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Commissioners opt to renew insurance pact

Effingham County commissioners will take up the issue of supplemental insurance after finally agreeing to renew their existing health insurance coverage.
Commissioners voted 5-1 at their Sept. 7 meeting to renew their contract with Guardian after getting several proposals on health insurance plans.
In a workshop, the firms presented their proposals to commissioners and staff members.
"No plan is exactly the same," said County Administrator David Crawley. "They all have pluses and minuses."
Commissioners asked those companies interested in competing for the contract to make their plans as close to the one the county currently has. Blue Cross/Blue Shield ...

September 20, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Firefighters fill the boots for MDA

Firefighters in Rincon and Guyton battle more than fires. This past summer, firefighters teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for the 2010 "Boot Drive."
The firefighters spent multiple weekends in the summer heat trying to "fill the boot." These "Boot Drives" offer the community a chance to donate money that will be used in the battle against neuromuscular diseases.
This year the community embraced the efforts of the Rincon Fire Department by raising $7,226, a $2,426 increase from 2009. The Guyton Fire Department raised $2,500, a $1,000 increase from 2009.
The proceeds collected from the ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia Power sets outage, upgrade date

Georgia Power has scheduled an outage and upgrade for Sept. 22, with an alternate date of Sept. 23.
The outage will begin at 9 a.m. and could last up to eight hours. The affected areas will be: Courthouse Road from Little McCall Road to the end of Lonesome Oak subdivision, including Shirley Drive and Patterson Drive.
Residential customers with questions may call 1-888-660-5890. Business customers with questions may call 1-888-655-5888.

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Early voting for general election is under way

ATLANTA-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that early voting for the Nov. 2 general election runs through Oct. 29 in all Georgia counties. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Oct. 29; mail-in ballots must be received by the voter's county elections office by the close of polls on Election Day.
Secretary Kemp reminded voters to utilize the Secretary of State's My Voter Page (MVP) voter education Web site before participating in the general election. The MVP Web site allows voters to view their sample ballot, find the early voting locations in their county and ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Missing boater found alive, well

A boater whose boat capsized in the Ogeechee River on Saturday night has been found by one of the newest members of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

September 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Task Force Marne looks back on 9/11

Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq-There is probably not an adult who does not remember the intricate details at the moment he or she found out that America had been attacked on Sept. 11, 2001. Life changed or decisions were altered for some of the men and women of Task Force Marne after that date, known as 9/11.

September 17, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield adopts new alcohol serving hours

Springfield City Council has agreed to extend the hours restaurants can serve alcohol, but council members also vowed to keep an eye on those establishments.
Council members voted to extend serving hours on Friday nights to 1 a.m. Saturday and on-premises consumption to 2 a.m. But a Springfield resident who lives across the street from Kelly's Tavern said the noise from the restaurant gets loud on occasion and said she did not support extending the service hours.
"I'm not with the ordinance change," said Rose Burnsed. "My house is probably 50 yards away (from Kelly's ...

September 16, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Warner Robins teen killed in Tuesday accident

A teenager from Warner Robins was killed Tuesday afternoon after the pickup he was driving struck an oncoming wrecker and flipped on Sandhill Road, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Kyle David Turansky, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 2008 Ford F-150 crossed the center line and collided with a medium-sized commercial tow truck. Effingham County Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene on Sandhill Road around 3 p.m.
According to the State Patrol, the front of the pickup struck the left side of the wrecker and continued down the left side before overturning on ...

September 16, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


A slight rise in statewide jobless number

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 10 percent in August, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.9 percent in July, primarily because of layoffs in retail trade and construction. The rate was also 10 percent in August 2009.
This is the 35th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.6 percent.
Although the jobless rate rose, the number of payroll jobs increased 17,800, or five-tenths of a percentage point, from 3,802,500 in July ...

September 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Sandhill Road crash victim identified

Investigators have identified the victim who was killed in a fatal accident in Effingham County yesterday afternoon.

September 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Fatal wreck on Sandhill Road

Authorities are investigating a fatal crash that took place around 3 p.m. Tuesday on the 2900 block of Sandhill Road.

September 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Last touches being applied to courthouse

The finishing touches on the historic Effingham County courthouse are being completed.
County commissioners approved a change order and four construction change directives for the building, which is undergoing an extensive refurbishment. Commissioners approved bids for site work from Indigo FG&G and for landscaping from Landscapers Depot. The total for the bids was $182,590.71, a decrease by $21,000, but it also will affect the maximum guaranteed price of the project, county project manager Adam Kobek said. Four companies submitted bids on the site work and three companies put in bids for the landscaping.
Under the plans ...

September 13, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


New rules for watering your lawn

Effingham County commissioners are expected to take up an outdoor water use ordinance at their next meeting, after county engineer Steve Liotta discussed the provisions of the Georgia Water Stewardship Act.
The act, Senate Bill 370, was signed into law June 1 and changes outdoor watering use regulations. The statewide ordinance adopted in 2004, limiting outdoor watering on odd-even days and by odd-even street numbers, has been changed to a prohibition of outdoor watering from 10 a.m-4 p.m., regardless of the day of the week and residential address, Liotta explained.
"It's sort of a relaxed outdoor watering ...

September 13, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Planning chief pushes road sales tax

The money needed to build the Effingham Parkway could be a couple of years away - but there are several steps to start the road first.
Todd Long, state director of transportation planning, said the Effingham Parkway would be a prime candidate for a possible sales tax-funded project under the auspices of House Bill 277. The act, adopted this year, would set up 12 regions - based on the regional commissions - to discuss and possibly adopt transportation projects for voters in those individual regions to back or deny.
"Effingham Parkway is a great example of a project we know will be good ...

September 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners at loggerheads on ethics policy

It doesn't appear as if Effingham County commissioners will adopt an ethics ordinance any time soon.
Commissioners split 3-3 on a proposed ethics standard at their meeting Tuesday night, effectively killing the initiative.
"I have never seen more people afraid of the word 'ethics,'" said commission Chairman Dusty Zeigler, who voted for the ordinance and has been a proponent of its passage. "And it will be brought back shortly. And we will have an ethics ordinance in some capacity."
The proposal had been discussed at a special called meeting prior to Tuesday's first reading. In recommending its passage ...

September 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Coffee capitalizes on Effingham County miscues

STATESBORO -- Effingham County coach Buddy Holder suffered a season-opening loss Friday night, but he didn't sound defeated.

August 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Effingham Herald names Lastinger editor

Longtime journalist Mark Lastinger has been named editor of the Effingham Herald.

August 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Humidity problem steams South Effingham band parent

The Effingham County Board of Education hit a sour note with a South Effingham High School band parent.

August 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Search warrants results in drug-related arrests

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office Drug Suppression Unit initiated a criminal investigation in July regarding illegal drug activity at a Guyton Low Ground Road ...

August 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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