Located in the heart of downtown Metter, behind the Pineland State Bank, is one of the largest cricket farms in southeast Georgia. Slated to produce more than 40 million crickets in the next four months, McCorkle's Cricket Farm provides crickets, other live bait, and wholesale tackle to over 500 retail outlets in Georgia and South Carolina.
I was struck by the news released by the federal government this past Friday that housing construction has "plunged" to the lowest level in nearly a decade. The Associated Press reported that applications for new building permits fell in January for the 11th month out of the past 12, and that housing construction was down 11.8 percent in the South.
Harry Wachniak is grateful that he has been able to build upon a legacy left by his parents and turned it into a business that he, his wife, and children have been able to enjoy for the last 10 years. As owners of the Parkwood Motel & RV Park on Highway 301 south in Statesboro, the Wachniaks have been making dramatic renovations to the facilities that his mother and father bought over 40 years ago.
There is no better feeling than when a salesperson "calls" on you, and you end up selling their company your product or service. What makes it even better is if that salesperson is representing a company owned by the largest retailer in the world, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Southeastern Orthopedic Center, a Savannah based orthopedic group with 21 physicians, has filed a Certificate Of Need (CON) to build a limited purpose ambulatory surgery center for outpatient surgeries next to their Statesboro office.
I think by nature, productive human beings hope that when they depart this earth, a legacy of the good they accomplished will continue on. That legacy can be in the form of their children, businesses they have been a part of, organizations they have served, or any number of things.
With the world price of crude oil dropping significantly in the last several weeks, local consumers wonder why the price of gasoline has not dropped at the same rate.
The new Talbots clothing store opened with much fanfare and anticipation this past Friday. At the 11:00 a.m. ribbon cutting, people were literally hanging out of the door feeling giddy that this national clothing retail company had decided to open a store here.
Let's say a couple of hearty travelers from the North are driving through Statesboro for the first time on their way to Savannah. Like most, they exit Highway 80 on the west side of town opting to take the bypass.
According to Portal natives, Lee DeLoach and Marion Hulsey, it has been 35 years since a restaurant was built there.
Much has been made about the amount of new retail space that is being developed in and around Statesboro. There have been rumblings that maybe it is too much development at one time. Who is to say, but I thought it might be interesting to examine the status of two high profile developments and see how things have turned out for each.
Averting possible closure, one of Bulloch County's two public golf courses is now under new management. Statesboro residents, Ernest Kelley and James Cannady, have entered into a lease-purchase agreement with the ownership group of Southern Links Golf Club on Golf Club Road, and have assumed day-to-day management of the course and its financial operations.
The food beat goes on as two new restaurants prepare to open in Statesboro this week – Barberitos Southwestern Grille & Cantina in the Market District, and Wise Guys in the original Pizza Inn location on Highway 301 South.
As many area retailers take a long awaited break from the marathon holiday shopping season, local health and fitness gyms are gearing up for their "busy season" – January through April.
Go to the southwest corner of Highway 67 and the Statesboro Bypass and you will see an object of curiosity for many residents. Immaculately cleared and prepped, the six acre prime commercial real estate site is ready for construction, but no formal announcement has been made as to what is going to be built there.
When I decided to run for mayor this past August, I knew my relationship with the Statesboro Herald would change and it did. For almost 10 years, I had written an "Inside Bulloch Business" column each week as well as a business news story.
One of the great joys that I have experienced over the last 10 years in writing this column is to watch businesses grow, thrive, and adapt to the demands of our local economy.
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