Savannah participating in national memorial for COVID-19 victims

The city of Savannah is inviting houses of worship, businesses and individuals to join in a national memorial for the lives lost to COVID-19 on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

  Changes made to Effingham Co. MLK celebration for safety

  Dr. King’s legacy lives on in places he may have never visited

  Hilton Head Island holds MLK celebration with pandemic safety precautions

  Savannah funeral home’s secret role in the Civil Rights Movement

  Bayou Cafe’s 30 year run on River Street coming to an end

  Second African Baptist Church Reflects on Martin Luther King Day

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  Feed the Hungry holds free gas giveaway

Eleanor ‘Sandy’ Torrey West passes away at 108

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. around the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

  Big turnout for gun show in Savannah

Mayor Van Johnson makes 100 most influential Georgians list in Georgia Trend Magazine

  City of Savannah launches app for 311 service

  Savannah man fuels passion by preserving auto history

Savannah’s racing roots run deep. From hosting the first grand prix outside of Europe to the annual Savannah Speed Classic.

Changes coming to COVID-19 testing at Savannah Civic Center

A few changes are coming to COVID-19 testing at the Savannah Civic Center.

Pandemic forces change to MLK celebrations in the Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is on Monday and if you were hoping to honor Dr. King’s legacy ahead of time, there are a few options in the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire.

  Tybee Island to have virtual presentation for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tybee Island is ready to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week, but like many other events, they’ve altered how they’ll be doing it.

  Good News: Canady’s Coats for Kids delivers coats to youth organizations

  Father, son make history working together at Pooler Police Department

  Habitat for Humanity helps build benches to celebrate Beaufort’s history

  No delays expected for tax filing deadline

  Annual Rattlesnake & Wildlife Festival canceled due to COVID-19

Public meeting held to discuss recommendations for Tybee alcohol ordinance

  Suspects target elderly in spree of thefts at local grocery stores

“By the time they realize their wallet’s gone and they report it to us the money has already taken out.” Lt. Daniel Thompson with the Rincon Police Department says this group of three takes your credit card and use it to buy gift cards, typically withing 20 minutes of the theft.

  Experts offer tax preparation tips as tax season gets underway

It’s the beginning of a new year and that means it’s time to get your taxes in order.

T-Mobile donation helps thousands of SCCPSS students with virtual learning

A donation to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is helping thousands of students log in to class a little easier.

  Coastal Health District temporarily pauses appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Coastal Health District announced Monday that it has temporarily paused appointment scheduling for new requests due to an overwhelming response from those in Phase 1a+ who are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

First Forsyth Farmers’ market of 2021 kicks off 12th season

There’s no doubt that if you’re near Forsyth Park on a Saturday morning, chances are you might stop by the farmers market.

Senior Citizens, Inc. holding ribbon cutting for new building

SCI will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new building on Friday, Jan. 8

  Community Champions: Step Up Savannah AmeriCorps Vista Program

There was one constant in a year when everything was different.

  City of Savannah cancels St. Patrick’s Day festivities for second year in a row

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson announced Tuesday during his first weekly update of 2021 that the city will not be hosting its traditional St. Patrick’s Day events for the second year in a row.

  Statesboro City Council outlines plan to tackle blighted neighborhoods

Some Statesboro neighborhoods could see improvements in the next few years. The city hopes they can help homeowners make their homes better or replace houses beyond repair.

  TMT Farms donations help stock Statesboro food pantry

Santa’s workshop might be empty after the holidays, but a food pantry in Statesboro is restocked after a generous Christmas season.

  Traditional food for good luck in the New Year

New Year’s Day means a specific menu for many in the South. After the year that was 2020, they might be grabbing a second helping to get 2021 off to a good start.

Savannah couple nearly hit by falling bullet during New Year’s celebrations

Standing on the deck of their home off Victory Drive the Steinmet family heard a loud noise & looked down only to see a bullet lodged in the deck between them. A bullet Chris Steinmet now calls his lucky charm.

WATCH: Worship service for the 158th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Enjoy this worship service for the 158th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

  River St. preparing for a different New Year’s Eve than years past

New Year’s Eve downtown will of course look much different this year compared to last year.

  Some of your resolutions for the new year

Thursday WTOC took to the streets to find out what new resolutions are on your list and offer some parting words to 2020.

  City of Tybee officials discuss New Year’s Eve safety during the pandemic

The City of Tybee Island cancelled their New Year’s Eve celebrations, but all the while city officials say a lot of people have still chosen Tybee as the place where they want to be to ring in the new year.

  Savannah’s Plant Riverside District preparing for New Year’s Eve celebrations, COVID-19 safety

Celebrations will look very different this year due to the pandemic. Most will be done virtually or at a safe distance.

  Fence Art Project artists hang work on construction fencing

If you drive down Savannah’s Bull Street, you’ll notice construction sites that have been transformed into works of art.

  Swearing-in ceremony held for new Liberty County sheriff

Liberty County swore in its new sheriff Wednesday morning.

  Swearing in ceremony held for new Evans County sheriff

Mac Edwards becomes only the 13th sheriff in Evans County history, but the third from within his family.

  Savannah victim advocacy agencies discuss 2020 struggles

2020 posed a series of challenges for non-profit agencies throughout the community.

  Hilton Head Fire Department continues donation collection for charity

The Hilton Head Fire Department is nearing the end of their food collection for the charity called Deep Well, and they say they have been shocked at the turnout but hope for just a little bit more.

Gov. McMaster reminds public of approved NYE events

As the pandemic continues, Governor McMaster’s office released a tweet reminding South Carolinians of occupancy limits and approved events this New Years Eve.

  Food truck provides first responders with lunch

A local food truck worked with P23 Labs to provide lunch to first responders on Monday.

  Savannah holding first Kwanzaa Krawl

Saturday is not only the first day of Kwanzaa, but it’s also a day some city leaders, artists and business owners hope will showcase Savannah’s African-American restaurants, art, and culture.

  First responders working hard on Christmas day

It may be Christmas, but frontline medical workers and first responders are still spending time away from loved ones to keep their communities safe and healthy.

  Humane Society celebrates Christmas Eve with donations, close to adoption goal for 2020

The Humane Society is only 34 adoptions away to reaching last year's total number of adoptions.

Christmas lights spectacle draws hundreds to Wilmington Island neighborhood

A Wilmington Island family's home has caught the eyes of hundreds over the last month, especially at night.

Good News: Savannah holiday decorations

Tradition is being altered this year, with Christmas looking and feeling not quite the same. This is why downtown Savannah has been such a comforting site these last several weeks.

Christmas Eve shopping hours for those last-minute shoppers

If you realize you left someone off your Christmas list and you still need to pick up something special, many stores will be open on Christmas Eve but will be closing early.

Ga., SC highway patrols expecting busy roads for holiday travel

Thousands of people are expected to hit the roads today to visit their loved ones for the holiday.

  Community Champions: Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign

Enthusiasm has had to be the biggest constant in a year of change for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.

Feed the Hungry holding 12th annual Christmas Holiday Dinner event

Savannah Feed the Hungry will hold its 12th annual Christmas Holiday Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

  Ga. Department of Labor increases workforce as unemployment claims continue during pandemic

Thousands of Georgians are unemployed because of the pandemic and are still waiting on benefits.

  SD Gunner Fund helps pay therapy bills for Chatterbox families in Pooler

A check for $8,500 was given to Chatterbox in Pooler to help pay off therapy bills for ten families and it’s something they said was a blessing.

  Battling depression during the holidays made worse by pandemic

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year for many, but for some, it can be stressful and even sad.

  Most Savannah churches still holding Christmas services

The coronavirus is changing the way people celebrate the holidays this year, and that includes how they worship on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  Mystery gift in Effingham Co. proves Santa is real

An unexpected overnight donation of toys for more than a dozen kids at the Effingham County YMCA Saturday left only with a note reading, 'Santa is Real.'

  Supermarket donates to foundation to help feed local communities

A local supermarket and foundation team up together to give back to those in need during the holidays.

  Dalmatian up for adoption visits local fire stations

Just weeks after the Humane Society for Greater Savannah celebrated getting all the dogs in the shelter adopted, they received 16 more.

  Donation made to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire

The Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire getting a much needed donation Monday, just in time for the holidays.

  Tybee’s Polar Plunge adding a virtual twist for COVID-19 safety precautions

The Tybee Polar Plunge is a long tradition that brings in thousands of people from across the country every year. This year, organizers still wanted to give those eager to take the plunge the opportunity, but by doing so in a safe way.

  CNET’s Picks for STEM Toys

CNET contributor Bridget Carey shared her picks for presents that encourage STEM learning.

  Local pizza shop focuses on children and families during holiday season

Children ages 10 and under will receive two free slices of pizza during their holiday break. This will go until the start of the new school year. But that’s not all.

  Savannah radio station, hospital team up for Christmas surprises

WTOC tagged along with 98.7 The River for big surprises at Memorial Health.

Law enforcement, GOHS cracking down on drunk drivers amid holiday season

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety recommends drivers plan ahead... if they plan on drinking, plan for a designated driver. First responders also ask anyone to report erratic drivers or suspicious behavior to 9-1-1.

  Tips on preventing holiday fires

Many of us love the sights of bright decorations during the holidays. But we don’t think of the potential danger until it’s too late.

Bulloch Co. employees donate toys for those in need

Some Bulloch County employees got an early start of Christmas spirit and brightening the holidays for kids who might not have a Merry Christmas otherwise.

  Lowcountry Marine creates non-profit to help combat veterans

Although many of us look forward to the holidays, it can be hard on military members.

  Second Harvest holds final food distribution event of the year

Friday was the final food distribution of the year for America’s Second Harvest in Chatham County. It was an occasion that was marked by a big turnout.

  Chatham Charcuterie shows us to build a Charcutewreath

Sydney Lassen from Chatham Charcuterie showed us how to build a beautiful holiday wreath, made entirely of cheese and charcuterie!

Holidays to impact Chatham Area Transit services

Chatham Area Transit services will be impacted by the upcoming holidays.

UPDATE: Savannah Police locate missing man

Savannah Police say John Milligan has been located and is safe.

  Lowcountry fire departments team up to demonstrate dangers of Christmas tree fires

We are one week away from Christmas and fire departments are warning people about the dangers that could be in their home.

  Santa visits memory care residents

After months of social isolation and a non-traditional Thanksgiving celebration for families all over the country due to the pandemic, a local memory care center brought some much-needed holiday cheer to its residents.

  Taking a closer look at Rincon’s 2021 budget

The $13.1 million approved for Rincon's general fund budget is only an increase of 1.2% from the year prior but doesn't mean the city won't be able to make that money go a long way.

  Community Champions: Business donates grand opening budget to non-profits

Not all local businesses have struggled because of the pandemic. A new walk-up Italian ice stand, Rita’s Italian Ice, in Savannah has done good business since opening in March.

  Inappropriate visitor behavior causing issues for TMT Farms

A Bulloch County family welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to its farm each Christmas. This year, visitors are leaving more behind than donations for the needy.