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Katie Nussbaum

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

New devices will allow St. Patrick’s wristband sales without cash

New technology will be making things easier for St. Patrick’s Day festivalgoers if they run out of green over the holiday weekend.

Jimmy Carter’s grandson to oversee famed plaque’s return to Pinkie Master’s on Friday

Former President Jimmy Carter is making a homecoming to Savannah’s famed watering hole Pinkie Master’s this St. Patrick’s Day, sort of.

President Jimmy Carter stands on the bar at Pinkie Master’s in 1978. On Friday morning Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, will reinstall a plaque that commemorates the event at the Drayton Street dive. Savannah Morning News file photo

MPC approves Savannah River Landing request, sends it to council

The Savannah River Landing development inched closer to reality on Tuesday after the Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to approve the rezoning of the 56-acre site.

A new Savannah River Landing site plan includes 60-to-180-foot building heights, mixed-use zoning for residential and commercial uses and the existing street pattern, while increasing lot and block sizes compared to the previous plan. (Graphic courtesy of Thomas & Hutton)

Gulfstream to deliver G550 to Beijing Red Cross

Gulfstream Aerospace on Monday announced a new partnership with the Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center to deliver a Gulfstream G550 aircraft for medical evacuation services in Beijing.

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace - Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace (R) shakes hands with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center director Li Libing on Monday. Gulfstream will deliver a G550 medevac aircraft to the organization to be used for disaster relief and air rescue services. Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace - Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace (R) shakes hands with Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center director Li Libing on Monday. Gulfstream will deliver a G550 medevac aircraft to the organization to be used for disaster relief and air rescue services.

New welcome center helps visitors get in Savannah spirit

Oak trees with Spanish moss, a replica of the St. Simons Island Lighthouse and Forrest Gump are just a few of the unique displays that greet travelers at Georgia’s newest Welcome Center on Interstate 95 south, which officially opened its doors on Friday morning.

North Georgia boutique finds a home on Broughton Street

On Saturday the doors will open to the chain’s newest store at 218 West Broughton St. It’s the 17th location for the company in just eight years. The racks fill quickly, too; the boutique receives 65 new styles each week.

Savannah designer launches collection with Belk

Emily Bargeron will be taking her own Savannah style to the masses this spring when her curated collection with Belk department stores launches Thursday. Bargeron, a local clothing designer, owns Mamie Ruth boutique.

Savannah clothing designer Emily Bargeron will launch a 15-piece collection with Belk department stores on Thursday. Bargeron owns Mamie Ruth boutique at 107 West Liberty St. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Developer plans assisted living community in Pooler

Health care real estate development company Shepherd Health this week announced plans for an upscale senior living community near the intersection of Interstate 16 and Pooler Parkway.

Technology adds precision to joint replacements

New technology at Optim Surgery Center is transforming the way joint replacement procedures are performed and providing patients with a less invasive knee or hip replacement surgeries by using the Mako Robotic-Arm during procedures.

Armstrong class earns recognition for consulting work

A group of Armstrong State University students received national recognition earlier this month at the Small Business Institute Conference in San Diego after their consulting project for the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market placed third in the nation.

Armstrong State University students, Samuel McPherson, Connor North, Jordan Horton and Elizabeth Rothweiler. A consulting project done by the students recently placed third in the nation at the Small Business Institute Conference in San Diego. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Tybee businesses work past storm damage, hope for strong spring

Several small business and companies on Tybee are still dealing with damage from Hurricane Matthew, but most owners are looking toward spring and summer with optimism.

Chantal Audran with Ike, a loggerhead sea turtle; Joy Davis with diamondback terrapins; and Alli Williford with Ruby and Pearl, the Marine Science Center’s resident diamondback terrapins, prepare to evacuate before Hurricane Matthew in October. (Photos courtesy of Tybee Island Marine Science Center)

Experience pays for real estate team

With 14 years of experience in the Savannah real estate market, Heather Murphy and her team at the Heather Murphy Real Estate Group know that the sky is the limit when it comes to real estate.

Firm plans hotels, amphitheater, stores in Pooler near I-16

A new mixed-use development, which will include hotels, offices and boutique retail space, is on tap for the southeast corner of Interstate 16 and Pooler.

Savannah-area home sales start strong in 2017

Home sales across Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties got off to a strong start in 2017, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

TLC compiles yearbook of personnel success stories

When it comes to setting and achieving goals Guillermo Montes is becoming an expert. “I told my fiancé I was going to be the youngest general manager in the company and here I am,” Montes, 24, said with a grin last week at the Comfort Suites Historic District where he serves as general manager.

Tracy Boles, general manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Savannah Airport is known as Bubbles, due to her upbeat and energetic personality. She’s been in the tourism industry for nearly 10 years. (Photos courtesy of the Tourism Leadership Council)

Lidl speeds up plans for new stores

German grocer, Lidl announced Wednesday that its first wave of U.S. stores, which includes locations planned for Pooler and Bluffton, S.C., are moving ahead of schedule with some of the stores opening this summer instead of 2018 as previously announced, according to an Associated Press report.

This is an artist’s rendering of the 36,000-square-foot Lidl store to be built in North Augusta.