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State urging safety and legal use with fireworks

ATLANTA - While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks devices are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries when using legalized fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Tips on staying safe in the summertime

Spending time outdoors is just one of the great things about summer. Coastal Health District officials want coastal Georgia residents to make the most of that time and prevent illness and injury that some summer-related activities can bring.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Operation Zero Tolerance in effect

The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many as friends and family gather to celebrate America with food, parades, parties and fireworks.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Keeping kids out of the heat

A toddler's death in Cobb County last week has brought attention again to the issue of children being left unattended in hot cars.

June 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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


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


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


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


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Separate accidents result in two fatalities

The Labor Day holiday weekend was a deadly one on Effingham County roads, as two women died from injuries in separate single-car crashes.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Military motorcycle training can fulfill state testing requirements

Georgia Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell has announced a new customer service for active/former military service members and their dependents requesting a motorcycle license. These customers may exempt the written and road skills testing for a motorcycle endorsement - if they have successfully completed a safety course based on the Motor Safety Foundation curriculums offered by the U.S. Department of Defense or branch of the U.S. military.

September 01, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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