Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Georgia Southern University to host 25th annual Holiday Helper Tree event

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 12:34 PM

The Office of Leadership & Community Engagement (OLCE) will kick off the 25th annual Holiday Helper Tree event Thursday Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., at Russell Union Commons, 85 Georgia Ave, Statesboro, Ga. 30458. This event encourages students, staff and faculty to pull a tag with the name of a family or individual in need. The tags represent 17 local nonprofit organizations and nearly 700 individuals and families who will each receive a gift from their wish-list this holiday season.

In honor of the Holiday Helper Tree’s 25th anniversary, OLCE is adding gold tags, which represent an act of service that volunteers can do to help a Bulloch County organization. Eileen Smith, founder of this Georgia Southern tradition, will speak and children from Statesboro Head Start will sing holiday carols.

Chatham County Sheriff’s Office to Host Free Halloween Event

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 12:26 PM

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a free Halloween event in partnership with the Church Body of Christ on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 5-9 p.m. in Daffin Park (1301 E. Victory Dr. Savannah, Ga). In addition to family friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, free hot dogs, hamburgers, fruit and candy will be passed out.

That same evening, officers with the Sheriff's Office department will be handing out candy- starting at 5:30 pm- through the following neighborhoods: Kayton Homes, Frasier Homes, Westlake, Yamacraw, Carver Village, Garden City, Pin Point, Clearview/Hudson Hill, and Ardsley Park.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Homicide on 37th Street

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 12:33 PM

Savannah Police Violent Crimes detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old male on Saturday October 27.

"At around 10:30 a.m., a call was received in reference to an injured person, later identified as Shyree Smalls, on the 1100 block of E. 37th Street. He was transported to an area hospital in serious condition. Further evaluation revealed that he was suffering from gunshot wounds. He later succumbed to his injuries," police reported Sunday morning.

Detectives are working the case to determine the circumstances leading up to the incident. Detectives say they do not believe this to be a random shooting.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit tip line at (912) 525-3124. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Local businesses to offer perks for voting in the midterm election Nov. 6

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2018 at 10:33 AM

The League of Women Voters of Coastal Georgia and 9to5 Georgia have arranged for local businesses to give incentives for voting in the midterm elections on November 6. Some businesses are also offering incentives during the early voting period as well.

To participate in the discount, display your "I Voted" Georgia peach sticker.

Amanda Hollowell, 9to5 Organizer, Savannah Chapter, said, “I am excited for 9to5 to be part of this effort in Savannah. It’s a great way to acknowledge people for voting and caring about Georgia and a great way to connect the community through civic engagement. Also I love ice cream.”

Election Day Incentives include:

Duck Donuts: 99 cent coffee and free basic donut
Bojangles (all Savannah-area locations): free 22 oz. iced tea
Sentient Bean: 10% off all drinks
Ben and Jerry's: free scoop of ice cream
Leopold's Ice Cream: upgrade your single scoop cone to a double scoop cone
The Coffee Fox: 10% off your order
Henny Penny Cafe: 10% off your order
Foxy Loxy - 10% off purchase on Nov. 6th.
Fox and Fig Cafe - 10% off purchase on Nov. 6th
A complimentary peach-themed dessert or drink will be offered at Blowin' Smoke, B. Matthews, East End Provisions, and The 5 Spot.

Early voting through Election Day incentives include:

Civvies on Broughton: 10% off your purchase
Starlandia: 10% off your purcahse
The Book Lady: 20% off one regular stock used book
Duck Donuts: 99 cent coffee
Salacia Salts: 10% off your purchase
Roots Up Gallery - 10-25% off select jewelry and artwork now through Nov. 6th
Andrew Low House - free tour now 'til Nov. 7th (day after Election Day)

Other businesses may be added, so this post may be updated. Also, look for the poster with the League and 9to5 logos in the window of local merchants.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Zoning issues settled for new SCAD dorm

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 4:16 PM

City Council today approved an expansion of the Mid-City zoning area and designation in order to clear the way for a four-story SCAD dorm set to go up on Victory Drive.

The new dorms would be adjacent to the current One West Victory development and will extend down to Montgomery Street.

SCAD's attorney negotiated with the Metropolitan Planning Commission to extend the Mid-City zoning district across Victory Drive to the south side of the street specifically to include the new development.

The move, Council agreed, would place the dorm under a recognizable and already existing oversight protocol.

Wondering if the city was "helping gentrification, Alderman Van Johnson cautioned that "I don't want to see the neighborhood become ancillary to the college." Johnson voted to approve the measure, however.

Attorney Howard Yellin, representing SCAD in this case, said he had worked with MPC closely on the compromise, which included reducing the height of the proposed dorm from six stories to four, the same height as One West Victory (which is also student housing).

In other business, Council approves a special-use allowance for Victory Antiques and Collectibles, to allow for after-hours wedding receptions. 

George and Paula Saunders, Daniel Krauthammer, Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic are Savannah Book Festival keynote speakers

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 10:49 AM

George Saunders and Paula Saunders
  • George Saunders and Paula Saunders
Embarking on its 12th season, the Savannah Book Festival announces the authors scheduled to present the Opening, Keynote and Closing Addresses for the 2019 Savannah Book Festival, February 14 – 17, 2019.

George Saunders, winner of the 2017 Man Booker prize for his first novel, a New York Times #1 Bestseller, Lincoln in the Bardo, will present the Opening Address on Thursday, February 14, with his debut novelist wife, Paula Saunders. They will be discussing their writing lives, processes and inspirations.

Daniel Krauthammer will present the Keynote Address on Friday, 
Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
  • Lynn Vincent and Sara Vladic
February 15, to discuss the last work of his father, Charles Krauthammer, The Point of it All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors. The book explores Charles’ notable writings and speeches from his 30 years as a national columnist and philosopher.

New York Times bestselling author Lynn Vincent and documentary filmmaker Sara Vladic will present the Closing Address on Sunday, February 17 to discuss their book, Indianapolis, the definitive account of one of the most remarkable episodes in American history.

The Opening, Keynote and Closing Addresses will be presented at
Daniel Krauthammer
  • Daniel Krauthammer
 the Historic Lucas Theatre for the Arts. Tickets are $20 and go on sale on January 10, 2019.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Richmond Hill doctor arrested for operating without valid license

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:01 PM

A doctor has been arrested following a joint investigation spearheaded by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

"Earlier this month, CNT, DEA, and other state and federal agencies conducted an investigation at Consultants in Pain Medicine located at 2453 Highway 17, Richmond Hill, Georgia," CNT reports.

"During the investigation, agents located paperwork that suggested Doctor Amy Pearson was unlawfully operating the clinic by having an expired pain management license. As the investigation furthered, agents determined the license was expired by more than one year."

CNT arrested Dr. Pearson on October 23, 2018, at her residence without incident. Dr. Pearson was charged with Operating a Pain Management Clinic without a License, which is a felony in the state of Georgia. Dr. Pearson was booked into the Bryan County Detention Center and is currently out on bond. The pain management clinic is currently closed pending further investigation.

Georgia Historical Society expansion gets boost from Delta Air Lines Foundation

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 5:53 PM

The Delta Air Lines Foundation has awarded the Georgia Historical Society’s Next Century Initiative $500,000 "to propel the Society forward in anticipation of the next 100 years," GHS announced today.

The Delta gift is a response to a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to help complete a $3.5 million capital campaign for renovation and expansion of the GHS Research Center in Savannah.

GHS recently received a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities—one of the first awards made under the NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program.

The NEH grant requires GHS to raise matching funds totaling $1.5 million (three non-federal dollars for every dollar of federal funding) in order to receive the full value of the award from the NEH.

“We are grateful to Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation for their belief in the future of our state and their investment in history education,” said Dr. W. Todd Groce, President and CEO of the Georgia Historical Society. “Because of their generosity, GHS is well on its way to renovating our Research Center and expanding our educational mission across the state.”

The Delta Air Lines Foundation is a nonprofit corporation formed in 1968 to enhance Delta's charitable giving.

Meth ring on Southside broken up

Posted By on Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 5:47 PM

Brooke Carey
  • Brooke Carey
Multiple people are under arrest following an investigation conducted by the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team (CNT) on Oct. 23.

"Yesterday, CNT conducted an undercover drug operation following information crystal methamphetamine (meth) was being sold from various rooms at hotel located in the 11000 block of Abercorn Street on  Savannah’s Southside," a CNT spokesperson says.
Emily Figueroa
  • Emily Figueroa

"After observing a large amount of foot traffic and activity consistent with drug sales, CNT obtained a search warrant for two hotel rooms. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of various amounts of crystal meth, items commonly used in the distribution and use of controlled substances, and one  vehicle."

CNT arrested 34-year-old Raymond Gibson, 33-year-old 
Raymond Gibson
  • Raymond Gibson
Brooke Carey, 31-year-old Emily Figueroa, all of Savannah, and 31-year-old Katie Kirkpatrick of Rincon. Gibson, Figueroa, and Kirkpatrick were all charged with Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute and remain in the Chatham County Detention Center. Carey  was charged with a misdemeanor drug offense and has since been released.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. 
Katie Kirkpatrick
  • Katie Kirkpatrick

Monday, October 15, 2018

Town Hall meetings this week to discuss Arena, SPLOST

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Three members of City Council are hosting Town Hall meetings this week with the intent of gathering public input on taxpayer-funded projects.

Each meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. The focus is to obtain public feedback to help “shape” the controversial new Savannah Arena and to discuss what type of projects citizens would like to see funded if SPLOST 7 is approved by voters next year.

SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is the one percent sales tax used to fund new construction projects in Chatham County. It is voted on by referendum.


District 2 Alderman Bill Durrence Town Hall Meeting

When: Monday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Savannah Civic Center Ballroom, 301 W. Oglethorpe St.


District 4 Alderman Julian Miller Town Hall Meeting

When: Tuesday, October 16 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Calvary Baptist Temple Chapel, 4625 Waters Avenue



District 1 Alderman Van Johnson Town Hall Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Temple of Glory Community Church Sanctuary, 1105 Stiles Avenue

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