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Unemployment down in Effingham, metro Savannah

ATLANTA-State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah decreased to 8.4 percent in November, down six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.0 percent in October. The jobless rate in metro Savannah in November a year ago was also 9.0 percent.

December 22, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


Springfield adopts $1.7M budget

Springfield's city council has approved the budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins Jan. 1.

December 22, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon weighs adding K-9 unit to the force

Rincon City Council is thinking about adding to its police force - with a K-9 unit.

December 19, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


PSC clarifies home heating help

The Georgia Public Service Commission has clarified how eligible low income natural gas customers will receive assistance in paying their winter heating bills.

December 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


Interest remains strong for IDA

The final month of a busy year has kept the Effingham Industrial Development Authority staff hopping, IDA CEO John Henry said Thursday.

December 15, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guyton taps Smith as next city attorney

Richmond Hill lawyer Ray Smith to be the next city attorney.

December 15, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield pushing ahead with recycling

Citywide recycling is coming to Springfield.

December 15, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon wants to drive business at course

The push for new carts at the city of Rincon's golf course is in neutral for now.

December 15, 2011 | Patrick Donahue | Local


City wants more to play a round

Rincon is trying to get more business for its golf course.

December 12, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Shining a light

The day the Toler family moved to Effingham County, they got the heartbreaking news.

December 12, 2011 | Calli Arnold | Local


County may have to re-think its list of SPLOST projects

Effingham County commissioners are expected to take a look at what projects they want to continue, and which ones may have to wait or be abandoned, in light of sales tax receipts not making projections.

December 12, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Hope remains strong for coastal economy

The state of Georgia is expected to meet its budget for fiscal year 2012, though more cuts could be looming for state agencies.

December 12, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Issues aplenty for lawmakers

Effingham County stands to gain from the Transportation Investment Act, if the regional one-cent sales tax is passed, state lawmakers said Thursday morning.

December 08, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield pushing ahead on citywide recycling

The city of Springfield hopes to take its recycling program citywide in the next few months.

December 08, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


'Tis the season

A large crowd turned out on a sunny Saturday, Dec. 3, morning for the annual Guyton Christmas Parade.

December 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Local


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State insurance office offers tips, help during storm season

ATLANTA - Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said his office stands ready to assist Georgia residents with any claims arising from tropical storms during hurricane season, including a toll-free claims assistance line and plans to have insurance experts in the area in the event of a storm.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State records 11 traffic deaths over holiday

The state Department of Public Safety reported there were 11 fatalities on Georgia's roads during the 4th of July holiday weekend, which ran from July 3 at 6 p.m. to July 6 at midnight.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


State law banning sale of e-cigarettes to minors in effect

ATLANTA - It is against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under 18 years old. The Georgia Department of Public Health is urging caution about the use and exposure of children to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other emissions-producing products.

July 07, 2014 | Staff report | Local


Fire from lightning strike displaces group home residents

A late June fire has displaced several residents of a group home.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


City fire chief suggests consolidating departments

A fire chief is sounding the call to consolidate the various fire departments in Effingham County.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County, residents go over plans for Courthouse Road Extension

As Effingham County officials listened, they heard plenty about the proposed route for a reworked Courthouse Road Extension.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon making changes to alcohol law

The city of Rincon is making a few changes to its alcohol ordinance.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Search continues for missing Guyton man

A search that began Sunday for a missing Effingham County man continued into Monday.

July 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Where to go, how to get there for River Street fireworks

In preparation for an influx of motorists traveling along Savannah-Chatham Highways during the firework displays on the Fourth of July, the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has implemented a traffic operations plan to reduce delays and relieve congestion.

July 03, 2014 | Staff report | Local


ECSO urging safety for the 4th of July holiday

Fireworks aren't the only potentially dangerous objects the Effingham County Sheriff's Office discourages people from shooting into the air for the Fourth of July weekend.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


A walk in the park

The four fields at the Macomber Park expansion are done, but there is still plenty of work to do on the new phase - and on the older parts of the park.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Deputies on the lookout for ‘slow pokes’

Along with watching out for people driving too fast on Georgia highways, officers can now ticket those driving too slow.

July 03, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Local


County, prison renew capacity agreement

Effingham County commissioners have renewed the capacity agreement with the state Department of Corrections for the Effingham County Prison.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Response filed on challenge’s Supreme Court appeal

Attorneys for an Effingham County commissioner have filed their response to an appeal of the board of elections' and a Superior Court judge's decision denying a challenge to her qualifications.

July 03, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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