

SAVANNAH - The City of Rincon has received a 2016 Employment Incentive Program (EIP) grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Georgia Department of ...

November 21, 2016 | | Local


Jerry Schaufelberger chosen as Grand Marshal for Lions Club Christmas Parade

Longtime Effingham County resident and former Lions Club President, Jerry Schaufelberger, has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the 37th Annual Lions Club Christmas ...

November 17, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Orchestra Holiday Concert Dec. 4

Effingham Community Orchestra will present its 10th annual Holiday Concert and homemade cookie sale fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 4. The event will be held at ...

November 17, 2016 | Special to the Herald | Local


Effingham soldier, Winston Hencely, injured in Afghanistan

Winston Hencely, a 2014 graduate of Effingham County High School and a soldier in the United States Army stationed in Afghanistan, was injured Saturday when ...

November 17, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Massive turnout for Veterans Day Program in Springfield

Veterans from all branches of service and conflicts were honored for their service Friday morning at the Veteran's Day Program at Veterans Park of ...

November 17, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


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