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Appeal challenges downtown hotel’s height

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 7:19pm

The City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will hear a petition challenging the bonus story of a proposed hotel at Tattnall and Liberty Streets.

Judge dismisses spill suit against Kinder Morgan

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 7:13pm

A lawsuit filed against pipeline company Kinder Morgan was dismissed last week.

MPC approves zoning for President Street hotel development

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 5:10pm
A five-building hotel complex plan for Savannah’s east side took a big step toward reality after the Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to rezone an eight-acre site south of President Street from Light Industrial to Community Business.   Pooler-based HD Companies plans to remediate the property, which is currently used as a demolition debris site, by removing the debris and potentially contaminated soil and then prepping the former Bremer Tract for development.   This rendering shows a conceptual plan for a five-building hotel development off of President Street. The Metropolitan Planning Commission voted to rezone the eight-acre site, which is being developed by HD Companies, on Tuesday. The recommendation will now move to Savannah City Council for final review. (Rendering courtesy of HD Companies/via Metropolitan Planning Commission)

Pooler planning board votes down variance request for new hotel

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 7:56am

The city of Pooler’s volunteer planning and zoning commission is recommending that city officials turn down a requested height variance for a new hotel in Godley Station.

A preliminary design for a proposed Aloft hotel at the corner of Benton Boulevard and Towne Center Drive. (Courtesy photo)

Farmers fear losing immigrant workers under Trump crackdown

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 5:57pm

The head of Bethel Heights Vineyard looked out over the 100 acres of vines her crew of 20 Mexicans had just finished pruning, worried about what will happen if the Trump administration presses ahead with its crackdown on immigrants.

Savannah Tech named ‘Purple Heart’ college for work with vets

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 4:30pm

Savannah Technical College has been awarded the designation of Purple Heart Technical College by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 596.

CITY TALK: Impressive job gains continue for Savannah economy

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:35pm

According to the latest estimates from the Georgia Department of Labor, the Savannah metro area (Chatham, Effingham and Bryan counties) had 180,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in March, an increase of 6,700 jobs from March 2016.


Sat, 04/22/2017 - 11:12pm


Judy Lautenzenhiser

Italian Society awards Finocchiaro Scholarships to essay winners

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 5:42pm

Six local high school students have been named winners of the Frank Finocchiaro Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Italian Society of Savannah in memory of Frank Finocchiaro, a founding member and Benedictine alumnus.

City Talk: Green Fire Pizza now serving on Drayton Street

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 4:30pm

We’ve seen a flurry of activity in recent weeks for the Savannah restaurant scene. Several promising new spots have expanded the options for residents and visitors in the downtown area.

Green Fire Pizza at 236 Drayton St. (Image from Green Fire Pizza Facebook page)

From the dumpster to the big screen: Savannah welcomes first prop house

Sat, 04/22/2017 - 4:15pm

The next time a production filming in Savannah needs a cigarette machine, books or other prop décor they won’t have to look very far to find it.

Match for mutts? New website helps people adopt the best dog

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 8:17pm

People looking for the perfect family pet tend to choose a dog based on appearance or breed – but that’s barking up the wrong tree.

In this Wednesday, March 29, 2017 photo Kate Fredette, of Waltham, Mass., holds the family dog Roscoe at their home in Waltham. The Fredette family found the dog through the online platform How I Met My Dog, that matches humans with dogs based on what really matters: personality, lifestyle and behavior. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Summerell: Consider concerns about use, needs of drones

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:52pm

Just the other day, a neighbor put their house up for sale.

Ray Summerell

Painting internship provides experience, credibility to Georgia Southern Student

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 4:31pm

For the first time Young Entrepreneurs Across America is offering Georgia college students the chance to operate their own business and gain real world experience through its Student Painters internship.

Portside: GPA boss offers a harbor deepening update

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:07pm

With the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project back in the news recently, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch provided the following update on the project:

A helping hand: Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity continues outreach in Savannah

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 8:03pm

Since 1983, Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity has partnered with more than 130 families in Chatham County to help them realize their dream of owning an affordable home, and this year the nonprofit aims to add seven more local families to that list.

Officials: Short-circuit caused Garden City structure fire

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:40pm

Investigators have determined a short-circuited light socket is the cause of a massive Garden City structure fire that injured one, rerouted school buses and backed up traffic for hours last week.

Firefighters in a ladder truck work on putting out a warehouse fire at Shining Auto Parts off Dean Forrest Road Thursday afternoon. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Board OKs $710M sale of Memorial University Medical Center

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:12pm

The board of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center on Wednesday evening unanimously agreed to a proposal from the Hospital Corporation of America to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of the hospital and the Chatham County Hospital Authority in a deal valued at $710 million.

How Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order could play out

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 9:01pm
When President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday in Kenosha, Wis., he sent a characteristically blunt message.