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Exchange Club starts Empty Stocking campaign

The Exchange Club of Effingham County is beginning its annual Empty Stocking Fund drive.
"Now is the time for all good citizens to come together and help fill the empty stockings in Effingham County," said Reggie Loper, the chairman of the annual Effingham Empty Stocking Fund.
He said the current economic times are making it difficult for many families to put food on the table much less have the money to buy the family Christmas gifts."
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald, our special couny-wide edition.

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

At the art of the matter

With each painstaking application to the canvas, DAB is turning his view of a majestic treasure into a work of art.
The Charleston, S.C.-based artist - he goes by DAB - is creating a painting that isn't simply oil on canvas or a watercolor. DAB paints in a relief style, with the features of the building and the grounds of the historic Effingham Courthouse actually protruding from the surface.
And he's been working on this for a long time - he started back in 2007.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald, our special ...

November 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

HES making plans for its Olde Fashioned Christmas celebration

The Historic Effingham Society is planning an old-fashioned Christmas for the first Saturday in December.
The event, Old-Fashioned Christmas, will be held on the grounds of the Living History Site in Springfield on Dec. 4 beginning at 6 p.m. It will include caroling, choir performances, ornament making, the lighting of the Christmas tree, s'mores making and a visit from Santa Claus.
"It's going to be an old-timey Christmas," said HES President Richard Loper. "We'll have hand bells and children's choirs. There will be a reading of the Christmas story and the lighting of the tree ...

November 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

City awards winners in Scarecrow contest

Three grand champions were crowned in the city of Rincon's 2010 Scarecrow Show-off.
The grand champion in community spirit went to 21 Auto Repair and the grand champion in residential went to Charlie Curtis of West 6th Street. The Effingham Herald's Scare D. Crow was crowned grand champion in the business category.
Uniqueness first place awards went to: Judy Clark, Market Street-Residential and Sonic Drive-in-Business. Originality first-place awards went to:
Frank Owens, Lexington Avenue-Residential and Rincon Chiropractic-Business. Collegiate first place went to Lisa Bledsoe, Archibald Street-Residential. Military Support first place went to Amanda McNeal and Mary Tirpak, East ...

November 23, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Strike up the band

B. V. Cooper of the Effingham Community Orchestra discussed the orchestra with the Effingham Rotary Club.
There are currently 40 members who volunteer their time under the leadership of Andrea Huff, conductor.
Anyone interested in putting their musical talents to work can contact the orchestra at

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

United Way stops at Rotary

Effingham Sunrise Rotary heard Paul Mongin's presentation on the benefits of the United Way.
Mongin is a loaned associate from Georgia Pacific who helps educate people about what the United Way does and helps the organization meet its financial goals each year. For more information about how you can get involved with the United Way of the Coastal Empire, call 826-5300.

November 08, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Tallent visits Sunrise

Effingham Sunrise Rotary welcomed Joe Tallent's presentation on local drug screening capabilities here in Effingham County.
Tallent is the rehabilitation and outreach manager for Effingham Hospital. To find out more information, contact Tallent at 754-0195 or email:

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Moving Wall at Rotary

Retired Sgt. Maj. Tony Supthin from the West Chatham Detachment of the Marine Corps League spoke to the Rotary Club of Effingham County about their sponsorship of the "Vietnam Moving Wall" in Pooler from Oct. 28-Nov. 1.
The Moving Wall is a half scale replica of the Vietnam Wall, the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C. A group of Vietnam veterans put together the mobile version of the wall so that people across the U.S. could experience the Vietnam memorial.
The West Chatham Detachment of the Marine Corps League worked with support from many area residents and businesses to ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Eitel completes AIT

Army Pvt. Wesley D. Eitel Jr. has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.
The course is designed to train students to establish, maintain, and operate radio and wire communications and speech security equipment, including encoding and decoding messages. They also must prepare and maintain daily staff journals, fire support situation maps, charts and other fire support and target processing procedures, records, and documents ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Turner promoted to senior master sergeant

Master Sgt. Darryl L. Turner has earned promotion to the senior non-commissioned officer's rank of senior master sergeant. Senior Master Sgt.
Turner serves as the aircraft maintenance Superintendent working in the aircraft maintenance office at Savannah's Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC), Georgia Air National Guard. The CRTC is headquartered across the airfield from the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport.
Senior master sergeants are key, experienced, operational leaders, skilled at merging their personnel's talents, skills and resources with other teams' functions to most effectively accomplish the mission. Senior master sergeants continue to develop their leadership and management skills in ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

State troopers starting Toys for Tots drive

ATLANTA-With the holiday season rapidly approaching, Col. Bill Hitchens, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, announced that the Department will again be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots Program.
He said Georgia State Troopers, officers with the Department's Motor Carrier Compliance Division, and Capitol Police officers are teaming with the
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for the 2010 Toys for Tots program.
Collection boxes are being placed at the 48 Georgia State Patrol posts across the state. The toys donated should be new and unwrapped and may be dropped off at the GSP posts between ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Effingham CAP to start model rocketry

Each Tuesday, the cadets of the Effingham Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol meet to learn about aviation, aerospace engineering, search and rescue, and leadership.
The local squadron meets from 6-8 p.m. at 226 Goshen Rd. in building 500, room 507.
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is a volunteer, civilian auxiliary arm of the U.S. Air Force.
The cadet squadron is open to those ages 12 to 21. Membership is $30 annually, for adult members it is $69 annually.
Joining the Civil Air Patrol gives youth interested in flying significant exposure to aviation. Cadets don't learn ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Infant, mother improving after being struck

A teenage mother and her infant daughter are recovering after being struck by a vehicle Saturday evening.
The accident occurred Saturday around 7:30 p.m., according to Rincon Police Chief Mike Bohannon. The mother, 16 years old, had her 10-month-old baby in a stroller as they attempted to cross West 9th Street near Anderson Street. The area is unlit, Bohannon said.
A 68-year-old driver in a Mercedes struck the mother and child.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Herald.

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Work on historic Effingham Courthouse almost complete

Contractors working on the rehabilitation of the historic Effingham Courthouse are working on a punch list of touch up items as they have hit the mark for substantial completion.
County project manager Adam Kobek said Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung and Greenline Architecture representatives have completed their walk-throughs on the courthouse. The project will be completed by Nov. 4, he said. The team of J.T. Turner Construction, Hussey, Gay, Bell and DeYoung and Greenline won the bid for the design-build renovation of the 101-year-old courthouse.
The original courthouse, built in 1909 and placed on the National Register of Historic ...

October 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Local advocates attend statewide Arc conference

Two local advocates attended the Arc of Georgia annual conference and business meeting on Sept. 24 and 25 at the Anderson Conference Center in Macon.
The keynote address was given by Beth Mount, currently from New York City and originally from Georgia. She has worked for 35 years toward the ideal that every person with a disability can be a valued member of community life. Her talk centered on finding the gifts that people with disabilities have and person-centered planning.
Workshops included: The Road to Employment - Success Stories from Self-Advocates from Albany ARC (Area Resource Center); Growing Grassroots Advocacy, conducted ...

September 30, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

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