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Mary Carr Mayle

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Dust off those old dolls and toys - they could be worth a fortune

Think of it as Antique Roadshow meets vintage Barbie.

The Savannah Antique Toy and Doll Buying Show, here through Saturday, is looking for its next big find. (Supplied photo)

Local warehouse, distribution vacancy rate drops

Despite a flurry of building activity in the warehouse sector, the industrial vacancy rate for the Savannah market area continues to drop as Savannah’s port keeps growing faster than any other in the country.

This warehouse is under construction in Morgan Lakes Industrial Park on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. (Mary Carr Mayle/Savannah Morning News)r

Gulfstream parent company General Dynamics reports strong 4Q numbers

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), parent company of Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace, on Friday reported fourth-quarter 2016 earnings per share of $2.62, a full 10 cents better than analysts’ expectations.

Career at Georgia Ports golden for Betty Ann Rappé

When her boss at the Georgia Ports Authority asked Betty Ann DiPietro Rappé if she wanted to transfer to the new container operations building under construction on the river, she said “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Savannah Tech, Step-Up Savannah partner to offer jockey-truck training

If you’ve never heard of a jockey truck, chances are you haven’t spent much time around our ports or in the cavernous warehouses that support port logistics.

Georgia Ports Authority sets record for container moves in December

The Georgia Ports Authority posted 12.3 percent growth in year-over-year container volumes for December – an increase made even more impressive by the fact that December 2015 reflected inflated cargo numbers as the threat of a strike on the West Coast sent more containers Georgia’s way.

December capped a busy year in containerized trade for the Georgia Ports Authority. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia Ports Authority sets record for container moves in December

The Georgia Ports Authority posted 12.3 percent growth in year-over-year container volumes for December – an increase made even more impressive by the fact that December 2015 reflected inflated cargo numbers as the threat of a strike on the West Coast sent more containers Georgia’s way.

December capped a busy year in containerized trade for the Georgia Ports Authority. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Prominent Savannah attorney Thomas J. Mahoney Jr. dead at 80

Savannah native Tom Mahoney Jr. wore many hats in his long and distinguished legal career, but none was more important to him than his role as a family man.

Thomas J. Mahoney Jr. 1924-2017 (Photo by Paul Camp)

Former Gov. Perdue’s cabinet nomination bodes well for our ports

Donald Trump’s nomination for Secretary of Agriculture would put someone with a keen understanding of the importance of Georgia’s deepwater ports at the new president’s elbow.

Then-Gov. Sonny Perdue, right, along with Clarence Gooden of the CSX Corporation, hammer the last spike in the Georgia Ports Authoritys new Chatham Intermodal Container Transfer Facility in 2009. In his eight years in office, Perdue was a staunch supporter of the state’s deepwater ports. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah economy growing at ‘healthy pace’

The Savannah area economy will continue its upward trajectory in 2017 and beyond, according to the Georgia Economic Outlook forecast from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Armstrong State University’s Center for Regional Analysis.

Michael J. Toma

Savannahians among Georgia Trend’s ‘most influential’

Georgia Trend magazine’s much-anticipated annual list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians is out – and area leaders are well-represented in 2017’s version.

Special photo W.Todd Groce, President and CEO Georgia Historical Society.

Savannah airport posts record passenger numbers for 2016

Undaunted by Hurricane Matthew, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport welcomed a record number of passengers in 2016, finishing the year with nearly 2.2 million total passengers, an 8-percent increase over 2015.

Authority looks to expand trade center

With a new convention hotel already on the horizon for Hutchinson Island, the board of the Georgia International & Maritime Trade Center Authority is ready to begin the initial phase of expanding the island’s 16-year-old trade and convention center to accommodate the larger groups that new hotel is expected to help draw.

Ruel Joyner of 24e named Georgia Retailer of Year

Ruel Joyner, whose 24e Design Co. on Broughton Street started as a local furniture store and has evolved into an award-winning leader in the boutique home furnishings industry, has been named the 2016 Georgia Retailer of the Year by the Georgia Retail Association. 

Ruel Joyner's 24e, featuring an eclectic collection of furnishings and accessories, has earned him Georgia Retailer of the Year honors for 2016. (Photo courtesy of Small Business Assistance Corp.)

Allegiant to add service to Louisville

Allegiant Air will add Louisville, Ky. to its growing list of seasonal direct flights to Savannah, beginning in late May, the company announced Tuesday.

Brasseler awarded multi-million dollar contract

Savannah-based Brasseler USA has been awarded a contract valued at up to $12 million to provide “consumable dental items” to the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies.

SEDA returns 14 parcels to county property tax digest

Last week, in his annual address listing the Savannah Economic Development Authority’s accomplishments, for the past year, SEDA president and CEO Trip Tollison noted that the authority returned more than a dozen parcels of land to the Chatham County tax digest at the end of 2016.

Portside: Logistics summit, foreign trade conference on must-do lists

If you’re a member of our maritime or transportation community, you know it’s time to make plans to attend two of 2017’s premier conferences on foreign trade and logistics.

SEDA celebrates another successful year with Top 10 achievements

When a farmer plants a particular type of bamboo seed, it has to be watered every day for more than four years before anything even emerges from the ground.

Greg Bell speaks at the SEDA 2017 Annual Meeting breakfast held at the Trade Center. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)