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Effingham Hospital Administrator Norma Jean Morgan helps hospital Board of Trustees Chairman Stephen Mobley, Dr. Joseph Ratchford and Neil Ratchford cut the ribbon Monday on the new office for Dr. Ratchford and partner Dr. Prakesh Patel. Behind them are state Rep. Jon Burns and Dr. Patel.

January 08, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Hospital trustees complete state certification program

The Effingham Hospital's Board of Trustees has completed the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) hospital authority certification program.

December 30, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Holiday Business Tour

December 30, 2008 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


State’s jobless mark hits 7.5 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in November, the highest rate in more than 25 years. The jobless rate was up 3.0 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The November unemployment rate was up six-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 6.9 percent in October.

December 29, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Hospital’s mammography team earns accreditation

Effingham Hospital in Springfield has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

December 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


CDs vs. annuities — which are right for you?

Head to head, how does a non–qualified bank certificate of deposit and single premium deferred fixed annuity compare, what are the strengths of each product. Both CDs and annuities are considered low-risk savings vehicles for investments.

December 26, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Aaron's Lease and Sales opens

December 26, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State urges caution in charity giving

ATLANTA - Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel today offered advice to individuals planning to donate to charities during the holiday season. Secretary Handel serves as Georgia's chief charities regulator.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Thurmond praises passage of jobless benefits extension

ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond commended the Georgia congressional delegation and President Bush for their decision to extend unemployment insurance benefits for jobless Americans. More than 90,000 Georgians may be eligible for the extended benefits signed into law this morning.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Letter from car insurance company confusing you?

That letter from your car insurance company about Uninsured Motorist Coverage got you scratching you head while you try to translate all that insurance mum boo jumbo. Well, lets see if we can simplify it some, or at least get the language into English.

December 23, 2008 | Mark Czachowski Guest Columnist | Business


Is it time to sell ... or is it time to buy?

We're in a recession, which could be severe. Several financial services companies have either collapsed or been bailed out by the government. And the stock market is down about 45 percent since hitting its peak in October 2007. Is this a "perfect storm" that should blow investors out of the market - or is it actually an opportunity for investors to jump back in?

December 23, 2008 | Frank Bevenour Guest Columnist | Business


SBA-backed loans still going strong

While small business lending is down in Georgia, a recent spot check of lenders who make SBA guaranteed loans showed they are doing deals for start ups and expansions and perhaps climbing back from a recent 28 percent drop in total loan volume.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Jobless rate in Savannah, Coastal Empire jumps again

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 6 percent in October, up 2.2 percentage points over the year from last October. The unemployment rate rose to 7 percent in October, the highest rate in more than 16 years. The jobless rate was up 2.5 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The October unemployment rate was up six-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 6.4 percent in September.

December 23, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


Bryant awarded CCIM designation

Adam S. Bryant, advisor for Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate in Savannah, was awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in October by the CCIM Institute, one of the leading commercial real estate associations in the world.

December 18, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


State jobless mark hits 7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.0 percent in October, the highest rate in more than 16 years. The jobless rate was up 2.5 percentage points from 4.5 percent at this same time last year. The October unemployment rate was up six-tenths of one percentage point from a revised 6.4 percent in September.

December 16, 2008 | Staff Report | Business


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Studio not only item on IDA’s menu

When a company planning a massive project in the community changes its name, it takes a little getting used to.

September 01, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Mapping how to attract, keep tourists

Effingham County could shape itself into a draw for tourists, if enough resources are applied to making it happen, a state tourism official said Thursday.

August 25, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Jobless rate nudges upward

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's preliminary unemployment for July was 6.6 percent, up from June's rate of 6.4 percent. The rate is down from the July 2013 mark of 7.1 percent.

August 25, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Area economy back on the fast track

ST. SIMONS ISLAND - As director of Armstrong State University's Center for Regional Analysis, Michael Toma has been a bearer of grim economic tidings over the last several years. But Thursday morning, his remarks on the region's outlook appeared to be much more well-received.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA waits for answers on Medient master plan

While Effingham Industrial Development Authority members expect to get the master plan for Medient Studios' project, they also still have a slew of questions.

August 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


State jobless rate up to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July was 7.8 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in June. The rate in July of last year was 8.3 percent.

August 18, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient unveils revised master plan

A studio planning on building a massive complex in Effingham County hopes to have its first building up and ready by the end of the year.

August 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Ports hit all-time high in container traffic in July

The Georgia Ports Authority reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20-foot equivalent container units, a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

August 14, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Chamber membership drive rolls on

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce's drive has brought in 27 new members, one renewal and two members upping their involvement to members of distinction level, Chamber Executive Director Rick Lott said.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Savannah SHRM chapter hosts annual retreat

The Savannah Area Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management hosted their annual HR retreat for 125 attendees from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina on July 24 in downtown Savannah at the Embassy Suites.

August 11, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Medient ready to deliver revised master plan

The new master plan for a planned massive film production studio could be in the hands of Effingham County officials as soon as Friday, the studio CEO said.

August 07, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Governor praises film industry impact on state

Georgia-lensed feature films and television productions generated an economic impact of $5.1 billion during fiscal year 2014, Gov. Nathan Deal announced.

August 07, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Annual farm tour gets into county’s agribusiness

The annual Effingham County Young Farmers tour let participants see how advanced agriculture has become - and get a glimpse of a burgeoning new agribusiness endeavor.

August 04, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


SouthCoast undergoes a rebranding, name change

The Savannah-based medical organization formerly known as SouthCoast Medical Group has re-branded officially as SouthCoast Health. The change will be reflected in the organization's name, logo, Web site and overall visual identity.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Zeigler earns personal financial representative title from Allstate

Effingham County's Dusty Zeigler is among an elite group of Allstate insurance agency owners who recently earned the personal financial representative title.

August 04, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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