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A grand opening for Ken’s IGA

Ken Nesmith and the employees of Ken's IGA celebrated thier grandopening.
Nesmith has been in the grocery business for more than 35 years, opening his first IGA in Brooklet in 1978 and his second in Blitchton in 1980.
Photos provided by David Skadeland

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


A big day for Gulfstream

SAVANNAH-Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced Monday that it will expand its Savannah facilities through a $500-million, seven-year plan to ensure that the company is well-positioned to meet future demand for business-jet aircraft and support services. The growth is expected to result in 1,000 additional Gulfstream jobs, an increase of more than 15 percent from Gulfstream's current Savannah employment level of approximately 5,500 employees.
"With our own sales trends and market forecasts suggesting an upturn over the next decade, we want to ensure Gulfstream is well-positioned to meet the demand in terms of products and services," said Joe ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


GPA sets tonnage record in October

SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Monday the GPA experienced exceptional growth in October, reflecting several all-time records in many commodity segments. Overall tonnage recorded a new monthly record handling 2,347,260 tons, which represented an increase of 9.8 percent compared with last October.
"This increase is consistent with growth rates that have been experienced since December 2009 and indicates ongoing improvements in overall market conditions," Foltz said. "Many commodity groups reported increases during October with records set in container volume at Garden City and automobile activity at Colonel's Island."
Container volumes continued ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Wackos opens at Dakotas

Veteran comedian/actor Dylan Riggs has opened Wackos Comedy Club located inside Dakotas Grille and Spirits in Rincon. Teaming with local business owner and former mayor of Bloomingdale Ben Rozier, Wackos brings live stand-up comedy back to the Savannah area.
The venue will showcase a never-ending lineup of the finest headline comedians around and surprise celebrity guests - from established stand-up stars to the hottest young touring comics in the business. Riggs is scheduled to make club appearances - some scheduled and some unexpected - both doing stand-up on the stage and greeting patrons at the door. As part of the exclusive deal ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Elmore begins terms as Home Builders president

The Effingham County Chapter of the Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah recently installed its 2010-11 officers and board of directors.
The officers and Board were installed by Home Builders Association of Georgia President Doug Tumlin at the annual installation banquet held at the Savannah Golf Club.
Shawn Elmore was installed as the Effingham County chapter president. Elmore is the President of Elmore Customs.
"It is truly an honor to be chosen to represent an organization and an industry that is so vital to the future growth and development of Effingham County," he said.
Other officers and board members installed ...

November 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Carr earns distinction

Yvette Carr of Burns World Travel's Springfield office recently completed the certified Sandals specialist 2010 workshop. Travel agents with CSS designation are required to complete a rigorous education and training program on a yearly basis that ensures customers they are experts on all facets of Sandals and Beaches restors.
Carr has traveled extensively and has more than 28 years of experience as a travel agent in southeast Georgia.

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Effingham tourism to be topic of Chamber ‘Lunch ’n Learn’

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce announces the next Lunch 'n Learn opportunity. State tourism representative Carey Ferrara, will speak on building a tourism program for the lunch meeting.
The meeting will be held at New Ebenezer Retreat Center at noon on Nov. 16. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn what the community can do to expand and build on Effingham County's tourism base.
Effingham was first settled in 1734, a year after Gen. James Oglethorpe landed at Savannah. The meal will be a traditional turkey dinner and the cost is $15.
Call the Effingham Chamber at 754-3301 ...

November 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


State to hold career expo/job fair Oct. 28

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor will sponsor a career expo and job fair for employers and job seekers in the Savannah area. The event will be held Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center.
"The response for this event from employers, particularly the private sector, has been excellent," state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said. "Hopefully, this is an indication of good things to come in the coastal Georgia area. Hiring in the private sector must occur across the state to allow
our economy to fully recover. I encourage area job seekers to take full advantage ...

October 22, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Best quarter ever for ports

SAVANNAH-Georgia Ports Authority's Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz announced Thursday the Port of Savannah experienced 20.1-percent growth in 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) for the first three months of FY2011 (July-September 2010), a record for the authority.
"The first quarter of 2011, once again, showed that the Port of Savannah is not only increasing its value and market share by record numbers, but also its importance to the national logistics and transportation system," Foltz said.
"Today, the Port of Savannah serves 44 percent of this country's population with majority exports. Moving forward, however, we do expect volumes ...

October 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Purnell, Woodcock complete CBA school

Tammy Purnell and Lisa Woodcock with Citizens Bank of Effingham graduated Oct. 7 from the Community Bankers Association of Georgia's Compliance School, which is part of the Community Bankers University.
CBA developed this four-day school in conjunction with Professional Bank Services, Inc., a consulting and educational services firm based in Louisville, Ky. The school is offered once a year and is designed for all community bank staff members who have compliance responsibilities. The school offers a unique, broad-based curriculum with topic selection largely influenced by those areas currently being emphasized by regulators and focuses on federal lending and deposit ...

October 11, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Welcoming Pregnancy Care Center

The Effingham Chamber of Commerce greeted its newest member the nonprofit Pregnancy Care Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Chairperson of the Pregnancy Care Center's board, Laura Devisscher, and center director Anna Gianeskis cut the ribbon together and the center opened the doors to its new, larger office, located in the same building as before with Lords Eye Center off Highway 21.
The Pregnancy Care Center is a faith-based organization that offers counseling services and training for new parents.

October 07, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia launches anti-fraud program

ATLANTA-The Georgia Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs, Consumer Federation of America (CFA), the Georgia Bankers Association, and Georgia Credit Union Affiliates has begun a new program to protect consumers and financial institutions from fake check scams. Under the program, participating banks and credit unions will hand a brochure created by CFA, "Don't Become a Target," to every consumer who comes in to deposit checks or money orders of $1,000 or more or to withdraw $1,000 or more.
Nearly 60 banks and credit unions in Georgia have signed up to participate.
"The key is to prevent ...

October 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


GMCF honors Dr. Ratchford

Effingham Hospital and Care Center is pleased to congratulate Dr. Joseph Ratchford, MD, on his receipt of the Medical Director Quality Award for 2010 from the Georgia Medical Care Foundation (GMCF). Dr. Ratchford has served as medical director for Effingham Care Center since December 2003 and is board certified in internal medicine.
"We are very pleased that the Georgia Medical Care Foundation chose to honor Dr. Ratchford for his leadership, commitment to quality care and dedication to improving services. Dr. Ratchford is an integral part of the quality of care patients receive at Effingham Hospital and Care Center," said Norma ...

October 04, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


More farmers can turn to solar power through Rural Development

Small businesses and farmers are beginning to take advantage of a program through USDA Rural Development that provides a grant of up to 25 percent of the costs of installing renewable energy systems, up to $500,000 with a minimum of $2,500. Of particular interest has been solar panels, which cost around $5-$6 per watt to install, but which often pay for themselves within a few years and also provide income when energy is sold back to the electric utility.
"We are gratified that more rural Georgia businesses and farmers are willing to install solar," said Donnie Thomas ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


Georgia Heritage FCU offers free financial seminar

Georgia Heritage FCU members and the public are invited to attend "Financial First Aid to Survive the Holidays," a free educational seminar set for Oct. 12 at the credit union.
Skye Tyler, Education Coordinator at Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS), will present tips, tricks and ideas on how to prepare a holiday spending - and savings - plan. Topics will include understanding credit, building a budget, and shopping for bargains. CCCS provides quality financial literacy to education and empower local citizens. There is no cost to attend the free educational seminar and a meal will be provided.
"Financial First Aid to Survive ...

September 20, 2010 | Staff Report | Business


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Georgia Power base rates to remain flat through 2019

Georgia Power announced today that its base electric rates will remain flat through 2019.

April 14, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Give your investment portfolio a spring cleaning

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April 06, 2016 | By Ryan Waters | Business


Bienvenue, DRT

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April 05, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


IDA will build a road — but it may not lead to studio

The Effingham Industrial Development Authority remains committed to building an entrance road into its property north of Interstate 16 and off Old River Road. Whether ...

April 05, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Company calls a halt to Palmetto Pipeline work

A company looking to build a controversial pipeline through much of eastern Georgia, including Effingham County, has announced it is suspending work on the project.

April 05, 2016 | By Patrick Donahue | Business


Area unemployment rates on the rise

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region in February was 5.5 percent, up one-tenth ...

March 30, 2016 | Staff report | Business


Avoid problems by updating beneficiary designations

Like many people, you might not particularly enjoy thinking about your estate plans, but such planning is necessary to make sure your assets go where ...

March 30, 2016 | By Ryan Waters | Business


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