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You asked, our tax experts answered

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 8:46pm

It’s that time of year where we question every dollar we make and spend. And, as tax day approaches most of us find ourselves with at least one question that leaves us puzzled.

CITY TALK: Dueling petitions over alcohol sales in Thomas Square

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 8:44pm

I’ve written here repeatedly about the zoning crisis in West Savannah. For years, neighborhood activists have tried in vain to get the area rezoned, but efforts stalled, largely because of inaction by Savannah city officials. The lack of substantive action on zoning – the term we use for what uses are allowed in what places — led directly to the mess surrounding The Stage on Bay.

BiS in brief: IP’s Savannah Mill plans nonprofit workshop

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 8:41pm

International Paper’s Savannah Mill will host an IP Foundation workshop on April 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., in the conference room located in the visitor’s building on site at 1201 W. Lathrop Ave.


Sat, 03/25/2017 - 8:38pm


Julie McLean

Savannah-area home sales stay strong

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:35pm

Home sales in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties continued to climb in February with the sale of 465 homes across the three-county area.

Thunderbolt gets historical marker

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:33pm

The Georgia Historical Society on Friday dedicated a historical marker to the World War II Rescue Boat Station on the bluff of the Wilmington River in Thunderbolt.

Lance: Local makerspace provides opportunity

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:33pm

Over the past several years, local business Maven Makers has provided Savannah creators with a collaborative place to learn, design and make products. With a spacious workshop full of tools, materials and ideas to inspire your next creative project, Maven Makers offers several membership packages for those in need of the resources to create. Members pay a monthly fee, receive safety training and can then utilize any of the equipment, from bandsaws and soldering irons to 3D printers.

State government recognizes Gulfstream’s 50th

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:29pm

Friday was Gulfstream Day at the Georgia State Capitol to recognize and commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary year in Savannah. Gulfstream was recognized with a commending resolution by the Georgia House of Representatives.

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it ‘great day’ for jobs

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:28pm

President Donald Trump greenlighted the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it a “great day for American jobs” and siding with energy advocates over environmental groups in a heated debate over climate change.

BiS in brief: Bleubelle scholarship, Gulfstream G500 on track, millwork workshops

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 8:27pm

Savannah Technical College’s Center for Traditional Craft will offer weekend workshops featuring classical architectural millwork with noted author and restoration TV host, Brent Hull, along with blacksmithing and monument repair for the April Historic Homeowners Academy workshops.

Why paying taxes by a credit card probably isn’t a good idea if you want to save money

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 8:44pm

A big tax bill is like hay fever . You don’t want it, you try to avoid it — and then April rolls around and it hits you hard. Now you have to figure out how to take care of it.

Yellen says problems of childhood poverty linger later in life

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 8:43pm

A new Federal Reserve survey has found that children who grew up in poverty were twice as likely to struggle with financial challenges later in life, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday.

Savannah riverboat heads for new Kentucky home

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 5:35pm

After sailing the Savannah River for more than 20 years Savannah River Boat Cruises’ riverboat is off to a new home in Kentucky.

Captain Johnathan Claughton, owner of Savannah Riverboat Cruises. The company has sold the older Georgia Queen boat after purchasing a newer, larger vessel last year. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

International Paper donates $50,000 to Second Harvest

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:14pm

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia received $50,000 this week from the International Paper Foundation to address food insecurity in coastal Georgia. This donation is part of International Paper’s disaster relief effort brought on by Hurricane Matthew. International Paper Company Foundation in North America supports U.S. not-for-profit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities.

At right, Mary Jane Crouch, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia executive director, and Karen Bogans, International Paper Savannah communications manager, celebrate a donation from the International Paper Foundation to the food bank.

Sears expresses doubt about future

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 5:28pm

Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its doors open.

Jack Walsh, 85, and his 82-year-old wife, Mary Ann, visit with a reporter at a Sears store, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. They said they have shopped at Sears their entire lives, buying items from curtains and window treatments to tires and tools. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Douglas peanut sheller spending $14 million to expand into oil production

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 4:50pm

Premium Peanut, which operates the world’s largest shelling facility in Douglas, Ga., will spend $14 million to begin producing peanut oil, officials said.

Memorial Health names interim CEO to succeed Maggie Gill

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 7:58am

A 20-year veteran of directing major hospitals and health care organizations on Tuesday was named interim CEO of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center.

Kerry Watson, the new interim CEO of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center

New Trump hotels face political fights, ethics questions

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:06pm
NEW YORK — You might have expected the Trump Organization to tap the brakes on expansion plans given all the criticism over potential conflicts of interest while its owner sits in the Oval Office.   It’s hitting the accelerator instead.   In this Sept. 12, 2016 file photo, the main lobby of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. Trump's $200 million hotel inside the federally owned Old Post Office building has become the place to see, be seen, drink, network, even live, for the still-emerging Trump set. It's a rich environment for lobbyists and anyone hoping to rub elbows with Trump-related politicos, despite the veil of ethics questions that hangs overhead. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Tax questions? Ask our experts

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 7:02pm
Today’s the day: Ask anything.   Hancock Askew & Co. experts will take questions today at lunch time regarding individual and small business returns. Five of the firm’s tax accountants will be available at lunchtime to take your calls and help you sort through questions regarding your individual or small business return.   What they can’t do, of course, is offer legally binding answers to questions specific to your circumstances.   Susan Clifford, Hancock Askew

BiS in brief: Crop damage, Customs donation, business seminar

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 6:54pm
U.S. Customs to give goods to United Way    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Field Operations at the Area Port of Savannah will donate unclaimed merchandise, valued at $175,000, to United Way of the Coastal Empire to help families in need.    United Way will collaborate with its funded agencies, Goodwill of Southeast Georgia and the Salvation Army, to distribute the merchandise, including leather jackets, coats, and dress shirts, to disadvantage families and individuals.