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State deems Effingham’s Research Forest tract shovel-ready

The Georgia Department of Economic Development has certified that Effingham County’s 2,600-acre Research Forest tract is shovel-ready.

Master plan to develop the Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub, 2,600 acres behind the Lowe’s in Rincon. (Courtesy OmniTRAX)

Henry resigns as Effingham IDA CEO

John Henry has resigned as CEO of the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority, saying he needed a break after leading economic efforts in the county for nearly 13 years.

John A. Henry

Neighbors score first win in paper mill lawsuit

As the first of 15 lawsuits from Effingham residents against Georgia Pacific alleging pollution damage edges closer to trial, the plaintiffs have won a partial victory.

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Edward Jones ribbon cutting

KFC, Taco Bell scheduled on 2 acres in Rincon

The restaurants planned in front of the new Kroger in Rincon aren’t exactly new. Hodges Management Co., based in Statesboro, got approval from the city council Aug. 22 to divide a 2-acre parcel into two pieces so it can build a KFC on 1 acre and a Taco Bell on the other acre.

The current KFC/Taco Bell in Rincon. The owner is planning to build a separate KFC and Taco Bell on the other side of Ga. 21, in front of the new Kroger. (G.G. Rigsby/Effingham Now).

Rincon's new Kroger Marketplace may draw shoppers from Chatham

Rincon and Effingham County elected officials say they believe the state’s newest, largest and fanciest Kroger will attract some shoppers from Chatham County, reversing the usual flow of traffic from this bedroom community.

The Tarvers from Guyton were among the shoppers at the new Kroger Marketplace store on opening day Wednesday. Cassandra and Anthony Tarver brought their children -- Jordan, 9; Anthony Jr., 6; and Ashleigh, 3. (G.G. Rigsby/Effingham Now).

New Kroger Marketplace set to open

The long-awaited Kroger Marketplace is scheduled to open in Rincon at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, offering shoppers a much larger store and new amenities including online grocery ordering and a Starbucks.

A ribbon-cutting for the new Kroger Marketplace is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Norma Jean Morgan abruptly retires from Effingham Hospital

Effingham County Health System CEO Norma Jean Morgan retired abruptly Wednesday, the second time she has left the hospital while working there for more than three decades.

Norma Jean Morgan

Effingham to get $22M luxury apartment complex

Officials are planning a $22 million, 250-unit luxury apartment complex at the north side of Old Augusta Road South where it meets Ga. 21 in Effingham County.

Moon River Studios retreats from land in Effingham

The notion that a massive movie studio complex will be built in Effingham County has come to an apparent end, with Moon River Studios signing paperwork to relinquish rights to 1,560 acres owned by the county’s Industrial Development Authority.

File rendering of movie studio complex that was planned in Effingham County.

Effingham brokers development deal for 2,600 acre Research Forest megasite

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and OmniTRAX, a private railroad and transportation management company, announced Friday that they have formed a partnership to develop the 2,600-acre Research Forest tract in Rincon.

The Research Forest industrial tract in Effingham County is 2,600 acres and lies to the west of Ga. 21, behind Lowe's. (Courtesy Effingham Industrial Development Authority).

Effingham might get third, fourth solar farms

Effingham County commissioners have granted conditional uses for two more solar farms, which means the county would have four such facilities in all.

Moon River pays auditors but still owes $73K

Moon River Studios, the firm struggling to build a movie production studio in Effingham County, has found enough money to pay an auditor for its annual report but has received a demand for nearly $73,000 that’s past due for the film equipment firm it is trying to buy.

Rincon mayor and former Kroger manager Ken Lee visits new Kroger fuel station

Among the customers to visit the Kroger fuel station today, the day it opened on Ga. 21 in Rincon, was Rincon Mayor Ken Lee.

Rincon Mayor Ken Lee, left, fills up a city car at the new Kroger fuel station that opened on Ga. 21 today. With him is Tom Coburn, the manager of the new Kroger Marketplace that's being constructed behind the fuel station and that will open in May. Lee retired as manager of the Rincon Kroger about a year and a half ago. (G.G. Rigsby/Effingham Now).

New Kroger boosts retail in Rincon

Interest in retail space in Rincon has been so strong that nine new tenants have been lined up to fill 12,600 square feet of space that is being added to the new Kroger shopping center on Ga. 21.

The new Kroger in Rincon is scheduled to open by the end of May. (G.G. Rigsby/Effingham Now).

Moon River two-picture deal with Penny Marshall is canceled

Moon River Studios has reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission that its two-picture deal with Director Penny Marshall has been canceled. 
In a filing dated Oct.
Jake Shapiro, head of Moon River Studios, in Oct. 28 file photo. (G.G. Rigsby/Effingham Now).

Effingham movie studios project is downsized

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority cut Moon River Studios from 1,560 acres to 51 acres in a revised agreement that company head Jake Shapiro said makes him "extremely happy.

File photo of Moon River leader Jake Shapiro, left, with Effingham County Industrial Development Authority Chairman Chap Bennett. (G.G. Rigsby/Effingham Now).

Movie studio at crossroads as it touts James Brown doc

Moon River Studios has announced it will make a documentary on legendary singer James Brown even as the company hits some hard deadlines for proving to the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority that it is a viable business.

Photo courtesy of Moon River Studios James Brown, seen above in various stages of his career, will be the subject of a documentary from Moon River Studios.

Effingham men turn 360-degree tree stands into business

Three Effingham County men have secured a $150,000 loan and $2 million in insurance as they try to turn a good idea — a hunter’s tree stand that circles a tree — into a successful business.

Will Geggatt welds a part at Lancaster Construction in Guyton, where the tree stands will be made.

Effingham to get $43M facility

A French processor of rosin and turpentine oil will buy land from the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and build a $43 million facility that will employ 40 people.