South Africans living in Georgia are remembering the late Nelson Mandela as a statesman and liberator. Mandela wasn't only a hero to South Africa's black residents. White South Africans praise Mandela for reconciling the country after years of bloody apartheid. One woman says the whites in South Africa initially feared for their lives when the balance of power shifted, but soon realized Mandela's goal was to unite the country, not further divide it.
Twelve organizations are uniting their efforts to restore longleaf pine forests in Georgia. The forests are seen as critical for wildlife. They also benefit timber production. The effort is part of a multi-state coming together of public and private groups aimed at longleaf restoration.
Tybee Island officials have been receiving lots of negative feedback about a proposal to track visitors with cameras. The beachfront city is considering recording the license plate numbers of all the cars going on and off the island. But Mayor Jason Buelterman says officials may reconsider in light of public opinion.
A coastal-area food bank is raising money to replace its freezer. America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia lost its freezer when the roof collapsed during a Labor Day weekend storm. The expense comes at a hard time for the food bank and the needy clients it serves.
A federal Superfund site in coastal Brunswick is growing. The site is where a wood treatment plant contaminated the groundwater before the facility went bankrupt in 1991. Federal officials built an underground wall to contain the contamination two years ago. But a member of the Glynn Environmental Coalition says some chemicals remained outside the wall.
The Ogeechee Riverkeeper, state environmental officials and a Screven County textile mill have settled their legal disputes on the Ogeechee River. A series of announcements Wednesday ends two years of wrangling that followed the state's largest fish kill in 2011. The mill, King America, has agreed to pay a $1.3 fine.
Fifteen years ago this month, tobacco companies agreed to pay states billions of dollars in the largest civil litigation settlement in US history. Georgia has received about $2 billion from the settlement. So, where did that $2 billion in tobacco settlement money go?
The Georgia Water Coalition has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of water quality issues. The list highlights what environmental groups consider to be the issues most urgently demanding action. This is the third annual list. There are some new and some old issues on it.
The Savannah Music Festival is holding a concert tonight as it unveils its 2014 line-up. Blues musician Taj Mahal is one of the artisits coming to next year's festival. And he's just one of the festival's musical surprises. Yesterday, event organizers came out with their list of featured musicians for the spring event, which includes masters of classical, jazz, and folk.
A one-percent sales tax survived controversies in Chatham County yesterday. Voters handily approved another round of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. That's despite vocal opposition for building a new arena.