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IDA lands back on prospect’s radar

A prospect that has been in hibernation for quite a while has asked the Effingham Industrial Development Authority to extend an option on land.

January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Troubled intersection to get four-way stop

Effingham County is about to attempt to curtail the number of accidents at one of its most troubled intersections.

January 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State asks walkers, riders to wear reflective clothing

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is joining pedestrian and bicycle safety partners to remind both walkers and riders to wear reflective gear as winter continues and days remain darker.

January 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Council may put in extra time to finish Mars work

With the grand opening of the Mars Theatre just three months away, much of the work remaining to be done may lie in the hands of the Springfield City Council.

January 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City seeks to extend greenway project

Springfield is hoping to extend its greenway project, possibly with the help of a grant.

January 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Utility, deputies want to pull plug on scam artists

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is warning Georgia Power customers about scammers posing as company employees in an attempt to bilk money from people.

January 20, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Celebrating MLK Jr. Day

For years, Homer Wallace pushed for voting rights and to have Effingham County's own observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Monday morning, the former longtime county commissioner and community activist was recognized and hailed for his work.

January 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


King America settles with county over fish kill

Effingham County now has in its hands a $30,000 check, the result of its settlement with King America Finishing.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Firefighters honored for explosion exploits

An off-duty Effingham County firefighter who was one of the first to respond to a tanker-pickup truck collision and fire that claimed the lives of three brothers, and two Springfield firefighters were honored for their efforts in that incident.

January 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners adopt updated job description for county administrator

With a revised county administrator job description in place, Effingham County commissioners may begin searching for a new day-to-day leader.

January 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County commissioners approve new travel policy

A new travel policy for Effingham County employees is set to go into effect, after commissioners unanimously approved its adoption last week.

January 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Long arms of the law help trapped driver

The quick actions of two Effingham County Sheriff's Office deputies are being credited with saving a man's life Thursday afternoon.

January 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Honey Ridge Road closed; 2,000 without power

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office reports that Honey Ridge Road is closed at Highway 119 because downed trees and power line.

January 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Lee ready to start next term as mayor

Ken Lee took his oath as the mayor of Rincon for the third time Monday night. Starting next month, he'll have more time to devote to his elected duty.

January 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Mars to make its debut

The long-awaited premiere for the Mars Theatre has been set.

January 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Candidates call for a different direction

Office seekers at Saturday morning's candidates' forum on ethics, morality and principles agreed that the country is on the wrong track and needs to return toward a Judeo-Christian foundation.

March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Combative tones struck at GOP debate

SAVANNAH - The seven Republican hopefuls vying for a chance to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss took a number of shots at the federal government - and each other - in Saturday night's forum.

March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hall pleads guilty in 2011 fatal wreck

An Effingham County man accused in the April 2011 vehicular homicide of his passenger pled guilty Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Accused pig assailant pleads guilty

Almost a year after video cameras caught his attack on a pet pig, a Springfield man has pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Cell phone sales lead to warden’s ouster

The warden of the Effingham County Prison has been allowed to resign after a state Department of Corrections investigation revealed cell phones confiscated from prisoners were being sold without authorization.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


House 1st District hopeful talks to Effingham Democrats

First District U.S. House candidate Amy Tavio was a big hit at the meeting of the Effingham Democrats last Thursday.

March 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Elections board hires attorney for Jones’ candidacy challenge

The Effingham County board of elections has hired an attorney to aid it as it weighs a challenge to a candidate's qualification.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Doors open to new jail

Starting Tuesday, if you want to visit the Effingham County Jail, the sheriff's office will ask whom you're there to see.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State troopers investigate eight crashes in February

State troopers from the Rincon post of the Georgia State Patrol investigated eight traffic crashes during February in Effingham County. Sgt. Chris Nease said the traffic crashes resulted in nine injuries and one traffic death.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local


GOP hopefuls visit Effingham Tea Party

With six Republicans on the ballot for Georgia's District 1 seat in the U.S. House and five running in U.S. House District 12, John McCallum and Eugene Yu are both in crowded fields in their respective congressional races.

March 20, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County OKs rec projects for last of impact fees

With input from the count recreation board, Effingham County commissioners have agreed to a list of projects that could benefit from the remainder of recreation impact fees.

March 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Challenge, Web site ask candidate to return money

A challenge has been filed against an Effingham County commissioner seeking re-election, accusing her of withholding money that should have been refunded to the county.

March 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


McDonald touts state’s investment in solar power

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald rode in Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade Monday in 1929 Model A convertible.

March 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Sheriff ready to move into new jail soon

The public will get its first look at the completed Effingham County Jail this weekend, and Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie can't wait to start moving inmates into it.

March 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hall trial set to start April 1

The often-delayed trial of an Effingham County man accused of a 2011 accident that killed one person and injured three others has a new start date.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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