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Dog gone: Savannah’s Great Dane statue finds a new home

A familiar sight on Savannah’s westside, the Great Dane dog statue located in front of Great Dane’s local corporate office, has found a new home in Brazil, Ind., at the company’s largest manufacturing plant.

Champ, the Great Dane dog statue that was located outside Great Dane’s Savannah office on West Bay Street has found a new home at the company’s largest manufacturing plant in Brazil, Indiana. (Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News file photo)

City Talk: New courthouse annex should reflect historic context

What makes Savannah so special, so different from other cities across America and around the world?

American Airlines announces new Savannah flights

Getting to Miami and Chicago will be a little easier for Savannah area travelers in 2018.

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, a pair of American Airlines jets are parked on the airport apron at Miami International Airport in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

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Savannah’s Coastal Empire Motorcycles builds custom bikes, community

Over the last few years, there have been a slew of locally-owned small businesses opening on the Bull Street corridor in Savannah, including the city’s only custom vintage motorcycle shop, Coastal Empire Motorcycles.

Customers gather in front of Coastal Empire Moto during one of the shop’s events with Big Bon Pizza. (Photo by Mike Schalk)

Tax breaks, fast internet proposed to bolster rural Georgia

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BiS in brief: Infinity, Inc., Cape Creations donations; Longhorn celebration; Judge Realty expands service

Infinity, Inc., employees donate to Union Mission

Zoller leads practice for 40 years

A lot has changed in the world of medicine since Dr. Michael Zoller founded Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Savannah in 1977, but Dr. Zoller and the six other physicians on his team still do certain things by the book.

Dr. Michael Zoller, founder of Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Savannah, cuts his anniversary cake earlier this week during a staff party at the DeSoto hotel to mark the practice’s 40th anniversary and celebrate the holidays. (Photo by Donna Shepard)

City Talk: How we’re changing – and how we aren’t

In last Sunday’s column, we looked at new information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey about the rapidly changing Thomas Square neighborhood south of Forsyth Park.

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Lower announces run for school board president

Larry Lower has announced his candidacy for the Savannah-Chatham School Board president. He is currently the District 6 representative to the board, having served two terms.

Robertson: Social media videos help successfully promote brand

After all of the discussion this year about the pros and cons of social media, you may wonder if it is still a useful tool for promoting your brand. If the viral success of a November 29 police recruitment video featuring Chewbacca is any indication, the right social media video can be an effective and useful tool.

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

By Ryan Nakashima and Matt O’Brien

FILE - This file image provided by Disney shows, from left, Chadwick Boseman as Panther, Paul Bettany as Vision, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, and Don Cheadle as War Machine in a scene from “Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.” Disney’s announcement Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, that it’s buying most of movie goliath Fox for $52.4 billion in stock brings these once disparate franchises together. The combined company will account for more than a third of theatrical revenues in the U.S. and Canada. (Disney Marvel via AP, File)

Ask SCORE: Closing sales begins by building trust

Making the sale, especially when your small business offers products and services to other businesses, demands more than being good at what you do. It also requires building professional relationships. That means earning your customers’ trust. Remember, whether your business centers on a product, or a service, it first centers on you. You are selling yourself even before your business takes center stage. There is no exact formula for earning trust. It requires time, patience and effort on your part. But once your customers view you with trust and respect, they will become a powerful advocate for your business.

United Way head Schroeder to retire

Gregory G. Schroeder, president and CEO of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, announced his retirement from the organization on Friday. Schroeder, who has led the local organization since 2002, will retire in early summer 2018.

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FCC votes along party lines to end net neutrality rules

By Barbara Ortutay and Tali Arbel

Lindsay Chestnut of Baltimore holds a sign that reads “I like My Internet Like I Like my Country Free & Open” as she protests near the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, where the FCC is scheduled to meet and vote on net neutrality. The vote scheduled today at the FCC, could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B deal

By Tali Arbel

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, The Walt Disney Co. logo appears on a screen above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal, announced Thursday, Dec. 14, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Portside: Savannah River Logistics ramped up, growing

Don’t tell the kids, but it takes more than elves to get all their holiday wishes under the tree by Christmas morning.

Larry Hearn of Savannah River Logistics checks the paperwork on hazardous paint materials at his company’s new warehouse. (Mary Carr Mayle/For Savannah Morning News)

GPA employees share holiday cheer with CASA kids

Employees of the Georgia Ports Authority helped make the holidays a little brighter for dozens of Savannah-area children Wednesday.

Georgia Ports employees purchased gifts for more than 65 children under the care of Savannah Chatham Court Appointed Special Advocates. (Photo courtesy Georgia Ports Authority)

Fed rate increase is 3rd this year; foresees 3 more in 2018

By Martin Crutsinger

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

As ‘net neutrality’ vote nears, some brace for a long fight

By Tali Arbel