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Mary Carr Mayle

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Savannah Tech offers hands-on history lessons with upcoming workshops

Love original Savannah Grey bricks but either can’t find them or, if you do, can’t afford them? Now there’s another option. Savannah Technical College’s Center for Traditional Craft will offer a weekend workshop on traditional brick making Oct. 15-16, where you can begin to learn how to create your own one-of-a-kind handmade bricks.

Students will make historic Savannah Grey bricks at the Savannah Technical College Historic Homeowners Academy weekend workshops in October. (Stephen Morton/Savannah Technical College)

Savannah's Kevin Barry's named most authentic Irish pub in world

Looking for an authentic Irish pub experience? No need to jump across the pond. Irish Pubs Global Federation, the industry voice of Irish pubs around the world, earlier this week named Savannah’s own Kevin Barry’s Pub the “Most Authentic Irish Pub” in the world for 2016.

The second floor of Kevin Barry's Pub, walled with photos and information about the Ireland's journey to independence from the English. The Pub recently won Most Authentic Irish Pub by Irish Pubs Global Federation. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

PortSide: Record gate moves boost port cargo this month

As the Georgia Ports Authority is making plans for its newest intermodal initiative, expected to grow rail capacity on Garden City Terminal and expand the Savannah port’s market share into the Midwest, the addition of another gate at that same terminal has helped GPA break its own records for truck traffic this month.

The first trucks enter Garden City Terminal through Georgia Ports Authority’s new Gate 8 in late January. Today, the eight-lane truck gate accounts for about 15 percent of the terminal's truck traffic, a number expected to grow when the Georgia DOT completes improvements to Grange Road between the gate and Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Gulfstream to discontinue G150

Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. on Wednesday announced it has sold the last Gulfstream G150, marking the end of the aircraft’s more than 10-year production run in partnership with Israel Aerospace Industries in Tel Aviv.

After a 10-year production run that has resulted in nearly 120 Gulfstream G150s in service asround the world, the company has announced it will end production of its smallest business jet. (Photo courtesy Gulfstream Aerospace)

Feds slap Savannah-based TitleMax parent with $9 million penalty

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has levied a $9 million fine on Savannah-based TMX Finance LLC – parent company of Titlemax - for what the bureau called “unfair and abusive practices in lending and debt collection.”

Convergence of completed projects in four years expected to boost growth at Georgia Ports

If there is one thing Georgia Ports Authority is known — and envied — for among the global maritime community, it’s the uncanny ability to plan and execute ahead of the curve.

Trains move through the Chatham yard at Garden City Terminal. The latest port initiative will connect Chatham yard to the Mason rail yard with additional tracks, allowing full trains to be built on the terminal.

PortSide: Imperial opens $2.4 million facility in Pooler

Imperial Frozen Foods, the latest chilled foods company to have a presence close to our ports, last week cut the ribbon on its state-of-the-art $2.4 million processing facility on Eli Whitney Boulevard.

Imperial Frozen Foods CEO Kevin Migdal talks before the ribbon cutting of their first company owned facility off Eli Whitney Blvd. Friday afternoon. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Allegiant shifts Savannah's Akron flights to Cleveland

Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it will shift its Savannah flights from Akron-Canton to Cleveland, beginning in February, and increase the frequency from twice weekly to three days a week.

Allegiant Air announced Wednesday that it will shift its Savannah flights from Akron-Canton to Cleveland, begining in February, and increase the frequency from twice weekly to three days a week.

Savannah oil terminal responds to state's gas needs

Where’s the best place to be when a gasoline pipeline is disrupted? “Anywhere along the coast,” said Ryan Chandler of Colonial Oil, a subsidiary of the Colonial Group in Savannah.

Tankers line up on East Lathrope Avenue at the Colonial Oil facility. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

GPA posts August record for containers

Following an upbeat state-of-the-ports address Thursday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch had more good news for his board at their regularly scheduled meeting Monday.

At 1,200 acres, the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal is the largest single-operator terminal in North America. The facility features 22 ship-to-shore cranes and 146 rubber-tired gantry cranes, more than any other U.S. terminal. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah native's commercial construction company busier than ever

Some 20 years ago, Savannah native Dawn Morgan looked around and decided there weren’t enough opportunities for women to grow and be successful in business in her hometown.

Georgia Ports initiative targets multi-million dollar growth

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch delivered his first State of the Port address Thursday, detailing a new rail initiative that will increase service well beyond the Southeast and set the stage for major market expansion.

Griff Lynch made his first State of the Port address as executive director during a Thursday luncheon sponsored by the Port Authority and the Propeller Club. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

PortSide: Savannah sets record for exports

The U.S. Commerce Department this week released a report highlighting goods exports from U.S. metropolitan areas for 2015 and Savannah is once again a standout. 

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch talks about the impact of the state’s ports during address at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center Thursday. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Floor & Decor announces major expansion

Floor & Decor, an Atlanta-based specialty retailer of hard-surface flooring and accessories, will expand its import distribution center in Savannah with the construction of a new facility located at Morgan Business Center in Bloomingdale.

Atlanta-based specialty retailer Floor & Decor, which opened a store on Victory Drive in Savannah last year, will locate a 2.5 million square-foot distribution center in Bloomingdale. (Photo courtesy Haigwood Studios)

Trade Center looking at expansion

Anticipating a need to grow, the board of the Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority is wasting no time in looking for initial funding for an expanded convention center on Hutchinson Island.

SEDA debuts 2015 annual report in interactive website

The Savannah Economic Development Authority released its 2015 annual report Wednesday as an interactive website that includes all the usual accomplishments, statistics and financial data plus a few extra features — most notably the opportunity to walk through a real development case study from the project’s beginning to end.

The Savannah Economic Development Authority on Wednesday launched its 2015 annual report in the form of an interactive website. (special photo)

SEDA recaps a busy summer

The Savannah Economic Development Authority, reconvening Tuesday after a three-month meeting hiatus, provided its board and advisory council with a recap of a busy summer that included several new-business announcements and a report on the area’s four-county development authority.

Rural Bulloch residents push back on zoning change for industrial park

As Georgia Ports continues to grow, attracting more jobs and industry, its footprint also continues to sprawl, bringing the promise of new development to neighboring counties and beyond. For the most part, the manufacturing plants, logistics or distribution centers are sought and welcomed for the jobs and cash they bring to mostly rural areas. But not always.

Residents of Bulloch County pack the Planning and Zoning meeting Thursday night to oppose refining (Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)

PortSide: Maritime community mourns death of longshoreman

It hasn’t yet been determined what caused Loadholt - a veteran of the docks and well-versed in ro-ro operations – to lose control of the car he was driving and plunge into the river.

Taxi drivers bring Uber concerns to Savannah airport meeting

A group of taxi drivers whose livelihoods depends on fares to and from Savannah’s airport has asked the airport commission to stop what they call “illegal staging” of Uber drivers on the terminal.

Savannah Taxi Owners Association member Atosha Adams, who attended Wednesday’s airport commission meeting, waits for a fare at the airport’s taxi stand. (Mary Mayle/Savannah Morning News)