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County, cities to avoid court

The protracted tussle over service delivery strategy between Effingham County and some of the cities appears to be over, before it has to go before a judge to be settled.
The county and three municipalities were scheduled to appear in front of Judge Ronnie Rahn from the Atlantic Judicial Circuit this morning to settle differences over the service delivery strategy.
"If everything goes as expected, this will settle the service delivery strategy litigation that's been going on for 18 months," said Guyton city attorney Ramona Bartos. "It sets up a new mechanism of how the service delivery strategy acts ...

November 11, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


A salute to defenders

Veterans of service from generations ago, from just a few months ago and those still in the ranks gathered for the thanks of a grateful community Thursday morning.
Effingham County held its annual Veterans Day observance ceremony at Veterans Park in Springfield, with honors directed to all veterans and especially to Alpha Battery of the Georgia Army National Guard's 1/118th Field Artillery Battalion. The Springfield-based unit completed a year-long rotation in Afghanistan earlier this year.
"Now that I've been through combat, I think of all our forefathers who saw combat and saw more than I'll ever ...

November 11, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Energy Assistance to help with home heating bills

ATLANTA- As the colder months approach, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) will once again help Georgians struggling to keep up with the cost of heating their homes. DHS' Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has received approximately $41.1 million in federal funds to assist low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with their heating bills.
Beginning Nov. 1, local community action agencies are administering the available funds to assist the homebound and elderly (aged 65 and older) may apply for help. All other eligible families may apply starting Dec. 1 until funds are exhausted. In most cases payments ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Barrow to sponsor Medicare sessions

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will sponsor Medicare Part D open enrollment workshops in Savannah on Nov. 15 and in Statesboro on Nov. 29.
Anyone who is enrolled in Medicare Part D or who wants to enroll in the program must sign up or make changes during the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31. During this time, people with Medicare can add, drop, or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a health plan for their 2011 coverage.
Constituents are encouraged to bring their prescription medications with them to the workshops.
"Folks ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Barrow to sponsor Medicare sessions

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will sponsor Medicare Part D open enrollment workshops in Savannah on Nov. 15 and in Statesboro on Nov. 29.
Anyone who is enrolled in Medicare Part D or who wants to enroll in the program must sign up or make changes during the open enrollment period that begins Nov. 15 and ends Dec. 31. During this time, people with Medicare can add, drop, or change their prescription drug coverage. They can also select a health plan for their 2011 coverage.
Constituents are encouraged to bring their prescription medications with them to the workshops.
"Folks ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Crowd marvels at courthouse

With modern flourishes and touches and an eye toward its century of life, the doors to the Historic Effingham Courthouse swung open again Saturday afternoon.
The courthouse, now 101 years old, had been closed for more than a year as a team of architects, engineers and workers labored to painstakingly restore the venerable edifice and adapt it to 21st century use.
"This has been the most fulfilling and rewarding project I've ever worked on," said Josh Simpson, project manager for J.T. Turner Construction.
Work began in the summer of 2009, and the refurbished historic courthouse will be the ...

November 08, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


Final meeting on MAPP set for today

The final meeting of the Effingham County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) project will be held today, Nov.9, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Annex in the Administrative Complex located at 601 Laurel St. in Springfield. Lunch will be provided.
During the MAPP process, Effingham County citizens have, through research and community input, identified goals and strategies to address healthcare concerns in Effingham County.
The meeting will focus on planning the future action steps for improving the health of the Effingham County community.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


GSP to step up move over enforcement

Motorists who fail to move over one lane or slow down as they approach a stopped emergency vehicle will see an increased chance of receiving a ticket next week as state troopers in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee will join forces for stepped up enforcement.
Col. Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said troopers in Georgia will participate with four of the neighboring state highway patrols to raise driver awareness of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and tow truck drivers as they work along busy highways and interstates ...

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Voters renew SPLOSTs

Effingham County voters turned out in force for a mid-term election and also backed the renewal of the two special purpose local option sales tax measures on Tuesday's ballot.
Turnout from the county's 28,326 registered voters was at 45.7 percent, with 12,943 ballots being cast.
Voters backed renewal of the E-SPLOST for the Effingham County School System by a margin of 58.2 percent to 41.8 percent. Proceeds from the one-cent tax are expected to go toward improvements at all of the system's schools, paying off the remainder of Marlow Elementary School financing ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


County adjusts four-day work week

Many Effingham County government offices are going to stay on a four-day work week schedule - but the schedule is changing.
Since this summer, many offices have been on a Monday through Thursday schedule, working 10 hours each day. Commissioners voted 4-2, with Chairman Dusty Zeigler and Commissioner Reggie Loper voting against, to extend the pilot program through the rest of the calendar year.
Commissioners had three different motions on what to do with the pilot program before settling on the option that changed the four days of operation for the county administrative complex and most offices at the county annex ...

November 04, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Historic Courthouse to get modern touch

The 102-year-old historic Effingham County Courthouse is on the verge of receiving a 21st century designation.
County commissioners will hold a dedication ceremony for the building Saturday at 3 p.m. The building has undergone a year-long renovation as a host of county offices are set to move into it and bring it back to full use.
"Everything is falling into place," county project manager Adam Kobek said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Historic Courthouse to get modern touch

The 102-year-old historic Effingham County Courthouse is on the verge of receiving a 21st century designation.
County commissioners will hold a dedication ceremony for the building Saturday at 3 p.m. The building has undergone a year-long renovation as a host of county offices are set to move into it and bring it back to full use.
"Everything is falling into place," county project manager Adam Kobek said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Election results

Eddie Tomberlin held off a challenge from Nina Dasher to retain his District 1 school board, and Mose Mock was swept into office with an overwhelming victory over District 4 incumbent James Dasher.

November 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


County to take up 4-day work week

Effingham County commissioners are expected to consider today whether to extend their four-day work week pilot program.
Commissioners approved the four-day work week, closing most county offices in July, and the pilot program is scheduled to end Nov. 12.
"We need to have a discussion and vote on what you would like to do," County Administrator David Crawley said to commissioners at their Oct. 19
meeting.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Voting already steady

Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today as Effingham County voters will decide on a host of races and measures on the ballot.
Of the 28,326 registered voters in the county, 2,110 took part in early voting, which concluded Oct. 29. The Effingham Board of Elections and Registration also has received 406 absentee ballots, with about 150 still to be turned in as of Monday afternoon.
There are four contested races in the county, along with several other races for seats that cover all or parts of Effingham County.
Voters in District 1 ...

November 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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Lee touts record of customer service

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Ricker seeking to assist citizens on larger scale

RINCON - Public service keeps strengthening its powerful grip on Christi Ricker.

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Springfield's Krall receives degree

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Heartache lingers for Mustangs

GUYTON - Another game. Another heartbreaking loss for South Effingham.

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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


Rebels unload bench in opening round of playoffs

SPRINGFIELD -- The pressure that usually comes with playoff games left Rebel Field early Friday afternoon and it didn't leave alone.

October 13, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Unbeaten Panthers fill middle school pipeline

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County coach Buddy Holder doesn't have to look toward a distant horizon to see the future of his football program. It's ...

October 13, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Effingham County trounces Lovejoy en route to second round

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County defeated Lovejoy in three straight sets in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA volleyball tournament Thursday.

October 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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