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County gives a boost to two projects

Construction on a 60-unit apartment complex near Goshen Road could begin as soon as next spring, after Effingham County commissioners' action at their meeting last Tuesday.

July 26, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County gets new cell phone deal

Cell phones for Effingham County employees and offices are getting a new service provider.

July 26, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Advance voting for runoffs to start Monday

Advance voting will begin Aug. 2 and run through Aug. 6 for the general primary election runoffs.

July 26, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Early returns show support for four-day work week

Initial reports from a four-day work week pilot project appear to be favorable, Effingham County commissioners have learned.

July 26, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Runoff to determine District 2

After several weeks of campaigning, there's still more to do for two candidates.
Vera Jones received 494 of 1,091 votes cast in the Republican primary for the Effingham County commissioners' District 2 race. It was 52 votes short needed to claim the primary and the seat, since there is no Democratic opposition.
But Jones, the former Effingham County Board of Education chairwoman, will face off against Michael King in an Aug. 10 runoff. King claimed
312 votes, 27 more than incumbent Commissioner Myra Lewis.
"I knew percentage-wise it was most likely," Jones said of a runoff. "But I ...

July 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Brown, Mason to meet for District 3 seat

With his primary victory in hand, Steve Mason is looking forward to a little break.
Mason defeated incumbent Jeff Utley in Tuesday's Republican primary for the Effingham County Board of Commissioners' 3rd District seat. Mason
had 362 votes to Utley's 313.
"We're going to take a couple of weeks off," Mason said. "And then we'll get back in it."
Both primaries pitted candidates with political experience against newcomers to campaigning. In both instances, the new faces won, as Lillie Smart-Brown defeated former commissioner Homer Lee Wallace.
"I am very pleased," Brown said. "I thank God for ...

July 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County makes plans for SPLOST projects list

Effingham County commissioners are forging ahead with plans for a potential next round of special local option sales tax.
County officials are planning on another five-year SPLOST bringing in $70 million. The SPLOST will be voted on in a Nov. 2 referendum as part of the general election. If approved, the one-cent sales tax will go into effect in 2012.
But one item that likely won't be receiving SPLOST funding is the Effingham Hospital's modernization and expansion plans.
Discussion among county representatives and officials from the three municipalities included putting what is known as a Level 1 project ...

July 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Changes coming to commissioners

When the Effingham County commissioners convene for their first meeting of 2011, half of the board members will be brand new.
Incumbents Myra Lewis and Jeff Utley, each seeking a third term, were defeated in their re-election quest. Utley, the sitting District 3 commissioner, was upended by newcomer Steve Mason. Mason will face Lillie Smart Brown, another political novice, who outpolled former commissioner Homer Lee Wallace.
Former school board chairwoman Vera Jones was the leading vote-getter in the District 2 race. But she didn't capture a majority of the votes. She will be in a runoff against former Rincon ...

July 22, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


CRD asks for program changes to coastal plan

BRUNSWICK-The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Coastal Resources Division has submitted to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management a request for Routine Program Changes to the approved Georgia Coastal Management Program. The state considers the Program Changes to be routine and not substantial changes to the authorities of the Georgia Coastal Management Program.
A copy of the complete program change request may be obtained by calling Coastal Resources Division or visit http://crd.dnr.state.ga.us/content/displaynavigation.asp?TopCategory=302
Any comments on this whether this request for Program ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Georgia DNR to host climate change workshop

BRUNSWICK-Officials who are addressing climate change in their communities will be meeting in Savannah on July 28 at a "Preparing for Climate Change" workshop to be hosted by Georgia DNR/Coastal Resources Division (CRD) and Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Workshop attendees will hear from a variety of experts about climate impacts to Southeast shorelines and how other governments are taking on the challenge of preparing for climate change. During the workshop, officials from local, state and federal governments, non-governmental organizations, non-formal educators and resources managers will hear from state Sen. Buddy Carter, DNR Commissioner Chris Clark, experts ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Bond denied for Rincon murder suspect

An Effingham County man charged with two counts of murder was denied bond Wednesday in Effingham County Superior Court.
Judge Gates Peed denied bond for Christopher Todd Lowery and bound his case over to the grand jury. Lowery also faces two counts of murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of theft by taking, one count of possession of a firearm or knife in the commission of a crime and one count of theft by taking among his charges.
Lowery, 45, was a person of interest after Rincon police officers discovered the body of Linda Shaffer in the kitchen ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Barrow prepares to face winner of Republican runoff

Congressman John Barrow will seek his fourth term in November and will face one of two Republican challengers as he defeated challenger Regina Thomas in the Georgia's 12th congressional district Democratic primary Tuesday.
With 84 percent of the district's 288 voting precincts reporting, Barrow received 59.4 percent of the vote (18,904 votes) while Thomas, a former state senator, received 40.6 percent of the ballots cast (12,922 votes).
Barrow said he wanted to thank the 12th District voters for helping him achieve victory.
"I'd like to express my gratitude to the voters for their ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


AgSouth earnings exceed mark

STATESBORO-AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $9 million during the second quarter of 2010.
Year-to-date earnings total $18.9 million and exceed 2009 earnings of the same period by more than $5.4 million.
"The association's marketing efforts, the ability to refinance loans in this low rate environment and our ability to control operating expenses have all helped increase earnings," Spigener said. "This solid first six months positions the association for a good year of earnings."
The earnings announcement comes only a few months after AgSouth released nearly $36 ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


State jobless rate down, but metro Savannah rate is up

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported Thursday that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.8 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.3 percent in May. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the metro area increased to 15,397, up 837 from 14,560.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 10.0 percent in June, down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in May. This is the 33rd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which ...

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


State of health town hall set for Monday

A state of Effingham County's health town hall meeting will be held Monday at Blandford Elementary School at 7 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Effingham County Health Department and the Georgia Southern University College of Public Health. The town hall is part of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership process.
Surveys were used to identify and prioritize the following community health issues: access to preventive services; obesity, high blood pressure and special needs services; smoking, alcohol and drug abuse; teen suicide and injury prevention; and teen pregnancy.

July 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


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So who is going to win the County Championship Trophy?

South Effingham will host Effingham County on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the annual gridiron battle for the County Championship Trophy.

September 03, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Port Wentworth first responders gain weapon to combat drug crisis

Port Wentworth's first responders recently got an upgrade to their tool belts. Both the police and firefighters are now equipped with the popular drug ...

September 03, 2017 | Lainey Standiford | Local


5K series designed to boost health, non-profits

The Effingham Health System Fall 5K Series began in 2016 with the goal of promoting a more active lifestyle and community engagement. It is also ...

September 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield municipal elections nixed

Municpal elections in Springfield becaume unnecessary Friday after the candidate qualifying period closed with incumbents drawing no opposition.

September 02, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Mars Theatre to close during expansion

After the credits for "Dunkirk" roll Saturday, the Mars Theatre in Springfield will close its doors. It is set to reopen for an a cappella ...

September 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Signs of school spirit on display

Representatives from Effingham County and South Effingham high schools are reflecting their school spirit in a Rincon restaurant.

September 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


City of Rincon lands grant for water improvements

The City of Rincon has been awarded a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant for the water and sewer upgrades in the 7th Street area ...

September 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield's Shealy in elite Navy helicopter unit

A 2009 Effingham County High School graduate and Springfield native is serving with a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron that flies the Navy's newest ...

September 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Two nabbed in police car break-in

Two men are in custody after breaking into a Rincon police car Saturday.

August 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Effingham County Extension coordinator honored

Effingham County Extension Coordinator Abby Smith, was recently recognized with the Early Career Service Award at the 2017 Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Beta Chapter Annual ...

August 31, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Chips off the old block

Ron Womack watches his boys, 7-year-old Cade and 6-year-old Cal, bravely take on a blocking sled Wednesday afternoon at South Effingham High School. Despite the ...

August 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Sheriff plans to continue driving program for teens

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has conducted its last state-funded PRIDE class. State and federal funding has been pulled from the program but Sheriff ...

August 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Rash of vehicle break-ins reported

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office has received reports of eight vehicle break-ins in the last 24 hours in the area of Goshen Road and ...

August 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Effingham County schools move up in key rankings

Effingham County Schools exceeded the expectations of school officials by ranking in the top 20 Georgia school districts for the 2016-2017 school year, according to ...

August 30, 2017 | Lainey Standiford | Local


Pilot in Monday's crash identified

Randy Hunter of Tryone was the pilot involved in Monday morning's plane crash in Bryan County. He was identified by Bryan County public safety ...

August 29, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


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