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AgSouth earnings exceed mark

STATESBORO-AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $9 million during the second quarter of 2010.
Year-to-date earnings total $18.9 million and exceed 2009 earnings of the same period by more than $5.4 million.
"The association's marketing efforts, the ability to refinance loans in this low rate environment and our ability to control operating expenses have all helped increase earnings," Spigener said. "This solid first six months positions the association for a good year of earnings."
The earnings announcement comes only a few months after AgSouth released nearly $36 ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


State jobless rate down, but metro Savannah rate is up

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported Thursday that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.8 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.3 percent in May. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 15,397, up 837 from 14,560.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.0 percent in June, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in May. This is the 33rd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


State of health town hall set for Monday

A state of Effingham County's health town hall meeting will be held Monday at Blandford Elementary School at 7 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Effingham County Health Department and the Georgia Southern University College of Public Health. The town hall is part of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership process.
Surveys were used to identify and prioritize the following community health issues: access to preventive services; obesity, high blood pressure and special needs services; smoking, alcohol and drug abuse; teen suicide and injury prevention; and teen pregnancy.

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Primary results

County commissioner

July 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield Police to get new car

The Springfield Police Department will be getting a new car to put on the city's streets.
Council members approved spending $21,500 for a new patrol car to replace an aging unit. But aside from being new, it also will differ in one other way from the police department's fleet - it's a Dodge Charger.
Chief Paul Wynn said the only other vehicle available at the state contract price was a black Ford Crown Victoria. Though the Springfield Police Department has Crown Victorias, they are white. A white Crown Victoria would have cost nearly $1,000 more under ...

July 19, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT to close 95/144 interchange

Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation have scheduled concrete pavement rehabilitation for the I-95/Highway 144 interchange entrance and exit ramps. These ramps will be closed at various times for 7 p.m.-7 a.m., through Wednesday morning, July 21, weather permitting.
Signed detours will be in place using Highway 204/Abercorn Extension and Coastal Highway. As ramps are closed the signed detours will be put in place. Motorists should slow down and check signage in the area for these ramps closures.
This is a work zone and extreme caution is necessary. Motorists are advised to reduce speeds ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Guyton prepares to adopt new millage rate

Guyton City Council is expected to approve a millage rate of 2.24 at its next meeting.
Council members discussed the proposed millage rate at their meeting Tuesday and are set to OK the millage rate at their July 27 session.
City council has projected receiving $97,500 in ad valorem taxes. It is the fourth-largest revenue stream in the city's fiscal year 2011 budget. Nearly a quarter - $268,000 - of the city's anticipated $1.12 million in revenue is projected to come from the local option sales tax.
The city also anticipates receiving $193,600 in special ...

July 19, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Primary voting ends today

Three county commission races await Effingham County voters today.
Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for the partisan general primaries. In District 3, voters will chose between incumbent Jeff Utley and challenger Steve Mason for the Republican nomination for the seat. Former commissioner Homer Wallace and Lillie Smart-Brown are vying for the Democratic nomination for the District 3 seat.
In District 2, the winner of the seat won't have to wait until November to be declared. But it is a three-way race for the seat, with incumbent Myra Lewis, former school board chairwoman Vera Jones ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Speaker has high praise for Georgia’s ports

In his tour across the state, Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston preached to the party faithful the need for them to keep both chambers of the General Assembly in Republican hands.
Ralston warned fellow Republicans of potential gerrymandering in upcoming redistricting if the Democrats return to power in the General Assembly. The Democrats could draw new district lines to keep themselves in power, according to Ralston.
"If you want to go back, you've got a model to go back to," he said. "When we were redistricting with some of the craziest maps this nation has ever seen ...

July 19, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


What to bring, what to check before heading to the polls

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reminding voters to check their polling location with the MVP voter education Web site and to bring photo ID when voting in today's general primary.
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 www.sos.ga.gov.
"MVP gives every Georgia voter the information he or she needs to make the voting process work for ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


DCSS holding back to school settlement day

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services encourages those who are behind on their child support payments to take advantage of the annual Back to School Settlement Day event.
Settlement Day gives non-custodial parents an opportunity to make a payment on past due balances before the school year begins. The goal of the Back to School Settlement Day is to help children reach their potential in school by having the financial support they need.
"Settlement Day is yet another way to help non-custodial parents who may have fallen behind on their child support," said Keith ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia gets another $30M for home loans

Georgia is receiving an additional $30 million in Recovery Act funds for direct home loans through USDA Rural Development, when pooled funds from all states are redistributed from Washington, D.C. These loans are for qualifying families considered to have low and very low incomes to purchase or build a home in a rural area.
"These amounts are greater than the funds we had remaining," said Ed Peace, director of single family housing for USDA Rural Development in
Georgia. "This is a wonderful opportunity for rural families who want to become homeowners. These funds will disappear after Sept. 30, so ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Isakson backs bill to limit small business’ tax reporting burden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has co-sponsored legislation that would eliminate a massive new tax reporting burden that small businesses face under President Obama's recently enacted health care law.
"Having run my own small business for over 30 years, I recognize the tremendous burden that federal regulations can have on America's small businesses," Isakson said. "This reporting requirement in the health care law is troublesome and unnecessary, and it is just one of the many reasons
I voted against the bill when it came through the Senate. Small businesses make up the heart of ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon eyes senior housing project

Rincon City Council members have approved submitting a utilities letter to the state Department of Community Affairs on behalf of a firm backing the building of a seniors housing project.

July 15, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield awaits new businesses

Springfield's business district is expected to get a little busier.

July 15, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Coffee capitalizes on Effingham County miscues

STATESBORO -- Effingham County coach Buddy Holder suffered a season-opening loss Friday night, but he didn't sound defeated.

August 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Effingham Herald names Lastinger editor

Longtime journalist Mark Lastinger has been named editor of the Effingham Herald.

August 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Humidity problem steams South Effingham band parent

The Effingham County Board of Education hit a sour note with a South Effingham High School band parent.

August 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Search warrants results in drug-related arrests

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office Drug Suppression Unit initiated a criminal investigation in July regarding illegal drug activity at a Guyton Low Ground Road ...

August 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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