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No foul play in man’s death Sunday

An autopsy performed on a man found not breathing on Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on Sunday revealed no incidents of foul play, according to authorities.
Effingham County Sheriff's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the autopsy, conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation state crime lab in Savannah, also indicated the man was not struck by a vehicle. The man has been identified as Stephen Walsh, 43, of Guyton.
At approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies responded to Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on a report of a man not breathing laying in the roadway. Deputies found the ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


IDA taking steps for cross country trail

A proposed cross country trail for the Effingham Industrial Development Authority's Research Forest Tract is gaining traction.
IDA CEO John Henry said support for the idea has been broad based and is growing.
"Everybody is encouraged. Everybody is enthusiastic," he said. "I think we can move forward. It can be a real great economic benefit for the community."
Erin Rahn of the IDA showed IDA members what could be done for high school and collegiate cross country trails around Blandford Elementary School.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 25, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Interest heating up in IDA’s 1-16 property

Interest in the Effingham Industrial Development Authority's holdings on Interstate 16 has picked up considerably, according to IDA CEO John Henry.
Henry said there are several active projects looking at the IDA's land there, some that are within the scope of a larger project the IDA has been courting for a while.
"We're at the point where we need more decision-making capacity," Henry said. "We're expecting to have to make a decision pretty soon. We have been showing the site, and project activity is skyrocketing right now.
"I-16 seems to be a hot site again."
For ...

October 25, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Citizens asked to prepare for wildfire season

Georgia's current dry weather pattern and incoming La Nina conditions have the Georgia Forestry Commission preparing for a potentially severe wildfire season.
"Now is the time for Georgians to think safety," said Alan Dozier, Chief of Protection for the Georgia Forestry Commission. "The number one cause of wildfire is backyard burns that get out of control, so it's critical to get a permit before striking that match."
The Georgia Forestry Commission recently unveiled its faster, easier burn permitting system that automatically ensures safe weather conditions for outdoor burning. By logging onto GaTrees.org, 24 hours a day, users ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


USDA announces deadline for EQIP signups

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service announces that applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) must be submitted by Nov. 19 to be ensured consideration for the 2011 funding cycle.
"EQIP applications will continue to be accepted year-round," said Austin Blackburn, district conservationist. "However, in order to approve applications in time for the upcoming planting season we are setting the deadline."
Through EQIP farmers are assisted with the cost of installing various soil and water conservation practices such as converting diesel irrigation motors to electric, grass planting on cropland, livestock heavy use areas, retrofitting ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Chamber backs passage of questions on ballot

On Nov. 2, voters will have the opportunity to cast votes on a number of issues that are important to Georgia's economic future.
"The Georgia Chamber encourages voters to say yes to all of the statewide initiatives on this year's ballot," said Georgia Chamber President and CEO George Israel. "As our state works toward economic recovery, now is the time to put measures into place that will ensure our competitiveness, help existing businesses, and improve our quality of life."
Statewide amendments and referenda this year include:
Amendment 1 – Improving employment law
• Ensures that Georgia employers and employees enjoy ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Man found on Highway 21 dies

The GBI crime lab in Savannah is expected to perform an autopsy on a man who was found on Highway 21 near Westwood Drive on Sunday afterooon.

October 24, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


ECSO traffic unit to hit roads

An Effingham County Sheriff's unit dedicated solely to traffic could be on the roads by the end of next month.
County commissioners, in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, approved four additional deputies for the Effingham County Sheriff's Office's planned traffic enforcement unit. Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie said he hopes to have the unit fully staffed by mid-November.
"If we can get it in before the holidays, we'll be better off," he said.
The ECSO had a pilot traffic enforcement detail in February, using the shortest month of the year to give itself an idea of what it could ...

October 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County OKs hospital pact

The Effingham Hospital has moved closer to getting its deal for a massive renovation and expansion of the 40-year-old facility.
County commissioners approved a contract that would guarantee the hospital 2 mills per year over the life of its planned 25-year loan through the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also agreed to transfer 3.78 acres of land for the expansion plans.
The hospital has applied for $25 million Build America bonds from HUD, and HUD is expected to act upon the loan application soon. The Build America bonds program expires at the end of the year.
"We ...

October 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work starts on Lions Christmas Parade

The annual Lions Christmas Parade will be held Nov. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. from Macomber Park on Lexington Avenue in Rincon.
Parade organizers from the Rincon Noon Lions Club are putting out the word now for area organizations and individuals to get their applications in for this year's event. Vehicles from the 118th Field Artillery Battalion, which has a unit based in Effingham, are scheduled to participate, along with soldiers from Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart's 3rd Infantry Division.
Santa again will bring up the rear of the parade and some friendly surprises such as ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Making Effingham healthier

The State of Families and Children in Effingham County luncheon was all about wellness and responsibility.
"Health matters," said Russ Toal, clinical associate professor of health policy and management of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health of Georgia Southern University. "And it matters in many ways that people don't think about. The health industry and the health community is vital to its economic success and its economic development."
The event was sponsored by Effingham County Family Connection/
Communities In Schools and by Effingham Hospital. County and state officials, along with business and community leaders gathered at the Effingham ...

October 22, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local


Georgia Power sets outages, upgrades

Georgia Power has scheduled outages and upgrades for next week.
The first outage is scheduled for Oct. 27 and will begin at 9 a.m., lasting up to eight hours.
The affected areas are:
• Old Tusculum Road from Highway 21 to Mt. Pleasant Road
• Includes Boaen Road and Arnsdorff Road
• Highway 21 from Wallace Drive to north of Old Tusculum Road
The alternate date is Oct. 28.
An outage also is scheduled for Oct. 28 beginning at 4 p.m. and lasting up to two hours for residential customers.
The affected areas are:
• Wallace Drive between Highway 21 and Standard ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


BoE candidates discuss furloughs, spending priorities

Effingham County Board of Education candidates agreed they would do what they could to avoid future teacher furloughs.
Mose Mock, who is running for the District 4 seat, and District 1 incumbent Eddie Tomberlin and challenger Nina Dasher answered questions and staked out their positions during a candidates' forum Thursday night at the school board auditorium. James Dasher, the District 4 incumbent who is seeking re-election to his seat, was unable to attend because of health reasons.
Mock, who taught for 28 years, said the furloughs have had an impact on educators.
"It has affected morale," he said, "and especially ...

October 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


A lot to agree on for hopefuls

The three Effingham County commission candidates at Thursday night's forum were vocal in their support of more and better roads and lesser
impact fees.
District 3 candidate Steve Mason and District 5 candidates Phil Kieffer and Delmons White also addressed the topic of the chairman at-large position. District 3 candidate Lillie Smart Brown could not attend because of an illness.
"My thought on it was that was the mayor of the county," Mason said. "He was going to have to dedicate most of his time to do ceremonial things and represent the county as though he was the mayor ...

October 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Burns, Purcell push roads, education

Effingham County's members of the state House of Representatives said the county's prospects for getting its projects at the top of a potential regional transportation priority list are good.
State Reps. Jon Burns and Ann Purcell, both running for re-election and both named to the regional transportation roundtable, told a crowd at a candidates' forum Thursday night that they expect Effingham's road projects at or near the top of a list that could go before voters to approve.
HB 277 set up a regional plan for counties to address road building needs through a 1 percent sales ...

October 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Parent University-Effingham celebrates fifth graduation

SPRINGFIELD - Parent University-Effingham reached a milestone on Saturday by graduating its fifth class at Effingham Middle School.

September 26, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Family Connection agencies discuss projects

ingham County Family Connection recently spent some time strengthening the bonds among its network of agencies.

September 26, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Man dies of multiple gunshot wounds

Effingham County deputies responded to the Goldwire Community Center on Stillwell Clyo Road on Sunday in reference to a shooting incident.

September 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Volunteers sought to monitor Ebenezer Creek water quality

A workshop to train volunteers to monitor water quality in Ebenezer Creek is scheduled Sunday from 1:45 to 5 p.m.

September 25, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


Chamber to host job fair in Ellabel

The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority of Bryan County (DABC) and the North Bryan County Chamber of Commerce will host ...

September 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


South Effingham cheerleaders relish competition

GUYTON -- Great ahletes don't always wear football helmets. Sometimes they wear gigantic bows in their hair.

September 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Fourth-down gamble pays off for Burke County

SPRINGFIELD -- There was no magical comeback for Effingham County this time. The Burke County Bears wouldn't allow it.

September 22, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Football final scores

Brunswick 44, South Effingham 13

September 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Habitat for Humanity makes another dream come true

RINCON -- The happiness -- perhaps relief -- was evident on Lauren Alvarado's face.

September 22, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


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