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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
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

Barrow touting his record

In his bid for a fourth term in office, John Barrow said he's encouraged by what his constituents are telling him across Georgia's 12th U.S. House District.
Barrow, a Savannah Democrat, said his record of putting the district's interests first has resonated with his constituents.
"I'm encouraged by everything that's happened," he said Friday of his re-election campaign. "I know there's a lot of anger directed at a lot of people for a lot of reasons. But I'm not running into that. Folks are telling me they're proud of the way ...

November 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

McKinney confident of upset

He's supposed to be a long shot, a dark horse candidate going up against a well-financed incumbent.
But don't tell that to Ray McKinney. In fact, the former nuclear project manager believes he can unseat John Barrow, the three-term Savannah Democrat, for Georgia's U.S. House 12th District.
So does John Fund of the Wall Street Journal, who earlier this week called the 12th one of five potential upsets across the nation.
"We call it cautiously optimistic. We've got support from all over the district, from Democrats, Republicans and independents," McKinney said.
McKinney, who lost in ...

November 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

What to bring to the polls

ATLANTA-Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds voters to check their polling location with the MVP (My Voter Page) voter education website and to bring photo ID when voting in the general election.
The MVP voter education Web site allows Georgia voters to find their election day polling location, view a sample ballot specific to them for the elections, track the status of their absentee ballot, and more.
Georgia voters can access the MVP Web site at
Voters will be required to show one of the following six forms of photo ID when voting in-person ...

November 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Effingham County polling places

Name Address
District 1
1A Zion Lutheran Social Hall 121 Noel C. Conaway Rd. - Guyton
1B Powers Baptist Church 1104 Highway 80 W. - Eden
1C Meldrim Baptist Church 229 Ohoopee Ave. - Meldrim
1D Faulkville Baptist Church 144 Zeigler Rd. – Bloomingdale
1E Church of Christ 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd. - Guyton
District 2
2A Liberty Christian Fellowship 302 Church Street - Guyton
2B Pineora Baptist Church 131 Elkins St - Guyton
2C Grace Community Church 1094 Goshen Rd – Rincon
2D Goshen Road Baptist Church 1323 Goshen Rd – Rincon
District 3
3A Elam Egypt Baptist Church 184 5th St. - Egypt
3B Clyo Community Center ...

November 01, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Rincon turns down special use permit

If legendary Southern rock band Molly Hatchet comes to Rincon next month, it won't be for an outdoor show.

October 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Moore leaving Chamber post

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announced following its Thursday morning Board of Directors meeting that Tess Moore was stepping down as the Chamber's executive director.

October 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Meet the candidates

In an effort to prepare voters as they head to the polls, the Herald is bringing you the candidates for the two contested county commission races, who they are and what they stand for.
Early voting concludes Friday and polls open Nov. 2 at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m.
District 3
Lillie Ruth Smart Brown
Age: 48
Occupation: Over the Counter Manager, Walmart, Rincon
Residence: Clyo
Family: Children, one son
Top 3 issues
The top issue in this race is taxes. We cannot continue to tax people out of their homes through increased assessments ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

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, 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

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Effingham County eclipses Heritage, headed to Columbus

SPRINGFIELD -- Johnny Coleman is a man of few words. After watching his team play Wednesday, he was virtually speechless.

October 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Greyhounds race past Mustangs

GUYTON -- South Effingham's playoff run came to an end Wednesday after dropping two games to Jones County.

October 18, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

Rincon named one of Georgia's top places to raise a family

According to, Rincon is one of the best cities to raise a family in Georgia.

October 18, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Lee touts record of customer service

RINCON - Even though Ken Lee recently retired from the grocery business after 46 years, he never retired from customer service.

October 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Ricker seeking to assist citizens on larger scale

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

October 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Springfield's Krall receives degree

Wilkes University of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., held its summer commencement ceremony on Sept. 10 in the Henry Gymnasium of the Arnaud C. Marts Sports and Conference ...

October 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Heartache lingers for Mustangs

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

October 17, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

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

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