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State’s severe weather awareness week is under way

Severe Weather Awareness Week kicked off Monday in Georgia, a time when residents are encouraged to set aside a few minutes each day to prepare for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of weather and learn more about local threats.

February 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Governor forms task force to find storm response fix

Gov. Nathan Deal announced immediate reforms for how the state communicates with Georgians when under a winter storm warning; he also named the Governor's Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force, which will advise on implementation of reforms and suggest short-term and long-term solutions.

February 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Local, state leaders meet at Effingham Day at the Capitol

Effingham County leaders and Chamber of Commerce members, along with members of its state legislative delegation, met with state officials Monday and Tuesday during the Chamber's Effingham Day at the Capitol.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


EPD supports Burns’ emergency response bill

ATLANTA - A bill introduced late in last year's General Assembly session is getting support from environmental groups as it comes back before state legislators.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Medical marijuana bill may be gaining support

ATLANTA­ - What could become one of the General Assembly's most controversial bills is generating quite a buzz - well before it hits the floor for a vote.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Not snow much

The warnings local officials issued to stay off Effingham County roads on Tuesday and Wednesday appear to have paid off.

January 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


School to resume Thursday, with delayed start

Effingham County students will be back in school on Thursday, albeit with a little later start.

January 29, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


Governor declares state of emergency

After consultation with GEMA Director Charley English and other state agency heads, Gov. Nathan Deal has signed a state of emergency declaration related to the winter storm for the entire state of Georgia. The governor has delayed the opening of state government until noon Wednesday.

January 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Tips for motorists in icy conditions

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department offers the following tips from its training unit on driving in wintry conditions:

January 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Resident asks county for help with road

Effingham County commissioners may adopt a unique solution to repair a subdivision's damaged roads.

January 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Simple steps can keep winter power bills from skyrocketing

As Georgians continue to experience record-low temperatures this winter, Georgia Power is reminding customers that preparation and planning can help minimize the impact of the severe weather on their energy bills.

January 27, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Schools to be closed Tuesday and Wednesday

With potentially dangerous winter weather expected to move into the area, the Effingham County School System has canceled school for students on Tuesday and Wednesday.

January 27, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


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


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Perry pleads guilty to murdering cousin

An Effingham County man has pled guilty to the July 2013 slaying of his cousin.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Panel to review state’s child welfare system

Gov. Nathan Deal has announced the creation of the Child Welfare Reform Council to improve the child welfare system and better protect Georgia's most vulnerable citizens.

March 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


City OKs alcohol license for Mars

The grand debut of the Mars Theatre is about a month away, and Springfield City Council members took steps to make sure there could be a proper toast.

March 13, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Time change a good time to check smoke alarms

Having set clocks ahead one hour is a good reminder to check home smoke alarms, according to Effingham Fire and Rescue.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Convicted felon gets 5 years for assaulting family trying to help

A once-convicted felon who pointed a shotgun at a family and led Effingham County Sheriff's deputies on a chase is going back to prison.

March 10, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Guyton’s sewage permit on hold after court ruling

Guyton's permit for its planned wastewater treatment plant sprayfield may be headed back to the state Environmental Protection Division.

March 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Zeigler to run against Jones in District 2

The race for the Effingham County Board of Education District 4 seat has drawn four candidates, and all three county commission seats up for election will be contested in the May 20 primary.

March 10, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


Field keeps growing for county commission, school board races

The field for the May 20 primary is growing for a number of Effingham County races.

March 06, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Split vote OKs annexation, fire station

Effingham County commissioners approved allowing Rincon to annex 66 acres, following a split vote and questions for Rincon city officials.

March 06, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Time to turn clocks back, check smoke alarms

ATLANTA - Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens reminds Georgians that they must change their clocks to daylight saving time earlier this year - and they should also change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time.

March 06, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County weighs fixes to another troubled junction

Effingham County officials may be taking steps to address another crash-plagued intersection.

March 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County ponders how to spend rec impact fees

How Effingham County will spend more than $230,000 on recreation is not just a matter on which projects the money will be directed but also how soon.

March 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Kieffer, Jones, Mason to run again

At least one Effingham County commissioner race will be contested in the May 20 general primary.

March 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


DOT looks at solutions for 95/21

Traffic at the Highway 21/Interstate 95 intersection could be getting a unique solution, Effingham County leaders learned recently.

February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Getting in on the clues

A group of local high school students got an up-close look Tuesday at how to investigate a crime scene.

February 27, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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