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After victory, Jones ready for a break

The campaign for Effingham County commission's District 2 seat - and the passing of her mother - behind her, Vera Jones is anxiously awaiting a few days off.
Jones captured 507 votes in the Republican runoff Tuesday, 96 more than opponent Michael King. With no Democrats running, Tuesday's victory essentially gives the seat to the former Effingham County Board of Education chairperson.
"I am so glad. The only person more glad is my husband," she said. "I want to thank the voters. I really appreciate them."
Jones said once she returned to the campaign trail after her mother's funeral ...

August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

McKinney already back on campaign trail

Just hours after his resounding victory in the Republican runoff for the U.S. House 12th District nomination, Ray McKinney was back on the trail.
McKinney, an Effingham County native, won the nomination handily over Thunderbolt fire chief Carl Smith with more than 62 percent of the approximately 22,900 votes cast. McKinney will face incumbent John Barrow (D-Savannah) in the November general election.
"I found out that the battery on my phone does not last very long when you're constantly on the phone and my voice mail will only hold 40 messages before it won't take anymore ...

August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Lowery indicted for murder

An Effingham County grand jury has indicted a man for murder in the May stabbing death of a Rincon woman.
Chris Todd Lowery was indicted Monday for one count of murder, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of firearm or knife in the commission of a crime, one count of theft by taking and one count each of financial card transaction theft and fraud.
Authorities allege that Lowery stabbed and killed Linda Schaffer in the kitchen of her Rahn Street home between May 26 and 28, stabbing her repeatedly in the back and torso.
Lowery was initially ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Springfield OK’s plans for Parker’s

Springfield City Council members have given the nod for a new Parker's store to be built along Highway 21.
Council members approved a preliminary general development plan for the store, to be built near the Harvey's Supermarket.
"We're excited about coming to the community and building something we think the community will be proud of," said Greg Parker, president of the
Savannah-based Parker Companies.
Parker's has been in business for 35 years, and the Springfield store will be similar to the store in Blitchton but have a different look with cut stone and brick. He also ...

August 12, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

DOT seeks public review, comments at local meetings

ATLANTA–The Georgia Department of Transportation will be presenting the Draft FY 2011-2014 Statewide Transportation Improve-
ment Program for public review and comment.
The STIP is a four-year program that identifies federally funded transportation projects for non-urban communities in rural Georgia for fiscal years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These projects include, but are not limited to; new construction, operational and safety improvements, bridge replacements, and maintenance for interstates, state routes, and bridges. Additional projects include bicycle and pedestrian projects, transportation enhancement projects and public transit projects.
The public's input is important in the development of the STIP. The ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Zoller competes in Georgia Farm Bureau discussion meet

MACON-Effingham County Farm Bureau member Michael Zoller competed in the preliminary round of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Discussion Meet on July 24. The event was held during the GFB Young Farmer Family Conference at the Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele.
Zoller was one of 19 contestants who participated in the discussion meet. The event is intended to stimulate a committee meeting during which agriculturalists discuss issues impacting agriculture. The contestants were divided into small groups of four and five to hold their discussions.
During the first round of competition contestants discussed whether the current level of government ...

August 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Runoff results

Effingham County commissioner, 3rd District

August 10, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Commissioners to continue work on ethics policy

County staff will continue working on an ethics policy discussing a proposed ordinance that would put that policy in place.

August 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Signal coming to McCall, 21

Plans for a traffic signal at McCall Road and Highway 21 are moving forward, County Administrator David Crawley said.

August 09, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

McKinney, Smith square off for final time before runoff

Ray McKinney and Carl Smith want to unseat incumbent John Barrow as Georgia's 12th District representative in Congress, but one of them needs to win the Aug. 10 runoff first.
The two GOP hopefuls laid out how they would try to beat Barrow, a three-term incumbent.
Smith said the Republican candidate needs to be able to reach across the aisle in order to win the slightly Democratic-leaning district.
"The reality is we got to get the Republicans out to vote, and we got to bridge the gap with Democrats and independents to win this race," Smith said.
McKinney said ...

August 09, 2010 | By Phil Boyum Special to the Effingham Herald | Local

STC to host ‘Open for Business’ workshop

SAVANNAH-In today's tough economy, more people are considering the benefits and rewards of small business ownership. While they may have the perfect business plan, they often lack financial backing and the knowledge to identify and secure financing from other sources. To that end,
Savannah Technical College is hosting its first "Open for Business" technical workshop on Aug. 18 at 2:30 p.m. on securing financing for small businesses, featuring Jessica Byck, Microbusiness Finance Associate for the Small Business Assistance Corporation (SBAC). The workshop will be held in the Savannah Room, 2nd floor Goodman Hall on the Savannah ...

August 09, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Flying high with new home

Effingham EMS has a home of its own finally. And LifeStar's helicopter has dropped anchor in the same building.

August 05, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local

McKinney believes he can close the deal,win runoff

Ray McKinney finished 2,030 votes shy of winning the Republican primary for the 12th District U.S. House seat outright. Now, he's focusing on getting his voters - and then some - back to the polls for Tuesday's runoff.
McKinney finished with 42.6 percent of the vote in the primary, while Thunderbolt fire chief Carl Smith captured 27.9 percent in the four-person field. His campaign is in full campaign gear, with mailers, volunteers making calls and radio ads set to air Saturday-Tuesday.
"We're doing everything we can," he said. "We're reaching out every way we ...

August 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Georgia Southern University to hold leadership training for supervisors

What do manufacturing-line workers, resort hotel front-desk staff, and telephone company installers have in common? Like the majority of American workers, one person has a powerful impact on their job productivity - their direct manager or supervisor.
"Leadership Skills for the Front-Line Manager" training is the productivity-solution Georgia Southern University recommends. For the past decade, the University's Continuing Education Center has offered its eight-week short course of that name in Savannah, training team-leaders from fields as varied as manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, transportation, health care and the government.
Starting Sept. 16, this fall's "Leadership Skills" course runs 8:30 a ...

August 05, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

County to look at flood ordinance

Effingham County commissioners will have their first reading of the flood damage prevention ordinance today.

August 02, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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Effingham County school district growing rapidly

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- The Effingham County school system is growing even faster than the 12,000 students it serves.

August 27, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Rebels push Bulldogs to the limit before falling

Despite playing in heavy rain, the Effingham County Rebels weren't quite able to end a lengthy drought Friday night. The Rebels (0-2) dropped a ...

August 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Mustangs come up short in high-scoring affair

It was a long night for South Effingham's football team, which struggled to find its rhythm on both sides of the ball Friday night ...

August 25, 2017 | Trice Williams | Local

Rincon city manager discusses growth challenges

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Wes Smith can't get caught in the moment. He always has to be thinking ahead -- way ahead.

August 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Slow-starting Rebels nip Mustangs in volleyball

The tortoise didn't just beat the hare in a race. It did it in volleyball, too.

August 25, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Family Connection reaching out for help to tackle child concerns

Effingham County residents who want to get plugged into the community in a helpful way need to contact Elaine Spencer, the local Family Connection executive ...

August 24, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Scout motto pays off for leader during eclipse

Lisa Scarbrough didn't let cloudy, rainy conditions overshadow her efforts to teach Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts about Monday's solar eclipse. She was ...

August 22, 2017 | Mark Lastinger | Local

Ebenezer Middle FFA officers attend retreat

METTER - This school year's FFA officers from the Ebenezer Middle FFA chapter recently attended a retreat and training held at George L. Smith State ...

August 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Shoplifting suspects caught after fleeing deputies

Two people were arrested and in custody after shoplifting and a pursuit Friday evening in Rincon.

August 22, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

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