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Blacksmith vying for top spot in Martha Stewart competition

By day Gilbert Walker works as an investigator at the Chatham County District Attorney’s office, but in his free time he trades his badge and gun for a hammer and anvil in his small blacksmith workshop behind his mother’s house in East Savannah.

Special to the Savannah Morning News

CITY TALK: New push to fix Tybee road in wake of tragedy

As many of you already know, there was another tragedy on the road to Tybee. I didn’t know Susan Allen Bartoletti, but obviously extend my condolences to her family and friends.

Bartoletti passed away last Thursday night after a wreck on the Bull River Bridge, which has seen its share of tragedies in recent years.

BiS in brief: Golf outing to support wounded veterans

Ranger Events, an organization started by U.S. Army Rangers and Ranger supporters to appreciate and honor Army Rangers and other warriors by providing fun, relaxed and stress free events, will hold its fourth annual Ranger Appreciation Golf Tournament on Nov. 7 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.

Dell bets on data storage; buys EMC for $67B

Dell is buying data storage company EMC for $67 billion in a huge bet on a segment of technology that has proven to be more profitable than the slumping personal computer market.

FILE - This Tuesday, July 7, 2009, file photo, shows the EMC offices in Santa Clara, Calif. Dell is buying data storage company EMC in a deal valued at approximately $67 billion, the companies announced, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Michael Dell will serve as chairman and CEO of the combined business. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

Budweiser's parent AB InBev raises offer for SABMiller

Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev raised its takeover bid for SABMiller to 70.4 billion pounds ($108.2 billion) Monday in its latest effort to win backing for its plan to create “the first truly global beer company.”

FILE - In this Thursday, March 5, 2015 file photo, Budweiser beer cans at a concession stand at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Florida, USA. Budweiser brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has raised its takeover bid for SABMiller to 70.4 billion pounds ($108.2 billion) Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 in its latest effort to win backing for its plan to create “the first truly global beer company.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Higher wages help workers at Lyons tuna plant

A 40-cent rise in the minimum wage in American Samoa signed into law Wednesday is designed to help workers in a South Georgia tuna plant. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., led the Georgia delegation's efforts to boost the $4.


Cindy Robinett

Environmental precautions determine dredging equipment, timing

With the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project under way on several fronts, the most visible evidence can be seen from the beach on Tybee Island. It’s the dredge Alaska, working away some five miles offshore to deepen the shipping lane in the outer harbor.

The Associated Press- At top, the 300-foot dredge Alaska deepens the shipping channel to the port of Savannah off the coast of Tybee Island.

CITY TALK: Taking the pulse of the downtown Savannah restaurant scene

The restaurant business is notoriously difficult, but we’re seeing a restaurant renaissance in Savannah right now as savvy entrepreneurs, talented chefs and other industry professionals join forces.

photo by Bill Dawers

BiS in brief: Hospice Savannah's 2016 pet calendar on sale

For the third consecutive year, Hospice Savannah is offering a pet calendar to highlight its Pet Peace of Mind program and raise additional funds.

Business Events

Effingham men turn 360-degree tree stands into business

Three Effingham County men have secured a $150,000 loan and $2 million in insurance as they try to turn a good idea — a hunter’s tree stand that circles a tree — into a successful business.

Will Geggatt welds a part at Lancaster Construction in Guyton, where the tree stands will be made.

A tale of two SEDAs

There’s a new SEDA operating in Savannah, and it’s causing more than a little confusion. The Augusta commercial real estate firm of Blanchard & Calhoun recently rebranded itself Southeastern Development Associates and is using the acronym SEDA.

MARTIN: Continuing the family business

The day will come when you’re no longer in a position to lead your family business. Whether it’s planned or not, you’ll never be able to say with absolute certainty when the right time will be to pass the family business to the next generation to assume control.

special photo - Todd Martin

BiS in brief: Savannah sees continued downturn in foreclosure rates

Foreclosure rates in Savannah decreased for July over the same period last year, according to newly released data from real estate reporting firm CoreLogic.

City's startup scene grows: Savannah tech CEO to speak at Geekend

Yvonne Jouffrault’s business has customers around the globe, although, admittedly, she rarely speaks with them. Jouffrault is the CEO and founder of Tour Buddy apps, an online software that allows visitor destinations around the world to create their own iOS and Android apps.


GM recalls SUVs, says not to use windshield wipers

General Motors is telling owners of some SUVs not to use their windshield wipers because an electrical short could cause the wiper motor to catch fire. The company is recalling nearly 32,000 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs from the 2016 model to fix the problem.

This undated photo provided by General Motors shows the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ. (General Motors via AP)

BiS in Brief: Walmart hiring for new neighborhood market

Walmart has announced it will hire as many as 95 employees for its new Walmart Neighborhood Market slated to open this winter at Wilshire Boulevard and Abercorn Street. A temporary hiring center has opened at 42 West Montgomery Crossroads, Suite C.

PortSide: Ga. ports cargo bears fruit

Georgia Ports’ steady investment in infrastructure for refrigerated cargo is paying off, both in the addition of near-port cold storage facilities and an increase in refrigerated cargo.

Photo courtesy Andean Sun Produce GPA recently took delivery of its first imported shipment of tangelos, grown in the shadow of the Andes Mountains. The fresh fruit is part of a USDA pilot program that gets fresh produce to consumers faster.

Grant to fund Armstrong water farming

The Forum Group Charitable Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to Armstrong State University to fund the creation of an aquaponics research center.

Special photo Loretta Cockrum of The Forum Group, center right, presented a check for $100,000 to Armstrong State University’s Aquaponics Research Center on Oct. 1.