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County turns down request for groundwater use

Effingham County commissioners voted not to cede any of its groundwater withdrawal permit so a proposed development could install a well and water tank that the county eventually would operate.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Reddick ready for the stretch drive

ATLANTA - Josh Reddick was just starting to get his season turned around following a stint on the disabled list, when his right knee necessitated a return to the sidelines.

August 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Sports


Springfield opts to bump up its millage rate

The millage rate is increasing in Springfield, after city council members approved a hike last Tuesday night.

August 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Home crowd backing

For several years, Kenny and Cheryl Reddick took their two sons to Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to see Atlanta Braves games, turning the trips into short summer vacations.

August 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Sports


County trims millage rate

Effingham County commissioners approved a slightly lower millage rate and also voted to keep fire and sanitation fees the same during a special called meeting Wednesday evening.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


County to set 2015 millage rate Wednesday

Effingham County commissioners are expected to set the 2014-15 millage rates when they meet Wednesday at 6 p.m.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Work set to start on county’s next audit

The next audit of Effingham County's government appears to be on track.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Commissioners set meeting for rec plan

Effingham County commissioners will meet with members of the county's recreation board as part of a process to come up with a master plan for the county's recreation needs.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Crawley named county manager in McDuffie

Former Effingham County administrator David Crawley has been hired to be the county manager in McDuffie County.

August 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Trial date set for man accused of committing, taping child sex acts

An Effingham County man accused of child molestation and filming the acts to distribute on the Internet will have a bench trial later this month.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Crime Reports


County to drive forward on ash road repairs

Effingham County commissioners have approved a bid for repairs for nearly a dozen ash roads, but also are urging the contractor to exert traffic control measures to prevent cars from becoming damaged.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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Articles By Author - Patrick Donahue


Spencer, well-traveled flag find a home at Moon River

The flag has been in Trenton Spencer's go bag all across the globe.

October 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Annual fair rolls into town

A crowd lined Laurel Street on Monday afternoon for the annual Effingham County Fair parade.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Studio, IDA close to finishing deal

The master plan, development schedule and supplemental agreement between Moon River Studios and the Effingham Industrial Development Authority could be approved as soon as Thursday evening.

October 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Springfield celebrates annual fall festival

Another big crowd packed Laurel Street for the annual Springfield Fall Festival over the weekend.

October 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Studio shooting for early 2015 start

Construction on the initial soundstages for a massive studio project could happen as soon as January, Moon River Studios CEO Jake Shapiro said Thursday.

October 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Allen promoted to lead county staff

Effingham County commissioners have agreed to hire Toss Allen as the county administrator.

October 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Guilty plea on robbery charge nets 20-year sentence

An Effingham County man charged in two separate armed robberies pled guilty late last month and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

October 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Crime Reports


Hospital, county to work on financing

Effingham County commissioners and Effingham Health System representatives may try to revise a deal between the two groups that enabled the hospital to embark on its modernization and expansion.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Neighbors lobby against sand mine permit extension

A sand mine operator was granted two more years to finish digging out his property, after county commissioners voted to deny a rezoning application but allow the extension.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Studio ready to start hiring

A final master plan and supplemental agreement between the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and a movie production company could be finished in the next few weeks.

September 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


The kindest cut

Karla Gnann had her head shaved Saturday night as part of the "Do It For Debra" event, which raised money to help Debra Bunch in her bout with cancer.

September 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


City OKs gas station for Walmart lot

Rincon City Council members approved a final site plan for a proposed gas station to be built adjacent to Walmart.

September 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Missouri suspends former ECHS star Gant

A former Effingham County High School basketball star has been arrested for assault and has been suspended from the University of Missouri's team.

September 18, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


State arts council visits Mars

Members of the Georgia Council for the Arts visited the Mars Theatre last Thursday.

September 16, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


A new name for studio, but focus remains same, CEO says

The CEO of Moon River Studios said Tuesday they are eyeing an early 2015 start date for construction on a massive studio project slated for Effingham County.

September 11, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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