Tybee Island

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On Monday, September 11, Tybee Island experienced storm surge flooding from Hurricane Irma. This excess water along with an astronomical high tide flooded parts of the island. We spoke with Mayor Jason Buelterman just after the only bridge connecting Tybee to the mainland opened the following afternoon.

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Irma Kills 3 In South Carolina And 2 In Georgia

Sep 12, 2017
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The remnants of Hurricane Irma forced Atlanta's international airport - the world's busiest passenger airport - to cancel nearly 200 flights early Tuesday. The storm also claimed three lives in South Carolina and two in Georgia.

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Dikembe Mutombo is one of the most recognizable players in Atlanta Hawks history. Now retired, the seven-foot-two-inch center spent five seasons in Atlanta, and was a defensive powerhouse in the NBA for 18 seasons.

Tybee Bar Church

Tybee Island reverend Michael Elliott’s congregation doesn’t gather in pews on Sunday mornings. Instead, they listen to his sermons from bar stools most any night of the week. Elliott says his decision to minister in a bar rather than a traditional house of worship gives more people the opportunity to practice their faith and gives him the chance to reach more people. 

  

Elliot and one of his congregants, David Cahill, join host Celeste Headlee to talk about finding faith in unusual spaces. 

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A Filipino cargo ship crew has been stranded off Tybee Island since April. The vessel's owners stopped paying their bills, so the U.S. marshals seized the ship.

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UPDATE 6/24/26: The Tybee City Council approved the adjustments to the permitting process for future productions that wish to film on the island. Existing regulations will be overhauled to more thoroughly address the concerns of citizens and local businesses.