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RadioShack shutters 3 local stores

Three local RadioShacks have powered down for good as the bankrupt retailer continues to liquidate approximately 1,740 stores nationwide.

RadioShack shutters 3 local stores

Visit Savannah launches new Publix Women's Half Marathon & 5K

More than 2,200 lady runners will be streaming into Savannah for the inaugural Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K hosted by the Savannah Sports Council, a division of marketing organization Visit Savannah.

Visit Savannah launches new Publix Women's Half Marathon & 5K - savannahwomenshalf.com

BankSouth announces re-entry to Savannah market

BankSouth has announced it will re-enter the Savannah market and has tapped two veteran local bankers to head its team.

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Proposed 122-foot cell tower in Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood moves forward

A 122-foot wireless transmission tower proposed for 57th Street in the Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood is likely to move forward after a judge overturned the city’s attempts to block the structure.

Possible conflict sparks tension on Historic Board

In a city the size of Savannah — where professional and personal paths often intersect — appointed boards frequently encounter potential conflicts of interest, requiring members of these bodies to recuse themselves or state for the record their relationship to the petitioner.

Commission denies request for rezoning for care facility on Whitemarsh Island

A rezoning request to allow an assisted care facility on Whitemarsh Island was denied a recommendation at the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Wednesday after neighbors voiced unified opposition.

Status of some J.T. Turner projects in doubt

Less than a week after announcing it would close its doors, J.T. Turner Construction’s prominent brown-and-white signage continues to hang from renovation projects throughout Savannah.

Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News- The Vault at 2112 Bull St. is to open sometime this spring.

Savannah Music Festival on pace to exceed 2014 ticket sales

The Savannah Music Festival will celebrate its 26th year starting next week when its musician-packed, 17-day program begins, and its executive director anticipates another record year.

Savannah's Fashion Night postponed

Organizers behind Savannah’s Fashion Night, an outdoor celebration of the local fashion scene, have announced they are postponing this year’s event.

Savannah area home sales surge in February

Metro Savannah home sales surged in February with 392 units sold in Bryan, Effingham and Chatham counties, according to latest figures from real estate tracker Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Bi-Lo to close Garden City, Sandfly stores

Bi-Lo Holdings plans to close two stores in the Savannah area, according to a spokeswoman.

Savannah Historic Board approves two Broughton projects

An ambitious infill development on West Broughton Street sailed through a key vote at the Historic District Board of Review on Wednesday, one of several new upscale developments reviewed for downtown.

Two local professors launch crowdfunding campaign for board game based on ancient Chinese trading map

Georgia Southern University history professor Robert Batchelor was doing book research at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library in 2008 when he came across a reference in a text to an ancient 17th century Chinese trading map.

A closeup of a prototype of Fujian Trader, a new board game based on an ancient Chinese merchant trading map, created by two local professors.

Creative Coast's sixth annual startup competition crowns bicycle skirt, pet wellness program winners

Looking composed and confident, entrepreneur Lara Neece stood in front a panel of judges this week and gave a three-minute pitch for a durable, A-line skirt designed specifically for women who want to cycle to work without getting bicycle chain grease on their clothes.

Entrepreneur Lea Lynch stands in front of a display for her company called FosterFit, a wellness program that partners people with their pets. Lynch received runner-up in this year’s FastPitch startup competition held at The Creative Coast on March 5.

Savannah chef Joe Randall to be inducted into Amis d'Escoffier Society of Chicago

A 50-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Savannah chef Joe Randall remembers climbing the ranks of the kitchen as an apprentice in Harrisburg, Pa., during the early ‘60s, long before there were celebrity chefs and competitive kitchen-based TV shows.

Tourism Leadership Awards honors hospitality stars

The Tourism Leadership Council, a leading trade organization, presented its 17th annual Tourism Awards on Thursday evening.

Ansley Williams, left, from Live Oak Restaurant Group, reacts as he receives the John P. Rousakis Community Champion Award at the 17th annual Savannah Tourism Awards & Scholarship Dinner. Michael Owens, president & CEO of the Savannah TLC, made the presentation.

First Chatham caps off turnaround year amid regional consolidation

First Chatham Bank ended 2014 with positive earnings, reflecting overall gains made by other Georgia-based financial institutions, according to year-end financial reports.

ABLE: Positive change and a fighting chance

Just before Christmas of last year, President Barack Obama signed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, or ABLE, allowing people with disabilities to open tax-free accounts where they can save money without fear of losing government benefits.

Cindy Burns, community development coordinator at The Coastal Center for Development Services, speaks at the monthly SMART Luncheon.

Savannah chef Joe Randall to be inducted into Amis d'Escoffier Society of Chicago

A 50-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Savannah chef Joe Randall remembers climbing the ranks of the kitchen as an apprentice in Harrisburg, Pa., during the early ‘60s, long before there were celebrity chefs and competitive kitchen-based TV shows.

Savannah area home sales up slightly in January

Metro Savannah home sales started the year on solid, albeit slower, footing, showing a 14 percent increase in unit sales over last year.