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Rincon to restart city manager search

The city of Rincon is resuming its search for a permanent city manager.

June 28, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon gets $100K grant for reuse infrastructure

ATLANTA-Georgia Environmental Finance Authority Executive Director Kevin Clark announced the approval of a Georgia Fund water reuse grant of $100,000 to the city of Rincon. The grant, approved by the GEFA executive committee, will finance constructing a water reuse distribution and irrigation system. The GEFA executive committee previously approved a $2,500,000 Georgia Fund loan for this project in June 2010. Rincon will contribute $20,000 in local funds.

June 28, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Grant to help firefighters get dressed for wildland fire success

Effingham County Fire Rescue is well-equipped to fight structure fires at homes and businesses.

June 28, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Hospital unhappy with split trainer contract

With two local sports medicine providers offering to serve Effingham County schools, the Board of Education compromised.

June 28, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State launches campaign to check the IDs of those buying tobacco products

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities recently launched an educational campaign reminding retailers who sell tobacco to check the ID of anyone who looks under the age of 26. The "Check It" campaign coincides with the Synar program and emphasizes the danger and consequences of selling tobacco products to minors, which could result in fines, jail time and job loss.

June 28, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Candidates’ forum set for Thursday evening

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates' forum, to be held Thursday at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium.

June 25, 2012 | Staff report | Local


County closes in on finishing FY13 budget

Effingham County commissioners will go over the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget again Tuesday night - but any new budget won't be approved before the current fiscal year expires.

June 25, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


New apartment complex opens doors

The first residents have started moving into a new apartment complex offering Effingham County a quality, affordable housing option.

June 25, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


City anxious to get light at 9th Street

A long-awaited traffic signal is closer to being turned on for the city of Rincon.

June 25, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Leadership class wants to open new doors to county

Concluding several months of leadership training, the Leadership Effingham class of 2012 offered input to the Effingham Chamber of Commerce on three local issues.

June 25, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Crime info at click of a button

Data on crime in Effingham County and Rincon is now available at the community's fingertips.

June 21, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Commissioners question sheriff on budget, cars

Effingham County staff and Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie will pore over his office's budget, after commissioners questioned the sheriff on the use of take-home cars and having a separate radio dispatch.

June 21, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City to save nearly $700K with new bond

Springfield is taking its bid to pay off its water and sewer infrastructure to the bond market.

June 21, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Insurance commissioner urges caution with sparklers

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 21, 2012 | Staff report | Local


State Supreme Court overturns decision

The state's highest court has overturned an Effingham County Superior Court judge's decision to remove Springfield mayor Jeff Northway from office and has granted Northway's motion to dismiss.

June 18, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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State records 11 traffic deaths over holiday

The state Department of Public Safety reported there were 11 fatalities on Georgia's roads during the 4th of July holiday weekend, which ran from July 3 at 6 p.m. to July 6 at midnight.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State law banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors in effect

ATLANTA - It is against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under 18 years old. The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging caution about the use and exposure of children to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other emissions-producing products.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Fire from lightning strike displaces group home residents

A late June fire has displaced several residents of a group home.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City fire chief suggests consolidating departments

A fire chief is sounding the call to consolidate the various fire departments in Effingham County.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County, residents go over plans for Courthouse Road Extension

As Effingham County officials listened, they heard plenty about the proposed route for a reworked Courthouse Road Extension.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon making changes to alcohol law

The city of Rincon is making a few changes to its alcohol ordinance.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Search continues for missing Guyton man

A search that began Sunday for a missing Effingham County man continued into Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Where to go, how to get there for River Street fireworks

In preparation for an influx of motorists traveling along Savannah-Chatham Highways during the firework displays on the Fourth of July, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has implemented a traffic operations plan to reduce delays and relieve congestion.

July 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECSO urging safety for the 4th of July holiday

Fireworks aren't the only potentially dangerous objects the Effingham County Sheriff's Office discourages people from shooting into the air for the Fourth of July weekend.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


A walk in the park

The four fields at the Macomber Park expansion are done, but there is still plenty of work to do on the new phase - and on the older parts of the park.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Deputies on the lookout for ‘slow pokes’

Along with watching out for people driving too fast on Georgia highways, officers can now ticket those driving too slow.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County, prison renew capacity agreement

Effingham County commissioners have renewed the capacity agreement with the state Department of Corrections for the Effingham County Prison.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Response filed on challenge’s Supreme Court appeal

Attorneys for an Effingham County commissioner have filed their response to an appeal of the board of elections' and a Superior Court judge's decision denying a challenge to her qualifications.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Tow to Go ready for the weekend

More than one in five consumers said they rarely or never use a designated driver while away from home and drinking, according to a recent AAA survey.

July 02, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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