FEB. 23– Shiloh National Military Park is holding a meeting today at 6 p.m. for those who would like to volunteer to help with the 2017 “Flames of Remembrance” illumination at the battlefield.
On Saturday, April 8, 23,746 candle luminaries will be placed on Shiloh battlefield representing each Civil War soldier killed, wounded or missing over the two days of bitter fighting on April 6-7, 1862.
On that day at 9 a.m., park staff and volunteers will begin placing luminaries along a nine-mile route through the park, a day-long task. At around 5:30 p.m., they will begin lighting the candles before dusk, when the entire illumination route will be open for public viewing until 10 p.m.
FEB. 17– Wayne County Schools closed today because of an outbreak of illness, and some parents are questioning why Hardin County Schools remained open.
It primarily comes down to numbers.
“First, Wayne County schools closed because they had a large number of teachers out, and they had issues getting enough substitute teachers to fill in,” said Hardin County Director of Schools Michael Davis.
“It’s not set in stone, but (all the district directors) talk and we all pretty much look for 15 percent of students out before closing. Wayne County was 11.7 percent, but closed because they couldn’t get substitutes for all the teachers out,” he said.
Davis noted that many children depend on the schools being open to have basic necessities such as two meals a day and steady heat during the winter, and the director said he takes those issues into consideration.
“We’ve had sickness in Hardin County, but it’s been between about 8 and 10 percent, and has fallen in the last week. Today the absentee rate picked up a bit to 11.5 percent, but not all those students are out sick – many are out because parents want to get a jump on the long holiday weekend with travel and whatnot,” he added.
FEB. 16– Two men have been arrested following a report of a fight this morning at Southwood Apartments involving a gun and shots fired, according to Savannah police.
Police said investigation showed no one was shot and that a single shot that had been fired was accidental.
In a statement, the department said Savannah officers arrived at the scene on Austin Street within three minutes of a 10:07 a.m. call to 911 about the incident.