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Jobless rate rises to 7.8 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.3 percent in January, up two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in December. The rate was 8.9 percent in January 2012.

March 14, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Rafter Law Firm cuts the ribbon

Rick Rafter celebrated the official opening of his law practice and office in Springfield with a ribbon cutting.

March 14, 2013 | Staff report | Business


HeritageBank of the South purchases LaGrange bank

ALBANY - Heritage Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HBOS), the holding company for HeritageBank of the South, has announced that HeritageBank of the South has entered into a definitive whole-bank purchase and assumption agreement with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to acquire Frontier Bank, a full-service bank based in LaGrange.

March 11, 2013 | Staff report | Business


State unemployment rate holds steady at 8.7 percent

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January was 8.7 percent, unchanged from December. The rate was 9.3 percent in January a year ago.

March 07, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Medical supplier Dukal picks Savannah as port

Dukal Corporation, a leading supplier of disposable medical products, has chosen the Port of Savannah as its major port of entry and established new distribution center space in Savannah's Foreign Trade Zone.

March 07, 2013 | Staff report | Business


A big day for EFACEC

EFACEC Power has completed the largest power transformer built in the U.S. in decades, a 900 MVA (megavolt ampere) unit. It is the largest not just for its rating but also for its size.

February 28, 2013 | Staff Report | Business


Boyd joins Effingham Farm Bureau

Carter Boyd has joined the Effingham County Farm Bureau team as the agency manager, Effingham County Farm Bureau President Stuart Exley announced.

February 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


EWIB to hold mini business expo

Effingham Women in Business will host a meet-and-greet and mini business expo March 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Faith Presbyterian Church's social hall. The church is at 2000 Lexington Ave. in Rincon, just past Macomber Ball Park.

February 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


EHS' Murphy earns state certification

Michael Murphy, environment of care manager for Effingham Health System, has been awarded an Emergency Management Healthcare Professional Certification.

February 28, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Thrift shop cuts ribbon

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce helped the Rincon Thrift Shop celebrate its grand opening recently.

February 25, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Effingham Care Center honored

Alliant GMCF, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (Q10) for Georgia, has recognized Effingham Health System's Care Center for improving the quality of health care.

February 18, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Tourism’s impact pays off for Georgia

Gov. Nathan Deal joined Georgia tourism leaders for the annual Tourism and Hospitality Day to spotlight the major contribution the industry makes to Georgia's economy.

February 11, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Effingham Hospital named a top critical access facility

Effingham Hospital has been recognized as one of the top critical access hospitals in the state.

February 04, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Area jobless rate jumps half a point

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate in metro Savannah rose to 8.2 percent in December, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 7.7 percent in November. The rate was 8.7 percent in December 2011.

January 24, 2013 | Staff report | Business


Enmark, city welcome new store

Customers have been through the doors of the new Enmark in Springfield for a few weeks now, and company and Springfield officials were happy to cut the ribbon on what is now the largest store in the chain.

January 21, 2013 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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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


Free seminar offers Internet help

Mike Blinder is a successful small business owner and one of his favorite things to do is share his experience and expertise.

February 12, 2015 | Staff Report | Business


Moon River completes deal with Fonu2

The reorganization of Moon River Studios is now complete, CEO Jake Shapiro said Tuesday afternoon, as its lease on its Effingham County property has been acquired by a new investor.

February 10, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Tanksley to bring long career to a close in April

After 43 years with Morris Multimedia, Karen Tanksley won't be starting her work day holding a cup of coffee in her Rincon office.

February 04, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


GSU Museum recognizes longtime supporter Planters Telephone

STATESBORO - The Georgia Southern University Museum recognized longtime supporter Planters Telephone Cooperative recently during the annual Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Conference at the Nessmith-Lane Conference Center.

February 03, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Effingham unemployment rate falls

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Effingham County's unemployment rate for December 2014 fell to 5.4 percent, down from 5.5 percent in November 2014.

February 03, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State jobless rate dips to 6.9 percent for December

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 6.9 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7.2 percent in November. The rate in December 2013 was 7.4 percent.

January 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Ports end year with growth across the board

The Georgia Ports Authority ended 2014 with growth in all cargo sectors, including a 10.2 percent increase in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) and a 7.4 percent increase in total tonnage.

January 26, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Study: Hospital contributes to economic health

Financial difficulties have forced a number of hospitals in Georgia to close in recent years, and some health care experts predict another dozen or more could close this year.

January 13, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Business


Effingham County Extension sets 2015 production meetings

Effingham County Extension will offer production meetings to all crop producers in the county.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


State welcomes Mercedes-Benz HQ

Gov. Nathan Deal announced Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA will relocate its headquarters to Atlanta, creating at least 800 jobs and investing approximately $74 million.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


Murphy completes Leadership GHA

Marie W. Murphy, manager at ECB Occupational Medicine, a department of Effingham Health System, recently graduated from Leadership GHA, a prestigious health care leadership program of the Georgia Hospital Association.

January 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business


City approves final site plan for new Kroger

Final approvals still need to be obtained from other agencies, but the Rincon City Council has given its go-ahead for a planned new, larger Kroger.

January 06, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


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