"It's the kind of newspaper that covers the town council, prints the school lunch menus, leads the sports page with the high school football games . . . [and] runs photos of proud gardeners holding oddly shaped vegetables," said Lauterer.10 Community journalists engrain themselves in the community not just by living there but by joining public service groups such as the PTA, volunteering on service projects, and leading efforts to improve local life. Savannah failed to lower a crime rate that in 1985 ranked fourth highest in the nation among cities of its size; public school performance lagged behind that of other Georgia systems; the city and county governments were slow to adopt merger plans that would have made them more efficient and saved taxpayers dollars; and the dumping of untreated sewage into the Savannah River ceased only after federal and state environmental officials took the city to court.