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The newly established Chatham Artillery Memorial Scholarship has named its first recipient, Gregory Wilhelm, a senior information technology major at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

Wilhelm is earning his active duty commission in the Army Reserve Office Training Corps (ROTC). The Savannah native served over four years in the Army Infantry, attaining the rank of sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division. He currently serves in the Army National Guard and is a member of Isle of Hope Methodist Church.

The new scholarship program was established by the Chatham Artillery Corporation, comprising former and active members of the Chatham Artillery National Guard Unit headquartered in Savannah, first established as a militia unit in 1786.

“The memorial scholarship is our way of supporting the future of our armed forces and the quality of our future leaders,” says Colonel Henry R. Crumley, Jr., president of the Chatham Artillery Corporation.


Knowledge-based businesses (KBB) in Chatham County pay 57 percent more than the county’s average wage, according to a new analysis by the local nonprofit Creative Coast.

The analysis also shows that the knowledge sector -- which includes digital media, software development, maritime logistics, specialty engineering, business consulting, motion graphics, web, product and graphics design, among others - pays an average weekly wage of $964.17.

The average weekly wage for all jobs in Chatham County is $615.16.

Creative Coast Executive Director Chris Miller says the analysis “shows that KBBs are already an important part of the local economy and should be encouraged by the business, government and educational communities.”

According to Miller, there are over 300 existing knowledge-based businesses in the Savannah area, responsible for 3.4 percent of total employment here.

However, Miller says, “KBBs contribution to the local payroll far exceeds their percentage of total employment. It's quite impressive that a small sector generates a significantly greater percentage of total wages than its share of the employment pie.”

You can see Creative Coast's analysis at


International Paper’s Forest Products group donated enough lumber to the Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity to build eight homes, the largest-ever such donation to the group.

The homes will be built as part of the group’s annual Holiday Buildathon, which kicked off this past Saturday.

“This is the largest donation of materials that our Habitat for Humanity affiliate has ever received,” says Diane Cantor, executive director of Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity. “Without this donation from International Paper, we would never be able to build eight houses.”


A used CD and record store has opened on Broughton Street.

Vintage Vinyl & More, at 14 W. State St., had its ribbon-cutting and grand opening last Friday, with several city officials in attendance.

The store’s owners, Gary and Lori McClellan, operated a similar business in Jacksonville, Fla., before moving here to do the same.


St. Philip AME Church on MLK Jr. Boulevard announces that the chimes have been restored to their historic church after more than 50 years of inactivity.

While the new bells are electronic, church members are still excited about reclaiming a portion of the church’s history.

“The last time the church bell at St. Philip rang on what was then West Broad Street was 1949,” says a church spokesman.

A storm damaged the steeple shortly thereafter. Earlier this year, the church’s building committee authorized the funding and installation of the chimes. Those wishing to help the church defray the cost of the chimes should call 233-2083.