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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


City takes next step in new alcohol measures

After considerable wrangling with the issue, Springfield City Council members are on the verge of approving how to handle alcohol sales at special events in the city.

June 18, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners urged to blunt budget ax

Departments faced with cutbacks in either personnel or services pleaded with Effingham County commissioners to take the edge off the budget axe.

June 18, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hall’s case continued

An Effingham County man charged in the 2011 death of a passenger in his vehicle had an appearance in court Monday but no action was taken.

June 18, 2012 | Staff report | Local


State high court overturns Northway removal

State Supreme Court overturns lower court decision, reverses judgment to dismiss Jeff Northway from office as mayor of Springfield. See Tuesday's Herald for more.

June 18, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Coastal Health District teams up to knock tobacco out of the park

The Coastal Health District, Savannah Sand Gnats and ENT Associates of Savannah are partnering for "Hit Tobacco Out of the Park Night" at Grayson Stadium on June 23.

June 15, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Crowd voices 'no' on new discharge permit

A public hearing on a draft permit for King America Finishing to discharge wastewater into the Ogeechee River drew about 250 people to Effingham County High School on Tuesday, including 45 who stepped to the microphone to share their opinions.

June 14, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Prison sentence begins for owner of popular tavern

The sign on the door of a popular Springfield restaurant tells patrons that due to a change in ownership they are temporarily unable to serve alcohol.

June 14, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield seeks help with fireworks show

Springfield's annual fireworks show will go on as scheduled the Saturday before Independence Day. But the show may need some help.

June 14, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Mallard touts experience, success

Supporters of Richard Mallard dropped by the Hinely Community Center Tuesday for a reception as part of his campaign for re-election as Ogeechee Judicial Circuit district attorney.

June 14, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Couple escapes early morning house fire

A Springfield couple escaped harm after their house caught on fire early Tuesday morning.

June 14, 2012 | Staff report | Local


STC adult education expands to Effingham Prison

SAVANNAH-Savannah Technical College is partnering with the Effingham County Prison to bring adult education/GED classes to inmates.

June 14, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Chamber honors Heidt

After serving more than three decades on the Effingham County Board of Education, Charlie Heidt was recognized Thursday night for his service.

June 11, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County looking at shrinking budget

Effingham County commissioners are holding a workshop Tuesday afternoon on the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget - a budget that reflects a potential increase in health insurance and cuts in county staffing and in county contributions to retirement plans.

June 11, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon adjusts take-home car policy

Rincon City Council has adjusted its take-home car policy, drawing the circle those vehicles can travel from the city a little tighter.

June 11, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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A fire for the job

Even before his first official day as the Effingham County Sheriff's Office's fire investigator, Dan Mealor was on the job.

July 10, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State insurance office offers tips, help during storm season

ATLANTA - Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said his office stands ready to assist Georgia residents with any claims arising from tropical storms during hurricane season, including a toll-free claims assistance line and plans to have insurance experts in the area in the event of a storm.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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


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