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International Paper donates $50,000 to Second Harvest

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia received $50,000 this week from the International Paper Foundation to address food insecurity in coastal Georgia. This donation is part of International Paper’s disaster relief effort brought on by Hurricane Matthew. International Paper Company Foundation in North America supports U.S. not-for-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities.

At right, Mary Jane Crouch, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia executive director, and Karen Bogans, International Paper Savannah communications manager, celebrate a donation from the International Paper Foundation to the food bank.

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)

Sears expresses doubt about future

Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its doors open.

Jack Walsh, 85, and his 82-year-old wife, Mary Ann, visit with a reporter at a Sears store, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. They said they have shopped at Sears their entire lives, buying items from curtains and window treatments to tires and tools. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Douglas peanut sheller spending $14 million to expand into oil production

Premium Peanut, which operates the world’s largest shelling facility in Douglas, Ga., will spend $14 million to begin producing peanut oil, officials said.

Memorial Health names interim CEO to succeed Maggie Gill

A 20-year veteran of directing major hospitals and health care organizations on Tuesday was named interim CEO of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center.

Kerry Watson, the new interim CEO of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center

New Trump hotels face political fights, ethics questions

You might have expected the Trump Organization to tap the brakes on expansion plans given all the criticism over potential conflicts of interest while its owner sits in the Oval Office.
 
It’s hitting the accelerator instead.
In this Sept. 12, 2016 file photo, the main lobby of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. Trump's $200 million hotel inside the federally owned Old Post Office building has become the place to see, be seen, drink, network, even live, for the still-emerging Trump set. It's a rich environment for lobbyists and anyone hoping to rub elbows with Trump-related politicos, despite the veil of ethics questions that hangs overhead. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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. 

 

Height variances for new St. Joseph’s/Candler micro hospital cleared by Pooler officials

The Pooler City Council this week removed one of the last obstacles impeding the St. Joseph’s/Candler health system’s purchase of about 18 acres of land on Pooler Parkway to house a new “micro hospital” on the west side of Chatham County.

Short month sets tonnage record for port

The month with the fewest days was another record-setting month for the Georgia Ports Authority.

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

President of embattled Uber leaves after 6 months on job

Jeff Jones, president of the embattled ride-hailing company Uber, has resigned just six months after taking the job, the company confirmed Sunday.

CITY TALK: Crowds large and small for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

I hope everyone had a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day, but keep in mind that the holiday isn’t quite over. The traditional post-St. Paddy’s Irish Road Bowling Tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 25. The tournament takes place on the old racetrack on Hutchinson Island. Who knew that rolling a metal ball down the road could be so much fun?

Johnson Square is pictured just before the 2017 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade rounds the corner from Bay Street to head south. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News)

Tax questions? Ask our experts

To help our readers get through the stresses of tax season and better prepare for the year ahead, the Savannah Morning News and Savannahnow.com have again teamed up with Hancock Askew &Co. to take questions regarding individual and small business returns.

Trade center governance bill back on track

A bill designed to change the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local authority to a state authority appears to be back on track after stalling in the Georgia Senate earlier this month amid confusion about whether local officials — including the trade center’s board — had been appraised of the measure.

CITY TALK: Proposed ACA replacement might have limited impact on Savannah economy

As I write this, we don’t know if the bill intended to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) will be changed significantly before becoming law. In fact, it remains unclear if the bill, which was proposed just a couple weeks ago, even has sufficient Republican support to get through the U.S. House of Representatives. Still, I was immediately curious how the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would impact the Savannah economy.

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society names 2017 board

Lowcountry Down Syndrome board is completed

Jason Ambrose

Miss Georgia enjoys her first St. Patrick’s Day parade from Savannah Morning News float

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford is fluent in Mandarin, climbed the Great Wall of China four times, traveled to six different countries — and now she can add appearing in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade to that list.

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford

Savannah Tech honors students, instructor of year

Elizabeth Genard is Savannah Technical College’s 2017 adult education student of the year.