Miss Savannah Pageant Cancelled

There will not be a Miss Savannah 2004. Last year's Miss Savannah, Nikki Redmond, was recently charged with the murder of her boyfriend. Now pageant officials have been forced to make some changes in their schedule, and this year's Miss Savannah pageant has been called off.

Nikki Redmond made a name for herself when she was crowned Miss Savannah 2003, and then again in December when police and witnesses say she shot her boyfriend Kevin Shorter, who later died.

The Miss Savannah Scholarship Pageant immediately came out with a statement expressing their deep regards for the families involved. Now, the repercussions have gone too far and the board of directors for the pageant cancelled this year's event, which was supposed to have been held January 31.

A letter posted online, written on January 18 and addressed to the "Miss Georgia Family," made the decision to not hold the pageant official. The letter states, "We have quickly realized that our potential contestants and eventual winner would be under intense scrutiny and pressure. This environment is no place for a local contestant to adequately prepare for the Miss Georgia pageant. Ultimately, we realized we were not in a position to support another pageant and our new winner in the middle of the media firestorm and the public scrutiny that has consumed our area."

The Miss Coastal Georgia Pageant will still take place and that winner will be the representative for the immediate area. As for the future of the Miss Savannah Pageant, the letter states there has been enough interest to ensure that it will take place next year.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com