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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


County weighs changes to fees

Effingham County commissioners didn't approve a new schedule of fees, but after their discussion on the topic, a restructuring appears to be in the offing.

April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State: ACA signups just under 150K

ATLANTA - With the end of the 2014 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens released data which represents the number of Georgians who sought health insurance coverage through the Federal Healthcare Marketplace.

April 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


City says building on annexed land won’t happen soon

Rincon City Council members tried to assure a neighbor of its newly-annexed property that it won't be home to sprawling new subdivision anytime soon.

April 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County may seek bonds to ease water-sewer debt

Effingham County commissioners may seek another method to alleviate their water and sewer debt.

April 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Two wrecks end in fatalities

A 72-year-old man and a teenager died from injuries in separate accidents Thursday on Effingham County roads.

April 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


City council adopts policies, procedures for Mars Theatre

With the grand opening of Springfield's Mars Theatre two weeks away, city council members approved a list of policies and procedures for the facility Tuesday night.

April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


No alcohol for movies at the Mars

While beer and wine will be served at certain live performances, alcohol likely won't flow at the Mars Theatre when it shows movies.

April 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Sheriff’s office gets highway safety grant

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

April 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


City talks plans for fire station

Rincon City Council members are expected to hold a zoning hearing at their next meeting on the city's newly-annexed 66 acres off Blue Jay and McCall roads.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County set to start work on roads

Improvements to McCall and Blue Jay roads are expected to start this week, according to temporary county administrator Toss Allen.

April 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Bryan County man fighting flesh-eating bacteria

A local man was in critical condition at a Savannah hospital after reportedly fishing near Dasher's Landing on the Ogeechee River last week and contracting a bacterial infection commonly known as the flesh-eating disease.

July 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State to add 100 child case workers

Gov. Nathan Deal approved the hire of 100 new child protective service workers to assist with a recent influx of cases. The number of reports of child abuse and neglect has significantly increased since the opening of a centralized 24/7 Child Protective Services Intake Communications Center.

July 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Light turnout expected for Tuesday’s runoff

Only a small number of Effingham County's 28,000 registered voters are expected to cast ballots in Tuesday's primary runoff.

July 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County to turn off water rate hike

Water and sewer rates for Effingham County's customers are going back down.

July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Want to know what's going on? See the new Regional Calendar

So you're looking for something to do this weekend in and around Effingham County, and next week, you have some relatives visiting who really want to check out the Lucas Theatre in Savannah, one of whom is also a history buff who wants to learn a little about Georgia's past.

July 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Springfield audit comes back clean

The city of Springfield received a clean bill of financial health from its auditors Tuesday night.

July 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Supreme Court turns down appeal on Jones challenge

The challenge to an Effingham County commissioner's candidacy appears to be over.

July 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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


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