Archaeologists have discovered the site of the original lightkeeper's house on Georgia's Sapelo Island. The building housed generations of lightkeepers and their families starting in 1820 until its collapse in a hurricane in 1898. The location of the sand-covered ruins hadn't been known for almost a hundred years.
The whale appeared to be behaving normally, but researchers say, not many whales survive such wounds. There are only about 450 right whales in existence. They give birth in southern coastal waters but often find themselves in the path of ships and fishing gear than tangles and kills them there.
The state’s first bank failure of the new year came over the weekend. Georgia’s Department of Banking and Finance closed Brunswick’s Oglethorpe Bank late Friday. Deposits and assets were acquired by Bank of the Ozarks, a Little Rock, Arkansas-based institution.
Georgia's annual alligator hunt could be restricted or expanded based on where the animals live. For the first time, state wildlife officials say, they want to split the annual hunt quota into zones. The total number of alligators taken could go up from 700 to 850.
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.
This year's hurricane season ended without a major storm hitting the United States. Although Haiti and Central America were hit with major storms, the lack of media attention these disasters received leaves some emergency managers worrying about complacency. After all, forecasters predicted a busy tropical season.
Georgia's farmers are starting to feel the effects of budget cuts at the state's agriculture extension service. Coastal Glynn County lost its agent this year because the county refused to pay a larger share of the agent's salary. Betty Ann Lewis represents a local farmer's group and she's now become the go-to person for all kinds of questions.
A bankruptcy judge has approved Sea Island Co.'s plan to sell its luxury resorts, golf courses and private clubs to settle the Georgia company's Chapter 11 case. Judge John S. Dalis noted Sea Island's creditors voted almost unanimously in favor of the $212.4 million sale as he ruled in court Thursday.
Georgia is one of four states participating in a coastal alliance aimed at getting the South Atlantic region in synch on environmental issues. The South Atlantic Alliance recently released a draft plan to coordinate state policies on port expansion, disaster response and other issues.
Chatham County could change local zoning to make it easier for some and harder for others to build near Georgia's protected marshes. A local planning council has approved a plan to set the marsh buffer at 35 ft. That's 10 ft. stricter for land deemed "undeveloped" and 25 ft. less strict for land deemed "developed."