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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


Sanders takes reins of Effingham Rotary Club

Mark Winters was recently roasted as his year as the president of the Rotary Club of Effingham County came to an end. Leland Sanders presented Winters with a Past President's plaque and a Paul Harris fellowship. Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905 with two other businessmen and today Rotary is the largest and most successful philanthropic organization in the world with over 33,000 clubs and more than 1.2 million members worldwide.
Stan Sparks also was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by Tracy Soles, Jeff Kublin, and Leland and Carolyn Sanders as a way to thank Sparks for ...

July 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Second teen succumbs to injuries

An Effingham County teenager who was seriously hurt in a Sunday morning wreck that claimed the life of one of the vehicle's passengers died in a Savannah hospital Wednesday afternoon.

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Guyton man killed in I-95 motorcycle crash

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

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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Effingham Retired Educators conduct Spring Book Distribution

Several members of the local REA unit recently met at the Board of Education book warehouse and participated in the selection of titles for groups ...

May 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Faith Equestrian receives 2017 President's Award at LDSS Night of Champions

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center in Guyton was recognized by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society at their "Night of Champions" on May 11.

May 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Brad Carr named Executive Director of Effingham County Chamber of Commerce

Springfield – The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that Brad Carr will be taking over as Executive Director effective May 15.

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Mossy Oak hosting 48th Bluegrass and Gospel Music Festival

Each year, the week before Memorial Day is highlighted by one of Effingham County's largest events that is dedicated to honoring our nation's ...

May 25, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


First ever 'Unity in the Community' event a hit in Guyton

On Saturday morning, members of the Guyton community met with Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and deputies of the Effingham County Sheriff's Department in the first ...

May 24, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham residents protest wastewater plan

Concerned and informed members of the community attended a public hearing Wednesday night regarding the DRT America Plant in Springfield and the current status of ...

May 24, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


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