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Challenge to Jones’ candidacy to be heard Friday

The challenge to Effingham County 2nd District Commissioner Vera Jones' candidacy will be heard Friday at 9 a.m. at the Effingham County administrative complex.

March 31, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Candidates call for a different direction

Office seekers at Saturday morning's candidates' forum on ethics, morality and principles agreed that the country is on the wrong track and needs to return toward a Judeo-Christian foundation.

March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Combative tones struck at GOP debate

SAVANNAH - The seven Republican hopefuls vying for a chance to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss took a number of shots at the federal government - and each other - in Saturday night's forum.

March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hall pleads guilty in 2011 fatal wreck

An Effingham County man accused in the April 2011 vehicular homicide of his passenger pled guilty Thursday.

March 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Accused pig assailant pleads guilty

Almost a year after video cameras caught his attack on a pet pig, a Springfield man has pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Cell phone sales lead to warden’s ouster

The warden of the Effingham County Prison has been allowed to resign after a state Department of Corrections investigation revealed cell phones confiscated from prisoners were being sold without authorization.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


House 1st District hopeful talks to Effingham Democrats

First District U.S. House candidate Amy Tavio was a big hit at the meeting of the Effingham Democrats last Thursday.

March 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Elections board hires attorney for Jones’ candidacy challenge

The Effingham County board of elections has hired an attorney to aid it as it weighs a challenge to a candidate's qualification.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Doors open to new jail

Starting Tuesday, if you want to visit the Effingham County Jail, the sheriff's office will ask whom you're there to see.

March 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State troopers investigate eight crashes in February

State troopers from the Rincon post of the Georgia State Patrol investigated eight traffic crashes during February in Effingham County. Sgt. Chris Nease said the traffic crashes resulted in nine injuries and one traffic death.

March 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local


GOP hopefuls visit Effingham Tea Party

With six Republicans on the ballot for Georgia's District 1 seat in the U.S. House and five running in U.S. House District 12, John McCallum and Eugene Yu are both in crowded fields in their respective congressional races.

March 20, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County OKs rec projects for last of impact fees

With input from the count recreation board, Effingham County commissioners have agreed to a list of projects that could benefit from the remainder of recreation impact fees.

March 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Challenge, Web site ask candidate to return money

A challenge has been filed against an Effingham County commissioner seeking re-election, accusing her of withholding money that should have been refunded to the county.

March 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


McDonald touts state’s investment in solar power

Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren "Bubba" McDonald rode in Savannah's St. Patrick's Day parade Monday in 1929 Model A convertible.

March 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Sheriff ready to move into new jail soon

The public will get its first look at the completed Effingham County Jail this weekend, and Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie can't wait to start moving inmates into it.

March 17, 2014 | 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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