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Three candidates file for each commission seat up for election

The Effingham County commission seats up for election this year have drawn interest from several candidates.

May 28, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Three throw their hat in the ring for at-large chairman

The opening of qualifying brought three candidates for the Effingham County commission's chairman at-large post.

May 24, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Ducks ready for the starting line

The rubber ducks will be off to the races again June 2.

May 24, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Dead fish along Ogeechee River prompt caution

Effingham County Emergency Management Agency is advising caution around the Ogeechee River. The EPD, DNR and Auburn University are investigating a handful of dead fish around the Highways 301 and 24 crossover.

May 24, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Barrow to host veterans’ town halls

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Augusta) will host two town hall meetings Memorial Day to discuss veterans' issues. The town hall meetings, taking place in Augusta and Statesboro, will allow Barrow to meet with 12th District veterans and their families, thank them for their service, and listen to their concerns.

May 24, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Memorial Day program to be held Monday at Veterans Park

Citizens are invited and urged to take an hour or two on Memorial Day at 6 p.m., and remember those who went to war and lost their life defending freedom.

May 24, 2012 | Staff report | Local


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


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A quiet respite in the storm

As a firefighter, Brooke Dicks can have intense work days.

January 06, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County wants to get good word on shelter out

Effingham County officials are wondering how best to get the word out about the work being done by the animal shelter.

January 06, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County OKs payment for generator

A longstanding issue for Effingham County commissioners has been resolved, after commissioners voted to pay a bill due for a generator installed by a fellow commissioner's company.

December 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Ready to take office

Incoming Effingham County commissioner Jamie Deloach was sworn in Monday evening at the Historic Effingham Courthouse. Probate Judge Beth Rahn Mosley adminisered the oath of office to Deloach and other elected officials who won re-election to their posts, including commissioners Vera Jones and Phil Kieffer and state court solicitor Mark Lee.

December 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Family picks up the pieces after Christmas night blaze

An Effingham County family's home was destroyed by a fire on Christmas evening.

December 30, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County audit headed to state in time

The 2014 audit of Effingham County's operations came back with only three findings and no material weaknesses and has been forwarded to the state for its review.

December 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Officials plea for safe driving on New Year’s

For many, New Year's Eve involves consuming alcohol at parties. So it comes as no surprise that there's a spike in drunk driving crashes at the end of the year.

December 30, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Animal shelter residents get new Atlanta homes

Though the Effingham County Animal Shelter has been fortunate not to need to euthanize any animals lately, shelter director Cory Whitfield offers a grim reminder.

December 23, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County closes in on land for recreation complex

It may be a while before shovels start turning dirt into ball fields, but Effingham County has taken a necessary big step toward its next recreation facility.

December 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield approves $2.2 million budget

Springfield City Council has approved a fiscal year 2015 budget, and the proposed budget is a 12 percent increase over the current spending plan.

December 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Operation Zero Tolerance hits the road

Operation Zero Tolerance is under way and that means increased patrols and high visibility enforcement in Georgia.

December 16, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECHS mourns band student killed in crash

The show went on for the Effingham County High School band, even though the students were mourning the loss of one of their own.

December 13, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Rincon set to OK smaller FY15 budgets

Rincon City Council is set to approve a budget for its coming fiscal year that is smaller than its current operating plan.

December 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon may be adding another K9

The Rincon Police Department could be adding to its roster.

December 02, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


State urges doing homework on charities

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp offers advice to people planning to donate to charitable organizations during the holiday season.

December 02, 2014 | Staff report | Local


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