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Adjustments to SPLOST budget to be made after shortage of funds

At a called workshop of the Effingham County Commissioners Wednesday, Nov. 30, the commissioners discussed SPLOST, Capital Needs and the Short Term Work Program (STWP), where it was discovered that due to a shortage of funds in future SPLOST, changes will have to be made to plans set for the next five-plus years.

December 07, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


United Way of the Coastal Empire raises $337,813 in Effingham Campaign

The United Way of the Coastal Empire's 2016 Effingham County Campaign announced Wednesday morning that donations from various businesses and groups in the area totaled $337,813 for this year.

December 07, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Lady Rebels finish fourth at state

The 2016 Effingham County High School competition cheer season was a successful one for the Lady Rebels as they finished with a fourth-place showing at the GHSA State Cheerleading Competition.

December 05, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Road work at intersection of Fort Howard Rd-Hwy 21 causing traffic jam

Construction at the intersection of Fort Howard Road and Highway 21 in Rincon has traffic backed up for over a mile.

December 02, 2016 | Staff report | Local


DDI construction requires lane closures on SR 21

Contractors for Georgia Department of Transportation will be paving for the diverging diamond interchange (DDI) on SR 21 at I-95 interchange in Port Wentworth.

November 30, 2016 | Staff report | Local


David Exley named Coroner of the Year

On Nov. 19, the Georgia Coroners Association held their Annual Meeting at the Macon Marriott City Center in Macon and during that meeting, the Honorable David H. Exley, Coroner of Effingham County, was awarded the "Coroner Of The Year Award".

November 30, 2016 | Special to the Herald | Local


Vince Dooley visits Effingham

Former University of Georgia football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Vince Dooley, was put to work Tuesday afternoon signing autographs at the Kroger in Rincon as hundreds of fans turned out to get a book, football or other piece of memorabalia signed.

November 30, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Vince Dooley visiting Rincon Kroger for book signing

Legendary University of Georgia football coach, Vince Dooley, will be signing copies of his books and other collegiate memorabilia on Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. at the Kroger in Rincon.

November 28, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Effingham County Teacher of the Year: Bilinda Sikes

Some people grow up not knowing what they want to do with their life or what they want to be when they grow up – others know from a young age the plan they have for themselves. And sometimes, things just happen by chance.

November 22, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


City of Rincon receives $500,000 grant

SAVANNAH - The City of Rincon has received a 2016 Employment Incentive Program (EIP) grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which administers the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

November 21, 2016 | | Local


Jerry Schaufelberger chosen as Grand Marshal for Lions Club Christmas Parade

Longtime Effingham County resident and former Lions Club President, Jerry Schaufelberger, has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the 37th Annual Lions Club Christmas Parade that will take place this Saturday at 10 a.m.

November 17, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Orchestra Holiday Concert Dec. 4

Effingham Community Orchestra will present its 10th annual Holiday Concert and homemade cookie sale fundraiser on Sunday, Dec. 4. The event will be held at the Effingham County Recreation and Parks Department Gymnasium, 808 Highway 119 South in Springfield.

November 17, 2016 | Special to the Herald | Local


Effingham soldier, Winston Hencely, injured in Afghanistan

Winston Hencely, a 2014 graduate of Effingham County High School and a soldier in the United States Army stationed in Afghanistan, was injured Saturday when a suicide bomber ignited an explosion at Bagram Airfield.

November 17, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Massive turnout for Veterans Day Program in Springfield

Veterans from all branches of service and conflicts were honored for their service Friday morning at the Veteran's Day Program at Veterans Park of Effingham County in Springfield.

November 17, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Health System gets 501c3 status approval

As of Nov. 1, Effingham Health System has officially restructured as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation. The organizational change is part of a long-range plan that will facilitate growth system-wide.

November 10, 2016 | By Zack Lee | Local


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SR 21 and I-95 DDI lane closures scheduled next week

Contractors for the Georgia Department of Transportation will install lane closures on SR 21 north and south bound in Port Wentworth next week for construction ...

March 03, 2017 | Staff report | Local


Effingham County Art Show March 13-16

Select students from all Effingham County Schools will be participating in the sixth annual district-wide art exhibition from March 13-16 in celebration of the visual ...

March 02, 2017 | Staff report | Local


Effingham County IDA cuts ribbon on Rincon solar farm

Members of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority were on hand Thursday as they cut the ribbon to a 287-acre solar farm in Rincon.

March 02, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Rincon Elementary students get moving at Bobcat Fun Run

Rincon Elementary School students released more energy than usual on Friday as they participated in the First Annual Bobcats Fun Run, an event put on ...

March 01, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


NAACP honors drowned slaves at Ebenezer Creek

Leroy Lloyd, President of the Effingham County chapter of the NAACP, and other members honored the lives of hundreds of freed slaves who drowned trying ...

March 01, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Georgia earns Water Wars win

ATLANTA – "I recommend that the Court deny Florida's request for relief." With that recommendation to the U. S. Supreme Court, Special Master Ralph Lancaster ...

February 27, 2017 | Staff report | Local


7th annual Taste of Effingham set for March 2

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce will host its 7thannual Taste of Effingham, presented by Vision Financial, on March 2. The event will be held at ...

February 26, 2017 | By Angye Morrison | Local


Interstate 16 Safety Enhancement Project begins this week

SAVANNAH – On Monday, the Georgia Department of Transportation will begin a two-year safety enhancement project along portions of Interstate 16 starting at the Candler/Emanuel ...

February 26, 2017 | Staff report | Local


Swain finishes basic training

U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman 1st Class Joe C. Swain III graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio ...

February 24, 2017 | Special to the Herald | Local


EHS honors staff with 2017 Employee Appreciation Banquet

Effingham Health System honored staff members of the hospital Thursday night at the Effingham Health System 2017 Employee Appreciation Banquet at the National Museum of ...

February 23, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Freeman, Van Sickle honored as STAR students

The Rotary Club of Effingham County honored two students Thursday afternoon for being named the STAR Students for the county. Marina Van Sickle won for ...

February 22, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Black History Month Spotlight: Honoring Springfield Central High basketball

Back in the 1960s during the era of segregated schools, Effingham County saw one of its high schools rise to the top and win multiple ...

February 22, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


ECCA recognized by Georgia Senate, House of Representatives

The Effingham College and Career Academy was honored and recognized this month by both the State of Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate ...

February 20, 2017 | By Mariella Manhatton | Local


FFA members from SEMS, ECMS attend Discovery Conference

COVINGTON – Members of the ECMS and SEMSFFA chapter attended the Georgia FFA Association's Discovery Conference on Jan. 27-28 at the Georgia FFA-FCCLA Center near ...

February 17, 2017 | By Mariella Manhatton | Local


Rep. Rick Allen's staff to visit Springfield

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Rick Allen (R-Ga.-12) announced Tuesday that his staff will be holding Community Office Hours in Springfield on Thursday, March ...

February 16, 2017 | Staff report | Local


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