The Harrington School doesn’t look like much. The abandoned building is surrounded by a rusty metal fence. The roof has holes in it, some wooden siding has fallen off, and it badly needs a coat of paint. The school looked so dilapidated that two years ago, community leaders and even the local historical society had given up hope it could be saved.
High surf from Hurricane Irene this weekend washed away more than sand. The endangered loggerhead sea turtles were near the end of their nesting season when the storm lashed the beaches. Turtle-watchers spotted numerous examples of nests that just disappeared after Irene.
The Atlanta-born author Margaret Mitchell penned one of history's great novels. But if it were the final word on African-Americans, many blacks say, it leaves a lot to be desired. Racial complaints are a part of the book's 75 year history. But so are other chapters of Mitchell's enigmatic life.
A band of Oklahoma-based Creek Indians wants to move to Georgia. Members of the Kialegee tribe are asking US Indian Affairs officials to declare part of St. Simons Island Georgia's first federally-approved indian reservation. Some local officials would welcome local development as long as it doesn't mean gambling.
Georgia environmental groups are praising a decision by the Obama administration to reverse itself on offshore oil. Back in March, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said the administration would open up the East Coast to offshore drilling. Now -- after the Gulf oil spill -- Salazar says, the administration will NOT persue Atlantic oil.
Unsecured creditors of bankrupt Sea Island Company will get pennies on the dollar for the money they're owed. A federal bankruptcy judge has approved the coastal resort's sale to a four-way partnership of out-of-state investors. The bulk of the company's $212 million sale price will go to secured creditors like banks. Unsecured creditors like retired executives will get just $6 million of the $100 million they're owed.
Republicans in the state House and Senate increased their majorities in both chambers Tuesday. The gains were modest -- three in the 180-member House and one in the 56-member Senate. The big change, however, has to do with freshmen. About 20% of both chambers will be new members.
School officials in coastal Brunswick are experimenting with a new kind of high school -- a night school for dropouts. If enough former students enroll, the school will let dropouts under-21 earn diplomas during the evening, from 4-10pm. School officials say, the aim is to educate dropouts who now might have some kind of employment or other daily tasks.
Environment Georgia reported that beach closings and advisories due to pollution went up the last year in Georgia, totaling 209 days of closed or under advisory beaches. The numbers are according to the Natural Resource Defense Council's 20th annual beach water quality report.
The sale of more than 20,000 acres on the coast comes while the resort and land development company seeks to restructure itself. Brunswick's largest employer faces massive debt after pursuing luxury customers just before the recession hit.