Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CCSO provides lactation room for employees

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is now providing a dedicated lactation room for its employees. 

"Federal law states that employers must provide break time and a place for hourly paid workers to express breast milk at work. The location provided must be functional as a space for expressing breast milk," says a department spokesperson. "If the space is not dedicated to the nursing mother’s use, it must be available when needed in order to meet the statutory requirement. A space temporarily created or converted into a space for expressing milk or made available when needed by the nursing mother is sufficient provided that the space is shielded from view, and free from any intrusion from co-workers and the public."

CCSO's lactation room is furnished with a refrigerator, recliner, locking cabinet and end table.

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'26 Hours on the Marsh' research completed

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

The University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography completed an intensive, round-the-clock sampling regimen called "26 Hours on the Marsh" this month. 

The project was designed to investigate how salt  marshes function and interact with their surrounding environment, specifically how bacteria consume and process carbon in the marsh.   

The team set up a sampling station and an outdoor laboratory on a bluff overlooking the Groves Creek salt marsh on the UGA Skidaway Institute campus. The scientists collected and processed water samples from the salt marsh every two hours, beginning at 11 a.m. on July 16 and running through 1 p.m. July 17.

“We wanted to be able to compare not only what is happening to the carbon throughout the tidal cycle, but also what the microbes are doing at high and low tides and also during the day and night,” said Zachary Tait, a UGA Skidaway Institute research technician. “So we had to have two high tides and two low tides and a day and night for each. That works out to about 26 hours.”

The research team ran more than 30 different tests on each sample. The samples will provide data to several ongoing research projects.

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GA sales tax holiday is Fri.-Sat.

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Georgia retailers and shoppers should get ready for the sales tax holiday this weekend. The tax holiday begins on 12:01 A.M. on Friday August 1 and concludes at midnight Saturday August 2.

During the August sales tax holidays, the following items will be exempt:
• Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100.00 or less per item.
• Computers, computer components, and pre-written computer software purchased for noncommercial home or personal use with a sales price of $1,000.00 or less per item.
• School supplies, school art supplies, school computer supplies, and school instructional materials purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item.

The exemption does not apply to:
• Belt buckles sold separately; costume masks sold separately; patches and emblems sold separately; sewing equipment and supplies, including but not limited to knitting needles, patterns, pins, scissors, sewing machines, sewing needles, tape measures, and thimbles; sewing materials that become part of clothing, including but not limited to buttons, fabric, lace, thread, yarn, and zippers; clothing accessories or equipment; or cellular telephones.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Memorial Mass for Flannery O’Connor

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

On Sunday, August 3, the 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which Flannery O'Connor attended as a child, will include a special Memorial Remembrance in honor of the 50th anniversary  of O’Connor's death.

O'Connor was born in Savannah, Ga. on March 25, 1925 and is the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays.

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, 207 E. Charlton St., will host a reception immediately following the service. Admission to the Home will be waived from 1 to 4 p.m.

All events are open to the public. 

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Gnate the Gnat competes in 'Mascot Mania'

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Gnate the Gnat, the Savannah Sand Gnats’ mascot, is again competing in’s Mascot Mania. Fans can vote online to choose the best mascot in all of Minor League Baseball. 

Gnate will compete against all of the mascots in the South Atlantic League in the first round. If he advances, he will then take on the winner of each league for a chance to be crowned the Mascot Mania champion.

Fans can vote an unlimited amount of times by visiting the official Mascot Mania website at

Fans can also vote on Twitter up to 25 times per day by tweeting or retweeting anything that includes @Gnatsbaseball, @MiLB , #Vote4Gnate and #MascotMania. Each tweet should include all four elements.

Sand Gnats fans are encouraged to be creative in their campaign efforts, as Gnate needs all the votes that he can get.

According to the latest polling results on,  Gnate the Gnat is embroiled in a tight race with the Hickory Crawdads' mascot, Conrad the Crawdad, and the Greenville Drive’s mascot, Reedy Rip’It.

Last season, Gnate was voted the best mascot in the South Atlantic League and then finished third in the final round, besting over 150 mascots.

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Man sought in assault

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a man charged in the attack, robbery and attempted murder of a Savannah man on Tuesday.

Police have charged Edwin Fripp, 18, of the 4000 block of 3rd Street in Garden City, with aggravated assault, armed robbery and criminal attempt at murder.

On Tuesday night, Fripp robbed a 21-year-old Savannah man at gunpoint in east Savannah. The victim was approached again by Fripp, who subsequently tried to shoot him. 
Fripp is described as a black male, about 5'3, 138 pounds with short hair and possibly wearing a slight mustache and/or goatee beard. He has been arrested twice previously this year by police in Pooler and Garden City. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Westside shooting investigated

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are investigating the shooting of 29-year-old Savannah man, Shawn Jackson. 

Jackson was found around 3:08 a.m. Thursday morning on the porch of a house at West 36th and Florence streets by Central Precinct Patrol officers. Reports that he was being chased by another male when the shooting occurred are being investigated.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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Historical Maps and Prints exhibit opens at City Hall

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM

In honor of the City of Savannah municipal government's 225th anniversary on December 23, 2014, Savannah historians present a historical map, print and postcard collection to display in the City Hall Rotunda. 

Virginia and John Duncan of V. & J. Duncan Antique Maps & Prints share from their personal collections to create the exhibit, "Savannah Historical Maps and Prints."

The exhibit, which opens today at 1pm, features a selection of maps and prints tracing the growth and development of Savannah through the 18th and 19th centuries and will be on display through December 31, 2014.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Second Harvest gets new green lighting

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Sustainativity Inc. announced the completion of its first project: retrofitting the lighting at Second Harvest of the Coastal Empire.

The retrofit "will save Second Harvest over $3,000 annually, allowing them to provide 15,000 more meals to the Savannah community," says a spokesperson.

On July 29 at 10 a.m., the new energy efficient lights will be turned on during a ceremony attended by members of the Sustainativity Inc. Board, staff and executives of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, guests and media.

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Massie Heritage Center to acquire model ship exhibit

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and The Savannah College of Art and Design are working together to develop the Greco Model Ships exhibit at Massie Heritage Center.

M. Gerard Greco was a former Civil Engineer originally from New Jersey who retired to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and pursued his passion for model ship building until his death in 2012.

Eighteen of his ships, ranging in dates from the 9th century all the way into the 20th century, will make up the core attraction.

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