I consider it the ultimate compliment when people read what I write and take the time to either email me or call the paper with support or disagreement. I feel it is a great privilege to write about local business and as well as business from the surrounding areas that affect us here in Statesboro.
Chartered in 1948 with $25,000 in capital and 250 shares, Bulloch County-based Farmers & Merchants Bank now sits solidly as Statesboro's third largest bank with deposits of more than $188 million.
There isn't a day that goes by that someone doesn't ask me "When are we getting another grocery store?" There is no way around it, we clearly are obsessed about this topic.
Nestled serenely among a stand of pine trees on Jones Mill Road is a hospital that has quietly grown to be one of the most respected nationwide in the field of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Since 1971, Willingway Hospital has played host to over 20,000 patients, many of whom have decided to remain in Statesboro to continue both their treatment and their lives.
I had the pleasure of attending the annual meeting of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB) this past week. With Star Wars music in the background and a theme of looking towards the future, I was pleasantly surprised to see the degree in which the SCVB is doing just that.
The development and exportation of information technology has enabled our country to maintain its status as the world's richest and most powerful even as we remain dependent on foreign oil and manufacture relatively little compared to decades ago.
With new leadership firmly in place, the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority (DSDA) and Main Street Statesboro have positioned themselves to begin another chapter of redevelopment in Statesboro's city center.
Statesboro resident Brian Welker made the best of a bad situation when he started washing windows 15 years ago.
Change can take a lot of courage, and many times it also involves a great leap of faith. When the partners of local insurance agency Blount, Burke, Wimberly & Hendricks Insurors moved their agency from South Main Street to the Market District a couple of weeks ago, it took a large dose of both according to Kay Wimberly, the firm's executive vice president.
For different reasons, two Bulloch County farm families have come to the same conclusion, growing produce organically is the future for them. Al Clark, owner of Clark & Sons Organics in Portal, recently received state certification to grow organic produce on eight of his 100 acres. Jim and Connie Hayes, owners of Healthy Hollow Farm near Stilson, are awaiting certification this fall of 20 acres within their 600 acre farm.
There are two favorite topics in this town - restaurants and grocery stores. Oh, how we collectively yearn for more options in both areas, and not to ourselves, but to anyone that will listen.
Local builders are gearing up for a statewide change in the building code going into effect July 1.
Statesboro lawyer Gerald Edenfield might just have had the perfect Father's Day. Not only was Edenfield sworn in as the president of the State Bar of Georgia this past Father's Day weekend at the organization's annual meeting, but he was also in the audience when his daughters, Sharri Edenfield and Kristie Edenfield, received and accepted awards respectfully for their work in the young lawyers division of the Bar.
I don't know about you, but one of my favorite movie scenes is when the children that found the "golden" tickets are released into Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. From edible flowers to the chocolate river, young or old, you just wanted to go there
Note: This is the second of a three-day series looking more in depth at Bulloch County's proposed budget and a possible tax increase.