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DDS gets grant for teen programs

The Georgia Department of Driver Services announced the receipt of a grant totaling $57,700 earmarked for the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety approved the funding to be used to sustain ADAP which supports over 130,000 teens and over 1,000 instructors each year.
"DDS appreciates the continued grant support from GOHS," DDS Commissioner Gregory C. Dozier said. "This particular funding will augment our efforts to provide effective alcohol and drug awareness programs for teens throughout the state."
All Georgia teens must successfully pass ADAP before applying for their Class D driver ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Kimbrell completes basic training

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kimberly D. Kimbrell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
She is the daughter of Randall Moss of Rincon.
Kimbrell graduated in 2000 from South Effingham High School.

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Northway won’t resign mayor’s post

Springfield Mayor Jeff Northway is holding his ground, after city council members voted to ask for his resignation Monday night.

November 26, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Daniel gives up Rincon seat

Citing health issues, Rincon City Council member Ann Daniel has resigned her seat.

November 25, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

A banner day for United Way

The United Way of the Coastal Empire announced totals from it 2010 campaign, "United Way Makes Wishes Come True" Friday, and by Saturday, the Effingham branch raised $309,432, a record-breaking total for the unit.
"We reached our goal four weeks before the end of the campaign," said Bonnie Dixon, executive director of United Way-Effingham.
As a whole, the UWCE, encompassing Bryan, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties, achieved and exceeded its campaign fundraising goal of $8 million by more than $116,000, which campaign chairperson Camille Russo announced at Friday's victory celebration at the Savannah International Trade and Convention ...

November 23, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

County OKs service strategy

After weeks of negotiation, the much-discussed and often contentious service delivery strategy between the cities and the county appears ready.
Effingham County commissioners, by a 4-2 vote, have given their approval to a list of stipulations detailing those services the county can levy property taxes in the municipalities for and which services it shouldn't.
"We've been dealing with the issue for quite some time," County Administrator David Crawley said.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald, our special county-wide edition.

November 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Siddall completes basic, AIT

Army Pvt. Weston H. Siddall has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training.
During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
The Advanced Individual Training course is designed ...

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Last chance to apply for appliance rebates

ATLANTA-Georgia residents again have the opportunity to apply for rebates ranging from $25 to $199 on ENERGY STAR-rated appliances.
Approximately $800,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds remain available for rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances such as clothes washers, dishwashers, air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, water heaters, refrigerators and freezers. Purchases made prior to Feb. 12, 2010, are not eligible. During the first phase of the program, 104,971 rebates were approved totaling more than $8.7 million.
"We are excited to provide Georgians who may not have been able to participate in the program earlier this ...

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Car tags at the click of a mouse

Effingham County residents soon may be able to pay for new car tags and pay their property taxes seated in front of their home computer.
County commissioners approved agreements with Sturgis Web Service, Pay Pal, Official Payment Corporation and the state Department of Revenue to enable Effingham citizens to renew car tags and pay property tax bills online.
The ability to pay for car tags online could be available as soon as Jan. 1 and property owners could be able to pay their taxes online in about two months, according to Tax Commissioner Linda McDaniel.
For the complete story, see ...

November 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County ethics plan moves forward

Effingham County commissioners took another step toward getting a formal ethics ordinance.
Commissioners agreed Tuesday night to move forward with setting their ethics proposals into an ordinance rather than into a policy. County
Administrator David Crawley suggested to commissioners that they adopt the proposals as an ordinance.
"It would be much stronger as an ordinance," he said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Taxpayers case to get a hearing Monday

A case brought forth by a group of Effingham County taxpayers on 2009 increases in property taxes will be heard Monday at 9:30 a.m.
The case, filed on a petition of 262 Effingham citizens, alleges that the tax assessor's office raised the fair market value of many properties in 2009 in violation of the moratorium set out in HB 233. This action was filed in January and has been working its way through the court during this time.
"This is a day we have been looking forward to so that the issue that so significantly increased taxes ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Nease was ‘the real deal’

Lawton Nease faced the end the way he lived his long, distinguished life.
The quiet yet stalwart philanthropist and businessman died Saturday at the age of 91 and was laid to rest Monday afternoon in Guyton Cemetery.
"He was the real deal," his grandson Jim Exley said at Monday's funeral service.
An overflow crowd came to Guyton United Methodist Church on Monday morning to pay their final respects to Nease.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 15, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Gift for Manna House

Manna House would like to extend a special thanks to First Baptist Church of Rincon for their recent donation of $1,000.
This offering will be used for the upcoming Thanksgiving project. On Nov. 22, Manna House will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets to over 300 families in Effingham County. Deadline for signing up for the assistance is Nov. 18.
Thanks also to the churches, individuals, and businesses that have made donations of food items to help make this project a success. To make donations or for more information call Lisa Bush, director, at 826-2037 or 665-1985.

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Wildlife Refuge to conduct control burn

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge will plan to conduct several control burns during the coming fall and winter months. The goal of control burning is to enhance wildlife habitat and reduce the risk of wildfires on the Refuge.
The 2010 Annual Control Burn Plan includes 3,153 acres targeted for burning during the next three months. Most of the units involve burning wetland impoundments to open up and provide quality habitat prior to the arrival of wintering waterfowl. Burns are timed so they minimize impacts on wildlife and people. Units are burned in small blocks to reduce smoke impacts. The burn ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Nease dies at age 91

A pillar of the Effingham County community will be laid to rest Monday.

November 13, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

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Rebels saving best for second half

SPRINGFIELD - A trend has developed with Effingham County's boys basketball team. The Rebels start slow and finish fast.

November 28, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

South Effingham softball players honored

South Effingham's softball team recently conducted its annual awards banquet. Lady Mustangs ReAnn McCloy, Cheyenne Miller, Georgia Dowling, Kastin Belogorska, Alex Brown and Allie ...

November 27, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Local SAT scores top state average

SPRINGFIELD - Effingham County high school students are on the right testing track.

November 27, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Salvation Army donations guarantee smile in return

RINCON - Jeremiah Pugh gives something every time he receives a donation for the Salvation Army - a big smile a hearty "thank you."

November 27, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Soccer all-stars finish second in district

The Effingham County Recreation and Parks Department's 12-and-under soccer all-stars recently finished second in the GRPA District 1 tournament. The team includes Jayden Brierton ...

November 26, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Lady Rebels looking for growth, maturity

SPRINGFIELD - Even though Effingham County's girls basketball team is in a season of rebuilding, head coach Katy Fleming is looking forward to the process ...

November 26, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

Lady Mustangs off to 3-0 start

GUYTON -- South Effingham's girls basketball team believes strong starts are the key to getting the kind of finishes it wants.

November 26, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

Grand opening set for sports complex

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County Board of Commissioners and Effingham Recreation and Parks Department will conduct a grand opening at the Clarence E. Morgan Complex on ...

November 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Manna House delivers hope

RINCON - You can't see it, but it's in every bag of groceries packed by Manna House Ministries. Somewhere between the milk, bread, fresh ...

November 21, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Click It or Ticket underway

SPRINGFIELD --The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is working around the clock to make sure Thanksgiving travelers are wearing their seat belts.

November 20, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Teachers drawn to newspaper work

RINCON - Tara Aiken, Jennifer Curry and Erin Wright are devoted high school teachers who are content with their professions. Still, the trio has an itch ...

November 20, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Girl Scout Troop 30197 celebrates founder’s birthday in special way

Girl Scout Troop 30197 celebrated the birthday of Girls Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low by honoring Peyton Donchell Thomas, who shares Low's Halloween birthday ...

November 19, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Josh Reddick Field just months away

SPRINGFIELD - Gold-painted shovels moved the first piles of dirt on what will become a golden opportunity for the children of Effingham County.

November 18, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

World Series champ receives hero's welcome at alma mater

GUYTON -- Josh Reddick's moral compass keeps him pointed in a homeward direction.

November 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Lady Mustangs' rebuilding project off to good start

GUYTON - It was only a scrimmage, but South Effingham's girls basketball team looked like a good bet to surpass last season's paltry win ...

November 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

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