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U.S. 17 changes topic of S.C. public hearing

The roadway that connects Jasper County to Savannah is about to undergo a major renovation to improve and increase safety and capacity.

Tech talk highlights Savannah entrepreneurial community

Since 1980, the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and their companies put billions of dollars back into the state economy. On Thursday, it showcased experiences and advice from some of those etrepreneurs.

PortSide: GPA marks busiest January on record

In a month that’s usually slower than most, the Georgia Ports Authority continued to move forward on all cylinders in January, recording double-digit growth across all business sectors, including a 26-percent increase in total tonnage.

The 10,000-plus TEU vessel MOL Benefactor is worked at GPA’s Garden City Terminal in July. Since then, the port has welcomed more than 30 megaships traveling through the newly expanded Panama Canal. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

St. Joseph’s/Candler announces plans for Pooler hospital project

St. Joseph’s/Candler officials Thursday announced plans to build a “micro hospital” in Pooler to better serve patients from westside Savannah and outlying areas as they expand their regional appeal.

Architect’s preliminary rendering of St. Joseph’s/Candler Pooler Campus (Courtesy St. Joseph’s Candler)

AES Distributed Energy commissions utility-scale solar plant in Effingham

AES Distributed Energy, a subsidiary of The AES Corp., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday for its largest solar project so far, a 16-megawatt farm on McCall Road in Effingham County.

LMI Aerospace merges with Sonaca Group; no change expected in company’s Savannah presence

Gulfstream supplier LMI Aerospace Inc., once a significant manufacturing presence in Savannah, announced last week that it has entered into a merger agreement to be acquired by Sonaca Group, a global aerostructures company headquartered in Gosselies, Belgium.

Yahoo salvages Verizon deal with $350 million discount

Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts.

FILE - This Monday, July 25, 2016, file photo shows the Yahoo and Verizon logos on a laptop, in North Andover, Mass. Yahoo is taking a $350 million hit on its previously announced $4.8 billion sale to Verizon in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement announced Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, eases investor worries that Verizon Communications Inc. would demand a discount of at least $1 billion or cancel the deal entirely. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

J. Truitt Eavenson takes reins of Georgia Power in Savannah

If the name of Georgia Power’s new vice president for the Coastal Region sounds familiar, it could be because he’s been here before.

CSX to lay off 1,000 management-level employees; top executives retiring

CSX will lay off 1,000 management-level employees, the Jacksonville-based railroad confirmed Tuesday. The company also announced that CEO and Chairman Michael J. Ward and President Clarence W. Gooden are retiring, effective May 31.

LANCE: Startups find healthy ecosystem in Savannah

Google the term “startup ecosystem” and a list of websites will pop up. Startupcommons.org explains, “A startup ecosystem is formed by people, startups in their various stages and various types of organizations interacting as a system to create new startup companies.”

Firm plans hotels, amphitheater, stores in Pooler near I-16

A new mixed-use development, which will include hotels, offices and boutique retail space, is on tap for the southeast corner of Interstate 16 and Pooler.

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Savannah-area home sales start strong in 2017

Home sales across Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties got off to a strong start in 2017, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

Comcast app lets you track cable technician

Comcast on Monday launched a new mobile app feature for the Savannah area, which aims to streamline maintenance notifications and information.

Tech ETA, a new feature on the Comcast mobile app allows customers to see information about their cable technician and alerts users when the technician is within 30 minutes of their home. (Photo courtesy of Comcast)

CITY TALK: Following Pokemon Go’s evolution

After the introduction of Pokemon Go in summer 2016, I wrote a column about the ways in which the augmented reality game might impact local residents’ and visitors’ interactions with Savannah’s built environment. What have we learned in the last six months?

Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever

Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143 billion offer to buy mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker Unilever.

Heinz ketchup bottles are displayed on the shelf of a market on in Barre, Vt. U.S. food giant Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143 billion offer to buy mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker Unilever. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

CITY TALK: Another day, another near miss on Drayton Street

“I’ve seen this play out a million times where one car stops and the car in the other lane doesn’t,” Rose said of the incident. “Most pedestrians having seen the first car stop are lulled into a false sense of security.” The pedestrian turned out to be an older woman using a walker. Rose’s car was rear-ended, but thankfully no one was injured. Similar scenes happen routinely on Drayton and Whitaker streets.

BiS in brief: Vet clinic zoning, Kroger fundraiser, Armstrong win

The Bloomingdale City Council at its Thursday meeting voted on second reading to amend the city zoning ordinance to include veterinary clinics and animal boarding places as conditional uses in R-1 or single-family residential zones.

International importer to invest $2 million, create 100-plus jobs in Sylvania

ELK Group International, a premier designer and importer of indoor and outdoor residential and commercial lighting fixtures and home decor, will create more than 100 jobs and invest $2 million in a distribution center in Screven County, the Georgia Department of Economic Development has announced.

An aerial view of the former Sylvania Yarn Systems building that is being renovated for ELK Group International in Screven County. (Photo courtesy Screven County Economic Development Authority)