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PSC to hold final round of rate hike request

The Georgia Public Service Commission will hold the third and final round of hearings on Wednesday at 9 a.m. on the Georgia Power Company rate increase request. The hearings will continue on Thursday if needed and Friday if needed.
All hearings will begin at 9 a.m. except the Dec. 2 session which, if needed, will begin at 1:30 p.m. All meetings will take place in Room 110 at 244 Washington Street, S.W., Atlanta.
On Wednesday, the PSC first will receive public comments on the Georgia Power proposal. Immediately following public comments, the commission will conduct ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

SBDC to host business startup workshop

A workshop entitled "Starting a Business" will be held Dec. 16. It is a three hour class that begins at 6 p.m.
If you are thinking of starting a small business, then taking this workshop is a crucial first step. The workshop will cover the basics of what you need to know and do before starting a business. The session will also cover the traits of successful entrepreneurs, market research, legal structures for business, estimating start-up costs and cash flow projections, financing alternatives, failure factors, and business planning. Attending this workshop may be one of the most important decisions ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Coastal Bank to hold Operation Phone Home community appreciation event

The Coastal Bank's Johnson Square office will host a community appreciation event for USO Operation Phone Home today from 11 a.m.-1 pm.
The Coastal Bank is currently conducting a campaign to raise money for USO Operation Phone Home, which provides pre-paid phone cards to deployed military personnel to call loved ones while away from their families this holiday season. Make a donation and receive free Chick-Fil-A sandwich or a Chick-Fil-A coupon. Anyone who donates $50 or more will be entered into a drawing for four chances to win Chick-fil-A for a year.
The Coastal Bank's Johnson ...

November 29, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Food drive highlights 55th Farm-City Week

In celebration of Farm-City week Nov. 19-25, the Effingham County Farm Bureau held a food drive for local food banks. During the month of November, Farm Bureau collected non-perishable food items from the community to donate to FORCE, Food Out Reach Cooperative of Effingham County.

November 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Effingham’s jobless rate slips to 7.7 percent

ATLANTA-The Georgia Department of Labor reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Savannah area decreased to 8.3 percent in October, down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 8.5 percent in September. Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area decreased to 14,540, down 329 from 14,869.

November 25, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Picking downtown back up

A return to Springfield for an Effingham County business family may help herald the return of Springfield's downtown business district.
Cecile Baker, along with her daughter Vicki Burns and son-in-law Rickie Burns, have relocated their shop, One of a Kind, to Springfield's Laurel Street. With encouragment from Jamey Stancell, whose store is right across the street, Baker made the decision to go from Rincon to Springfield.
"We had thought about relocation," she said.
For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of the Effingham Herald, our special county-wide edition.

November 23, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

Few changes for Flint River after sale

The name and just about everything else concerning Flint River Services is remaining the same, even if its ownership is changing hands.
Lem Griffin, president and CEO of Flint River Services, has sold the firm to BG Cold LLC, a West Coast firm that also operates cold storage facilities. The new owners purchased all three Flint River Services, including its operations in Albany and Unadilla.
"With a presence on the East Coast, we think it's going to enhance and improve our opportunities down the road," Griffin said.
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Effingham Herald.

November 18, 2010 | By Patrick Donahue | Business

New home for Yates Astro

With help from the Effingham Chamber of Commerce, Yates Astro Termite and Pest Control cuts the ribbon Monday morning on its new Rincon home, at 270 S. Columbia Ave.

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Harbor deepening project gets closer

SAVANNAH-The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) reached a major milestone today when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the public and agencies for review and comment.
"The study's release is a significant step forward for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project and addresses a critical need of our country's transportation infrastructure," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. "We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the various resource agencies and other interested organizations who have been major contributors to ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Georgia-Pacific puts new forest policy in place

ATLANTA-Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific (GP) has announced that it will not purchase trees from Endangered Forests and Special Areas, or from new pine plantations established at the expense of natural hardwood forests. The policy statement was developed in consultation with environmental groups Dogwood Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Rainforest Action Network.
While GP's new forest policy applies to all of its operations, as a first step in implementing its commitment on Endangered Forests and Special Areas, GP worked with the environmental groups and scientists to identify 11 Endangered Forests and Special Areas totaling 600,000 acres in the ...

November 18, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

Earnings jump for AgSouth

STATESBORO-AgSouth Farm Credit CEO Bill Spigener recently announced that the customer-owned cooperative had net earnings of $10.5 million during the third quarter of 2010. Year-to-date earnings total $29.4 million and exceed the association's earnings of Sept. 30, 2009, by more than $8.4 million.
"While the association's loan portfolio has experienced some problems due to the economy, on the whole it is performing well," Spigener said. "Our ability to refinance other lender loans in our territory has generated significant earnings."
Earlier this year the association released nearly $36 million to its members in the form ...

November 15, 2010 | Staff Report | Business

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

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