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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

Christmas holiday travel period under way

ATLANTA-Law enforcement officers across the nation are preparing for a busy holiday travel season as motorists take to the highways for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. Col. Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the Christmas and New Year's holiday periods are each 78 hours long and could be deadly on Georgia roads.
The Christmas holiday travel period began Thursday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday. The New Year's holiday travel period gets underway at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 and ends at midnight Jan. 2. Last ...

December 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Rincon set to adopt budget

Rincon City Council members are expected to take up their proposed budget for 2011 at Monday night's meeting.
Council members will weight a general fund budget of nearly $3.7 million. Recreation will get the largest portion of the expenditures, nearly 36.3 percent, with almost $1.34 million.
The police department is expected to receive $1.17 million for expenditures under the general fund budget. Public works is targeted to receive approximately $375,000, while just over $240,000 is being set aside for general administrative purposes. Building and zoning is expected to receive around $188,000, and ...

December 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Meldrim area may be getting new health clinic

Effingham County commissioners have backed the creation of a clinic for the southern part of the county that will provide care to underserved and less affluent residents.
Commissioners, by a 5-1 vote, agreed to a letter of support for East Georgia Healthcare in Swainsboro to obtain a federal grant for a clinic.
The clinic, to be set up in the Meldrim area, would support the Effingham Hospital and also would provide services to the uninsured and underinsured, County Administrator David Crawley said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

City, county back concept plans for a new Ulmer Park

Springfield City Council members and Effingham County commissioners are ready to move ahead with plans for a re-done Ulmer Park.
An ad hoc committee of county and city representatives worked on a concept plan, which both groups gave a thumbs-up to earlier this month. The project will take place in three phases and the first phase will include a new gazebo, brick work, a water feature, a new fountain and an American with Disabilities Act compliant playground.
"I think it's a pretty neat design," said county project manager Adam Kobek. "The main goal is to bring life to the ...

December 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Chief cleared of wrongdoing

December 20, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Springfield gets ready to adopt FY11 budget

Springfield City Council is expected to approve a budget and a millage rate for fiscal year 2011 at a special called meeting Tuesday.
The city will consider a millage rate of 4.3 for its FY11 budget, pegged at $1.72 million.
In the proposed budget for 2011, the city expects to spend 35 percent of its budget on streets and lanes, the biggest chunk for any department.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

State processing unemployment benefits claims extensions

ATLANTA-State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said Monday that the Georgia Department of Labor is processing extended benefit claims for unemployed Georgians who will qualify under the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 enacted Friday.
The new legislation expands the extended benefits claim filing period for jobless Americans through Dec. 31, 2011. The bill does not, however, provide additional benefits beyond 99 weeks.
"These additional resources will help qualified jobseekers provide food, clothing, and shelter while they seek employment, and I'm especially pleased that the approval came in time for Christmas," Commissioner Thurmond said ...

December 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Newest commissioners eager to get to work

The newest members of the Effingham County commissioners say they're ready to get to work.
Phil Kieffer, Vera Jones and Steve Mason were sworn in Wednesday afternoon by Probate Judge Beth Rahn Mosley at the historic Effingham Courthouse and their first meeting as commissioner will take place Jan. 4.
"We're excited," said Jones, the former school board member who won a Republican primary runoff for the District 2 seat. "We have a lot of good ideas that we came up with as a group."
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

December 16, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

With new year, county will revert to old schedule

With a new year will come a new work week schedule for county offices.
Effingham County offices will revert to a Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. schedule beginning Jan. 3, 2011. Many county offices had been on a 4-10 schedule, working 10 hours a day for four days a week, since July. Commissioners adopted the schedule as a pilot program through Nov. 12 and extended it in October.
With three new commissioners coming on board, a decision on county work hours is something they need to be part of, County Administrator David Crawley said.
For the complete ...

December 16, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

State unemployment rate jumps to 10.1 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.1 percent in November, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in October. The preliminary October rate of 9.9 percent reported last month has been revised downward by one-tenth of a percentage point. The rate was 10.2 percent in November 2009. This is the 38th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.8 percent.
In November, the number of payroll jobs increased 7,000, or two-tenths of a percentage point ...

December 16, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Griffin gets life without parole

Lester Casey Griffin has been sentenced to life without parole plus 20 years for the death of Dylan Helmey.

December 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

County starts set up of special service districts

Effingham County commissioners have approved a resolution to set up the special service districts that were part of the service delivery agreement hammered out last month.
After several rounds of mediation, the county and the three municipalities have agreed to a service delivery arrangement in which the county will set up special service districts for those services it expressly provides to residents in the unincorporated areas.
The purpose of the resolution is to allow staff and chairman to create the structure needed, the accounts and accounting funds for implementation of special service districts, County Administrator David Crawley said.

December 13, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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Rebels draw state champ in volleyball bracket

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County faces a big task and a big opportunity in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAAAA volleyball tournament Saturday.

October 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Effingham County Girl Scouts observe birthday of founder

Effingham County Girl Scouts celebrated Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthday on Oct. 7 at Daisy's Birthday Bash hosted by Troop 30197.

October 19, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Trio arrested, suspected of illegal collection and reproduction of financial card information

RINCON -- The Rincon Police Department apprehended three Florida men Wednesday. Each is suspected to be involved in the illegal collection and reproduction of financial card ...

October 19, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Effingham County eclipses Heritage, headed to Columbus

SPRINGFIELD -- Johnny Coleman is a man of few words. After watching his team play Wednesday, he was virtually speechless.

October 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Greyhounds race past Mustangs

GUYTON -- South Effingham's playoff run came to an end Wednesday after dropping two games to Jones County.

October 18, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

Rincon named one of Georgia's top places to raise a family

According to, Rincon is one of the best cities to raise a family in Georgia.

October 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

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

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