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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


Hall pleads guilty in 2011 fatal wreck

An Effingham County man accused in the April 2011 vehicular homicide of his passenger pled guilty Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Accused pig assailant pleads guilty

Almost a year after video cameras caught his attack on a pet pig, a Springfield man has pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Cell phone sales lead to warden’s ouster

The warden of the Effingham County Prison has been allowed to resign after a state Department of Corrections investigation revealed cell phones confiscated from prisoners were being sold without authorization.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


House 1st District hopeful talks to Effingham Democrats

First District U.S. House candidate Amy Tavio was a big hit at the meeting of the Effingham Democrats last Thursday.

March 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Elections board hires attorney for Jones’ candidacy challenge

The Effingham County board of elections has hired an attorney to aid it as it weighs a challenge to a candidate's qualification.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Doors open to new jail

Starting Tuesday, if you want to visit the Effingham County Jail, the sheriff's office will ask whom you're there to see.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State troopers investigate eight crashes in February

State troopers from the Rincon post of the Georgia State Patrol investigated eight traffic crashes during February in Effingham County. Sgt. Chris Nease said the traffic crashes resulted in nine injuries and one traffic death.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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ECSO asks for help with K-9 unit

Dogs in the Effingham County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit have helped the community in a number of ways. Now, the ECSO hopes the public can return the gesture.

July 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State issues recall of fruits

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some stone fruits (including plums, peaches and nectarines), and related made-in-store items prepared with these stone fruits that have been distributed in Georgia, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Probate judges get up-to-date on changes in carry law

Georgia probate judges began readying themselves for the changes in the state's weapons carry law, many of which directly affect the way judges handle firearms applications, prior to the law becoming effective on July 1.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Springfield eyes sidewalk, drainage improvements

A day-long discussion by Springfield City Council members and key staff could lead to the go-ahead for several projects and improvements around the city.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon OKs warranty, change order for fire station

The city of Rincon has started the one-year warranty period for its newest fire station.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to vacate court order on gaming machines

A state law that rescinded a previous policy has prompted Effingham County commissioners to agree to vacate a 2010 court order.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Consultant to help find ways to lower ISO ratings

Effingham County commissioners have given the go-ahead for a fire consulting services agreement.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Fort Howard Road back open following gas leak

Fort Howard Road has reopened after a natural gas leak closed a portion of the road for about four hours.

July 25, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County to take a look at long-range rec plans

Effingham County commissioners will undertake forming a master plan for future recreation improvements and enhancements, after voting 5-0 Tuesday to enter into an agreement with consulting firm CHA.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon 2013 audit finds two problems

Rincon City Council members were handed their 2013 audit, which pointed out two material weaknesses.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


How to help curtail a mosquito problem

Coastal Health District officials remind residents to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes which are not only a nuisance but can carry disease such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and chikungunya.

July 21, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting numbers trail primary turnout

ATLANTA - Early in-person voting ended Friday for Tuesday's primary runoff.

July 21, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Senate runoff: Kingston says being 'local' helps his appeal to independents

STATESBORO - U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Jack Kingston said Friday he has the conservative credentials to appeal to Republicans at this stage but that being accessible and "local" will help him with independent voters.

July 21, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local


Senate runoff: Perdue feels he’s the real conservative in GOP race

STATESBORO - U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, making a campaign stop at Locos Grill and Pub in Statesboro on the cusp of the primary runoff, told reporters that the other Republican in the race, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, spends money like a liberal Democrat.

July 21, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local


Guyton woman hit by truck, dies

An Effingham County woman died after being hit by a truck on Honey Ridge Road Thursday night.

July 18, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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