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Morris Publishing sells Savannah Morning News to GateHouse Media

AUGUSTA – As part of a strategic restructuring to focus its business on lifestyle publications, property development and new business, Morris Communications Co. announced today that it has signed an agreement to sell the assets of Morris Publishing Group, including the Savannah Morning News, to GateHouse Media.

Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties where there’s no other exchange option

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018.

City Talk: New apartment building too massive for East Bolton

Last Thursday, a divided Savannah City Council paved the way for a five-story, 114-unit apartment building that will stretch from Drayton to Abercorn streets between East Bolton Street and East Bolton Lane.




Veteran Savannah developer George Powers back in logistics business

There’s a new business taking shape at Georgia Ports Authority’s Savannah River International Trade Park off Ga. 21.

As Savannah port grows, area industrial vacancy rates continue to shrink

Developers and logistics operators are scrambling to meet the demand for warehouse and distribution space to process and store the record amounts of cargo delivered daily to the Port of Savannah. The shortage of warehouse space is driving up rents and prompting much-needed speculative building.

Many migrant farmworkers face medical challenges, barriers to care

The fields in South Georgia are green this time of year and laden with cucumbers, eggplant and melons — vegetables that represent summertime and healthy eating.

With 401(k) accounts booming, what should investors do?

By Stan Choe

A screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the closing number for the Dow Jones industrial average, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The DJIA closed above 22,000 points for the first time, driven by a big gain in Apple on an otherwise mixed day for the market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

City Talk: Is Savannah the “next Brooklyn”?

Vogue’s recent article “Is This Old Southern Town the Next Brooklyn?” caught the attention of plenty of Savannahians – natives, newcomers and everyone in between.

Michael Owens: Place value on customer service reviews — or lack thereof

In this day and age, businesses live and die by reviews—especially in tourism. A positive review can bring more customers. A negative review can teach us where our weaknesses lie.

Unemployment rate reaches 16-year low


In this Thursday, July 27, 2017, photo, Cheryl Bast, left, is accompanied by her daughter Liz Pierson, as she works on an application for a position with Omaha Public Schools, during a job fair held at Omaha South High School in Omaha, Neb. On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the U.S. government issues the July jobs report. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers

By Maria Ines Zamudio and Michelle Minkoff

In this photo provide by the Bryan, Texas Fire Department, taken April 29, 2014, Bryan Texas firefighters stand outside the Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant following an explosion and fire. Earle Robinson, 60, and other employees were doing maintenance work at Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant, about 100 miles north of Houston, when there was a loud explosion. Workers called 911 and pleaded for help. Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. (Bryan, Texas Fire Department via AP)

FILE - In this Saturday, July 8, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and China’s President Xi Jinping arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Trump and his economic advisers see U.S. trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness. They point to 41 straight years of U.S. trade deficits as evidence that America has been out-competed, out-negotiated and flat out cheated by trading partners like China, Mexico and Germany, countries that consistently sell more to the United States than they buy. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP, File)

WGSA files Chapter 11, could go to auction

Savannah-based Southern TV Corporation, which does business as WGSA TV network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The network reaches Savannah and surrounding areas including Metter, Darien and Hinesville.

FedEx, in online pivot, backs away from holiday surcharges

THE Associated Press

In this April 10, 2017, photo, a FedEx envelope is placed into a dropbox in North Andover, Mass. FedEx Corp. says there will only be a surcharge during the holiday season on packages that need additional handling, are oversized or unauthorized. The move comes as the package delivery company and rival UPS jockey for customers that are increasingly doing their holiday shopping online and have packages shipped. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

EPA chief backs off from plan to delay rules


Port of Brunswick another success story for Georgia Ports

For all the notoriety Savannah gets as the fourth largest and fastest growing container port in the country, we sometimes forget that Georgia Ports Authority has another impressive success some 100 miles down I-95.

GPA’s Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick is the second-busiest port in the country for roll-on/roll-off cargo. (GPA photo by Stephen B. Morton

Company update predicts longer start date for Vogtle reactors

Ahead of a crucial report later this month on what it would cost to finish two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, officials with Georgia Power’s parent company gave preliminary numbers that show it could take a couple more years and could cost up to $1.7 billion more to complete the project.

Apple takes Dow over 22,000 points; other stocks fall

By Marley Jay

Trader Peter Tuchman wears a “Dow 22,000” hat as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017. The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 22,000 points for the first time, driven by a big gain in Apple on an otherwise mixed day for the market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Effingham Health brings telemedicine to county schools

This fall, students at Guyton and Springfield elementary schools will be able to see a doctor via a live camera in a new telemedicine program run through Effingham Health System.