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‘Dangerous’ hitchhikers found in Savannah port shipment

Several possibly dangerous bugs were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection specialists at the Port of Savannah last month.

This tortoise beetle was discovered by CBP agriculture specialist at Port of Savannah. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Savannah)

World Trade Center CEO showcases Savannah work

Savannah’s World Trade Center is receiving praise from the CEO of the World Trade Centers Association.

Scott Ferguson, CEO of the World Trade Centers Association, spoke at the SEDA board meeting on Tuesday. (DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News)

President includes Savannah port dollars in budget

The president’s civil works budget announcing $49 million for Savannah’s Harbor Expansion project is good news, port officials said.

The Cosco Development, a 13,000 TEU capacity vessel, is show at the Garden City Terminal. The ship is one of Neo-Panamax vessels calling on Savannah while not fully loaded. (Photo courtesy of GPA)

Ship Watch: The Edison is heading to Savannah

The large NeoPanamax ships that are now calling on the Garden City terminal at the Georgia Ports in Savannah tend to attract attention as they inch their way up the Savannah River and slide ever so slowly under the Talmadge Bridge.

This photo of the Edison was taken near Norfolk, Va. (Photo courtesy of Geoff Gumport via

Groundbreaking set for Georgia port’s Mason Mega-Rail project

Georgia Ports Authority Board members approved a budget increase this week of $5.8 million for the port’s Mason Mega Rail project. The money will cover work to integrate American parts into large cranes for the project being manufactured in Finland.

The Port of Savannah is poised to rapidly increase service to an arc of inland markets, from Atlanta to Memphis, to St. Louis, Chicago and the Ohio Valley. Key to expanding rail service is a $128M project linking Garden City Terminal’s two rail yards. Construction of the rail expansion will take four years. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter visits storm-damaged Fort Pulaski; declines comment on Trump

Recent hurricanes, a tornado and sea rise have all caused damage to Fort Pulaski, park officials said.

U.S. Congressman Buddy Carter hears from Fort Pulaski staff members about needed repairs at the national park. DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News.

It’s been a Winter wonderland in Pooler

Pooler residents were treated to a winter wonderland as freezing rain turned to snow.

DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News Towne Lake residents Anna Warren, Dasnee Bailey, Christian Warren, Sam Warren and John Bailey took a walk around the neighborhood Wednesday morning. The group all agreed the snow was cool and a great sight to see.

Savannah named as focus area for tech corridor

Savannah and Augusta have been named by a Georgia Senate committee as areas to establish information technology corridors.

Port Wentworth hires water management firm

Port Wentworth council members voted to hire an outside operator for their water system at Thursday’s regular meeting.

DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News Port Wentworth’s outgoing mayor, Glenn Jones, shakes hands at the end of his last council meeting as mayor of the city. Jones served three terms as mayor.

State Bank adds second branch; now has 32 locations in Georgia

A bank with a Savannah “bloodline” has opened its second full-service Savannah branch and celebrated the accomplishment Monday morning with a grand opening.

Byrd Famous Cookie Company to expand, hire 50

Byrd Cookie Company of Savannah is expanding its corporate headquarters on Waters Avenue.

Jamie Lindley and his mother, Stephanie Lindley, the CEO of Byrd Cookie Company, take a quick break while just-baked almond shortbread cookies roll past. Byrd is expanding its baking capacity by five times with a new oven line. (DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News)

Truck drivers prepare for high-tech requirement

The nation’s commercial truck drivers will go high-tech next month with a new log system that records their hours on the road and more.

DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News Outsource Logisitic’s driver Jerry Hogue demonstrates electronic logging software that truckers are now required to use instead of paper logs to record hours of service.

Rayonier buys Canadian paper manufacturer

Rayonier Advanced Materials has announced the acquisition of a Canadian paper company.

File Photo of Rayonier’s Jesup plant Rayonier Advanced Materials has announced the company has purchased a Canadian company that produces cellulose, pulp, and paper. The two companies will operate under the name of Rayonier Advanced Materials.

Congressmen stress need for federal SHEP dollars

It’s time to get Savannah’s harbor deepening project done, said U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter on Friday.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana and U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter visited the Savannah ports on Friday. The two legislators are working to get federal funding for the deepening of the Savannah Harbor. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Ports Authority/Emily Goldman)

Propeller Club dedicates SS Oglethorpe model

The Propeller Club of Savannah commemorated the 75th anniversary of the launch of Savannah’s first Liberty ship with a dedication of a model of the SS James Oglethorpe.

Members and guests of the Propeller Club of Savannah gathered around the model of the SS James Oglethorpe on Thursday for its dedication. (DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News)

Georgia Ports board approves Mason Mega Rail project

The Georgia Ports Authority approved rail and gate expansion projects on Monday that will double on-dock rail capacity and open service to inland markets.

Georgia Ports Authority Board members approved the Mega Rail project at their board meeting on Monday. The project will double on-dock rail capacity. (DeAnn Komanecky/Savannah Morning News)

Southern Motors Acura has a new home

Chatham Parkway is now the home of long-time Savannah business, Southern Motors Acura.

L-r Adam, Myron and Ross Kaminsky at the new Southern Motors Acura located at Chatham Parkway and Park of Commerce Drive. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Coffee Roasters honored as Business of the Year

The Savannah business community got a chance to honor and say thanks to Lori Collins of Savannah Coffee Roasters at the Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet last night.

Coffee Roasters Savannah won the award for “Small Business of The Year Award.” The award given by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce was an emotional one for recipient Lori Collins who recently loss her husband and business partner John Collins, founder of Coffee Roasters. From Left: William W. Hubbard, president Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Lori Collins. (Adriana Iris Boatwright/For the SMN)

Local leaders have high-tech vision for Savannah

Local business and government leaders are working to persuade state legislators that Savannah is the right place for a new information technology corridor.

International Paper partners with Atlanta firm for Augusta plant

An Atlanta-based company has obtained a majority share of International Paper’s consumer packaging business.