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Walking a fine line

One by one, teenagers tried to walk a straight and narrow line at the Rincon Police Department on Thursday morning. However, it wasn't easy.
And that's precisely what Sgt. Philip Scholl had in mind.
Sgt. Scholl employed the Fatal Vision simulator for several teenagers, letting them experience just how it feels to be behind the wheel and have impaired vision and judgement.
"It's really scary," said Ciara Wolfe, who led the teens in the class. "I could not imagine trying to walk that line with the legal limit of alcohol.
It's not even worth it. It ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Hugs and cheers rule the day at Camp Buddy

As soon as she heard the cheers, "Yay, Ella," Molly Marchese came rushing in the room video camera in hand, beaming.
"Are you playing basketball, Ella?" she said, eager to capture this success on video for her husband to see later that evening.
Melinda Hawkins held Ella's waist as she balanced on a blue, angled step. Molly's 4-year-old, then threw a cantaloupe-size ball, hitting the ring of a child's basketball goal. The room cheered once more as Ella's arms reached upward excitedly.
Ella is one of eight children who attended the two three-day sessions of the ...

July 08, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Flood insurance policies resume

ATLANTA-Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized by Congress, and flood policies are again available through your homeowners insurance agent or company.
Flood coverage is federally backed by the NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Extension Act extends the NFIP through September 30 of this year, and is retroactive back to June 1. The program had been inactive since May 31.
Oxendine said a flood policy can be a valuable addition to standard homeowners coverage.
"Purchasing flood insurance is an important consideration for Georgia consumers, even if you think a flood is unlikely ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Rincon on the road to cut out dirt roads

The number of dirt roads in the city of Rincon is expected to dwindle after council members approved a bid at their meeting Monday night.
Council OK'd a bid of $197,785 from Clifton Construction Company for a street paving project that will include Byrd Street, Savannah Avenue, Chatham Avenue, Middleton Street, Middleground Road and Old Middleground Road.
"All those are dirt roads that are going to be brought up," said Tim Baumgartner of EMC Engineering.
The city also has questions about some of those roads, namely, who owns them. Council members wondered how much of the road belonged ...

July 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

MAPP project to hold state of health meeting

Effingham County residents can voice their concerns about health issues at a town hall meeting.
The state of Effingham's health town hall meeting will be held July 12 at Effingham Hospital at 6:30 p.m. It's part of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships process, led by Russ Toal of Georgia Southern University's Jiann-Piang Hsu College of Public Health.
"It is to give people who have not heard of the MAPP process the chance to learn more about it," said Betty Dixon, clinical nurse manager for the Coastal Health District. "If it's a ...

July 05, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local

County lends its support to hospital

Effingham Hospital Authority members are expected to approve a resolution from the county commissioners supporting their plans for hospital expansion and modernization.
Commissioners, in a 5-1 vote, agreed to a resolution backing the hospital's proposal for a $30 million modernization and expansion.
Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the resolution at a special called meeting Friday, and the resolution was hammered out in the minutes before the vote.
"I don't anticipate any issues," Hospital Authority Chairman Rick Rafter said. "I think this is a good project for the county."
Should the Build America bond package, issued by the ...

July 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Community copes with grief

Before the second vigil of the week in memory of a teenager killed in a June 28 accident on Stillwell Clyo Road last week, Austin Seckinger took the microphone and asked for donations to the Neil Morgan Memorial Trust Fund.
Those who donate $20 or more get a T-shirt and/or a window decal–designed and donated by Teezers Team Sports. A member of the Effingham County High School tennis team, Morgan's friends decided to surrounding a tennis ball all capital letters read "Neil Morgan Dec. 14, 1992-June 30, 2010." All proceeds go into the trust and will be ...

July 05, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Hospital wins commissioners' support

In an agreement hammered out just minutes before the final vote was taken, Effingham County commissioners approved a resolution Friday to back the Effingham Hospital's modernization and expansion plans.

July 02, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

State Patrol issues holiday traffic projections

ATLANTA-As motorists take to the roads this week for the July Fourth holiday travel period, the Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers to plan their travels carefully, keeping safety as the number one priority. In Georgia, the 78-hour holiday period began Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday.

July 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Tomberlin, Dasher qualify for school board seat

Eddie Tomberlin will run again for his District 1 seat on the Effingham County Board of Education, but he will face opposition in the November election.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

LifeStar finally lands in Effingham County

After nearly three years of work, the LifeStar helicopter and crew are calling Effingham County home.

July 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Guyton man killed in wreck Tuesday evening

A Guyton man was killed Tuesday evening when he lost control of his motorcycle on Interstate 95.

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Friends, family begin to mourn teens killed in accident

In a crowd of nearly 1,000, sobs and painful laughs broke through the silence during a slideshow of photos depicting a beautiful blonde teenager as she went to prom, made silly faces and hugged her friends and family members.

July 01, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Christmas is on time

Dr. Joey Christmas officially opened his practice, Effingham Surgical Services, with a cut of a ribbon Thursday morning.
Dr. Christmas' office will be in the professional building adjacent to Effingham Hospital. He said he already has three and a half weeks' worth of patients, and Dr. James Cornwell vowed to keep patients coming his way.
"We truly have Christmas in July," said Effingham Hospital CEO Norma Jean Morgan.
Dr. Christmas was previously at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla, Mo. Procedures he will perform include appendectomies, biopsies, colonoscopies and endoscopies, gallbladder surgeries, hemorrhoid removal, hernia repair and laproscopies.
Dr ...

July 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Health department to hold forum on MAPP project issues

Effingham County Health Department officials have scheduled a public forum to gather input on health-related challenges facing Effingham County. The forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. on July 12, at Effingham Hospital on Highway 119 in Springfield.
The forum is part of a community health planning project known as Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP). The MAPP project is being managed by the Effingham County Health Department and the Georgia Southern University College of Public Health in an effort to identify the major health issues facing the citizens of Effingham County.
"This is an opportunity ...

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

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Effingham County Navigator Team hosts fundraiser at Huddle House

On Tuesday, May 2, the Effingham County Navigator Team (ECNT) held a fundraiser at the Huddle House in Rincon to raise money for the group.

May 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Rincon council debates privacy fence issue

One Rincon family's request to build a privacy fence on their property was a long-debated issue at Monday night's Rincon City Council meeting ...

May 10, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

Toss Allen out as Effingham County Administrator

The Effingham County Board of Commissioners announced Wednesday that current County Administrator Toss Allen would not have his contract renewed.

May 10, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

Savannah River Classic has anglers hooked

Ten years ago, the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce was interested in creating an event that would support the Stand Up for America Day celebration ...

May 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Local realtor Karen Miller achieves high recognition from NAR

RINCON - Karen Miller with Southern Georgia Homes has been awarded the Accredited Buyer's Representation (ABR) designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council ...

May 08, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

EHS nurses treated to lunch for National Nurses Week

Nurses at Effingham Health System were treated to a catered lunch Wednesday in celebration of National Nurses Week, which began on Monday and will finish ...

May 05, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

Rincon Garden Club member wins Best in Show

The Rincon Garden Club recently attended the Olde Effingham Day flower show, Eighty Years in Bloom, on April 22.

May 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Effingham K9's to get body armor

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office K9's, Arest and Gero, will receive bullet and stab-protective vests soon thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit ...

May 04, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

Edwards Interiors nominated for Mid-Sized Manufacturer of the Year

Edwards Interiors was honored last week at the 2017 Governor's Awards Luncheon at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park by being nominated ...

May 03, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

Ricker to run for Mayor of Rincon

Former Rincon Mayor Pro-Tem and current Rincon City Councilmember, Christi Ricker, has announced that she is running for the position of Mayor of Rincon.

May 03, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

Lane closures on SR21 for signal inspections at the DDI

Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation will install lane closures on SR 21 in both directions between Hendley Road and SR 30 in Port ...

May 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Mars Theatre celebrating three year anniversary

SPRINGFIELD - A lot has happened at the Mars Theatre since reopening its doors in 2014. More than 47,000 tickets have been sold for movies ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Resurfacing project underway on SR 21 south of Rincon

Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation started a resurfacing project today and will utilize single lane closures between Lisa Street and Westwood Drive south ...

May 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

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