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.
ATLANTA - The 2009 filing season launched with a new look for the popular IRS Web site, improved online tools, new tax laws and enhanced electronic services that will better assist taxpayers and tax preparers.
The Effingham Industrial Development Authority has agreed to ask Rincon to annex a portion of the Research Forest Tract, provided the city follows through on a set of stipulations.