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Lower announces run for school board president

Larry Lower has announced his candidacy for the Savannah-Chatham School Board president. He is currently the District 6 representative to the board, having served two terms.

GPA employees share holiday cheer with CASA kids

Employees of the Georgia Ports Authority helped make the holidays a little brighter for dozens of Savannah-area children Wednesday.

Georgia Ports employees purchased gifts for more than 65 children under the care of Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates. (Photo courtesy Georgia Ports Authority)

Florida company buys 22 acres in Pooler for industrial building

A Florida company has announced the purchase of 22 acres near Interstates 95 and 16 in Pooler for an industrial building.

Small business group honors businesses, community standouts

The Small Business Assistance Corporation hosted its 26th annual luncheon and awards ceremony Wednesday at Savannah Golf Club honoring businesses and community members dedicated to the area’s small business growth and success.

Chef receives high honor from France at annual gala

Chef Jean-Yves Vendeville, department head of the Culinary Institute at Savannah Technical College, was honored Friday night at the 14th annual Opportunity Award Gala and recognized with the French academic palms, the oldest non-military honor given by France.

Louis de Corail, Consul General of France to the Southeast US, completes the pinning ceremony for the French Academic Palms award to Chef Jean-Yves Vendeville. The honor is similar to being knighted. (Photo by Casey Jones/For the Savannah Morning News)

Armstrong named third in nation by Military Times

Armstrong State University has been ranked third in the nation among four-year schools by Military Times on its annual Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. It marks the fourth consecutive year Armstrong has been included on the list. In 2016, Armstrong was ranked fourth in the U.S.

Metropolitan Planning Commission swears in new officers

The Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission recently named four new officers, including a new chairman, James Overton, who fills the seat recently vacated by Tanya Milton.

Savannah Technical College named best by Military Times

For the second year in a row, Savannah Technical College has been named Best College in the nation for career and technical colleges by Military Times.

Savannah Technical College veteran graduates celebrate before commencement. For the second year in a row Savannah Technical College has been named Military Times Best College in the nation for career and technical colleges. (Photo by Stephen Morton)

Southern Motors Acura celebrates opening

The Kaminsky family cut the ribbon on its new Southern Motors Acura dealership location Friday evening.

Mayor Eddie Deloach joined the Kaminsky family and others for the ribbon-cutting at the new Southern Motors Acura dealership on Chatham Parkway on Friday evening. Pictured are Mayor Eddie DeLoach, Heather Smith from JTVS Builders, (front) Jean Kaminsky, (back) Toby Kaminsky-Friedman, Ross Kaminsky, Adam Kaminsky, Myron Kaminsky, Dannie Kaminsky, Doug Knapp from Acura, and Andy Lynch from Lynch Associate Architects (Shelly Mobley/For the Savannah Morning News)

Leopold’s Ice Cream opens at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

After 98 years of serving “Good Things to Eat and Good Things to Drink” in historic downtown Savannah, Leopold’s Ice Cream has opened its second full-service parlor. The new parlor is located at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport in the Savannah Square.

Stratton Leopold, owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream, celebrates as the neon sign at the new Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport is lit. (Photo courtesy of Leopold’s Ice Cream)

Pooler Publix opens, donates $150,000

Publix opened its newest area grocery store Wednesday at 101 Blue Moon Crossing in Pooler. The 46,031-square-foot store will employ approximately 100 associates.

From left: new store manager Chris Bascara; Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia; Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb; and Pam Southard, executive director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau. (Christopher Sweat/For the SMN)

Peacock Automotive buys Savannah Hyundai

Peacock Automotive announced Thursday the purchase of Savannah Hyundai dealership.

Peacock Automotive announced Thursday the purchase of Savannah Hyundai dealership. (Photo submitted)

Georgia Medical Society honors Health Care Heroes

The Georgia Medical Society held its 17th annual Health Care Heroes Awards banquet earlier this week honoring individuals in the community who were nominated for their many health care activities. These individuals were nominated by organizations and individuals who felt they had involved themselves in making health care better in this community.

E. Daniel DeLoach, M.D. presents Carl L. Rosengart, M.D. with the Physicians Lifetime Achievement during the Georgia Medical Society’s 17th annual Health Care Heroes Award banquet earlier this week. (Photo by Leslie Wilkes)

Memorial Health gets new CEO, board as ownership change nears

Memorial Health has selected Shayne George to be its chief executive officer once its sale to HCA Healthcare is completed.

Bigger ships bring record growth to Port of Savannah in October

The Port of Savannah saw a 32 percent increase in container trade during October, with Garden City Terminal moving 410,000 TEUs — or 20-foot equivalent container units, which was an increase of nearly 100,000 TEUs.

Post-Panamax ship to shore cranes work cargo import and export at the Garden City Terminal earlier this year. The Port of Savannah saw a 32 percent increase in container trade during October, with Garden City Terminal moving 410,000 TEUs - or 20-foot equivalent container units. (GPA Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Visit Savannah, Tybee honored at state tourism conference

Visit Savannah and Visit Tybee were honored along with the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau with the Bill Hardman, Sr. Tourism Partnership Champion Award last week at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference on Jekyll Island.

Photo courtesy of Visit Savannah - Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah and Sara Lane, director of Visit Tybee, were honored along with the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau with the Bill Hardman, Sr. Tourism Partnership Champion Award at the Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. The three organizations were honored for their work on the new I-95 Welcome Center at Port Wentworth.

United Way receives $2M from Gulfstream

United Way of the Coastal Empire is now 74 percent of the way to its 2017 fundraising goal, thanks to the generosity of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. With a little less than two weeks left in the campaign, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation presented a $2 million gift to United Way to be put toward the community goal of $8,251,841.

Pictured from left to right, front to back: Mark Bennett, Gulfstream; Campaign Chair Dr. Todd Cellini, South University; Cheryl Smith, Gulfstream; President & CEO Gregg Schroeder, United Way; Chris Nowicki, Gulfstream; Al Wright, Gulfstream

D. J. Powers honored for support to help local businesses compete worldwide

D. J. Powers Company, Inc., an international logistics provider headquartered in Savannah, was presented the World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year Award Thursday at the annual Savannah Chamber of Commerce business awards banquet on Thursday night.

President and CEO of D. J. Powers Inc. Rhett Willis accepts the World Trade Center Savannah International Business of the Year Award from William Hubbard, president of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the chamber’s business awards event held on Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of D.J. Powers, Inc.)

Comcast increases wireless speeds in Savannah

Comcast will be increasing speeds of some of its most popular Internet tiers over the next several weeks, the company announced this week. Rollouts of the new speeds will begin in early November and continue through mid-December and will be available across Savannah.

Callen Boys and Girls Club names Greg Parker its 2017 Citizen of the Year

Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker has been named 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club.

Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker, from left, presented a $2,500 check to Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Vince DelMonte, Assistant Coordinator of Gang Prevention Kareem Hill, Unit Director Karen Hamilton and Coordinator of Gang Prevention Mike Hamilton to support the organization’s mission to help Savannah youth become responsible citizens and leaders. (Contributed photo)