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St. Louis firm buys 58-acre Savannah port site with plans to clean and redevelop it

A St. Louis-based redevelopment company has bought a 58-acre polluted site - known as a brownfield property - at the Port of Savannah with plans to clean it up and market it.

Pooler, business owner in fight over laundromat

With a contract for construction in hand, Pooler officials are ready to begin building a new municipal complex downtown, a project they say will galvanize revitalization in the city's historic district.
One obstacle remains, however.

Locavore movement takes to deer hunting across U.S.

MONTPELIER, Vt. - A decades-long national decline in the number of hunters has prompted states to tap into a new group of hunters - people who demand locally produced food, but don't know the first thing about bagging a deer.

Hitler watercolor sold for $162,000 at auction

BERLIN - A watercolor of Munich's old city hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for 130,000 euros ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday.

Back together - and sweeter than ever

It's been nearly 25 years since Stan and Pam Strickland went their separate ways. She kept their family business that has grown into a thriving River Street Sweets operation. He started his own Savannah's Candy Kitchen, which also has grown and expanded.

Gift Guide: 3 ways to watch streaming video on TV

NEW YORK - Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV.
For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one.

Amusement parks challenged by home entertainment

ORLANDO, Fla. - Your local fun zone, amusement center and theme park is facing an existential challenge these days.

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A look at this months and ongoing business events in Savannah.?


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BiS in brief: Enmark wins national community service award

Enmark Stations Inc. has been selected to receive the 2014 Spirit Award for Community Outreach from Convenience Store News.

CITY TALK: What's next for Savannah tour guides?

Most of you probably already have heard about the new federal lawsuit challenging the city of Savannah’s licensing procedures for tour guides.

New S.C. area code debuts October 2015

Beaufort and Jasper counties have outgrown their area code.

Those counties and a handful of others up the coastline will be adding an 854 area code to the existing 843. It’s a process that has been done so much across the country that state officials anticipate a smooth roll out.

Economist: Labor, housing markets turning the corner

There was good news for several sectors of the Savannah area economy, most notably construction employment, in the latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor, released today by Armstrong State University.

Beaufort, Jasper jobless rates drop

Jobless rates in Jasper and Beaufort counties declined from September to October, while the rate in South Carolina as a whole was almost unchanged.

Statewide, October unemployment rate edged up from 6.6 percent in September to 6.7.

Credit unions donate to Children’s Hospital

Savannah-area credit unions have presented donations totaling $17,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network, which supports children’s hospitals across the nation, including the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

BiS in brief: Children’s Hospital receives $43,940 grant

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven and donor-centered charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded a one-year $43,940 grant to The Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center.

Smarter grant making benefits nonprofits

A study released yesterday by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) contained some good news for nonprofits. Funders are increasing the amounts they allot to unrestricted grants, doing more multi-year funding and seeking more dialogue with nonprofits about their needs.

‘Left Behind Kids’ to begin filming this weekend

Production will begin this weekend on a feature film offshoot of the “Left Behind” franchise, a series of best-selling fictional novels about the biblical apocalypse.

Man’s aquaponic hobby leads to new partnership

A few years ago Claude Galipeault watched a YouTube video about food security that spurred him to action.
Galipeault, an electrical instrumentation technician for the city during the day, began researching and building what would become his life’s mission: a biodynamic system to promote sustainable agriculture and help feed the world.

Rising costs of occupational injuries, illnesses

It’s no secret health care reform and skyrocketing medical costs have been hot button issues in recent years. However, it’s the eye-watering annual $250 billion price tag on occupational injuries and illnesses in the U.S. that have been a silent drain on businesses and our economy.