Sunday, April 28, 2013

Chalk up these winners

Posted on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM

SCAD has announced the winners in yesterday's Sidewalk Arts Festival chalk art competition. Here's the Best in Show, from Anna Whitacre, B.F.A., painting, 2007 (Anna also won the Gray’s Reef Award):

Anna Whitacres winning entry
  • Anna Whitacre's winning entry

Here are the rest of the winners:

SCAD Spirit Award: Celeste Forrette, B.F.A. fashion student, Acworth, Georgia; Alicen Spurlin, B.F.A. industrial design student, Norcross, Georgia; Emily Prozinski, B.F.A. fashion student, Charlotte, North Carolina

Student Award (Individual):

First place: Adam Varga, B.F.A. visual effects student, Sarasota, Florida

Second place: Renuka Adhav, B.F.A. painting student, Atlanta, Georgia

Third place: Dakota Hokanson, B.F.A. fibers student, Sandy, Utah

Student Award (Group):

First place: Dustin Dahlman, B.F.A. graphic design student, Grafton, Wisconsin; Kathleen Friedman, B.F.A. photography student, Pinehurst, North Carolina; William Heffernan, B.F.A. animation student, Westborough, Massachusetts; Christopher Kintner, B.F.A. illustration student, Lafayette, California

Second place: Nicole Errico, B.F.A. illustration student, Melrose, Massachusetts; Mirielle Jefferson, B.F.A. painting student, Hoover, Alabama

Third place: Simon Cooper, B.F.A. illustration student, Charleston, South Carolina; Elizabeth Savas, B.F.A. fibers student, Holliston, Massachusetts


First place: Alyssa Couturier-Herndon, B.F.A., fashion 2008, Boston, Massachusetts

Second place: Hannah Jackson, B.F.A., illustration, 2009, East Palatka, Florida

Third place: Adam Hamlin, B.F.A., architecture, 2007, Charlotte, North Carolina

Graduate Student Award: Fan Zhou, M.F.A. interactive design and game development student, Changsha, China

Drawing Minor Award: Weston Johnson, B.A. graphic design student, Brownsburg, Indiana

People's Choice Awards

First place: Kathryn Massey, B.F.A. animation student, Davie, Florida; Katrina Tumasz, B.F.A. animation student, Newtown, Pennsylvania

Second place: Celeste Forrette, B.F.A. fashion student, Acworth, Georgia; Alicen Spurlin, B.F.A. industrial design student, Norcross, Georgia; Emily Prozinski, B.F.A. fashion student, Charlotte, North Carolina

Third place: Ehsanul Amin, M.F.A. motion media design, Kennesaw, Georgia; Shivangi Awasthi, M.F.A. motion media design, Lucknow, India; Katharyne Sims, B.F.A. motion media design, Savannah, Georgia

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Dude tries to shoot cop

Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM

A Savannah man was charged with multiple offenses after trying to fire a weapon at a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police officer and another man.

Quintavious Jron Lee, 19, of Port Wentworth has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm in committing a crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, pointing a weapon at another, carrying a pistol without a license, obstruction of a law enforcement officer and loitering and prowling after the incident in Yamacraw Village May 18.

Lee and another male were being questioned about 5:40 p.m. by an officer who noticed they fit the description of suspects in two robberies in the area.

The other man was placed in handcuffs when he resisted being searched for a weapon, and Lee backed away and started running.

"As he did, he dropped a pistol, stopped, retrieved the weapon, squared his stance and pointed it at the officer and the other man. He pulled the trigger but the gun misfired," police say.

The officer threw the other man to the ground and protected him but did not attempt to fire at Lee because of several people, including children, who were in the immediate area.

Lee was taken into custody by other officers who were saturating the area. He has a record with SCMPD extending back to 2010 when he was 17, including aggravated battery, disrupting public schools, obstruction of a police officer and two probation violations.

SCMPD Robbery Unit detectives are investigating the two robberies in an attempt to determine who was involved.

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Retired Georgia Chief Justice Sears speaks at SSU commencement

Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Speaking to the largest graduating class in Savannah State University history, Retired Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears of the Georgia Supreme Court is guest speaker at SSU's 182nd commencement ceremony at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 4, 2013, in T.A. Wright Stadium.

More than 350 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees during the ceremony — the largest graduating class in SSU history.

Leah Ward Sears
  • Leah Ward Sears

The first African-American female chief justice of any state’s highest appellate court, Sears — a graduate of Savannah's Beach High School — is also the first woman and youngest person to serve as a judge of the Fulton County (Ga.) Superior Court.

By the appointment of former Gov. Zell Miller in 1992, she became the first woman and youngest person ever to sit on the Georgia Supreme Court. In retaining her Supreme Court post later that year, Sears also became the first woman in Georgia to win a contested statewide election.

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Cops seek 2 more charged for homicide

Posted on Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Detectives have charged two additional men with the March 20 murder of Achmed Kiwaan Williams and seek help from the public in locating them.

Warrants were secured Thursday against Germaine Remond Grant, 23, and Terrell Akeem Nelson, 18.

Germaine Remond Grant
  • Germaine Remond Grant

Grant is a black male standing 5-7 and about 120 pounds.

Terrell Akeem Nelson
  • Terrell Akeem Nelson

Nelson is a black male standing 6-2 and about 190 pounds.

Police already charged and arrested Ashley Maurice Hudson, 31, with the murder on April 10. He was located in the same house where Williams was shot to death on the 1100 block of East 54th Street.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homicide on Hampstead

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Savannah-Chatham Police are investigating the shooting death of a Savannah man at his tire business/repair shop.

Armondo Montes, 30, owner of Brothers Tire Repair at Hampstead Avenue and White Bluff Road, was found dead in front of the business when responding patrol officers arrived at 12:29 p.m. today

A suspect turned himself in to Military Police at Hunter Army Air Field near the shooting scene a few minutes later.

Detectives are investigating the shooting that has been linked to a personal dispute between the two men. The name of the suspect has not been released.

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Abercorn archaeology site open for tours

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

A side effect of the "improvements to State Route 204 /Abercorn Extension and the King George Boulevard interchange" is that the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are sponsoring an archeological excavation "relevant to the area of the expansion project," according to a spokesman.

New South Associates of Stone Mountain, Georgia, is conducting Phase III archaeological excavation at the Abercorn Archaeology site. Rita Elliott, Public Archaeologist for the project noted, "It is fortunate that DOT has a project in this area, as that entity takes seriously its archaeological obligations here, ensuring that the information from the site is saved to benefit the public now and also future generations who will study, re-interpret, and learn from it."

Excavation and studies began in February and are expected to be completed at the end of May.

This archeological site could contain a large amount of historical materials and clues to the history of Chatham County citizens lifestyles dating from the 1790s-1860s. Due to the preliminary studies it is believed that there could be remnants of plantation sites, as well as Civil War artifacts due to a portion of a Civil War camp occupied by Union soldiers during General William Sherman's March to the Sea.

Pamela Baughman, archaeologist with Georgia DOT’s Office of Environmental Services, overseeing this site for the department stated, “The site has a lot to contribute to archaeology regarding our understanding of plantation and Civil War history in the Savannah area. The live oak tree is a recognized part of this historic property and is a unique participant, in that it has watched over the evolution of this cultural landscape for nearly 400 years. We have asked the designers, project managers and even the archaeologists while they are digging, to preserve it so that it can observe the evolution of the landscape yet to come.”

Free guided tours started this week and continue through May 11 on Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Check out this project on Facebook.

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Wilmington Farmers Market meeting

Posted on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 10:26 AM

A general info meeting for the proposed new Wilmiington Island Farmers Market will be 7 p.m. Thursday May 2 at the Frank G. Murray Community Center, 160 Whitemarsh Island Way. They'll "chat about its progress, describes its goals and visions and open up the floor to any questions."

The Farmers Market holds a Lowcountry Boil/silent auction fundraiser 6-9 p.m. May 18 at Morningstar Marina, 2812 River Dr. Cost is $25/person, mail in your check with your email address on it to the following address:

PO Box 30482
Savannah, GA 31410


Friday, April 19, 2013

Right Whale season 'average'

Posted on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Biologists monitoring the imperiled whales that usually give birth off the coast of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina documented 20 cow/calf pairs this winter — 19 in the Southeast and one in Cape Cod Bay.

While the annual average since 2000 is 21, this year’s total was a "far cry" from the seven calves in 2012, according to researchers.

Clay George, who heads right whale research for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said the population is increasing at an estimated 2 percent per year.

Although calf production can vary widely year to year, a string of poor calving seasons could reverse the upward trend. There are only about 450 North Atlantic right whales left and fewer than 100 breeding females.

“It was another average season, which is just what we needed after such a poor showing last season,” said George, a wildlife biologist with the DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section.

Right whales swim from Canada and New England each year to bear their young in the Southeast’s warmer waters. DNR’s Nongame Conservation and Law Enforcement sections, along with the Coastal Resources Division, help staff from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and other agencies monitor whales, respond to injured, entangled or dead whales, collect genetic samples for research and protect right whale habitat.

Researchers from Sea to Shore Alliance, NOAA and Florida Fish and Wildlife conduct aerial surveys along the South Carolina, Georgia and Florida coast during the cooler months. Survey teams send sighting information to the shipping industry, military vessels, and biologists conducting research from boats. The season’s last flight off South Carolina was April 15.

So far, six of the mom/calf pairs seen this winter in the Southeast have been documented in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, according to researchers with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. Cape Cod Bay is a key feeding habitat for right whales.

Three of the whales with calves had once been entangled in fishing gear, including a mom named “Equator” that DNR and others disentangled from trap/pot fishing gear in 2008. Entanglement in fishing gear and vessel collisions are the leading causes of death and injury for this endangered species.

One previously entangled whale, nicknamed “Wart,” was seen in Cape Cod Bay with a new calf. The pair was not seen in the Southeast this winter.

Only 15 non-breeding right whales were observed in the Southeast, mainly juveniles and adult males. For comparison, 45 and 99 non-breeding whales were spotted during the 2011-2012 and 2010-2011 seasons, respectively. George said it’s not known why those numbers have declined in recent years.

Seventeen of the 19 calves seen in the Southeast were sampled for genetics.

Twelve humpback whales and two fin whales were also spotted.

A 2-year-old right whale washed up dead on a north Florida beach Dec. 18. Preliminary findings suggest it died from entanglement. A length of rope more than two football fields long was wrapped around its tail. No other entangled whales were seen.

The operator of a recreational boat reported hitting what he thought was a right whale on Dec. 7. No injured or dead whale was found. Also, a calf was photographed in January with skeg and propeller wounds indicative of being struck by a recreational boat.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kudos to SkIO science guy!

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Skidaway Institute of Oceanography scientist Aron Stubbins is a co-author of a research paper published in a major scientific journal. The article, “Global Charcoal Mobilization from Soils via Dissolution and Riverine Transport to the Oceans,” will appear in the April 19, 2013 issue of the prestigious journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific organization.

See the story here.

Aron Stubbins
  • Aron Stubbins

Stubbins and his colleagues concluded black carbon, formed from the burning of biomass and fossil fuels, may account for as much as ten percent of the carbon transported by rivers into the ocean. It also plays a significant role in controlling the balance of the three major carbon pools on earth — the soil, the ocean and the atmosphere.

That balance controls the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which in turn influences local and global climate.

Heritage Bank robbed

Posted on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

FBI and Savannah-Chatham Police detectives are investigating the armed robbery of The Heritage Bank branch in the 600 block of Stephenson Ave. today.

At 10:06 a.m., investigators responded to the scene where two black males entered the property through the wood line at the building’s rear. With bandanas covering their faces, the subjects enter the front door demanding cash from the tellers.


At least one subject was armed. Both wore gloves. They were last seen running eastbound on Stephenson Avenue with an undisclosed amount of cash.


No one was hurt during the robbery.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous. A confidential Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124.

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