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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

RPD wants to add K9 unit to force

Rincon City Council is asking for more details on a potential K9 unit, after Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon made a plea to council members to add one to the force.
Bohannon cited recent incidents in which the department had to request K9 units from outside agencies.
"We've been lucky so far," he said. "Times have changed in Rincon. Within the last two months, we've been inundated with serious violent crime.
The issue is the response time of the animals."
Those incidents have included the use of deadly force against Rincon Police officers, Bohannon said, noting the home ...

October 04, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Deal refutes charges, critics

Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal told a group of Effingham County Republicans and supporters Thursday morning he's done nothing wrong and he's not in dire financial trouble.
Deal, a former Republican Congressman from Gainesville, charged that his Democratic opponent, Roy Barnes, "has not run one single positive ad since primary was over with" and that his own campaign has stayed away from attack ads.
"I have never had anybody make any accusations against me until I announced I was running for governor," he said. "I think most people understand that this is part of the dirty side of politics ...

September 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Church seeks traffic safety help

Church leaders and members of First Baptist Church of Rincon are asking Rincon City Council for their help in easing traffic concerns around their new children's ministry building.
Pastor Bob Rogers and building committee chairman Freddy Long, backed by several church members in the audience, approached city council about their worries over traffic and speeders on 6th Street and Richland Avenue around the church campus. Rogers asked to be able to install speed bumps, crosswalks and a stop sign in the middle of the street for the safety of the youth.
Kids, some as young as preschoolers and even ...

September 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Springfield wants to take a closer look at recycling program

Springfield City Council members said they want to know more about a possible recycling effort.
The city has had discussions with Waste Management, its sanitation provider, about a recycling program, City Manager Brett Bennett said. What's being discussed is a single-stream recycling - "you put everything in one can," Bennett said.
Pickup of recycling containers would take place every other week, and it would mean the city's regular trash pickup schedule would go from two days a week to once a week.
"I've been getting a lot of pressure from citizens about recycling," said council member Jeff Ambrose ...

September 30, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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Chamber to host job fair in Ellabel

The Richmond Hill/Bryan County Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority of Bryan County (DABC) and the North Bryan County Chamber of Commerce will host ...

September 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

South Effingham cheerleaders relish competition

GUYTON -- Great ahletes don't always wear football helmets. Sometimes they wear gigantic bows in their hair.

September 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Fourth-down gamble pays off for Burke County

SPRINGFIELD -- There was no magical comeback for Effingham County this time. The Burke County Bears wouldn't allow it.

September 22, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Football final scores

Brunswick 44, South Effingham 13

September 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Habitat for Humanity makes another dream come true

RINCON -- The happiness -- perhaps relief -- was evident on Lauren Alvarado's face.

September 22, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Effingham County Board of Education juggles schedule to recover time lost to storm

SPRINGFIELD -- The Effingham County Board of Education squeezed 1 1/2 days into the 2017-18 school calendar without extending it.

September 21, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Forensics program growing at Effingham County

SPRINGFIELD -- A lot of adults are under the impression that today's teenagers are clueless.

September 21, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Mustangs trample Phoenix

South Effingham's softball team smashed New Hampstead 15-0 at New Hampstead on Tuesday.

September 21, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

County officials work on trash backlog

SPRINGFIELD -- Due to severe weather, trash pick-up in Effingham County has fallen behind.

September 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

South Effingham softball team keeps rolling

South Effingham continued its hot streak in softball by whipping Wayne County 4-0 on Monday.

September 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Alumni and Friends Gala set at East Georgia State College

East Georgia State College will hold its second Alumni and Friends Gala, "A Night Under the Stars," on Saturday, Oct. 7 beginning at 7 p ...

September 20, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

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