Gov. Sonny Perdue has proclaimed March 15-21 as Georgia Agriculture Week to celebrate the industry. Gov. Perdue has designated March 17 as Georgia Ag Awareness Day. Georgia's weeklong celebration coincides with National Agriculture Week. National Agriculture Day is March 20.
STATESBORO - AgSouth Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative, announced earnings of $33 million during 2008, down slightly from the association's 2007 year-end figures.
ATLANTA - Unclaimed refunds totaling approximately $1.3 billion are awaiting over a million people who failed to file a federal income tax return for 2005. In Georgia nearly $39 million in unclaimed refunds awaits about 44,000 individuals. However, to collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with an IRS office no later than April 15.
ATLANTA - State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said that the Georgia Department of Labor has begun mailing an additional $25 per week to more than 180,000 jobless Georgians who have a valid unemployment insurance claim with the Georgia Department of Labor.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area rose to a preliminary unadjusted rate of 7.5 percent in January, up 2.9 percentage points over the year from January 2008. The jobless rate in metro Savannah rose nine-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 6.6 percent in December.
Jorge Guerra, director of business and operations for EFACEC-USA, will be the keynote speaker for the next Effingham County Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast slated for March 11 at 7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church-Rincon's Memorial Chapel.
ATLANTA - The Internal Revenue Service released new withholding tables that will result in more take-home pay this spring for millions of American workers.
Two workshops entitled "Thinking of Starting a Business" will be held during the month of March from 6-9 p.m. They will take place on Thursday evenings March 12 and March 26 in the conference room of the Small Business Development Center, 111 E. Liberty St., Savannah.
SAVANNAH - Armstrong Atlantic State University will hold its spring career fair Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center on the AASU campus, 11935 Abercorn St.
Horton's Deer Processing announced the two winners for the biggest buck/biggest doe contest.
Effingham Hospital and Care Center was selected to receive the Hospital of Choice Award for the winter quarter from the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers from among 400 customer friendly hospitals throughout the U.S.
ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to a record-high preliminary 8.6 percent in January. This is the highest seasonally adjusted rate recorded in Georgia since 1976, when the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) standardized unemployment rates among all states.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contains a package of loan fee reductions, higher guarantees, new SBA programs, secondary market incentives, and enhancements to current SBA programs that will help unlock credit markets and begin economic recovery for the nation's small business sector.
Maurices, a leading national specialty store for savvy, fashion-conscious customers with a 20-something attitude, has named Amy Fountain as the new store manager of the Rincon store.
ATLANTA - In response to errors showing up on early tax filings, the Internal Revenue Service is urging taxpayers and tax preparers to make sure they properly determine eligibility for the recovery rebate credit before they file their 2008 federal tax returns.
Work is expected to start soon on a massive movie studio complex planned for southern Effingham County.
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.
Business owners and managers in the Effingham County area now have a new digital agency to help grow their customer base.
Mike Blinder is a successful small business owner and one of his favorite things to do is share his experience and expertise.
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.
After 43 years with Morris Multimedia, Karen Tanksley won't be starting her work day holding a cup of coffee in her Rincon office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Effingham County Extension will offer production meetings to all crop producers in the county.
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.
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.
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.
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