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Georgia gets another $30M for home loans

Georgia is receiving an additional $30 million in Recovery Act funds for direct home loans through USDA Rural Development, when pooled funds from all states are redistributed from Washington, D.C. These loans are for qualifying families considered to have low and very low incomes to purchase or build a home in a rural area.
"These amounts are greater than the funds we had remaining," said Ed Peace, director of single family housing for USDA Rural Development in
Georgia. "This is a wonderful opportunity for rural families who want to become homeowners. These funds will disappear after Sept. 30, so ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Isakson backs bill to limit small business’ tax reporting burden

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has co-sponsored legislation that would eliminate a massive new tax reporting burden that small businesses face under President Obama's recently enacted health care law.
"Having run my own small business for over 30 years, I recognize the tremendous burden that federal regulations can have on America's small businesses," Isakson said. "This reporting requirement in the health care law is troublesome and unnecessary, and it is just one of the many reasons
I voted against the bill when it came through the Senate. Small businesses make up the heart of ...

July 19, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon eyes senior housing project

Rincon City Council members have approved submitting a utilities letter to the state Department of Community Affairs on behalf of a firm backing the building of a seniors housing project.

July 15, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield awaits new businesses

Springfield's business district is expected to get a little busier.

July 15, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Asking them to make the call

Word spread quickly when two Effingham County High School rising seniors were killed after the car carrying them and four others flipped multiple times on Stillwell Clyo Road more than two weeks ago.

July 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local


Concert raises funds for families’ hospital expenses

Abundant Life Church hosted a gospel benefit concert Saturday night and raised approximately $3,000 for the six families with teens involved in the crash on Stillwell-Clyo Road 16 days ago.

July 12, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local


Heidt trial scheduled for mid-August

The trial of an Effingham County man accused of killing his father and brother is slated to begin next month.

July 12, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Dasher decides to run for seat again

James Dasher is running for re-election to his District 4 seat on the Effingham County Board of Education.
Dasher, who has served two terms, initially said he did not plan to run.
"I had always planned to serve two terms while my daughters were in school and then step aside to allow other parents the opportunity to participate at this level," he said.
Dasher said many people came to him after he announced his intention not to seek re-election and asked him to run again.
"I decided to see if any other parents with school age children would qualify and ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon makes plans to deliver post office to city hall site

The city of Rincon hopes to bring its old post office to a new home soon.
Council members agreed to move forward with plans for moving the old post office to city hall property, perhaps to the front right-hand corner of the tract, according to City Manager Michael Phillips.
The city will pay for the materials and local builder Freddy Long will perform the work on a donated basis, Phillips said. The city has set aside $25,000 for the work.
"It is intended to be as close to what it looked like as possible," Phillips said.
Also, Verizon's ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Speaker praises House for tough work in session

State lawmakers should be commended for passing a balanced budget in difficult economic times and for a host of other achievements, Speaker of the House David Ralston said.
Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) met with Savannah area Republicans on Tuesday and boasted of the job legislators did with a quickly and severely shrinking budget.
"I think we did a pretty good job of steering the ship between the rough waters," he said.
Ralston praised the work of the 180-member House in passing the $17.9 billion budget.
Higher education took a cut of $140 million, and the quality basic education formula suffered ...

July 08, 2010 | Patrick Donahue | Local


Sheriff glad for new traffic laws on the books

The state's new laws for motorists have found a fan in Effingham County Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.
McDuffie applauded the host of measures regarding activity behind the wheel, including a ban on texting for all drivers, a prohibition on teenage drivers using cell phones while driving and a provision calling for all drivers to wear their seat belts.
"Multi-tasking is not a good thing to be doing behind the wheel of a car," McDuffie said. "You multi-task behind a computer screen. When you're driving a car, you need to be concentrating on what you're driving. There's entirely ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Walking a fine line

One by one, teenagers tried to walk a straight and narrow line at the Rincon Police Department on Thursday morning. However, it wasn't easy.
And that's precisely what Sgt. Philip Scholl had in mind.
Sgt. Scholl employed the Fatal Vision simulator for several teenagers, letting them experience just how it feels to be behind the wheel and have impaired vision and judgement.
"It's really scary," said Ciara Wolfe, who led the teens in the class. "I could not imagine trying to walk that line with the legal limit of alcohol.
It's not even worth it. It ...

July 08, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hugs and cheers rule the day at Camp Buddy

As soon as she heard the cheers, "Yay, Ella," Molly Marchese came rushing in the room video camera in hand, beaming.
"Are you playing basketball, Ella?" she said, eager to capture this success on video for her husband to see later that evening.
Melinda Hawkins held Ella's waist as she balanced on a blue, angled step. Molly's 4-year-old, then threw a cantaloupe-size ball, hitting the ring of a child's basketball goal. The room cheered once more as Ella's arms reached upward excitedly.
Ella is one of eight children who attended the two three-day sessions of the ...

July 08, 2010 | By Calli Arnold | Local


Flood insurance policies resume

ATLANTA-Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine said the National Flood Insurance Program has been reauthorized by Congress, and flood policies are again available through your homeowners insurance agent or company.
Flood coverage is federally backed by the NFIP. The National Flood Insurance Extension Act extends the NFIP through September 30 of this year, and is retroactive back to June 1. The program had been inactive since May 31.
Oxendine said a flood policy can be a valuable addition to standard homeowners coverage.
"Purchasing flood insurance is an important consideration for Georgia consumers, even if you think a flood is unlikely ...

July 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Local


Rincon on the road to cut out dirt roads

The number of dirt roads in the city of Rincon is expected to dwindle after council members approved a bid at their meeting Monday night.
Council OK'd a bid of $197,785 from Clifton Construction Company for a street paving project that will include Byrd Street, Savannah Avenue, Chatham Avenue, Middleton Street, Middleground Road and Old Middleground Road.
"All those are dirt roads that are going to be brought up," said Tim Baumgartner of EMC Engineering.
The city also has questions about some of those roads, namely, who owns them. Council members wondered how much of the road belonged ...

July 05, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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Camp Buddy gets kids moving, learning

For most children in Effingham County, last week served as just another portion of their summer break filled with trips to the pool, beach or ...

July 07, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Effingham Living hosts Most Fab Awards

The Most Fabulous people in Effingham County dressed up and turned out under the bright lights at the Mars Theatre in Springfield Wednesday evening as ...

July 05, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Hill offers Georgia budget update

Senator Jack Hill traveled to Effingham County Thursday to serve as the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Effingham County during their annual weekly ...

July 05, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


ECMS FFA awarded 'Grants for Growing' from Tractor Supply Company

The Effingham County Middle School Future Farmers of America were recently awarded 2nd Grants for Growing from Tractor Supply Company.

June 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Parker's awards scholarships to six high school students

SAVANNAH – Parker's, an award-winning convenience store leader, recently hosted the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony, where Parker's President and CEO Greg Parker presented ...

June 30, 2017 | Staff Report | Local


Auxiliary donates $2,000 to Effingham Health System

If you have ever visited the halls of Effingham Health System, whether to see a friend or family member or as part of a personal ...

June 29, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Mahany wins award for book translation

John Thomas (J.T.) Mahany, a 2008 graduate of South Effingham High School, has been a busy man since his days in Effingham County. He ...

June 28, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Mahany wins award for books translation

John Thomas (J.T.) Mahany, a 2008 graduate of South Effingham High School, has been a busy man since his days in Effingham County. He ...

June 28, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


Mayor Lee to seek re-election

Mayor Ken Lee has announced that he will be seeking re-election this year as the Mayor of Rincon, a decision that will have him running ...

June 28, 2017 | By Zack Lee | Local


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