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Residents with functional, medical needs urged to get on registry

The start of hurricane season is just around the corner and those residents who meet certain criteria are encouraged to apply to be on the Effingham County Functional and Medical Needs Registry.

May 12, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Second trial in pig attack delayed

The trial of an Effingham County man accused in the March 2013 attack on a pet pig is delayed as defense attorneys wait on a witness - the accused's alleged accomplice.

May 12, 2014 | Staff report | Local


GSP seeks answers on fatal wreck driver

The Georgia State Patrol is working to determine who was driving a car that crashed early Saturday morning in Effingham County, killing one of the two men inside the car.

May 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Driver survives collision with log truck

Kiersten Close's plans for a beach day with her best friend came to a jarring halt Monday afternoon.

May 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


One man killed in early morning crash

One man was killed in an overnight crash in Effingham County.

May 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


City looks for county’s aid on park parking

Springfield officials asked Effingham County commissioners Tuesday if and when they could help with improvements around Ulmer Park.

May 08, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Campaign has taken Kingston to all corners of the state

The fabled Georgia writer Sidney Lanier described Georgia covered from "Rabun Gap to Tybee Light." Jack Kingston is now more than familiar with what Lanier had in mind.

May 08, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hearing date set for appeal on elections board decision

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

May 08, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hospital issues alert on potential phone scam

Effingham Health System is making the public aware of scammers who are targeting people in the area.

May 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Saturday early voting to be held this weekend

Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians of Saturday early voting this weekend. Polling locations throughout the state will be open this Saturday.

May 05, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Assessment notices have been mailed

The Effingham County Board of Assessors mailed 27,180 change of assessment notices on April 30. Property owners have 45 days to review their new assessment and file an appeal if they feel their assessed value is incorrect.

May 05, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Boater safety course set for May 17

SAVANNAH - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Marine Patrol Unit will conduct a boater safety course on May 17.

May 05, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Rincon to add to planning staff

Rincon may be adding to its city staff in the next few months, after city council members approved a job description for a community development planner.

May 05, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon awards bid for new fire station

Rincon City Council members approved a bid for the planned Blue Jay/McCall road fire station, granting the contract to Nicky Powell Construction on Monday night.

May 01, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Variety of issues, stances for commission hopefuls

From fire stations to libraries to water and sewer debt, Effingham County commission candidates staked their positions and their claims to the three seats up for election this month.

May 01, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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County, prison renew capacity agreement

Effingham County commissioners have renewed the capacity agreement with the state Department of Corrections for the Effingham County Prison.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Response filed on challenge’s Supreme Court appeal

Attorneys for an Effingham County commissioner have filed their response to an appeal of the board of elections' and a Superior Court judge's decision denying a challenge to her qualifications.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Tow to Go ready for the weekend

More than one in five consumers said they rarely or never use a designated driver while away from home and drinking, according to a recent AAA survey.

July 02, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Event raises funds for mom injured in wreck, and more

A Guyton woman wasn't able to attend a fundraiser held on her behalf Saturday, but the attendance reflected how many people are thinking about her.

June 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State urging safety and legal use with fireworks

ATLANTA - While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks devices are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries when using legalized fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Tips on staying safe in the summertime

Spending time outdoors is just one of the great things about summer. Coastal Health District officials want coastal Georgia residents to make the most of that time and prevent illness and injury that some summer-related activities can bring.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Operation Zero Tolerance in effect

The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many as friends and family gather to celebrate America with food, parades, parties and fireworks.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Keeping kids out of the heat

A toddler's death in Cobb County last week has brought attention again to the issue of children being left unattended in hot cars.

June 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County audit presentation has 13 findings

The long-awaited audit of Effingham County's fiscal year 2013 revealed 13 findings, including not depositing checks and a lack of vigilance on old returned checks.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Appeal on Jones challenge filed with state high court

The challenge to Vera Jones' candidacy is headed to the state's highest court.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Drivers can use online receipts as proof until license arrives

Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell has announced a new customer service initiative to save customers time by encouraging more online driver's license transactions.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Commissioners approve $26.81M budget

Effingham County commissioners have approved a fiscal year 2015 budget that shaves about 1 percent of spending from the current financial plan.

June 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County gets deluge of calls on water bills

Effingham County commissioners raised rates for county water customers, and now commissioners are getting flooded with calls about water bills.

June 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Bunyan Kessler to close during its resurfacing

Work on re-paving Bunyan Kessler Road is expected to start soon, according to Effingham County officials.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Private dirt road residents ask county to start maintenance

A deed will be prepared so that Effingham County crews can begin taking care of what has been a private dirt road, after more than two dozen residents requested the county maintain it.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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