In response to a letter sent by Gov. Nathan Deal, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack determined that, due to the ongoing drought and excessive heat, 150 Georgia counties, including Effingham County, suffered production losses great enough to warrant a secretarial natural disaster designation.
Col. Mark McDonough, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, has announced the promotion of William "Billy" Hitchens, III from lieutenant, assistant Troop F commander, to captain, Troop I commander, with an effective date of Sept. 1.
Lainie Jenkins, executive director, joins CASA's six new Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) who have been sworn in by Judge William Woodrum after completing 40 hours of training and courtroom observation.
Ann Purcell has been selected to serve as the Finance Chairman for the State YMCA of Georgia in Effingham County for 2011. The Finance Drive is currently under way to support the State YMCA program in middle and high schools in Georgia through Hi-Y, Tri-Hi-Y and Co-ed "Y" Clubs.
As part of his continuing education and training in the administration of law enforcement, Chief Mike Bohannon of the Rincon Police Department recently attended the 2011 Annual Summer Training conference sponsored by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
ATLANTA-The Georgia Conservancy has announced the selection of Clay Mobley as its coastal director. Mobley, a Savannah native, will lead the Conservancy's coastal operations from its office in Savannah.
Rincon Mayor Ken Lee awards The Shining Stars for winning first place in the city's annual Fourth of July Parade. The Shining Stars, Disabilities for Christ, gathers on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. to have food, fun and fellowship in the fellowship hall of The Rincon First Christian Church located at 5835 Highway 21 South in Rincon. For questions call the church at 826-2224 or Kaye Hunt at (912) 224-2670.
Gussie Nease of the Mars Theatre Project and Wayne Kight, chairman of the Springfield Revitalization Corporation, were guests of the American Legion Post 209 for the purpose of accepting a $1,000 donation from the American Legion to the Mars Theater.