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A three-year-old girl found wandering alone in Forsyth Park over the weekend has been safely returned to her home.

At about 4 p.m. this past Saturday, a woman found the little girl walking alone in the park, "eating from a big bag of potato chips," according to police reports.

The girl, Kiara Leigh Davis, showed no signs of distress, police say.

The woman called police "after she walked with the child for about an hour trying to find her parents," police say. The child was taken to police headquarters, ìwhere officers entertained her while other officers conducted a further search of the Forsyth Park area looking for anyone that might have lost a child, all without success.Î

The local Department of Family and Children Services was contacted and the child was placed in foster care overnight.

Subsequent media reports garnered a tip that the lost girl "looked like a little girl in the custody of The Gabriel House in Hinesville."

Hinesville Police visited that Liberty County children's home and determined they were indeed missing a child but ìhad not reported the child missing.Î

Kiara had been placed in The Gabriel House by Brantley Countyís Department of Family and Children Services. The Gabriel House had a field trip to Savannah that Saturday which included a visit to Forsyth Park. The child was inadvertently left behind after the field trip, police say.


A Chatham Area Transit Authority board subcommittee will meet this week to discuss the viability of a new downtown transfer site on Oglethorpe Avenue at Fahm Street, adjacent to the Thunderbird Motel.

This site will be discussed as an alternative to the originally proposed transit station site at Oglethorpe Avenue at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

The meeting will be held this Thursday, March 10 from 9-11 a.m. at the Old Chatham County Courthouse, 124 Bull Street, Commission Chambers, second floor. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Harold Marshall at 629-3914.


City Council last week unanimously approved an action plan to aggressively reduce poverty in Savannah.

Connect Savannah is a media partner in the "Poverty Reduction Plan for Savannah," an ambitious and somewhat unique plan which, unlike previous poverty initiatives over the years, is spearheaded largely by the business community rather than the government.

"The fun is going to begin now," said Mayor Otis Johnson, stressing the need to follow-through on specific aspects of the plan.

Connect Savannah will continue to report on this issue in weeks to come.


Individual tickets for all 70 of the Savannah Sand Gnats 2005 home games went on sale March 7. Call 351-9150 or go by the teamís Grayson Stadium offices during normal business hours.

Website sales of tickets at will begin Monday, March 14.

The teamís 2005 season begins Thursday, April 7, with a 7:05 p.m. game against division-rival Columbus. Other highlights of the season-opening home stand include a post-game fireworks show following the Friday, April 8 game; and a free post-game concert featuring country music star Sammy Kershaw after the Saturday, April 9, game.


Savannah State University students will participate in the 2005 Alternative Spring Break "Operation: Illiteracy" March 14-17 in Nashville, Tenn.

The students will spend two days with children ages one to five at the Martha OíBryan Center, an outreach ministry in Nashville. The SSU students will stress the importance of learning to read through skits, arts and games.

The students selected to participate include Terri Brook, Jason Butler, India Calhoun, Donald Carson, Tamika Chase, Quintin Crane, Revella Daniel, Mature Davenport, Jessica Green, Erin Glover, Rico Johnson, Jon Latimore, Ashley Leverett, Diedre London, Alva OíNeal, Veronica Rahim, Sheldon Ralph, Katrina Reid, Kalandra Waites, Terry Walton and Jessie Williams.

Alternative Spring Break is designed to help transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting their communities. Typically, ASB includes service-learning experiences dealing with poverty, childrenís issues and HIV-AIDS.