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Effingham Hospital stages Hurrex 2012 exercise

Effingham Health System staged an emergency preparedness drill May 15, simulating the evacuation of their skilled nursing facility for an approaching Category 3 hurricane. The drill was monitored by public safety officials and hospital staff in an effort to better coordinate the required preparations and activities surrounding a real evacuation situation.

May 21, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Questions, concerns linger on the river one year later

One year after a massive fish kill that left about 38,000 fish rotting along the shores of the Ogeechee River, Ogeechee Riverkeeper Dianna Wedincamp said conditions have not improved.

May 21, 2012 | By Holli Deal Bragg Special to the Herald | Local


Hitchens to run for District 161 seat

After retiring from serving the state of Georgia, Bill Hitchens considered entering public life somewhere down the road. He didn't envision becoming a candidate for elected office so soon after ending his career with public safety.

May 21, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Qualifying begins Wednesday

Qualifying to run for state and local elections begins Wednesday at 9 a.m. and ends Friday at noon.

May 21, 2012 | Staff report | Local


No change in county fire fees for now

After more discussion and public input, Effingham County commissioners have opted not to change the fire fees - for now.

May 17, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Acrimony tinges end of meeting

Effingham County commissioners entered into a contentious and potentially fractious series of arguments near the end of their meeting Tuesday night.

May 17, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State’s high court to hear Heidt appeal

The state Supreme Court will hear the appeal of an Effingham County man convicted in the August 2008 slayings of his father and brother.

May 17, 2012 | Staff report | Local


County may move ahead with new fire fees

ir last meeting, Effingham County commissioners could be in line to adopt a new schedule of fire fees for the unincorporated portions of the county.

May 14, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City grapples with alcohol training proposal

Festival organizers and Springfield city officials still are trying to figure out how best to conduct the fall event - and protect the city's interests.

May 14, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield could put more buildings online in 3D

Springfield is taking another step toward creating a historic district - and giving it a digital touch.

May 10, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Local GOP sees if penny tax for roads makes sense

Speaking Monday to the Effingham County Republican Party, Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Brad Saxon said he wasn't there to lobby for support of the penny sales tax for transportation improvements Georgians will vote on in July.

May 10, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State set to launch Click It or Ticket

Motorists who refuse, or sometimes forget, to wear their safety belt will need to be extra vigilant this month. That's because the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) will be launching its annual May mobilization of Click It or Ticket.

May 10, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Governor, DDS revamp licensing process

Gov. Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Driver Services have announced the launch of Secure ID, a program aimed to further ensure the integrity of driver's licenses and identification cards while offering additional protection from identity theft.

May 10, 2012 | Staff Report | Local


McDaniel to seek re-election

Effingham County Tax Commissioner Linda McDaniel has announced she will seek re-election to the office. She will run as a Republican in the July primary and the November general elections.

May 07, 2012 | Staff report | Local


GOP hopefuls sound call for energy independence

With gas prices in Georgia averaging nearly $3.60 a gallon, it was no surprise that U.S. energy policies were discussed in Thursday's 12th Congressional District candidate forum in Springfield.

May 07, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


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Early voting under way for general election

In-person early voting for the Nov. 4 general election is under way in the state and will run through Oct. 31. Mandatory Saturday voting will be made available across Georgia on Oct. 25.

October 17, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State agencies announce Hunters Helping Farmers

Boars. Wild hogs. Feral pigs.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Cash available for eligible land conservation in the state

The Georgia General Assembly has made it possible for eligible landowners to do good for their land while doing well for their pocketbook. Those who protect their qualifying land with a conservation easement by year-end and sell the resulting tax credits can earn as much as $500,000.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Stretch of I-16 in Chatham County to be resurfaced

The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Tuesday bid awards on 13 new highway infrastructure improvement projects, including pavement rehabilitation projects on Interstates 16 and 20.

October 14, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Allen promoted to lead county staff

Effingham County commissioners have agreed to hire Toss Allen as the county administrator.

October 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State awarded $6.75 million to support offender re-entry services

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Georgia was awarded $6.75 million in federal grant money to support re-entry services for rehabilitated offenders. The grants were administered by the U.S. Department of Justice to the Governor's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry (GOTSR) and the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

October 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Clyo man involved in fatal crash

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police major accident investigation team is looking into a three-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a Savannah man Tuesday afternoon.

October 01, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Hospital, county to work on financing

Effingham County commissioners and Effingham Health System representatives may try to revise a deal between the two groups that enabled the hospital to embark on its modernization and expansion.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Motorcycle rider dies after collision with SUV

An Effingham County man died from the injuries he suffered when his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle Friday afternoon.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Effingham man dies as result of Bulloch crash

An Effingham County man died from injuries sustained in a Friday evening crash on Highway 119, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

September 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Neighbors lobby against sand mine permit extension

A sand mine operator was granted two more years to finish digging out his property, after county commissioners voted to deny a rezoning application but allow the extension.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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