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Effects worker faces prison for explosives on Travolta movie

Dec. 4, 2019 1:50 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A special effects worker faces up to 10 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to illegally possessing explosives while working on the Georgia set of a movie starring John Travolta and Morgan Freeman. Robert Christopher Bailey, 50, of Los Angeles entered his plea Tuesday...

Georgia voters unseat incumbent mayors in Savannah, Albany

Dec. 4, 2019 9:56 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia voters on Tuesday rejected incumbent mayors in Savannah, Albany and three Atlanta suburbs in runoff elections. Valdosta's mayoral race remained too close to call, while former Sylvester Mayor Bill Yearta defeated fellow Republican and former Leesburg Mayor Jim Quinn in a special...

Teenage couple in Georgia found slain in relative’s car

Dec. 3, 2019 3:54 AM EST

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Police in Georgia are searching for who shot a teenage couple to death and left them in a family member’s parked car on Thanksgiving morning. News outlets report McDonough Police found the bodies of 18-year-old Savannah Fulmer and 19-year-old Dahmir Robinson in a car parked in...

City runoffs, state House special election set in Georgia

Dec. 2, 2019 12:16 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters in cities across Georgia will choose candidates in runoff elections Tuesday, as well as fill a vacancy in a southwest Georgia state House seat. A runoff election for mayor in Savannah headlines the municipal races, with Alderman Van Johnson seeking to unseat incumbent Eddie DeLoach....

More landowners in coastal Georgia county to get fire bills

Dec. 1, 2019 11:49 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — More property owners in coastal Georgia’s largest county will be billed for fire protection after a change by a local fire department. Chatham Fire Department provides fire protection in unincorporated areas outside Savannah. It will begin sending subscription bills to owners of...

Georgia city considers lawsuit to block removal of dam

Nov. 29, 2019 5:27 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it’s legally required to remove a dam to improve fish habitat in the Savannah River. Now a Georgia city may join the state of South Carolina in taking the federal government to court to save the dam, and keep the upstream river running high....

Volunteers turn plastic bags into comfort for homeless

Nov. 28, 2019 12:05 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — It's called plarn, a word that's a mash up of plastic and yarn. And it's made from those ubiquitous grocery bags that seem to proliferate in kitchen cabinets and drawers. On Thursday (Nov. 21) at the Jewish Educational Alliance about a dozen women gathered to first make plarn and then...

How a small stretch of ocean stirred a conservation movement

Nov. 26, 2019 12:51 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — From the surface, these 22 square miles of water are unexceptional. But dip beneath the surface — go down 60 or 70 feet — and you’ll find a spectacular seascape. Sponges, barnacles and tube worms cover rocky ledges on the ocean floor, forming a “live...

Georgia university opens learning center in Ireland

Nov. 26, 2019 11:11 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia university has officially opened a learning center in Ireland. Savannah Morning News reports Georgia Southern University leaders traveled to Wexford last week for the ceremonial event. A news release from the university says the center stems from a long-time partnership...

Episcopal deacon finds home in Savannah homeless camp

Nov. 23, 2019 12:06 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Veitinger's pulpit is not in one of Savannah's ornate Episcopal churches. Instead, the newly ordained Episcopal deacon holds forth on Sundays in one of Savannah's homeless camps off Louisville Road as part of his "street church" ministry. It is part of his journey that has taken...