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County commission candidates: District 2

Vera Jones (incumbent)

May 12, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


Early voting period for primary ends Friday

Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminds Georgians that early voting ends on Friday for the May 20 primary election.

May 12, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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


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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


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


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