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Advocates and opponents to Spaceport Camden are speaking out as a Federal Aviation Administration application process continues.

The company seeking to mine for heavy minerals near the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge has withdrawn its permit application. Twin Pines Minerals said it would resubmit a new plan to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

GPB reporter Emily Jones spoke with host Rickey Bevington about the latest developments in the controversial proposal.


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The next phase of the long process to remove the grounded Golden Ray cargo ship in St. Simons Sound between Jekyll and St. Simons islands is getting underway.

Pictured: Authorities search a landfill in Folkston, Ga.
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FBI agents searched a Georgia landfill Tuesday in connection with the disappearance of a 65-year-old Clay County woman who has been missing since October.

Camden County Board of Commissioners

Camden County elections officials are working to make sure voters know how to use Georgia’s new voting machines ahead of that state’s March 24 presidential primary election.

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Nearly 6,000 inactive voters in Camden County, Ga. are in danger of not being able to participate in the state’s presidential preference primary next spring unless they let the elections office know they’re still around.

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A film studio up the road from Jacksonville - in Kingsland, Ga. - invites Star Trek fans to drop by this weekend to sit in the captain’s chair, check out the transporter room and meet some of the Trekkies involved in keeping the series alive online.

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The FAA has yet to approve a new commercial spaceport in Camden County, Georgia.

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The Golden Ray cargo ship was carrying more than 4,000 new cars when it capsized off the coast of Georgia last month. The crew survived, but the 656-foot ship is still there, lying half-submerged at about 90 degrees, on its side.

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Public health officials in Glynn County, Georgia are warning swimmers and fishermen of the presence of oil on Jekyll Island beaches.

More than a week after a cargo ship capsized in the St. Simons Sound on the Georgia coast, oil is being found on grasses in nearby marshes. The first oil was discovered earlier in the week by the Altamaha Riverkeeper. It comes in with each new tide and looks similar to rings on a tree.

PACE Center

A Jacksonville-based nonprofit that helps keep girls out of jail is expanding into Georgia as it celebrates its 35th anniversary. 

The PACE Center for Girls focuses on prevention as part of Florida’s juvenile justice system. 

Cargo Ship Overturns Near Port of Brunswick, 4 Sailors still Missing

Sep 9, 2019
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The U.S. Coast Guard says rescuers are still searching for the remaining four crew members of a cargo ship that overturned near St. Simons Island Sunday.

Twenty people have already been rescued.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaking at a press conference ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has expanded the state of emergency to nine more inland counties ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

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The entire coast of Georgia remains inside the cone of uncertainty for Hurricane Dorian.

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Water advisories issued for parts of Georgia’s Golden Isles have been lifted after tests showed it’s now safe.

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Glynn County

A CSX train derailed Friday from the track near the end of Buffalo Road at the crossing of Highway 99 near Anguilla, Ga., in a rural part of Glynn County.

National Parks Conservation Association

The National Park Service is inviting the public to participate in the planning process for the Visitor Use Management Plan for Cumberland Island National Seashore.

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Stage 9 Studios just up the road in Kingsland, Ga. invites Star Trek fans to boldly go where few have gone before.

Georgia Power Agency Votes To Continue Nuclear Plant Project Over JEA Objections

Sep 24, 2018
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Despite a concerted pressure campaign by leaders of Jacksonville’s electric utility, the directors of a Georgia power agency emerged from a closed-door session Monday and voted to move forward with a controversial nuclear power project in that state.

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The beach water advisory issued Tuesday for a small section of Jekyll Island has been lifted.

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Glynn County health officials are warning beach goers on Jekyll Island not to go in the water in the Middle Beach area at the convention center.

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A St. Simons Island woman attacked by a raccoon in her driveway has Georgia public health officials warning of the possibility of rabies.

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A new law in Georgia will affect Floridians whose vacation plans include a drive north this summer.

SCOTUS: Florida's 'Water War' Allowed To Continue Against Georgia

Jun 27, 2018

In a victory for Florida, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the nation’s third-largest state should be given another chance to prove its case that overconsumption of water in Georgia is damaging the Apalachicola River system.

As the world comes to grips with the unprecedented damage of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, millions of Americans in the southeastern United States are working to rebuild their lives. Irma crossed into Georgia in the early morning hours of Monday, September 11, 2017. Over the next 24 hours, water inundated island and beach communities over 100 miles of coastline. Winds topping 69 miles per hour toppled trees and power lines. 1.1 million Georgians lost power and three lost their lives.

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Camden County, Georgia, emergency management officials are asking drivers on I-95 to keep on moving and not stop in their county. 

There are no electricity, water, or sewer services, which is coupled with no fuel supply or accommodations available to serve the public. 

Hundreds of animals and their humans have evacuated to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricultural Center in Perry, Georgia, ahead of Hurricane Irma.

Horses are welcomed with a free stall, three bags of shavings and access to the arenas. State veterinary regulations are suspended for animals coming from Florida and within the state of Georgia. As of Saturday morning, nearly 200 horses were on site, with at least as many humans tending to them. Barn managers say the facility can hold 350 horses in stalls, but no one will be turned away.

As Hurricane Irma’s track shifted farther west, many in the Savannah area wondered whether to evacuate as ordered. Some people who at first considered leaving opted to stay, rather than evacuate west to areas increasingly covered by storm trajectories.

 

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Fans of home improvement shows know it’s that time of year when HGTV opens up its annual Dream Home Sweepstakes. This year, if the winner lives on the First Coast, he or she won’t have to travel far to claim the prize. 

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