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Insurance chief urges making the right choices

ATLANTA-State Insurance Commissioner Ralph T. Hudgens urges consumers who are part of a group health plan to be prepared to make the right choices during health insurance open enrollment.

November 04, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

State tourism team to visit county

Georgia Tourism's Product Development Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, will be in Effingham County to conduct a Resource Team visit from Nov. 7-10.

November 04, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

County to get outside opinion on request

Effingham County commissioners will ask a separate attorney if a contract with a developer means the county will have to pay that developer more money.

November 04, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

City gets $10K grant from state for work on the Mars

The Springfield Revitalization Corporation and the city of Springfield are rejoicing after being notified of winning a $10,000 grant to go toward improvements of the Mars Theater.

November 03, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Rincon supporting GMA’s annual Mayors Motorcade

In the state of Georgia there are several thousand citizens living in Georgia's six hospitals and community-based housing serving persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs. Many of these patients have little, if any, contact with or support from friends or family.

November 01, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Open enrollment for Medicare now under way

ATLANTA-Americans now have seven full weeks to select new Medicare plans or choose to stay with current coverage. During this year's Medicare open enrollment period, which ends Dec. 7, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services and the state's Area Agencies on Aging will offer free one-on-one assistance and community presentations to help Georgians make decisions about Medicare health and prescription drug plans.

November 01, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Riverkeepers alarmed at fish kills in state’s Kaolin Belt

A pair of recent fish kills in Middle Georgia's kaolin-mining belt have the Savannah Riverkeeper and Altamaha Riverkeeper organizations concerned over state authorities' management and oversight of industrial wastewater permits at kaolin-processing facilities.

November 01, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Rincon to add fire training structure

Rincon's fire department is looking to add to its training repertoire.

October 31, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

A local feel to Occupy movement

Occupy Wall Street has reached the Coastal Empire.

October 31, 2011 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade pitches in for Guyton department

With a big check - literally - from the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade, the Guyton Volunteer Fire Department will be bolstering its equipment.

October 31, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

‘Weird numbers’ lead to lottery win for Eden man

An Eden man is happy he selected the Quik Pik option in Thursday's Fantasy 5 drawing. Timothy Weik (pronounced Wike), 49, says he couldn't have chosen the computer-generated combination that helped him win $54,701.

October 31, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Metro Savannah jobless rate slips to 9.3 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in metro Savannah decreased to 9.3 percent in September, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 9.5 percent in August. The jobless rate in metro Savannah in September a year ago was 9.0 percent.

October 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Lighting the way

With dusk, reverence set in the circle of nearly 20 people in front of the Effingham County Administrative Complex facing Laurel Street.

October 27, 2011 | By Calli Arnold | Local

Rincon to train officers how to stop pursuits

In the wake of a recent high-speed chase that started in Rincon and ended in a Savannah neighborhood, more Rincon Police officers will be trained in the technique their chief used to end the pursuit safely.

October 27, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Fort Howard Road widening may start soon

The proposed widening of Fort Howard Road could take place soon, after Rincon City Council members approved a contract for the work.

October 27, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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County ponders how to spend rec impact fees

How Effingham County will spend more than $230,000 on recreation is not just a matter on which projects the money will be directed but also how soon.

March 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Kieffer, Jones, Mason to run again

At least one Effingham County commissioner race will be contested in the May 20 general primary.

March 03, 2014 | Staff Report | Local

DOT looks at solutions for 95/21

Traffic at the Highway 21/Interstate 95 intersection could be getting a unique solution, Effingham County leaders learned recently.

February 27, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Getting in on the clues

A group of local high school students got an up-close look Tuesday at how to investigate a crime scene.

February 27, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

Student killed in accident mourned

Landry Oliver was "a joy to be around," according to Wallace Blackstock, the boy's principal at Marlow Elementary School.

February 24, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

GOP candidates try to highlight their differences

GAINESVILLE - The seven Republican candidates vying this year for the state's U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss have more than a few things in common.

February 24, 2014 | By Joshua Silavent | Local

Flu death confirmed in Glynn County

The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related death of an adult male in Glynn County.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Time running out for new title ad valorem tax opt-in

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Revenue wants to remind citizens that if you purchased a motor vehicle on or after Jan. 1, 2012, and prior to March 1, 2013, you have the opportunity to opt in to the new title ad valorem tax. However, this expires at the close of business on Feb. 28, 2014.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local

State DDS warns of unofficial sites charging citizens fees

ATLANTA - Department of Driver Services Commissioner Rob Mikell urges customers to be careful of third-party Web sites when trying to access the Georgia Driver's Manual or obtain other driver licensing services and information. Third-party Internet sites such as and are not connected with or sanctioned by the DDS.

February 24, 2014 | Staff report | Local

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