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Savannah Police warn that the nomadic con artists known as the “Irish Travelers” are in the area again.

The Irish Travelers are “a loosely grouped mixture of families that for the most part live northeast of Augusta, Ga., off U.S. Highway 25 in an unincorporated area known as Murphy, S.C.,” says police spokesman Bucky Burnsed. “Typically this time of year, the men of the community begin their trek across country with their scams.”

The Irish Travelers generally work out of their pickups, approaching elderly homeowners with “deals” on home improvement work.

“They promise to do some type of work but they need some percentage of the money in advance because of some fictitious hardship or they need to be the needed supplies to do the work,” says Burnsed.

Call 232-4141 or 911 if you think an Irish Traveler is in your neighborhood.


Alan Cohen, author of The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore and contributing writer for the New York Times series “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” will conduct a “Relax into Wealth” workshop this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Savannah International Trade Center.

Register at 1-866-757-8398 or

Cohen will sign books this Friday, June 3 from 11-noon in front of the Moondance Center in City Market. Musician Charley Thweatt will also perform at the signing.


Anne Malone, a teacher at Oglethorpe Charter Middle School, has been selected as Junior Achievement of Georgia Teacher of the Year.

“Mrs. Malone embodies the three principles of Junior Achievement -- integrity, respect and excellence -- and has passed these traits on to her students throughout her career,” said Johnathon Barrett, executive director of the group’s local district. “She makes an incredible difference in the lives of her students.”

Malone says, “The curriculum Junior Achievement teaches is helpful in that it provides life skills training that is not taught by parents or is part of traditional school instruction.”