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State jobless rate rises to 7.4 percent for June

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for June was 7.4 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in May. The rate in June of last year was 8.4 percent.

July 17, 2014 | Staff report | Business


New Medient master plan expected soon

The revised master plan for a planned massive studioplex in Effingham County could be finished within two weeks, Industrial Development Authority members learned Thursday.

July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Chamber effort teaches businesses how to protect themselves

Many consumers recall being affected by, or at least hearing about, thieves hacking into credit and debit card data of millions of Target customers this past holiday season.

July 14, 2014 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


State high court rejects class-action suit on G-P

State Supreme Court justices ruled Friday that a group of homeowners are not entitled to bring a class-action lawsuit against Georgia-Pacific's Savannah River Mill.

July 14, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Former Medient CEO gets hearing date for injunction

A Nevada judge has granted a temporary restraining order to the former CEO and chairman of Medient Studios.

July 10, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Effingham IDA sets budget for upcoming fiscal year

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has approved a $6.49 million budget for its coming fiscal year, making no significant changes to its draft budget.

June 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Shareholder sues Medient

A Medient shareholder has filed suit against its current board of directors and its ousted CEO and board chairman, claiming the company has breached its fiduciary duty and the defendants are guilty of "gross mismanagement."

June 30, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Rural Physician Bus Tour makes a stop at Effingham Health System

Effingham Health System hosted physicians, health care organization representatives and health information technology experts June 25 during a Rural Physician Bus Tour, an event designed to provide information and technical assistance on the Meaningful Use Attestation process.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Morgan re-elected to Georgia Health Care Association board

Effingham Health System Chief Executive Officer Norma Jean Morgan recently was re-elected to the Georgia Health Care Association board of directors at the summer board meeting.

June 30, 2014 | Staff report | Business


SEC halts Medient stock trading

The ousted CEO and chairman of the board has filed suit against the remaining Medient Studios board members, and the Securities and Exchange Commission has suspended trading in Medient's stock until July 9.

June 26, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


CNBC rates Georgia tops for business

Gov. Nathan Deal is celebrating the announcement by CNBC that named Georgia as the No. 1 place for business in the nation.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


Slight rise in unemployment for Coastal Georgia

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region increased to 7.5 percent in May, up eight-tenths of a percentage point from 6.7 percent in April. The rate was 8.1 percent in May a year ago.

June 26, 2014 | Staff report | Business


IDA holds off on Medient supplemental agreement

A supplemental project agreement between the Effingham Industrial Development Authority and a film studio planning to build a massive production facility in Effingham is on hold, as the studio reorganizes its leadership.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Site selector gets option on part of Treutlen site

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has entered into a purchase option with site selector for about 21 acres at the Governor Treutlen site.

June 23, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Foster to retire as bank’s leader

FCB Financial Holdings, Inc., parent of First Chatham Bank, has announced the retirement of Brian Foster as president and CEO of both the holding company and bank.

June 23, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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Metro jobless rate falls to 6 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Savannah's unemployment rate for February was 6.0 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 6.4 percent in January. The rate in February 2014 was 7.3 percent.

March 31, 2015 | Staff report | Business


FONU2 acquires Applebox Productions

FONU2, Inc., announced Tuesday it has signed definitive agreements to acquire Applebox Productions.

March 31, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Bennett named IDA chairman as Webb steps down

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority's board is under new leadership, as one of its most senior members was voted in as chairman Thursday night.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Studio CEO ‘happy’ with progress

The head of the massive movie studio complex to be built in Effingham County told members of the Effingham Industrial Development Authority that progress continues to be made on the project.

March 24, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Retiring Tanksley to be honored at reception

The Effingham Herald and CEO Charles H. Morris will host a reception for retiring Effingham Herald Publisher Karen Tanksley on April 2 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the community room at Effingham Chamber of Commerce, 520 W. 3rd Street in Springfield, according to Joe McGlamery, regional vice president for Morris' southeast Georgia publications.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Another big month for ports

The Georgia Ports Authority marked strong and sustained growth across all major markets in the month of February, including bulk, breakbulk, autos and machinery, and containerized freight.

March 24, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State DOL to help Rincon transformer plant recruit workers

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor will help Georgia Transformer Corporation (GTC), formerly EFACEC, recruit 32 workers for its manufacturing plant in Rincon. The company manufactures high-voltage transformers for utility companies.

March 19, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Effingham jobless rate holds steady at 5.4 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for January remained unchanged from December, staying level at 5.4 percent.

March 17, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Brown named employee of the year for EHS

Rose Brown loves her job with Effingham Health System.

March 10, 2015 | Staff report | Business


UPS honors Guyton driver

ATLANTA - UPS announced 71 elite drivers from Georgia, including an Effingham County resident, are among 1,445 newly inducted worldwide into the Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving.

March 10, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate tumbles to 6.3 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 6.4 percent, its lowest level since July 2008 when it was 6.3 percent. The rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December. The rate in January 2014 was 7.3 percent.

March 10, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Former Moon River board member joins FONU2

FONU2, Inc., announced Wednesday that Joseph Giamichael has been appointed to the company's board of directors and the company will move its corporate headquarters to Effingham County.

March 06, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Studio cites progress with finances, plans

Work is expected to start soon on a massive movie studio complex planned for southern Effingham County.

March 03, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Georgia Chamber backs revised transportation plan

STATESBORO - The Georgia Chamber of Commerce took no position on the original version of House Bill 170. But the state's largest business advocacy organization has endorsed subsequent versions, and Georgia Chamber CEO Chris Clark said Monday that annual spending for highway improvements in the state needs to be increased by $1 billion.

March 03, 2015 | By Al Hackle | Business


New Ad Agency offers Digital Options

Business owners and managers in the Effingham County area now have a new digital agency to help grow their customer base.

February 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


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