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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)

Tax questions? Ask our experts

“Because we couldn’t possibly understand anyone’s complete tax situation in one phone call, we’ll give you our best advice based on what we know about your circumstances and suggestions for seeking additional help if you need it,” says Susan Clifford, principal at Hancock Askew.

Susan Clifford, Hancock Askew

BiS in brief: Crop damage, Customs donation, business seminar

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Field Operations at the Area Port of Savannah will donate unclaimed merchandise, valued at $175,000, to United Way of the Coastal Empire to help families in need. 

 

Pooler restaurant looking to hire more than 100 employees

Metro Diner, a diner offering classic comfort food with flair, is opening its doors in mid-April at Tanger Outlet Savannah in Pooler.

Image provided by Metro Diner

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate rises to 5.2 percent in January

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in January was 5.2 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 5 percent in December, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. In January 2016, the rate was 5.3 percent.

University presidents visit Rotary South

Jaimie Hebert of GSU and Linda M. Bleicken of ASU

TLC honors Savannah leisure, hospitality industry

Savannah’s Tourism Leadership Council, a local trade organization, presented its 19th annual Tourism Awards on Thursday evening. The black-tie gala honored those who represent the best of Savannah’s leisure and hospitality industry as well as those in the community who support it.

Investment groups purchase Hargray

Hargray Communications Group, Inc. has been acquired by the Tom Pritzker Family Business Interests advised by The Pritzker Organization, along with Redwood Capital Investments, Stephens Capital Partners, and management in an all-cash transaction.

DPR employees provide helping hand to Callen Boys & Girls Club

DPR Construction employees rolled up their sleeves on Saturday to help update and renovate The Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club. In addition to the day of service, employees presented a $1,500 donation to the club.

DPR Construction employees donated time and money to Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club last week during a day of service. (Photo provided)

Georgia, Virginia ports sign gateway terminal agreement

The Georgia Ports Authority and the Virginia Port Authority on Friday filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to create the “East Coast Gateway Terminal Agreement.”

Construction begins on stores, second Pooler Publix

Pooler elected officials, Publix representatives and The Village at Savannah Quarters held a unique Valentine’s Day ceremony as they broke ground on a new Publix grocery store. Construction is officially underway on Pooler Parkway near Blue Moon Crossing.

Publix and area officials broke ground Tuesday on a second Publix for Pooler. Left to right are: Rebecca Benton, Pooler Mayor Pro Tem; Jay Wilcox, Publix; Gerrit Albert, President, Coastal South-LStar Communities; Mike Lamb, Mayor of Pooler; Richard Phillips; Steve Walker, Regional Director, Publix; Pam Southard, Executive Director, Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau; and Scott Martens.

Biscuits, doughnuts headed to Broughton Street

A new breakfast joint is headed for Broughton Street. North Carolina-based Rise Biscuits Donuts announced its first Savannah location on Monday.

North Carolina-based Rise Biscuits Donuts will open on Broughton Street in May. (Photo courtesy of Rise Biscuits Donuts)

Savannah meeting, convention bookings grow in 2016

Meeting and convention-related hotel rooms booked in Savannah surpassed 218,000 rooms in 2016, according to numbers recently released by Visit Savannah’s sales team.

Two move to new roles at magazine, newspapers

Morning News Media President and Savannah Morning News Publisher Michael Traynor has named Anita Hagin as publisher of Savannah magazine and Kathryn (Katie) Goodman as general manager of its South Carolina portfolio, which includes Bluffton Today, The Sun Today, Beaufort Today and the Jasper County Sun Times. The promotions are effective immediately.

Hagin

Savannah area jobless rate drops to 4.7%

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in November was 4.7 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 5.1 percent in October. The rate in November 2015 was 4.8 percent.

West Bay Street wreck fatal; MAIT investigates

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation team responded to a wreck on Bay Street near Kenilworth Street, that resulted in the death of pedestrian, Lessie Owens, 70, at about 6 p.m. on Saturday.