The new year brings several top leadership changes in Savannah's Chatham County. The county commission has four new members, including a new chairman. But another familiar face also is leaving the county government. Pat Monahan has been assistant county manager for 27 years.
Savannah's Chatham County is going back to "square one" when it comes to studies of a controversial hotel project. County commissioners are funding a new round of analysis into the feasibility of a convention hotel.
California environmental activist Erin Brockovich says she's starting an investigation into the health of the Ogeechee River. An estimated 38,000 fish died in the Southeast Georgia river last year. Area residents blame a Screven County textile plant and lax environmental regulators.
Savannah residents are gearing up for downtown disruptions but also a financial windfall because of a marathon in the city Saturday. The second ever Rock and Roll Marathon will bring about 17-thousand runners to the coast.
An Indianapolis-based educational foundation is giving $600,000 to three Savannah higher education institutions. The Lumina Foundation is aiming to double the number of Latino students enrolling in and completing college in a four county area.
School lunches recently got their biggest update in 15 years thanks to new guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The rules now set limits on calories and salt. They phase in whole grains and require at least one vegetable or fruit per meal.