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Busy March puts Port of Savannah on track for milestone year

Apr. 17, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia officials say record cargo volumes in March have the Port of Savannah headed toward a big milestone in the 2021 fiscal year. The Georgia Ports Authority said in a news release that Savannah is on track to handle 5 million container units of...

Investigators: 3 Savannah house fires are linked to arsons

Apr. 16, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Three houses that burned in Savannah earlier this month are believed to have been set on fire by burglars. Georgia Insurance Commissioner John King said Thursday that investigators have ruled the fires to be arsons and believe they are linked. The...

Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

Apr. 14, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states. ...

Former soldiers charged in stabbing death of another soldier

Apr. 12, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Two former soldiers have been indicted on charges including murder in the death of another soldier who was found stabbed to death in his room on a Georgia military base, according to court documents unsealed Monday. Byron Booker, 28, of Ludowici,...

Boater remains missing in Georgia after boat capsizes

Apr. 11, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Department of Natural Resources continues to search for a person who fell overboard in Savannah after a boat capsized. Local news outlets reported the search was scheduled to resume Sunday after stopping late Saturday night. ...

FBI seeks suspects after laser hits aircraft in Georgia

Apr. 11, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

VIDALIA, Ga. (AP) — The FBI is searching for someone who pointed a laser at a military aircraft in March. Investigators are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone responsible. The FBI says that around 9:50 a.m. on...

Army Corps names 2 new boats for fallen Georgia soldiers

Apr. 10, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A federal agency is putting two new boats to work on the Georgia coast after naming them for fallen soldiers. The Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday held dedication ceremonies for the pair of survey boats used to ensure Georgia’s harbors in...

More Black Americans open to vaccines after outreach efforts

Apr. 10, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

Like others in her family, Mattie Pringle had doubts about taking the coronavirus vaccine. The 57-year-old Black woman from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, feared that her high blood pressure and diabetes might heighten her chances of a severe reaction to the shot. The...

Ten-digit phone dialing coming to middle and coastal Georgia

Apr. 07, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Ten-digit dialing is coming to coastal and middle Georgia this year. Customers in the 912 and 478 area codes will have to start dialing the area code as well as the seven-digit phone number to complete local calls, enabling a new suicide prevention...

Amtrak's long-range plan would add new routes across South

Apr. 05, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Amtrak says a new route in its long-range plans would connect Savannah, Georgia to Nashville, Tennessee and stop in Atlanta. Amtrak’s proposed new routes also include one that would connect Montgomery, Alabama, to Atlanta. The...