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Commissioners approve slightly bigger budget

Effingham County commissioners approved the fiscal year 2016 budget Tuesday night, giving its second reading a 5-0 vote.

June 02, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


'The heart of a servant'

Jean Vaught knows something about homelessness. It is one of the reasons she is committed to its effects and causes.

June 02, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


County agrees to rework IDA stipulations

Effingham County commissioners have agreed to make adjustments in the stipulations placed on the Effingham Industrial Development Authority for its tracts off Interstate 16.

June 02, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Effingham jobless rate falls to 4.9 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for April was 4.9 percent, down from 5.1 percent in March.

June 02, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Laws bolster public safety, reduce recidivism

Several pieces of legislation passed through the Public Safety Committee and the Judiciary Committee which are pro-victim, pro-law enforcement and pro citizen's rights.

June 02, 2015 | By Sen. Jack Hill | Opinion


Off into the future

Nearly 380 young men and women became alumni of Effingham County High School on Saturday night, as the turning of tassels and the tossing of hats signified the end of their high school careers.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Education


SEHS grads sprint into the future

As they clutched diplomas and were released from their days as high school students, the South Effingham High School class of 2015 conducted the traditional sprint to the Mustang statue.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Education


On Memorial Day, an offer of thanks

He goes by Father Martino, in homage to St. Martin de Porres, who dedicated his life to working with the poor and seeking harmony. The Rev. Nguyen Thong Ba, in reality, is a Vietnamese immigrant who offered his never-ending gratitude for the American servicemembers who fought and died in his homeland decades ago.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Around Town


School board gives the OK to $91M budget

Effingham County Board of Education members have given tentative approval to a fiscal year 2016 budget that calls for cost of living raises for system employees.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Firm to draw up master plan for central recreation park

The plans for a proposed massive central recreation facility could be moving forward.

May 26, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Springfield buys former furniture store building

The downtown Springfield building that housed Walt's Furniture for more than 50 years is now property of the city of Springfield.

May 26, 2015 | Staff report | Local


It's career day at Ebenezer Elementary

Ebenezer Elementary School held its career day last Friday, and students in all grades got a chance to take a look at a number of different professions

May 19, 2015 | Staff report | Education


Top of ECHS class ready to tackle college

The top graduates from the Effingham County High School class of 2015 can't wait for college to start. In fact, at least has a head start.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Top SEHS grads find hard work equals top grades

Being designated the top graduates of the South Effingham High School class of 2015 was a welcome status for Jake Elliott and Cody Morgan.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Chamber job fair brings in crowd of employers, applicants

Jobseekers eagerly awaited the Effingham Chamber of Commerce's second annual job fair. So much so they were lined up well before the doors of the Effingham College and Career Academy opened.

May 19, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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IIIrd Tyme Out to take Mars stage

The International Bluegrass Music Association's most awarded male vocalist of the year, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out will play at Springfield's Mars ...

July 29, 2015 | Staff report | Connect


Woman awaiting sentence says she’s not a drug dealer

An Effingham County woman who has pled guilty to a marijuana possession says she is not a drug dealer.

July 29, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


Little Rebels raise a cheer

The Effingham County High School Little Rebel cheer camp filled the ECHS gym with 70 kids taking part. The young cheerleaders, under the guidance throughout ...

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Education


Rincon Police looking for caller in hoax

The Rincon Police Department continues to investigate a call about a hostage situation that ended up as a hoax last Tuesday.

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Crime Reports


Scene set for studioplex work to start

Major work on a proposed massive studio complex can start soon, after the Effingham County commissioners approved the Moon River Studios' master plan.

July 28, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA signs on to help with sign for ECCA

A long-standing working relationship between the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and the Effingham College and Career Academy is now more than a handshake agreement.

July 28, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


Qualifying for municipal races to start late next month

Qualifying for the three municipal elections in Effingham County is set to begin late next month.

July 28, 2015 | Staff report | Local


Tech takes a swing at myths

In Paul Johnson's mind, the myths and perceptions about his offense, coaching style and program were passé long before the 2014 season. Yet going ...

July 22, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


Team chemistry forms strong bond for Jackets

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets took a liking to the national stage last football season.

July 22, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


Georgia to turn to its backs

The heat of fall camp for the Georgia Bulldogs football team may not be a direct byproduct of the competition for the starting quarterback job ...

July 22, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


Wright shines in China

Basketball already has taken Jay Wright far across the United States. Now, it has taken him to the other side of the world.

July 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | College sports


It's back to school time!

The annual Clyo back-to-school rally was held Saturday at Clyo Community Center. The event is sponsored by Scott and Sons Trucking and a number of ...

July 21, 2015 | Staff report | Education


School board to start lining up E-SPLOST list items

Effingham County school board members will start putting together a list for the next round of the education special purpose local option sales tax.

July 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


BoE looks to close door on cabinet shop

The Effingham County Board of Education may be moving out of its old cabinet shop.

July 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Education


New car, officers for Rincon Police

The Rincon Police Department is now at full staff, with three new offices, its latest K9 ready for service and city council's approval to ...

July 21, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Local


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