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Livingood’s Appliances breaks ground on Pooler store

Four decades after opening the doors in Savannah, Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding is growing its footprint with a new location in Pooler.

Dale and Phyllis Livingood, founders of Livingood’s Appliances and Bedding, along with their sons Scott and Todd Livingood joined officials from Pooler, Savannah, Dewitt Tilton Group and others to break ground on their new location at 1225 U.S. 80. (Photo special to the Savannah Morning News)

Commission delays Starland zoning request

The Metropolitan Planning Commission on Tuesday delayed a zoning request for a new mixed-use development in the Starland District, voting to continue the petition brought by The Foram Group for a live, work, play development known as Starland Village until Feb. 27.

The Metropolitan Planning Commission delayed a zoning request for a new mixed-use development in the Starland District on Tuesday, voting to continue the petition brought by The Foram Group for a live, work, play development known as Starland Village until Feb. 27. (Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News file photo)

Savannah developer plans Starland live, work, play community

Located in the Thomas Square Streetcar neighborhood, the Starland District is one of the Savannah’s fastest growing areas. Home to local art galleries, technology startups and designers, there’s no shortage of creativity.

The former New Covenant United Methodist Church sits at the intersection of Bull and East 38th streets on Friday. Savannah-based Foram Group plans to develop a $40 million live, work, play community known as Starland Village at Bull and 38th Streets. The development, which will be spread across three lots, includes the former New Covenant United Methodist Church and the lot to the north that was previously owed by the City of Savannah, is expected to cover roughly 130,000 square-feet. (Will Peebles/Savannah Morning News)

Savannah Music Festival receives grant from the Hearst Foundation

The Savannah Music Festival has received a $75,000 grant from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation in support of its Musical Explorers program, which serves thousands of students and teachers across Savannah.

Musicians perform during a concert for the Savannah Music Festival’s Musical Explorers program in December. The program, which serves thousands of students and teachers across Savannah, was recently awarded a $75,000 grant from The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. (Photo courtesy of the Savannah Music Festival)

HOS Management breaks ground on downtown hotel

HOS Management, a second-generation Savannah hospitality and development company, expanded its footprint on Tuesday with a groundreaking for The Cambria Hotel Savannah Historic District.

Renovation gives 1920s Savannah apartment building new future

From the street, it’s hard to miss the transformation happening at the building on the corner of Maupas Avenue and Habersham Street. Over recent months, its worn, peeling orange exterior has been replaced with crisp white stucco.

Frontier Airlines announces flights to Denver, Philadelphia

Frontier Airlines will begin non-stop service from Savannah/Hilton Head International airport to Denver and Philadelphia this spring, the company announced Thursday.

Jonathan Freed, director Corporate Communications for Frontier Airlines announces new non-stop flights from Savannah to Denver and Philadelphia during a press conference at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport on Thursday. The service to both cities will start in early May. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Experts predict local, state economy to stay strong in 2018

The Savannah area economy will continue to post steady gains in 2018 according to the Georgia Economic Outlook forecast from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Georgia Southern University’s Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research.

Officials break ground for The Station at Savannah Quarters

The footprint at Savannah Quarters in Pooler continues to grow as officials broke ground Tuesday on a new apartment complex.

Officials with Tynes Development, the city of Pooler and Savannah Quarters break ground on The Station at Savannah Quarters on Tuesday. The 244-unit apartment complex is being developed by Alabama-based Tynes Development. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Enmarket buys 34 E-Z Shop stores, oil company in S.C.

Savannah-based Enmarket has acquired Brabham Oil Company, Inc., the company announced Tuesday.

Savanah-based Enmarket has acquired Brabham Oil Company, Inc. The sale will add 34 Brabham stores, which are branded as E-Z Shop to Enmarket’s store count and also includes the purchase of Brabham Oil’s wholesale fuel distribution company. (Photo courtesy of Enmarket)

Savannah River Landing development picks up steam

The open area on the east end of President Street will soon see long-promised development as shovels hit dirt on the Savannah River Landing, a 57-acre, multi-use development. The plan is to bring housing, hospitality and retail and office space to the site, which has been cleared for a decade.

A century of Savannah history: Kessler returning Armstrong mansion to residential roots

It’s one of the biggest homes in Savannah, the birthplace of Armstrong Junior College and the former home of one of the city’s oldest law firms.

The grand main staircase has been encapsulated to protect the marble treads and the handrails during the construction process. (Robert Cooper/for the Savannah Morning News)

Savannah mom’s baking solution becomes business

Savannah mom Leilani Lowry faced a problem making her favorite family treat — cone cakes, which are cakes baked inside ice cream cones.

Leilani Lowry, founder of Yippee! Cone Cake Co., shows off her new line of cone cake bases that will keep cone cakes upright during the entire process: baking, cooling, frosting, displaying and storing. (Photo courtesy of Yippee! Cone Cake Co.)

Entertainment industry contributes $137M to Savannah economy 2017

Savannah’s tree-lined squares and cobblestone streets have welcomed their share of fictional characters over the years.

Production crews work on the set of “Love at the Shore,” a Hallmark Channel movie that was filmed in Savannah and on Tybee Island. The movie was one of 12 feature films shot in Chatham County in 2017. (Photos courtesy of the Savannah Area Film Office)

Gamers, developers, techies unite for Savannah’s Geekend conference

It doesn’t matter if you’re a gamer, marketing pro or an executive, you’ll likely find inspiration at this year’s Geekend.

Moving Savannah forward: Rep. Carl Gilliard talks legislation at luncheon

Looking ahead to the remainder of the Georgia General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session, Rep. Carl Gilliard, D-Garden City, reassured business and community leaders this week that failure wasn’t an option for Savannah, reaffirming his dedication to lowering crime, combating homelessness and supporting economic development.

Rep. Carl Gilliard speaks during the monthly Tourism Leadership Council luncheon on Thursday. Gilliard recapped several legislative initiatives he supports this year, including a bill that would penalize people for supplying guns to felons. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Airport to invest in equipment to de-ice runways

Winter Storm Grayson dumped just less than three inches of snow at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport last week and shut down runways for more than a day, according to Savannah Airport Commission executive director Greg Kelly.

Snow and ice from a winter storm blankets the runway at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport last week. (Photo courtesy of Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport)

Farmers learn ways to check crops using drones

If you’re a farmer looking to keep a closer eye on your crops or need a better way to survey hundreds of acres after a storm, agriculture experts suggest looking to the skies.

Joe Mari Maja, a research sensor engineer with Clemson University, talks about the DJI Inspire 2 drone during an agriculture educational session Thursday at the South East Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. The session presented farmers and growers with the basics on using drones to survey crops, animals or storm damage. (Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

SEDA highlights record year

The Disney brand is known for having some of the most cheerful, customer-focused employees in the world.

Doug Lipp, former head of training at Disney University, gives the keynote speech at the 2018 Savannah Economic Development Authority Annual Meeting. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News)

Visit Savannah launches new website

No matter if you’re a local searching for the best new place to grab a drink on the weekend or a visitor searching for a cozy bed and breakfast the newly redesigned Visit Savannah website has you covered.