January 6, 2008 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

January 6, 2008

Police were out in force for New Year's making sure the roads were safe. Police were out in force for New Year's making sure the roads were safe.
Waynetta Tolar is the only one who survived an encounter with William Ashby, Waynetta Tolar is the only one who survived an encounter with William Ashby,
Setting shower and bathtub faucets with pipes on exterior walls to drip will keep them from freezing. Setting shower and bathtub faucets with pipes on exterior walls to drip will keep them from freezing.
Investigators are still trying to figure out why Peeples lost control of her car. Investigators are still trying to figure out why Peeples lost control of her car.
Asia has a crushed pelvis, broken hip and may lose or leg. Asia has a crushed pelvis, broken hip and may lose or leg.

Jim Thomas is making history in Hinesville, sworn in Saturday morning as Hinesville's first African American mayor. Hinesville Gets First African American Mayor.

An Effingham County man is behind bars after a stand-off with authorities Saturday night.

It started around 7:00 pm on Highway 21 outside of Springfield. A couple was driving when they say a man rammed into the back of their car and took off. Effingham County Man Arrested After Police Chase and Stand-Off.

A Sunday night storm sent trees crashing into homes and fences in several Liberty County neighborhoods. Through it all, everyone escaped injury. But the damage kept plenty of Midway residents busy this holiday. Storm Leaves Damage, Debris in Midway.

Bringing in the new year with a bang means fireworks on Savannah's River Street and parties in City Market, not gunfire in the streets. Firing a gun into the air at midnight is a tradition Savannah-Chatham police were working to stop on New Year's Eve. Police Cracking Down on Celebratory Gunfire.

As many celebrated the new year, officers throughout the region were doing their part to keep the roadways safe. Hardeeville Police Officers Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers.

It's been a hard road, grueling physical therapy sessions and countless doctors visits. Now Waynetta Tolar is finally back on her feet again. Tolar is the only one who survived an encounter with William Ashby, who went on a killing spree up and down the coast in 2006. Victim Speaks Out for First Time Since Being Shot.

The new year is a time to spend with loved ones, and members of one family really cherished their time together this holiday season. A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of Amanda Ware, the 12-year-old girl was severely injured when a rock hit her in the face as she rode home on the school bus. But now she's back home. Girl Hit by Rock Returns Home.

The new year is here and many are looking to some traditional foods to bring them a prosperous and lucky year ahead. Many people believe that eating the right food on New Year's Day brings luck throughout the year. Looking to Traditional Foods to Bring Luck This Year.

The deaths of a father and son December 27 have sparked new efforts to change the intersection where they died. It happened at Highway 46 and Nevils-Denmark Road. Those who live there say they see crashes like it on a weekly basis. Victims' Family, Neighbors Want Changes to "The Devil's Triangle".

New Years Day on Tybee Island can be summed up in three words: Polar Bear Plunge. Hundreds of people rushed the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean and took a dip. Tybee Island Celebrates 7th Annual Polar Bear Plunge.

An out of control car speeds across several streets before crashing through a garage and a house in midtown Savannah. Witnesses said they saw the woman cross Abercorn and Bull streets going about 80 miles an hour before she drove into the Sylvan Terrace neighborhood where she crossed a few more streets and crashed through a home on the corner of Cumberland Drive and Monterey Street. Car Crashes Through One House, Hits Another.

On Thursday, homeowner Jean Birnbaum found out she is responsible for getting her home fixed, not the driver who plowed through it. Homeowner to Pay for Damage Caused by Driver.

A dog is hit by a car and left for dead and probably would be if it wasn't for the people at the Cutting Edge Salon in Beaufort, South Carolina. Asia is an 8-month-old golden retriever. She is recovering at the Animal Hospital of Beaufort after she was hit by a car last week. Too Young To Be Put Down.

It was cold this week across the Coastal Empire and Low Country as people braced for the frosty weather of some of the coldest temperatures of the season. With the mercury hovering right around the freezing mark for most of Wednesday, Savannah's City Market wasn't much of a hot spot. Cold Weather Hits the Coast.

The most important thing to do when the temperature drops is to make sure your loved ones, including your pets, are protected against the cold. Then, turn your attention to your biggest investment: your home.

A local home improvement expert said this doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Simple Steps to Protect Your Home from the Cold.

What happens in the weather now could affect what we see--and don't see--in the supermarket this spring.

Farmers plant thousands of acres of Vidalia sweet onions each fall to grow over the winter. But cold temperatures and bitter winds have left puddles frozen in the fields. Cold Weather a Problem for Sweet Onions?.

Gadsden Elementary was empty Wednesday afternoon, but Thursday morning the sidewalks were filled with kids back at school for the first time since the cold snap. Each portable classroom has a heating and air conditioning inside, and staff made sure the heaters were operating at full blast. Schools Ready for Cold Snap.

Hershey's candy is under fire. Experts claim their new breath mints look like street drugs. On Thursday, Hershey's may be having second thoughts about their latest product. Hershey's Considering Change to Controversial Candy Packaging.

A favorite local fishing hole could soon get national attention thanks to a statewide makeover. Wayne county's Jaycee Landing will soon have more facilities and parking thanks to a statewide plan to keep more people fishing in Georgia. Jaycee's Landing Reels In Big Changes.

Illinois Senator Barack Obama's victory in Iowa marks the strongest finish by an African American presidential candidate in history.

Those keeping a close eye on the presidential race say while this is a significant moment for African American history, it's going to take more than that to win the presidency. Obama's Finish in Iowa Historic for Campaign, African Americans.

Once again, the Coastal Empire helps transition troops to serve in Iraq. National Guard soldiers from Indiana arrived Thursday and Friday. For the next three months, they will train here before they leave for a year's deployment. Indiana Guard Arrives at Fort Stewart.

A busy service station on Savannah's west side is also a popular place for car crashes. Alamani Williams owns the AK Williams service station on Ogeechee Road said he's used to seeing car crashes there, some of them deadly, some crashing into the building. Business Owner Tired of Cars Crashing into His Building.

Jesse Greer's family says he had never been in trouble before, they were surprised he was arrested and never believed he'd end up dead.

Now they are asking questions about what happened in the four days he was inside the Beaufort Detention Center before his death. South Carolina Family Searching for Answers.

The city of Bluffton continues to grow at a rapid rate and now so is Beaufort County's Dispatch Center in an effort to keep up with the demands. Bluffton Gets Separate Radio Channel.

We were in a cold spell for much of the week, but by the weekend, the Coastal Empire is back in the 60s and 70s, a near 50 degree turnaround.

People who work in the cold weather are ready for the warmer temperatures, but will their health pay the price? Roller Coaster Temperatures Cause Health Concerns.

Check the wtoc.com news page for the rest of Saturday's stories, and we hope you enjoy your Sunday. Please join us for the latest news from the community tonight on THE News.

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