Monday, July 7, 2014

Posted By on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Chatham County police found a meth lab inside an apartment complex during a "routine eviction" on July 2.

The occupants, 27-year-old Raymond McKinney and 23-year-old Sabrina Rudolph, were arrested and charged with manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

"The deputy observed coffee filters with a pinkish substance on them, and it sent up some red flags," a Savannah-Chatham County Police spokesperson said. The deputy then contacted the narcotics team, who found a full meth lab inside the apartment.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Savannah is rated the No. 3 city in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2014 readers’ survey available at

"Savannah moved up from its seventh place ranking among cities in the U.S. and Canada last year," says a magazine spokesperson. "Charleston is the top-rated city in the U.S. and Canada for the second consecutive year. The World’s Best City Overall is Kyoto, Japan for the first time."

The full list of top ten cities in the U.S. and Canada for 2014, as voted by Travel and Leisure readers:

1. Charleston, South Carolina

2. New Orleans

3. Savannah, Georgia

4. San Francisco

5. Chicago

6. Vancouver

7. Santa Fe, New Mexico

8. Quebec City

9. New York City

10. Boston

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

In honor of today's name change from Armstrong Atlantic State University to simply Armstrong State University, the institution is offering free Leopold’s Ice Cream from noon-2 p.m. to students, faculty and staff to celebrate.

The name change became official July 1 after receiving University System of Georgia Board of Regents approval to drop the word “Atlantic” from its name.

Armstrong State University was founded in 1935. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate academic programs and serves about 7,100 students at its main campus in Savannah and a regional center in Hinesville.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM

The Coastal Heritage Society will break ground on the new orientation building for Old Fort Jackson on July 3.

"The new building will enable the fort to relocate modern intrusions from within the existing structure and will also provide additional visitor amenities in a comfortable air-controlled space," said a spokesperson from the Coastal Heritage Society.

A decade in the making, the building's construction was allocated by SPLOST and will enhance the experience at the site.

Old Fort Jackson protected Savannah and Georgia from 1808 through the end of the Civil War. It is the oldest standing brick fortification in the state and one of Georgia's oldest treasures.

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Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

The Resource Protection Commission - a division of the Metropolitan Planning Commission - is working on a long-term green space plan for Chatham County and needs residents' feedback.

"The Long-term Green Space Plan will focus on the goals and actions to achieving stated goals over a three, five, or seven year period and will be continually re-evaluated every cycle," says RPC member Katie Reams.

Green space, also known as open space, refers to areas used for parks and other open areas for public use. The plan depends on feedback from Chatham County residents. The RPC needs to understand residents' attitudes towards green space to create an effective plan.

To participate, take the commission's survey, which is also offered in Spanish. Anyone over 18 can participate, and answers will be kept confidential.

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Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Early absentee voting for the primary runoff election begins June 30.

"Any eligible registered voter desiring to vote in advance during this period may do so in person at the Voter Registration Main Office," says public information officer Peter Nichols.

No reason is required for early voting. Anyone wishing to cast their vote early can either request an absentee by mail ballot or vote in person. Both options end July 18.

Voters must vote for the same party that they did in the primary. For instance, those who voted Democrat in the primary must vote either Democrat or non-partisan in the runoff, if their county offers the non-partisan option.

The runoff election begins July 22 at 7 a.m.

Voters can find their polling location at My Voter Page.

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

The driver of a car that sped away after striking and injuring a pre-teen bicyclist on Wednesday, turned herself in to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.

Devin Sadler, 24, met SCMPD's Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) officers at the Metro traffic office. She has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance or a driver's license.

The 11-year-old boy was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after the 1:30 p.m. incident in the parking lot of Home Depot on East Victory Drive. He has since been released from the hospital.

Posted By on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

City and neighborhood leaders are set to officially open two new parks during separate ceremonies on the west side of Savannah 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., today, Friday, June 27:

1 p.m.: Ribbon cutting for new playground at Liberty City Neighborhood Center, 1401 Mills B. Lane Boulevard.

2 p.m.: Ribbon cutting for Feiler Park, at Medding and Alamo Streets. Park improvements include a new playground, walking trail, benches, picnic area, lighting, parking lot and water fountain.

Both events will be hosted by Alderwoman Dr. Estella Shabazz, who represents the 5th District, where the parks are located.

The City of Savannah maintains 57 different playgrounds throughout the community, in addition to nearly 200 acres of parks and more than a dozen community centers.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 10:16 AM

An Armstrong professor just received a $50,000 grant to fund her research on historic Southern plantation culture.

Dr. Amy Potter, assistant professor of geography, received the National Science Foundation grant for the study "Transformation of American Southern Commemorative Landscapes." It will compare three major plantation regions including the area of coastal Georgia and South Carolina, the James River area in Virginia and the River Road District in southern Louisiana.

"The three-year research project will enable Potter and an Armstrong student to travel to various historic sites to participate in fieldwork and data collection," said a university spokesperson.

“In addition to the research itself, I’m particularly excited to be able to provide an Armstrong student with a three-year research assistantship and the opportunity to conduct primary research alongside other faculty and graduate students at these three regional sites,” Potter said.

The grant is part of a larger award of $445,000 for a collaborative research project conducted by a team including professors from University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee, University of Mary Washington, Texas Tech University, and Norfolk State University.

Dr. Amy Potter
  • Dr. Amy Potter

Potter joined Armstrong in 2013 and is an assistant professor in the university’s Department of History. She teaches a variety of geography courses and serves as the secretary of the Study of the American South Specialty Group for the Association of American Geographers. This summer she will conduct fieldwork in the U.K. alongside other NSF grant colleagues, focusing on tourism, slavery and museums.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Three men were arrested and "an assortment of drugs, drug paraphernalia and weapons were seized after Islands Precinct officers stopped a vehicle moving through an intensive patrol operation Wednesday afternoon," a police spokesperson says.

John James Monahan Jr., 20, of Dallas, GA, was charged with possession of drug-related objects for use and having illegally tinted windows on his car. Kenneth Michael Robinson, 23, of the 1100 block of East 53rd Street, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Both of them and Napoleon Ramon Graham, 24, of an Eagle Street address, were charged with obstruction. Graham was transported to Memorial University Medical Center for a bite from a police canine officer "stemming from his resistance."

The three men and a female were in a car "with illegal degrees of window tinting driving slowly through a heavy patrol of the Edgemore-Sackville neighborhoods about 4 p.m. Crime Suppression Unit officers on bicycles and in cars pursued it to Waters and 66th Street where they performed a traffic stop," police say.

Each of the men initially refused to cooperate with police officers. The investigation into the assortment of drugs and weapons found in the vehicle is continuing.

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