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CITY TALK: Broughton shopping gets USA Today notice

For many years, Savannah has received more national press than a city of our size could reasonably expect. Just consider USA Today’s “10 great American shopping streets,” which was published on May 5.

Hotelier Kessler partners with Woodville-Tompkins for hospitality program

The Savannah-Chatham Public School System voted last week to launch the Kessler Hospitality Program and the Woodville-Tompkins Technical & Career High School this fall.

From left, Deputy Superintendent Ann Levett, Richard Kessler and Superintendent Thomas Lockamy as the signing for the new Kessler Hospitality Program last week.

Third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft takes off from Savannah

The third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft successfully completed its first flight Friday, taking off at 8:51 a.m. from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and flying for a total of 4 hours and 35 minutes before returning.

The third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft takes off from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport Friday morning. (Gulfstream photo)

Growth on the horizon in the small town of Bloomingdale

It appears the growth already rampant on the west side of Chatham County is making its way to the small town of Bloomingdale.

Joey Jones of Bloomingdale’s Aerotech Machining, pictured, on Bloomingdale Road recently told fellow business owners at a breakfast there are plans to expand the business. (Kelly Quimby/Savannah Morning News)

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BiS in brief: Poverty simulation, new Circle K, Rotary Club donations

Circle K has opened a new 24-hour Savannah location at 4315 Ogeechee Road. It plans a grand opening event from 4-6 p.m. May 12.

Broughton Street projects bring awards for preservation efforts

Broughton Street and the transformation of 16 buildings along the historic corridor by Atlanta developer Ben Carter and his team received statewide recognition last month by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Images provided by Hansen Architects using Georgia Historical Society photos - This series of photos shows the facade changes to 32 east Broughton St. The restoration of 16 buildings along the historic corridor by Atlanta developer Ben Carter, Hansen Architects, DPR Construction and Tharpe Engineering Group received statewide recognition last month by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Streetscape project remains finishing touch

As developer Ben Carter’s restoration and construction project on Broughton Street project nears its end, one of the final pieces of bringing the street back to life as a downtown shopping destination will be upgrading the streetscape, according to Quito Anderson, CEO of Ben Carter Enterprises.

Ben Carter’s footprint stays steady in Pooler

Before the restoration of numerous buildings along Broughton Street in downtown Savannah, developer Ben Carter already had a shovel in the ground a little west of downtown in Pooler.

Dede Dunn of Bluffton found a lot of good deals on the first day of shopping at the outlet mall. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Great Dane named Georgia Manufacturer of Year

Great Dane Trailers in Statesboro was named Georgia Manufacturer of the Year in the category of 150-500 employees at a luncheon in Atlanta last week. The company is headquartered in Savannah.

Why you might need wedding insurance

f you’re busy planning a wedding, you might want to consider insuring it. Wedding insurance policies are relatively easy to understand, and the two main types are both inexpensive compared with the cost of a ceremony and reception.

State control would increase if GOP health plan becomes law

Georgia and other states would have more control over health care — its rules, spending and benefits — under the bill that passed the U.S. House on Thursday.

Americans hang up on landlines as cellphone homes dominate

Deborah Braswell, a university administrator in Alabama, is a member of a dwindling group — people with a landline phone at home. According to a U.S. government study released Thursday, 50.8 percent of homes and apartments had only cellphone service in the latter half of 2016, the first time such households attained a majority in the survey. Braswell and her family are part of the 45.9 percent that still have landline phones. The remaining households have no phone service at all.

GOP-led House panel votes to overhaul Dodd-Frank

House Republicans took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama’s landmark banking law.

Goodwill awards honor achievers, SCAD, Gulfstream

Goodwill Southeast Georgia held its annual Community Awards and Dinner Thursday night at the Andaz Savannah, honoring the partners who are working to advance the organization’s mission to assist those overcoming disabilities and barriers to become employed.

Pooler taco stop named one of the best in the country

Some of the country’s best tacos are in Chatham County, according to one site.

A taco at Flacos Tacos in Pooler (Facebook/Flacos Tacos)

Portside: GPA celebrates Arbor Day, gets lift from Trump budget

In honor of national Arbor Day last Friday, the Georgia Ports Authority held a special tree-planting ceremony at Garden City Terminal to replace a historic oak lost during Hurricane Matthew last year.

Calorie counts still come to some menus, despite rule delay

Calorie counts are popping up on some restaurant menus and for prepared foods at supermarkets, whether you want to see them or not.

CITY TALK: Savannah Forward could align priorities of city government, residents

I hope readers of this column have already filled out the online survey for the city of Savannah’s new Tourism Management Plan. If you haven’t gotten to it yet, you have until May 14 to complete the survey. City officials have also undertaken Savannah Forward, an ambitious process to determine citizens’ priorities.