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Port of Savannah hits 1 million container mark in first quarter of fiscal year

In July, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch reported a record Fiscal 2017 to his board – 3.8 million containers and $373 million in revenues for the period ending June 30.

Six Georgia Ports Authority neo-Panamax ship-to-shore cranes work the container ship COSCO Development at the Port of Savannah in May. At a capacity of 13,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, the Development was — at the time — the largest container ship ever to call on the U.S. East Coast. (Georgia Port Authority/Stephen Morton)

Savannah’s jobless rate drops to 3.9% in September

Metro Savannah’s unemployment rate fell in September in spite of Hurricane Irma, according to the state Department of Labor.

Savannah film office director named to state board

Beth Nelson, Office Executive Director of the Savannah Area Film Office has been named by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to the Georgia Film Music and Digital Advisory Board, the office announced Wednesday.

Ardsley neighborhood, home owner at odds over demolition request

A demolition request for a 1920s Ardsley Park bungalow, along with the planned construction of a larger home on the lot, is raising concerns among neighbors who fear the project could set a precedent for unfavorable development.

The possible demolition of this Ardsley Park bungalow along with the planned construction of a larger home on the lot is raising concerns among neighbors who fear the project could set precedence for unfavorable development in the future. The city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals will hear the matter at their meeting on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of city of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals)

Savannah area home sales slip in September

September homes Sales deceased about 10 percent year-over-year with 543 homes selling across Bryan, Chatham and Effingham counties compared to the 603 homes sold during the same period last year, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi List Corp.

Twitter to disclose info on political ads amid scrutiny

By Barbara Ortutay

Sears-Whirlpool curtail relationship after 100 years

Associated Press

International Paper partners with Atlanta firm for Augusta plant

An Atlanta-based company has obtained a majority share of International Paper’s consumer packaging business.

City Talk: Starland gets stranger with new Graveface Annex

I’ve been occasionally chronicling changes in Starland for over 15 years, but I never dreamed the neighborhood along the Bull Street corridor would host a shop like the new Annex at Graveface Records & Curiosities.

Cheers! Savannah’s Moon River takes the gold at Great American Beer Festival

Moon River Brewing Company is raising a glass after receiving two prestigious awards at the Great American Beer Festival held in Denver earlier this month.

The crew from Savannah’s Moon River Brewing Company celebrate after winning best Mid-Size Brewpub and Mid-Size Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a gold medal for best in Belgian-style White Ale for their Wild Wacky Wit at the Great American Beer Festival earlier this month. (Photo courtesy of Moon River Brewing Company)

City Talk: Hurricane Irma’s hard hit on local workers

We already knew that Hurricane Irma impacted the local and regional economy, but the depth of the storm’s impact became clearer last week with the release of key employment data by the Georgia Department of Labor.




Savannah Jaycees celebrate 75 years

From raising funds to renovate the Forsyth Park fountain and spearheading the effort to hire a Savannah City Manager to pushing for the installation of voting booths throughout Chatham County, the Savannah Jaycees have been one of the leading civic organizations for decades.

Photo special to the Savannah Morning News - The current members of the Savannah Jaycees.

Tourism attracts new cyber security firm to Savannah

Savannah’s tourism industry has played a role in attracting a new business to Bull Street.

Charles Johnson

In this Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, photo, Kirsten Curry, owner of Leading Retirement Solutions, poses for a portrait in her office in Seattle. Curry has applied to four banks for loans for the retirement planning advisory firm and been turned down by three. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Ask Brianna: How do I get my student loans back on course?

By Brianna McGurran

Ask SCORE: Would your hobby make good business?

Running a successful business centered on doing something you love is the dream of many entrepreneurs. What could be more gratifying than making a living sharing your talents and skills with others?

William Izzard

Vidalia onion farmer ordered to pay $1.4M in overtime lawsuit

By Russ Bynum

When it makes sense to donate a car to charity

It’s easy to donate a car to charity if all you want to do is get rid of it. Simply call a charity that accepts old vehicles, and it will tow your heap away. But if you want to maximize your tax benefits, it’s more complicated. Here’s a walk through some of the considerations, with the usual proviso that you should discuss these issues with your tax preparer before you act.

This photo provided by Edmunds shows the 1998 Lexus ES300, an example of a car that a consumer might want to donate to charity. (Scott Jacobs/Edmunds via AP)

Ship Schedule

Following are the ships expected to call on Georgia Ports Authority’s Garden City and Ocean terminals this week. Schedules are supplied by GPA and are subject to change.