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New commissioners to take part in first meeting today

The three newest members of the Effingham County Board of Commissioners will begin their first meeting today at 5 p.m.
Newcomers Vera Jones, Phil Kieffer and Steve Mason, who were sworn in last month, will begin their official duties, along with incumbent commissioners Bob Brantley, Reggie Loper and Chairman Dusty Zeigler. Among their topics for consideration on today's proposed agenda are changing the geographical boundaries for the five current Georgia Militia Districts to coincide with the five current voting district boundaries.
Commissioners also will make their appointments to the Effingham Industrial Development Authority. With three commissioners starting new ...

January 03, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guard association honors Hill

GARDEN CITY-State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) was presented the National Guard Association of the United States (NAGAUS) Charles Dick Medal of Merit by Maj. Gen. William T. Nesbitt, Georgia's Adjutant General, during a ceremony at the Georgia Air Guard's Savannah Combat Readiness Training Center.
Hill, who is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, spent 33 years as an officer and unit commander with the Air Guard. According to the citation, he spearheaded the funding for several Guard efforts over the years, most notably the renovation of Guard armories across the state, and he was instrumental in the ...

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


Hospital launches expansion

Having beaten the clock to get its financing in place, the Effingham Hospital isn't waiting to get started on its extensive modernization and expansion effort.
Workers were scheduled to begin installing silt fences Monday morning as the first steps in the hospital's $30 million, 50,000 square foot expansion are taken. Hospital officials, staff, dignitaries and community members celebrated the groundbreaking for the project on a cloudy and drizzly Sunday afternoon.
But to hospital officials, it might as well have been sunny skies.
For the complete story, see the Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 print edition of the Effingham ...

January 03, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Baxley to take over on Rincon council

Ken Baxley is returning to the Rincon City Council.
The former council member will assume the seat vacated by Ann Daniel, after current council members voted last week to appoint him to the post.
Baxley served for one four-year term, opting not to seek re-election in 2009.
"They asked, and I told them I would be agreeable to do it," Baxley said.
For the complete story, see the Tuesday Jan. 4, 2011 print edition of the Effingham Herald.

January 03, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DDS adding more online services

ATLANTA–Eight internet services have been added for Georgia drivers and ID card holders from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). Customers can now create a personalized customer account and initiate multiple transactions at one time safely and securely through the agency's Web site www.dds.ga.gov. In addition, customers may now check point violations and request a certified Motor Vehicle Report (MVR).
For those with a valid Georgia license, an identification card may be requested. Drivers may also pay most Failure to Appear (FTA) suspensions and then reinstate their license.
"DDS has worked towards creating more ...

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


State boasts gains in economic development

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced that jobs increased by 14 percent and investment by 20 percent in the state during 2010. New and expanding companies created more than 20,000 jobs and invested $4.1 billion in Georgia during 2010. Entertainment and tourism also made strong showings.
"This kind of success only happens as the result of great teamwork by our GDEcD staff and partners," said Heidi Green, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "We have good, positive momentum going into the new year."
Georgia's economic development successes in 2010 ran the gamut of ...

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


Jobs Act has backed $12B in SBA lending

WASHINGTON, D.C.-SBA Administrator Karen Mills announced Monday that as of Dec. 31 the agency had approved more than $10.3 billion in loan guarantees which supported more than $12 billion in lending to small businesses since President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 on Sept. 27. The Jobs Act included an extension of reduced fees and higher guarantee loan enhancements in the agency's two largest loan programs.
In a statement, Mills noted that SBA moved quickly to get these critical loan dollars in the hands of small businesses and just three months later all ...

January 03, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


Heidt sentence to be delivered next week

Craig Heidt will learn the sentence Jan. 6 for the 11 guilty verdicts handed down by an Effingham County jury for the murder of his father and brother.
After a trial that lasted seven days, Heidt was convicted for malice murder in the August 2008 shooting deaths of his father, realtor and developer Philip Heidt, and his brother Carey Heidt, who was also a realtor. Craig Heidt also was convicted of aggravated assault with the intent to murder his mother, Linda Heidt.
Craig Heidt also was convicted of another count of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery, one count ...

December 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


A high volume of business for ECSO traffic unit

It's been a busy first month for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office traffic unit.
Effingham County commissioners approved the unit, which consists of four additional deputies and two new Dodge Charger patrol units. The traffic unit, a long-awaited goal of Effingham Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie, hit the road in November.
For the complete story, see Friday's print edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guyton pubilc safety enters social networking

Community outreach for police departments is reaching into 21st century methods.
The Guyton Department of Public Safety has started its own Facebook page, posting information about the department and events around town for the citizens, including alerts from the police.
"It's very important," Chief Randy Alexander said of launching into the social network world. "You have to grow with the times. Facebook and all these social networks can be a big help to us, if you do it the right way. I think the more open you are with the police department, especially in some of these areas, the ...

December 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Collins takes over as DOT district engineer

Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Vance Smith has announced the appointment of Anthony (Tony) Collins as district engineer for the 24 counties in southeast Georgia that make up DOT District 5.
Collins began his career with the department in June 1983 as a co-op student in the Waycross area office. After graduating from Southern Polytechnic University, he worked in road design in GDOT's Atlanta general office and has held various engineering positions with the department.
His most recent position was district engineer in the Tennille District.
In his new position as district engineer, Collins will oversee all construction, maintenance ...

December 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Flu vaccine still available

As flu rates continue to climb in Georgia and around the country, Coastal Health District officials are urging citizens in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties to protect themselves and others against the flu by getting vaccinated.
"One of the easiest New Year's resolutions to make and keep is to get the flu vaccine," said Elizabeth Hausauer, Immunization Coordinator for the Coastal Health District. "Cases of flu are on the rise and it's not too late to get vaccinated."
The flu vaccine is available in both the injectable (shot) and nasal spray form at ...

December 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Changes coming to tax notices

As 2010 ends and the new year begins the sweeping changes of Senate Bill 346 become effective on Jan. 1, 2011.
As in past years, any Effingham County taxpayer who disagrees with the current value of their property can file a property tax return between Jan. 1 and April 1 with the Effingham County Board of Tax Assessors. However, beginning in 2011, all owners of real property, land and buildings will receive an assessment notice every year. Regardless of whether a property tax return was filed or not filed, you will receive an assessment notice.
A new requirement has been ...

December 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Interest grows in Gov. Treutlen site

The Effingham Industrial Authority's Governor Treutlen site continues to attract interest, so much so it may require the IDA to rethink the tract.
IDA CEO John Henry said he and his staff currently are working on a handful of projects. The Governor Treutlen site, a 66-acre site in the Effingham Industrial Park, is a result of a reclaimed sprayfield.
Henry said the IDA may need to look at how to split the site up into parcels of 10-12 acres.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 27, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


AT&T gets clear signal from IDA for new tower

AT&T customers could be getting better reception in Effingham County sometime in 2011.
Effingham Industrial Development Authority members agreed to enter into a lease/option arrangement with New Cingular Wireless to erect a cell tower site in Effingham Industrial Park. IDA CEO John Henry said they've been working on a cell tower site for some time.
"At the EFACEC inauguration, we had some issues with them not being able to use their international phones," he said.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 27, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Lee touts record of customer service

RINCON - Even though Ken Lee recently retired from the grocery business after 46 years, he never retired from customer service.

October 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Ricker seeking to assist citizens on larger scale

RINCON - Public service keeps strengthening its powerful grip on Christi Ricker.

October 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Springfield's Krall receives degree

Wilkes University of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., held its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 10 in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference ...

October 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Heartache lingers for Mustangs

GUYTON - Another game. Another heartbreaking loss for South Effingham.

October 17, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local


Vietnam veterans receive recognition

SPRINGFIELD - The ceremonial pat on the back they received Thursday night won't relieve the sting left by the way they were treated decades ago ...

October 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


South Effingham's Hinely receives top teaching award

RINCON -- South Effingham Elementary School teacher Jincy Hinely believes in her students. She has lots of people who believe in her, too.

October 16, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Guyton student graduates from Valdosta State

Brittney Hunter of Guyton has earned the Bachelor of Science in Biology from Valdosta State University.

October 16, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Rebels unload bench in opening round of playoffs

SPRINGFIELD -- The pressure that usually comes with playoff games left Rebel Field early Friday afternoon and it didn't leave alone.

October 13, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Unbeaten Panthers fill middle school pipeline

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County coach Buddy Holder doesn't have to look toward a distant horizon to see the future of his football program. It's ...

October 13, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Effingham County trounces Lovejoy en route to second round

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County defeated Lovejoy in three straight sets in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA volleyball tournament Thursday.

October 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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