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Winter 2018

Contents Mars Theatre

Springfield’s Home of Family Entertainment


Living Effingham

So what’s so great about living in Effingham County?


USIA Film Becomes Source of Pride for Local Family

Newcomers Guide to Effingham County

Special Section

25 City of Springfield | City of Guyton | City of Rincon Effingham Health System 26 Government | County by the Numbers 27 Education | 2018-2019 Academic Calendar 29 Recreation | Entertainment 30 Service 41 Worship / Church Directory 42 Real Estate 48 Shop Local 55 Dining



Editor’s Note


E BLINKED… AND NOW IT’S 2018! With a new year comes new challenges, new stories, and a new look for Effingham Living magazine. We’re excited to debut these changes to you, and we hope you like what you see. In this issue, you’ll enjoy reading about a local man whose family was featured in a logging film many years ago. He and his family are quite proud of their involvement in the film, and are even more proud of the legacy it has created for their family. You can also read about the Mars Theatre, and all the changes going on there. It’s an exciting time for the Mars, and for the community it serves. You’ll want to know what’s coming to the Mars stage in the coming months — and you won’t want to miss a minute of it! We look forward to a great year in Effingham County. We can’t wait to see what the year brings for us… and for the community! Angye Morrison

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Allison Newberry, theatre director, stands in front of the Mars Theatre in downtown Springfield. The theater has undergone an expansion in recent months, including an addition to the stage that will mean larger acts can perform.



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1. Rebekah O’Dell of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) waves to parade watchers. 2. Carrie Thompson of Georgia-Pacific walks next to her company’s float during the Christmas parade. 3. Local World Series champion Josh Reddick of the Houston Astros tosses foam baseballs to spectators during the parade. 7 EFFINGHAM LIVING | WINTER 2018

4. Santa Claus waves to the crowd packing both sides of Columbia Avenue during the Rincon Lions Club Christmas parade. 5. The fair kicked off with a parade that featured entries from area schools, clubs, businesses, queens, politicians and various organizations. Pictured is an entry from the Haunted Forest of Ebenezer.

6. Members of the local VFW post brave inclement weather and proudly display flags and patriotic spirit. 7. Miss Effingham County Fair, Megan Johnson, smiles holding her trophy. 8. Wee Miss Effingham County Fair Chloe P. Stephenson was one of seven crowed at the 74th annual Effingham County Fair pageant. 9. Miss ECHS, Rose Moss smiles at the

crowd during the MLK Day parade. 10. The Rev. Samuel Robinson, pastor of Saint Mathews Baptist Church in Springfield, was the grand marshal of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade, held Jan. 15. 11. Riders on the Ross Ministries float wave to the crowd gathered to watch the MLK Day parade. { Photos by Mark Lastinger } WINTER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING



Mars Theatre Springfield’s Home of Family Entertainment STORY BY ANGYE MORRISON • PHOTOGRAPHY IS BY BIRK HERRATH

Springfield, Georgia is home to one of Effingham County’s best attractions — the Mars Theatre. Known for its family-friendly, affordable entertainment, the theater is a historic landmark that has hosted concerts and movies, and Director Allison Newberry is hoping 2018 brings so much more.



Construction began on a new 3,000 square foot expansion in September 2017.


riginally, the plan was to reopen in time for a Christmas concert featuring Eclipse 6 on Dec. 2, but construction had been delayed a bit by a hurricane. There was also some leakage during rain storms, which led to flooding of the first two rows of the theater. “Everything had to be cleaned out. So it was just little delays like that, it pushed us back a month,” said Newberry. She said the theater was expected to reopen in late January 2018. The expansion, which had a budget of $750,000, included an expansion to the side of the building, near the existing bathrooms. An office was added on


that hallway, along with a storage room, which Newberry said is “huge.” “Currently, everything is stored upstairs, including our Coke dispenser. So if we run out of supplies in the middle of a movie or a concert or anything like that, we have to go all the way up the stairs, all the way across the balcony and down another set of stairs to get to our storage room. So relocating our storage room is going to help our staff tremendously,” she added. In addition, a new door and a covered ramp will be added, which will aid visiting artists tremendously. “Currently, if anyone comes to perform, they would have to park beside the theater. They would have to go down some steps, and then into the theater,

LEFT: Shown is the side of the Mars Theatre as construction began. OPPOSITE PAGE: Left: Construction at the theater means larger spaces for staff, as well as visiting artists. Right: Allison Newberry, Mars Theatre director, is all smiles as she discusses acts coming to the theater in 2018.

and then up the steps on the front of the stage. The side ramp is going to allow them an easier load and unload. They can now wheel speakers, sound equipment, instruments, sets, props; they can now wheel those directly onto the stage. So that’s going to be huge. And it’s covered, so it helps protect them from the elements, so that’s really nice for our artists,” she said. Perhaps the most important part of the expansion is the added wing space on the stage area, and the pushing back of the back wall to double the depth of the stage. “Our stage was fairly small, by most standards, especially for large groups or for any sort of plays. We didn’t have that wing space. You couldn’t go off the side of the stage. The only way on and off the stage was from the front stairs,” Newberry said. With the new wing space added, there is now room for artists to exit stage right or left during productions or to hide props, and there is also room for quick change areas. There will also be room for

“It provides arts and entertainment right here in their community, right in their backyard. People love coming here... They don’t have to go far.” - ALLISON NEWBERRY

two dressing rooms and a green room off the back of the stage area. In the past, when there were live performers, they had to get dressed at City Hall in City Council chambers and walk across the street to the theater. “Now everyone will be under one roof. Now no one will have to walk between the two buildings in the rain,” she said. Newberry said there will also be new curtains and new lighting added. She’s hopeful that all the changes will mean more live performances.

“The musical acts, I think we do pretty good with. But now we can have some larger acts, and the plays that we just have not been able to accommodate,” she said, adding that 2018 looks very promising. Rumours: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute is scheduled for Jan. 27, the first show in the newly revamped venue. In February, One of These Nights: The Music of the Eagles, presented by Statesboro native Russ Lanier and his Dark Desert Band will perform on Feb. 10, while Grand Ole Opry legend John Conlee will take the stage Feb. 25. In March, the newly expanded stage area will be tested when Clovers & Co., Georgia’s 4-H show choir, performs. The massive group of singers, dancers, musicians and stagehands, ranging from ages 12 to 18 will take the stage on March 24. “That’s why we have the larger stage. We can accommodate something like this. There’s I think, 50 kids on stage. That’ll be pretty cool,” she said. Ray On My Mind, featuring Kenny Brawner, is scheduled for April 28. “It will be the largest concert event we have brought in so far,” said Newberry. “He has 17 members in his group, a 12-piece orchestra and three backup singers. “ In his performance, Brawner sings and plays Charles’ legendary hits, like “What I’d Say,” “I Got a Woman,” “Georgia on my Mind” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” His performance has been called a “love letter to Ray Charles’ music that celebrates the life of one of the godfathers of blues.” Newberry said tickets were selling fast for the Eagles and John Conlee concerts. In late December, it was confirmed that Savannah Theatre jazz/gospel/blues singer Huxsie Scott will perform at the Mars on May 18. Newberry said the details were still being ironed out for other acts and shows that will be coming in 2018, and encourages local residents WINTER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING


to check the theater’s website, at www., or follow the theater on social media: on Facebook (Mars Theatre), on Twitter (@MarsTheatre) and Instagram (Mars_Theatre). Having a theater like the Mars is huge for a small community, and for all of Effingham County, Newberry said. “It allows people to stay here locally, in Effingham County. They don’t have to drive to Savannah and fight the traffic and go downtown and find parking. It provides arts and entertainment right here in their community, right in their backyard. People love coming here because it’s in their backyard. They don’t have to go far,” she said. Newberry is ever striving to increase not only the number of acts at the theater, but also the quality. “I’m hoping that were building a name for ourselves, that people can trust that we’re bringing quality entertainment in. So even if they haven’t heard of the group or a specific performance, they can trust

that we’ve done our due diligence, and we’re bringing in quality entertainment,” she said. The Mars is also a great place for families, and it’s affordable. “You just can’t beat the cost. A $7 movie ticket. Somebody can come here and go to the movies for $10; that’s a movie ticket, a small popcorn and a small drink. You just can’t do that at those big theaters in Pooler, Statesboro and Savannah. We’re all about value and quality entertainment,” Newberry said. In the summer, Two for Tuesdays offers local children the opportunity to see great family movies for $2 each Tuesday. The program will be offered again this year, Newberry said. The average cost for a concert at the Mars is between $20 and $45. Newberry said she works with the artists to keep prices low. “I really negotiate with the artists. I let them know we’re a rural area, and I let them know that we really like to keep

prices low for people. I think that will bring more people out, if we keep it affordable. So I try to keep those prices as low as possible,” she said. If local residents would like to do more than just attend a show, there are ways to get involved at the Mars. The annual Friends of the Mars membership campaign kicked off in October 2017, and is a great opportunity for individuals and businesses to sponsor the arts. Businesses can choose from several marketing opportunities such as on-screen advertising, placement of the business logo on the digital marquis on Highway 21 or sponsorship of live events and movie premiers. Contributions can also be made by purchasing a personalized brick for the walkway in front of the theater, or a plaque for a theater seat, called the Take A Seat program. These can be done in memory or in honor of the person of your choosing. El

For more information on the Mars Theatre, or any of the upcoming programs, or to purchase tickets, go online at , or call the theater office at (912) 754-1118. 12 EFFINGHAM LIVING | WINTER 2018

USIA Film Becomes

Source of Pride for Local Family STORY BY ANGYE MORRISON

Robert Hunter has fond memories of his childhood. He was raised by his grandparents, Lewis and Mamie Hunter, and grew up in a small home in Guyton, Georgia with aunts, uncles and cousins around him who were like brothers and sisters. His childhood, in the 1940s and 50s, was typical for the time period except for one thing — Robert’s family was featured in a film called “Men of the Forest.”


he movie was released in 1952, and was produced by the United States Information Agency, or the United States Information Service, as it was known overseas. The USIA existed from 1953 to 1999, and was a U.S. agency devoted to propaganda, or “public diplomacy.” The agency’s sole purpose was to represent the U.S. in a positive light in foreign countries,

in response to the negative portrayal of the U.S. from communist propaganda. Robert isn’t sure how his family was chosen to be a part of the film — he was only 5 years old at the time it was recorded. “It’s a mystery to me,” he said. “The only thing I could think of was that the only people that had that kind of connections were the people at the paper mill.”

ABOVE: This still shot taken from the movie, “Men of the Forest,” shows Lewis, Harry and James Hunter hard at work in the woods.



Although there were more members of the family living in the home, only four were featured in the film: Lewis and Mamie Hunter, along with their son, Harry, and James, Robert’s first cousin. Harry and James were portrayed as the couple’s sons in the movie. The Hunters actually had five children, but the girls were not in the movie, along with the eldest son, Lewis III, who was in the Army. And Robert himself, the baby of the family, was too young. The story line of the movie focuses on the Hunter family and the logging business the elder Hunter conducts with his son Harry. As the movie opens, young James is excited because he has reached the age where he, too, can go to work with his father. The family finds that the one load they can bring in each day by cutting trees down by hand just doesn’t compare to what can be done with a power saw. So they work to save enough money to buy the saw, which makes their business more successful and enables them to purchase items for their home, as well as make one special buy — a sewing machine for Mamie. Robert says the film is mostly factual, although there was a fire in the story that he says James later told him he had no recollection of outside of filming. “There was a lot of stuff left out,” Robert added. He said filming took place from June through August, and they collected more than 30 hours of film. The final product is just over an hour long. Robert recalls that the owners at the paper mill, where his grandfather took the logs he harvested each day, had a 14 EFFINGHAM LIVING | WINTER 2018

The old homestead, featured in the movie, was located in Guyton, and the cutting of the wood happened on Old Brogdon Road, nearby.

LEFT: Lewis Hunter uses the newlypurchased power saw as James looks on. OPPOSITE PAGE: Left: In this shot, young James rides into town with head of the family Lewis Hunter. Right: Robert Hunter talks about his family and their involvement in the 1952 film, “Men of the Forest.” Photo by Angye Morrison.

lot of respect for his grandfather because he worked so hard. “He was a hardworking man. He believed in hard work,” he said. “He did a little farming. We had chickens and raised hogs, and we grew most of what we ate.” Robert said his grandfather was a strict disciplinarian, but was a tenderhearted man as well. “He was a very caring, wise person. He was not a person that had a whole lot to say, but usually what he said he meant it, and what he said, you need to listen to it,” he said. He recalled walking in the woods with his grandfather after church on Sundays, and how his grandfather could identify animals in the woods by the sounds they made. He also recalled his grandfather’s soft spot for the family horse, Lady. “She was really valuable to the family because she helped with the logging business and with the farming. He was very particular about that horse. Every Saturday you would wash that horse and clean the mane. If you wanted to get him upset, let him see you doing something to that horse. That was his pride and joy, that horse,” Robert said. After the purchase of the saw, the business did indeed become more successful, and Lewis was able to purchase a tractor and hire a crew. Eventually, he was able to become more of a supervisor, and allow his crew to do the heavy work. When Robert reached the age of 12, he also went to the woods to help. But his grandmother made sure he wasn’t

overworked. “I was the baby, and she didn’t want me to work too hard,” he said, laughing. Robert says his grandfather worked the logging business until the mid1960s, when his health became an issue. Lewis was hit in the head by a limb in the late 1950s or early 60s, Robert said, which caused blood clots. “He didn’t do anything about it, and

“He said, ‘I’m looking at a movie.’ When he said that, I went to trembling. And when I seen it, I went from shaking to crying.” - ROBERT HUNTER

he [later] had a stroke, and he was paralyzed on one side of his body,” Robert said. He added that after his service in the Army in Vietnam, he came home and he and his wife, Regina, moved in across the street from his grandparents to help his aunt take care of them. The old homestead, featured in the movie, was located in Guyton, and the

cutting of the wood happened on Old Brogdon Road, nearby. After the movie, with what they were paid, the family was able to add a kitchen and living room to the four-room home, as well as a porch. The home had been Mamie’s grandmother’s house, and didn’t have running water inside, Robert said. There was a hand pump outside, and a smokehouse in the back. The home burned in 1976, and Robert has built his family’s home on the site where the old house once stood. Robert said he was told of the film, but they didn’t have a copy of it until recently. His nephew, Gabriel, found it on YouTube. He still remembers the day Gabriel called to tell him that he’d found it. “He said, ‘I’m looking at a movie.’ When he said that, I went to trembling,” Robert said. “And when I seen it, I went from shaking to crying.” Robert plans to donate a copy to the Effingham County Museum, and believes it is an important part of local history. But for his family, it’s even more important. It’s a connection to the past that will help shore up the bridge to their future. “Us older ones, we knew about the movie. But the younger ones, they didn’t. When they see it, they sit up,” he said, speaking of their pride. “They all know now.” El

To watch “Men of the Forest,” go to atch?v=z8HhWVzzcVc.



Living Effingham BY VERA JONES

So what’s so great about living in Effingham County?


In a word: ‘Family’

e live in a world where we want, need and once the people hear word that one of their young men was seriexpect a certain level of technology, speed ously injured in Afghanistan fighting for our country, that they and services. But there is one innate long- spontaneously work together to have a parade to welcome him ing that most of us still have. We dream home. They line the streets, and tie yellow ribbons everywhere, about home, family and friends. While we and they now call Winston Hencley their “hometown hero.” This want all the luxuries and comforts that is the kind of community where during very dangerous hurricane this era provides, we still want to hold on to our roots. We want force winds you could find the local sheriff and sheriff ’s deputies out with chainsaws helping to clear the road ways the core values and traditions that made us who of huge fallen trees placing their own lives and we are today, and to pass these on to our children safety at risk. It is where you see first-hand how and their children. the first responders, emergency management, Initially we moved to Effingham County apfirefighters, law enforcement, dispatchers, county proximately 25 years ago because of the excellent staff, and the public works and road crews work school system when my son was about to begin around the clock together handling one emerfirst grade. Looking back now, oh how time flies. gency after another during a state of emergency The memories created here will never be forgotweather event, going above and beyond, to help ten. The lifelong family, friendships and bonds provide services and safety to our citizens. They are forever. These are the people that you can call do this without complaint, because they genuon and count on in your hour of need. It doesn’t inely care about the people that live here and rely matter if you have seen them recently or not. on them. Effingham County is the kind of place Why? Because they are now part of your extendthat 15, 20, or 25 years after you coach a child in ed family. You raised your kids together. You were a recreational sport, you will run into them on the at the ball park, gymnasium, elementary, midstreet and they will shake your hand or hug your dle and high schools together. You volunteered neck and call you coach. in the local clubs and organizations such as the “...There's surely "no You might visit Effingham and find us enjoyathletic booster club, PTA or band boosters. You place like home," ing an annual festival in the street such as Olde worked hand in hand at the fundraisers, walk-aand when you Effingham Days, or celebrating the Fourth of July thons, and Chamber of Commerce. Your families with fireworks and a light show at the school or attend church together. You have laughed, fought come to Effingham in a park, or attending the yearly fair held at the and cried, and have seen your children grow and County you will church grounds. You’ve heard the quote made faget married, and lived through the death of loved see what a home mous by Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz: “We’re not ones, all together. The people in this community community truly is.” in Kansas anymore.” That quote not only repreare indeed your friends. They step up, and then sented something unfamiliar, but for me “Kansas” show up at times and places of real need, such as when your mother is in hospice, and you are learning true loss for represented a feeling of safety and security. That is the same type of feeling that I can truly say I feel in Effingham County. For most the first time in your life. In Effingham you’ve got at least one friend that says; “I don’t of us, one of the most important things in our lives is that we can know what to say, but you know I can cook, and I cooked you a raise our children in as safe and secure an environment as possiham and some of my special brownies.” It’s also that kind of place ble, where they can obtain a good education, and have opportuwhere your son becomes such good friends with the two twin sons nities for their own future happiness, and success, and learn how of his elementary school principal, that after they graduate col- to become productive citizens that also care and give back to their lege, he is a groomsman in both of their weddings. It is where community one day. It is a very rare and special thing to find all you will find a man that loved recreational sports so much that the elements it takes in one place to provide this environment. In Effingham you will find those that were born and raised he dedicated his entire life to it, and because of that they name the new recreational complex the Clarence Morgan Recreational here. They love this place, and their original family roots are Complex in his honor. It is the kind of town where a local boy deeply planted here. Then you will find the “newcomers.” They plays recreational baseball, and high school baseball, and ends up came here because of everything I have mentioned and more. You playing for the Houston Astros in 2017 and winning the World might live here 20 years and still be thought of as a newcomer, Series. You might think that is the amazing part of the story, but but the truth is, you love this place as well, and now you too have it’s not. The truly amazing part is how this same young man, Josh planted your family roots here for generations to come. Why? BeReddick, chose to donate $1 million to the county in order to build cause there’s surely “no place like home,” and when you come to a handicapped dream baseball field so children with disabilities Effingham County you will see what a home community truly is. could also have opportunities as well. It is the kind of town that That is why we moved here over 25 years ago, and never left. El



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LEADING THE CHANGE Ask Fran Baker-Witt, CEO of Effingham Health System (EHS), what her most precious asset is and she will not hesitate to tell you, “Our people!” She’s quick to point out that

potential health outcomes for the patients they serve, with compassion, quality care, integrity, and service excellence.

includes everyone who works for EHS; from the physicians,

This special section shares highlights of 2017 achievements

entire support team that keeps the healthcare system running

Care Center, the hiring of the system’s first pediatrician, a

practitioners, nurses, and techs who care for patients, to the 24/7/365. Effingham Health employs 436 people.

A little over a year ago, Effingham Health System made a

public commitment to transform healthcare for Effingham

County. Internally, Mrs. Baker-Witt’s mantra to deliver on that

led by the EHS team, including the opening of a new Cancer pilot program for school-based telemedicine, partnerships

that bring respected specialty physicians to Effingham, growth in ER and OR services, and significant improvement in patient satisfaction ratings.

promise has been “Be the change. Lead the change. See the

But in the same forward-thinking that Effingham Health is

from the EHS staff. Effingham Health’s commitment to change

with a letter from Mrs. Baker-Witt that gives insight to

change.” It’s clear that she expects transformation to emanate is guided by a strategic plan focused on providing the highest

fostering within the organization, this special section opens Effingham Health’s goals for 2018.

LETTER FROM THE CEO The past year we have experienced challenges, success, and

educated, compassionate leadership in place. Investment in

proud of our team and how they are leading the change within

of care.

rewards as part of our commitment to transformation. I am so our system. This special section shares many of the success

good people impacts both patient satisfaction and quality

stories of 2017. I thought you might also appreciate hearing

Growth. Our growth comes through building existing services

five key pillars.

emphasis on building strategic partnerships that assure local

about the strategy behind those changes, which is driven by

Patient Satisfaction. Know that we respect, recognize and

value your VOICE as a KEY STAKEHOLDER, helping us drive

and by adding new services. At the heart of that growth is

people access to specialty treatments and care. Read on to learn more about those new services!

success for Effingham Health System. The changes we make

Financial Performance. As a publicly supported non-profit,

healthcare services for you and the other residents of our

stakeholders. Our financial performance in the last fiscal year

are intended to provide the best possible, overarching

community. Your voice, aligned with our voice, will continue to improve access to state-of-the-art care, technology and experienced providers close to home.

we realize how important fiscal responsibility is to our

has been strong, laying the foundation for future growth and development of important healthcare programs that extend beyond the walls of our hospital and into our community.

Quality of Care. With my background as a nurse, quality of

As we go forward in 2018, we’ll continue to look at

system in delivering optimal outcomes for patients. While

But this year we will be adding another lens: the patient

care is part of my DNA. Evidence-based medicine guides our we work to assure our residents have access to primary and

specialty care, and that those providers have the technology and facilities they need to treat local patients.

Our People. At the core of EHS is a motivated team. Our employee satisfaction rates are up and we have smart,

transformation opportunities through these five pillars. experience. After all, everything we do is about your healthcare and wellbeing. Sincerely,

Fran Baker-Witt

Chief Executive Officer | Effingham Health System

The system is simple. Parents enroll their child in Telemed at

any time. When that child falls sick and visits the school nurse, the parent will have the option for the nurse to arrange a

telemedicine appointment with a family practitioner or EHS’ In September of 2017 Effingham Health, in partnership

pediatrician, Dr. Bailey Alford.

with Effingham County Board of Education, launched a

The school nurse has access to cutting-edge telemedicine

Guyton Elementary. It is the first school-based telemedicine

camera allows the physician to examine the patient’s throat,

telemedicine pilot program in Springfield Elementary and program in the Greater Savannah area, though over 100

schools in Georgia currently offer telemedicine. Given its initial success, EHS expects to roll Telemed out in more schools in the near future.

Effingham Health’s Telemed is designed to make healthcare more convenient and accessible for parents, avoid delays in

treatment, and enhance learning by decreasing absenteeism. The service is also open to teachers, reducing time they are away from their classrooms.

equipment and a secure computer connection. An HD video nose, ears, eyes, and skin in great detail. A stethoscope

allows the physician to listen to the patient’s heart and lungs,

while a digital thermometer measures body temperature. The doctor can converse with the child as she/he conducts the

examination via computer from her/his medical office, with the help of the school nurse.

Telemed is transforming healthcare for children in our community. For more information, visit your school nurse.

PEDIATRICS As CEO, Fran Baker-Witt spends a lot of time listening. One of the things she heard voiced often was the need for a full-time

pediatrician. That need resonated with her as a mother, a nurse, and a healthcare administrator who spent many years focused on women’s and children’s services.

Responding to that voice, Mrs. Baker-Witt made it a strategic

priority to attract a high-quality Pediatrician to Effingham Health System. After a thorough search, Dr. Bailey Alford joined EHS this past September as Effingham Health’s first pediatrician. She is currently accepting new patients.

Biology from Mercer University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with University Honors.

These credentials would be excellent in any physician, but there is something else special that sets Dr. Alford apart. She grew

up right here in Effingham County. Dr. Alford has chosen to join

Effingham Health; returning to care for children in her own home town. As a pediatrician and mother, Dr. Alford (aka Dr. Bailey to

her young patients) clearly understands the need for quality care for local children.

For more information, call 912-826-PEDS (7337). Dr. Alford completed a three-year pediatric residency at

Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah after receiving her Doctorate of Medicine from Mercer University School of

Medicine. She also holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular

CANCER CARE CENTER Effingham Health also heard the voice of local cancer patients, who found the two-hour round trip to Savannah incredibly

tiring and uncomfortable at a time when they need rest and care. The repeated visits were also a drain on family and friends who often missed work to make the trek.

In response to that need, EHS opened the Cancer Care Center at Effingham Health System in Spring of 2017. The Effingham Cancer Care Practice is professionally staffed by Summit

Cancer Care Physicians. Cancer patients can see a medical

oncologist from Summit, meet with counselors, and receive chemotherapy in the new center.

The Cancer Care Center also treats hematology patients who need blood and fluid infusions.

The need is evident in the center’s growth. The Cancer Care

Center was originally open one day a week. In less than a year it has expanded to three days a week to meet the needs of

Care close to home translates into more time for patients, and

an average of 18 patients a day. This is a prime example of a

For more information, call 912-754-2560.

local patients. It is currently serving 134 patients each month, service that fills a real need.

their families, to heal.

EFFINGHAM ORTHOPAEDICS As part of its commitment to partnerships that provide residents access to quality specialty care, EHS opened

Effingham Othopaedics in Spring of 2017. This collaboration provides access to specialty care in orthopaedics and sports medicine.

Through the Effingham Orthopaedics practice, Chatham

Orthopaedic Associates’ physicians and providers offer general orthopaedic care and specialized treatment for sprained joints, broken bones, knee pain, foot pain, shoulder pain, arthritis, and other orthopaedic injuries and conditions.

Patients can make an appointment or call ahead to check on availability for same day treatment in the case of an injury. For more information, call 912-826-3111.

SENIOR CONNECTION The newest program introduced by Effingham Health, Senior

The patient’s treatment team is multi-disciplinary in design to

ensure the best possible patient care. Along with the patient, family members, and the family doctor, the team includes a

medical director, program director, nurse, primary therapist and clerk.

Connection, promises hope to patients 65 and older, who

Signs of Depression/Anxiety

seniors are uniquely challenging. Declining physical ability, loss

- Aches and pains with no apparent cause

are dealing with depression or anxiety. The issues affecting of loved ones and isolation can lead to depression, anxiety

and other issues. But depression and anxiety are not normal at

- Lethargy: loss of energy and/or motivation - Changes in sleep patterns: insomnia,hypersomnia, sleeping during the day and up during the night

any age.

- A depressed or empty mood

At Senior Connection, the goal is to help patients safely return

- A substantial, unplanned weight loss or gain

to their optimal style of living. Sometimes a helping hand is all that’s needed for seniors to get their life back on track.

The proper guidance and regular attention of experienced

professionals can lead to improved lifestyle as well as better overall health.

Patients receive confidential treatment in a program lasting

- A loss of pleasure in activities - Restlessness, irritability

- Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness - Excessive or inappropriate guilt - Difficulty thinking clearly

- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide - Excessive anxiety or worry

6-12 weeks, 2–4 days per week. The program includes group,

The new Senior Connection is conveniently located on the

behavioral health diagnosis, a noon meal during the day, and

Rehabilitative Services entrance.

individual and family therapy, medication management for

coordination of the patient’s care with the individual’s primary care physician.

Effingham Hospital campus, across the parking lot from the For more information, call 912-754-1090.







CONNECTING WITH PATIENTS Understanding that the healthcare journey often begins

online, Effingham Health launched a new website in 2017. now provides patients with an attractive, informative, easy-to-navigate website.

The new site is rich in content. Local residents can learn about the changes taking place at Effingham Health System. A

comprehensive guide explains which services are available at



EHS, and shares direct phone numbers for most departments and programs. Another popular feature is the Find a Doctor tool. Current news and events are featured on the home

page. There are also links for online bill pay, patient portals, and online employment applications. There is even a link to contact the healthcare system.

In addition to the new website, Effingham Health has

grown a strong following on Facebook at EffinghamHealth. Facebook followers receive updated

information on new services and technology, physicians and

providers, upcoming events, and important healthcare news.



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• CI T Y O F R IN C O N •

130 S. Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329 Phone: (912) 754-7617

302 S. Columbia Ave., Rincon, GA 31326 Phone: (912) 826-5745 • Fax: (912) 826-2083

BARTON A. ALDERMAN, MAYOR Council Members: Charles Hinely, Jerry Maennche, Steve Shealy, Justin Cribs, Kenny Usher (Mayor Pro-tem)

KEN LEE, MAYOR Council Members: Reese Browher, James Dasher, Ann Daniel, Christi Ricker, Levi Scott, Paul Wendelken

COUNCIL MEETINGS Second Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m.

COUNCIL MEETINGS Second and fourth Mondays of every month at 7 p.m. Police Department Building, 107 West 17th Street, Rincon, GA 31326

Brett Bennett, City Manager

Wes Smith, City Manager


Fran Baker-Witt, CEO Hospital Authority Members: • Patricia Ann Yarbrough, Chairman of the Board • Barry Flonnory, Vice Chairman • LaMeisha H. Kelly, Scretary • Derrell E. Banks • Richard R. Rafter (912) 754-6451

The Effingham Hospital, Inc. Board of Directors meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:15 p.m. in the Kieffer Hall Community Room at Effingham Health System. Hospital Authority meetings are open to the public. On occasion, a meeting date may be changed due to holiday or other unforeseen reason.

• CI T Y O F G U Y TO N • 310 Central Blvd., Guyton, GA 31312 Phone: (912) 772-3353 • Fax: (912) 772-3152 JEFF LARISCY, MAYOR Council Members: Steve Collins – Council, Post 1 Dr. Franklin Goldwire – Council, Post 2 Mayor Pro Tem Michael Johnson – Council, Post 4 MEETINGS SCHEDULE City Council: Second Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. Planning and Zoning: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. Thomas Wirth, City Manager

Welcome to the city of Guyton! The city of Guyton is a small, pleasant town with a historical background that pre-dates the Civil War. Guyton boasts several mom and pop businesses and several vintage resale stores for the vintage connoisseur. If you are looking for something bigger we are just a short drive from Pooler and Savannah, Georgia. The city of Guyton offers water and sewer for new residents, an elementary school and we have very low property taxes which is a win-win for everyone. Guyton’s historical element and small-town charm with welcoming, friendly down-home residents is South Georgia at its best. Thomas Wirth City Manager, City of Guyton

Effingham Health System is transforming how they approach and deliver healthcare, with an emphasis on innovation and collaboration, while delivering the best possible care, close to home. This new focus includes expansion of family services, through the addition of an on-staff pediatrician, and the launch of a Telemedicine pilot program in local schools. Guided by CEO Fran Baker-Witt’s vision to “Be the change, lead the change, see the change,” the healthcare system is committed to transforming healthcare in every patient service and interaction. Their goal is to empower patients to take an active role in their own health and wellbeing, assuring the best possible health outcomes for all patients. As part of that commitment, Effingham Health System is collaborating with leading regional specialists to provide accessible care for patients. Joint initiatives—like the new Cancer Care Center, professionally staffed by Summit Cancer Care physicians, and Effingham Orthopaedics, professionally staffed by Chatham Orthopaedic Associates providers—are shaping the future of healthcare in Effingham County and the surrounding area. WINTER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING


Government Getting to know the people who make things happen in Effingham County is an important thing for a local resident to do — know who makes the decisions and who to go to when you need answers. It’s important to know who your elected officials are, as well as who runs the show behind the scenes. Effingham County’s government officials are available to help, all you have to do is ask. County Administrator Steve Davis ▶▶ STATE LAWMAKERS

Gov. Nathan Deal Office of the Governor 206 Washington Street Suite 203, State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-1776 Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Office of the Lieutenant Governor Administrative Staff 240 State Capitol Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5030 Fax: (404) 656-6739 ▶▶ EFFINGHAM’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATION

State Sen. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) State Capitol Building Room 234 Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5038 Fax: (404) 657-7094 Email: district office

P.O. Box 486 Reidsville, GA 30453 Phone: (912) 557-3811 Fax: (912) 557-3522 committees

Appropriations (Chairman); Finance; Natural Resources and the Environment; Regulated Industries and Utilities; Rules

State Rep. Jon Burns (R-Newington) Capitol Office House Majority Leader State Capitol Building Room 338 Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 656-5099 Email:

Appropriations; Economic Development and Tourism; Game; Rules; Ethics; Transportation

State Rep. Bill Hitchens (R-Rincon) 408-C Coverdell Legislative Office Building Atlanta, GA 30334 Phone: (404) 657-1803 Email: bill.hitchens@house. district office

2440 Rincon-Stillwell Road Phone: (912) 663-8941 committees

Appropriations; Defense and Veterans Affairs; Public Safety and Homeland Security; Transportation ▶▶ FEDERAL LAWMAKERS

U.S. Rep. Rick W. Allen (R-Augusta) 513 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-2823 Fax: (202) 225-3377 district office

50 E. Main Street Statesboro, GA 30458 Phone: (912) 243-9452 Fax: (912) 243-9453 committees

House Committee on Agriculture; House Education and Workforce Committee subcommittees

General Farm Commodities and Risk Management; Conservation and Forestry; Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions; Higher Education and Workforce Training

5829 Clyo-Kildare Road Newington, GA 30446

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) 432 Cannon House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Phone: (202) 225-5831 Fax: (202) 226-2269


district office

district office

Agriculture and Consumer Affairs; 26 EFFINGHAM LIVING | WINTER 2018

6602 Abercorn St., Suite 105B

Savannah, GA 31405 Phone: (912) 352-0101 Fax: (912) 352-0105 committees

Education and the Workforce Committee; Homeland Security, Oversight and Government Reform subcommittees

Subcommittee on Transportation Security; Oversight and Management Efficiency; Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions; Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education; Healthcare, Benefits and Administrative Works; Government Operations

U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Sea Island) 383 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3521 Fax: (202) 224-0103 regional office

191 Peachtree St. NE, Ste 3250 Atlanta, GA 30303 Phone: (404) 865-0087 Fax: (404) 865-0311 committees

Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Budget; Foreign Relations; Judiciary; Special Committee on Aging subcommittees

State Department and USAID Management (chairman); Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources (chairman)

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) 131 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-3643 Fax: (202) 228-0724 regional office

1 Overton Park 3625 Cumberland Boulevard, Suite 970 Atlanta, GA 30339 Phone: (770) 661-0999 Fax: (770) 661-0768 committees

Finance; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; Veterans’ Affairs; Select Committee on Ethics; Foreign Relations subcommittees

Subcommittee on International Trade; Customs and Global Competitiveness; Taxation and IRS Oversight; Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy; East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy; Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, Global Women’s Issues


Chairman — Wesley Corbitt Elected through 2021

District 4 — Reggie Loper Elected through 2020

District 1 — Forrest Floyd Elected through 2020

District 5 — Phil Kieffer Elected through 2018

District 2 — Vera Jones Elected through 2018

County Clerk Stephanie Johnson 610 North Laurel Street Springfield, GA 31329 Phone: 754-2123 Fax: 754-4157

District 3 — Jamie Deloach Elected through 2018

The Board of Commissioners meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5 p.m. The meetings are held on the first floor of the Administrative Complex at 601 North Laurel Street, Springfield, Georgia, in the Commissioners Meeting Room.

County by the Numbers POPULATION Effingham County 58,712* Density per square mile 109.4^ Male 49.8%* Female 50.2%* GEOGRAPHY Total Area 483 square miles Total Land 478 square miles Water 5.2 square miles INCOME Median Household Income $63,100+ Per Capita Income $25.123+ Individuals Below Poverty Level 10.6%+ HOUSING Housing units 20,361* Owner-occupied housing unit rate 76.5%+ Median value of owner-occupied housing units $152,600+ Total # of Households 18,432+ Persons per Household 2.95+ EDUCATION Population Age 25+ Percent High School Graduate or Higher 86%+ Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 16.9%+ LABOR FORCE Civilian Labor Force 64.8%+ QUALITY OF LIFE Average one-way commute 30.7 minutes+ * 2016 Population Estimate + 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates ^ 2010 Census


Randy Shearouse Blandford Elementary LaToya Jones, Principal Phone: (912) 826-4200 Fax: (912) 826-4747 4650 McCall Rd Rincon, 31326 7:35 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. Ebenezer Elementary Beth Kight, Principal Phone: (912) 754-5522 Fax: (912) 754-5527 1198 Ebenezer Rd Rincon, 31326 8:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Guyton Elementary Charlotte Connelly, Principal Phone: (912) 772-3384 Fax: (912) 772-5523 719 Central Blvd Guyton, 31312 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Marlow Elementary Leslie Dickerson, Principal Phone: (912) 728-3262 Fax: (912) 728-4477 5160 Hwy 17 So. Guyton, 31312 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Rincon Elementary Dr. Paige Dickey, Principal Phone: (912) 826-5523 Fax: (912) 826-4052 501 N Richland Ave Rincon, 31326 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Sand Hill Elementary Christy Brown, Principal Phone: (912) 728-5112 Fax: (912) 728-5125 199 Stagecoach Ave Guyton, 31312 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. South Effingham Elementary Anna Barton, Principal Phone: (912) 728-3801 Fax: (912) 728-4487 767 Kolick Helmly Guyton, 31312 7:45 a.m. - 2:35 p.m. Springfield Elementary Lisa Woods, Principal



Phone: (912) 754-3326 Fax: (912) 754-7172 300 Old Dixie Hwy S. Springfield, 31329 8:10 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Ebenezer Middle Amie Dickerson, Principal Phone: (912) 754-7757 Fax: (912) 754-4012 1100 Ebenezer Rd Rincon, 31326 8:25 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Effingham County Middle Timothy Hood, Principal Phone: (912) 772-7001 Fax: (912) 772-7005 1659 Hwy 119 So. Guyton, 31329 8:25 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. South Effingham Middle Brigid Nesmith, Principal Phone: (912) 728-7500 Fax: (912) 728-7508 1200 Noel C. Conaway Guyton, 31312 8:20 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. Effingham County High Billy Hughes, Principal Phone: (912) 754-6404 Fax: (912) 754-6893

Effingham County’s schools is among the top 10 percent of school districts across the state of Georgia. There are eight elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools, as well as a state-of-the-art career academy, all of which serve more than 12,000 students.

South Effingham High Dr. Mark Winters, Principal Phone: (912) 728-7511 Fax: (912) 728-7529 1220 Noel C. Conaway Guyton, 31312 8:20 a.m. - 3:50 p.m. Effingham Career Academy Ashley Kieffer, Director of H.S. Programs Dr. Barbara Prosser, CEO Phone: (912) 754-5610 Fax: (912) 754-5611 2940 Hwy 21 South Rincon, GA 31326 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

July 26 – August 1 - Pre-planning for Teachers



September 3 October 8 - 9 November 19-23 December 20 – January 2 January 21 April 19 – April 26 February 14-18

Troy K. Alford District Two, Vice Chairman Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-20

July 31 • 4-7 p.m. - Elementary schools August 2 - First Day of School; First Day of the First Nine Weeks October 4 Last Day of First Nine Weeks December 18 Last Day of Second Nine Weeks; End of First Semester March 12 Last Day of Third Nine Weeks

F. Lamar Allen District Three, Chairman Term: 1-1-05 to 12-31-20

Beth Helmly District Four Term: 1-1-15 to 12-31-18 405 North Ash Street Springfield, GA 31329 Phone: (912) 754-6491 Fax: (912) 754-7033

Vickie Decker District Five Term: 8-6-08 to 12-31-20

Crossroads Academy Alternative School David Smith, Coordinator Phone: (912) 754-2511 4752 Highway 17 South Guyton, GA 31312 8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closed Fridays

Academic Calendar 2018 - 2019 July 30 • 4-7 p.m. - Middle and high schools

C. Robert Grant District One Term: 1-1-15 to 12-31-18

Central Registration Center registration@effingham.k12. Phone: (912) 754-2530 Fax: (912) 754-2531 306 N. Ash Street Springfield, GA 31329 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Fridays

1589 Hwy 119 South Springfield, 31329 8:25 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Check www. for the meeting dates and times.

May 22 - Last day of school; Fourth Nine Weeks, and Second Semester October 4 Parent/Teacher Conferences —  Students Dismissed Early October 5 Professional Development Day —  Student Holiday January 2 Professional Development Day —  Student Holiday February 13 Parent/Teacher Conferences — Student Holiday; Professional Development Day May 23-24 - Post-planning for staff

Labor Day  Fall Holiday Thanksgiving Holidays  Christmas Holidays  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Spring Holidays  Winter Holiday 

Nine Weeks Progress Reports September 4 November 9 February 4 April 12

First Report Second Report Third Report Fourth Report

Nine Weeks Report Cards October 15 January 7 March 18 May 27

First Report Card Second Report Card Third Report Card Fourth Report Card released on Parent Portal at 5 p.m.

GRADUATION May 24 • 7 p.m. SEHS Graduation  at The Corral May 25 • 7 p.m. ECHS Graduation  at the Rebel Field * All dates are subject to change as situations warrant. WINTER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING


mars theatre

T You can see a movie, get a small popcorn and small drink and a movie ticket, all for just $10.


he Mars Theatre is the heart of Springfield — and the pride and joy of Effingham County. Few small communities have a theater that boasts of all that the Mars has to offer: movies on most Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and classic movie matinees on the second Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. Then there are the live concerts and theatrical productions offered each month. Owned by the city of Springfield, the Mars Theatre reopened in 2014 and will celebrate its fourth anniversary in April. The theater was closed throughout the fall of 2017 for an expansion project that added dressing rooms, a green room, wing space and storage, as well as doubled the size of the stage. This exciting expansion will allow for larger acts to perform on the Mars stage, as well as theatrical productions. The Mars has the best popcorn in the county. You can see a movie, get a small popcorn and small drink and a movie ticket, all for just $10. First-run movies are shown regularly as soon as they come out nationwide. The theater also offers field trips for schools and other organizations. The Mars Theatre is located at 106 Laurel

Street in downtown Springfield. The best place to find out what is happening at the theater is online at You can also subscribe to the e-mail newsletter to receive earlybird news and offers. Follow the theater on social media: on Facebook (Mars Theatre), on Twitter (@MarsTheatre) and Instagram (Mars_Theatre).

Recreation Whatever kind of outdoor fun you’re into, you’ll find a place to play in Effingham. Effingham County’s Recreation and Parks Department has facilities throughout the county, along with youth and adult sports programs. From baseball to basketball to football to cheerleading, you’ll find something for everyone. For adults, you can sign up for softball and flag football, volleyball, and even kickball. There’s always something to do in Effingham. ▶▶ EFFINGHAM COUNTY RECREATION & PARKS

Physical address 808 Highway 119 South, Springfield, Georgia 31329 (912) 754-6339 Abercorn Landing Abercorn Landing Rd, Rincon, GA 31326 Boat Ramp, Restrooms

Annex Ball Park 405 N Ash Street, Springfield , GA 31329 Baseball / Softball, Restrooms

Baker Lake 224 Courthouse Road, Springfield , GA 31329 Clyo Community Center 545 Fair Street, Clyo, GA 31303

ADA Accessible, Chairs, Kitchen, Picnic Tables, Restrooms, Stage, Tables, Water

Effingham County Recreation Complex 808 Highway 119 S, Springfield , GA 31329 Brenda: 912-754-6339, ext. 4400

Baseball / Softball, Concession Stand, Football Field, Gym, Kitchen, Meeting Rooms, Pavilion, Playground, Restrooms, Skate Rentals, Stage

Long Bridge Landing Long Bridge Rd, Springfield , GA 31329 Boat Ramp, Restrooms

Pineora Ball Park 310 Honey Ridge Road, Guyton, GA 31312 Baseball / Softball

Sand Hill Complex 300 Stagecoach Avenue, Guyton, GA 31312

Baseball / Softball, Playground, Pond, Soccer Field

Steel Bridge Landing Highway 119, Guyton, GA 31312 Boat Ramp

Tommy Long Landing 158 Tommy Long Road Rincon, GA 31326 Boat Ramp, Restrooms

Tuckasee King Landing Tuckasee-King Landing Road, Clyo, GA 31303 Boat Ramp, Restrooms

Ulmer Ball Park N Oak Street, Springfield , GA 31329 Baseball / Softball

Veterans Park

1st Street and Highway 21, Springfield , GA 31329


New Ebenezer Retreat & Conference Center Connie Bazemore P: (912) 754-9242 F: (912) 754-7781 2887 Ebenezer Road, Rincon, GA 31326 The Lighthouse Glenda & Wayne Whitley P: (912) 826-4672 F: (912) 826-4672 120 N. Columbia Avenue, Rincon, GA 31326 Woodlawn Plantation and Gardens Warren Ratchford P: (912) 772-3608 F: (912) 754-7841 1683 N Highway 17, Guyton, GA 31312 Carlson’s Premier Events James Carlson P: (912) 748-5800 1569 Georgia Highway 21 South, Springfield, GA 31329 carlsonspremierevent Sun Country Amusement Rentals, LLC Sally Mitchell P: (912) 748-7634 F: (912) 748-7634 179 Kathy St., Bloomingdale, GA 31302

We’ve been a part of this community for over 60 years. You can trust that we’ll be here when you need us.


Trust, Commitment and Integrity since 1956 5877 GA Hwy 21 South Rincon, GA 31326 OFFICE: (912) 826-5264 Fax: (912) 826-2771

Lost Plantation Golf Club Josh Williams P: (912) 826-2092 F: (912) 826-1584 #1 Clubhouse Road, Rincon, GA 31326 Live Oak Public Libraries Beatrice Saba P: (912) 826-2222 F: (912) 826-6304 401 S Columbia Avenue, Rincon, GA 31326 Mossy Oak Music Park Allen Lanier P: (912) 772-3467 F: (912) 772-4190 519 Old Louisville Rd., Guyton, GA 31312 Historic Effingham Society, Inc Thomas Hodgson P: (912) 754-2170 1002 Pine Street, Springfield, GA 31329 MARS Theatre Allison Newberry P: (912) 754-7617 F: (912) 754-7261 130 S Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31329 YMCA - Effingham Matt Phillips P: (912) 826-2199 F: (912) 826-2996 1224 Patriot Drive, Rincon, GA 31326 Oglethorpe Speedway Park Randall Jenkins P: (912) 964-8200 F: (912) 964-9501 200 Jesup Road, Pooler, GA 31326 Roebling Road Raceway Jack Abbott P: (912) 748-4205 1135 Roebling Road, Bloomingdale, GA 31302 *List provided by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

From the sheep’s body to the finished wool INSUR ANCE AGENC Y

product! Observeand andIntegrity participate in1956 the Trust, Commitment since

magical creation of a woolen shawl through all the stages of wool processing. Members of The Fiber Guild of the Savannah’s join Oatland staff and volunteers in making this traditional spring celebration fun for the whole family. The Oatland sheep will be sheared throughout the day with crafts, games, hay rides and much more! Admission: Adults - $7.00 • Children - $5.00

Oatland Island Wildlife Center 711 Sandtown Rd., Savannah, GA 31410

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Service When you need help, the best thing you can do is find an expert. And when you need an expert, look no further than the professionals throughout Effingham County who offer service and expertise right in your own backyard. ▶▶ AUTOMOTIVE

Interstate Battery Systems P: (912) 826-2830 F: (912) 826-1857 3088 Highway 21 S Rincon, GA 31326 Harold’s Auto Paint & Body Shop P: (912) 826-2457 F: (912) 826-2460 5500 McCall Road Rincon, GA 31326

www.qualityservicecenterrinconga. com Rincon Transmission P: (912) 826-0167 F: (912) 826-0156 319 S Columbia Avenue Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ PLUMBING

Rooter-Man Plumbers P: (912) 236-3333 109 W. Central Blvd. Guyton, GA 31322 ▶▶ SECURITY SYSTEMS

Beacon Security Services LLC P: (912) 826-2379 F: (912) 826-0244 P. O. Box 1297, Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ UTILITIES

Effingham County Power, LLC P: (912) 826-3217 3440 McCall Road Rincon, GA 31326

Castrol Premium Lube Express P: (912) 826-6397 F: (912) 826-6387 6151 Highway 21S, Rincon, GA 31326

EOM Operations P: (912) 445-0050 F: (912) 756-5882 4880 Edsel Drive, Suite 100 Richmond Hill, GA 31324

Quality Service Center P: (912) 826-4059 F: (912) 826-4059 203 S. Columbia Avenue Rincon, GA 31326

Georgia Power Company Residential Needs: 888-660-5890 Business Needs: 888-655-5888 Outages Hotline: 888-891-0938 Planters Net P: (912) 857-3402 F: (912) 857-3704 126 Oliver Hwy Newington, GA 30446 Planters Rural Telephone Coop, Inc P: (912) 857-4411 F: (912) 857-3704 100 Ogeechee St. Newington, GA 30446 Windstream P: (912) 754-3221 301 Laurel St. Springfield, GA 31329 Atlantic Waste Services P: (912) 964-2000 F: (912) 964-2009 125 Pine Meadow Drive Pooler, GA 31322 Republic Waste Services P: (912) 964-2211 F: (912) 964-4677 84 Cliffton Blvd Savannah, GA 31408 Comcast P: (912) 433-8124 F: (912) 353-6045 145 Park of Commerce Drive Savannah, GA 31405 List provided by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce.

Love, hope, success, family, security. Darrel Hutcheson, Agent 4919 Augusta Road Garden City, GA 31408 Bus: 912-964-5535

Some things we all have in common. There’s nobody like me to protect the things we all value. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY. ®

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State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL 404-656-5052

Everyone Has a Story to Tell!

We want to hear it!

(912) 826-5012

Your Other Family Doctor OUR SERVICES: After Hours Care • Breed Specific Wellness • Behavioral Consulting/Medicine Cardiology • Cold Laser Therapy • Dentistry • Dermatology Digital Radiology/Ultrasound • Internal Medicine • Neurology Palliative Care • Soft Tissue/Orthopedic Surgery ADDITIONAL SERVICES: Boarding and Grooming HOURS Monday: 8:00am-6:00pm | Tuesday: 8:00am-8:00pm Wednesday: 8:00am-6:00pm | Thursday: 8:00am-8:00pm Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm | Saturday: 8:00am-12:00pm | Sunday: Closed

WEBB ANIMAL CLINIC | 3612 Hwy 21 | Rincon, Georgia 31326 Phone: 912-826-1830 | Fax: 912-826-7236 | Emergency: 912.346.7512

webb animal clinic


veryone knows that dogs are man’s best friend. But who’s a dog’s best friend? If you listen to your pooch, you just mind find that it’s Webb Animal

We understand the special responsibility of this commitment and the trust you place in us for the optimal care of your furry family members. Our reputation for quality and compassionate care has grown along with our hospital. 32 EFFINGHAM LIVING | WINTER 2018

Clinic. Webb Animal Clinic is a full service animal hospital, offering breed specific wellness. In addition to critical care, grooming, surgery, boarding, after-hours emergency care and diagnostics, Webb also offers cold laser therapy, dermatology, cardiology/respiratory care, internal medicine, neurology and critical care. In other words, if your pet has an issue, Webb can handle it. The exceptional doctors and highly trained staff at Webb utilize the latest in medical technology, so you know your pet will receive the highest quality care and treatment available. “We understand the special responsibility of this commitment and the trust you place in us for the optimal care of your furry family members. Our reputation for quality and compassionate care has grown along with our hospital. We are always accepting new patients and welcome you to join our Webb family.” Passionate and dedicated staff receives rave online reviews. Here are just some of many. "I always receive first rate treatment and customer service for my babies. I have been bringing my pets to Webb Animal Clinic for 15 years." "I have great confidence in the veterinarians, and supporting team, at Webb Animal Clinic. My precious feline companions deserve, and receive, the best care, that is humanly possible, at Webb Animal Clinic. My everlasting thanks to you from my kittens, cats, and me!" Webb is currently offering a special for heartworm awareness. The test is $25, regularly $35.50, and the physical exam and test is $60. This is a yearly physical exam required by law in order to receive prescribed medications, including heartworm preventatives. The clinic features a special examination room which is reserved only for their feline patients. It was designed to reduce stress during vet visits. This room is enriched with feline appeasing pheromones and offers plenty of opportunities for cat friendly fun. Whether your pet needs routine wellness care, emergency surgery, a vacation boarding reservation or a day at the spa, Webb will treat your pet as their very own, and do all they can to help your pet live a long, healthy, and happy life. Webb Animal Clinic is located at 3612 Georgia Highway 21 South in Rincon. Call the clinic at (912) 826-1830, or e-mail them at You can find them on Facebook (Webb Animal Clinic) or online at




by Lainey Standiford



eatured as a mid-sized manufacturer, Edwards Interiors Inc. has certainly made a name for themselves in the city of Rincon and surrounding areas. Established in 1999, they have been manufacturing the finest quality products such as aircraft cabinetry, upholstery, sheet metal detail parts, components and subassemblies, according to Brad Griffin, COO of Edwards Interiors Inc. Over the past five years, they have seen an annual growth of more than 5 percent. Currently, they employ around 250 people. Besides their recent recognition as a mid-sized manufacturer, they are also the second largest employer in Effingham County, right behind their counterpart, Georgia Pacific. Since their start in 1999 by the owners Doug and Denise Edwards, Edwards Interiors Inc. has remained local in Effingham. The company makes it their mission to provide the best quality and services to their loyal customers. As new technology emerges, they are always updating and developing new manufacturing methods that streamline their processes to exceed expectations concerning quality, delivery and cost. Manufacturing wise, Edwards Interiors recognizes the continuing need for comprehensive development and success for the company. The products EII manufactures are used all over the world. They primarily make parts for the aerospace industry, and the defense industry in the past. But it isn’t always easy. When asked about expanding their business, Griffin answered that, at the present moment, expansion is a possibility, but the future is always an ever-changing thing. During their first year in business, the company expanded and diversified, bringing in new opportunities besides their original idea of aircraft cabinetry. After a few years, the industry continued to expand, as well as their business. Griffin commented saying, “At first it was a few hundred

part numbers, which only continued to grow and in a few years, Edwards Interiors was up a few thousand part numbers. The increase for our services grew as the community grew, which pushed the company to grow by adding additional machinery, personnel and acquiring a larger facility to accommodate.” EII only continued to grow. As the years went on, demand for supply increased, and demand for supplies that Edwards Interiors didn’t produce increased. So Doug Edwards made the executive decision and solved the problem. Thus was born both Custom Metal Works and Top Coat Metal Finishing. Today, Doug and his team remain responsible for running and operating three flourishing, successful companies — under one moniker, Edwards Interiors Inc. Although they have expanded and provide services for other parts of the industry, they stay true to their original start in the aerospace industry. But it isn’t just the manufacturing and the growing customer base that makes their company run so smoothly. It’s the hard work and dedication that the managers and supervisors put into their employees’ training and safety. It is fruitful to both the company and employees if they are well educated and trained. Griffin explains the process behind the hiring and continuing education of the business’s employees. “New candidates who join an organization are given training. This training familiarizes them with the organizational mission, vision, rules and regulations, and working conditions. The existing employees are trained to refresh and enhance their knowledge,” he said. Production processes are always fully defined and consistently reviewed for flaws and continuing improvement. According to Griffin, there is an entire department of manufacturing and process engineers that work on processes. CONTINUES ON PAGE 6

DRT AMERICA The next time you look up at a pine tree, think of DRT America Inc. Chances are, some of DRT’s products have gone into some of the products you use, such as perfume, adhesive, rubber, chewing gum or food supplements, just to name a few. Owned by DRT France, DRT America has been in business since 1932. The company has specialized in the development of rosin and turpentine extracted from pine resin. Thanks to ongoing investment in innovation and globally renowned expertise, DRT supplies more than 20 industries with its range of high value added products that in turn contribute to the making of more than 250 end products used daily by consumers around the world. DRT exports its knowledge and expertise to markets all over the world. The company’s


research and development team not only focuses on the study of alternatives to petroleum using plant-based chemistry, but also on the development of natural, environmentally friendly resins. DRT’s first class team of scientists is committed to the advancement of plant-based and sustainable chemistry. DRT America is located at 400 Governor Treutlen Drive in Rincon.

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International Company Over 80 Years of Experience Respecting the Environment Committed to Working Safely Over 1200 Employees Globally




by Lainey Standiford




t’s been a long process. There’s been a lot of change, and a lot of growth. They have embraced the losses and celebrated the victories. Yet, through all the hardships and positives, they kept going. For this, GeorgiaPacific’s Savannah River Mill is being spotlighted as the large manufacturer in Effingham County. They are a company that’s been contributing and giving back to their community for 30 years. They stand as the largest private employer, employing more than 900 Savannah River Mill team members throughout the surrounding areas, and have a long history of giving back to their community. From the beginning, GP has garnered quite a history, and proudly gave a glimpse inside what has become a massive industry in the state of Georgia. Georgia-Pacific has proudly been a major part of the Effingham area since 1986. Although headquartered currently out of Atlanta, GP employs roughly 40 percent of Effingham County. As a whole, they pay out more than $92 million in annual payrolls, and have more than a $100 million annual impact on the local economy. “We stimulate the local economy through our business relationships with support service providers and through local retail activity,” Carrie Thompson, GP’s Public Affairs manager said. As of 2018, they have created more than 7,200 direct jobs, and more than 21,000 indirect jobs in Georgia. Originally, Georgia-Pacific started out in Augusta in the year 1927. But, they weren’t originally known as Georgia-Pacific. The company began as Georgia Hardwood Lumber Company. They became the largest supplier of wood to the United States, especially during World War II. Twenty years later, they expanded by purchasing a facility in Bellingham, Washington. The next

year, the name changed to Georgia-Pacific Plywood and Lumber Company, expanding their industry by providing plywood, as well as the lumber they were previously known for. But expansion has no end, and for Georgia-Pacific, progress was mandatory. In 1963, almost 40 years after they first opened, they had grown once again, this time moving into the tissue business, after a second name change in 1956. Currently, GP is now the world’s leading maker of tissues, pulp, paper, packaging materials, building products and chemicals. They remain a global producer, and focus their efforts in forest and consumer products. GP strives to manufacture their items from primarily recycled fibers, and they operate five of the world’s 12 largest tissue paper machines, according to Thompson. Specifically, Georgia-Pacific has a Savannah River Mill, which works to invest in the people, processes and equipment to remain a quality employer of the area. Since 2014, the Savannah River Mill has continually made more than $140 million in advancements to improve all aspects of its continuing operation. Moving forward, another great facet of GeorgiaPacific’s spotlight as the large manufacturer is the company’s work on environmental sustainability. It’s obvious that GP has already been working on making their products and plants green and eco-friendly. They remain committed to excellence in safety and environmental performance, and the Wildlife Habitat Council certifies them as a “Wildlife at Work Site.” They believe in supporting the communities in which they live and work, by maintaining safe and quality work environments, as well as responsibly sourcing materials. CONTINUES ON PAGE 6



remier Concrete LLC is a locally owned and operated ready mix concrete producer that provides quality concrete at competitive prices. This includes all customer types, including commercial, industrial, new home construction and residential home projects. Open since 2007, Premier is DOT certified and a member of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and serves Effingham, Chatham, Bryan, Screven, Southeast Bulloch and Liberty counties.

There are two locations to better serve customers, located at 883 Hodgeville Road in Guyton, and at 203 Edsel Drive in Richmond Hill. Premier is owned and operated by Keith and Joy Woods. “We saw a need and an opportunity and we went for it! It was always our dream to own and operate a family business, something we could pass on to our children. Everyone that works here with us is family and we love that,� the couple says.

For more information, call Premier at (912) 748-9488, or go online at

PREMIER CONCRETE LLC. WE NOW HAVE 3 LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU! 883 Hodgeville Rd., Guyton, GA 912-728-9488 70 Chandler St., Richmond Hill, GA 912-459-2707 262 Kato Bay Rd., Hardeeville, SC 843-784-7722 5


Yet, in the midst of all the manufacturing going on, Edwards Interiors remains vigilant about its impact on the environment. Their goal is to be as environmentally cautious as possible, taking extreme care to monitor their effect on area. Griffin said, “We take our impact on our environment very seriously. We ensure we are up to date on all the latest requirements for handling waste and partner with the industries best waste disposal companies to properly handle the process.” They also work to employ individuals that specialize specifically in the safe handling of chemicals and the chemical waste, and EII conducts safety training for all employees. Edwards Interiors is an active member of the Effingham County Workforce Development committee. They also serve on the Savannah Technical College Advisory panel and are currently working with the college to develop a continuing training program for employees who can transition into supervisory roles. They remain actively involved with the rotary, Chamber of Commerce and the Josh Reddick Foundation, among many others. But what stands out, beyond the manufacturing, is the company’s generosity and involvement in their community. Edwards Interiors has received the Bronze Award for outstanding service to the people of their community, and their work and participation


with United Way. Yet, its not the awards and honors they seek. They make it a point to give back to the community, for a community that has contributed so much to them. They are known for designing and then donating the materials used for the Georgia Southern University locker rooms. EII also contributed the cabinets for the local recreation complex located in Effingham County. Griffin said they do a lot of work locally with churches and other nonprofit organizations, especially the Josh Reddick Foundation. They work just as closely with Savannah Technical College to provide new training programs for new supervisors transitioning into managerial roles. “They work to help and influence the programs of the local career academy. Savannah Technical College is also working on customized TIG welding training programs for our employees,” Griffin said. It is said the employees will assume zero cost for the continuing education and training programs. “Numerous employees have told us they feel like part of the Edwards family. The story of this company, who started with one employee in a backyard shop, is truly amazing. They have made impact to Effingham County and employ more than 200 people to date. The history of Edwards Interiors Inc is true entrepreneurial excellence,” he said. e


But as a company, they don’t just invest all their time and efforts into the industry. They make sure to take time to invest in the community they serve. Per their public affairs manager, they focus on areas where a longterm impact can be created. Over the course of their time in Effingham, Georgia-Pacific work to make positive impacts in their community through strong partnerships. Their team contributes thousands of service hours in the local area through their partnerships. Some important businesses and causes they support are those like: United Way, Effingham County Schools, the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, and the local Rotary Clubs. It isn’t just volunteer work, albeit what may be said. Georgia-Pacific also invests significant amounts into their community, financially supporting those such as: Effingham County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, and the Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade gives grants to the local fire units. They’ve contributed to the city of Rincon Macomber Park expansion, and the Effingham County Recreation and Park’s Clarence E. Morgan Recreational Complex. Georgia-Pacific has established itself as a vital community member, and a generous and compassionate company that dedicates its time and energy to sustainability, progress, and most importantly, the people that support it. e


The Savannah Portside International Park is adjacent to Interstate 16 only 4 miles from the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, providing direct access to the Georgia Ports. The Savannah Portside International Park is adjacent to Interstate Interstate 95 is 9 miles. Savannah/Hilton Head 16 only 4 miles from the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, providing direct International Airport miles. Port is 18 miles. access to the Georgia Ports. Interstate 95is is 16 9 miles. Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is 16 miles. Port is 18 miles.

The Savannah Portside International Park adjacent to • 1,500is Acres • Industrial Zoning Interstate 16 only 4 miles from the Jimmy DeLoach • Good Coastal Plain Soils (Lower Site Development Costs) Parkway, providing direct access to the Georgia Ports. • Current Jurisdictional Determinations, Interstate 95 is 9 miles. Savannah/Hilton Headimpact issues No wetland • Site Plan Concept for Light Manufacturing, International Airport is 16 miles. Port is 18 miles. •


and Warehousing/Distribution • Full File Due Diligence Available; Geotechnical Reports, Clear Phase 1 Environmentals, Cultural Resources, Endangered Species, Etc. • 500K Gallon Water Tower Onsite • 12” Water Main Installed • 3000’ (extendable) Entrance Road • Ongoing Clearing and Grading • Interstate Interchange Improvements Approved by GDOT • Approved Onsite Substation (Georgia Power)



oin us for a “Night Out in Effingham” featuring A Taste of Effingham and a concert by The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Downtown Springfield will be the venue for this year's “Night Out in Effingham”. At 5:30pm, begin your evening at the 100x40 foot Taste of Effingham tent in the lot between the Mars Theatre and Springfield City Hall tasting the finest food from the caterers and restaurateurs in the area under the backdrop of live music. At 8:00pm after sampling all of the culinary cuisine, head over to The Mars Theatre and take in a show by The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, described as “The Rat Pack meets The Dean Martin Variety Show with a touch of A Prairie Home Companion”. Tickets for this premier event

are only $50 and includes both the Taste of Effingham tent and the concert at the Mars Theatre. Individual tickets for just the Taste of Effingham tent are $15. Purchase your tickets by visiting the Events page at www.effinghamcounty. com or Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting Brad Carr.

For questions, please call the Chamber office at 912-754-3301.






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Worship In the South, it seems there is a church on every corner. Effingham County certainly has its share of churches — and there’s a variety of types of congregations and locations, which means you can easily find a body of believers with whom you can do life. ▶▶ ASSEMBLY OF GOD

Agape Assembly of God 703 E. 1st Street Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-6354 Maranatha Assembly of God 454 Weisenbaker Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5234 ▶▶ AME

New Bethel AME 130 Giles Avenue Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-2431 New Hope AME 105 Brogdon Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-4124 Thomas Chapel AME Savannah Town Road Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-1233 Union Spring AME Union Springs Church Road Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-9460 ▶▶ BAPTIST

Abercorn Baptist 500 Old Augusta Road South Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-4213 Baptist Church at Ebenezer 2401 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 754-4440 Berryville Baptist 164 Church Road Clyo, GA 31303 (912) 754-4374 Corinth Baptist 296 Corinth Church Road Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-1370 Cornerstone Baptist Church 2160 GA-21 Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 754-6278 Countryside Baptist 1201 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3253 Effingham Baptist Church 1007 N. Columbia Avenue

Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-3794 Elam Egypt Baptist Church 184 5th Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 754-6040 Emanuel Baptist 1541 GA Highway 21 South Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-3148 Ephesus Church 226 Goshen Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-0303 Faith Baptist Church 1951 GA 119 Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-5269 First Baptist Church 201 E. 6th Street Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5536 First Baptist Church 1435 GA 119 Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-3443 First Union Baptist Church 405 Poplar Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3060 Goodwill Baptist Blandford Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5259 Goshen Road Baptist Church 1323 Goshen Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-1826 Grace Baptist Church 604 Goshen Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-0403 Macedonia Baptist 724 Central Blvd. Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3712 Marlow Baptist 140 Church Hill Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-4319 Mount Hope Baptist 1582 Mt. Hope Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3280

New Providence Baptist 106 Church Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3590

Rincon First Christian 5835 GA 21 Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-2224

Northside Baptist 3621 GA 21 Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5346

Compassion Christian Church-Effingham Campus 810 Fort Howard Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 629-7493

Pine Street Baptist 118 2nd Avenue Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3753 Pineora Baptist 131 Elkins Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3044 Powers Baptist 1104 US 80 Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 748-6288


Highway 30 Church of Christ 1952 Noel C. Conaway Rd. Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3819 Northside Church of Christ 273 Church Road Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-4801 Oak Grove Church of Christ 306 E. 4th Street Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 295-5022

Rincon Baptist Temple 305 Weisenbaker Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5818


St. Mark Baptist 122 2nd Street Clyon, GA 31303 (912) 754-9066

Rincon Church of God 3430 GA 21 Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5927

St. Matthew's Baptist 218 Wallace Drive Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-3143 Sand Hill Baptist 1936 Sand Hill Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3671 South Effingham Community 289 Harley Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3810 Turkey Branch Baptist 5944 GA 21 Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-4018 ▶▶ CATHOLIC

St. Boniface Catholic 1952 GA 21 Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-7473 ▶▶ CHRISTIAN

First Christian 5835 GA 21 Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-2224 Guyton Christian 301 Pine Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3478 Liberty Christian Fellowship 302 Church Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-5522 New Hope Christian Church 2420 Courthouse Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 772-4499

Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-6718 Zion Lutheran 121 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3430 ▶▶ METHODIST

Berea Southern Methodist 2872 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3751 Bethesda UMC 3608 Midland Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3332 Clyo UMC 1102 N. Maple Street Springfield, GA 31329 Goshen UMC 107 Goshen Road 107 Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-6088 Guyton UMC 401 Church Street Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-5099

vMarlow UMC


St. Luke's Episcopal Church 155 Goshen Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-3332 ▶▶ HOLINESS

2351 GA Highway 17 S Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3352 Mizpah UMC 122 Mizpah Road Clyo, GA 31303 (912) 754-1563 Rincon UMC 107 Savannah Avenue Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5796

Mount Zion Holiness Augusta Road Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-3981

Silver Hill UMC Silver Hill Church Road Clyo, GA 31303 (912) 754-3678

Royal Temple Holiness 409 Victory Avenue Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 772-3498

Southern Methodist Church 2872 Noel C. Conaway Road Guyton, GA 31312 (912) 728-3751


Bethel Lutheran 1984 GA 21 Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-6561

Springfield UMC 210 Cleveland Street Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-6646

Bible Lutheran Church 812 Blue Jay Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-2710

Taylor Chapel Independent Methodist 107 Goshen Road Clyo, GA 31303 Turkey Branch UMC

Holy Trinity Lutheran 303 S. Laurel Street Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-3353

Turkey Branch Road Springfield, GA 31329 (912) 754-0053

Jerusalem Lutheran 2966 Ebenezer Road Rincon, GA 31326


St. John's Lutheran GA 21 & 7th Street Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5411 Wingard Memorial Lutheran 6th Street

St. Mary Magdalene 1625 Fort Howard Road Rincon, GA 31326 (912) 826-5176



For many people, buying or selling a home is the biggest purchase or sale they will ever make. With so many options, it’s important to find the right agent to guide you through the process. In Effingham County, there is a population of about 58,712, and the total number of households is around 18,432. The average household income in the county is $63,100, and the median home sale price is $123,505. Coldwell Banker Intercoastal Realty - Brandi Talton P: (912) 826-0927 F: (912) 826-5828 5805 Highway 21 S, Rincon, GA 31326

Platinum Properties - Toni Hardigree P: (912) 826-2151 F: (912) 826-2155 135 Goshen Road Ext., Ste. 120, Rincon, GA 31326 Platinum Properties - Dan Burkhalter P: (912) 547-1364 F: (912) 826-2155 135 Goshen Road Ext., Ste. 120, Rincon, GA 31326 Presnell Partners - James Presnell P: (912) 661-3331 F: (912) 826-5828 5805 Highway 21 S, Rincon, GA 31326 Rawls Realty - Rodney Rawls P: (912) 450-1800 F: (912) 450-1801 135 Goshen Road, Ste. 117, Rincon, GA 31326

RE/MAX 1st Choice Realty - Pat French P: (912) 826-1000 F: (912) 826-1002 219 N Columbia Ave, Rincon, GA 31326 Sherman and Hemstreet - Autumn Sprankel P: (912) 754-0786 F: (844) 270-6424 125 S. Laurel Street, Springfield, GA 31322 ▶▶ COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE

Arrington Properties - Harold Arrington II P: (912) 658-7705 F: (912) 826-2460 5500 McCall Road, Rincon, GA 31326 Best Business Brokers - Keith Turner P: (912) 349-0940 F: (912) 352-2080 5815-1/2 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404

List provided by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce.

Real Estate

Lang Real Estate Services - Jacob Lang P: (912) 655-3438 504 N. Ash Street, Springfield, GA 31329

We have Local Agents and a Global Presence

ERA Southeast Coastal Real Estate - The Home Source Group - Tess Smith ® P: (912) 433-3202 5857 Hwy 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326 veryday . . . Everywhere . . . Until It’s Sold


ERA Southeast Coastal Real Estate - The Home Source Group - Joseph Williams P: (912) 826-2550 F: (912) 826-2556 Leigh Smiley George & Babs 5857 Hwy 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326 Managing Broker Holtzman HABR Emerald Level CB Diamond Society Founders Keller Williams Realty - Tammy Frye

730 General Stewart Way • Hinesville P:912-368-4300 (912) 713-2278 F: (912) 232-8581 • 1-800-476-3680

106 Kensington Circle, Guyton, GA 31312

Office: 912-826-0927 5805 Hwy 21 South, Rincon, GA

Bank of Newington

W Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but we intend to make ours right


ith locations in Newington and Sylvania, the Bank of Newington makes sure that every customer knows “our top priority is you.” Outstanding customer service is the heartbeat of what makes the Bank of Newington operate. When you call or stop by one of the offices, you will be greeted by a friendly, professional team member. If you have a question, you’ll get an answer. If you have a suggestion, they want to hear it. And even if you have a complaint, they’re all ears. “Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, but we intend to make ours right,” is their call to service. The Bank of Newington was established in 1919, and moved to its new office in 1991, located at 224 Walton Street in Newington. The Sylvania office is located at 107 West Ogeechee Street. In addition to personal and business checking, and savings accounts, you’ll find Agrowfin, personal, business and home construction loans. You can also get such services as online banking and bill pay, mobile banking, e-statements, MasterCard debit cards,

MoneyDesktop and direct deposit. To reach the Newington office, call (912) 857-4466. Call the Sylvania office at (912) 5647390. Go online at www.bankofnewington. com for more information.

Now offering Photo Check Deposit. Even though we love to see you, we understand that it's not always convenient for you to swing by the bank and deposit a check during normal business hours. Free Photo Check Deposit makes it easy to deposit a check from almost anywhere, 24/7.



DM Jones construction


dennis always wants the customer to receive a true value for their hard earned money, and it shows in every project he builds.

ennis Jones is a commercial & residential general contractor licensed in the State of Georgia, and has been building in Effingham County for approximately 25 years, when he moved here for the Schools. He has developed several beautiful subdivisions here, namely: Autumn Woods, Settler’s Point, South Effingham Plantation, & Buckingham Plantation, (now featuring Mungo Homes.) One of the many great things about his communities is that they held their values through the down turned economy. This was an extrodinary accomplishment and benefit to both the homeowners, as well as the tax base of the community. This is due to the fact that Dennis genuinely cares about every development, home, and customer. He always wants the customer to receive a true value for their hard earned money, and it shows in every project he builds. Dennis is truly thankful and honored by this recognition, and thinks a Henry Ford quotes says it well: “To do more for the world, than it does for you, that is success.”



Queensborough Bank


We were ahead of our time then, and we are still a bank ahead of our time today.

ueensborough National Bank and Trust Company, founded in 1902, has always held to the promise made to its customers: “great service and uncomplicated banking.” More than a century later, those values still hold. Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company, founded in 1902, has always held to the promise made to its customers: “great service and uncomplicated banking.” More than a century later, those values still hold. “We were ahead of our time then, and we are still a bank ahead of our time today,” says the staff the 26 locations that stretch from Savannah to Augusta. Queensborough offers a variety of services, including business and personal checking and personal savings, business and consumer loans, private banking, trust services, wealth management, mortgage services, financial education, and mobile and online banking. Bringing the professional banker expertise you need coupled with the personal banker attitude you want, Queensborough is a bank where state of the art technology and first class customer service co-exist. Your Rincon branch can be reached by

calling (912) 826-4286. Call the Savannah branches at (912) 925-8373 or (912) 232-2901. The Garden City branch can be reached at (912) 303-9080. Find Queensborough Bank on Facebook at, or Twitter, @QNBTrust. For more information, go online at

We were founded on two service principles upon which we continue to uphold: always listen to the needs of our customers, and keep the banking process as simple as possible.

Since 1902, Queensborough has been serving Georgia. More than a bank, we are your headquarters for financial education and targeted planning to achieve your goals. Call or come by this week. 26 locations throughout Georgia.

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geovista credit union

A we really focus on our members. We really want them to achieve their financial goals, and become a part of something really great in our community.

t GeoVista Credit Union, you are never just another customer. You’re a member who has a say in everything GeoVista does. That’s because credit unions are different than banks — members are part owners of the institution. GeoVista has been in business since 1964 in Hinesville, the main office, located at 601 West Oglethorpe Highway. There are offices at Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, in Pooler, Statesboro and Richmond Hill. The office in Effingham County is located at 271 South Columbia Avenue in Rincon. The credit union’s original mission was to offer a welcoming and professional banking experience to the well-deserving military personnel and civil service employees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. Since then, they have expanded to include all individuals and families within the Hinesville area. This includes community members in Bryan, Bulloch, Chatham, Effingham and Liberty counties. “At Geovista credit union we really focus on our members. We really want them to achieve their financial goals, and become a part of something really great in our community and become a partner and a member of GeoVista Credit Union,” said Barbara Matin-Vanduser, vice president of branch operations. In addition to personal checking accounts like

Kasasa Cash, Vista Choice and senior checking, GeoVista offers savings accounts: Kasasa Saver, share savings, Savasaurus Club, Christmas club and vacation club. There are also share certificates available, as well as online banking, auto and personal loans, share secured loans and Individual Retirement Accounts. GeoVista offers a multitude of services, including online banking and bill paying, mobile banking and mobile apps, e-statements, shared branching, Visa debit cards, financial planning, Love My Credit Union rewards, a member service center and repossessed vehicles. Linda McKnight, a GeoVista member, says she and her husband find that it’s a great bank. “We selected GeoVista credit union because it’s a great bank for, well, for both my husband and I, as far as having our deposits made there and easy access to our funds.” Christina Anthony, another member, agrees. “Geovista is not just a credit union. Geovista is a local community sponsor. It’s a financial partner and it’s an educator for our young youth of tomorrow to make a better and brighter financial future for themselves.” To reach the main office, call (912) 368-2477. The Rincon office can be reached at (912) 826-4008. For more information visit

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Shop Local When local residents shop at small businesses within their communities, their tax dollars stay within the local economy, helping to improve their community as a result. Help us grow Effingham County!

F: (912) 826-6626 159 Commercial Drive Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ GREENHOUSES

Rahn’s Greenhouses, Inc P: (912) 754-3201 F: (912) 754-1132 308 Burton Rahn Road Springfield, GA 31329




B & S Feed and Farm Supply Inc P: (912) 754-3439 F: (912) 754-3455 1750 Highway 21 Springfield, GA 31329

That Dress P: (912) 295-2099 F: (912) 826-9797 183 Commercial Drive Rincon, GA 31326

Quick Cash Pawn P: (912) 826-1872 F: (912) 826-1873 6014 Hwy 21 South Suite L Rincon, GA 31326


Largesse Boutique P: (912) 755-1479 167 Commercial Drive Rincon, GA 31326

Studier’s Honeypot Kimberly Kidd P: (912) 772-3876 F: (912) 772-3734 952 Go Cart Rd. Guyton, GA 31312 ▶▶ AUTOMOBILE DEALERSHIP

Grainger Nissan P: (912) 358-5858 F: (912) 358-5743 1550 Chatham Pkwy. Garden City, GA 31408 Rincon Chevrolet P: (912) 826-0010 5480 Hwy 21 South Rincon, GA 31326 Vaden Chevrolet of Pooler P: (912) 920-5505 300 Outlet Parkway Pooler, GA 31322 ▶▶ CARPETS & RUGS

Phillips Flooring Center P: (912) 826-6872 F: (912) 826-6874 109 Commercial Drive Rincon, GA 31326

Maurices P: (912) 826-2875 410 S. Columbia Avenue, Suite D Rincon, GA 31326 Merle Norman Cosmetics P: (912) 826-1101 F: (912) 826-1101 163 Commercial Drive Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Teach Right LLC P: (912) 826-1681 F: (912) 826-1684 586 S Columbia Avenue, Unit 11 Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ FLORIST

JoAnn’s Florist P: (912) 754-9116 F: (912) 754-7909 508 N Laurel Street Springfield, GA 31329 New Life Flowers & Gifts P: (912) 826-4261


Action Overhead Door of Savannah P: (912) 826-3505 183 Commerical Court Rincon, GA 31326


Pineora Handi-House P: (912) 772-3828 F: (912) 772-3822 1720 Highway 17 S Guyton, GA 31312 ▶▶ FURNITURE & HOME DÉCOR

Farmers Home Furniture P: (912) 826-1390 F: (855)914-0122 473 S. Columbia Ave. Rincon, GA 31326 www.farmershomefurniture. com Wiley’s Home Center P: (912) 826-2932 F: (912) 826-2609 1202 N Columbia Avenue Rincon, GA 31326

The Rusty Nail Home Market P: (912) 826-0082 135 Goshen Road Ext., Suite 159 Rincon, GA 31326 www.therustynailhome ▶▶ PICTURE FRAMING

The Cottage of Custom Art & Custom Framing P: (912) 826-5553 104 International Drive Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ SEWING - QUILTS

Quarterdeck Quilts P: (912) 754-1865 490 Stillwell Road Springfield, GA 31329

Listings provided by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce.


Medicap Pharmacy P: (912) 772-9100 F: (912) 772-9102 #1 Hidden Creek Drive Guyton, GA 31312 Quick Rx Drugs P: (912) 966-5665 F: (912) 966-5665 5204 Augusta Road Garden City, GA 31408 Walgreen’s P: (912) 826-7350 F: (912) 826-0226 409 S. Columbia Avenue Rincon, GA 31326 ▶▶ POOLS AND SPAS

B&M Pool, Spa and Patio P: (912) 826-1997 F: (912) 826-1352 6020 Highway 21S Rincon, GA 31326

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Rincon Chevrolet



We consider our customers as guests and investors. When you invest with us, we want to support you. That way, we grow together.

here’s one rule at Rincon Chevrolet — and it’s golden. In the Sales and Service departments, employees strive to treat customers like they would their own parents. “You won’t go wrong if you always have in mind what you would say if you were talking to your parents,” said Jesse Greathouse, executive manager of Rincon Chevrolet. “We consider our customers as guests and investors. When you invest with us, we want to support you. That way, we grow together.” Rincon Chevrolet has been a part of the community for decades, and changed ownership in April 2014. Many of its staff members have been around throughout the dealership’s history, and this has resulted in the staff getting to know the community it serves. “We really know our customers by name in both Sales and Service,” said Greathouse. Greathouse has more than 25 years in the business, and his staff is just as experienced — more in some cases. Ed Smith, senior sales manager, has more than 30 years of experience, while Daryl Piner has been controller for more than 15 years at the dealership. And Jimmy Brown has been in the service department for more than 8 years.

Giving back to the community is a priority for the dealership. It starts with their Partners Program, which means for every new vehicle purchased, $150 is given back to the civic, religious, academic or youth organization of the purchaser’s choice. They have also contributed to Rincon’s Feed the Hungry event at the Effingham YMCA, the Josh Reddick Foundation, and donated to Wreaths Across America, which places Christmas wreaths on cemetery plots during the holiday season. This past Christmas season, Rincon Chevrolet donated to the Empty Stocking Fund and purchased stuffed animals from Kroger for Christmas giveaways, and proceeds from that purchase were donated to charitable organizations. To shop online or schedule a service appointment, go to www.rinconchevrolet .com. Call the Sales Department at (877) 242-1289. They’re open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Service Department is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call them at (866) 5434310. The Parts Department is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and can be reached at (877) 242-1289. Rincon Chevrolet is located at 5480 Highway 21 South in Rincon.




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Wiley’s Home Center

U Since 1987 Wiley's Home Center has been serving the people of Effingham County and surrounding communities with integrity, honesty and customer satisfaction.

pon his return home from the Navy in 1959, Wiley Thomas went to work for Union Camp Paper Company in Port Wentworth, Georgia, where he was employed for nine years. He then worked in the furniture and appliance industry for 18 years before he ventured out to build a business of his own. In April of 1987 Wiley and his wife, Rosalyn, opened the doors to a 20,000 square foot furniture and appliance facility called Wiley's Home Center. Shortly after, in December of 1987, his daughter Detra joined the business and now serves as the CEO of the corporation. Just one year after opening the doors, Wiley's Home Center was outgrowing its facility. In 1988, the successful business added 15,000 additional square feet of floor space. Two years in a row (2008 and 2009), Wiley's Home Center was voted "Best Furniture Store in the County." Since 1987 Wiley's Home Center has been serving the people of Effingham County and surrounding

communities with integrity, honesty and customer satisfaction, qualities that Wiley has valued all his life. Customers at Wiley’s can find styles ranging from traditional to modern and chic. You can also special order from well over 50 different brands. The store serves Effingham, Chatham, Bryan, Liberty, Bulloch, Screven and Candler counties in Georgia, and Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Allendal counties in South Carolina. The staff at Wiley’s is incomparable. Detra Thomas, president, and Carol Clemens, sales, are ready to assist you with whatever you need. And if you need to see the doctors — the appliance doctors, that is — stop by and see Jimmy Wilson or Allen Gnann. Wiley’s Home Center is located at 1202 Columbia Avenue (Highway 21), in north Rincon. The store is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (912) 826-2932 or go online at for more information.

Helping to make your house a home. FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED SINCE 1987.




teach right

M Among the things that make Marian stand out are not only her dedication to business but her positive attitude and continual support of the community.

arian Hodge spent 30 years teaching kindergarten. After she retired in 2006, she got restless. Retirement was just too stagnant for her, and even her consulting and mentoring student teachers wasn’t enough. All that time teaching other teachers, she wanted them to teach the right way. That’s why, when she completely shifted gears and became a business owner in her second career, she opened a teacher supply store in Rincon and called it Teach Right. Teach Right opened its doors in June 2008 and won the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, nominated by her fellow Chamber members. “I was quite honored,” she said of the award, “because I know we have a lot of small businesses here, some who have been here a lot longer than us.” “Among the things that make Marian stand out are not only her dedication to business but her positive attitude and

continual support of the community and the Chamber,” said Chamber Director Rick Lott. “I personally love working with Marian — she’s always got a smile and a love for life.” She said that one of the highlights of being a business owner getting to know more people in the community. Marian is also a past vice president/president-elect of Effingham Women in Business. She still does consulting (for teachers). Her last job was in Ridgeland, South Carolina. “I really enjoy doing it, but this takes up a lot of time,” she said. By “this” she means the store filled top to bottom with colorful books, maps, posters, games, classroom décor and learning guides, every teachers dream, and an excited sight for children as well. For Marian Hodge, Teach Right is just right. The store is located off Highway 21 in a storefront behind Subway and the Shell Station. It’s open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (912) 826-1681 for more information.

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Strickland and Sons

F Owners Thomas C. Strickland Jr. and his wife, Terri, along with their family, are trusted for their history of helping families through difficult times.

amily owned and operated, Thomas C. Strickland and Sons Funeral Home in Springfield has been serving Effingham, Chatham and surrounding counties since 1971. Owners Thomas C. Strickland Jr. and his wife, Terri, along with their family, are trusted for their history of helping families through difficult times. Tommy is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, and Terry is a licensed funeral director. Sons Thomas C. “Trey” Strickland and Ryan H. Strickland are both licensed funeral directors and embalmers, and have worked at the funeral home since their early teen years. Dwayne A. Duff, a licensed funeral director and embalmer, has worked with Tommy at the funeral home since 1980. A Pooler location was added in 1999. Tommy grew up in Pooler and had long desired to better serve the people in Pooler and the coastal area. “Strickland Funeral Home in Pooler treated us with the utmost respect. Trey Strickland is an absolute gentleman and

totally professional. He personally went out of his way help us with every detail. I would recommend there services,” shares his experience an online reviewer. For more information, call the Springfield location at (912) 754-6421, the Pooler location at (912) 748-2444, or go online at

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the dealership has been offering quality vehicles and service in Springfield for 30 years.

Springfield Chrysler


outhern Motors Springfield Chrysler has an experienced and knowledgeable staff — and that’s invaluable. Located in Springfield, Georgia, and serving Savannah and Hardeeville, as well as Effingham County, the dealership offers Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, at competitive prices. In addition, the dealership has a searchable online inventory of the latest new cars, along with well-maintained used cars. Owned by Myron Kaminsky, the dealership has been offering quality vehicles and service in Springfield for 30 years. Kaminsky says what sets them apart is their customer service. Customers who are looking for guidance on financing their new purchase will find that the financial staff at Southern Motors Springfield can offer expert advice. You’ll also find that the repair technicians and fully stocked inventory of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram parts means that your vehicle will always be well cared for. Southern Motors Springfield is located at

1500 Georgia Highway 21 in Springfield, and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sales Department. The Service Department is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (912) 754-4000 for more information, or go online at


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Badcock Home Furniture


Badcock’s staff works hard to make sure that each customer is treated with the utmost respect, and that they want to shop at the store again and again.

adcock Home Furniture has called 321 South Columbia Avenue its Rincon home for six years. Offering home décor, electronics, appliances, bedding, and home and office furnishings, Badcock is your one-stop shop for all your home and office furnishings. Badcock’s staff works hard to make sure that each customer is treated with the utmost respect, and that they want to shop at the store again and again. Customer service is always a priority. There is always new furniture and accessories coming in to the store each day, with a great selection of the newest trends, so you are sure to find just what you need to make your home or office fit your particular tastes. Find Badcock Home Furniture on Facebook, or go online at Call the store at (912) 826-4500.


321A Columbia Ave. on Hwy 21 across from

Alibi’s Sports Bar & Grill


912-826-4500 Locally owned and operated by Jeremy Nease


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Looking for a tasty treat or a romantic night out? Or maybe you want to take the family out for a bite after church on Sunday. Whatever you’re seeking, you’ll find the right restaurant in Effingham County. There are restaurants of every type, with menus that suit even the most adventurous foodie. Spend some time exploring Effingham’s food scene. You — and your taste buds — will be glad you did.

Dairy Queen - H&H Food Services P: (912) 826-4850 F: (912) 489-1924 593 Town Park West Rincon, GA 31326 Larry’s Giant Subs P: (912) 754-0112 1283 Highway 21S Springfield, GA 31329

Larry’s Giant Subs P: (912) 826-3333 6188 Highway 21S Rincon, GA 31326

Springfield, GA 31329

Ms. Jean’s Restaurant P: (912) 826-0073 907 Lisa Street, Suite E Rincon, GA 31326

Rincon, GA 31326

Rusty Pig Bar-B-Q P: (912) 826-4233 F: (912) 826-4225 360 S Columbia Avenue McDonald’s - R&W Enterprises, Inc Rincon, GA 31326 P: (912) 272-1958 Schnitzel Shack, Inc 427 South Columbia Ave. P: (912) 295-5544 Rincon, GA 31326 6014 Highway 21

MooMcGinn’s Magic Creamery P: (912) 407-0034 309 S. Laurel Street

Sweet Tea Grille P: (912) 200-4480 F: (912) 200-4490 109 Travelers Way Port Wentworth, GA 31407

List provided by the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce.


Burger King P: (912) 353-9090 F: (912) 355-8414 10 Mall Court, Suite A Savannah, GA 31406

What is there to do in Effingham in 2018? Kick off your year with Super Museum Sunday on Feb. 4 and 11. Sponsored by the Georgia Historical Society, the event allows visitors to experience the state’s rich history and cultural life — and see what’s in our own backyard. Visit the Georgia Salzburger Society Museum and Jerusalem Lutheran Church, located at 2980 Ebenezer Road in Rincon. Call (912) 754-7001 for details. On March 2, tickle your taste buds with Taste of Effingham, hosted by the Effingham Chamber of Commerce and located in Springfield. For

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912-754-6642 RINCON 912-754-6642 912-754-6642 hours of operation 169 Commercial Dr. hours of operation Mon-Thu 11 AM - 9 PM hours of operation 912-826-4001 Fri & Sat 1111AM Mon-Thu AM- -10 9 PM 708 N. N. Laurel Laurel St. 708 St.

Mon-Thu Sunday Fri & Sat Fri & Sat Sunday Sunday

AM - 9PM PM Closed 1111AM - 10 11 AMClosed - 10 PM

SPRINGFIELD Closed 708 N. Laurel St.


one low price you can sample treats from the area’s best restaurants and caterers, and enjoy a beverage and the music of a great musician. The event also features a silent auction. Call the Chamber at (912) 754-3301 for more information. The annual Landing Day Celebration will be held March 10. Hosted by the Georgia Salzburger Society at Ebenezer, the event will feature good food and a great look at the history that made the area — and its people — what they are. Visit for details. Spring Sale Along the Trail will be held in Guyton, hosted by the city, on April 7. Take a stroll on the walking trail, which runs along the old railroad median through town, and enjoy dozens of vendors. The event begins early, so get your walking shoes on and get going. The Daughters of Bluegrass Festival will be held in Guyton April 18-22, hosted by the Mossy Oak Music Park. There will be lots of great music and food, as well as a giant city-wide yard sale in downtown Guyton on Saturday. Get more information at www.mossyoakmusicpark. com. On April 21, the Old Effingham Day Festival will be held in Springfield, sponsored by the Effingham Historic Society. The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will include re-enactments, cannon firings, covered wagons, a flower show, children’s art show, Native American displays, vendors, food and so much more. The event is free and open to the public, held at the Effingham Museum. The Memorial Day Bluegrass Festival will be held in Guyton May 23-27, hosted by Mossy Oak Music Park. Get more information at www.

To celebrate Flag Day and cool off the community, a Community Ice Cream Social will be held June 14 in Guyton, hosted by the city of Guyton. On June 29, attend the Freedom Rings Festival in Rincon, hosted by the city of Rincon. Celebrate Salzburger heritage during Heritage Day on Sept. 3, at Ebenezer and hosted by the Georgia Salzburger Society. Experience what life was like for the Salzburgers in early Ebenezer when they settled the area. Enjoy food, fun and demonstrations. Go online at for more details. The Fall Sale Along the Trail will be held Oct. 20 in Guyton, hosted by the city of Guyton. The Effingham County Fair, hosted by the Effingham County Fair Committee, is held the third week in October in Springfield each year. Enjoy rides, games, fun and good competition. Rebecca Rose Memorial Bluegrass Festival will be held in Guyton on Oct. 17-21, hosted by Mossy Oak Music Park. Enjoy traditional bluegrass music, vendors and food. Get more information at The Springfield Fall Festival will be held Oct. 26-27 in Springfield, hosted by the city of Springfield. Enjoy family-friendly fun, vendors and food. The annual Rincon Christmas Parade will be held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 17, hosted by the Rincon Noon Lion’s Club. The Guyton Christmas Parade and Festival will be held Dec. 1 in Guyton, hosted by the city of Guyton. The event will include all the holiday trimmings, along with food and vendors. El

There’s lots to do in Effingham County in the coming months. Watch the Effingham Herald for times and details on these events and more. WINTER 2018 | EFFINGHAM LIVING


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Best Wings and Best BBQ.

Thank you Effin gham for voting Rusty Pig BBQ the The Most FAB BBQ and the Most FAB Wings. Come in to one of our location s and taste the difference we’ve cooked up for you.

In Rincon call: (912) 826-4233 Locations in: Rincon, & Glennville.


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