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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)

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.