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State initial jobless claims soaring

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor announced that 128,625 laid-off workers filed first-time claims for state unemployment insurance benefits in December, an increase of 174 percent from December 2007.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Perdue lays out agenda at state Eggs and Issues

ATLANTA - Gov. Sonny Perdue discussed education, economic environment and transportation Tuesday morning at the Eggs and Issues Breakfast hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce at the Georgia World Congress Center.

January 15, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


24Seven living up to its name

The owners of the new 24Seven Family Fitness Center say their business lives up to its name.

January 12, 2009 | Patrick Donahue Editor | Business


Hynes joins Chamber staff

Tess Moore Hynes, a native of Effingham County and an MBA graduate of Georgia Southern University, has joined the staff of the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce, Chamber President Michael Lee announced.

January 12, 2009 | Staff Report | Business


Patient approach

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


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Medient wins round in court against former CEO

The new chief executive officer of Medient Studios said the company got the ruling in its favor from a Nevada judge Wednesday afternoon it anticipated.

July 24, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient CEO says work is ongoing

Work on what is expected to be the largest movie studio complex in the U.S. is continuing, and a revised master plan for the project is expected soon, the studio's CEO said Thursday.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


New Medient architect familiar with area, studios

Medient Studios is bringing aboard a firm that knows something about designing massive production complexes.

July 21, 2014 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Harvey to step down from IDA

Rose Harvey is resigning from the Effingham Industrial Development Authority.

July 21, 2014 | Staff report | Business


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


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