Effingham County Schools set to kick off the new school year

Thousands of students will head back to the classroom Wednesday in Effingham County.

Effingham County fair will not be held this year

Longtime Chatham Co. Commissioner diagnosed with COVID-19

  Making a trip to the dentist a “pawsitive” experience

  Savannah alderman helping residents with sanitation services

  Oglethorpe Speedway prepared to host monster truck show

Artist draws inspiration from Savannah

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  Greenbriar Children’s Center holds Christmas in July donation drive

  Good News: 17-year-old starts football league for middle schoolers

  YMCA working with families as school returns virtually

  Beaufort police chief passes away after long battle with cancer

  New Evans County Christian Learning Center will open soon

Savannah Tech holds annual cake decorating contest

  Savannah’s new Plant Riverside District open to the public

Hundreds celebrated the official opening of the new Plant Riverside District on Savannah’s waterfront.

  Pooler City Council votes to roll back millage rate

“We wanted to send a message that we care, we’re listening and we’ll do anything we can to help our community,” said Pooler City Councilwoman Karen Williams regarding Monday's vote to rollback the city millage rate.

  Masking up at Christ Church Episcopal

One congregation has found a unique way to help them feel more connected. It begins with something most Americans are wearing every time they leave home - a mask.

Hours expanded at Savannah Civic Center COVID-19 testing site

Beginning Monday, July 27, the Chatham County Health Department is expanding its COVID-19 testing hours at the Savannah Civic Center.

St. Joseph’s/Candler prepares for hurricane season during pandemic

  Take a day trip down the Coastal Highway

Waterspout spotted off Hilton Head Island

WTOC to host 3-day virtual hurricane expo

  Savannah Police surprise 7-year-old with special birthday present

  Hinesville business helping create socially-distanced prom

  Good News: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry scholarships

As is the case for most students, cost was a consideration when Faith Sulak was choosing a college.

Apply for SCCPSS free, reduced meals for 2020-2021 school year

The Savannah-Chatham school district says because of COVID-19, they had a special waiver and could feed everyone. Now, that waiver has expired and families will need to apply for free and reduced meals.

Beach advisory lifted for portion of Tybee’s North Beach

The Chatham County Health Department has lifted the beach advisory for Polk Street Beach on Tybee Island.

  Savannah city council to vote on non-discrimination ordinance

Savannah City Council is expected to vote on a non-discrimination ordinance Thursday.

  Non-profits, CEMA team up to give out face masks that help the deaf read lips

People across the country are wearing face masks to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus.

  Businesses offering free WiFi to ECSD students

Last week, the Effingham County School District sent out a message asking for the communities’ help.

  Community raises money to replace stolen bicycle

Johnny Johnson pedals from one side of Sylvania to another, doing everything from odd jobs to volunteering at football practice.

  Manna House in need of volunteers for food distribution

“We need about 25 people to operate every drive and we’ve been operating them with ten and twelve,” said Assistant Director of the Manna House Liz Quarterman.

  Local businesses still helping those on the front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 has been impacting our community since March. Healthcare workers and community partners have spent months on the frontlines trying to help those most deeply impacted.

  Rincon seamstress continues making free masks months into the pandemic

Now more than three months and thousands of masks later Rincon seamstress Carolyn Beasley isn’t slowing down. Now see increased demand in masks for children as well.

  Walk-up COVID-19 testing now offered in Savannah

Beginning Monday, the Chatham County Health Department will accommodate up to 100 walk-up tests each day at the Civic Center COVID-19 testing site for individuals without access to a vehicle.

  World War II veteran and pastor turns 98 years old

Friends, family and city leaders helped line West Victory Drive Saturday morning, to celebrate Reverend Matthew Southall Brown’s 98th Birthday.

  New delivery food service started on Tybee Island

A new business is driving around Tybee Island and the surrounding area delivering food orders.

2020 Savannah Food & Wine Festival canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

The 2020 Savannah Food & Wine Festival scheduled for November has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Foster Fears: Local organization asking for help amid pandemic

“COVID-19 is effecting us in a way that’s more than just stuck at home and having to wear a mask. It’s forcing our kids to think about, ‘what if I go homeless and what do I need to do to survive?’” Said Gilliard & Company CEO/Co-Founder Whitney Gilliard.

Telfair holding Free Family Weekend

If you want to enjoy some art this weekend with your family, the Telfair Museums invites all Chatham County residents to the Jepson Center.

  LIST: Area cities, towns with face mask mandates

Keep track of where face mask ordinances have been passed in the WTOC Viewing Area.

  Good News: Veteran carriers trucking for a cause

Losing a friend in the military can be tough - even tougher on the families.

CAT reducing nighttime services due to low ridership

Chatham Area Transit says it will be reducing its nighttime hours due to low ridership in the evenings amid the pandemic.

  Statesboro group holding a mask distribution

Organizers of a mask distribution say it’s not as much about putting one or two masks in one person’s hands, as getting them to businesses ten at a time, 100 at a time, or even 1,000.

  Biking for Better: Two men’s cross country trek to give back

It's a journey that has been nearly two months in the making. Two men and their bikes making a trek across the country headed towards Tybee Island. Raising money for single mother's and family of fallen Night Stalkers at HAAF.

  Swearing in of new police chief in Rincon

The City of Rincon has a new police chief.

Beaufort County seeks public input on improving bicycle, pedestrian safety

Beaufort County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force is asking the community to help make walking and biking safer and more accessible in the county.

  Gullah Geechee queen mother celebrates 20 years

Twenty years as queen mother and 40 years of Gullah Geechee activism has given Queen Quet a lifetime of memories

  Boys donate savings to Richmond Hill ice cream shop amid coin shortage

First there was a nationwide toilet paper and hand sanitizer shortage when the COVID-19 pandemic started, now there’s a shortage nobody expected; a coin shortage.

  2020 Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival canceled

The Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival has officially been canceled for this year.

  Racing returns to Oglethorpe Speedway Park

Oglethorpe Speedway anticipates a big crowd Friday night for their first race of the season. While they are encouraging spectators to wear a mask and social distance they won't be enforcing it.

  Davenport House leading the way

To get the economy back up and running, you have to find a way to open it back up. The Davenport House believes they’ve found away and they are glad to share what they’re doing.

Tybee city council passes race equality resolution

Tybee Island City Council passed a resolution overnight promoting justice and equality in the city.

  Health officials discuss when to get tested for COVID

Over the last few weeks, COVID-19 testing and the number of positive cases has increased, and now new efforts are being made to improve return time on results.

  Good News: Parker’s named nation’s top convenience store chain

There are convenience stores all across the United States and according to one publication, some of the best are in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry.

  Local veteran receives free roof

A local veteran is getting a new roof for his home free of charge.

  Volunteer group helping build dining hall at Seventh Mile Farm

A group in Bulloch County that helps families is getting some help themselves this week.

  Effingham YMCA keeping summer camp safe

As we see COVID case numbers continue to rise some summer camps are now calling it quits. But in Effingham County the YMCA summer camp is pushing forward. Believing what they're doing is keeping their campers safe and helping make 2020 a great summer after all.

  City of Hinesville approves emergency mask mandate

The City of Hinesville has approved an emergency mask order that will go into effect on Saturday, July 11.

  Local art on display at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport

The Savannah Art Association is trying to make sure those that visit the Hostess City have an easy way to take in some of the work by local artists.

  Unemployment impacts Savannah businesses

Employers are looking for workers after massive spikes in unemployment due to COVID-19.

Trash pickup delayed in parts of Savannah

The city of Savannah says garbage collection is delayed in several neighborhoods this week.

  Community Champions: ‘100 Things to do in Savannah Before You Die’

Cele and Lynn Seldon had less of a challenge finding things to do in Savannah than they did letting people know about what they had found.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of the Diocese of Savannah

Pope Francis has named a new bishop of the Diocese of Savannah.

DNR offers grant for Top Conservation Teacher in Ga.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is offering a $1,000 grant for the top conservation teacher in the state.

  Expo held to encourage shopping at black owned businesses

Tuesday, the community is shining a light on black owned businesses.

  Hunter Army Airfield donates flag to Memorial Health

Hunter Army Airfield made their way to Memorial Health Tuesday to say thank you, just days after Independence Day.

  Group to be formed to set short-term vacation rental rules on Tybee

Tybee Island city council has asked its planning commission to form a group to figure out what rules are enforceable when it comes to short-term vacation rentals.

  Fight Dirty Tybee suspending group cleanups as health precaution

Several times each week a group of volunteers hit the beach and pick up buckets of litter on Tybee Island.

  Crowds expected in Downtown Savannah over Fourth of July weekend

Savannah’s Fourth of July is looking a little bit different this year. Instead of fireworks and celebrations people are celebrating in their own groups and by going out to the bars that are open.

  A look inside Savannah’s Plant Riverside District

The Plant Riverside District is something Savannah’s never seen before, and WTOC’s Cyreia Sandlin got a tour of the property with the man behind the vision.

  4th annual Cars on the Burn for Bethesda set for July 4

Cars on the Burn at Bethesda will be this Saturday, July 4.

American Red Cross holding blood drive at Tanger Outlets Savannah

The American Red Cross held a blood drive at Tanger Outlets Savannah in Pooler on Thursday.

  Good News: I Pledge for Ice Cream campaign

One of Savannah’s sweetest traditions has returned, Leopold’s I Pledge for Ice Cream campaign.

  Remembering Richard Eckburg: Savannah community leader remembered for dedication

A staple in the Savannah community, Richard Eckburg, has passed away.

  Spirit of Bethesda carries on

Savannah certainly has it’s share of history, but not all of it is in the Historic District. Just over ten miles southeast of downtown Savannah lies Bethesda Academy, which has a rich history of raising boys.

  Senior Citizens, Inc. kicks off annual fan drive

With the summer heat upon us, Senior Citizens, Inc. is trying to help our older residents beat the heat.

  Man celebrates 107th birthday social distancing style

So much love and joy for a man who has just about seen it all.

Leopold’s Ice Cream hosts annual “I Pledge for Ice Cream”

July is here, and with it, the heat of summer.

  Savannah/Hilton Head International continues to see uptick in air travel

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport has had a turbulent 2020.

  2020 Race for the Cure to be held virtually in October

The 2020 Race for the Cure will be held virtually this year in Savannah.

  City of Savannah to reveal Canal District plans through virtual meetings

The City of Savannah is set to conduct three virtual meetings this month to showcase their ideas for this area of West Savannah primarily around Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue.