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Hospital, county to attempt to resolve pay disagreement

With the Department of Housing and Urban Development scheduled to visit in a few weeks, Effingham Health System leaders want to resolve an issue on how much money the hospital is owed from the county.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon approves service rate hikes

Rincon residents can expect to pay more for water, sewer, sanitation and fire fees.

August 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Leaders look for ways to get the word out

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - Community leaders want to get Effingham County residents to not just think local but act local - especially when it comes to spending their money.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work on parkway could start in 2017

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - The Effingham Parkway likely won't look like the design submitted a few years ago, with a tie-in to the Jimmy Deloach Parkway. But even with a scaled-back version, finding the money to complete the work may not be easy, Effingham County community leaders learned Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon council OKs changes to nuisance enforcement

Rincon City Council has approved changes to how it will handle violations and enforcement of its nuisance ordinance.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County turns down request for groundwater use

Effingham County commissioners voted not to cede any of its groundwater withdrawal permit so a proposed development could install a well and water tank that the county eventually would operate.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield opts to bump up its millage rate

The millage rate is increasing in Springfield, after city council members approved a hike last Tuesday night.

August 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DOT hopes drivers take a shine to diverging diamond

State Rep. Bill Hitchens has seen the two "diverging diamond interchanges" in use on metro Atlanta highways.

August 18, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Hospital gets ready for hurricane season

Effingham County Emergency Management Agency and Georgia Emergency Management Agency met with Michael Murphy, emergency management health care professional at Effingham Health System, to discuss plans for the 2014 hurricane season.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County trims millage rate

Effingham County commissioners approved a slightly lower millage rate and also voted to keep fire and sanitation fees the same during a special called meeting Wednesday evening.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to set 2015 millage rate Wednesday

Effingham County commissioners are expected to set the 2014-15 millage rates when they meet Wednesday at 6 p.m.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work set to start on county’s next audit

The next audit of Effingham County's government appears to be on track.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners set meeting for rec plan

Effingham County commissioners will meet with members of the county's recreation board as part of a process to come up with a master plan for the county's recreation needs.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Crawley named county manager in McDuffie

Former Effingham County administrator David Crawley has been hired to be the county manager in McDuffie County.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Insurance commissioner recommends buying travel insurance for vacation losses

ATLANTA - With the Labor Day weekend approaching, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges Georgians to consider travel insurance to protect against possible vacation losses.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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Neighbors lobby against sand mine permit extension

A sand mine operator was granted two more years to finish digging out his property, after county commissioners voted to deny a rezoning application but allow the extension.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Goshen substation more than fire trucks and ambulances

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has joined county paramedics and Rincon firefighters at their station on Goshen Road Extension.

September 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


City OKs gas station for Walmart lot

Rincon City Council members approved a final site plan for a proposed gas station to be built adjacent to Walmart.

September 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Investigation into fatal wreck may take months

The investigation of a deadly car crash in Effingham County on Sept. 7 might not conclude for several more months, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

September 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Schools, insurance agency push safe driving for teens

A local insurance agency saw Friday's Effingham County-South Effingham football game as the ideal place and time to kick off a safe driving initiative for teenagers.

September 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Herald moving to Wednesdays

Technology and new ways of communicating are reaching and affecting even an industry that's been around for nearly 500 years.

September 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


County, rec board setting sights on new central park

Effingham County officials are setting their sights on building another Sand Hill Park-type complex closer to the center of the county, after a joint workshop Tuesday between county commissioners and recreation board members.

September 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Sunday crash claims a third victim

A third person has died from injuries in a car crash in Effingham County Sunday afternoon.

September 11, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Funeral Saturday for mother, daughter who died in crash

Funeral arrangements have been made for a mother and daughter who died Sunday in a car crash in Effingham County.

September 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECHS mourns loss of beloved teacher in crash

On a tearful day at Effingham County High School, friends and colleagues of Megan Kessler reflected on the difference she made on campus and off.

September 08, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Rincon woman, her mother die in crash

An Effingham County woman and her mother died in a crash on Old Augusta Road Sunday afternoon.

September 08, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


City approves rental policy for the Mars

While the Mars Theatre's slate of shows and programs continues to expand and attract visitors, there is also a growing demand to rent the facility.

September 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Injured power line worker recuperating

A Georgia Power worker hurt late Tuesday afternoon is recuperating at an Augusta hospital.

September 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Feeling right at home

A delivery came across Sam Ingram's desk Wednesday, his second day as the agriculture and natural resources agent in the University of Georgia Extension Service's Effingham County office.

September 04, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Springfield OKs bump in millage rate

Springfield City Council members have voted to raise the millage rate, but officials say the increase won't have much effect on most property owners.

September 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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