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Wholesale effort for more retail

Effingham County business and government leaders are trying to find ways to broaden the county's retail and commercial sector, after the annual Effingham Chamber of Commerce-sponsored community retreat.
"We need to kickstart some things in the county to help spur and make this economy move faster," said Peggy Jolly, economic development specialist for Georgia Power.
Effingham County Industrial Development Authority CEO John Henry said the economy in Effingham has had a bad couple of years and now there's a push for retail recruitment.
"It's become a much bigger issue this year," he said.
Though many companies have ...

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Gov. Perdue proclaims LifeLine Awareness Week

ATLANTA-Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed Sept. 12-18 as Lifeline/Linkup Week in Georgia. Lifeline provides a monthly credit of up to $10 off your monthly local service telephone bill (AT&T gives a $13.50 monthly credit) while Link-Up assists with paying up to 50 percent of installation costs, not to exceed $30 (AT&T pays 100 percent of installation costs).
"I am pleased that the Governor recognizes the importance of all Georgians staying connected to local resources and emergency services that can improve and possibly save many lives," said Lauren "Bubba" McDonald Jr., chairman of the Georgia ...

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Getting ready for Oktoberfest

Effingham Sunrise Rotary President-Elect Michael Lee thanked Rick Lott for his presentation on the upcoming Effingham Oktoberfest event in Rincon. Lott is the director of marketing and events for the Effingham Chamber of Commerce. He told the group that the Oktoberfest event is scheduled for Sept 24-25 on the corner of Highway 21 and McCall Road.
If anyone is interested in getting involved with this event, call Lott at 754-3301 or e-mail ricklott@effinghamcounty.com.
Effingham Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the Guyton Christian Church located at 301 Pine Street in Guyton. For ...

September 06, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Moving right along

Guyton's busy intersection of Highways 17 and 119 is getting more attention - and more business.
The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce helped welcome four businesses to a new location Thursday morning as Reiser and Reiser CPA,
Burns Allen Insurance Partners, Kerns Construction and Carellas and Newberry attorneys at law opened new offices in the historic Armstrong-Morgan House along Guyton's Central Avenue.
"We're growing, a little by little," said Guyton city alderman Ulysses Eaton, who works with Kerns Construction and will occupy one of the offices.
"I can walk from my house to work every day. The small ...

September 02, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guyton man killed in early Thursday wreck

A Guyton man was killed early Thursday morning when a truck in which he was a passenger struck a culvert.
Randy Lamar Luke Sr., 55, of Guyton, was killed when William Harry Waters of Pembroke lost control of his 1986 Ford Ranger on Highway 119 in Bulloch County, left the roadway and struck a driveway culvert, according to Georgia State Patrol reports. The accident took place around 2:15 a.m.
The driver of the vehicle remains in critical condition, according to Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch.
Waters was critically injured and taken to Memorial Health University Medical Center in ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia DOT to hold SRTS fall call workshops across the state

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a series of workshops statewide for local communities who intend to submit applications for projects that will enhance biking and walking conditions for students in grades K-8. Municipalities and school systems can apply for federal funds through the Department's Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS).
The workshops are intended to provide constituents with program information as well as the tools necessary to apply for the federal funds needed to aid their walking/biking student population. Schools are encouraged to submit applications to improve or install sidewalks, raised crosswalks, raised medians and ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia DOT to hold SRTS fall call workshops across the state

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a series of workshops statewide for local communities who intend to submit applications for projects that will enhance biking and walking conditions for students in grades K-8. Municipalities and school systems can apply for federal funds through the Department's Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS).
The workshops are intended to provide constituents with program information as well as the tools necessary to apply for the federal funds needed to aid their walking/biking student population. Schools are encouraged to submit applications to improve or install sidewalks, raised crosswalks, raised medians and ...

September 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia Power sets next round of upgrades

Georgia Power will continue the upgrade to its electrical system in Effingham County in preparation for future growth. Outages in certain areas will be necessary to conduct the upgrades.
The upgrades will begin Sept. 15 and conclude the first week of November. The fall conversion will consist of 10 steps as compared to 22 steps in the spring. With fewer steps and upgrade dates, there will be fewer customers to be affected in the fall.
All customers affected by the fall conversion upgrade project will receive notification by mail regarding the date of their outage. All customers will receive automated ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


STC’s aviation programs growing

SAVANNAH-Interest in Savannah Technical College's aviation programs continues strong, with Monday's announcement that the Luxury Craft Cabinetmaking certificate program will be offered this fall for the first time in two years.
"We expect growing demand in the next year," said Bindley Thomas, department head and instructor of aviation technology. "Employers will be looking to ramp up production on a couple of key projects and that means hiring more qualified workers."
The Luxury Craft Cabinetmaking program consists of four classes and usually takes two quarters to complete. Students learn tool use and safety, materials, blueprint reading and cabinet ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Refunds available for health insurance scam

ATLANTA-Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said Georgians who purchased a health insurance plan from American Trade Association, Inc. or its affiliates have until today to request a refund of premium from the unauthorized insurer.
American Trade Association Inc., American Trade Association LLC, Smart Data Solutions LLC and Serve America Assurance sold bogus health insurance policies nationwide. In Georgia more than 1600 individuals thought they were covered by the corporations.
In May the companies were ordered to shut down. Affected consumers can find information on how to file a claim at www.americantradeliquidation.com or by calling (800) 591-6764, or ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon donates vehicle to American Red Cross

Rincon City Council donated a former fire department vehicle to the American Red Cross, and council members got an up-close look at the Red Cross' disaster relief trailer.
The car will be outfitted with radios and stationed in Effingham County, said John Wright of the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also praised the Red Cross volunteers who answer the call at all hours of the day in the event of an emergency.
"These are very special people," he said. "They are willing to go out at 3 a.m. to a house fire of people they don ...

August 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guardrail work to shut down I-16 ramp

Georgia Department of Transportation maintenance crews will temporarily close the Exit 164B/Lynes Parkway ramp from I-16 East to I-516 West, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday for guardrail work on I-16.
Motorists will be detoured as follows:
• From I-95: Motorists traveling on I-16 East, wanting to access I-516 West, should take Exit 160/Highway 307/Dean Forest Road and turn right on Highway 307/ Dean Forest Road; then turn left onto U.S. 17/Highway 25 to I-516 West.
• From Chatham Parkway: Motorists traveling on I-16 East from Chatham Parkway, wanting to access I-516 West/Lynes ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


State Patrol urges caution on holiday weekend roads

ATLANTA-The Georgia State Patrol is reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel impaired during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period.
Troopers and officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division will be working alongside sheriff's deputies and police officers in an effort to keep the holiday weekend as safe as possible.
The 78-hour Labor Day holiday travel period begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Labor Day. During the 2009 Labor Day holiday period, there were 1,917 traffic crashes reported that resulted in 867 injuries and 15 traffic deaths in Georgia, according to ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


DNR sounds call for safety on water

SOCIAL CIRCLE-While most Georgians have headed back to work and school, a warm holiday weekend always brings people to the water to celebrate. This Labor Day weekend will be no exception and given that expected level of activity, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division stresses the importance of safety for all boat drivers and passengers.
"Holiday weekends often mean increased use of public waterways - and that means an increased need for safety awareness from all boaters," said Chief of Law Enforcement Col. Homer Bryson. "As always, conservation rangers will continue to strictly enforce all boating laws ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


State Patrol, law enforcement to extend Hands Across the Border

ATLANTA-Troopers from the Georgia State Patrol and officers with the Georgia Department of Public Safety's Motor Carrier Compliance Division are joining their law enforcement counterparts in neighboring states this week to encourage safe travel during the upcoming Labor Day holiday travel period.
The initiative is part of the 19th Annual Hands Across the Border Program with safety education events planned throughout the week.
"This is an excellent way for law enforcement officers to show their support for safe travel, especially with one of the heavier-traveled holiday periods rapidly approaching," Col. Bill Hitchens, DPS commissioner, said Monday.
Events are ...

August 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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PLANE CRASH UPDATE

Two victims of Monday morning's plane crash at the Effingham-Bryan county line near Ellabell have been identified.

August 28, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


PLANE CRASH UPDATE

It is believed that a plane crash near the Effingham-Bryan county line has claimed the lives of three people.

August 28, 2017 | Staff report | Local


Emergency chief: No survivors of plane crash expected

Bryan County Emergency Management Agency Chief/Director Freddy Howell said it is believed that no one survived Monday's plane crash near the Effingham County-Bryan ...

August 28, 2017 | Staff report | Local


Heritage Day designed to remember Salzburgers

A group of people that was unceremoniously dispatched from its homeland nearly three centuries ago is about to be richly embraced.

August 28, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Corbitt defines role of Effingham County government

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Wesley Corbitt isn't a fan of big government. He doesn't like little government, either.

August 28, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Effingham County school district growing rapidly

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- The Effingham County school system is growing even faster than the 12,000 students it serves.

August 27, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Rebels push Bulldogs to the limit before falling

Despite playing in heavy rain, the Effingham County Rebels weren't quite able to end a lengthy drought Friday night. The Rebels (0-2) dropped a ...

August 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Mustangs come up short in high-scoring affair

It was a long night for South Effingham's football team, which struggled to find its rhythm on both sides of the ball Friday night ...

August 25, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local


Rincon city manager discusses growth challenges

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Wes Smith can't get caught in the moment. He always has to be thinking ahead -- way ahead.

August 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Slow-starting Rebels nip Mustangs in volleyball

The tortoise didn't just beat the hare in a race. It did it in volleyball, too.

August 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


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