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County ponders how to pay for fire coverage

As Effingham County commissioners ponder how to improve fire protection and coverage in parts of the county where it is lacking, they also have to figure out how to pay for it.

May 29, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Lest we forget

In light of the accusations of waiting lists and other problems at Veterans Administration hospitals and facilities across the country, state Sen. Jack Hill said the nation needs to make taking care of its veterans one of its top priorities.

May 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Photos: SEHS class of 2014

The 2014 South Effingham High School graduating class was 325-strong Saturday night at The Corral.

May 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Lawmakers see a future for medical marijuana

Bill Hitchens admitted he never thought he'd sign onto a bill that allowed for marijuana use.

May 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Georgia's elected


Commissioners take a look at slightly bigger budget

Effingham County commissioners are poring over a draft fiscal year 2015 budget that is an increase over their current revenue and spending plan.

May 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


DeLoach wins race for 3rd District seat

The newest member of the Effingham County Board of Commissioners also will become its youngest.

May 22, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Judge rules in Jones’ favor on challenge appeal

An Effingham County Superior Court judge has ruled that the board of elections' decision to dismiss a challenge to Commissioner Vera Jones' candidacy will stand.

May 22, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


All's well for Medient

The first stirrings of the dirt are taking place on the sprawling Medient property.

May 22, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA turns down economic, financial study proposal

Effingham Industrial Development Authority members are close to approving their fiscal year 2015 budget - and it won't include a proposal for an economic and financial study of its Research Forest Tract.

May 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Loper pushes for action on county administrator job

An Effingham County commissioner questioned when the rest of the board is going to hire a permanent county administrator.

May 19, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


The Mars stars in its opening week

The opening weeks of the Mars Theatre have been a success, Springfield city staff told city council members Tuesday night.

May 15, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Judge to rule on appeal of elections board’s decision

The election of a county commissioner may rest on the desk of an Effingham County Superior Court judge.

May 15, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


For Hayes, campaign accomplishes missions

As this year's Effingham County candidate for the annual Kiss-A-Pig campaign, Mimi Hayes wanted to raise awareness about diabetes - along with money to fight it.

May 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Annual Relay for Life carries on the fight

The birthday on her driver's license may read differently, but Laura Pratt also now has May 7 circled on the calendar.

May 12, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


Pig attack trial delayed

The trial of an Effingham County man accused in the March 2013 attack on a pet pig is delayed as defense attorneys wait on a witness - the accused's alleged accomplice.

May 09, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Crime Reports


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Rincon recognizes Freedom Rings Parade winners

Rincon City Council honored float entry winners from the Freedom Rings Parade at Monday night's meeting.

July 31, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


New defensive coordinator, starting QB don’t worry Richt headed into camp

A new starting quarterback and a new defensive coordinator don't have University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt fretful in the least bit.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


Johnson ready to turn offense over to third starting quarterback in three years

There are plenty of reasons Paul Johnson is eager to start the 2014 football season. And putting behind what has been a busier-than-usual offseason may not have a lot to do with it.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


Springfield eyes sidewalk, drainage improvements

A day-long discussion by Springfield City Council members and key staff could lead to the go-ahead for several projects and improvements around the city.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon OKs warranty, change order for fire station

The city of Rincon has started the one-year warranty period for its newest fire station.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


County to vacate court order on gaming machines

A state law that rescinded a previous policy has prompted Effingham County commissioners to agree to vacate a 2010 court order.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Consultant to help find ways to lower ISO ratings

Effingham County commissioners have given the go-ahead for a fire consulting services agreement.

July 28, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Carter surprised how rough campaign was

SAVANNAH - Buddy Carter is hoping to mend fences within the Republican party, after he won the nomination Tuesday night for the U.S. House 1st District seat.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Georgia's elected


Medient wins round in court against former CEO

The new chief executive officer of Medient Studios said the company got the ruling in its favor from a Nevada judge Wednesday afternoon it anticipated.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient CEO says work is ongoing

Work on what is expected to be the largest movie studio complex in the U.S. is continuing, and a revised master plan for the project is expected soon, the studio's CEO said Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient architect familiar with area, studios

Medient Studios is bringing aboard a firm that knows something about designing massive production complexes.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


County to take a look at long-range rec plans

Effingham County commissioners will undertake forming a master plan for future recreation improvements and enhancements, after voting 5-0 Tuesday to enter into an agreement with consulting firm CHA.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Rincon 2013 audit finds two problems

Rincon City Council members were handed their 2013 audit, which pointed out two material weaknesses.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Harvey to step down from IDA

Rose Harvey is resigning from the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

July 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Mumme expecting big things from Panthers and McIntyre

Matt Mumme wasn't looking to become a head coach under the circumstances by which he took over the LaGrange College football program.

July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


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