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Mary Carr Mayle

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Ken Boyd named new executive director at CCDS

Ken Boyd has big plans for the Coastal Center for Developmental Services.


Portside: ILA, employers will meet informally in February for preliminary contract talks.

Representatives of both labor and management at ports along the East and Gulf coasts have indicated they will meet early next year for “informal talks” ahead of formal contract negotiations.

SBAC honors Back in the Day Bakery

Griffith and Cheryl Day opened the doors of their family bakery nearly 15 years ago, but it didn’t take Back in the Day Bakery much time at all to become a household name.

Air Canada to start Toronto-Savannah flights

Air Canada Airlines announced today that it will begin seasonal service to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport from Toronto Pearson International Airport on May 1.

Port of Savannah adds 4 cranes for loading giant cargo ships

Mother Nature left a lot of would-be crane watchers on River Street disappointed Sunday afternoon when the Dockwise barge Teal wasn’t able to come into port. But high winds and tall cranes are not a good mix — and wind gusts Sunday afternoon were clocked at almost 30 knots.

Boskalis vessel Teal transports four new ship-to-shore cranes up the Savannah River past historic River Street to Garden City Terminal at the Port of Savannah, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

At Savannah Tech, high schoolers 'Move On When Ready'

High school students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 can get a jump start on college credits at Savannah Technical College through the school’s “Move On When Ready” program. The program is open to students currently enrolled in a Georgia public or private high school or home schooled. Tuition and books are covered at no charge, as are most fees.
Jasmine Miller, left, parent of a junior at Windsorw Forest High School, gets one-on-one help from Savannah Tech’s Melissa Gillenwater during Monday’s information session. Miller’s daughter, a junior at Windsor Forest High, hopes to start college classes in January. (Photo courtesy Savannah Technical College)

Super-sized cranes to arrive in port Sunday

Christmas is coming early for the Georgia Ports Authority – and we’re all invited to see it arrive.

Hurricane help is out there, but the deadline looms

In the wake of hurricanes and other physical disasters, the government entity almost always front and center is the Federal Emergency Management Agency – or FEMA.

Savannah Tech, SEDA mending workforce problem with sewing

With all the high-tech courses available today, industrial sewing may seem a little old-fashioned. But it is an essential skill in demand by a number of local manufacturers. “It’s not a skill we see so much anymore,” said Andrew Barber, who with his wife, Ellen, owns Coastal Canvas.

Savannah Tech will offer industrial sewing course, at request of SEDA, to accommodate local manufacturers (Photo by Michael Zhang for Savannah Tech)

Portside: Savannah maritime community gets into the spirit of giving

Savannah’s maritime community is getting into the holiday spirit with plans to feed needy families, help sailors far from home and fill the Christmas wishes of children whose lives have been anything but easy.

Citi Trends reports loss of 6 cents per share

Citi Trends Inc. (NASDAQ: CTRN) on Tuesday reported mixed financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, which ended Oct. 29.

Container numbers up at GPA, despite Hurricane Matthew, Hanjin bankruptcy

Loaded containers at Georgia Ports’ Garden City Terminal grew 4 percent in the first four months of fiscal 2017, despite disruptions caused by a tropical storm, a hurricane and the bankruptcy of a major carrier line.

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its busiest October ever for loaded containers, moving 251,566 loaded twenty-foot equivalent container units or TEUs. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Junior Achievement inducts Andrews, Bolch into Business Hall of Fame

Health care and science were in the spotlight Tuesday evening as Junior Achievement of Georgia-Coastal Region inducted two well-known Savannahians into its Business Hall of Fame.
James Andrews and Mrs. Ellen Bolch were acknowledged as laureates at the 17th Annual Savannah Business Hall of Fame event Tuesday at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. (Randy Thompson Photography/For the Savannah Morning News)

Area's industrial vacancy rates slowly improving

As container volumes at the Port of Savannah continue to grow, developers and logistics operators continue to scramble to catch up to the demand for warehouse and distribution space around the country’s fourth-largest and fastest-growing port. Colliers International in Savannah last week released its third quarter 2016 industrial market snapshot and, while vacancy rates were better than the first half of the year, they were still too low for comfort.

Portside: Traffic on river bodes well for holidays

If container traffic on the river seems a bit heavier lately, there’s a reason. With the holiday shopping season officially under way, imports at the nation’s major retail container ports — including Savannah — are expected to be up 4.4 percent this month over the same time last year.

Savannah Tech No. 1 in country for vets

Military Times’ 2017 “Best for Vets” rankings are in and Savannah Technical College tops the list for career and technical colleges across the United States.

Trade Center: Pooler lone holdout on long-term hotel tax collections

At Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah-based lobbyist Lee Hughes reported on his progress in renewing agreements with the county and area municipalities to collect a 6-percent hotel/motel tax, one penny of which helps fund trade center operations.

Canadian aerospace company to locate division in Savannah

In its last meeting of the year, the Savannah Economic Development Authority dealt with a packed agenda that included the announcement that a Canadian company specializing in the engineering and manufacture of interior components for business aircraft has chosen Savannah as the site of its U.S. sales and manufacturing presence.

SEDA to develop new 685-acre industrial park

Three years ago, when the Savannah Economic Development Authority pledged its support to extending the county’s one-cent special purpose local option sales tax on the November 2013 ballot, it was with the understanding that SEDA would receive between $15 million and $30 million to acquire, develop and permit a new industrial park.

City's Irish connection transcends parade

Use the words Savannah and Ireland together in a sentence and you are most likely to be talking about St. Patrick’s Day, the city’s world famous celebration of all things Irish.
But if that’s all you associate with the two, you would be missing a vital part of the picture.
Aboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship in the port of New Ross, County Wexford, from left, Walter O’Leary of the Waterford Institute of Technology, Brynn Grant, Willie Fitzharris of County Wexford’s JFK Trust, Steve Green, Mayor DeLoach, Howard Keeley, SEDA board member John Coleman, Bill Miles and Joe Marinelli. (Photo courtesy County Wexford)