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CITY TALK: Crowds large and small for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

I hope everyone had a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day, but keep in mind that the holiday isn’t quite over. The traditional post-St. Paddy’s Irish Road Bowling Tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 25. The tournament takes place on the old racetrack on Hutchinson Island. Who knew that rolling a metal ball down the road could be so much fun?

Johnson Square is pictured just before the 2017 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade rounds the corner from Bay Street to head south. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News)

Tax questions? Ask our experts

To help our readers get through the stresses of tax season and better prepare for the year ahead, the Savannah Morning News and Savannahnow.com have again teamed up with Hancock Askew &Co. to take questions regarding individual and small business returns.

Trade center governance bill back on track

A bill designed to change the governance of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from a local authority to a state authority appears to be back on track after stalling in the Georgia Senate earlier this month amid confusion about whether local officials — including the trade center’s board — had been appraised of the measure.

CITY TALK: Proposed ACA replacement might have limited impact on Savannah economy

As I write this, we don’t know if the bill intended to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”) will be changed significantly before becoming law. In fact, it remains unclear if the bill, which was proposed just a couple weeks ago, even has sufficient Republican support to get through the U.S. House of Representatives. Still, I was immediately curious how the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would impact the Savannah economy.

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Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society names 2017 board

Lowcountry Down Syndrome board is completed

Jason Ambrose

Miss Georgia enjoys her first St. Patrick’s Day parade from Savannah Morning News float

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford is fluent in Mandarin, climbed the Great Wall of China four times, traveled to six different countries — and now she can add appearing in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade to that list.

Miss Georgia Patricia Ford

Savannah Tech honors students, instructor of year

Elizabeth Genard is Savannah Technical College’s 2017 adult education student of the year.

OWENS: Come, rediscover downtown

There are roughly 27,000 people who work in tourism in Savannah who are taking a deep breath today. They’re breathing deeply, gearing up for tourism’s peak season. Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day kicks off a new season for us. As the parade has wrapped up another year, everyone is girding up for peak season. It’s here, and we’re ready.

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks - at a price

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cuts the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that’s likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.

Hackers’ delight: Businesses put selves at risk for invasion

By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Portside: Yacht tax bill stays alive in Senate

House Bill 125, a measure designed to level the playing field with Florida in attracting major yacht repair work to Georgia, remains mired in committee in the Senate, but is expected to come to the floor for a vote later next week.

Coming soon: Paying your tab without giving your credit card

It’s 1 a.m. You’ve had a few too many at a crowded bar and walk out without paying the tab. Your credit card and driver’s license sit behind the cash register, leaving your personal info widely accessible while you sleep off those vodka tonics. There’s a new option that might lessen the pain.

New devices will allow St. Patrick’s wristband sales without cash

New technology will be making things easier for St. Patrick’s Day festivalgoers if they run out of green over the holiday weekend.

Savannah restaurant named one of the best in the South by Southern Living

Savannah has one of the best restaurants in the South, according to a prominent culture magazine.

File photo of The Grey in Savannah, Ga.

Uber releases its Savannah St. Patrick’s Day guide with discount code

Uber has released its 2017 St. Patrick’s Day guide for Savannah with some tips to stay safe and get to the right vehicle as well as a discount code to get $10 off a ride downtown.

US employers posted more jobs in January and quitting jumped

Employers posted more open positions in January and the number of Americans quitting jumped, evidence that the job market is steadily improving.

Cascading effect: One attack led to another at Yahoo

Russian hackers working with Russian spies didn’t crack Yahoo security all at once. Instead, according to an account offered by U.S. officials, they methodically made their way deeper into Yahoo’s network over the space of months — maybe years. 

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate rises to 5.2 percent in January

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate in January was 5.2 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 5 percent in December, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. In January 2016, the rate was 5.3 percent.

BiS in brief: HOS buys Berwick center

Hospitality and property development company HOS Management recently acquired a neighborhood shopping center located at 50 Berwick Blvd. in Savannah, directly adjacent to a Kroger grocery store.