Wed., July 4, 2012 1:00pm
Savannah and Chatham County officials soon could loosen restrictions on backyard chickens and bees. Local and organic food advocates say, the proposal would clear up confusion about what's legal and put healthier and beter tasting eggs and honey in local diets.
Fri., June 15, 2012 3:51pm
Cities and counties are renegotiating the terms of a tax that almost every Georgian pays. All but a handful of Georgia counties have a penny sales tax called LOST. It goes into city and county budgets to offset property taxes. But every ten years, cities and counties have to renegotiate how the taxes are split up based on new Census data.
Wed., June 13, 2012 12:51am
Dozens of angry residents spoke against a new pollution permit for an East Georgia textile mill last night. About 200 people came to an emotional public hearing concerning the proposed permit for King America Finishing. The company is linked to last year's huge fish kill in the Ogeechee River.
Tue., June 12, 2012 1:06pm
The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Chatham County’s new school board and county commission district maps.
Tue., May 22, 2012 2:45pm
Chatham County residents won't be getting 'voluntary' hurricane evacuations anymore. Emergency management officials there are getting rid of the term 'voluntary' and replacing it with 'early' and 'recommended' evacuations. The meaning hasn't changed. But officials believe the new wording will give residents more urgency as a storm approaches.
Wed., March 28, 2012 2:23pm
Governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill letting Macon and Bibb County voters decide whether to merge their governments. Athens, Augusta and Columbus already have unified. That could leave Savannah as one of the few mid-sized Georgia cities with separate city and county governments.
Fri., March 23, 2012 2:05pm
Officials in Chatham County are looking for clear answers on whether a proposed convention hotel would get state tax breaks. A law passed last year gives developers large breaks on tourism projects. But it left what qualifies up to the Governor. A policy aide to Governor Nathan Deal doubts Chatham County's project would make the cut because it could harm existing hotels.
Thu., March 22, 2012 3:26pm
Chatham County lawmakers have resolved an impasse over how to divide voters among county commission and school board members. Democratic and Republican county officials split last year over maps Republicans saw as favoring Democrats. Savannah Republican Ron Stephens says, new maps don't split precincts and get rid of sprawling districts.
Thu., February 23, 2012 3:01pm
A bulldog has been banned from a Georgia county for life after a child was bitten. Oreo can never return to Chatham County under an agreement approved by a judge. A Chatham County Superior Court Judge approved the consent agreement. It also calls for Oreo's new owner to have the American Bulldog neutered and placed with a rescue agency or animal shelter.
Thu., February 9, 2012 11:00am
A coastal Georgia county is taking steps toward banning smoking in bars and other indoor venues not covered under state law. The ban goes a step further than Georgia law, which prohibits indoor smoking in restaurants and other public buildings that allow children.