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Second teen succumbs to injuries

An Effingham County teenager who was seriously hurt in a Sunday morning wreck that claimed the life of one of the vehicle's passengers died in a Savannah hospital Wednesday afternoon.

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Guyton man killed in I-95 motorcycle crash

A Guyton man was killed Tuesday evening when he lost control of his motorcycle on Interstate 95.

June 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Effingham Night at Sand Gnats

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Traffic study may help ease the road for IDA

A study could help the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority pave the way into its sprawling Research Forest Tract.
The firm of Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung was contracted to conduct traffic impact study and suggest potential entry points into the westernmost parcels of the Research Forest Tract. Those smaller tracts likely will be the first to be developed, and engineers looked at Phase 1, about 900 acres of the 2,800-acre RFT, for their study.
That phase is expected to have a mix of heavy and light industrial, general commercial, school, recreational and buffer spaces. The study projected traffic ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Toddler survives near drowning incident

A Rincon toddler was rushed to a Savannah hospital Saturday afternoon after falling into a swimming pool.
A 3-year-old child fell into the deep end of the Lost Plantation swimming pool just before 4 p.m. Saturday and was pulled out of the water by a teenager. A nurse who was nearby performed CPR on the child, who was unresponsive.
"Thank goodness there was a nurse nearby," said Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon.
An Effingham County EMS ambulance, with two Rincon Police cars clearing the way, rushed the child to Memorial Health University Center in
Savannah. Units from Port Wentworth ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Springfield sets sights on thermal imaging system

Springfield's fire department will have another weapon at its disposal after city council approved a bid for a thermal imaging system.
Council members approved a bid of $6,657 for the camera, which usually cost about $10,000.
"Sometimes you can piggyback on another bid," said Bubba Rahn of the Springfield Fire Department.
Some larger departments are buying hundreds of the cameras at once, Rahn said, allowing Springfield to take advantage of a lower price.
"You can spend up to $14,000 for these cameras for all the bells and whistles," Rahn said.
The cameras the Springfield Fire Department ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County sets millage rates for fiscal year

With the fiscal year 2011 budget already approved, Effingham County commissioners have given their OK to the millage rate needed to fund their operations.
Commissioners approved a total millage of 28.118 for the unincorporated portions of the county. The millage includes the county's rate of 8.558, 15.333 for the Effingham County Board of Education, 2 mills for the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and 1.977 for the Hospital Authority. Also included is the .25 mills dedicated to the state.
The portion that county receives from the millage has decreased over the last few years, County Administrator ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County sets target date for 4-10 week

Several Effingham County office will begin closing on Fridays next month as the county embarks on its four-day, 10-hour-a-day, work week.
By a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Reggie Loper casting the lone objection, commissioners approved going ahead with the initiative. The 4-10 week will go into effect July 12 and run through Nov. 12.
Hours of operation for the 4-10 work week are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday.
"There are other communities that are doing this," said County Administrator David Crawley.
County offices that will close on Fridays beginning in two weeks include the county administrative offices ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Mills to lead Rincon’s parade

The city of Rincon has selected Daisy Mills, 95, as the honoree for its Fourth of July Parade this Saturday.
In an interview with the Rincon Building and Zoning Coordinator Kia Westmoreland, Mills said she and her husband, Henry, moved to Rincon in 1976.
He worked at Bloomingdale's until he retired, and she worked as a licensed practical nurse at Bellevue Hospital.
Married in their youth, the Mills lived through some of the greatest changes in our nation's and the world's history, such as the Great Depression and World War II.
"We had good times and we ...

June 28, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local

County, hospital still working on solution

The fate of Effingham Hospital's proposed financing for its modernization and expansion plans may be on the table this Friday.
Effingham County commissioners tabled approving a resolution to back the hospital's financing for a $29 million expansion and modernization of the 40-year-old facility.
By a 4-1 vote, commissioners tabled any action, with Chairman Dusty Zeigler casting the lone no vote.
"If there's other information that can make this a better and a more viable situation for the county and for the taxpayers to support it, we would not be fiscally responsible if we did not plan for ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Tree in road leads to Midway man’s death

A Midway man was killed Sunday night when his pickup struck a tree that had fallen across Highway 17.
Michael Gatch, 48, of Midway died when his 2001 Ford Ranger collided with a tree that had been knocked down as a result of the storms that swept through Effingham County on Sunday evening. The accident occurred around 8:52 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 17 and Blue Jay Road.
"He came upon the stump and struck the tree," said Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Tommy Barron.
With darkness having fallen and the weather conditions having deteriorated, visibility was very ...

June 28, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Friends, loved ones mourn teen’s death in accident

Georgia State Patrol troopers are investigating what led to a vehicle full of teenagers flipping over several times early Sunday morning, killing one of the teens and seriously injuring two others.
A 911 call was made at 2:47 a.m. Sunday to report a Geo Tracker had wrecked near the intersection of Stillwell-Clyo Road and Laurel Tree Road.
The driver, 18-year-old Robert Stone, lost control of the vehicle, which flipped several times. All six people in the vehicle were ejected, according to GSP Cpl. Tommy Barron.
"He lost control, causing it to overturn," Barron said.
Killed in the accident ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Barrow to embark on Vets Town Hall Tour

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will be hosting his annual Veterans Town Hall Tour over the July 4th Congressional district work period.
This is an opportunity for Barrow to meet with veterans and their families, thank them for their service, and listen to their concerns. He'll be hosting meetings July 6-9 throughout Georgia's 12th District:
9-10:30 a.m.
American Legion Post 184
1 Legion Drive at Rowland Avenue, Thunderbolt
2-3:30 p.m.
Honey Bowen Building
1 Max Lockwood Dr., Statesboro
10-11:30 a.m.
VFW Post 649
2430 Windsor Spring ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Barrow in favor of tough new tobacco rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) applauded tough new rules that took effect last week, cracking down on tobacco marketing and sales to children, requiring much larger health warning labels on smokeless tobacco products, and banning the use of deceptive "light" or "low-tar" labels on cigarettes.
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was signed into law on June 22, 2009, and many key provisions of the law went into effect last Wednesday - one year after the date of enactment. Tobacco is now responsible for about 1 in 5 deaths annually, or more than 400,000 ...

June 28, 2010 | Staff Report | Local

Time to buckle up, if you drive a pickup

Pickup truck drivers who think they don't have to wear seat belts due to a loophole in the law may find out the hard way the law has been changed. The exemption from buckling up only applies to farmers, and then only if they are participating in a farming activity.
Since early June, a loophole in the law that exempted pickup truck drivers from having to wear seat belts has been closed. Gov. Sonny Perdue signed changes to the seat belt law, and now only farmers in the act of performing farm-related duties are exempt.
If a farmer is ...

June 28, 2010 | Holli Deal Bragg | Local

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Effingham Retired Educators conduct Spring Book Distribution

Several members of the local REA unit recently met at the Board of Education book warehouse and participated in the selection of titles for groups ...

May 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Faith Equestrian receives 2017 President's Award at LDSS Night of Champions

Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center in Guyton was recognized by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society at their "Night of Champions" on May 11.

May 26, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Brad Carr named Executive Director of Effingham County Chamber of Commerce

Springfield – The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that Brad Carr will be taking over as Executive Director effective May 15.

May 25, 2017 | Staff Report | Local

Mossy Oak hosting 48th Bluegrass and Gospel Music Festival

Each year, the week before Memorial Day is highlighted by one of Effingham County's largest events that is dedicated to honoring our nation's ...

May 25, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local

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