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Savannah-Chatham school parents behaving badly

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 11:17pm

Savannah-Chatham school officials have banned 10 adults from campuses for unruly, sometimes violent behavior

They come to school loud, disruptive, combative and quick to cuss everyone from the school secretary all the way to the principal.

But don’t bother calling home – they’re the parents.

The school year began just three months ago, but Savannah-Chatham public schools officials have already issued 10 disruptive parent letters, effectively banning 10 disorderly parents from school campuses.

Vox Populi: 'So if Trump wins, he won’t accept the results?'

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:28pm

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“I agree with the previous post at disgust concerning our homemade TV commercials by local attorneys. TV stations should be ashamed airing such junk.”

“How can Trump say he defends the Constitution but won't agree to accept the will of the people to elect our president?”

Garbage will be accepted in recycling carts in Effingham

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:02pm

Republic Services will be picking up garbage in recycling bins until further notice in Effingham.

County Administrator Toss Allen said because trash collection was suspended on the Thursday before the storm and power outages caused the contents of most people’s freezers to be lost, there was in increased amount of garbage that needed to be collected.

Allen said the amount being collected is approximately 30 percent greater than normal.

International Food Fest coming to Rincon church Saturday

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:35pm

Enjoy choosing from a menu that includes dishes from Russia, Romania, Italy, Greece, the Middle East, and America.

An array of desserts will also be available. Dine in or carry out. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at St. Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church, 1625 Fort Howard Road in Rincon.

Effingham beauty queen rides in parade at Florida State

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:22pm

Miss Georgia United States, Ashia K. Miller, participated in the Florida State homecoming parade in Tallahassee last Friday.

She is a 2008 graduate of South Effingham High School, and an alumna of Florida State University.

She is the daughter of Gilbert and Dorothy Miller of

Chatham District Attorney adds new prosecutor for repeat, violent offenders

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:19pm

Heap announces new gun prosecutor position

Heap said the position will go hand-in-hand with the police department’s End Gun Violence: Step Forward initiative. The county will start to advertise for the position Friday, and Heap said the goal is to hire someone with experience.

Looking For Pearls: Discovering Morse code within the beauty of Maine

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 9:16pm

You know what the investigative journalists always say. “Follow the sauerkraut.” Well, that’s not the exact phrase. Unless they are investigating a money-laundering bratwurst cartel.

But for me the pull of sauerkraut was part of the joy of a few days in Maine last week. A little respite from Hurricane Matthew and a chance for a seasonal taste of the Old World.

State commisson gathers feedback for pipeline legislation

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 8:58pm

The State Commission on Petroleum Pipelines held the first of three hearings on Thursday to craft new regulations after Kinder Morgan’s Palmetto Pipeline project was brought to a halt last year.

Composed of Georgia legislators, state department heads and citizens, the commission's purpose is to determine the most efficient way to distribute petroleum products while considering safety and property rights, said co-Chairman and state Rep. Bill Hitchens.

Hurricane Matthew causes $3.3M in damages to city buildings

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 8:25pm

Civic Center, other city structures will cost $3.3 million to repair

As Savannah’s residents work on getting their homes repaired, the city is also in the process of restoring government buildings affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The storm caused an estimated $3.3 million in damages to city-owned buildings, according to a staff report issued Tuesday. Among the 73 buildings assessed, the Savannah Civic Center reportedly took the biggest hit after water intrusion caused $1.15 million in damages to the structure.

Mexican judge denies El Chapo's appeals against extradition

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:58pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A federal judge rejected five appeals by jailed drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to avoid extradition to the United States, a week after Mexico said it aimed to send him north of the border by early next year.

The legendary Sinaloa Cartel leader, who has twice escaped maximum-security prisons in Mexico, can still appeal to higher courts and his legal battle against extradition is expected to continue.

U.S. parks director: More worker sex harassment cases likely 

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:21pm

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The National Park Service must attract younger and more racially diverse visitors to the areas it manages, and it will probably uncover more cases of sexual harassment in its workforce of 22,000 employees following a scandal involving demands for sex by male workers from their female colleagues, the service's outgoing director said in an interview Tuesday.

Watchdog: EPA delayed for 7 months in Flint water crisis

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:48pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency had sufficient authority and information to issue an emergency order to protect residents of Flint, Michigan, from lead-contaminated water as early as June 2015 — seven months before it declared an emergency, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday.

The Flint crisis should have generated "a greater sense of urgency" at the agency to "intervene when the safety of drinking water is compromised," Inspector General Arthur Elkins said in an interim report.

UK to pardon thousands convicted under past anti-gay laws

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:23pm

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of men who were convicted under now-abolished British laws against homosexuality are to receive posthumous pardons, the government announced Thursday. Those who are still alive can will be eligible to have their criminal records wiped clean.

The Ministry of Justice said the pardons apply to men convicted for consensual same-sex sexual relations before homosexuality was decriminalized several decades ago. Men living with convictions can apply to the government to have their names cleared.

Savannah-Chatham police investigate Skidaway Road armed robbery

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:10pm

Savannah-Chatham police are investigating a reported armed robbery attempt near Skidaway Road and Fernwood Drive that injured an adult male Thursday afternoon.

The vicitm was treated at a local hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police said.

No further details were immediately available.
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Move along Bozo: Mississippi county bans clowns for now

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 5:53pm

DEKALB, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi county has had enough of the creepy clown craze, at least until after Halloween.

Kemper County supervisors enacted a clown ban this week, temporarily preventing people from dressing as clowns.

The Kemper County Messenger reports ( that anyone caught in public wearing a clown costume, mask or makeup could face a $150 fine.

Supervisors' president Johnny Whitsett says it's a matter of public safety because people could react badly if they get scared by a clown in their yard.

Savannah-Chatham police seek two men on domestic violence charges 

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:19pm

Police in Savannah are looking for two men suspected in two separate acts of domestic violence.

Bernard Frazier, 33, and Allen Middleton, 56, both face aggravated assault charges, said Darnisha Green, Savannah-Chatham police spokeswoman.

Chatham County ramps up mosquito control efforts after hurricane 

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:03pm

Chatham County is currently experiencing a significant increase in adult mosquito activity that can be directly attributed to Hurricane Matthew. Chatham County Mosquito Control is currently seeing extremely high numbers of woodland and salt marsh mosquitos throughout the area, said Catherine Neal Glasby, Chatham County spokeswoman.  

Veterans help Port Wentworth clean up storm damage

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:52pm

A military veteran-led group is helping residents of Port Wentworth recover from damage caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Disaster-response group Team Rubicon currently has 26 volunteers deployed for what it calls Operation Spanish Moss, providing chain saw operations and debris removal.

Savannah to resume normal recycling schedule next week

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:33pm

The city of Savannah recycling will resume a regular pick-up schedule for recycling beginning next week. Service has been impacted due to cleanup from Hurricane Matthew.

The sanitation schedules for each pick-up day can be found at

Recycle carts are not to be used for garbage after this week and should never be used for yard waste, city staff said in a news release.

Ohio mom's confession details how she smothered 3 young sons 

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:28am

Six months after someone shot eight members of an extended family to death in their homes, surviving relatives are still waiting — for an explanation, for an arrest, for a hint of closure.