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Ex-medical worker sentenced to prison for wire fraud

49 min 53 sec ago

MACON, Ga. — Prosecutors say a former surgical practice office manager has been sentenced to five years in prison for wire fraud in central Georgia.

U.S. Attorney G.F. Peterman III says 53-year-old Maria Elizabeth Trenam was sentenced Friday for embezzling more than $1.18 million from the Surgical Associates of Warner Robins since 2011. Trenam had access to the banking and financial records of the business.

Trenam was arrested last year and pleaded guilty in July.

Effort to recognize World War II spies hung up in Congress

1 hour 19 min ago

McLEAN, Va. — Spies don't work for fame or acclaim. But after 75 years, the men and women who served behind the enemy lines in Nazi Germany and the Pacific theater during World War II wouldn't mind some recognition.

Legislation to award the spies the Congressional Gold Medal has passed the Senate and has more than 300 sponsors in the House, yet the bill is being held up by House Republicans, who recently enacted rules that require a special waiver to grant the medal to groups of people.

Governor hopefuls distancing themselves from Clinton, Trump

2 hours 2 min ago

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — In West Virginia, the Democrat running for governor has defended the coal industry while decrying his party's presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

In Vermont, the Republican nominee for governor declared his support for transgender bathroom rights and denounced GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Those types of unconventional strategic calculations are helping to make for close races this year in several states.

Orthodox delegation stays away from Pope Francis' Mass

2 hours 39 min ago

TBILISI, Georgia — Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a public setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided not to send an official delegation to his Mass and repeated that Orthodox faithful cannot participate in Catholic services.

Floods' pain still felt 1 year later in rural South Carolina

3 hours 30 min ago

KINGSTREE, S.C. — A world away from South Carolina's booming coastal resorts, hundreds of homes remain unrepaired in the county hardest hit by last year's floods. Now they're getting one last push of help.

A Christian group of about 1,500 carpenters, plumbers, electricians and other volunteers that formed in response to Hurricane Katrina is on its way to Williamsburg County, where flooding damaged 28 percent of the homes badly enough to qualify for federal aid.

5 decisions that made the Nobel Prizes look bad

4 hours 58 min ago

STOCKHOLM — Nobel Prizes cannot be revoked, so the judges must put a lot of thought into their selections for the six awards, which will be announced in the next two weeks.

A discovery might seem groundbreaking today, but will it stand the test of time?

Prize founder Alfred Nobel wanted to honor those whose discoveries created "the greatest benefit to mankind."

Here are five Nobel Prize decisions that, in hindsight, seem questionable:

Mega-Hurricane Matthew heads for Jamaica, Cuba

5 hours 30 min ago

KINGSTON, Jamaica — One of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recent history weakened a little on Saturday as it roared across the Caribbean on a course that put Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba in the path of potentially devastating winds and rain.

Matthew briefly reached the top hurricane classification, Category 5, and was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Felix in 2007.

Obituary List for Saturday, October 1, 2016

8 hours 3 min ago

Today's obituaries in the Savannah Morning News.

For these and past obits, click here.

- Mrs. Nancy Beasley, Eden, GA

- Mr. Lawrence Bonhomme, Savannah, GA

- Ms. Mary Earthese Bradley, Statesboro, GA

- Risco E. Faulk, Savannah, GA

- Mr. Lyman Fields, Sr., Pembroke, GA

- Mr. Tommy Joe Godwin, Odum, GA

- Mr. Ricky Jackson, Hazlehurst, GA

- Mrs. Hulda Maria Johnson, Savannah, GA

- Mrs. Elnora King, Savannah, GA

Effingham Co. denies Panthers in OT on game-deciding 2-point conversion

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:30pm

Effingham Co. denies Panthers in OT on game-deciding
two-point conversion

SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County lived up to its billing as a football team that never quits Friday night as the host Rebels came from behind to win their fourth straight game with an impressive 35-34 win over Liberty County in overtime.

Revered former Savannah Christian coach Doyle Kelley dies at 69

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:11pm

HIGH SCHOOLS

Revered former SCPS coach Kelley dies at 69

Doyle Kelley, who spent 38 years coaching multiple sports at Savannah Christian and was also the school’s athletic director and retired as principal, died Friday evening at age 69, his wife, Bo Kelley, confirmed to the Savannah Morning News.

Cavaliers’ defense flexes muscles, dominates Claxton

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:57pm

September will be remembered as a challenging month for the Calvary Day football team.

Focus solely on the Friday nights, however, and the month was a breeze.

Vox Populi: 'Isn't it weird that in America our flag and our culture offend so many people'

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:35pm

Contribute to Vox Populi by calling 912-525-0VOX (0869) or emailing us at vox@savannahnow.com.

“Amid all the discussion about body cameras for police, it should kept in mind that they won't do a thing to make you or me or the cop any safer.”

“Isn't it weird that in America our flag and our culture offend so many people, but our benefits don't?”

RYDER CUP: American sweep and European rally on Day 1

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 9:53pm

RYDER CUP

CHASKA, Minn. — Even with the first opening-session sweep in four decades, the Americans were reminded anew Friday that no lead is safe in the Ryder Cup.

Not after one session. Not after one day.

And based on the last Ryder Cup on American soil, not until it’s over.

Check out our Paint the Town Pink racks!

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 7:26pm

It's October, which means we here at the Savannah Morning News are doing all we can to support Paint the Town Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In addition to our extra-special PINK paper coming this Sunday (with a portion of proceeds going to the fight against breast cancer), we decorated several of our newspaper racks to really grab your attention and make you think pink. (And by "we" I mean our very own awesome Tammy Blackmon)

Pick up a copy of the Savannah Morning News in one of our extra special Paint the Town Pink racks at one of these locations:

Uganda choir to perform in Guyton, Rincon

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 6:40pm

The Imani Children’s Choir from the heart of Africa is bringing awareness to the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through music and
dance.

They have been recognized as one of the best children’s choirs in Uganda.

They provide music, traditional African dance and instrumentation, as well as raise awareness to the plight of the Ugandan child – a country with one of the highest orphan rates in the
world.

Effingham Sheriff: Dog alerts woman to home intruder

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 6:17pm

From incident reports at the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office:

Sept. 8: A woman who had been served a criminal trespass notice to stay away from the Dollar General store on U.S. 80 in the Eden area was at the store and exchanged words with an employee. A deputy found the woman at her home and told her again to stay away from the store.

Daufuskie sanctuary a solution for feral cats

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 6:07pm

If there's a cat heaven, it looks like this. Tucked away in the south end of the historic district of  Daufuskie Island, down a dirt road, a fenced half-acre is home to 79 cats. And that's just this week. Sometimes there are more.

The wooded lot provides catnip-sprinkled mobiles and treetop walkways.There are ledges for lounging and sheds for hiding.  A feeder just outside the sanctuary even offers bird-safe, live-action viewing through the fence. 

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Memorial

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 4:27pm

Parker’s donated $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center as part of a larger $1 million endowment to support the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial. Parker’s CEO Greg Parker presented a check to Jay Goldstein, M.D., the medical director of emergency services at Memorial.

In the spring of 2016, Memorial University Medical Center completed the final phase of renovation on the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center, a $15 million project that doubled the amount of treatment space available.

Armstrong graduate Bostic named Top Five of 40 Under Forty in clinical pathology

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 4:21pm

Dana Bostic, a graduate of Armstrong’s Medical Lab Sciences program, was selected as one of the Top Five of the American Society of Clinical Pathology 2016 40 Under Forty Honorees at ASCP’s annual meeting in Las Vegas Sept. 14-16. Each year ASCP recognizes 40 members under the age of 40 whose achievements and leadership qualities are making a significant impact on the fields of pathology and laboratory medicine. 

John Legend headed to Savannah to film 'Underground'

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 4:14pm

 Grammy-winning singer John Legend will play an iconic runaway slave-turned abolitionist on WGN America's drama series "Underground."

Sony Pictures Television and WGN announced in a statement Friday that Legend will guest star as Frederick Douglass. Legend also serves as an executive producer of the series, which delves into the challenges and dangers for slaves during their journey on the Underground Railroad.