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Katie Nussbaum

Airport traffic stays on pace for record year

Despite the effects of Hurricane Irma, a record number of passengers have traveled through Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport this year, putting the airport on track for another record year.

As of September, 1.85 million passengers have passed through Savannah/Hilton Head International so far this year, which puts the airport on track to see a record number of travelers in 2017. (Photo courtesy Savannah Airport Commission)

Southbound Brewing Co. readies Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport location

Travelers to Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will soon be able to enjoy their favorite cold beer from Southbound Brewing Company. The local brewery is in the final stages of opening a taphouse just outside of the security checkpoint in the Savannah Square section of the airport.

The bar at the new Southbound Brewing Company Taphouse, which will open at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport later this year. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Daniel Defense confirms layoffs as it prepares new facility

Bryan County-based Daniel Defense, manufacturer of firearms and accessories, has announced that they have significantly downsized their workforce over the past few weeks.

Nine Line Apparel opens new Savannah facility

For the founders of Nine Line Apparel, the concrete backing on their sign at their new facility is more than just a place to display the company logo.

Daniel Merritt, Gov. Nathan Deal and Myles Burke, along with Angela and Tyler Merritt, prepare to cut the ribbon at Nine Line Apparel’s new facility on Fort Argyle Road on Thursday. (Savannah Morning News/Katie Nussbaum)

Historic board OKs 51-unit apartment building

A new four-story apartment building on Montgomery Street was approved Wednesday by the Historic District Board of Review at its monthly meeting.

Board approves plan to encourage residential development downtown

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an amendment to the City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance to remove density standards for several districts. The petition, which was brought by the city, aims to provide more incentives for residential development and create more balance for hotel and residential development.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to approve an amendment to the City of Savannah Zoning Ordinance to remove density standards for several districts in an effort to encourage residential development. (Savannah Morning News/Katie Nussbaum)

Deal closes for Savannah River Landing; 8-year, $500 million plan begins

The Savannah River Landing, a mixed-use development planned for the east end of President Street, has moved one step closer to reality. The sale of the 57-acre site closed last month for $30,125,000.

The Savannah River Landing site will include a park along the Savannah River with brick sidewalks, decorative lighting, benches, open grass areas, and trees. (Renderings courtesy of Cooper Carry)

Third-generation plumber honored for construction work

Tonya Reed cut her teeth in the plumbing business.

Tonya Reed, owner of Henry Plumbing Company, was named Woman of the Year by the Coastal Georgia National Association of Women in Construction last month. Reed, who first joined the organization seven years ago, currently serves as president and also received the award in 2014. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Service brings local flavors to tourist rentals

Visitors to the Hostess City can now have the touch of a local right in their fridge when they arrive at their vacation rental.

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After 30 years, John Davis finds flowers make relationships

Anyone that knows John Davis of John Davis Florist knows that he has one simple request: “Buy flowers.”

John Davis of John Davis Florist works on an arrangement at his Abercorn Street shop. This year Davis is celebrating 30 years as one of Savannah’s premier florists. (Photo courtesy of John Davis Florist)

Savannah construction firm announces national partnership

From grand homes in downtown Savannah to cottages in Emerald Pointe, The Strong Group has made their mark on the local residential construction industry and now they’re looking to transform that industry through a new partnership with Alair Homes, North America’s largest construction management contractor.

Walter Strong III and Walter Strong, Jr., of The Strong Group. The third-generation contracting residential construction firm has announced a new partnership with Alair Homes. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah area home sales have hot summer; Irma effect remains unclear

Savannah-area home sales had a hot summer with unit sales breaking records in both July and August.

Savannah businesses rebounding, helping others after Irma

While Hurricane Irma’s damage in downtown wasn’t as severe as what Hurricane Matthew brought last October, it’s likely to have about the same economic impact on the city’s hospitality and small business industry, but hospitality officials are still working to calculate the loss.

Review board OKs Liberty Street hotel design

A proposed five- and six-story hotel at Tattnall and Liberty streets was given the green light by the Historic Review Board on Wednesday. The board voted 3 to 2 — with Chairman Stephen Merriman voting to break the 2 to 2 tie — to approve the height and mass of the Liberty Hotel at 301 Tattnall St.

The Historic Review Board on Wednesday voted to approve the height and mass of the Liberty Hotel at 301 Tattnall St. The decision follows months of discord between the historic board and the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals after a nearby resident filed an appeal challenging the hotel’s proposed height. ((Rendering courtesy of Lynch Associates Architects)

Businesses put community first during stormy days

As Hurricane Irma brought high winds and flooding to Savannah last week, numerous businesses from Hutchinson to Tybee islands brought a sense of community and normalcy with hot meals for first responders and those who sheltered in place during the storm.

Nickie’s on Tybee set up to feed stranded residents and others after the storm surge flooded the road to the mainland. (Photo by Malcolm Tully)

Home inspector brings technology to job

One of the oldest conundrums for a homebuyer is knowing how well a house is built. Newer technology is helping to better answer those questions. One local inspector is using more tools than ever to do to give buyers and sellers more confidence.

Karam Tascoe, owner of Pillar to Post, flies a drone over a Pooler home on Tuesday during a home inspection. Tascoe uses the drone to check for water damage and loose shingles. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Area gas stations, grocery stores stay busy

Area gas stations and grocery stores are staying busy as residents make preparations for Hurricane Irma. While there is still some uncertainty about Irma’s impact on Savannah, a lot of residents are playing it safe after their brush with Hurricane Matthew last October.

Junior Achievement brings real-life learning to classrooms

Most everyone remembers the sticker shock that comes with that first adult grocery trip without mom and dad to foot the bill or receiving a first paycheck only to be surprised by the amount deducted for taxes. But for the last three decades, Junior Achievement has been working with schools to better prepare students for taxes, careers and families.

Students from Rice Creek School in Port Wentworth stand with Marshall Tuck, right, corporate small business officer at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., who serves as a Junior Achievement community volunteer. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Hotel industry expert predicts slight increase in Savannah occupancy rates

Savannah’s hospitality industry continued growing last year with hotel occupancy rates finishing about five percent above the national average. The outlook for 2017 and beyond continues to put the local occupancy rates on the upward trend, according to a presentation Thursday to a group of industry professionals.

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Tech group aims to grow IT apprenticeships

For many college graduates a degree doesn’t always guarantee a job. Employers often seek experience in addition to education or training, which can pose a problem for recent graduates, so one local group is helping to promote the benefits of apprenticeships within the local tech community in an effort to bolster the local job market.

Photo special to the Savannah Morning News - An Industrial Maintenance System student from Savannah Technical College works during his apprenticeship at JCB in Pooler.