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Layoffs for Jet Aviation mean new service center for Gulfstream

General Dynamics Corps, owner of both Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, is discontinuing its Jet Aviation finishing center in St. Louis and moving a Gulfstream service center into the spot Jet Aviation now occupies at the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia, according to a report published in the Belleville News-Democrat.

Comcast announces fiber network buildout in Savannah

Comcast Business announced its multimillion dollar fiber optic network designed to deliver 10-gigabit speeds to Savannah’s downtown business community. It will also be extended to serve businesses on nearby Skidaway Island.

Morris Publishing sells Savannah Morning News to GateHouse Media

AUGUSTA – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Savannah Morning News, to GateHouse Media.

WGSA files Chapter 11, could go to auction

Savannah-based Southern TV Corporation, which does business as WGSA TV network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The network reaches Savannah and surrounding areas including Metter, Darien and Hinesville.

Area jobless rate rose in June

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate rose in June to 4.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 4.4 percent in May, according to numbers released today by the Georgia Department of Labor. In June 2016, the rate was 5.5 percent.

Xfinity brings mobile service to Savannah, Hinesville

Comcast has announced that Xfinity Mobile, a new wireless service, is available in Savannah and Hinesville.

EnviroVac gets new owner, looks to grow

Investment group Audax Private Equity along with founder and CEO of Savannah-based EnviroVac have acquired EnviroVac from RLJ Equity, according to a press release distributed on Monday.

Parker’s awards six scholarships

Parker’s convenience stores recently hosted the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony, where Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented scholarship checks and gifts to six exceptional area high school students. Dr. Paul Pressly, the director emeritus of the Ossabaw Island Educational Alliance, served as the featured speaker for the event, which took place June 21 at the Parker’s corporate office in Savannah.

Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker, center, recently honored graduating high schools seniors, from left, Alex LeFavi, Madeline Prince, Collins Sherrill, Mac Orie, Haley Fowler and Brianna Hayes at the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony.

Savannah jobless rate lifts for May, remains low for year

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate raised slightly in May to 4.4 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 4.3 percent in April, according to new statistics released today from the Georgia Department of Labor. In May 2016, the rate was 4.7 percent.

Memorial, Mercer graduate first doctors from ‘fast track’ program

Memorial University Medical Center and Mercer University School of Medicine honored the two physicians who are the first graduates of an innovative medical “fast track” designed to address Georgia’s critical shortage of primary care physicians and also to salute an influential legislative leader who has championed the program.

Dr. Daniel Gordon, left, and Dr. Mary Keith, right, were honored recently as the first two graduates of the Primary Care Acceplerated Track Program. Georgia Rep. Butch Parrish, center, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health, attended the ceremony. (Special to the Morning News)

‘Facts of Life’ star Kim Fields joins Savannah, Richmond Hill cast of ‘Living the Dream’

Savannah will be getting some screen time across the pond later this year thanks to a new British comedy drama filming in the Hostess City.

Kim Fields (Bravo TV photo)

Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society honors its 2017 Champions

The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society recognized five outstanding individuals and their employers during the organization’s eighth Annual Night of Champions gala on Thursday night at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Savannah.

(Left to right) Jamie Deen, emcee and board member of Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society; Dennis Pickett, champion; Brenton Scott, champion; George Gates, champion; Mackenzie Hancock, champion; Nicholas Brown, champion; and Allyson Harvin, Event Co-Chair from Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society. (Courtesy Carriage Trade Public Relations)

Goodwill awards honor achievers, SCAD, Gulfstream

Goodwill Southeast Georgia held its annual Community Awards and Dinner Thursday night at the Andaz Savannah, honoring the partners who are working to advance the organization’s mission to assist those overcoming disabilities and barriers to become employed.

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate declines to 4.5 percent in March

ATLANTA – Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in March was 4.5 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 4.7 percent in February. In March 2016, the rate was 5.1 percent, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

Italian Society awards Finocchiaro Scholarships to essay winners

Six local high school students have been named winners of the Frank Finocchiaro Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Italian Society of Savannah in memory of Frank Finocchiaro, a founding member and Benedictine alumnus.

Abercorn antiques shop closing after two decades

37th @ Abercorn Antiques, a landmark retail shop in Savannah’s historic Thomas Square Streetcar District, has announced plans to close its doors on June 30.

Komen affiliate awards $300,000 to 7 area programs

Seven area programs will receive a share of $300,00 in grants from the Coastal Georgia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Thunderbolt gets historical marker

The Georgia Historical Society on Friday dedicated a historical marker to the World War II Rescue Boat Station on the bluff of the Wilmington River in Thunderbolt.

Savannah riverboat heads for new Kentucky home

After sailing the Savannah River for more than 20 years, Savannah River Boat Cruises’ riverboat is off to a new home in Kentucky.

Captain Johnathan Claughton, owner of Savannah Riverboat Cruises. The company has sold the older Georgia Queen boat after purchasing a newer, larger vessel last year. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

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Susan Clifford, Hancock Askew