I checked out one of Statesboro's newest entrepreneurial endeavors this past Saturday morning, and I have to say for them, it's all about results, not ambience.
For the last seven years, the Statesboro Herald has sponsored the Best of the Boro Reader Favorites contest. In the past, readers would cut their ballots out of the newspaper, complete them and either mail or deliver them to the Herald.
Last week, many of you may have watched with grave concern the continued fall of the U.S. stock market in conjunction with the steep decline of the stock markets of other industrialized countries around the world.
Local travel agent Patty Burns called me a couple of weeks ago to talk about two related topics she felt had become important, particularly now when everyone is trying to make the most out of their resources in difficult economic times.
Being a business editor right now is a double edged sword. There is plenty to write about, but unfortunately, the vast majority of it is not good.
Are the daily threats coming from our president, Congress, and the national media wearing you out? The parsing of words, gnashing of teeth, and talk of impending financial doom are relentless.
The crisis in the U.S. financial markets has dominated the news over the last two weeks and rightfully so. Financial firms that have withstood the Depression, two world wars, and previous recessions often disappeared overnight.
Plain and simple, last week was scary. It was clear that our proverbial chickens had come home to roost, and years of easy money and irresponsible spending and investing had caught up with our country's financial markets, and a monstrous financial catastrophe was knocking on our door.
In the next couple of weeks, I plan to write about two former Statesboro restaurant favorites that operated here before and are now coming back. Both were favorites of the college crowd, but are going to appeal to a much broader audience upon their return.
The signs are up and the parking lot is being paved as Statesboro residents eagerly await the opening of their newest shopping center, Statesboro Crossing. Located at the intersection of Brannen Street and the Veterans Memorial Parkway, Statesboro Crossing is the largest retail undertaking in this area since the Statesboro Mall was constructed in the early 1970's.
Last week, a friend called and admonished me for not reporting on what has been happening of late in downtown Statesboro. I took her "delicately" phrased criticism to heart and hit the streets, because frankly she was right. And boy, am I glad I did.
I had the opportunity this weekend to witness one amazing machine in action. On Saturday after running the 5K Peanut Run in Brooklet, I went to Ken's IGA on Highway 80 to see for myself the state-of-the-art "monster" barbeque oven that store owner Ken NeSmith has installed behind his grocery store.
In the last couple of weeks, I have had five or six phone calls about the bowling alley on Highway 301 South being closed. People want to know what is going on with Harvest Lanes. It is closed for good? Are there plans to renovate and reopen it?
This past Friday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced that the Florida Office of Financial Regulation closed First Priority of Bradenton. First Priority is the eighth U.S. bank to fail this year in the aftermath of the mortgage crisis, and the first Florida bank failure since March 2004.
A Savannah dining tradition is coming to Statesboro. CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL) and Ewing Southeast Realty have announced that Carey Hilliard's Restaurants will join Statesboro Crossing, the retail development under construction at the corner of the Veterans Memorial Parkway and Brannen Street.