Friday, January 18, 2019

Georgia Southern opens registration for Study Abroad program in Cuba

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 4:56 PM

Georgia Southern University will offer its second study abroad program in Havana, Cuba, July 2-17.

"Students will learn about the history, culture and contemporary issues affecting the communist island nation post-Fidel Castro," says a university spokesperson.

The program is open to all Georgia Southern students, as well as University System of Georgia transient students, and offers a roster of semester credits.

“Students will be exposed to an array of cultural activities and study excursions designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people,” says Ned Rinalducci, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology and Cuba study abroad program director. “Cuba is in the midst of dramatic change and offers a compelling place to study.”

Classes will be held at the Instituto de Filosofía de Cuba, a higher-education facility that is affiliated with The Academy of Sciences of Cuba, an official institution of the state. The institute is a short walk from the city’s 5-mile seawall, the Malecón. The U.S. embassy is also within close proximity.

Courses will include “Study Abroad: Cuba” and “Comparative Societies, Politics & Institutions: Cuba.”

The deadline to apply for the Cuba study abroad program is Feb. 15. For more information, visit

Judge halts seismic testing permits

Posted By on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Federal Judge Richard Mark Gergel today barred the government from moving forward with seismic permitting during the shutdown, settling what critics say was the confusion the government created by recalling workers to process oil-drilling matters while at the same time not funding federal lawyers to respond to opponents in court.

Gergel issued an order "effectively saying that the government could not have it both ways," says a spokesperson for the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC).

"His ruling concerned a Justice Department request for a pause — or stay — in a legal request by South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson to join a lawsuit filed by 16 South Carolina coastal cities and a group of conservation organizations."

Government lawyers said they could not properly respond to Wilson’s request because of the shutdown. However, Wilson noted that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had issued a directive for workers to keep processing a variety of matters needed to move forward with oil drilling.

That set up an unfair situation, Wilson argued, of allowing the government to move forward on a controversial project while also sidestepping legal challenges.

Judge Gergel granted the government’s request for a stay, but told federal lawyers the seismic permitting could not move forward during the shutdown and for the time it takes the Court to rule on Wilson’s motion.

"Practically, that means the case over the seismic permits will be on hold for the duration of the shutdown plus as many as 18 additional days to hear Wilson’s motion to intervene," SELC says.

“The government was trying to have its cake and eat it too, and we’re pleased the Court did not allow that to happen,” said Laura Cantral, executive director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, one of the groups suing to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic. “This is an issue of critical importance to the coast, and one that must be handled openly, transparently, and fairly. This ruling will allow that to happen, and that is good for all concerned.”

The lawsuit was filed in Charleston Federal Court in December by several conservation organizations including SELC, CCL, Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, North Carolina Coastal Federation, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, Surfrider, and One Hundred Miles. Sixteen South Carolina coastal municipalities filed a separate suit, and the two have since been merged.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Savannah Stopover presents full lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 11:05 AM


This year's Savannah Stopover happens March 7-9 at various venues around town. This morning they announced their complete lineup for the festival, now marking its ninth year.

Wave II adds more than 40 bands to the lineup including several favorite returning acts: Pylon Reenactment Society, William Tyler and Caitlin Rose.

"A slew of red hot discoveries" are also just announced, including Faye Webster, Louis Prince, Illiterate Light, Sun Seeker and McKinley Dixon.

Headliners already announced are Deerhunter and The Joy Formidable.

Local acts to be featured are Aaron Paul Zimmer, Basically Nancy, Bero Bero, Damon and the Shitkickers, Dope KNife, Early Branch, ENEN, Heavy Books, Nancy Druid, Jeff Two-Names and The Born Agains, Valley Gals, and The Train Wrecks.

Tickets available now at

Kyle Marrero named new president of Georgia Southern

Posted By on Thu, Jan 17, 2019 at 10:49 AM

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The Board of Regents today named Dr. Kyle Marrero president of Georgia Southern University.

Marrero, currently president of the University of West Georgia, will begin his new position April 1.

“Dr. Marrero is the right person to lead Georgia Southern University as it continues to expand its footprint in Southeast Georgia,” said University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Kyle’s higher education experience, combined with his focus on strengthening academics and building community partnerships, will be an asset to Georgia Southern’s campus community and the region as a whole."

"Georgia Southern University is an incredible institution and I am honored to be chosen as its 14th president,” said Marrero.

Prior to his appointment at UWG, Marrero served as vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

City invites input on Special Event Ordinance

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 9:56 AM

The City of Savannah is requesting feedback from the public on a proposal to develop a Special Events Ordinance at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 in the Civic Center Ballroom.

City staff will be available to address concerns residents have regarding the coordination and permitting of public events including races and festivals.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you can fill out a comment survey online at

Sample questions include:

What frustrates you the MOST about outdoor permitted special events?

What outdoor permitted special events do you like the MOST/LEAST?

What do you perceive to be the biggest issue facing the City of Savannah with outdoor permitted special events today?

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fatal accident claims life of City employee

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 3:06 PM

Savannah Police’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a work-related accident on Jan. 9 that resulted in the death of a City of Savannah employee.

"About 3:45 p.m. officers responded to the city lot on Sycamore Drive and discovered an employee with the City of Savannah’s Public Works & Water Resources Department deceased. The employee was identified as Peter Solomon, 62," the City reports.

Solomon was on the Streets Maintenance crew within the Public Works & Water Resources Department.

“We’ve lost a member of our family,” says City Manager Rob Hernandez. “It’s a tragedy. It’s never something we want to see happen. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Solomon.”

Pete was originally from Orlando, Florida where he retired from a Florida municipality. He worked with Chatham County for five years before joining the City of Savannah. 

Savannah Stopover collabs with Service Brewing

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 2:42 PM

Savannah Stopover Music Festival today announced a new partnership with local Savannah brewers Service Brewing Company.

Service, founded in 2014, will be the official beer of the 2019 Savannah Stopover Music Festival and also serve as one of the premier venues for the March 7-9 festival.

Scheduled acts at the venue on Indian Street include Bright Light Social Hour (3/7), Andrew Combs (3/8), Susto (3/9) and more to be announced. The brewery will have local food truck(s) on site during all Stopover concerts.

In addition to their existing lineup of beers, the brewery will develop a special limited edition festival lager available throughout the festival and will be unveiled at three Stopover Pre-shows taking place at The Jinx in February:

Martin Sexton- Friday, February 8

Liz Cooper & The Stampede- Friday, February 15

J.D. McPherson- Saturday, February 23

Kayne Lanahan, the festival’s founder and CEO said, “We’ve collaborated with Service Brewing on several concerts in the past but we’re really excited to expand our relationship to include Stopover and help show off another great made-in-Savannah brand to all of our bands and fans.”

Kevin Ryan, brewery CEO, said, ”Meredith and I met at the very first Savannah Stopover and have been patrons of the festival every since. We are looking forward to hosting this year’s lineup of musicians for the first time on our tap room stage!”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Roland Martin set to speak at Armstrong Campus MLK Celebration

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Georgia Southern University will welcome journalist and author Roland S. Martin as the 2019 annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at noon in the Student Ballroom on the Armstrong Campus and 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the Statesboro Campus.

Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, and was named four times as one of the “150 Most Influential African-Americans in the U.S.” by Ebony magazine.

He is the author of three books, Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin. 

Third fatal shooting of 2019

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 10:57 AM

Savannah Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating a fatal shooting on Chatham Street on Jan. 7.

"Officers responded to the first block of Chatham Street about 9:35 p.m. and located Kyle Cook, 29, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Memorial Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries," police say.

The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes 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.

There are already two homicides on the books for 2019 in the Savannah Police jurisdiction. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

City Council Wrap-Up: New Hampstead development moves closer to reality

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 4:06 PM

The long-awaited and ambitious New Hampstead planned development in West Chatham got one step closer to becoming reality at today's City Council meeting, as a zoning text amendment was approved.

First envisioned in 2005 when the property was annexed by the City of Savannah, the proposed Planned Unit Development is set to include residential, multi-use, institutional, and public park components.

"We've been discussing lack of housing," remarked Alderwoman Estella Shabazz, in whose district New Hampstead will reside. "We are moving forward converting almost 900 acres of property into single family residential areas, institutional areas, multi-family, village areas that include parks, on the Westside of Savannah... there are great things that are going to be happening fromn Little Neck Road to Ft. Argyle Road."

A large development at Montgomery Crossroad and Truman Parkway, across from Sam's Club, was approved. The owner will remove current apartments to make way for retail/commercial development.

Mayor Eddie DeLoach warned again of what he calls a need to restrict zoning changes to individual petitioners, to avoid the phenomenon of one developer securing a change in zoning for one project, then selling the parcel to another developer who can then take advantage of the zoning change for a completely different type of development.

The issue revealed a fault line on Council, with Alderman Van Johnson generally supportive of the Mayor's position, but Aldermen Julian Miller and John Hall more in favor of allowing free enterprise.

Council voted to expand the Mid-City zoning area to include corridors on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Montgomery Street currently in a "gap area" between existing historic district designations.

Other zoning and planning issues on today's agenda were continued forward to later meetings to allow further discussion.

A residential development planned for the former Diocese of Savannah building at 601 E. Liberty St. was delayed to clarify zoning changes to bring density allowances in line with the Historic District. The building is located right across East Broad from the border of the Historic District, and thus technically not a part of it.

The development of the surplus city lot at 415 E. Oglethorpe was again delayed, pending an agreement to restore the existence of East Oglethorpe Lane to the parcel.

The City formally adopted the recommended Legislative Agenda, its wish list for the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Top items on the Agenda include supporting home rule for purposes of regulating Short Term Vacation Rentals; securing state funding for the Logistics Technology Corridor; lobbying for a state Earned Income Credit; and allowing local governments to destroy confiscated firearms (state law currently mandates auctioning off confiscated guns). 

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