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Saxon named DOT district engineer

Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Mike Dover announces that Bradford W. Saxon is now DOT's district engineer for the Southeast Georgia District.

February 25, 2016 | Staff report | Around Town


Polls open Tuesday for Rincon Ctiy Council, presidential primary

Voters across Effingham County can cast their ballot in the presidential preference primary at 17 polling places and also can do so through early voting.

February 24, 2016 | Staff report | Local


Countywide student art show coming next month

Select students from all Effingham County Schools will be participating in the fifth annual district-wide art exhibition in celebration of visual arts in our schools and Youth Art Month.

February 24, 2016 | Staff report | Education


4-H gaining STEAM

The Effingham County Extension Office announces one of its newest programs, the 4-H STEAM Extreme.

February 24, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Navy vet, author visits Exchange Club

At its Feb. 4 meeting, the Effingham Exchange Club members and guests listened to veteran Lynn Wardlaw speak about his time serving in the Navy and the challenges he faced when he wanted to publish his first of three books.

February 24, 2016 | Staff report | Around Town


Budget passes House muster

The Georgia General Assembly reconvened last Tuesday for a busy week during which the House considered several important pieces of legislation.

February 24, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


State works toward earlier notices for violent criminals' release

The fifth week of the legislative session was extremely productive and again we deliberated about a vast range of topics. A few weeks ago I wrote about HB 724, a bill that I co-sponsored, that would require earlier notices of the release of violent criminals put on parole.

February 24, 2016 | By Rep. Bill Hitchens | Opinion


Senate begins its budget work

The state Senate will be working on perfecting the fiscal year 2017 general budget totaling $23.7 billion after the House passed its version by a vote of 167-1.

February 24, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Endorsements don’t carry much weight any more

In every election cycle, political pundits will spend a lot of time talking about why endorsements are so important to a candidate.

February 24, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Another stab at education reform

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into unchartered waters. Which raises a question: Why do I spend so much time preparing speeches if I am not going to use them? I must ask myself that sometime. I would be interested in the answer.

February 24, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


Living with Children

A recent article on grandparenting.com says that many baby boomers are experiencing difficulties in their relationships with adult children, including "not enough time together, not enough regular communication, not feeling needed or wanted…not understanding why they aren't closer."

February 24, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


Dixie Diva

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter that he sent to the newspaper where he reads this column, which the newspaper then mailed to me.

February 24, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

We've been looking at lawn problems with landscape folks this past week, and I thought I'd put a little piece about what we're seeing. Brown patch (Rhizoctonia solani) is the most common disease I find, and most common disease the diagnostic lab in Athens sees as well.

February 24, 2016 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


I could be wrong

In previous columns, I discussed what it means to find Mr. or Ms. "Right" and the importance of communication prior to and during a marriage. Below are 10 issues I see as vital in such communication for a soon-to-be-married couple. However, if you are married, keep in mind that these issues do not cease to be important for marital happiness (and success) once your marriage license is signed.

February 24, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Training to ramp up on post

Training is increasing this week on Fort Stewart, and the installation is advising its neighbors that noise also may be greater.

February 23, 2016 | Staff report | Local


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Effingham Teacher of the Year a finalist for state honor

The reigning Effingham County teacher of the year, Ebenezer Middle School English and language arts teacher Heather Cocke, has been named one of 10 finalists ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Improving public safety in the recent session

Governor Deal signed two important bills into law last week which I supported during the 2016 legislative session. My analysis of these bills is set ...

April 27, 2016 | By Rep. Jon Burns | Opinion


More funding, less testing for education

In a year that did not see massive reforms in education, the Legislature reacted to what members had been hearing in sessions all around the ...

April 27, 2016 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


PSC should learn how to say ‘no’

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 27, 2016 | By Tom Crawford | Opinion


Former banker teaching peace through art

I believe that each of us has an obligation to leave this a better world than we found it. Linden Longino is trying to do ...

April 27, 2016 | By Dick Yarbrough | Opinion


‘Feed my sheep’ ... and she did

We all are much poorer, as a community, with the loss of a truly blessed lady who went to her reward last week. The good ...

April 27, 2016 | By Ruth Lee | Opinion


Remembering the Sunday School Convention in the 1880s

As we prepare for the 137th annual Sunday School Convention, we are thrilled to have uncovered some pictures never shared dating to the convention prior ...

April 27, 2016 | By Susan Exley | Echoes of Effingham


Dixie Diva

It happened, I suppose, when I was in the fourth grade. That is my first strong recollection of the unfairness of life.

April 27, 2016 | By Ronda Rich | Lifestyle


Living with children

Q: Whenever my 4-year-old son tries something new, he becomes very frustrated if he has any difficulty at all. This happens when practicing numbers, letters ...

April 27, 2016 | By John Rosemond | Lifestyle


A word from UGA Extension

We have a large amount of Bradford pears in the county, and many are concentrated to subdivisions. They create shade and look great in the ...

April 27, 2016 | By Sam Ingram | Lifestyle


I could be wrong

No pastor likes to see a divorce, though we certainly understand they are a reality of life. We are in good company as Jesus did ...

April 27, 2016 | By Rev. Dr. Bob LeFavi | Church


Former ECHS star Gant leaving Mizzou

Former Effingham County High School basketball star Jakeenan Gant has announced he is leaving the University of Missouri.

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | College sports


Quick thinker

Anna Kate Taylor of South Effingham Elementary School won the Exchange Club of Effingham County's annual Quick Think-a-Thon, held at Ebenezer Middle School.

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Hillman among GSU’s winners at Savannah ADDYs

STATESBORO-Six Georgia Southern students, including Ashley Hillman of Bloomingdale, took home awards at the local level of the 2016 American Advertising Awards (ADDY) in ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Education


Mars Theatre announces John Anderson show, marks second anniversary

The historic Mars Theatre, located in downtown Springfield, is celebrating its second anniversary by announcing that award winning, country singer-songwriter John Anderson will be performing ...

April 27, 2016 | Staff report | Connect


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