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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

A bridge across the ages

Savannah officials signed the Hostess City on as Halle, Germany's first North American sister city last week, celebrating the long German and American heritage of both cities.

October 24, 2011 | By Calli Arnold | Local

County balks at price tag for plans of bigger building

Effingham County commissioners have rejected an additional pay request for a firm designing a new sanitation department office.

October 24, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Food drive to highlight Farm-City Week

Did you know the average grocery store stocks more than 30,000 items? If you appreciate the variety and quality of the many food items available at your local grocery store, then the Effingham County Farm Bureau invites you to join the organization in celebrating National Farm-City Week, Nov. 18-24.

October 24, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Riverkeeper files suit against state EPD

The Ogeechee Riverkeeper organization filed a lawsuit Friday against the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, claiming the state agency failed to protect citizens. The Riverkeeper also charges that the EPD did not honor the rights of citizens to have input on a recent consent order against a textiles plant blamed for a massive fish kill.

October 24, 2011 | By Holli Deal Bragg Special to the Effingham Herald | Local

Taking a big step

Tools and supplies were strewn in different rooms and the smell of sawed sheetrock hung in the air at the new addition of the Effingham Hospital on Thursday. While walls wait for paint and floors for tiles, the personality and flow of the building have begun to take shape as the facility opened its doors for a public preview to business and community leaders.

October 20, 2011 | By Calli Arnold | Local

County gives its final OK to alcohol ballot measure

Voters in Effingham County will choose who they want their political party to stand as a presidential candidate - and if they want Sunday sales of alcohol.

October 20, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

IDA continues chase of big prospect

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members will engage a local industrial brokerage to help land a potential prospect.

October 20, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Authorities want to rid Spice from stores

As law enforcement authorities continue to grapple with the scourge of methampethamine, a new and so far legal substance has them worried - and trying to combat it.

October 17, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Guyton resident scratches way to $1M

An Effingham County man is excited about a Georgia Lottery win. Trey Hunter of Guyton won $1 million playing the instant game Maximum Green.

October 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

State looking at coastal drought impacts

BRUNSWICK-Georgia resource managers, coastal scientists from diverse institutions and Georgia Sea Grant staff at the University of Georgia are working to coordinate a response to potential drought impacts along the Georgia coast.

October 17, 2011 | Staff Report | Local

Rincon to seek new carts for course

By a 5-1 vote, council members approved putting out to bid the purchase of new golf carts for the city-owned Lost Plantation Golf Course. The course has had 24 carts under a short-term lease for two months.

October 13, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Streetscape finds receptive, accepting audience

Springfield's long-awaited streetscape project is garnering a great deal of positive feedback for city council members.

October 13, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

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Articles by Section - 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

Child dies after being shot

A 9-year-old Effingham County boy has died after being shot Thursday night at a home on Zittrouer Road.

February 21, 2014 | Paul Floeckher | Local

Pickup driver hits pedestrian, pole, knocks out power

An Effingham County man is suspected of driving under the influence in a wreck Tuesday that injured a pedestrian and knocked down a power pole.

February 20, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

Rincon council approves tablets purchase

Rincon City Council members are about to get a lot more communication and information power in their hands.

February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

County OKs paving for Blue Jay, McCall

A Savannah company is expected to start in the next few weeks on a paving project that will affect traffic on two major Effingham County roads.

February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Annexation puts delay on county, city fire station

The deal between Effingham County and the city of Rincon to place a fire station off Blue Jay and McCall roads may be delayed.

February 20, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Young right whale freed from entangled fishing rope

A young North Atlantic right whale is swimming easier after wildlife biologists cut away most of the 100-plus yards of heavy fishing rope the animal was dragging.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Losses from last week’s storm pegged at $25M

ATLANTA - State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said estimated insured losses in Georgia from last week's winter storm stand at $25 million.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Hudgens warns of rip-offs

ATLANTA - Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens warns homeowners eager to get their lives back to normal to beware of unreputable contractors who may be price gouging.

February 20, 2014 | Staff report | Local

Six hurt in truck, daycare van wreck

Six people were injured, one of them seriously, when a pickup collided with a childcare business' van Monday morning at Highway 21 and Ebenezer Road.

February 17, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local

Pastor’s death hits church, friends hard

Jeffrey Rollins' length of tenure as pastor of First Baptist Church of Springfield spoke volumes about he how felt about his church, and how his church felt about him, the church's deacon chairman said Monday.

February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local

Deal challenger assails governor’s credentials

STATESBORO - David Pennington says that if elected, he will be Georgia's first limited-government, conservative Republican governor.

February 17, 2014 | By Al Hackle | Local

Local pastor dies in one-car crash

A local pastor died Saturday in a one-car crash on Highway 119 near the Georgia/South Carolina state line.

February 15, 2014 | Staff Report | Local

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