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District 161 candidates split on T-SPLOST

The two Republicans vying to serve Effingham County in the state House of Representatives District 161 seat shared differing views Thursday on how to stimulate the economy, whether the state should legalize gambling and the merits of Georgia's proposed special purpose local option sales tax for transportation (T-SPLOST).

July 02, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Chairman candidates stake their positions

Asked during Thursday's candidate forum if they would support cutting county commissioners' pay to help balance Effingham County's budget, two candidates for commission chairman at-large said they would be on board with such a step.

July 02, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Commissioners question sheriff on budget

Effingham County commissioners want to take another look at how much the sheriff's office is spending and wants to spend for the coming fiscal year.

July 02, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Working families find a new place to get back on track

Effingham County has no shortage of people looking for work, as evidenced by the county's 8 percent unemployment rate. Many others are struggling to make ends meet with a job that does not pay well or lacks health benefits.

July 02, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


No injuries but storm's effects remain

Cleanup from a line of storms that swept through Effingham County and the Coastal Empire on Sunday night continued throughout Monday.

July 02, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Man survives wreck that cuts truck in half

One man was air lifted to a Savannah hospital following a single-vehicle crash this morning which left his pickup cut in half.

June 30, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Deputy survives wreck with semi

An Effingham County Sheriff's Office deputy involved in an early-morning crash Thursday has been released from the hospital.

June 28, 2012 | Staff report | Local


County gives $1K to fireworks show

Springfield's annual fireworks show is getting a little help from the county.

June 28, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County holds off on adopting FY13 budget

Though a first reading of a proposed budget still has not been approved, Effingham County commissioners appear to be closer to finalizing a plan for fiscal year 2013.

June 28, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon to restart city manager search

The city of Rincon is resuming its search for a permanent city manager.

June 28, 2012 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon gets $100K grant for reuse infrastructure

ATLANTA-Georgia Environmental Finance Authority Executive Director Kevin Clark announced the approval of a Georgia Fund water reuse grant of $100,000 to the city of Rincon. The grant, approved by the GEFA executive committee, will finance constructing a water reuse distribution and irrigation system. The GEFA executive committee previously approved a $2,500,000 Georgia Fund loan for this project in June 2010. Rincon will contribute $20,000 in local funds.

June 28, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Grant to help firefighters get dressed for wildland fire success

Effingham County Fire Rescue is well-equipped to fight structure fires at homes and businesses.

June 28, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


Hospital unhappy with split trainer contract

With two local sports medicine providers offering to serve Effingham County schools, the Board of Education compromised.

June 28, 2012 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


State launches campaign to check the IDs of those buying tobacco products

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities recently launched an educational campaign reminding retailers who sell tobacco to check the ID of anyone who looks under the age of 26. The "Check It" campaign coincides with the Synar program and emphasizes the danger and consequences of selling tobacco products to minors, which could result in fines, jail time and job loss.

June 28, 2012 | Staff report | Local


Candidates’ forum set for Thursday evening

The Effingham County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a candidates' forum, to be held Thursday at the Effingham County Board of Education auditorium.

June 25, 2012 | Staff report | Local


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City pushing ahead on EIP grant for new Kroger

As trucks roll in and out of the site for the planned new Kroger, the city of Rincon is taking steps to help the process.

May 12, 2015 | Staff report | Local


State campaign aims to cut down on road fatalities

Transportation and law enforcement officials across Georgia kicked off DriveAlert ArriveAlive, a year-long multi-agency campaign to call attention to an 25 percent increase in roadway fatalities in the first quarter of 2015 and how changes in driver behavior can help to decrease these numbers.

May 12, 2015 | Staff report | Local


State to ramp up efforts to erase child sex trafficking

The state is planning a major push to eliminate child sex trafficking, and it will kick off later this summer in Savannah.

May 12, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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