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Native plants carve out a niche in Darien

– June 7, 2023 – Local advocate, native plants Darien resident Deborah Sheppard has spent a lifetime advocating for the environment in Georgia, including over a decade at the helm of the Altamaha Riverkeeper. She’s still on the coast, but now Sheppard’s role is a more nurturing one, as The Current’s Mary Landers reports. Sheppard grows native plants at her home-based nursery Florabundance Gardens. Along with the pollinator-pleasing flowers she distributes from her marshfront garden, this formally trained horticulturalist also collects…

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Reading & Phonics, Guns & Money

Sunday Solutions – June 4, 2023 In the spirit of solutions and a new month, we’re taking a look at challenges and potential answers and parts in-between. After all, we have to understand a topic before we can tackle it to find lasting answers. People all over are working at new ideas, so it’s good to see what’s out there. It can be heavy stuff, but progress toward change is never easy. And, yes, there’s light at the end. Teacher prep,…

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Savannah Murders Decline. Why?

Thursday, June 1, 2023 Drop in Savannah murders Murders in Savannah have seen a steep decline compared to the same period in each of the last seven years.  Only one homicide has been reported to the Savannah Police Department this year, as of May 27. During the same week in 2022, the department had recorded 16 murders. There were 12 reported murders by this week in 2021 and 17 in 2020.  Savannah Assistant Police Chief Robert Gavin credits the change to…

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Supreme Court wades into wetlands

– May 31, 2023 – Wetlands protections shrink In a decision handed down last week in Sackett v. EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed federal protections for wetlands, potentially exposing many swamps, bogs and marshes across the U.S. to filling and development, as Law Professor Albert Lin explains in The Conversation. Environmental activists in Georgia reacted quickly to the decision, which Rena Peck, executive director of the Georgia River Network, called “bad news for clean water.”  “It means that fewer wetlands…

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Carter Treads Lightly on Debt Deal

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 Carter tiptoes through debt ceiling saga With a deal to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending limits poised to come up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives tomorrow, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are facing rebellions from the flanks of their political parties. But don’t expect Coastal Georgia’s congressman, Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter, to join the brewing far-right revolt against the deal. In January, when McCarthy struggled through 15…

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Finding Inspiration in History

Sunday Solutions – May 28, 2023 While we may be keenly aware of the three-day holiday weekend that is the unofficial start for summer, let’s also be reminded that Memorial Day signals something else: A time to honor those who’ve died in service to our country. This duty to honor them should bind us as a people, if only for a few days. ‘If Mamie did it, we can do it’ Savannah’s Mamie George Williams captured national headlines in 1924 when…

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Liberty Fire Protection Falters

Thursday, May 25, 2023 Fire protection falls behind development For years, Liberty County officials have pushed for its eastern corridor next to I-95 to become a hub for warehouses and logistics industries. But businesses coming in may be in for a rude awakening when relying on the county’s fire protection. One-third of Liberty County Fire Services is made up of part-timers, despite multimillion-dollar increases to its budget since 2018. Under the leadership of Chief Brian Darby, the department has failed to…

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Counting Shorebirds in Georgia

– May 24, 2023 – Georgia’s red knots Earlier this month Georgia Department of Natural Resources biologist Fletcher Smith invited The Current’s Mary Landers to ride along as he surveyed Georgia’s red knot population by helicopter. Red knots, shorebirds about as big as a robin, make an incredible journey each year. They’re marathon flyers, with some winging it from the southern tip of South America to the high Arctic, a distance of more than 9,000 miles. Coastal Georgia provides important habitat…

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Candidates, But Not All Republicans

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 Slouching towards Columbus Ahead of its state convention next month in Columbus, the Georgia GOP is — depending on where you stand — either a party in flux or in turmoil. Last week’s announcement that Donald Trump will travel to Columbus to attend address the convention sets the stage for a remarkable, perhaps unprecedented, scene in the annals of Georgia politics: a former U.S. president will address the convention while the state’s top Republican, Gov. Brian Kemp,…

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4-Year Med School for the Coast

Sunday Solutions — May 21, 2023 Graduations lead into Memorial Day which brings us head-on to summer. There’s always inspiration in graduations, so let’s look ahead to what’s next for us all. Savannah to get 4-year med school The news trickled out in pieces this week, but the full picture is this: Georgia Southern’s Armstrong Campus in Savannah will be home to a 4-year medical school administered through Augusta University’s Medical College of Georgia. MCG has an existing partnership for 2-year…

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Liberty Sheriff, DOJ Compromise

Thursday, May 18, 2023 DOJ: Liberty deputies investigation over The federal investigation into a traffic stop of a Black college women’s lacrosse team by Liberty County deputies officially concluded this week with the sheriff’s office clearing itself of all wrongdoing while also reaching an agreement with the Department of Justice.  On April 20, 2022, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputies pulled over a charter bus carrying players from Delaware State University, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, on I-95. The…

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