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Mary Carr Mayle

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Local gaming studio kickstarting ‘Starfighter Inc.’

“Mankind’s final frontier is dominated by ruthless corporate interests and the powerful mercenary forces that they employ. In space, this is the one reality: those who can, take. Those who have, protect. Violence is inevitable, and for ambitious pilots with flexible ethics there are always opportunities to cash in.”

A concept piece from the video game Starfighter Inc. designed by Impeller Studios, a gaming studio based out of Savannah, GA (Contributed Photo/Savannah Morning News)

Georgia truckers, GBI work to cut cargo theft

Cargo theft is a growing problem that’s costing businesses billions of dollars every year, especially in Georgia, which has the dubious distinction of ranking sixth in the nation for such losses.

Bill to cap tax on yacht repairs passes on last day

Colonial Groups’s plans to convert the old Intermarine boatbuilding facility on Lathrop Avenue into a state-of-the-art mega-yacht repair and refit facility appear to be back on track after the Georgia General Assembly passed an 11th-hour bill that will allow the state to compete with Florida for the business.

Portside: New ship-to-shore cranes coming online at GPA’s Garden City Terminal

The first of four new Neo-Panamax cranes came online last week at Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City Terminal, bringing its operating fleet of massive ship-to-shore cranes to 23- more cranes than any other U.S. terminal.

Trade Center governance bill a no-go for this year

A bill that would have changed the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local entity to a state authority appears to be dead for this year.

Tax questions? Ask our experts

To help our readers get through the stresses of tax season and better prepare for the year ahead, the Savannah Morning News and Savannahnow.com have again teamed up with Hancock Askew &Co. to take questions regarding individual and small business returns.

Trade center governance bill back on track

A bill designed to change the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local authority to a state authority appears to be back on track after stalling in the Georgia Senate earlier this month amid confusion about whether local officials — including the trade center’s board — had been appraised of the measure.

Savannah Tech honors students, instructor of year

Elizabeth Genard is Savannah Technical College’s 2017 adult education student of the year.

Portside: Yacht tax bill stays alive in Senate

House Bill 125, a measure designed to level the playing field with Florida in attracting major yacht repair work to Georgia, remains mired in committee in the Senate, but is expected to come to the floor for a vote later next week.

Hilton Head airport to expand runway

With the completion of a $7.9 million taxiway project, the Hilton Head Island Airport is moving forward with its next project - extending its runway from 4,300 feet to 5,000 feet.

The Hilton Head Island Airport is using an $18.9 million grant from the FAA to expand its runway to upgrade safety compliance and hopefully attract more commercial service. (Photo courtesy Hilton Head Island Airport)

Georgia Power set to implode boilers at Plant Kraft Saturday morning

Georgia Power will remove the boilers for retired units 1-4 at Plant Kraft by controlled demolition between 8 and 10 a.m. today, weather and safety conditions permitting.

Savannah-based Citi Trends reports 4Q, full-year results

Savannah-based Citi Trends Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter sales of $185.5 million, an increase of 5.4 percent over the same quarter last year.

De-bugging: It’s not the sexiest part of CBP’s job, but it saves country millions each year

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has a wide-ranging role at our port. In addition to being tasked with securing the country from terrorists and their weapons, the agency must also facilitate legitimate trade and travel.

Trade Center board agrees to pursue state authority status

A bill designed to change the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local authority to a state authority stalled in the Georgia Senate earlier this week amid confusion about whether local officials — including the trade center’s board — had been appraised of the measure.

State tax break bill designed to lure yacht repair, create jobs

A bill expected to reach the Senate floor for a vote on Friday could be the deciding factor in whether or not Savannah becomes a major East Coast hub for the repair and refitting of mega yachts, an industry that one study indicates could have an annual economic impact of $144 million to Chatham County alone.

Colonial Group plans to upgrade its shipyard on Lathrop Avenue into the Savannah Yacht Center, a repair and refit facility capable of handling some of the largest yachts in the world. (photo courtesy Colonial Group)

Savannah Tech, France exchange program promises sweet experience

Last fall, five students from Savannah Technical College’s award-winning Culinary Institute traveled to France to study and work at the Academy of Toulouse. On Monday, the partnership came full circle when STC welcomed a group from Toulouse to Savannah.

Students, instructors and special guests taking part in the pastry and baking arts culinary exchange between Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute and the Academy of Toulouse in France gathered for lunch Monday. (Photo by Stephen Morton for STC)

Study: Hurricane Matthew dealt economy hit, but not knockout

Hurricane Matthew’s visit to the Coastal Empire last October put a sizeable dent in the regional economy for the fourth quarter but didn’t completely derail it, according to Armstrong State University’s latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, which analyzes data and identifies trends affecting the regional economy.

Bill to change Trade Center governance quietly passes House

A bill designed to “reconstitute” the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and move it from a local entity to a state authority passed the Georgia House on Friday with little opposition from local officials — possibly because most of them knew nothing about it.

Seasoned ILA veteran, community leader Tim Mackey takes reins of Local 1414

Mention Tim Mackey’s name to almost any longtime Savannahian and the most likely description you’ll get is “community leader.”

SEDA awards engineering contract on new manufacturing park

The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Tuesday awarded the engineering contract for its new, 685-acre manufacturing park on Old River Road in west Chatham County to Savannah firms Thomas & Hutton and Hussey Gay Bell, approving an initial expenditure of $35,000 for Phase I of the project.