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Katie Nussbaum

Savannah-area homes sales hit high mark in March

March was a record month for home sales and housing market inventory in Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties. During the month, 629 homes sold – a six-year high and inventory hit a six year low coming in at just under five months, according to monthly data released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Three downtown SCAD properties on market

The Savannah College of Art and Design has listed three of its properties on the market with commercial real estate company CBRE. The college maintains more than 60 buildings around Savannah and an equestrian center in Hardeeville, S.C.

Appeal challenges downtown hotel’s height

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition challenging the bonus story of a proposed hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets.

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition to appeal a February decision to grant a bonus story to the Liberty Street. Nearby residents say the project isn't compatible with the area. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)
This rendering shows a conceptual plan for a five-building hotel development off of President Street. The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to rezone the eight-acre site, which is being developed by HD Companies, on Tuesday. The recommendation will now move to Savannah City Council for final review. (Rendering courtesy of HD Companies/via Metropolitan Planning Commission)

From the dumpster to the big screen: Savannah welcomes first prop house

The next time a production filming in Savannah needs a cigarette machine, books or other prop décor they won’t have to look very far to find it.

Painting internship provides experience, credibility to Georgia Southern Student

For the first time Young Entrepreneurs Across America is offering Georgia college students the chance to operate their own business and gain real world experience through its Student Painters internship.

A helping hand: Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity continues outreach in Savannah

Since 1983, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity has partnered with more than 130 families in Chatham County to help them realize their dream of owning an affordable home, and this year the nonprofit aims to add seven more local families to that list.

MLK block to get new life for local business

Home to several businesses since the early 1900s, including a nickel and dime store owned by the Tenenbaum family and most recently, Thrifty Supply Center, the 300 block of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is getting a facelift and a new life.

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia opens new volunteer center

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia provided more than 12 million pounds of food to those in need last year, and that number is set to rise thanks to a new volunteer center.

Trip Tollison, center, past board president of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, speaks to the crowd before cutting the ribbon at the organization’s new volunteer center on Thursday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Review board OKs Liberty Street hotel design

The Savannah Historic Review Board on Wednesday approved the design details for the Liberty Hotel, which is slated to be built across from the Savannah Civic Center at the corner of Tattnall and Liberty Streets.
A rendering of a new hotel proposed for Liberty and Tattnall Street. The Historic Review Board approved the design details of the development on Wednesday. (Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Preciball USA opens distribution center in Pooler

Preciball USA, the world leader in the manufacturing and supply of industrial ball bearings, became the newest Pooler resident on Tuesday as officials cut the ribbon to the company’s new North American distribution center in the Westside Business Park on Highway 80.

Don Peak, general manager for Preciball USA prepares to cut the ribbon on the company's new North American distribution center in Pooler on Tuesday. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Paula Deen, family plan new restaurant

Get your forks ready, y’all. There’s a new Paula Deen restaurant coming to Whitemarsh Island.

A sign for the opening of Paula Deen’s new restaurant, Paula Deen’s Creek House Seafood & Grill. (from Jamie Deen’s twitter/Savannah Morning News)

Hotel offers day stays for Savannah travelers

The Hilton Garden Inn Savannah Airport is changing the way you view a hotel stay.

NLaws Produce launches home delivery service

If you can’t make it to the farmer’s market but still need fresh fruits and vegetables, NLaws Produce has you covered with its new NLaws Produce@Home service, which brings fresh produce and other local products straight to your door.

Joey Rosen, center, general manager of NLaws Produce@Home gets ready to cut the ribbon on the company’s new facility inside their warehouse on Highway 80 on Thursday. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Group starts work on city’s tourism management plan

With an annual economic impact of $2.5 billion, Savannah’s tourism industry provides many positives for the city, but finding the perfect balance between millions of visitors and the quality of life for residents has been a longtime debate without a lot of answers.

A tour group walks in front of the Hamilton Turner Inn recently. The City of Savannah recently hired a consulting firm to develop a tourism management plan that will balance the needs of the industry along with the needs of downtown residents. The plan is expected to be delivered in August. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

Citi Trends CEO resigns from fashion retailer

Jason Mazzola of Savannah-based urban fashion retailer Citi Trends has resigned as the chief executive officer and director of the company effective immediately.

You asked, our tax experts answered

It’s that time of year where we question every dollar we make and spend. And, as tax day approaches most of us find ourselves with at least one question that leaves us puzzled.

Savannah-area home sales stay strong

Home sales in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties continued to climb in February with the sale of 465 homes across the three-county area.

Short month sets tonnage record for port

The month with the fewest days was another record-setting month for the Georgia Ports Authority.

Miss Georgia enjoys her first St. Patrick’s Day parade from Savannah Morning News float

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford is fluent in Mandarin, climbed the Great Wall of China four times, traveled to six different countries — and now she can add appearing in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade to that list.

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford