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Insurance commissioner urges caution with sparklers

ATLANTA-While sparklers and similar non-explosive fireworks devices are legal in Georgia, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens is urging citizens to use extreme caution to avoid injuries when using legalized fireworks during the Fourth of July holiday.

June 21, 2012 | Staff report | Local


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


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Insurance commissioner recommends buying travel insurance for vacation losses

ATLANTA - With the Labor Day weekend approaching, Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens urges Georgians to consider travel insurance to protect against possible vacation losses.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Local


DOT to hold open house on 21/95 plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation seeks input on the proposed diverging diamond interchange on Highway 21 at I-95 Exit 109 in Chatham County.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County to drive forward on ash road repairs

Effingham County commissioners have approved a bid for repairs for nearly a dozen ash roads, but also are urging the contractor to exert traffic control measures to prevent cars from becoming damaged.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Red Cross still in urgent need of blood

The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to give before the Labor Day holiday, even after many more donors stepped up to give following an urgent call issued in late July.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


County to take up water pact for possible development

Effingham County commissioners are expected at Tuesday's meeting to delve into how to provide water and sewer service to a potential development off Old Augusta and Chimney roads.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


ECSO needs help for its K-9 unit

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit has helped the community in a number of ways. Now, the ECSO is hoping the public will return the gesture.

July 31, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State issues recall of fruits

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some stone fruits (including plums, peaches and nectarines), and related made-in-store items prepared with these stone fruits that have been distributed in Georgia, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.

July 29, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Probate judges get up-to-date on changes in carry law

Georgia probate judges began readying themselves for the changes in the state's weapons carry law, many of which directly affect the way judges handle firearms applications, prior to the law becoming effective on July 1.

July 28, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Springfield eyes sidewalk, drainage improvements

A day-long discussion by Springfield City Council members and key staff could lead to the go-ahead for several projects and improvements around the city.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon OKs warranty, change order for fire station

The city of Rincon has started the one-year warranty period for its newest fire station.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to vacate court order on gaming machines

A state law that rescinded a previous policy has prompted Effingham County commissioners to agree to vacate a 2010 court order.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Consultant to help find ways to lower ISO ratings

Effingham County commissioners have given the go-ahead for a fire consulting services agreement.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Fort Howard Road back open following gas leak

Fort Howard Road has reopened after a natural gas leak closed a portion of the road for about four hours.

July 25, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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