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Mills to lead Rincon’s parade

The city of Rincon has selected Daisy Mills, 95, as the honoree for its Fourth of July Parade this Saturday.
In an interview with the Rincon Building and Zoning Coordinator Kia Westmoreland, Mills said she and her husband, Henry, moved to Rincon in 1976.
He worked at Bloomingdale's until he retired, and she worked as a licensed practical nurse at Bellevue Hospital.
Married in their youth, the Mills lived through some of the greatest changes in our nation's and the world's history, such as the Great Depression and World War II.
"We had good times and we ...

June 28, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

County, hospital still working on solution

The fate of Effingham Hospital's proposed financing for its modernization and expansion plans may be on the table this Friday.
Effingham County commissioners tabled approving a resolution to back the hospital's financing for a $29 million expansion and modernization of the 40-year-old facility.
By a 4-1 vote, commissioners tabled any action, with Chairman Dusty Zeigler casting the lone no vote.
"If there's other information that can make this a better and a more viable situation for the county and for the taxpayers to support it, we would not be fiscally responsible if we did not plan for ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Tree in road leads to Midway man’s death

A Midway man was killed Sunday night when his pickup struck a tree that had fallen across Highway 17.
Michael Gatch, 48, of Midway died when his 2001 Ford Ranger collided with a tree that had been knocked down as a result of the storms that swept through Effingham County on Sunday evening. The accident occurred around 8:52 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 17 and Blue Jay Road.
"He came upon the stump and struck the tree," said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Tommy Barron.
With darkness having fallen and the weather conditions having deteriorated, visibility was very ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Friends, loved ones mourn teen’s death in accident

Georgia State Patrol troopers are investigating what led to a vehicle full of teenagers flipping over several times early Sunday morning, killing one of the teens and seriously injuring two others.
A 911 call was made at 2:47 a.m. Sunday to report a Geo Tracker had wrecked near the intersection of Stillwell-Clyo Road and Laurel Tree Road.
The driver, 18-year-old Robert Stone, lost control of the vehicle, which flipped several times. All six people in the vehicle were ejected, according to GSP Cpl. Tommy Barron.
"He lost control, causing it to overturn," Barron said.
Killed in the accident ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Barrow to embark on Vets Town Hall Tour

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will be hosting his annual Veterans Town Hall Tour over the July 4th Congressional district work period.
This is an opportunity for Barrow to meet with veterans and their families, thank them for their service, and listen to their concerns. He'll be hosting meetings July 6-9 throughout Georgia's 12th District:
9-10:30 a.m.
American Legion Post 184
1 Legion Drive at Rowland Avenue, Thunderbolt
2-3:30 p.m.
Honey Bowen Building
1 Max Lockwood Dr., Statesboro
10-11:30 a.m.
VFW Post 649
2430 Windsor Spring ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Barrow in favor of tough new tobacco rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) applauded tough new rules that took effect last week, cracking down on tobacco marketing and sales to children, requiring much larger health warning labels on smokeless tobacco products, and banning the use of deceptive "light" or "low-tar" labels on cigarettes.
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law on June 22, 2009, and many key provisions of the law went into effect last Wednesday - one year after the date of enactment. Tobacco is now responsible for about 1 in 5 deaths annually, or more than 400,000 ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Time to buckle up, if you drive a pickup

Pickup truck drivers who think they don't have to wear seat belts due to a loophole in the law may find out the hard way the law has been changed. The exemption from buckling up only applies to farmers, and then only if they are participating in a farming activity.
Since early June, a loophole in the law that exempted pickup truck drivers from having to wear seat belts has been closed. Gov. Sonny Perdue signed changes to the seat belt law, and now only farmers in the act of performing farm-related duties are exempt.
If a farmer is ...

June 28, 2010 | Holli Deal Bragg | Local

GSU Continuing Ed course to help HR pros prep for exam

Human resource personnel and other managers are invited to attend the Certificate in Professional HR Management, the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) Learning System course on Mondays this fall.
The 12-week class will meet weekly from 6-9 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the first class session will be held on a Tuesday.
Georgia Southern University's Continuing Education Center offers the course in cooperation with SHRM. HR personnel with two or more years of exempt-level experience use the course to prepare for two national certification exams - the Professional in ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Soil and Water Commission announces pond program

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Georgia Congressional Delegation recently announced a $2.42 million appropriation to help South Georgia farmers conserve irrigation water this year. This legislation provides federal funds and technical assistance to enable farmers to construct irrigation reservoirs or improve existing reservoirs on agricultural property. This funding will also greatly improve the efficiency of irrigation systems in the region.
Landowners who need supplemental irrigation are encouraged to apply for the program. Applications will be accepted July 1-30 from eligible Georgia landowners south of a line extending from Chattahoochee, Crawford, Wilkinson, Washington, Glascock, and Burke counties. The Georgia Soil and ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Fatal accident at Blue Jay, 17

Georgia State Patrol troopers have released the name of a man killed in a single-vehicle accident Sunday night.

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

One dead, two hurt in accident

Authorities are continuing to investigate an accident early Sunday morning that killed one teenager and resulted in two others being sent to area hospitals with serious injuries.

June 27, 2010 | Staff report | Local

Springfield gives a sigh of relief over fireworks

With a big sigh of relief, Springfield City Council members can't wait for the annual July 4 fireworks show.

June 24, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Putting a GEFA loan to reuse

The city of Rincon hopes to start work soon on a reuse and irrigation system after the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority approved a $2.5 million loan.

June 24, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Candidates also back funding for library

Effingham County commission candidates were in accordance that the libraries are an integral part of the community and had varying suggestions on how to adequately fund them.

June 24, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Hospital gets support but financing draws questions

Candidates for Effingham County's Board of Commissioners offered their support for Effingham Hospital. But there were differences in how that's accomplished at Monday night's forum.

June 24, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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3 easy steps to becoming a Red Cross summer blood donor

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need and offers three easy steps people can take ...

June 18, 2017 | Staff report | Local

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