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The places Rincon Police can go, with its new UTV

The Rincon Police Department has a new set of wheels - one that can access areas standard police cars can't.

May 29, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County ponders how to pay for fire coverage

As Effingham County commissioners ponder how to improve fire protection and coverage in parts of the county where it is lacking, they also have to figure out how to pay for it.

May 29, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECSO starts campaign to prevent kids from being left in hot cars

Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and the Effingham County Sheriff's Office are promoting the "Look Again" initiative to prevent children from being locked in cars during the hot summer months.

May 29, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Crash claims life of Guyton man

An Effingham County man died in a motorcycle crash early Saturday morning.

May 26, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Commissioners take a look at slightly bigger budget

Effingham County commissioners are poring over a draft fiscal year 2015 budget that is an increase over their current revenue and spending plan.

May 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


2014 primary results

Results from the primary, except for provisional ballots:

May 22, 2014 | Staff report | Local


DeLoach wins race for 3rd District seat

The newest member of the Effingham County Board of Commissioners also will become its youngest.

May 22, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Man involved in two wrecks on same night dies

A man investigators say was involved in two car wrecks in one night has died.

May 22, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Judge rules in Jones’ favor on challenge appeal

An Effingham County Superior Court judge has ruled that the board of elections' decision to dismiss a challenge to Commissioner Vera Jones' candidacy will stand.

May 22, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


‘Choose Your Ride’ added to ‘Click It or Ticket’ effort

To highlight the importance of safe driving and safe boating as the unofficial start of summer draws near, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Department of Natural Resources and Georgia State Patrol to add an impaired driving message to its Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign.

May 22, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Loper pushes for action on county administrator job

An Effingham County commissioner questioned when the rest of the board is going to hire a permanent county administrator.

May 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Decision day

Polls will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday as Effingham County voters decide three county commission races and one school board race.

May 19, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Guide to Tuesday's general primary

Effingham County voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the general primary. Races on the ballot include three Effingham County Commission seats, the Effingham County Board of Education District 4 seat, several state offices and U.S. Senate and House seats.

May 16, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


State Patrol to charge driver of car hit by log truck

The driver of a car hit by a log truck Monday afternoon was found to be at fault in the crash.

May 15, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Judge to rule on appeal of elections board’s decision

The election of a county commissioner may rest on the desk of an Effingham County Superior Court judge.

May 15, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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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


State unveils updated emergency mobile app

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security have introduced an upgraded version of the state's emergency mobile app, Ready Georgia, which was designed to help Georgians stay safe and informed during emergencies. Upgrading the app was one of the recommendations of the governor's Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Taskforce.

June 16, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County expected to get audit Tuesday

Effingham County commissioners expect to get the much-awaited and anticipated audit of the county presented Tuesday.

June 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Gun locks are key

As he watched news coverage of last week's school shooting in Oregon, Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie saw the need to remind the community that his office provides gun locks free of charge.

June 16, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Council members OK Mars’ budget

From glowing reviews of the sound system and an appreciation of the seating arrangements, Springfield City Council members are hearing plenty of good things about the Mars Theatre.

June 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Woman loses house and a home to her rescued pets

Suzanne Collier lost her home and all the belongings in it Monday night, but she is focusing on what she still has.

June 12, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Funeral Friday for Owen Rivers, 4

Funeral arrangements have been made for the 4-year-old Effingham County boy who died following a head-on collision on Highway 17 Friday afternoon.

June 10, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Armstrong Police collect nearly quarter-ton of pills

Over the past four months, the Armstrong Police Department at Armstrong Atlantic State University collected nearly 500 pounds of unused prescription drugs. With the help of the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, the drugs were transported to Florida to be incinerated.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State revenues climb more than 3 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia's net tax collections for May totaled $1.39 billion for an increase of nearly $42.25 million, or 3.1 percent, compared to the month-ended May 2013.

June 09, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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