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Variety of programs offer help for victims of Irma

The Coastal Empire may have fared better than many communities in its brush with Hurricane Irma, but there is still plenty of pain to go around — from flooded homes and tree damage to the economic impacts of shuttering a business for days.

No one was injured as winds from Tropical Storm Irma blew three trees on to a house on Neva Avenue early Monday morning. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

BiS in brief: Kroger, WellsFargo gifts, veterans workforce panel, new rum

Savannah Spirits launches Amber Rum

Gold investors get antsy when nearly everything’s a winner


FILE - In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014, file photo, gold bars are stacked in a vault at the United States Mint, in West Point, N.Y. In a world where nearly all investments are rising, so is gold. But many investors are buying gold because they’re worried that the good times are about to end for those other investments, such as stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

City Talk: Bull Street Taco brings fresh, simple menu to Thomas Square area

Bull Street Taco has been a big hit since opening earlier this month on a formerly quiet block between 32nd and 33rd streets.

Savannah businesses rebounding, helping others after Irma

While Hurricane Irma’s damage in downtown wasn’t as severe as what Hurricane Matthew brought last October, it’s likely to have about the same economic impact on the city’s hospitality and small business industry, but hospitality officials are still working to calculate the loss.

Coastal Logistics founder and longtime Savannah businessman Richard Barrow retires

The word “retire” has never been part of Richard Barrow’s vocabulary.

Richard Barrow, right, greets friend Bernard Kent Jr. at Barrow’s birthday/retirement luncheon held at the Coastal Logistics Group’s headquarters. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Three Savannah-area firms to expand logistics footprints

On Thursday, the Savannah Economic Development Authority announced that three companies — ONL-RBW Logistics, Distribution Services International, Inc. (DSI) and ICON Health &Fitness — will expand their local footprints, bringing another 90 jobs and $42 million in investment to Pooler.

ICON Health & Fitness will move into a new building at 350 Morgan Lakes Industrial Blvd in Pooler. The expansion represents 20 new jobs and $17 million in investment. (Photo courtesy SEDA)

Three named to Savannah Business Hall of Fame

Richard A. Estus, John R. Paddison and David E. Paddison will be the honored laureates at the organization’s 18th annual Savannah Business Hall of Fame, sponsored by Junior Achievement of Georgia-Coastal Region, along with Colonial Group, Inc.

John R. Paddison

Savannah-area jobs spike in August, unemployment falls

Metro Savannah set a record in August for total jobs, reaching 181,500 for the first time, according to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Review board OKs Liberty Street hotel design

A proposed five- and six-story hotel at Tattnall and Liberty streets was given the green light by the Historic Review Board on Wednesday. The board voted 3 to 2 — with Chairman Stephen Merriman voting to break the 2 to 2 tie — to approve the height and mass of the Liberty Hotel at 301 Tattnall St.

The Historic Review Board on Wednesday voted to approve the height and mass of the Liberty Hotel at 301 Tattnall St. The decision follows months of discord between the historic board and the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals after a nearby resident filed an appeal challenging the hotel’s proposed height. ((Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Papy: Want to be a social entrepreneur? Throw a party

“The most innovative and radical thing you can do sometimes is throw a damn good party.” Those wise words come from DeAmon Harges, aka “The Roving Listener,” an Indianapolis community organizer who has spent some quality time in Savannah working with groups like Mixed Greens and Emergent Savannah building on the idea of what innovative community mapping looks like.

Trade Center posts strong numbers for new fiscal year

The Savannah International Trade &Convention Center is off to a good start in fiscal 2018, coming in $50,000 ahead of budget for August and a total of $71,000 better than budgeted for the year’s first two months.

The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, across the river from City Hall, has posted record numbers for the first few months of FY 2018, underscoring the need for expansion of its convention facilities. (Savannah Morning News file photo)

BiS in brief: SCORE seminar, Pooler OKs re-zoning and overlay district

Pooler Council creates Main Street overlay district

Ramsey: Don’t be the office kitchen menace

An office kitchen can be one of the biggest workplace problems when people don’t observe basic etiquette guidelines. If you are among the lucky ones who happen to work for a company that offers kitchen facilities for its employees, you know what the challenges are. You go to put your sandwich in the refrigerator and someone else has already taken up the last bit of space with their five-course lunch. Perhaps you were desperate for your morning coffee, but when you tried to pour a cup, the pot was empty. You may have a pretty good idea who the thoughtless person was so now that co-worker is on your eternal blacklist.

Facebook may be facing an ‘era of accountability’

By Barbara Ortutay

FILE - In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Facebook has unwittingly allowed groups backed by the Russian government to target users with ads. That’s after it took months to acknowledge its outsized role in influencing the U.S. election by allowing for the spread of fake news. Now it is under siege, facing questions from lawmakers and others seeking to rein in its enormous power and demand more transparency. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

IP, Rayonier plants in Georgia gearing back up after Irma disruption

International Paper’s local mills are back in business after shutting down operations Sept. 8 in anticipation of Hurricane Irma’s arrival.

Ports of Brunswick, Savannah post August gains

Both containers and wheeled cargo volumes grew at Georgia Ports Authority’s deepwater terminals last month, making it the ports’ busiest August on record and its second-busiest month ever for container volumes.

City Talk: Storm aftermath shows demand for better bicycling infrastructure

When I was out walking on Sept. 12 — the day after the storm moved through the area — I ran into one downtown business owner on his bicycle near Forsyth Park. We noted how empty and oddly pleasant the city was.

Event targets homeless, veterans in crisis at job fair

Today and Wednesday, various organizations will sponsor a job and resource fair at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.