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Savannah, GA, United States

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Recent articles by DeAnn:

Waterworks restoration could be a ’life-changer’ for West Savannah

District 1 Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier got visibly upset at a recent Savannah City Council meeting — but it was all for a valid reason, she said. → Read More

’Savannah can do better’: City forms LGBTQ+ task force to curb discrimination

For a state that helped birth leaders of the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr., Georgia has few civil rights protections for its own → Read More

’Savannah can do better’: City forms LGBTQ+ task force to curb local discrimination

For a state that helped birth leaders of the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr., Georgia has few civil rights protections for its own → Read More

75 Savannah places of worship agree – stay closed until spread of COVID-19 subsides

Houses of worship should remain closed for services at this time, according to recommendations from the Savannah Faith Task Force.The task force was formed earlier this year by Mayor Van Johnson as part of efforts to include faith leaders in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Representatives from the task force joined with Johnson on Thursday to release their latest… → Read More

2020 Chatham County election results are now official

Chatham County’s elections results have been certified 10 days following the June 9 primary election.The Board of Elections met at 6 p.m. on Friday and certified the results in a 3-1 vote. Board member Debbie Rauer was the sole no vote.Rauer had questioned whether the notice of Friday’s meeting had been published.Bridges said the media had been notified."There are 25 people here," Bridges said.… → Read More

Port Wentworth council to hear controversial rezoning request

A controversial rezoning request will be on Port Wentworth’s agenda next week after the property owner threatened litigation.The property owner is → Read More

Savannah’s outdoor seating program extended

A pilot program to allow outdoor seating at Savannah restaurants and bars has been extended.Mayor Van Johnson said the program was set to expire on Monday, → Read More

Family of Confederate leader offers to purchase vandalized memorial

A direct descendant of Confederate army leader Lafayette McLaws believes she has a solution to protect — and remove — her grandfather’s → Read More

Savannah City Council approves hotel/motel tax increase

What started as a heated discussion in the city council workshop on Thursday ended with a compromise, and an 8-1 vote of approval during the regular meeting to ask for an increase to the city’s hotel/motel tax rate.Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter was the sole no vote.The approval requests the state legislature to increase the rate from the current 6% to 8%.During the workshop council members “got… → Read More

Alderwoman calls hotel/motel tax ’un-equitable’ in Savannah City Council workshop

Savannah’s city council workshop got heated today during discussions on how to divide the money from a proposed increase in the hotel/motel tax. → Read More

New graveside services rules start Friday at Savannah cemeteries

Mayor Van Johnson announced new rules for graveside services at Savannah’s cemeteries during his weekly meeting with the media on Tuesday.Johnson → Read More

New graveside service rules start Monday at Savannah cemeteries

Mayor Van Johnson announced new rules for graveside services at Savannah’s cemeteries during his weekly meeting with the media on Tuesday.Johnson said the COVID-19 related new protocols will take effect Monday, June 15 and will be in force until further notice.City cemeteries include Bonaventure, Greenwich, Laurel Grove North, and Laurel Grove South Cemeteries.Graveside protocols:• Social… → Read More

Election 2020: Ga House results

Marcus Thompson came in first with 78 percent of the vote, for 1,505 ballots cast for the District 164 Democratic nomination in Chatham County. Bryan County voters also chose Thompson with 831 votes. Competitor Jeffrey Rayno received 420 votes, or almost 22 percent in Chatham County and received 298 votes in Bryan County.Thompson will face incumbent Ron Stephens (R) in November’s general… → Read More

William Dyal appears to win District 6 Chatham County commission seat

Republican William Dyal received the most votes in the Chatham County Commission District 6 primary results. Dyal garnered 671 votes, while candidate → Read More

Kenneth Adams wins District 8 Chatham County commission seat

Democrat Kenneth Adams has won the Chatham County Commission District 8 seat according to unofficial poll results.Adams received 2,022 votes to Gary Monroe’s 711 votes. While votes were still being counted as of Wednesday, 93.3% of District 8 precincts have reported results. Absentee ballot counting is not complete.Republicans did not have a primary candidate so Adams will be the only candidate… → Read More

Kevin Heyman to face incumbent for Chatham District 1 commissioner seat

District 1 County Commissioner Helen Stone (R) will face Democrat Kevin Heyman in November for the county seat.Stone faced no primary opposition and received 1,710 votes.Heyman and Ben Wanager ran for the Democratic nomination with Heyman coming out on top with 1,057 votes to Wanager’s 612 votes.Heyman said while campaigning during a pandemic has been a challenge, his being a long-time member of… → Read More

Bobby Lockett wins District 3 Chatham County Commission seat

While the vote count is still unofficial and incomplete, Bobby Lockett appears to have won the Democratic nomination for Chatham County Commission District 3 seat. With no Republican opposition, Lockett will be the only candidate on November ballots.Lockett received 1,351 votes to challenger Brian Reeses’s vote count of 778.As of Wednesday results were incomplete and unofficial with about 90% of… → Read More

Anne Allen Westbrook, Derek Mallow head to runoff for Georgia House District 163 seat

Voters will have to vote again on Aug. 11 for the Georgia House seat in District 163 when none of the five candidates in the Democratic primary received → Read More

Savannah City Council seeks options for fairground development

Savannah may soon have some professional opinions on the best use for city property known as the fairgrounds.The city council voted unanimously at its → Read More

Election 2020, Georgia House District 164: Jeff Rayno and Marcus Thompson

Candidates for the Georgia House seat in District 164 with party primary opposition in the June 9 election were all asked a series of the same questions. → Read More