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Brooks to serve another term on hospital authority

Ronnie H. Brooks has been re-appointed to serve as the Rincon representative on the Effingham County Hospital Authority. Authority members chose Brooks from three candidates submitted by the Rincon City Council.

January 05, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


HeritageBank of the South to offer stock re-buy

ALBANY-Heritage Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBOS), the holding company for HeritageBank of the South, announced that its board of directors has approved a new stock repurchase program.

January 02, 2012 | Staff Report | Business


After a big year, wrecker owner says ‘thanks’

It's been a good year for Greg Smithey and Smithey's Wrecker Service, so much so he couldn't wait to express his thanks to his customers.

December 29, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


HeritageBank of the South approves stock repurchase

ALBANY-Heritage Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBOS), the holding company for HeritageBank of the South, announced that its board of directors has approved a new stock repurchase program. The program authorizes the company to repurchase up to approximately 5 percent of its outstanding common stock, or approximately 435,000 shares.

December 26, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


A gift for the new hospital

Vince Exley, of the Georgia Salzburger Society, presented a framed print to Norma Jean Morgan, CEO Effingham Health System, for the new hospital.

December 19, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Great Dane job fair draws a crowd in the thousands

A job fair expected to attract 1,500 people to Ogeechee Technical College Wednesday, had already processed that many applicants by noon. By 6 p.m., 3,500 people had filled out employment applications to be part of Great Dane's initial workforce when its 450,000-square-foot manufacturing plant opens in Statesboro early next year.

December 16, 2011 | By Jim Healy Special to the Effingham Herald | Business


State jobless rate dips under 10 percent

ATLANTA-Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined to 9.9 percent in November, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 10.2 percent in October. The one-month decline is the largest in 34 years. The jobless rate was 10.4 percent in November a year ago.

December 16, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Verizon brings 4G LTE service to Rincon

More Verizon Wireless customers in more areas of the Savannah metropolitan area can take advantage of Verizon Wireless' 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

December 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Citizens of Georgia Power bake up holiday help

With the help of local contractors (Airco Industrial, The Mcgraley Company, TOPSSCO Sales and Service, Citizens of Georgia Power, Action Insulation, Industrial Technical Coatings, White Electric and Alstom Power), employees at Georgia Power's Plant McIntosh in Rincon will be donating $6,370 to help families in the community. For more than 20 years, the employees at Plant McIntosh have supported the Effingham County Empty Stocking Fund with their annual Baked Goods Auction. On-site security officer, Buford Ulysses Tuggleson (Plant McIntosh employee Clay Carpenter) served as auctioneer with his helper Kerry Rahn modeling with the cakes.

December 15, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Business after hours

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce and Reiser and Reiser ushered in the holidays during a recent business after hours in Guyton.

December 13, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Dickey graduates from Georgia Academy

Brian Dickey of Georgia Power graduated from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development, taking part in the Region 12 multi-day training program. Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from Coastal Georgia. The curriculum provides insights into the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional and state levels.

December 12, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


‘Last Mile’ closer to completion

ATLANTA-The Port of Savannah's long-anticipated "last mile" project - the Jimmy Deloach (Parkway) Connector - moved closer to reality Friday as the Georgia Department of Transportation awarded a $73 million contract for its construction.

December 05, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


Chamber to hold Eggs and Issues breakfast Dec. 8

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announces its annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast, scheduled for Dec. 8 at 7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Rincon.

December 02, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


IDA renews Henry’s contract as CEO with glowing review

Members of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority have given CEO John Henry a positive evaluation and renewed his contract.

November 28, 2011 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate in Coastal Georgia falls to 9.5 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Monday that the preliminary unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia area decreased to 9.5 percent in October, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in September. The jobless rate in the Coastal Georgia area in October a year ago was 9.3 percent.

November 28, 2011 | Staff Report | Business


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Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate up to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Ports hit all-time high in container traffic in July

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

August 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber membership drive rolls on

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's drive has brought in 27 new members, one renewal and two members upping their involvement to members of distinction level, Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott said.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Governor praises film industry impact on state

Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Annual farm tour gets into county’s agribusiness

The annual Effingham County Young Farmers tour let participants see how advanced agriculture has become - and get a glimpse of a burgeoning new agribusiness endeavor.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SouthCoast undergoes a rebranding, name change

The Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group has re-branded officially as SouthCoast Health. The change will be reflected in the organization's name, logo, Web site and overall visual identity.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Zeigler earns personal financial representative title from Allstate

Effingham County's Dusty Zeigler is among an elite group of Allstate insurance agency owners who recently earned the personal financial representative title.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Guyton Animal Hospital opens its doors

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Thursday for the new Guyton Animal Hospital.

July 31, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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