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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


Effingham Night at Sand Gnats

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Traffic study may help ease the road for IDA

A study could help the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority pave the way into its sprawling Research Forest Tract.
The firm of Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung was contracted to conduct traffic impact study and suggest potential entry points into the westernmost parcels of the Research Forest Tract. Those smaller tracts likely will be the first to be developed, and engineers looked at Phase 1, about 900 acres of the 2,800-acre RFT, for their study.
That phase is expected to have a mix of heavy and light industrial, general commercial, school, recreational and buffer spaces. The study projected traffic ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Toddler survives near drowning incident

A Rincon toddler was rushed to a Savannah hospital Saturday afternoon after falling into a swimming pool.
A 3-year-old child fell into the deep end of the Lost Plantation swimming pool just before 4 p.m. Saturday and was pulled out of the water by a teenager. A nurse who was nearby performed CPR on the child, who was unresponsive.
"Thank goodness there was a nurse nearby," said Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon.
An Effingham County EMS ambulance, with two Rincon Police cars clearing the way, rushed the child to Memorial Health University Center in
Savannah. Units from Port Wentworth ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield sets sights on thermal imaging system

Springfield's fire department will have another weapon at its disposal after city council approved a bid for a thermal imaging system.
Council members approved a bid of $6,657 for the camera, which usually cost about $10,000.
"Sometimes you can piggyback on another bid," said Bubba Rahn of the Springfield Fire Department.
Some larger departments are buying hundreds of the cameras at once, Rahn said, allowing Springfield to take advantage of a lower price.
"You can spend up to $14,000 for these cameras for all the bells and whistles," Rahn said.
The cameras the Springfield Fire Department ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County sets millage rates for fiscal year

With the fiscal year 2011 budget already approved, Effingham County commissioners have given their OK to the millage rate needed to fund their operations.
Commissioners approved a total millage of 28.118 for the unincorporated portions of the county. The millage includes the county's rate of 8.558, 15.333 for the Effingham County Board of Education, 2 mills for the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and 1.977 for the Hospital Authority. Also included is the .25 mills dedicated to the state.
The portion that county receives from the millage has decreased over the last few years, County Administrator ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Mayor Lee to seek re-election

Mayor Ken Lee has announced that he will be seeking re-election this year as the Mayor of Rincon, a decision that will have him running ...

June 28, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham students attend Summer Leadership Camp

COVINGTON – This summer, 57 students from the Effingham County High School, South Effingham High School, Ebenezer Middle School and Effingham County Middle School FFA Chapters ...

June 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield council considers resolution

The Springfield City Council met Tuesday, June 13 for a regularly scheduled meeting and voted on a number of issues brought forth from citizens in ...

June 22, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Billy Beckett hired to serve as Interim Administrator

Billy Preston Beckett, of Peachtree City, has been hired by the Effingham County commissioners to serve as the Interim County Administrator.

June 21, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Board of Education raises taxes 10 percent

The Effingham County Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to raise property taxes 10 percent.At one time, the board was considering raising taxes ...

June 21, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


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