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Bob Smith

CITY TALK: Study details economic benefits of preservation

The Historic Savannah Foundation recently released “Beyond Tourism,” a 60-page study about the impact of historic preservation on our economy and quality of life. “Beyond Tourism” is a good read, especially for those who like hard numbers and bar graphs along the way.

You can buy your copy of “Beyond Tourism” through HSF at

BiS in brief: Visit Savannah repeats as 'must follow' leader

An Ohio-based social media consulting firm, for the second consecutive year, has picked Visit Savannah as number one out of 100 destination marketing organizations that must be followed on social media.

The long haul: A look at The Florence's first year

When The Florence opened in June 2014, there was a lot of hype. Acheson was already known to fans of the popular “Top Chef” television show. That, combined with his cookbook “A New Turn in the South,” helped create a buzz.

Photo by Emily B.- Hall Celebrity chef Hugh Acheson owns The Florence on Victory Drive.

Greece rallies end as pivotal vote looms

The brief but intense campaign in Greece’s critical bailout referendum was winding down Friday, with simultaneous rallies in Athens supporting “yes” and “no” answers to a murky question in what opinion polls suggests will be a very close vote.

Mossterpiece growing in Savannah

In an effort to promote sustainability and support for local artists, Art Rise Savannah and Judge Realty have teamed up to showcase “Savannah’s Mossterpiece” throughout the month of June.

Photos by Ian Maule/ Savannah Morning News- A fern branch and leaves made out of moss grow on the walls of Judge Realty in Savannah on Thursday.

Step Up program offers employer-based low-interest loan program

When those out-of-the-blue bills hit, home workers are frequently left with few options other than high-interest rate lenders.

Robyn Wainner

Rainbow Facebook photos: Armchair activism or shifting public tide?

You may have noticed your Facebook friends getting considerably more colorful.

BB&T builds patio for Senior Citizens Inc. headquarters

Senior Citizens Inc. (SCI), a nonprofit dedicated to helping people age successfully, recently received a new flagstone patio courtesy of BB&T Bank and Insurance staff who volunteered time and resources over a two-day period to provide a shady, flower-filled outdoor area for SCI clients and members of The Learning Center.

BiS in Brief: New website launched for real estate firm

Coldwell Banker Platinum Partners launched a New Homes website on June 1.

River pilots face huge rent hike

It may not be the best-known of Savannah’s coastal isles, but Cockspur Island has played an important part in the area’s history and commerce since the founding of the Colony in 1733.

Photo courtesy Savannah Pilots Association The Savannah Pilots Association is responsible for bringing the big ships through the river channel to and from the ports. The pilots lease land on Cockspur Island from the National Park Service, which has proposed raising the rent tenfold.

Georgia, S.C. rank high for friendly business

Georgia’s grade of A-minus narrowly tops South Carolina’s B-plus for overall friendliness toward small businesses, according to a survey that revealed business owners’ attitudes toward the government agencies that regulate them.

U.S. unemployment falls to 7-year low, but wages are flat

U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.

Mary Altaffer/ The Associated Press Sophia Lewis, left, with PSEG Long Island, speaks about employment opportunities during a job fair at Citi Field in New York on Tuesday.

Drinking it in: Local breweries celebrating new law changes

Savannah just got a little boozier. On Wednesday, State Bill 63, also known as the Beer Jobs Bill, updating Georgia’s post-prohibition-era beer laws, went into effect, which is good news for Savannah area breweries and craft beer geeks across the state.

Ian Maule/ Savannah Morning News Eric Burnett helps a group select which type of beer to sample during a tour at Southbound Brewing Company in Savannah on Thursday..

VIDEO: Whole Foods CEOs apologize for pricing problems

Whole Foods Market's CEOs apologized Thursday for pricing issues at its stores, a week after a New York investigation found that the natural food grocer routinely overcharged for prepackaged fruits, vegetables and deli meats.

Shoppers come and go from a Whole Foods Market store in Union Square, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in New York. New York City's consumer chief said Wednesday that Whole Foods supermarkets have been routinely overcharging customers by overstating the weight of prepackaged meat, dairy and baked goods. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Savannah/Hilton Head Airport picks up Uber

The Savannah/Hilton Head Airport Commission voted Wednesday morning to conditionally approve a contract that allows Uber drivers to pick up passengers from the airport.

Critz BMW leads drive to raise money for charity

Critz BMW hosted its third Drive for Team USA event Wednesday to help raise money for the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and reach out to the community in the process.

Photos courtesy of Mandy Bradshaw Richard Osbourne, Dale Critz, Jr., Rob Woodbury, Hilary Charlet, Cherie Huet and Michael Beck helped kick off the first test drive of the day.

BRADLEY: Exploring decision on health care subsidies

A supreme court ruling on June 25 has cleared the way for the continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

In King v. Burwell, the justices had to decide whether certain subsidies that are a cornerstone of Obamacare’s statutory scheme were permissible under the text of the law itself.

SUVs, muscle cars help auto industry maintain momentum

Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much.

Mike Johnson, a sales manager at a Honda car dealership, opens the hood of a vehicle in Tempe, Ariz., in 2014.