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County's GIS team honored

San Diego, Calif. - Effingham County stood out from more than 300,000 organizations worldwide that use geographic information system (GIS) software to make a difference in the world. ESRI presented the organization with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the 27th Annual ESRI International User Conference in San Diego on June 20.

August 02, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon officials get certified

Rincon city officials were commended for their certificates from the Georgia Municipal Association at the Rincon City Council meeting on Monday night.

July 31, 2007 | By Ralna Pearson Effingham Herald | Local


State pulls license for exterminator

A Rincon day care had a close call after a pest control company improperly sprayed for fleas on their premises.

July 31, 2007 | By Ralna Pearson Effingham Herald | Local


Guyton woman killed in I-16 wreck

An Effingham County woman was killed when she was thrown from a vehicle in a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning.

According to a preliminary report from the Georgia State Patrol, Roxanne Watkins Wilharm, 51, of Guyton, was a passenger in a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by John Wesley Eaton, also of Guyton. They were driving west on Interstate 16, approximately six miles from Highway 67, when Eaton apparently lost control of the vehicle and drove into the median. The vehicle overturned several times, ejecting Wilharm.

July 30, 2007 | Staff report | Local


Sheriff at Sunrise

Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie spoke to the Effingham Sunrise Rotary group on July 3.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield to buy land for spray field

The Springfield City Council has approved a contract to purchase 105 acres of land for a spray field on Rincon-Stillwell Road for $2.4 million.

July 28, 2007 | By Sandi Van Orden Effingham Herald | Local


Passing of the gavel

Past President Lem Lancaster passes the gavel to new President Aaron "Ace" Herring.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Having a sweet Fourth

Effingham Care Center residents and their families were treated to good food and plenty of watermelon to celebrate the Fourth of July.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Give a pint, get a pint

Blue Bell Ice Cream is helping the American Red Cross encourage people to donate blood twice this summer with a special thank you gift of a pint of ice cream. Everyone who comes to give blood from July 9-13 at any Red Cross donor center or blood drive will receive a free coupon for a pint of Blue Bell Ice Cream or an actual pint of ice cream, while supplies last. The coupons can be redeemed at any store that sells Blue Bell Ice Cream.

July 28, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


Finishing touches

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Rincon's Fourth of July parade

Paradegoers and participants were greeted with sunny skies and a very warm morning Saturday for the procession.

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Rincon out to make 4th bigger, better

Many people worked hard to organize Rincon's Fourth of July festivities this year, and the city is looking at how to make it even better next year.

July 28, 2007 | By Ralna Pearson Effingham Herald | Local


Musical Fireworks, video highlights

On Saturday evening, the cities of Springfield and Guyton joined forces with the county to host the annual fireworks display held at Effingham County High School.

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Traffic, buffers worry Old Augusta residents

Residents along Old Augusta Road raised concerns about possible future traffic woes with Effingham County commissioners.

July 28, 2007 | By Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


State's teen pregnancy rate declining faster

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health, Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development reports the decline of pregnancy rates among Georgia females between the ages of 15 and 17 exceeds the national average rate by 4 percent.

July 26, 2007 | Staff Report | Local


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Wildlife hotline has been busier than anticipated

TIFTON - To educate the public about what to do when finding a wild animal that may be injured or orphaned, the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association has released information about the numbers and types of calls that they have received on their statewide wildlife hotline.

July 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Signs are a coming attraction for the Mars

Springfield officials hope their action Tuesday night will go a long way toward answering what they say has been a frequent question of late.

July 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


A fire for the job

Even before his first official day as the Effingham County Sheriff's Office's fire investigator, Dan Mealor was on the job.

July 10, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State insurance office offers tips, help during storm season

ATLANTA - Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said his office stands ready to assist Georgia residents with any claims arising from tropical storms during hurricane season, including a toll-free claims assistance line and plans to have insurance experts in the area in the event of a storm.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State records 11 traffic deaths over holiday

The state Department of Public Safety reported there were 11 fatalities on Georgia's roads during the 4th of July holiday weekend, which ran from July 3 at 6 p.m. to July 6 at midnight.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State law banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors in effect

ATLANTA - It is against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under 18 years old. The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging caution about the use and exposure of children to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other emissions-producing products.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Fire from lightning strike displaces group home residents

A late June fire has displaced several residents of a group home.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City fire chief suggests consolidating departments

A fire chief is sounding the call to consolidate the various fire departments in Effingham County.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County, residents go over plans for Courthouse Road Extension

As Effingham County officials listened, they heard plenty about the proposed route for a reworked Courthouse Road Extension.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon making changes to alcohol law

The city of Rincon is making a few changes to its alcohol ordinance.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Search continues for missing Guyton man

A search that began Sunday for a missing Effingham County man continued into Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Where to go, how to get there for River Street fireworks

In preparation for an influx of motorists traveling along Savannah-Chatham Highways during the firework displays on the Fourth of July, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has implemented a traffic operations plan to reduce delays and relieve congestion.

July 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECSO urging safety for the 4th of July holiday

Fireworks aren't the only potentially dangerous objects the Effingham County Sheriff's Office discourages people from shooting into the air for the Fourth of July weekend.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


A walk in the park

The four fields at the Macomber Park expansion are done, but there is still plenty of work to do on the new phase - and on the older parts of the park.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Deputies on the lookout for ‘slow pokes’

Along with watching out for people driving too fast on Georgia highways, officers can now ticket those driving too slow.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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