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Oct. 15, 1976

Effingham County Sheriff Lloyd Fulcher said on this day that traffic citations have decreased since a police crackdown started in September. Fulcher said the success is partially due to his men working overtime without pay. Fulcher said 215 citations were issued in July and August. Through today there have been 100 citations issued. A problem area near Clyo has shown marked improvement, Fulcher said, but congested strips of county roads leading to and from Savannah during shift changes at Savannah plants continue to cause problems, Fulcher said. Ga. 21 near Port Wentworth and U.S. 17 near Interstate 16 are crowded daily with cars and trucks, Fulcher said. Small, motorized bikes have been causing problems in the Lakeside Farms area, Fulcher said. “We don’t have a problem to speak of with regular motorcyclists,” Fulcher said, “just some of those kids on the small bikes.”

Oct. 18, 1736

From Ebenezer, John Martin Boltzius wrote about distributing food supplies sent the Salzburgers from Savannah:

“Both today and last week I distributed flour and butter to our people, which they had asked Mr. Causton [the Trustees’ storekeeper] to send them instead of syrup. They were due syrup for three quarters of a year, which they then, to be sure needed for brewing beer, but the butter and flour given them in place of it stands them in good stead in their present sickness, that has lasted so long. They cordially thank God, who has in this way saved until now what is useful for them now. To be sure, some extra things are being given to the sick from the store-house in Savannah. However, since it is being given so frugally for a few sick and, as it is said, is being given on credit, how could we expect to be given as much as would be necessary for the entire congregation?”

Oct. 21, 1974

The annual Effingham County Fair opened on this date with a parade down Laurel Street in Springfield from the county library to the fairgrounds, where Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin cut the ribbon to officially open the fair. The midway and side shows are provided by Page Combined Shows. An improved fair building debuted this year, which included exhibits from 4-H clubs, garden clubs, schools and civic clubs, as well as individual exhibits of crafts and homemaking items. Fair sponsors are Effingham Farm Bureau and American Legion Post 209.

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