Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SSU's Southern Regional Press Institute to highlight 'Sports Journalism in the Era of Politics and Protests'

Posted By on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 12:04 PM

Savannah State University will host its 67th annual Southern Regional Press Institute (SRPI) on February 22 and 23 on campus.

SRPI is a two-day mass media conference primarily for college students from the Southeast. Workshops are offered for high school, middle and elementary school students who are involved in student media in their schools.

The theme for the 67th SRPI is “Sports Journalism in the Era of Politics and Protests.” Garry D. Howard worked as an executive sports editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and later, as editor-in-chief of Sporting News. He also served as the president of the Associated Press (AP) sports editors.

Howard will deliver the opening address on Thursday, February 22, 9 a.m., in the Student Union ballroom.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, journalist with Foreign Policy Magazine, will bring the address at the Milledge-Owens Awards Luncheon on Friday, February 23, 11:30 a.m., in the King-Frazier ballroom. Her work as also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. Allen-Ebrahimian is also the president and co-founder of the International China Journalists Association. The speaker is co-sponsored by SSU’s Confucius Institute.

Workshops in photography, photography, media management, editing, magazine and feature writing, radio broadcasting, public relations, app development and more are instructed by media professionals and journalism educators from across the nation. (Connect editor-in-chief Jim Morekis is scheduled to give a master class workshop on writing columns and editorials.)

Additionally, the SRPI Job and Internship Fair will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2:30 – 5:30 p.m., Adams Hall. Local and national media companies will interview mass communications students who desire internships or permanent employment.

Descriptions of panels and speakers are available at:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kane Brown to perform in Savannah

Country star plays Grayson Stadium on March 24

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 12:11 PM

The Savannah Bananas has announced a live performance from county music's Kane Brown at Grayson Stadium through a partnership with Peachtree Entertainment.

Brown will perform in the historic stadium on Saturday, March 24. Fans can look forward to hearing hits like "Used to Love You Sober," "What Ifs," and more from the Georgia native. Tickets are available to the public Friday, February 2 via Xorbia Tickets.

The Savannah Bananas have extended a pre-sale offer for their members. Members have been sent pre-sale information to their registered email address.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Nothing More to headline The Stage on Bay

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 12:21 PM

The Stage on Bay has announced that Grammy-nominated alt-rock group Nothing More will perform at the venue on April 6.

The band is currently up for three Grammys, including Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song ("Go To War"), and Best Rock Album (The Stories We Tell Ourselves, 2017).

Tickets for the all-ages show will go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10 a.m. via General admission tickets are $20 and VIP loft tickets are $40.

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Savannah Bananas sell out 2018 season ticket packages

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 10:08 AM

The third season of the Savannah Bananas college summer baseball team is already sold out of ticket packages, the team announces.

The Bananas offer several ticket packages, including the ABR Stadium Club, reserved box seats, general admission season packages, ten-game plans, and the popular five-game plan.

"To accommodate the growing demand, the Bananas have increased the number of these all-you-can-eat packages each year," a team spokesperson says.

“It has been incredible to see the demand grow more and more each season. These plans were sold out in April last year and this year we only made it to January.” said Bananas president, Jared Orton.

“We couldn’t be more appreciative of the support of the Savannah community and we will be focusing our efforts throughout the Spring to create the best experience for Bananas fans.”

Starting Thursday, February 1, fans who don’t yet have tickets can sign up for a single game priority list to secure an opportunity to buy select game tickets.

Fans on the list will then be able to purchase tickets to available games based off their priority spot in April. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the public after the priority list has had a chance to buy.

Fans wishing to join the priority list can do so February 1 through

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

GBI to investigate officer-involved shooting on Southside

Posted By on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 3:28 PM

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has been requested by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department to investigate the shooting of an officer and another man this morning on Marian Circle.

"Savannah-Chatham Metro officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Taskforce arrived at a home in the 100 block of Marian Circle in unincorporated Chatham County around 6:15 a.m. to locate a suspect in the Jan. 21 homicide on Hudson Street," police report.

"According to a preliminary investigation, the suspect confronted officers with a gun. The suspect and a Metro sergeant were stuck by gunfire. Both were transported to a hospital where the suspect died as a result of his injures. Their identities are not being released at this time," police say.

"In order to ensure transparency in the case, Chief Mark Revenew requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation conduct the investigation into the case. This is standard officer-involved protocol," police report.

Monday, January 22, 2018

General McIntosh Blvd. to completely reopen Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 10:44 AM

The City of Savannah says it will will open all lanes of General McIntosh Blvd. and activate new traffic signals this Tuesday.

General McIntosh Blvd. has been closed since February 2015. As part of a flooding mitigation project, City taxpayers have funded the elevation of General McIntosh and President streets between 5-8 feet.

The City also reconfigured the intersections and installed new traffic signals at Randolph and President streets. The City says, "these infrastructure improvements are necessary for future development of the properties in that area."

Savannah's first homicide of 2018

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 9:59 AM

 Metro’s detectives are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old man on Sunday, Jan. 21.

"About 1:45 p.m. today officers responded to the 2100 block of Hudson Street and discovered Balil Whitfield in a vehicle dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation," police report.

Anyone with information should contact the SCMPD tip line by calling (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

The SCMPD jurisdiction finished 2017 with 35 official homicides, though the three fatalities in arguably the highest-profile crime of 2017, the deaths of Scott Waldrup, Gabriel Magulias, and Spencer Stuckey, aren't counted as part of the official tally of homicides.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Evening show added for John Conlee at Mars Theatre

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 12:35 PM

Tickets for Grand Ole Opry legend John Conlee have been selling fast, and The Mars Theatre (Springfield) has added an additional date.

Country fans can catch the iconic performer on Sunday, February 25 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Conlee is responsible for classic hits including "Rose Colored Glasses," which just celebrated its 39th anniversary, "Friday Night Blues," "Backside of 30," and more chart-toppers.

Conlee recently returned to radio with the singles "Walkin' Behind The Star" and "Bread and Water," released on his own label, Rose Colored Records (RCR).

Tickets ($55 advance, $60 at the door) are available via the Mars Theatre.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

City Council votes on horse carriage, shopping cart measures

Posted By on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 at 5:07 PM

At today's regular meeting, Savannah City Council unanimously approved new guidelines on local horse-drawn carriages in the wake of a recent incident when a horse fell on an icy downtown street during wintry weather.

The new guidelines will specifically prohibit carriages to operate in sleet, freezing rain, or snow, with a cutoff outside temperature of 35 degrees.

A contentious new ordinance attempting to address the longstanding issue of abandoned shopping carts was also approved, with new amendments.

The agreed-upon measure will require any business using ten or more shopping carts to file a cart retrieval plan with the City. If they are notified by the City of an abandoned cart on public property, they will have 72 hours to retrieve the cart or be fined $250 per cart.

In showing empathy towards grocery store customers who take their groceries all the way home in the carts — which the industry says is outright theft — Mayor Eddie DeLoach said this to the grocery representatives at the meeting:

"This is not heart surgery. This is a simple process of doing your job and not complaining... these folks that need these carts to get groceries home, you just have to say 'that's part of my business' if you want them to keep shopping there," said the Mayor.

An industry rep told Council that three local Kroger stores will now feature self-locking carts, but that "there will be lots of customers that will be very unhappy" to find out "they can't steal stores' property anymore."

In finalizing the de-merger of the police department, Council agreed to accept a settlement from Chatham County to be paid $2.1 million for previous police services in 2016-17 and $1.17 million for services in January 2018.

However, the de-merger has been complicated by this week's request from the County for further police service from the City due to the County's inability to fully staff its new department.

The de-merger takes effect Feb. 1, but the County has only hired about a third of its anticipated police staff.

City Manager Hernandez requested and received authority to negotiate any further amendment as necessary in order to "finalize all actions related to the de-merger."

In other police-related business, the bid to spend $3.2 million on new Ford Police Interceptors was questioned by Alderman Tony Thomas and Alderwoman Estella Shabazz.

The bid went to an out-of-town dealer, Wade Ford, which bid lower than local dealers O.C. Welch and J.C. Lewis.

Thomas asked, "Why are we going to buy 117 police cars from Smyrna, Georgia, instead of a local company?"

City Manager Hernandez cautioned against pulling or reformulating the bid, because "The bid followed normal purchasing processes" and "we are purchasing vehicles that are desperately needed."

The bid was accepted and approved, but Council may take up the issue of local vendor preferences at a later date.

Just prior to adjournment, City Attorney Brooks Stillwell recommended that City Council force the Overtime Bar and Grill on Skidaway Road to attend a show-cause hearing to defend its alcohol license in the wake of several recent shootings there. Council agreed.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New nonprofit to run Savannah Earth Day Festival

Posted By on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 2:23 PM

The newly created Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition (SCSC) non-profit organization announces that is has been formed with a mission "to produce local sustainable events, including the annual Earth Day Festival," a spokesperson says.

SCSC "champions the integration of sustainable principles within our partner municipalities and their community organizations. SCSC will collaborate with the environmental, social, health, educational and economic sectors on issues that affect everyone," the organization says.

The new non-profit will assist in raising funds to expand and grow its largest annual event, the Earth Day Festival. This event is "a celebration of environmentally responsible living and business practices in coastal Georgia focusing on education and activism. Sponsorships and donations to SCSC in support of its events and programming will be tax deductible for all persons and businesses participating," SCSC says.

The organization will be led by Joanne Morton, Festival Director and will have three additional team members: Cynthia Hopson, Erin Sheahan and Kathryn Shelton.

The SCSC Board's nine founding members are:

Timothy Arnold- Founder of Tybee Clean Beach Volunteers

Laura Douglass- Artist, Cosmic Corner Savannah

Lisa Garneau Doyle- Owner, Gypsy World Savannah

Matthew Grady- Motivational Speaker

Rob Hessler- Artist, Co-Chair of the Parkside Neighborhood Association

Robert Kiser- Owner at C-Port Mushroom Project

Elizabeth Rhaney- Artist, Emergent Savannah

George Seaborough- Coordinator for Citizen Advocacy

Cami Sockow- Center for Sustainability Program Coordinator, Georgia Southern University.

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