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Work set to start on county’s next audit

The next audit of Effingham County's government appears to be on track.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners set meeting for rec plan

Effingham County commissioners will meet with members of the county's recreation board as part of a process to come up with a master plan for the county's recreation needs.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Crawley named county manager in McDuffie

Former Effingham County administrator David Crawley has been hired to be the county manager in McDuffie County.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Insurance commissioner recommends buying travel insurance for vacation losses

ATLANTA - With the Labor Day weekend approaching, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges Georgians to consider travel insurance to protect against possible vacation losses.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


DOT to hold open house on 21/95 plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation seeks input on the proposed diverging diamond interchange on Highway 21 at I-95 Exit 109 in Chatham County.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County to drive forward on ash road repairs

Effingham County commissioners have approved a bid for repairs for nearly a dozen ash roads, but also are urging the contractor to exert traffic control measures to prevent cars from becoming damaged.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Red Cross still in urgent need of blood

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County to take up water pact for possible development

Effingham County commissioners are expected at Tuesday's meeting to delve into how to provide water and sewer service to a potential development off Old Augusta and Chimney roads.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECSO needs help for its K-9 unit

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit has helped the community in a number of ways. Now, the ECSO is hoping the public will return the gesture.

July 31, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State issues recall of fruits

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some stone fruits (including plums, peaches and nectarines), and related made-in-store items prepared with these stone fruits that have been distributed in Georgia, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Probate judges get up-to-date on changes in carry law

Georgia probate judges began readying themselves for the changes in the state's weapons carry law, many of which directly affect the way judges handle firearms applications, prior to the law becoming effective on July 1.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Springfield eyes sidewalk, drainage improvements

A day-long discussion by Springfield City Council members and key staff could lead to the go-ahead for several projects and improvements around the city.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon OKs warranty, change order for fire station

The city of Rincon has started the one-year warranty period for its newest fire station.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to vacate court order on gaming machines

A state law that rescinded a previous policy has prompted Effingham County commissioners to agree to vacate a 2010 court order.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Consultant to help find ways to lower ISO ratings

Effingham County commissioners have given the go-ahead for a fire consulting services agreement.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Tips on home heating safety

ATLANTA - With potential cooler weather in the forecast, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens wants to remind Georgians of some heating tips to help keep their homes safe this winter.

November 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting ends Friday, polls open Tuesday

Early voting continues through Friday for the general election, and polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

October 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


EMS celebrates 35 years of service

For the last 35 years, the Effingham County Emergency Medical Service has responded to calls for help day and night.

October 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


GOHS offers '5 to Drive' for teen driver safety week

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is marking National Teen Driver Safety Week by encouraging parents of teen drivers to always set the rules before their teens hit the road.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Savannah man dies in Highway 21 wreck

A Savannah man died after crossing the center line and causing a four-vehicle crash Thursday on Highway 21 near Highway 275, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

October 21, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Deal forms Ebola response team

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

October 21, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting under way for general election

In-person early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is under way in the state and will run through Oct. 31. Mandatory Saturday voting will be made available across Georgia on Oct. 25.

October 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State agencies announce Hunters Helping Farmers

Boars. Wild hogs. Feral pigs.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Cash available for eligible land conservation in the state

The Georgia General Assembly has made it possible for eligible landowners to do good for their land while doing well for their pocketbook. Those who protect their qualifying land with a conservation easement by year-end and sell the resulting tax credits can earn as much as $500,000.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Stretch of I-16 in Chatham County to be resurfaced

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday bid awards on 13 new highway infrastructure improvement projects, including pavement rehabilitation projects on Interstates 16 and 20.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Allen promoted to lead county staff

Effingham County commissioners have agreed to hire Toss Allen as the county administrator.

October 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State awarded $6.75 million to support offender re-entry services

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia was awarded $6.75 million in federal grant money to support re-entry services for rehabilitated offenders. The grants were administered by the U.S. Department of Justice to the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry (GOTSR) and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

October 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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