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Generation NEXT awards recognize up-and-coming under-40 leaders

Winners of the 2017 Generation NEXT awards, which recognizes Savannah’s rising stars of business, were honored Wednesday evening during a celebration at Cohen’s Retreat on Skidaway Road.

Cynthia Wright of Carriage Trade Public Relations receives her 2017 Next Rising Star Award from Amy Paige Condon of Savannah Magazine. (Photo by Ben Brengman/For the Savannah Morning News)

Grocery store planned for former Johnny Harris site

A new plan for the former Johnny Harris site along Victory Drive is being developed after previous plans to develop the property and surrounding area were abandoned. The new developer’s site plan consists of a 35,000-square-foot “neighborhood” grocery store and is less than half the size of the previous 11-acre development site that was bounded by Victory, Wicklow Street, Kerry Street and Dixie Avenue, according to the developer’s attorney, Robert McCorkle, III.

FILE - The sign for the old Johnny Harris restaurant, which closed May 28 of last year.

St. Joseph’s Hospital completes expansion on Savannah’s southside

Officials say that St. Joseph’s Hospital will redefine health care for the region with a focus on patient comfort on Savannah’s southside when its completed first phase of a $21.6 million expansion opens Monday.

The new entrance to the St. Joseph’s Hospital’s emergency department is part of a 17,000-square-foot expansion that also includes upgrades to the outpatient surgery and imaging areas. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

BIS in brief: Town considers vet services, Kroger donates, La-Z-Boy opens

La-Z-Boy opens store in Pooler

Savannah economy growing at ‘healthy pace’

The Savannah area economy will continue its upward trajectory in 2017 and beyond, according to the Georgia Economic Outlook forecast from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Armstrong State University’s Center for Regional Analysis.

Michael J. Toma

US industrial output rose in December; best pace in 2 years

U.S. industrial production increased in December at the strongest pace in two years, as auto factories cranked out more vehicles and power plants helped heat homes and businesses.

In this Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, photo, recycled plastic bottles sit on a conveyor belt to be processed at the Repreve Bottle Processing Center, part of the Unifi textile company in Reidsville, N.C. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, the Federal Reserve reports on industrial production in the U.S. for December 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

US consumer prices up moderate 0.3 percent in December

U.S. consumer prices, driven up by rising energy costs, rose moderately in December, closing out a year in which consumer inflation rose at the fastest pace in five years.

Pooler OKs contract for development of city mobile app

Officials in Pooler this week opened up a new line of communication between the city and its residents. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Pooler City Council members approved a contract with Next Wave Designs for the development of a mobile application for the city.

Tax advocate: Use tax breaks you’re entitled to

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s acknowledgement last fall that he had not paid federal income tax in years left some questioning why they should have to pay taxes.

City may spend $2.2M on long-dormant Savannah River Landing development

The Savannah River Landing development has sat dormant since the recession halted plans to develop the 54-acre site north of President Street as an eastern extension of the Historic District.

The Savannah River Landing development has sat dormant since the “Great Recession” halted plans to develop the 54-acre site north of President Street as an eastern extension of the Historic District. (Eric Curl/Savannah Morning News)

RYALS: Ransomware attacks on the rise

In the wake of another hospital falling victim to a ransomware attack, it is more important than ever to be vigilant when online. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your company’s data so you can’t access it, and holds it hostage.

Jason Ryals

Some refunds delayed as IRS battle against fraud intensifies

The Internal Revenue Service’s battle against fraud and identity theft is intensifying as the tax filing season opens, and some of the neediest taxpayers are getting caught in the middle.

WESTON: Retirement advice from retired financial experts

Most retirement advice has a flaw: It’s being given by people who haven’t yet retired. So I asked money experts who have quit the 9-to-5 for their best advice on how to prepare for retirement.

Airlines increase on-time arrivals, reduce canceled flights

The chances that your flight will be on time and won’t get canceled appear to be looking up.

Wal-Mart to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S.

Wal-Mart plans to add about 10,000 retail jobs in the U.S. as it opens new stores and expands existing locations.

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

DAVOS, Switzerland — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an analysis by Oxfam released Monday.

Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as livestock

WILLISTON, Vt. — At Tomorrow’s Harvest farm, you won’t find acres of land on which animals graze, or rows of corn, or bales of hay. Just stacks of boxes in a basement and the summery song of thousands of chirping crickets.

Savannahians among Georgia Trend’s ‘most influential’

Georgia Trend magazine’s much-anticipated annual list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians is out – and area leaders are well-represented in 2017’s version.

Special photo W.Todd Groce, President and CEO Georgia Historical Society.

5 best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2017

This could be the year you decide to stop working for someone else and start your own business. While your individual skills and interests are key to determining what type of venture to pursue, the last thing you want to do is start a business in an industry with a gloomy outlook. Here are five industries with promising futures, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, market research firm IBISWorld and financial information company Sageworks.