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What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

It probably doesn't happen as much as you'd like, but from time to time, you have some extra disposable income. When this happens, how should you use the funds? Assuming you have adequate emergency savings - typically, three to six months' worth of living expenses - should you pay off debts, or fund your IRA or another investment account?

September 29, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Unemployment in Effingham falls to 5.1 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that unemployment in Effingham County was down to 5.1 percent for August, a drop from the July rate of 5.6 percent.

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Business

After another big year, port projects even more growth

In his annual state of the port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported on a year of extraordinary growth, and provided a review of the $142 million fiscal year 2016 capital expenditure plan.

September 29, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Palmetto Pipeline plans still going forward, executive says

The company proposing to build a billion-dollar pipeline through much of southeast Georgia, including Effingham County, expects to submit its environmental permit applications later this year, according to a senior official.

September 29, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

A new name, a new future

Called a re-grand opening, Saturday's event at Georgia Transformer served as a commitment from the plant's new management to the Rincon facility.

September 29, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Container volume up 16.6 percent at port

At the Georgia Ports Authority board meeting Monday, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported a 16.6 percent calendar year to date increase in container volumes, as well as capital projects necessary for future growth.

September 22, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Charitable giving pays off — for everyone

Americans are pretty generous - in fact, 83 percent of us donated money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup survey.

September 22, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Moon River says default will be rectified soon

A default on Moon River Studios' purchase of a Florida movie and lighting equipment is expected to be resolved shortly, the studios' board chairman said Friday.

September 22, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Isakson calls start of Savannah port dredging 'a great victory'

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., applauded the official beginning of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project as dredging began to deepen the seaward half of the harbor, which extends 18.5 miles from Fort Pulaski into the Atlantic Ocean.

September 16, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Economic monitor predicts more growth

Armstrong State University's latest Coastal Empire Economic Monitor reports the Savannah-metro economy continues its streak of winning growth through the first half of 2015. Gains were strongly supported by port activity, retail sales, regional employment and the U.S. coincident index of economic activity, despite marginal dips into electricity sales and consumer confidence throughout the southern Atlantic states.

September 16, 2015 | Staff report | Business

What to do with an inheritance

Will you ever receive a sizable inheritance? You can't plan on it. But if you do get one, you can plan on using it to help achieve some of your key financial goals.

September 15, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Moon River expects groundbreaking soon

With several of its benchmarks now out of the way, Moon River Studios is gearing up for a new groundbreaking.

September 15, 2015 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Coastal Georgia jobless rate inches up

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region in July was 6.4 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 6.3 percent in June. The rate in July 2014 was 8.3 percent.

September 08, 2015 | Staff report | Business

The risks of not investing

You've no doubt heard about the risks associated with investing. This investment carries this type of risk, while that investment carries another one. And it is certainly true that all investments do involve some form of risk. But what about not investing? Isn't there some risk associated with that, too?

September 08, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Could you afford to live to 100?

Here's an interesting statistic: Over the past three decades, the centenarian population in the U.S. has grown about 66 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

September 02, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

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When investing, put time on your side

Now that we're well into autumn, the days are getting noticeably shorter. The change in seasons reminds us that time is passing - and it ...

October 21, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

FONU2 to produce James Brown documentary

FONU2, Inc. announced Tuesday it will be producing a documentary on James Brown, "the Godfather of Soul," in association with RKA Entertainment LLC and Loochie ...

October 20, 2015 | Staff report | Business

French company to open operation in Effingham

The Effingham County Industrial Development Authority and DRT have announced the company will be building a plant in the Effingham Industrial Park.

October 13, 2015 | Staff report | Business

Time for annual 401(k) review?

Once you've started contributing to your 401(k) plan and funded it with investments that are appropriate for your needs, you might think you ...

October 06, 2015 | By Ryan Waters | Business

Kolovich joins Optim Orthopedics

Optim Orthopedics has added orthopedist Gregory Kolovich, MD, who will be seeing patients in Rincon. Having recently completed his fellowship, Dr. Kolovich joins Optim from ...

October 06, 2015 | Staff report | Business

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