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Past articles by Ben:

A Tybee Island self-guided tour takes you to historical markers, murals, and memorials

A list of many of the murals, markers and memorials that provide a look back in time to Tybee Island history → Read More

Tybee Island alternative transportation lets you tour without a car

See more on Tybee Island when you park the car and take more leisure transportation like a golf cart, taxi or bicycle. → Read More

The 23 best restaurants on Tybee Island, as loved by locals

From seafood to Mexican, sushi to pizza, Tybee Island locals have a variety of favorite restaurants when choosing where to eat. → Read More

Sculptor visits Savannah WW II memorial 21 years after dedication

It took eight helpers and six months to fabricate the 24-foot diameter globe. → Read More

A joyous emergence from pandemic when Savannah church burns mortgage

New Salem Community Fellowship Church held virtual services during COVID. The congregation also paid off mortgage at an in-person celebration in May. → Read More

Tybee Island Lighthouse license plates on the road to reality in the United States

Tybee Island Historical Society searches for the right lighthouse image; drivers must purchase plate by Dec. 31 before it can become real in 2022 → Read More

Mechanics Avenue becomes memory lane at The Gas Station Airbnb in Thunderbolt

Studio apartments found at The Gas Station, an Airbnb with a history for motorheads in Thunderbolt → Read More

New state fire marshal an Emerald in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day tradition

First Asian-American selected as Georgia State Fire Marshal also member of Firefighters Emerald Society of Southeast Georgia → Read More

Two Savannah friends create cookbook of Downtown, Tybee flavors

Authors celebrate the ingredients and the people who provide them in new cookbook. → Read More

Savannah WWII veteran helped capture Northern Italy, enters Hall of Fame

Euel Akins, Bob Dole inducted into 10th Mountain Division Warrior Legends Hall of Fame. → Read More

HERO database in the nick of time helps community during COVID

It’s hard to find anything more soothing on a winter day than a warm bowl of soup. If it’s alphabet soup, it’s educational besides. A year ago the four letters H-E-R-O came to the surface in the latest serving of community engagement offered by the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center. The Health Effective Resource Organizations (HERO for short) database… → Read More

Wilmington Island’s Phil O’Dell offers his Corvette cancer message

A Corvette on the open road always gets your attention. It’s always the Corvette that whips past you, never vice-versa. I’ve never whipped → Read More

Tasha Walker from Statesboro helps people who are homeless in Savannah

"Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery." So goes the lyric from John Prine’s song "Angel from Montgomery." Bonnie Raitt has sung it for nearly 50 years. It’s a song of love, regret, and longing that she says "changed my life."A good song, like a good person, can do that. The woman in the song feels older than her years and dreams of turning into an angel and leaving a dreary and desolate… → Read More

Addy the famous loggerhead turtle, Tybee Island Marine Science Center prep for new location

Addy the loggerhead sea turtle lives in an 800-gallon tank at the current Tybee Island Marine Science Center next to the pavilion. She’s just over → Read More

Jazmine Faries wants everyone to follow their dreams

I had no idea how much there was to know about John Travolta. And I see that I have some catching up to do.I had a front row seat last week for a Jeopardy- → Read More

Tybee’s Pat Leiby honored as human rights activist

Last Saturday evening I was surrounded by drum majors. It wasn’t with a marching band on the Memorial Stadium football field, although our perch in the banquet hall did overlook the New Hampstead-Windsor Forest game.I was at the 11th annual MLK Drum Major Awards Gala presented by Feed the Hungry. The awards take their name from Martin Luther King’s 1968 sermon on leadership. "If you want to say… → Read More

Healing effect of horses at Pegasus Riding Academy continues during COVID pandemic

"Liam is a very lucky boy." That’s what Westley Moore said to Peggi Noon as another rider got onto his favorite horse Chili. A sentence like that is a real marker.I visited Pegasus Riding Academy ( last week and saw, not one, but three very lucky boys. Liam Watson, Westley Moore and Sean Hussey were back in the saddle, following the break after summer camp.Pegasus does therapeutic… → Read More

JEA Gallery highlights the harmony of Holmes, Mitchell

The golden hour is that magic time photographers love. It’s the restful period before dusk when the light is soft and diffuse, when birds are → Read More

LOOKING FOR PEARLS: Freddie’s Garage part of the fabric of Tybee

In July, ahead of our son coming to visit from Nebraska, I took my wife’s Honda over to Freddie’s Garage on Tybee to check the air in the → Read More

LOOKING FOR PEARLS: Characters draw reader into novel set at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville

I went to a book-signing on Tybee on July 27. It was outdoors under a huge magnolia tree – limited invites, social distancing, masks, bring your own lawn chair, and a refreshing champagne-plus-raspberry toast at the end. The novel was "What Ever Happened to Heather?" The Savannah author is Ann O’Leary.After I read the book, the only change I might’ve made would be for the signing to be under a… → Read More