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Speaker hits stump for Purcell, Burns

State Speaker of the House David Ralston told a roomful of supporters Thursday morning how important he considers Ann Purcell to be to the General Assembly.
Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, traveled several hours south to campaign on behalf of Rep. Purcell (R-Rincon) and fellow Effingham-based state representative Jon Burns.
"I really need, and you really need, Ann Purcell to come back to the House of Representatives," Ralston told a crowd at Baibry's. "I don't know of anybody who loves their community and speaks up for the community like Ann Purcell does. I live a long way ...

October 14, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

City, business owners try to push revitalization

City council members and Springfield business owners have vowed to do what they can do restore the city's downtown business district.
Property owner Pete Lancaster approached council members at their meeting Tuesday night to issue his concerns about empty and deteriorating buildings along Laurel Street. Lancaster owns two buildings on Laurel Street and recently leased one of them to business owner Jamey Stancell.
Lancaster said Stancell tried to get him to buy the old NAPA building directly across Laurel Street from his store, but the building adjacent to it, a former service station that has been empty for a ...

October 14, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

McKinney welcomes Palin’s endorsement

It was a welcome and unexpected phone call for Ray McKinney.
Earlier this week, the Republican nominee for the U.S. House 12th District seat got a call from Sarah Palin's office telling him the former Alaskan governor and GOP vice-presidential nominee was endorsing his campaign.
"We can count on Ray McKinney to be a strong, independent voice for Georgia's 12th Congressional District," Palin wrote on her Facebook page. "As Ray says, 'If you like the way things are going now, vote for the other guy.'"
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Georgia Power sets next round of outages

Georgia Power has scheduled its next round of upgrades and outages.
An outage for Oct. 20 is planned to start at 9 a.m. and will last up to eight hours. The affected areas are:
• Pleasant Acres Road from McCall Road to just past Wilder Road
• McCall Road from Azalea Avenue to just north of Webb Road
• Courthouse Road from McCall Road to Eagle Drive.
The alternate date for the outage is Oct. 21.
An outage is planned for Oct. 21 that will start at 10 p.m. and last up to eight hours. The affected areas are:
• Effingham Hospital ...

October 14, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Candidates to take part in forum

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates' forum, to be held Thursday night at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium beginning at 6 p.m.
Candidates scheduled to take part include those running for the state House of Representatives, the Effingham Board of Education and the Effingham County Board of Commissioners.
Candidates for the two state House seats will be first on the agenda. Each will have one minute to make an opening statement before answering questions from a panel and will have two minutes for closing comments. Candidates are Republican incumbent Jon Burns and Democratic ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Courthouse readied for grand re-opening

A grand re-opening for the historic Effingham County Courthouse is on the calendar.
County officials are continuing to try to finalize a time for the event, which will be held Nov. 6. Work on the courthouse project is expected to be completed by Nov. 4.
The courthouse, which opened in 1909 to great fanfare, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has undergone two previous renovations, one in 1933 and another in 1979.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

County to take look at contract changes

Effingham County commissioners and staff are reviewing the contract from the Effingham Hospital and are discussing comments and proposed changes from the hospital and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
"This is a little bit different," County Administrator David Crawley said of the proposed changes to the agreement. "We need to go through our changes, but this is a revised contract."
County attorney Eric Gotwalt said the revisions include taking out certain provisions the county had requested.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 11, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Regents chancellor sets retirement date

University System of Georgia Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr. announced to the Board of Regents his plans to retire at the end of his current contract year, June 30, 2011. Davis has served as chancellor of the system's 35 colleges and universities since Feb. 2006.
In his announcement, Davis noted that he had made a number of commitments when the Board of Regents appointed him in Dec. 2005 as the System's 11th chancellor. He promised the board a five-year commitment to the job, which will be fulfilled in Feb. 2011 and he promised Gov. Sonny Perdue that he ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Lighting the way

With comforting hugs, handshakes and whispered welcomes, members of the community took white candles from a wicker basket and formed a circle on the lawn of the Effingham County Courthouse.
In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Effingham County Victim Witness Assistance Program and Effingham County Domestic Violence Task Force held a customary candlelight vigil at dusk Tuesday evening to honor and celebrate victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
"You never know what's happening behind closed doors," said ECSO Chief Deputy Richard Bush.
After the group of approximately 35 assembled, Glenda King, director of ECVWAP, welcomed the ...

October 07, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Work week hours get high marks

Early survey results on Effingham County's 4-10 work week have been favorable, county officials said.
The county has received 116 citizens' surveys, said project manager Adam Kobek and 98 percent of the respondents said they had a pleasant experience with the county's new work hours. Commissioners adopted the four-day/10-hour-a-day work week in July for such entities as the county administrative offices, offices housed in the county annex, recreation, public works and water and wastewater.
Under the adopted work week, those county offices going to the new hours are open from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m ...

October 07, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Georgia Power sets next round of outages, upgrades

The next round of Georgia Power's outages and upgrades are scheduled to take place Oct. 12 and 14.
Outages on Oct. 12 will begin at 9 a.m. and could last up to eight hours.
The affected areas are:
• Honeyridge Road from Highway 17 to Highway 119
• Highway 119 from Old Louisville Road to Archer Road
• Honeyridge subdivision
The alternate date for the outage is Oct. 13.
The Oct. 14 outage will start at 9 a.m. and could last up to eight hours.
Affected areas are:
• Central Avenue from Highway 119 to north of Honeyridge Road
• Highway 119 ...

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Oxendine: Choose carefully during open enrollment period

ATLANTA-Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine urges consumers who are part of a group health plan to be prepared to make the right choices during health insurance open enrollment.
"It's the time of year when many companies across the country hold open enrollment periods for their group health insurance plans," Oxendine said. "Consider the options carefully to be sure you and your family are properly covered."
Open enrollment refers to the period of time during which all members of your group health insurance plan have the opportunity to enroll in certain benefit programs. During this period, insurance carriers are ...

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

PSC says time is now for winter heating needs

The Georgia Public Service Commission says it is time to take steps to ensure your heating system is ready, check into current natural gas plans and make sure you know your rights and responsibilities when it comes to paying those winter heating bills.
The Commission urges consumers to look into budget billing plans and compare marketer pricing options. Consumers who might qualify for heating assistance programs such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) should begin preparing now for the application process which opens Nov. 1 to the elderly and homebound and Dec. 1 for other applicants.
The ...

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Guyton sets up new community sign corner

Guyton City Council members are trying to get the word out about a new sign ordinance for the city.
The city has established a community sign corner at the intersection of Highways 17 and 119 in the old railroad median. Under its new policy, adopted last Tuesday, the city wants to "give Guyton residents and businesses the opportunity to share information regarding local public events, business promotions and public issues," according to the policy. The sign area also can be used for political signs.
"People wanted to put signs up," said city attorney Ramona Bartos, "and we didn't want ...

October 04, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Springfield turned down for block grant

Springfield residents waiting to get sewer improvements through a state grant will have to wait longer for help.
The state Department of Community Affairs did not approve the city's application for a community development block grant that would have funded extension of sewer lines to homes near South Railroad Avenue.
The city was seeking a grant of $458,209, with a local match of $25,000 to cover the tap-in fees. The project would have served about 18 or 19 houses, City Manager Brett Bennett said.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 04, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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Epling adds surprising achievement to resume

SPRINGFIELD -- Beth Epling, a winner of Effingham County's highest honor, added a completely unexpected achievement to her resume Tuesday. She was named the showmanship ...

October 24, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Tigers thwart Mustangs' volleyball run

GUYTON - The road to the Class AAAAA championship was cut short for South Effingham, which fell to the Harris County Tigers in the Sweet Sixteen ...

October 24, 2017 | | Local

Mustangs have one more shot to avoid winless season

GUYTON - Undone by a rash of errors, South Effingham's football team slipped to 0-9 with a 35-3 loss at Ware County in Waycross on ...

October 24, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

Rincon City Council candidates want to offer fresh ideas

RINCON - Two fresh political faces hope voters are eager for a fresh perspective on government affairs in Rincon.

October 24, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Rebels' historic volleyball season ends

SPRINGFIELD - Effingham County's volleyball season came to a disapointing close in the Elite Eight Saturday.

October 23, 2017 | | Local

74th Effingham County Fair kicks off with parade

SPRINGFIELD -- The show must go on, and so does the parade.

October 23, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

City of Rincon receives $750,0000 grant for water and sewer upgrades

RINCON -- The City has received a 2017 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) grant in the amount of $750,000 from the Georgia Department of Community ...

October 23, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

South Effingham cheerleaders rack up another win

South Effingham won first place in the Class AAAAA division at Saturday's annual Battle in the Boro cheerleading competition in Statesboro.

October 23, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

Short shower doesn't dampen Country Carnival spirits

RINCON -- The second annual Country Carinval conducted at Freedom Park on Sunday was a hit despite a brief shower just before the event started at ...

October 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Pirates unleash firepower on Rebels

BRUNSWICK -- There were plenty of explosive plays in Friday night's Effingham County-Brunswick football game.

October 21, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Diverse group gathers to pray for unity in the community

RINCON -- The doors of First Baptist Church of Rincon are open for everyone. That was evident Thursday night when it hosted "Love One Another," an ...

October 20, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Port Wentworth candidates face questions

PORT WENTWORTH -- Public safety, transportation, recreation, flood mitigation and business growth were the primary topics at Thursday night's Port Wentworth Candidates Forum at the ...

October 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Effingham County High School Athletic Department Hall of Fame applications sought

Effingham County High School Athletic Department Hall of Fame applications are due Nov. 10 by 3 p.m.

October 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Rebels draw state champ in volleyball bracket

SPRINGFIELD -- Effingham County faces a big task and a big opportunity in the quarterfinal round of the Class AAAAAA volleyball tournament Saturday.

October 19, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Effingham County Girl Scouts observe birthday of founder

Effingham County Girl Scouts celebrated Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low's birthday on Oct. 7 at Daisy's Birthday Bash hosted by Troop 30197.

October 19, 2017 | Submitted report | Local

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