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Some business owners, residents elect to stay behind, deal with storm

Tybee Island and surrounding areas were quiet on Thursday after a mandatory evacuation in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Ed Alexander, who owns Dixie Pedaler & Golf Cart Rentals at the corner of Butler Avenue and Campbell Street on Tybee, said it has been a ghost town since the evacuation went into place.

Workers board up McDonough's in preparation for Hurricane Matthew. (Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News)

Combined Federal Campaign kicks off

Local federal agencies have kicked off their Combined Federal Campaign for this year.

U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division Command Sgt. Maj. Walter Tagalicud, second from left, joins Pvts. Demetrius Green, Michael Mink and Tyra Moore in cutting a cake with a sword Friday morning during the kickoff of the Combined Federal Campaign at Hunter Army Airfield. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News)

Air law enforcers show off jetpack, other gear at Airborne Law Enforcement Association conference

The personal jetpack, designed by a New Zealand company, was one of many items on display Thursday during the annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association conference.

Amused soldiers look on as Chris Posey, the chief pilot of the Oxford, Ala., police department's aviation unit, tries his hand at a jet pack simulation Thursday during the Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual conference at the Savannah Internateional Trade & Convention Center. (Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News)

'Baywatch' filming continues in Savannah

Madeline Haddock waited anxiously, moving from spot to spot on the north end of Forsyth Park on Monday afternoon, smartphone at the ready.

Then, with a split-second click, she got what she came for: a snapshot of movie star Zac Efron crossing Gaston Street.

Zac Efron stands in Forsyth Park on Monday during filming for the movie "Baywatch." (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Filming)

Mercer University Medical School expands Savannah campus

They might not have a spot for tele-tailgating Bears games yet, but Savannah’s medical students have gotten a swankier campus as of late.

Photos by Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News- Robert Shelley, interim dean of Mercer University School of Medicine’s Savannah campus, left, and medical students Sheritta Carmichael and Laila Moraczewski listen during a media tour of the newly expanded campus Friday morning.

Savannah's Pinkie Master's: The rest of the story

If you blinked, you might have missed it — a ripple in Savannah’s scenery.

For a little less than two days last week, there was no glowing Pabst Blue Ribbon sign at the corner of Drayton and East Harris streets beckoning to the weird and weary.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News file photo Pinkie Master’s Pabst Blue Ribbon sign is lit up on 318 Drayton St. in December.

UGA reports $355 million impact in Savannah area

University of Georgia researchers say the state’s flagship academic institution has an annual economic impact of nearly $355 million on the greater Savannah area.

The number was released Monday in a report detailing a $4.4 billion annual impact across the state.

Party's over at Savannah's Pinkie Master's

There’s weird, and then there’s Pinkie’s. The notorious downtown Savannah bar is shutting down over the holiday weekend.

Josh Galemore/Savannah Morning News - Two regulars a man who goes by the name of James Bond and his dog Buster enjoy a drink and popcorn at Pinkie Masters.

Savannah Taphouse opens Thursday

Savannah Taphouse, which touts itself as an upscale sports bar, is scheduled to open Thursday on East Broughton Street. 

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger bringing beer restaurant to downtown Savannah

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is one of two restaurateurs opening a new beer-centric eatery in downtown Savannah.

The 5,600-square-foot Savannah Taphouse on East Broughton Street is slated to open a few weeks before Christmas.

Ben Roethlisberger

Downtown Savannah gets new military museum

There are pack rats, and there are collectors. Gary Webb’s the latter, and he’s just turned his decades old assortment of military ware and memorabilia into downtown Savannah’s newest museum.

Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News Gary Webb hangs out next to a Mig-21 cockpit at his Webb Military Museum on East York Street in downtown Savannah.

State lawmakers hear Georgia casino pros, cons in Savannah

State legislators met Monday in Savannah to talk gambling.

Savannah hot sauce startup aims to help veterans

Like bacon? There’s a ketchup to go with it.

It’s Tracey Richburg’s favorite Savannah Sauce Co. flavor, one she developed with partner Mike Roberson.

Photos by Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News- Army veteran Tracey Richburg, left, and Mike Roberson own Savannah Hot Sauce Co. Profits from their chipotle and cayenne hot sauces are donated to help veterans who are homeless or suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fundraiser set for B's Cracklin' Barbeque after owners secure new location

The owners of B's Cracklin' Barbeque in Coffee Bluff say they've signed a lease at a nearby location and plan to reopen the ill-fated and well-loved restaurant as soon as possible.
B's Cracklin' Barbeque

B's Cracklin' Barbeque signs new lease on White Bluff Road

The owners of B’s Cracklin’ Barbeque in Coffee Bluff say they’ve signed a lease at a nearby location and plan to reopen the ill-fated and well-loved restaurant as soon as possible.

B's Cracklin' Barbeque will sell food at a fundraiser Aug. 14 at RNR Home Improvements.

Surf Lagoon Water Park opens in Pooler

Pooler's newest attraction opened Saturday, making inner-tubing and outlet-mall shopping in the same afternoon all the more feasible. Surf Lagoon Water Park was nearly filled shortly after it opened.

Dash Coleman/Savannah Morning News - Za’Laiya Jones, 1, of Atlanta skeptically inches closer to spraying water Saturday afternoon during the opening of Surf Lagoon in Pooler.

Thousands turn out for Taste of Savannah

The city’s tourism chief said he’d spoken with people from Wyoming, Tennessee, Texas and Canada at the festival — some who had extended their trip to stay for the event. Attendees Saturday sipped wine, beer and spirits while eating a variety of foods including braised pork belly, ice cream with a kick, chicken and waffles and fruit plates.

Wilmington Island pizza parlor Basil's adds full-service bar

Amanda and Ryan Grady, who operate Basil's Pizza & Deli at 216 Johnny Mercer Blvd., have recently added a full-service bar.