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Friends mourn veteran who died in cycle crash

Friends of a military veteran who died in a motorcycle crash as he failed to pull over for a police vehicle said no one will ever know why he didn't stop and that he wasn't in any trouble with the law.

February 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Ray’s family relieved over trial and verdict

The parents of Charlie Ray III expressed relief and gratitude Friday after an Effingham County jury found Kim Moretz guilty of concealing their son's grisly death last year.

February 10, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Moretz to learn sentence Wednesday

Kim Moretz will be back in Effingham County Superior Court on Wednesday, to be sentenced for her role in the gruesome death of a Wilmington Island man.

February 10, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Moretz guilty of concealing Ray's death

An Effingham County jury found Kimberly Moretz guilty Friday of concealing the death a Wilmington Island man last January and of hindering the apprehension of the man investigators say committed it, her husband Chad Moretz.

February 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Moretz jury likely to start deliberations Friday

Kimberly Moretz's trial began Wednesday with the prosecution accusing her of committing "inexcusable actions" and her attorney countering that "she's a victim in every way in this case."

February 06, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Locals lobby for passage of Ava’s Law

A contingent from Effingham County traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday to show their support for autism insurance reform.

February 06, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Four-way stop at Blue Jay, Midland to start Tuesday

Effingham County is preparing to go live with new safety improvements to the intersection of Blue Jay Road and Midland Road. The intersection will officially be a four-way stop Tuesday around 11 a.m. As a true four-way stop, all traffic will be required to stop and check both directions for oncoming traffic.

February 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Fire chief suspended but will keep job

Springfield Fire Chief Travis Zittrouer has been suspended for 15 days without pay, following his arrest last month for driving under the influence.

February 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DNR grant for Ebenezer Crossing draws praise

The purchase of hundreds of acres along the Ebenezer Creek for preservation purposes is getting a significant boost.

February 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Mars Theatre to get wired for the future

With the building now finished, the Springfield City Council took steps Thursday night to get the nuts and bolts of the Mars Theatre's interior completed.

February 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Aid sought for family that lost two sons, home in fire

A fund has been set up to help a local family devastated by a fire last week.

February 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State’s severe weather awareness week is under way

Severe Weather Awareness Week kicked off Monday in Georgia, a time when residents are encouraged to set aside a few minutes each day to prepare for unexpected events, practice emergency response procedures for all types of weather and learn more about local threats.

February 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Governor forms task force to find storm response fix

Gov. Nathan Deal announced immediate reforms for how the state communicates with Georgians when under a winter storm warning; he also named the Governor's Severe Winter Weather Warning and Preparedness Task Force, which will advise on implementation of reforms and suggest short-term and long-term solutions.

February 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Local, state leaders meet at Effingham Day at the Capitol

Effingham County leaders and Chamber of Commerce members, along with members of its state legislative delegation, met with state officials Monday and Tuesday during the Chamber's Effingham Day at the Capitol.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


EPD supports Burns’ emergency response bill

ATLANTA - A bill introduced late in last year's General Assembly session is getting support from environmental groups as it comes back before state legislators.

January 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Kieffer, Jones, Mason to run again

At least one Effingham County commissioner race will be contested in the May 20 general primary.

March 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Local


DOT looks at solutions for 95/21

Traffic at the Highway 21/Interstate 95 intersection could be getting a unique solution, Effingham County leaders learned recently.

February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Getting in on the clues

A group of local high school students got an up-close look Tuesday at how to investigate a crime scene.

February 27, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Student killed in accident mourned

Landry Oliver was "a joy to be around," according to Wallace Blackstock, the boy's principal at Marlow Elementary School.

February 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


GOP candidates try to highlight their differences

GAINESVILLE - The seven Republican candidates vying this year for the state's U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss have more than a few things in common.

February 24, 2014 | By Joshua Silavent | Local


Flu death confirmed in Glynn County

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related death of an adult male in Glynn County.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Time running out for new title ad valorem tax opt-in

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Revenue wants to remind citizens that if you purchased a motor vehicle on or after Jan. 1, 2012, and prior to March 1, 2013, you have the opportunity to opt in to the new title ad valorem tax. However, this expires at the close of business on Feb. 28, 2014.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State DDS warns of unofficial sites charging citizens fees

ATLANTA - Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell urges customers to be careful of third-party Web sites when trying to access the Georgia Driver's Manual or obtain other driver licensing services and information. Third-party Internet sites such as www.DMV.org and www.Drivers-Licenses.org are not connected with or sanctioned by the DDS.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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