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Exchange Club begins annual Empty Stocking Fund drive

The Exchange Club of Effingham is beginning the annual Empty Stocking Fund drive. This effort goes into a community fund to fill the needs of local families, children, elderly and disabled at Christmas in the county.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


Victim Witness makes a call for cell phone drive

Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program Inc. announces another special emphasis on a cell phone fundraising program. Proceeds from the collection efforts will be applied to fund the services provided to victims of personal injury crime throughout the community.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Local


IDA can’t land Project Arx

The long-awaited Project Arx has landed finally - in South Carolina.

December 16, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Rincon city manager steps down

Rincon City Manager Donald Toms tendered his resignation, effective Jan. 9, at a special called meeting Monday night.

December 15, 2008 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon closes internal investigation

Rincon City Council has closed its investigation into allegations against the former police chief, Michael Berry. According to city attorney Raymond Dickey, the mayor and aldermen will share its findings in the investigation with the public at its regular council meetings in January.

December 15, 2008 | Angela Mensing | Local


Springfield approves $1.3 million budget for FY2009

The Springfield City Council unanimously approved its 2009 budget.

December 15, 2008 | Sandi Van Orden | Local


Commissioners anxiously await opening new 911 center

Effingham County commissioners fretted at their meeting last Tuesday about the delayed opening of the 911 center.

December 15, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Bucket Brigade pitches in

Guyton's volunteer fire department received one of 23 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grants on Wednesday. The department will use the $5,000 grant to purchase automated external defibrillators for their fire trucks, which will enable them to quickly respond to cardiac conditions.

December 12, 2008 | Angela Mensing | Local


Rincon denies ex-chief’s appeal

Rincon City Council denied former police chief Michael Berry's appeal of his termination Monday night, but that doesn't appear to be the end of the dispute between the city and the ousted chief.

December 12, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


County ready to fly with LifeStar?

Effingham County commissioners approved a contract proposal to the operators of the LifeStar air ambulance, but whether it will fly with OmniFlight remains to be seen.

December 12, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Early voting set to begin

Effingham County voters can start heading back to the electronic voting machines this week to take part in five runoff elections.

December 09, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Rincon OKs personnel review policy

Rincon City Council unanimously approved a list of 25 general policies during last week's meeting.

December 09, 2008 | Angela Mensing | Local


Guyton to spread out council meetings

When Guyton residents speak up, city council listens.

December 09, 2008 | Angela Mensing | Local


A show of FORCE

December 09, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Local


Council denies Berry's appeal

Rincon City Council members denied, by a unanimous vote, Michael Berry's appeal to be reinstated as poilce chief Monday night.

December 09, 2008 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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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


Former SEAL Team 6 sniper says to keep a target on goals

Growing up with an adopted and abusive father, there was plenty for Howard Wasdin to overcome. And that was before he signed up to take basic underwater demolition/SEAL team training.

June 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County approves Sand Hill Park improvements

Effingham County commissioners have approved $45,000 in improvements for Sand Hill Park and want to take a closer look at improvements for one of its oldest facilities.

June 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Crash claims life of 4-year-old child

A 4-year-old child died and two people were injured in a traffic crash caused by a reckless driver Friday afternoon, according to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office.

June 07, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


ECSO looking into report of suspicious man

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has received a report of a white man in a white or silver SUV who approached two children Thursday afternoon in the Stonegate subdivision and tried to get them into his car.

June 06, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County approves parkway concept

Effingham County commissioners know the way they want to proceed with a revised Effingham Parkway plan. Who will pay for it remains to be seen.

June 05, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Grand jury indicts former Springfield mayor

A former Springfield mayor who resigned his post two years ago now faces an indictment stemming from his run for office.

June 05, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Libraries to get a small funding boost

Effingham County's pending budget will include a little more money for the libraries, and commissioners also pledged to help the library system find ways to further pare expenses.

June 05, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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