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Grand marshal honor ‘means a lot’ to Odum

When his service in World War II was over, Eddie Odum got off a bus in Savannah with his uniform and his duffel bag and only his girlfriend waiting on him.
Sixty-five years later, with that girlfriend now his wife of 65 years, Odum will be riding in a Model A Ford on Saturday as the grand marshal in the Guyton Christmas Parade.
"It means a lot, and it really means a lot to his children," said his wife Delma Odum . "He's quite happy this is going to happen."
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the ...

December 06, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town

Veterans on Veterans Day

Staff Sgt. Gil Sheppard, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Jerry Sexton spoke with the Effingham Rotary Club on Veterans Day about their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, the most recent deployment which began in March 2009. Sheppard and Sexton are joined by Leland Sanders, center, Rotary Club president.

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Lamonte graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Wachovia S. Lamonte graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
She is the daughter of Zozavia Oliver of Pooler and granddaughter of Gloria Bacon of Rincon.
Lamonte graduated in 2009 from Beach High School.

December 02, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

Play it forward

Steve Stephens of the Downtown Savannah Rotary Club and David Legasse of Rotary Savannah West spoke to the Effingham Rotary Club about Rotarians Play it Forward.
Play it Forward is an opportunity for all Rotarians in the coastal Georgia region to join together in a collaborative annual Rotary fundraiser for the benefit of The Rotary Foundation.
Talented Savannah area Rotarians will perform live on stage backed up by professional musicians.
The next event will be April 23, 2011 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Morris Center, Trustees Garden, downtown Savannah. Learn more at and on Facebook, Rotarians ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Around Town

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

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Springfield Garden Club honors Christmas decoration winners

The Springfield Garden Club recognized the homes, businesses and churches that were decked out the best for the holidays.

December 23, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Holiday tunes from orchestra, cookies delight a large crowd

A festive holiday mood, the sound of holiday music, the aroma of homemade cookies, and hundreds of people filled the Effingham County Recreation and Parks Department gymnasium Dec. 7 at Effingham Community Orchestra's eighth annual holiday concert and homemade cookie sale.

December 23, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Turning back the clock on Christmas

The Living History Site gave a glimpse of an old-time Christmas on Saturday. Olde Effingham Christmas was held in conjunction with extended shopping hours by Springfield merchants, a sausage and grits supper at Springfield City Hall and a performance by the DePue Brothers Band at the Mars Theatre.

December 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Fundraiser for Kessler family

Farmers Furniture in Rincon hosted a fundraiser for the Kessler family.

December 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

United Way keeps pushing campaign total to new heights

Even after United Way of Effingham County surpassed its 2014 fundraising campaign goal last month, contributions continued to come in.

December 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

United Way prize giveaways continue

In each week of its 2014 fundraising campaign, the United Way of Effingham County drew for a prize valued $500-$1,000. Anyone who attended a United Way campaign presentation was eligible to win.

December 17, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Exchange Club taking Empty Stocking Fund donations

Close your eyes… imagine you're a single mom, or dad, with three small children, two have special needs. Christmas is here and there is no possible way to make this season any different from the day-to-day existence that is their lives. You want so much to make Christmas special for the children, maybe a small toy, new socks, a warm jacket or simply a meal to fill their tummies. The medicine they need but no money to buy it, or a pair of shoes to keep their little feet warm and dry.

December 16, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Revealing a bit of history

Long before becoming the site of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office and Jail, a tract of land at Highway 21 and First Street in Springfield was home to a Confederate convalescent camp during the Civil War.

December 09, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Ebenezer Crossing purchase made official

The city of Springfield and several other agencies and entities have finalized an agreement to protect a historically-significant and environmentally-fragile area.

December 09, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Guyton celebrates the season with Christmas parade

Guyton enjoyed a holiday tradition with its annual Christmas parade on Saturday.

December 09, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Around Town

Stancell visits Exchange Club

At the Exchange Club of Effingham's meeting last week, Springfield Merchants Association President Jamey Stancell shared updates on Springfield and the close relationship the SMA has with the city.

December 09, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Dickens Festival winners

Several people toook home trophies from the eighth annual Dickens Craft Festival, hosted by First Baptist Church of Rincon.

December 02, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Christmas sparkles at New Ebenezer

Effingham celebrated the holidays, and the county's heritage, Sunday at the annual Historic Effingham Christmas at Ebenezer.

December 02, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

Treutlen House gets early Christmas gift

The Citizens of Georgia Power Savannah Generation Chapter recently presented a $2,500 check the Treutlen House at New Ebenezer.

December 02, 2014 | Staff report | Around Town

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