Statesboro's tallest building and local landmark, the Summit Apartments, is undergoing a $4.2 million renovation encompassing both the inside and outside. Purchased this past April by the Ambling Companies based in Valdosta, Ga., the six story building on North Main Street is losing its minimalist, institutional facade in favor of a warmer, more appealing outer shell in conjunction with a complete interior overhaul.
Today is Christmas, and many, many happy campers are gazing contentedly at their new MP3 players – Zunes, iPods, SanDisks, etc. Oh the joy that technology brings to young and old alike.
Regardless of how you feel about the banking community here in Bulloch County, you cannot deny it has been entertaining the last several years. In the last decade, local banks have been sold, new banks have been started, and bank executives and loan officers have played musical chairs, moving from one bank to another until they find themselves in just the right spot.
In 2002, manufacturing operations at the Daniel Measurement and Control industrial plant in Statesboro had ground to a virtual halt. Daniel Measurement and Control owner, Emerson (NYSE: EMR), had moved production of many of Daniel's product lines to Mexico resulting in a greatly underutilized facility.
For the immediate future, the majority of major commercial development in Bulloch County is going to occur in the area I like to call, the "golden" quadrant – GQ. I use the term quadrant because the area is roughly a fourth of the "pie" created by the Bypass if the Bypass were complete, and golden because right now, it is the most valuable real estate in town. The GQ encompasses land in the immediate ...
The dream held by many local equine enthusiasts of Bulloch County building an agricultural arena is about to come true. Bulloch County manager, Tom Couch, said a team has been put together to develop plans for the new facility which will be located on Langston Chapel Road across from Langston Chapel Middle and Elementary schools.
From the small town of Louisville, Georgia, a community banking power has emerged. Founded in 1902 in the historic town that once served as Georgia's capital, the Queensborough National Bank and Trust Company has 20 branch facilities scattered from Augusta to Savannah including an office in Statesboro.
With the recent openings of Latte' Da and the Midtown Coffeehouse, I would argue that the bar has been raised, and to the delight of many of my local brethen, there may be no turning back. Each of these restaurants is very nice and upscale with an attention to detail that is superb.
Today is cold, hard facts day. We're talking single family residential construction and single family residential home sales here in Bulloch County. People may think this isn't exciting "stuff," but it really is.
History has shown that a vibrant downtown center is critical to a healthy metropolitan area. Examples of this are all around us – Savannah, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, and the granddaddy of them all, Atlanta. Simply put, nobody wants an apple with a rotten core. Statesboro was facing the possibility of a rotten core when its turn around began a few years ago.
Many local residents took note as Gnat's Landing on South Main Street closed its doors Monday to prepare for a new management team to take charge.
Originally founded as a grocery store on Savannah Avenue by Hubert and Mazie Newton in the early 1950's, Newton's Sport Shot has been a main supplier of hunting and fishing gear to several generations of Bulloch County residents.
The Historic Statesboro Inn and Restaurant lived up to its billing two weeks ago, when it served as a host for the first visit of a sitting president to Statesboro. The inn on Sou th Main Street was the White House's choice for President Bush to have lunch and do a television interview.
Last week, the Statesboro Herald ran a poll on its website asking "Which restaurant chain would you like to see open in Statesboro?" The results, printed in this past Friday's paper, listed the Olive Garden as receiving the most votes, Red Lobster in second, and Outback and Hooters tied for third.
Statesboro and Bulloch County's tremendous growth over the last several years is unparalleled in its 200-year history. Georgia Southern University has grown beyond expectations and the industrial park has blossomed. The local business community is thriving, and downtown Statesboro continues its resurrection.
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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