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Forum candidates' opening statements

See the opening statements for county commission candidates for Districts 2, 3 and 5.

April 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting for May 20 primary now under way

Advance and early voting for the May 20 primary and nonpartisan elections began Monday morning.

April 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County OKs solar farm

Effingham County commissioners have given their initial approval to a large solar farm off Lowground and McCall roads.

April 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Developers ask for city’s letter of support

The developers of a planned apartment complex have asked for the city of Rincon's assistance in securing financing.

April 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Appeal filed on elections board’s Jones challenge decision

An Ogeechee Judicial Circuit judge will weigh what to do with an appeal filed on the Effingham County Board of Elections' dismissal of a challenge to county Commissioner Vera Jones' candidacy.

April 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECSO investigating death of 5-month-old

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 5-month-old girl over the weekend.

April 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting begins Monday

Advance and early voting for the May 20 primary and nonpartisan elections begins Monday morning.

April 27, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECSO to take part in drug take back program Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration, with the support of local law enforcement, to include the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, is hosting a drug take back program Saturday from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at the Rincon Walmart.

April 25, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Fees lowered for state wildlife vehicle tags

Georgia's five wildlife license plates will soon cost less and provide more support for conserving Georgia wildlife, from bald eagles to bobwhite quail.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Guyton man dies in Bulloch motorcycle wreck

A Guyton man was killed Wednesday morning in a motorcycle crash. Another man remains in critical condition after both motorcycles collided, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Authorities investigating two fires

Investigators are looking into fires at two vacant homes in Effingham County, including one they are calling suspicious.

April 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Candidates’ forum will have a new twist to it

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce typically hosts candidate forums during election years, but this year's has a new wrinkle.

April 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


ECSO mourns passing of retired longtime K9

Canine handler Cpl. Jamie Thompson, and the entire Effingham County Sheriff's Office are mourning the loss of K9 Lt. "Conan."

April 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Eden exterminator gets $1M lottery prize

ATLANTA – Purchasing a Georgia Lottery instant ticket was a grand slam for an Effingham County man, who won big while buying a cup of joe. Mathew McGee, 45, won a $1 million top prize playing the instant game $10 Million Cash Spectacular.

April 22, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Rincon OKs August country music event at park

Rincon City Council members cleared the way for a country music festival at Freedom Park this August, but they still have to finalize fees and policies for the venue.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | 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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