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Katie Nussbaum

Goodwill shows off G-Force skills, plant

For more than 50 years Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has given thousands of people the training and employment skills needed to obtain self-sufficiency in the areas of retail and facility services and manufacturing.

Residents: Godley tract zoning changes threaten quality of life

When the Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended a denial to rezone more than 100 acres of land within the Godley Station Master Plan earlier this month, it was a small victory for Highlands residents who have been fighting the encroachment of warehouses in the neighborhood.

Starland food truck park gets early OK

A food truck park could be coming to the Starland District after the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals approved the use of a restaurant with alcohol sales on Thursday.

Savannah vet’s Super Bowl sign attracting giggles, Falcons fans

Case Veterinary Hospital on Eisenhower Drive may have scored a touchdown with their latest cheeky advertisment, which also pokes a little fun at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ahead of their Super Bowl matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5.

Geekend brings gamers, developers to 2 tech-filled days

After suffering a setback due to Hurricane Matthew in October coders, techies and geeks can rejoice, Geekend returns this Friday and Saturday.

Savannah Christian Prep sells DeRenne campus

Savannah Christian Preparatory School has sold its DeRenne Avenue campus to St. John Baptist Church for $3.2 million, according to a press release sent out on Monday.

Savannah State professor awarded patent for chemical compound

A Savannah State University professor is poised to potentially help millions with her recently discovered chemical compound that could help combat the effects of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s or ALS.

Photo courtesy of Savannah State University - Savannah State University associate professor of chemistry and forensic science, Karla-Sue Marriott works in her lab on campus at SSU. Marriott was recently approved for a patent for a newly discovered chemical compound that could combat the effects of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.

Savannah area home sales see growth, stabilization in 2016

The local housing market ended 2016 on a high note with 517 units sold across Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties during December. Breaking the coveted 500 units in December, which is typically a slow month, was a testament to the overall positive year in the local market.

Savannah area feels big impact from 2016 film, TV numbers

If you thought you saw a few more glimpses of celebrities and movie cameras on the streets of Savannah and Tybee Island during 2016, you were right.

Patel family builds legacy in hotels

Second-generation hoteliers Riki and Kris Patel aren’t too focused on their titles at HOS Management, the hotel development firm that their father Kirit and uncle, Anil Patel, founded more than 30 years ago.

City Manager talks solutions, priorities at monthly luncheon

Fresh off his first 90 days as Savannah’s new City Manager, Rob Hernandez said on Wednesday during the Savannah Downtown Business Association luncheon that his top priority remains developing a long term strategic plan for the Savannah community that can help guide the city into the coming years.

City Manager Rob Hernandez

Customers say Savannah start-up didn't deliver product

Savannah-based tech company Aetho promised its initial product, Aeon – a handheld stabilizer for GoPro cameras – would be easier to use than a smartphone, but paying customers from around the globe say the local startup has failed to deliver and has stopped responding to emails and phone calls.

Ian Nott, co-founder and CTO of Aetho, holds a prototype of the Aeon, a handheld stabilizer for GoPro cameras. The company began preselling it last year, but customers say it has failed to deliver and isn’t responding to emails or phone calls. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Kmart closing list includes Savannah, 3 other Georgia stores

The Savannah Kmart store at 33 W. Montgomery Cross Road is among four Georgia locations that will close by the end of March, according to Sears Holdings Corporation, which announced the closures earlier this week.

Savannah Stalwart: Johnnie Ganem's

Johnnie Ganem’s is a third-generation family-run business. We sell domestic and imported wine, liquor and beer, as well as provide full-service bar catering. Customer service has always been our No. 1 priority.

Louise Ganem, Marianne Ganem Poppell and Evelyn Ganem of Johnnie Ganem’s package and wine shop. (Photo courtesy of Johnnie Ganem’s)

Savannah Stalwart: Hospice Savannah

Our mission keeps us focused on providing our community the best services and resources on living with a life-limiting illness, dying, death, grief and loss throughout Bryan, Chatham, Effingham, Liberty and Long counties. However, with community support and the work of our foundation, we are much more than hospice.

Hospice Savannah’s Hospice House is on Eisenhower Drive. (Steve Bisson/ Savannah Morning News file photo)

Savannah Stalwart: Wright Security Systems

We specialize in the design, installation, service and monitoring of security and fire alarm systems and offers video recording and in-home automation for residential and commercial markets.

Noel Wright, owner of Wright Security Systems, and technician Timothy Peck. (Courtesy of Wright Security)

Savannah Stalwart: Globe Shoe Company

Globe Shoe Company is a Savannah family owned retailer offering a wide variety of quality shoes and accessories for women and men, said siblings, Amy and John Sussman, owners of Globe.

Globe Shoes/Savannah Morning News File Photo

Savannah film studio partners with equipment firm

River Oaks Film Studios has announced an exclusive three-year partnership with MBS Equipment Co. to provide production equipment to productions filming in the studio and the Savannah area.

River Oaks Film Studios will open early next year in a 150,000-square-foot warehouse at 198 Gulfstream Road. The studio has announced a partnership with an equipment firm tenant, California-based MBS Equipment Co. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kimball’s Mobile Electronics

Location and hours.

Mike Kimball, owner of Kimball’s Mobile Electronics. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Stalwart: Kimball's Mobile Electronics

We are a store that sells and installs all types electronics and accessories for cars, trucks and SUVs. Our specialty is really doing customcar stereo installation work so we can give our customers something that they can be proud of, said owner Mike Kimball.

Mike Kimball, owner of Kimball's Mobile Electronics. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)