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Flying high with new home

Effingham EMS has a home of its own finally. And LifeStar's helicopter has dropped anchor in the same building.

August 05, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


McKinney believes he can close the deal,win runoff

Ray McKinney finished 2,030 votes shy of winning the Republican primary for the 12th District U.S. House seat outright. Now, he's focusing on getting his voters - and then some - back to the polls for Tuesday's runoff.
McKinney finished with 42.6 percent of the vote in the primary, while Thunderbolt fire chief Carl Smith captured 27.9 percent in the four-person field. His campaign is in full campaign gear, with mailers, volunteers making calls and radio ads set to air Saturday-Tuesday.
"We're doing everything we can," he said. "We're reaching out every way we ...

August 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Georgia Southern University to hold leadership training for supervisors

What do manufacturing-line workers, resort hotel front-desk staff, and telephone company installers have in common? Like the majority of American workers, one person has a powerful impact on their job productivity - their direct manager or supervisor.
"Leadership Skills for the Front-Line Manager" training is the productivity-solution Georgia Southern University recommends. For the past decade, the University's Continuing Education Center has offered its eight-week short course of that name in Savannah, training team-leaders from fields as varied as manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, transportation, health care and the government.
Starting Sept. 16, this fall's "Leadership Skills" course runs 8:30 a ...

August 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


County to look at flood ordinance

Effingham County commissioners will have their first reading of the flood damage prevention ordinance today.

August 02, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Spending worries council

Rincon City Council members are questioning just how much money the city is spending.

August 02, 2010 | Photo by Pat Donahue | Local


No more warnings for texting at wheel

The 30-day grace period by the Georgia State Patrol comes to an end this weekend as Georgia State Troopers will begin issuing citations for texting while driving and motorists not buckled up in pickup trucks. Troopers have been warning violators about the new laws during the month of July and began issuing citations Aug. 1.
Georgia law now requires adults in pickup trucks to wear seat belts. Georgia has had a primary seat belt law since 1996 but the law exempted adults in pickups until legislation was passed and signed into law earlier this year.
The new texting while driving ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Feds launch campaign on child exploitation

The U.S. Department of Justice has released its first National Strategy to Combat Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction. The strategy builds upon the department's accomplishments in combating child exploitation by establishing specific, aggressive goals and priorities and increasing cooperation and collaboration at all levels of government and the private sector.
As part of the overall strategy, the U.S. Marshals Service is launching a nationwide operation targeting the top 500 most dangerous, non-compliant sex offenders in the nation. Additionally, the department will create a national database to allow federal, state, tribal, local and international law enforcement partners to ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Cagle to make two Effingham stops

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle will be in town this Thursday, first at the grand opening of the new Effingham Career Academy from 2-4 p.m. and then from 5-6 p.m. at the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce offices on Highway 21 in Springfield. Both events are free and open to the public.
Cagle will be on hand for the open house and dedication ceremony for the Career Academy, located adjacent to the Effingham campus of Savannah Technical College on Highway 21.
"During these tough economic times, it is more important than ever before to give our students the promise ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Screven hosts GOP 12th District meeting

Despite heat, humidity and plenty of gnats, about 200 people attended Screven County's 14th Annual 12th District Republican Party Fish Fry on Thursday, including GOP gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel.
In attendance were approximately 200 12th District residents, along with state Sens. Jack Hill, Tommie Williams and Buddy Carter, and state Rep. Jon Burns.
"I was plowing firebreaks on my land today," Williams said, "and it made me think we need to plow a lot of firebreaks in both the state and national governments. We need to protect ourselves from the growing national debt, from the fraud and corruption and ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


GSU to hold HR certification classes

Running Monday evenings this fall at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah, Georgia Southern University's "Certificate in Professional HR Management" course provides 36 classroom hours of Professional in Human Resources/Senior Professional in Human Resources exam preparation across 12 weeks.
Created and monitored by the HR Certification Institute, the next PHR/SPHR exam will be held online Dec. 1-Jan. 31. Exam-applicants must have completed at least two years of professional HR experience. After Jan. 31, the eligibility requirements for both exams will differ based on work experience and level of completed higher education.
Primarily designed for HR professionals, Georgia ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


STC Effingham to host career info sessions

SAVANNAH-The Effingham Campus of Savannah Technical College will host an information session about manufacturing careers. Area employers will be in attendance as will STC admission and financial aid staff.
The sessions will be held Aug. 11 at 1 and 6 p.m. in Room 135 of the STC Effingham campus.
This is the second session of its kind, after 25 people attended the June 30 session.
"Employers know that graduates of Savannah Technical College's Electrical Mechanical/Manufacturing Technician program come with a skill set that gives them an advantage in the workplace," said Effingham Campus Dean for Student ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Savannah ports hold fourth spot in volume

SAVANNAH - Georgia Ports Authority's Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Monday the GPA handled more than 2.63 million TEUs (20-foot Equivalent Unit containers), added new services and maintained its position as the fourth highest volume container port in fiscal year 2010.
For the month of June 2010, the GPA posted a 34-percent increase with 240,734 TEUs compared with 179,451 TEUs handled in June 2009.
"The second half of the year was particularly strong with signs of economic recovery, retail sector inventory replenishment and continued strong demand for U.S. produced products boosting export volumes," Foltz said ...

August 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Heidt trial delayed again

The trial of an Effingham County man accused of killing his father and brother is on hold again.

July 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Everyday heroes

Today, Lawton Bowen is a tow-headed ball of kinetic energy, a 3-year-old perpetual motion machine.

July 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Tennis courts and lights served up at Patriots Park

The city of Rincon's long-awaited Patriots Park is just about ready.

July 29, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | 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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