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Commissioners to keep working on ethics policy

Effingham County commissioners will take another crack at a proposed ethics policy for the board.

August 19, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


IDA seeks GRAD level for its site

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority is stepping up one of its sites to a GRAD level.

August 19, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Downtown Springfield may open a new chapter

A new location on Springfield's Laurel Street feels right at home for Jamey Stancell.
Stancell, along with business partner Jim Mathis, has opened Old Town Bookstore and Antiques, moving his business to the middle of Effingham County from the middle of downtown Savannah.
Stancell, who has lived in Springfield for two and a half years, owned a store on Habersham Street for five years.
"I drove back and forth every day," he said.
But as he got to the know the city and saw how it wanted to grow, he weighed moving his store to Springfield.
"More of my ...

August 16, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon looks at recycling options for city residents

Rincon is continuing to explore a recycling program for the city.
City Manager Michael Phillips said he is talking with Pratt Industries and Waste Management, the city's sanitation contractor about a recycling dropoff center. Phillips spoke with a Waste Management representative earlier this summer about a one-stop recycling center.
"He indicated it might be more than curbside," Phillips said of the costs.
A deal with Pratt may have revenue potential, he said.
"We might be able to pick up recyclables from people coming through the community," Phillips said.
City public works director Tim Bowles sells his recyclables to Pratt ...

August 16, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


After victory, Jones ready for a break

The campaign for Effingham County commission's District 2 seat - and the passing of her mother - behind her, Vera Jones is anxiously awaiting a few days off.
Jones captured 507 votes in the Republican runoff Tuesday, 96 more than opponent Michael King. With no Democrats running, Tuesday's victory essentially gives the seat to the former Effingham County Board of Education chairperson.
"I am so glad. The only person more glad is my husband," she said. "I want to thank the voters. I really appreciate them."
Jones said once she returned to the campaign trail after her mother's funeral ...

August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


McKinney already back on campaign trail

Just hours after his resounding victory in the Republican runoff for the U.S. House 12th District nomination, Ray McKinney was back on the trail.
McKinney, an Effingham County native, won the nomination handily over Thunderbolt fire chief Carl Smith with more than 62 percent of the approximately 22,900 votes cast. McKinney will face incumbent John Barrow (D-Savannah) in the November general election.
"I found out that the battery on my phone does not last very long when you're constantly on the phone and my voice mail will only hold 40 messages before it won't take anymore ...

August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Lowery indicted for murder

An Effingham County grand jury has indicted a man for murder in the May stabbing death of a Rincon woman.
Chris Todd Lowery was indicted Monday for one count of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of firearm or knife in the commission of a crime, one count of theft by taking and one count each of financial card transaction theft and fraud.
Authorities allege that Lowery stabbed and killed Linda Schaffer in the kitchen of her Rahn Street home between May 26 and 28, stabbing her repeatedly in the back and torso.
Lowery was initially ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield OK’s plans for Parker’s

Springfield City Council members have given the nod for a new Parker's store to be built along Highway 21.
Council members approved a preliminary general development plan for the store, to be built near the Harvey's Supermarket.
"We're excited about coming to the community and building something we think the community will be proud of," said Greg Parker, president of the
Savannah-based Parker Companies.
Parker's has been in business for 35 years, and the Springfield store will be similar to the store in Blitchton but have a different look with cut stone and brick. He also ...

August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT seeks public review, comments at local meetings

ATLANTA–The Georgia Department of Transportation will be presenting the Draft FY 2011-2014 Statewide Transportation Improve-
ment Program for public review and comment.
The STIP is a four-year program that identifies federally funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These projects include, but are not limited to; new construction, operational and safety improvements, bridge replacements, and maintenance for interstates, state routes, and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.
The public's input is important in the development of the STIP. The ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Zoller competes in Georgia Farm Bureau discussion meet

MACON-Effingham County Farm Bureau member Michael Zoller competed in the preliminary round of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet on July 24. The event was held during the GFB Young Farmer Family Conference at the Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele.
Zoller was one of 19 contestants who participated in the discussion meet. The event is intended to stimulate a committee meeting during which agriculturalists discuss issues impacting agriculture. The contestants were divided into small groups of four and five to hold their discussions.
During the first round of competition contestants discussed whether the current level of government ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Runoff results

Effingham County commissioner, 3rd District

August 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Commissioners to continue work on ethics policy

County staff will continue working on an ethics policy discussing a proposed ordinance that would put that policy in place.

August 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Signal coming to McCall, 21

Plans for a traffic signal at McCall Road and Highway 21 are moving forward, County Administrator David Crawley said.

August 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


McKinney, Smith square off for final time before runoff

Ray McKinney and Carl Smith want to unseat incumbent John Barrow as Georgia's 12th District representative in Congress, but one of them needs to win the Aug. 10 runoff first.
The two GOP hopefuls laid out how they would try to beat Barrow, a three-term incumbent.
Smith said the Republican candidate needs to be able to reach across the aisle in order to win the slightly Democratic-leaning district.
"The reality is we got to get the Republicans out to vote, and we got to bridge the gap with Democrats and independents to win this race," Smith said.
McKinney said ...

August 09, 2010 | By Phil Boyum Special to the Effingham Herald | Local


STC to host ‘Open for Business’ workshop

SAVANNAH-In today's tough economy, more people are considering the benefits and rewards of small business ownership. While they may have the perfect business plan, they often lack financial backing and the knowledge to identify and secure financing from other sources. To that end,
Savannah Technical College is hosting its first "Open for Business" technical workshop on Aug. 18 at 2:30 p.m. on securing financing for small businesses, featuring Jessica Byck, Microbusiness Finance Associate for the Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC). The workshop will be held in the Savannah Room, 2nd floor Goodman Hall on the Savannah ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff report | Local


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