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Linda Heidt takes the stand

SPRINGFIELD-The sole survivor of a fatal shooting attack that left an Effingham County father and son dead said Wednesday she does not know who shot her.

December 01, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Jury picked in Heidt trial

A jury of eight women and four men will begin to hear evidence and testimony Wednesday morning in the trial of an Effingham County man accused of killing his father and brother.

November 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


IDA makes recruiting effort

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority's recruitment efforts are extending to making the community Work Ready.
IDA CEO John Henry is hoping to get more Effingham residents to take part in the Georgia Work Ready program.
Georgia Work Ready was created to show to potential industries and businesses that the state's workforce is skilled and can adapt. The program calls for certain sectors to undergo testing, and test takers and potential employees can show their level of certification to hiring businesses.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 29, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Early voting slow for judicial runoffs

Early voting for today's statewide runoffs has been light.
Gail Whitehead, supervisor of the Effingham County Elections and Registration Office, said 24 people have early voted in the two statewide runoffs.
Incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias faces challenger Tammy Lynn Adkins for his seat on the state's highest court, and Antoinette
"Toni" Davis and Chris McFadden are running for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. Both races are non-partisan.
Runoffs for other posts also are being conducted in other counties, but Effingham has no further runoffs on today's ballot. All 21 polling places ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield, Rincon to take part in Mayors’ Motorcade

The city of Springfield will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of Georgia's hospitals serving persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.
Donated items from the City of Springfield will be delivered to the Georgia Regional Hospital in Savannah on Dec. 8. Civic organizations, businesses, churches, schools, scout troops and individual citizens are encouraged to help with the collection of gifts for the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade. For more information on how groups can participate, call Linda Rineair at 754-6666.
The city of Rincon also is taking part in the Mayors' Motorcade and ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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


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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


Effingham County Board of Education hears redistricting concerns

SPRINGFIELD - Some students and parents are going to have to share in Effingham County's growing pains.

November 17, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Springfield City Council rejects plant's wastewater request

SPRINGFIELD -- The Springfield City Council swiftly and unanimously rejected DRT America's request to dispose of thousands of gallons of wastewater in the city's ...

November 16, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


City of Rincon accepting items for Mayors' Christmas Motorcade

RINCON - The City of Rincon will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of Georgia's hospitals serving persons with ...

November 16, 2017 | Submitted report | Local


SANTA'S HELPER

RINCON - Santa Claus has lots of helpers. Carl Rushing is one of them.

November 16, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Volleyball skills earn Williams college opportunity

SPRINGFIELD -- The love of Hailey Williams' sports life has blossomed into a beautiful opportunity.

November 15, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local


Poinsettia sale underway

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County Middle School's FFA chapter is conducting its annual poinsettia sale.

November 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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