Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Peter Shannon set to leave Savannah Philharmonic at end of 2019 season

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 6:32 PM

After ten years, Peter Shannon has decided to step down as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), the Philharmonic announced today.

Shannon will remain in his current position as Conductor through the end of this celebratory tenth season.

"I am exceedingly proud of what we have built together in Savannah,” says Shannon. “The people of this city have shown me and my family so much love and support, and have empowered me to cultivate a passionate and talented group of musicians from all over the country; bringing them together as Savannah's orchestra with a sound and character all of its own.”

Shannon continues: "Ten years is a significant milestone for an orchestra's artistic leadership, and I feel like now is the time to turn my focus to new artistic pursuits, both in the US and in Europe. This has been a difficult decision, but it is the right one for me and my family, and Savannah will always have place in our hearts.”

Samir Nikocevic, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SPO said, “The Board of Directors thanks Peter for his immense artistic contribution over the years and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors. We value Peter’s many contributions and recognize the tremendous impact he has had on the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.”

The search for the next SPO Conductor and Musical Director is being planned and a search committee comprised of board members, musicians and patrons will be formed.

Savannah achieves all-time record in October

Posted By on Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

The Port of Savannah moved more container cargo in October than any other month in its history, with 413,800 twenty-foot equivalent container units crossing its docks. Containerized trade at the Port of Savannah has increased by 8 percent for the fiscal year to date (July-Oct. 2018), totaling 1.53 million TEUs - up 113,000 compared to the same period last year.

"A booming economy, strong consumer confidence and an expanding customer base have resulted in record trade through the Port of Savannah," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "I would like to congratulate Georgia Ports employees, the International Longshoremen's Association and our other partners in the logistics industry for stepping up to the plate to handle these record volumes."

Lynch also congratulated the ILA and the steamship lines for successfully completing a new six-year contract that will allow similar growth to continue.

Last month's performance marked the 24th consecutive month of positive year-over-year growth for the Southeastern gateway.

"Our ports continue to add and grow cargo volumes, creating jobs across Georgia and the Southeast," said GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood. "I would like to personally thank our many customers who rely on the GPA to connect them to the global logistics chain."

Intermodal rail cargo grew by 8.7 percent for the month, compared to October 2017. For the fiscal year to date, the Port of Savannah has handled 172,416 containers by rail, an increase of 33,596, or 24 percent compared to the same period a year ago. "We are currently in the process of doubling Savannah's rail lift capacity to 1 million lifts per year to expand our market reach," Lynch said.

In other news, the Port of Savannah's Ocean Terminal increased trade in breakbulk cargo in October. Growth of 25.8 percent brought the total to 126,165 tons of commodities ranging from autos and machinery, to rubber, steel and lumber. Overall containerized volumes in October grew by 4,000 TEUs, or 1 percent, compared to the same month last year, and by 13.6 percent (49,600 TEUs) compared to September 2018.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Funny As Ish Comedy Tour coming to Savannah this April

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:41 PM

The "Funny As Ish Comedy Tour", featuring Mike Epps, Sommore, Rickey Smiley, Tony Rock, Earthquake & DC Young Fly, will be performing in the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena on Friday, April 19th 2019 at 8:00PM. Visit for more ticket information.

NEEDTOBREATHE comes to Savannah this March!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:37 PM

Red Mountain Ent. presents NEEDTOBREATHE at the the Johnny Mercer Theater on Friday March 8th at 7PM. NEEDTOBREATHE will be bringing their “Acoustic Live Tour” to Savannah for anyone who wishes to attend. With Special Guest Matt Maeson!

Visit for ticket information.

Diana Ross Comes to Savannah in January!

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:14 PM

AEG Presents DIANA ROSS at the Johnny Mercer Theatre- SUN, JAN 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Ticket sales will go up on Friday the 16th at noon.

With a remarkable career spanning over 50 years, we invite you to celebrate a night with Ms. Ross, considered one of the most successful recording artists and entertainers of all time!

Visit for ticket information.

Howard Family Dental to host 10th annual Free Day of Dentistry on November 16

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 12:06 PM

Howard Family Dental is proud to announce it will host the company’s 10th annual Free Day of Dentistry on Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Pooler office located at 91 Brighton Woods Drive. In spirit of the season of giving, over 100 volunteers from Howard Family Dental, Oral & Facial Surgery and Kid’s Dentistree will come together to provide each child or adult with one free service of their choice – a free cleaning, filling or extraction. The event is first come, first serve and is limited to the first 200 people.

Over the last few years, the event has grown to include many community partners. New this year, the company has partnered with the St. Joseph's/Candler Mobile Mammography to provide free mammograms. Those interested in receiving a mammogram are not required to have a primary care doctor. A representative from the Howard Hand in Hand program at St. Joseph’s/Candler will also be present to provide support and information for anyone in need of the program’s assistance. The Howard Hand in Hand program provides support, education and guidance to children and teens with a family member facing a life-threatening disease.

Returning this year, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia will provide food for individuals and families that are suffering from food insecurity, and local Walgreen’s pharmacist, Jim Brown, will be onsite to offer free flu shots and blood pressure checks. Strickland’s Funeral Home and Calvary Assembly of God will once again generously donate their parking lots for attendees, and several local restaurants plan to donate food and refreshments for the volunteers.

“We intentionally host our Free Day of Dentistry on the Friday before Thanksgiving each year,” said Dr. Julie Howard, a dentist at the Midtown location and co-founder/chair of the Howard Family Dental Charitable Foundation. “It is our way to give thanks and appreciation to our community in partnership with other like minded, local businesses who care about breaking down the barriers many people face when it comes to access to care.”

Numbers will be handed out starting at 6:30 a.m. on November 16. The event will officially kick off at 7 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m. Last year, Howard Family Dental Free Dental Day served over 150 people and completed an estimated $55,000 worth of services.

For more information and directions, please visit the website at or call (912) 629-9000.

Savannah Philharmonic hires big name consultant for leadership search

Noted performing arts administrator Henry Fogel to conduct search for new SPO musical director

Posted By on Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 4:00 AM

SAVANNAH PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA announced the enlistment of Henry Fogel, an influential performing arts administrator, to lead the search in replacing longtime Philharmonic musical director and conductor Peter Shannon. Shannon announced his decision to leave the organization at the conclusion of the tenth season in May of 2019.

Prior to his work as a consultant for orchestras and other musical organizations, Fogel served as the President of the League of American Orchestras from 2003 to 2008, and prior to that was the President of the Chicago Symphony from 1985 to 2003.

Shannon's departure from the SPO was due to his desire to focus on other endeavors.

"We have the benefit of continuity as Peter Shannon completes a wonderful tenth season and we are excited to welcome a roster of talented candidates who will conduct the concerts throughout the eleventh season beginning September 2019," Samir Nikocevic, SPO's Chairman of the Board of Directors, said in a statement.

"We are fortunate to be working with Henry Fogel whose vast experience will benefit our selection process as he leads the search for our new Music Director."

Friday, November 9, 2018

Provisional ballot voters have extra opportunity

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 1:23 PM

The Chatham County Board of Registrars will extend its business hours to 6 pm this evening (Friday, November 9) "in order to accommodate any voters who cast provisional ballots and need to present identification as part of the process of having their provisional ballot approved," a spokesperson says.

Any voter who cast a provisional ballot due to missing or insufficient ID issues can bring the confirming ID to the main office of the Board of Registrars (1117 Eisenhower Dr., Suite E) or call Sabrina German at the Board of Registrars at 912-790-1520 to discuss any questions or concerns before coming to the Board of Registrar’s office.

This development comes in the wake of controversies in the Georgia gubernatorial race, as Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams alleges that enough provisional and absentee ballots remain that are either outstanding or incorrectly tabulated to put her race with Brian Kemp into either recount or runoff status.

Until Thursday afternoon, Kemp served as Georgia Secretary of State, the office which oversees elections and voter data in the state.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Chatham County Police Working to Convince Citizens to ‘Lock It or Lose It’

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:16 PM

Chatham County Police Department officers will canvas neighborhoods Wednesday to remind citizens about the importance of locking their vehicles.

Since February, 96 percent of all thefts from autos in Chatham County have been from unlocked cars. In those incidents, nearly 50 firearms have been stolen. From October 23-October 30, items were stolen from twenty-two unlocked cars. These items included three firearms, cash, jewelry, prescription medications, cell phones and clothing. Officers will canvas neighborhoods Wednesday Nov. 7 with new ‘Lock It or Lose It’ clings that they will distribute in an effort to help remind citizens of the simple step they can keep from becoming a theft victim. Officers will continue to distribute the clings in an ongoing effort to help reduce thefts from autos.

Southside Detectives Seek to ID Flim-Flam Suspects

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Savannah Police’s Southside Precinct detectives are seeking to identify two women who conducted a flim-flam scheme resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars.

The two female suspects approached the 78-year-old female victim with a bag they said contained approximately $29,000 that the suspects found. They promised to share the money with her if she would contribute some money of her own. After convincing her to withdraw $10,000 in cash, the suspects took the victim’s money and left.

Both suspects were described as black females possibly in their 50s, who were around 5-foot-4. Anyone with information on the incident or the suspects should contact Southside Precinct detectives at (912) 351-3404. Information can also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at (912) 234-2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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