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CITY TALK: Green Fire Pizza now serving on Drayton Street

We’ve seen a flurry of activity in recent weeks for the Savannah restaurant scene. Several promising new spots have expanded the options for residents and visitors in the downtown area. The newer establishments include Green Fire Pizza at 236 Drayton St., the vegan restaurant Natural Selections Café at 1526 Bull St., the coffee shop and bakery Henny Penny Art Space & Café at 1514 Bull St. and Fork & Dagger, a breakfast and lunch spot at 609 ½ Abercorn St.

Green Fire Pizza at 236 Drayton St. (Image from Green Fire Pizza Facebook page)

From the dumpster to the big screen: Savannah welcomes first prop house

The next time a production filming in Savannah needs a cigarette machine, books or other prop décor they won’t have to look very far to find it.

Match for mutts? New website helps people adopt the best dog

People looking for the perfect family pet tend to choose a dog based on appearance or breed – but that’s barking up the wrong tree.

In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., holds the family dog Roscoe at their home in Waltham. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that matches humans with dogs based on what really matters: personality, lifestyle and behavior. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Summerell: Consider concerns about use, needs of drones

Just the other day, a neighbor put their house up for sale.

Ray Summerell

Painting internship provides experience, credibility to Georgia Southern Student

For the first time Young Entrepreneurs Across America is offering Georgia college students the chance to operate their own business and gain real world experience through its Student Painters internship.

Portside: GPA boss offers a harbor deepening update

With the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project back in the news recently, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch provided the following update on the project:

A helping hand: Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity continues outreach in Savannah

Since 1983, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity has partnered with more than 130 families in Chatham County to help them realize their dream of owning an affordable home, and this year the nonprofit aims to add seven more local families to that list.

Officials: Short-circuit caused Garden City structure fire

Investigators have determined a short-circuited light socket is the cause of a massive Garden City structure fire that injured one, rerouted school buses and backed up traffic for hours last week.

Firefighters in a ladder truck work on putting out a warehouse fire at Shining Auto Parts off Dean Forrest Road Thursday afternoon. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Board OKs $710M sale of Memorial University Medical Center

The board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center on Wednesday evening unanimously agreed to a proposal from the Hospital Corporation of America to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of the hospital and the Chatham County Hospital Authority in a deal valued at $710 million.

How Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order could play out

When President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday in Kenosha, Wis., he sent a characteristically blunt message.

Good plans put outside space to work

Spring is here, and many businesses look to invest in outdoor spaces, helping properties gain value and look attractive at the same time.

BiS profile: Susan Kelleher, Seaside Sisters, Seaside Sweets

Owner of Tybee Island’s Seaside Sisters gift shop and Seaside Sweets gelato and candy store.

BiS Profile: Ricky Blanton, Chatham County Farm Bureau Insurance

I service individually about a $3 million dollars of insurance premiums. We sell all lines of insurance—home, auto, life and commercial insurance. I am an individual producer and I oversee production for the lines…Also, we offer many discounts to members including travel discounts, a Ford rebate program, theme park discounts, rental care discounts.

Ramsey: 10 rules of flying etiquette for all travelers

The recent unfortunate scuffle on United Airlines involving a passenger who was “reaccommodated”–whatever that is – has brought the focus squarely back to the issue of air travel.

Bowman: Equal Pay Act still stands strong

By law, women must be paid the same as men for the same work at the same place. However, this frequently doesn’t happen. In 2016, women were paid roughly 77 percent of what men were paid, and would have had to work until April 4, 2017, to earn the same amount.

Denison: Tackle those things that keep you up at night

Operating a small business in the 21st century is no walk in the park. Ask any small business owner what keeps them up at night and you’ll likely hear a range of concerns from issues with sales, to problems bridging a gap in payroll, to the rising cost of health insurance.

Brent: Cloud accounting can work for small business

As a retired accountant, I have heard possibly every reason from small business owners over the years for not having an accounting program to monitor the state of their business. The reasons ranged from program cost, lack of knowledge or time and too many other reasons to list.

Martin: How to retain employees with ‘golden handcuffs’

When you have a good employee, especially one who plays a key role in your company, you will do a lot to keep them. From vacation time to attractive pay, insurance benefits to flexible schedules, smart employers pull out all the stops to keep their valuable, high-level employees on board.

Puccini: Preserving your construction lien rights

Business is booming for the construction industry, and not a moment too soon. Prior to the recent recession, construction employment hit an all-time high of 7.7 million jobs, but then reduced 30 percent of its workforce by January 2011.

Brown: Port brings world to Savannah

As the fourth largest container port in North America (second largest on the East Coast) and fastest-growing port on the continent, port-related business is booming in Savannah. Logistics Today named Savannah “the most logistics friendly city in the nation” three years in a row, and Area Development magazine named Savannah “Top 5 for Best Cities with port-related Intermodal Sites.” Our ideal location on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of the United States puts 70 percent of the U.S. population within a two-day drive.