Officials in coastal Chatham County are debating whether to erect a memorial to a slain policeman. Officer Mark MacPhail was gunned down in 1989. The execution of his convicted killer, Troy Davis, made international headlines two years ago. County commissioner Helen Stone wants a monument where officer MacPhail died at a Savannah bus station, but officials say this would set a bad precedent.
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.
Chatham County officials have boosted funding for mosquito testing over concerns about the West Nile virus. There have been a high number of West Nile virus carriers, an issue that may have been triggered by this year's unusually heavy rainfall.
Georgia's medium-sized cities aren't entirely on their own when it comes to enrollment help under the Affordable Care Act. Federal health navigator grants went to organizations based either in Metro Atlanta or in Georgia's smallest communities. Places in the middle, such as Savannah and Columbus, weren't part of the recent award.
State transportation officials are demanding contractors say exactly when they'll finish a $23 million project on Georgia's coast. A new bridge to Skidaway Island was supposed to be finished last year. But now a contractor says the opening date has to be pushed back again.
County officials in coastal Georgia are asking residents to take preventative measures after a sampling of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia had 99 cases of West Nile virus last year, including six that were fatal.
Some residents in Savannah's Chatham County could face four property tax rate hikes starting next month. The county commission, public transit board and school board are all scheduled to vote on double-digit millage rate increases. Residents outside city limits also could face a tax increase of their own.
More than a dozen Savannah-area homeowners are appealing their property tax assessments. They say their waterfront properties are worth less than their assessed values. That's because of Georgia's strong protections for coastal marshes.