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Katie Nussbaum

Experience pays for real estate team

With 14 years of experience in the Savannah real estate market, Heather Murphy and her team at the Heather Murphy Real Estate Group know that the sky is the limit when it comes to real estate.

Firm plans hotels, amphitheater, stores in Pooler near I-16

A new mixed-use development, which will include hotels, offices and boutique retail space, is on tap for the southeast corner of Interstate 16 and Pooler.

Savannah-area home sales start strong in 2017

Home sales across Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties got off to a strong start in 2017, according to data recently released by Savannah Multi-List Corp.

TLC compiles yearbook of personnel success stories

When it comes to setting and achieving goals Guillermo Montes is becoming an expert. “I told my fiancé I was going to be the youngest general manager in the company and here I am,” Montes, 24, said with a grin last week at the Comfort Suites Historic District where he serves as general manager.

Tracy Boles, general manager of the Fairfield Inn and Suites Savannah Airport is known as Bubbles, due to her upbeat and energetic personality. She’s been in the tourism industry for nearly 10 years. (Photos courtesy of the Tourism Leadership Council)

Lidl speeds up plans for new stores

German grocer, Lidl announced Wednesday that its first wave of U.S. stores, which includes locations planned for Pooler and Bluffton, S.C., are moving ahead of schedule with some of the stores opening this summer instead of 2018 as previously announced, according to an Associated Press report.

This is an artist’s rendering of the 36,000-square-foot Lidl store to be built in North Augusta.

Savannah Coffee Roasters opening southside cafe

Savannah’s southside will be getting a caffeine boost next week when Savannah Coffee Roasters opens the doors to their newest Savannah Coffee café at 714 Mall Blvd., inside The Design Center shops on Monday.

CEO/President of Savannah Coffee Roasters, Lori Collins. The company will be opening a second cafe location at 714 Mall Blvd., next week. (Photo by Katie Nussbaum/Savannah Morning News)

Owens Corning plant records 1 million safe work hours

The Savannah Owens Corning plant has a million reasons to celebrate.

Carter lists Broughton properties to restructure debt

Atlanta developer Ben Carter has listed his Broughton Street properties for sale with commercial real estate company CBRE and says the goal is to restructure. Carter says he remains devoted to Savannah.

Review board OKs 6-story hotel on Liberty over objections

The Savannah Historic Review Board on Wednesday approved the height and mass for a new hotel slated to occupy a lot across from the Savannah Civic Center at the corner of Tattnall and Liberty streets despite opposition from nearby residents.

Goodwill shows off G-Force skills, plant

For more than 50 years Goodwill of the Coastal Empire has given thousands of people the training and employment skills needed to obtain self-sufficiency in the areas of retail and facility services and manufacturing.

Residents: Godley tract zoning changes threaten quality of life

When the Metropolitan Planning Commission recommended a denial to rezone more than 100 acres of land within the Godley Station Master Plan earlier this month, it was a small victory for Highlands residents who have been fighting the encroachment of warehouses in the neighborhood.

Starland food truck park gets early OK

A food truck park could be coming to the Starland District after the City of Savannah Zoning Board of Appeals approved the use of a restaurant with alcohol sales on Thursday.

Savannah vet’s Super Bowl sign attracting giggles, Falcons fans

Case Veterinary Hospital on Eisenhower Drive may have scored a touchdown with their latest cheeky advertisment, which also pokes a little fun at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ahead of their Super Bowl matchup with the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5.

Geekend brings gamers, developers to 2 tech-filled days

After suffering a setback due to Hurricane Matthew in October coders, techies and geeks can rejoice, Geekend returns this Friday and Saturday.

Savannah Christian Prep sells DeRenne campus

Savannah Christian Preparatory School has sold its DeRenne Avenue campus to St. John Baptist Church for $3.2 million, according to a press release sent out on Monday.

Savannah State professor awarded patent for chemical compound

A Savannah State University professor is poised to potentially help millions with her recently discovered chemical compound that could help combat the effects of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s or ALS.

Photo courtesy of Savannah State University - Savannah State University associate professor of chemistry and forensic science, Karla-Sue Marriott works in her lab on campus at SSU. Marriott was recently approved for a patent for a newly discovered chemical compound that could combat the effects of Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases.

Savannah area home sales see growth, stabilization in 2016

The local housing market ended 2016 on a high note with 517 units sold across Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties during December. Breaking the coveted 500 units in December, which is typically a slow month, was a testament to the overall positive year in the local market.

Savannah area feels big impact from 2016 film, TV numbers

If you thought you saw a few more glimpses of celebrities and movie cameras on the streets of Savannah and Tybee Island during 2016, you were right.

Patel family builds legacy in hotels

Second-generation hoteliers Riki and Kris Patel aren’t too focused on their titles at HOS Management, the hotel development firm that their father Kirit and uncle, Anil Patel, founded more than 30 years ago.

City Manager talks solutions, priorities at monthly luncheon

Fresh off his first 90 days as Savannah’s new City Manager, Rob Hernandez said on Wednesday during the Savannah Downtown Business Association luncheon that his top priority remains developing a long term strategic plan for the Savannah community that can help guide the city into the coming years.

City Manager Rob Hernandez