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Looking back at groundbreaking
On hand for the event were, from left to right: Dr. Lundquist, district health officer; Buck Johnson, aide to Congressman Bo Ginn: County Commissioners Guerry Burns, George Allen and Bob Fischer: Richard Harden, Human Resources commissioner; Ruth Lee, director of Effingham DFCS; state Sen. Ed Zipperer; Commissioners H. E. Lindsey Jr. and Roy Page; Doris Flythe chairman of the CAPDC; Leroy B. Anderson, economic development representative for Georgia; Vernon Martin, CAPDC; and Murray Barnard, architect. - photo by Photo submitted

Photo and information from the files of the Springfield Herald.

On Tuesday, May 28, 1974, Effingham County broke ground for the public service building that would house the Effingham County Department of Family and Children’s Services. The building was partially funded by the first federal grant received by the county for $100,000.

Kieffer Construction Company was low bidder with approximate cost of $184,000. The county and state pledged funds to finance the project over the $100,000 grant.  

The Herald reported at the time of the groundbreaking that the 6,000 square foot building will have parking sufficient for 40 vehicles and will be built adjacent to the county library. Space also will be allotted to Juvenile Court, Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Comprehensive Mental Health, Nutritional Program for the Elderly and a Homemaker Health Home Act Program. Completion was projected for the end of 1974.  

Some advertisers in this issue of the Springfield Herald were:
Robert E. Lee Packing Co. Abattoir and Market – Pineora
Buddy’s Barber Shop in Effingham Plaza in Rincon
McDaniel Construction Company
Kieffer’s Cash and Carry
Mike Hall’s Cabinet Shop
Arnsdorff’s Abattoir – G. T. Arnsdorff
Mixon Home Improvement
B & B Super Market – Springfield
Blocker’s Barber Shop
Springfield Tractor
Goshen Tie and Chip
J. W. Exley Lumber Co.
Lorene’s Florist
Strickland’s Super Market – Guyton
Ace Hardware
Fresh and Clean Laundry and Dry Cleaners – Springfield
Coastal Gas Co. – Jeff Wilkes, manager
Star Department Store – Springfield
Snooks Food Store – Springfield
Burns Gulf Service Station & Burns & Son Trucking
White Dress Company
L. M. Nease Chevron Service Station – Guyton
Ethel & Russell’s Restaurant – Springfield
Guyton Florist
Deason’s Fina Station – Springfield
Hurst’s Grocery Store – Guyton – Annette Altman Manager
Anderson’s Department Store – Rincon
Ye Little Curiosity Shoppe – Rincon
Lona’s Jeweler’s
Rincon Amoco Service Station – George Seckinger
C&S Bank – Springfield & Rincon
Jerry’s Sporting Goods and Food Store – Rincon
Sloan’s Pharmacy - Rincon
Webb Rexall Drugs – Springfield
Smitty’s Grocery – Pineora
Arden Chevrolet – Springfield
Perkins Chain Link Fence – Rincon
Shake & Burger – Rincon
Leslie Thompson Funeral Home
Red & White Food Store – Rincon
Fischer Florist – Rincon
Pauline’s Beauty Shop – Springfield
Albert’s Auto Parts – Springfield
Boyd’s SOC Service Center
Mar-Lin Fabric Shop – Guyton
Kight Ford – Springfield
Jeff’s Bait Ranch – Springfield
Edward’s Takeouts – Guyton
Western Auto – Springfield
Williams’ Store – Clyo
Tuckasee King Restaurant – Clyo
Usher’s Springfield Dry Cleaners
Norton’s Service Station – Guyton
James & Boots Clover Farm – Rincon

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