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Mary Carr Mayle

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Coastal Empire economy sends mixed signals

While still growing, the area’s economy is showing signs of a possible slowdown through the rest of the year, according to the Coastal Empire Economic Monitor produced by Armstrong State University economist Michael Toma.

PortSide: Port of Savannah hardest hit by Hurricane Matthew

Of all the ports affected by Hurricane Matthew, Savannah’s was hit the hardest, according to U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Amy Beach, commander of Marine Safety Unit Savannah and Captain of the Port, who said damage to navigational aids kept the river and outer harbor closed for several days.

As the largest single-terminal container facility in the nation, with more than 9,700 feet of contiguous berthing space and 22 ship-to-shore cranes, Savannah was able to quickly recover from the storm with minimal impact to the supply chain. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

FAA issues safety directive for GII, GIII and GIV

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an urgent airworthiness directive for Gulfstream business jet models GII, GIII and GIV due to missing “life limit” notices on the planes’ elevator assemblies and skins.

Roll out of the Gulfstream III in this 1978 file photo. (Nancy Heffernan/Savannah Morning News)

When Matthew brought mayhem, Georgia Power was ready

Last week, in a visit to their storm operations command on Kilowatt Drive, the Savannah Morning News got an up close look at what it’s like when Georgia Power goes into full hurricane mode.

(Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Port of Brunswick getting more space

The Port of Brunswick is the nation’s fastest growing autoport. With 652 acres of auto processing space available for development, Brunswick is poised for continued expansion. (Georgia Ports Authority/Jim Carswell)

Port reopens to waiting ships

The container ship MSC Kleven sails upriver into the Port of Savannah Wednesday after the Savannah River reopened following Hurricane Matthew. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Nordic expanding at ports again

Visitors to Nordic Logistics and Warehousing visit a freezer filled with chicken during the Phase Two opening in April. - Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo

NOAA's gulfstream hurricane hunter providing valuable data

When it comes to getting up close and personal with hurricanes, one of NOAA’s favorite weapons has Savannah roots. It’s a sleek Gulfstream jet named Gonzo.

Pilots iin the cockpit NOAA's Gulfstream IV-SP during an October 2015 flight to collect data on Hurricne Joaquin. (Photo courtesy of NOAA)

Bulloch County nixes rezoning

The Bulloch County Commission on Tuesday unanimously voted to follow its Planning and Zoning Board’s recommendation, denying a petition to rezone a 4,600-acre tract of land off Interstate 16 and Ga. 67 from agricultural to light industrial.

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.