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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


Rincon awards bid for new fire station

Rincon City Council members approved a bid for the planned Blue Jay/McCall road fire station, granting the contract to Nicky Powell Construction on Monday night.

May 01, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Variety of issues, stances for commission hopefuls

From fire stations to libraries to water and sewer debt, Effingham County commission candidates staked their positions and their claims to the three seats up for election this month.

May 01, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Forum candidates' opening statements

See the opening statements for county commission candidates for Districts 2, 3 and 5.

April 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting for May 20 primary now under way

Advance and early voting for the May 20 primary and nonpartisan elections began Monday morning.

April 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County OKs solar farm

Effingham County commissioners have given their initial approval to a large solar farm off Lowground and McCall roads.

April 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Developers ask for city’s letter of support

The developers of a planned apartment complex have asked for the city of Rincon's assistance in securing financing.

April 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Appeal filed on elections board’s Jones challenge decision

An Ogeechee Judicial Circuit judge will weigh what to do with an appeal filed on the Effingham County Board of Elections' dismissal of a challenge to county Commissioner Vera Jones' candidacy.

April 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECSO investigating death of 5-month-old

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a 5-month-old girl over the weekend.

April 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Early voting begins Monday

Advance and early voting for the May 20 primary and nonpartisan elections begins Monday morning.

April 27, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECSO to take part in drug take back program Saturday

The Drug Enforcement Administration, with the support of local law enforcement, to include the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, is hosting a drug take back program Saturday from 10 a.m.-2p.m. at the Rincon Walmart.

April 25, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Fees lowered for state wildlife vehicle tags

Georgia's five wildlife license plates will soon cost less and provide more support for conserving Georgia wildlife, from bald eagles to bobwhite quail.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Guyton man dies in Bulloch motorcycle wreck

A Guyton man was killed Wednesday morning in a motorcycle crash. Another man remains in critical condition after both motorcycles collided, according to Georgia State Patrol reports.

April 24, 2014 | Staff report | 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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