Camp Buddy visits Bitty and Beau’s

Children from “Camp Buddy” spent time at Bitty and Beau’s coffee shop in downtown Savannah on Monday. “Camp Buddy” is a summer camp for kids with Down Syndrome.

  Mosquito Control confirms West Nile virus activity now widespread in Chatham County

The 2019 Beaufort Water Festival begins Friday

  WTOC remembers Steven Shoob

  Family, Savannah Police detectives, victim’s family looking for answers in 2015 murder case

Woman unknowingly gifts mother winning scratch-off lottery ticket

  Hilton Head Island named ‘Best Island in America’, Savannah makes best cities list

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  Community Champions: Savannah Center for the Blind and Low Vision

Memorial Health offering free sleep deprivation seminar

New Starland District development using shipping containers in design

  Teens taking advantage of free gym memberships at Planet Fitness

3rd Annual Homeless Student School Clothing Drive underway in Liberty County

Georgia beaches seeing record number of loggerhead nests

Red Cross seeks donations for “blood emergency”

The American Red Cross Southern Region is in the need for blood donors.

Construction moving along on new Tybee Island Marine Science Center

Next summer, there could be a new attraction to visit on Tybee Island.

Dress up like a cow and score free Chick-fil-A for Cow Appreciation Day

Take up this “udderly” fantastic offer on Tuesday, July 9, from the time the location opens through 7 p.m.

Walthourville PD swears in new police chief

The Walthourville Police Department has a new chief.

Tybee Island considers adding new rules to golf cart ordinance

  Salvation Army’s ‘Festive Fun in the Sun’ Campaign underway in Savannah

Georgia Veterans Service offices to close for employee training

  Free Farmers Market for WIC clients open this week in Savannah

Hurricane academy to help coastal Georgia residents prepare

  Car enthusiasts hold fundraiser for Bethesda Academy

  Fort McAllister hosts ‘old-fashioned’ Independence Day celebration

Fort McAllister celebrated Independence Day with a bang.

  Good News: True Eagle soaring high

A former Georgia Southern student has overcome her disability to help senior citizens overcome difficult situations.

  Fourth of July brings big boost for Tybee Island businesses

The celebration may be over, but the impact is still being felt and will continue to be felt through many local businesses over the weekend.

  WTOC 65th Anniversary: Fourth of July, 2002

Every Independence Day is meaningful, but some take on a more significant role. 2002 was like that, as it was the first Fourth of July after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

  Volunteers clean up Tybee’s beach after Fourth of July celebration

Friday alone, they found everything from plastic bottles and straws, to aluminum cans, and even hair weave on the beach.

  Fort Stewart celebrates Fourth of July with Lady Antebellum, fireworks show

Hundreds of people entered the gates of Fort Stewart on Thursday for the Fourth of July celebrations.

  Another Savannah Fourth of July celebration in the books

People from all over gathered together on River Street in downtown Savannah Thursday night for the annual fireworks show.

  Fourth of July brings large crowds to Tybee Island

Hundreds of beach-goers are claiming their spots on Tybee Island’s beach ahead of the big fireworks show Thursday night.

  Kids in Coastal Empire participate in ‘Touch a Truck’ event with firefighters, first responders

The children got to explore the emergency vehicles, meet local firefighters and policemen, and take pictures.

  Lowcountry families participate in Bluffton Children’s Parade

The Bluffton’s Children Parade kicked the holiday off with many smiles as families in town gathered in Old Town Bluffton for the decades-old tradition.

Centenarians wed after meeting at Ohio assisted living facility

Two Ohio newlyweds proved that it’s never too late to find love.

Lady Antebellum performing free Fourth of July concert at Fort Stewart

Mark your calendars - Lady Antebellum is coming to perform a free concert at Fort Stewart to pay tribute to the troops on July 4th.

  Savannah leaders gather for annual reading of Declaration of Independence

Volunteers read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of the courthouse for the eighth year in a row.

  Savannah Waterfront Association addresses changes to this year’s July 4 celebration

Before you head down to River Street for the Fourth of July festivities, the Savannah Waterfront Association has a few things they want you to keep in mind.

  Community Champions: Boys & Girls Club, Hilton Head Island

Young people are filling summer days with fun and games at summer camp on Hilton Head Island, but as with anything at the Boys and Girls Club, it’s much more than fun and games.

  Savannah Weekend: Fourth of July celebrations in the Coastal Empire

From the beach to River Street, there is something for everyone this weekend.

  City of Savannah prepares for Fourth of July celebrations

On Tuesday, city leaders will hold a news conference to give the community an idea of their plans for the upcoming Fourth of July celebration.

WTOC gives viewers a “Morning Break,” new hour of local daytime TV

This fresh and informative live hour features today’s news along with topics that make the most out of southern and coastal living.

  I now pronounce you man and bro: Cincinnati-area Army Sgt. makes hilarious ‘first-look’ surprise

As the saying goes, boys will be boys — or brides in this case.

  Beaufort man mows shape of American Flag into lawn

A lot of people this summer are trying to do two things: escape the heat and celebrate Independence Day, one Beaufort resident found a way to do both.

Hilton Head beach officials flying yellow flags after several reported jellyfish stings

The Hilton Head Island Shore Beach Service has placed yellow caution flags out at several of their locations due to jellyfish stings.

Fourth of July events happening around Coastal Ga., S.C. Lowcountry

This story will be updated with more information on other events as July 4th draws closer.

Chatham Area Transit announces Independence Day schedule

Chatham Area Transit (CAT) has announced that they will operate on a holiday schedule for the Fourth of July holiday.

  Savannah Wind Symphony honors military at annual concert

The Savannah Wind Symphony honored active military members and veterans at their 41st annual Patriotic Concert on Saturday.

10th Annual Salute from the Shore takes flight on Fourth of July

Residents and visitors along the Grand Strand are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue, and head to the beach on July 4 for the 10th Annual Salute from the Shore.

  City of Rincon kicks off July 4 celebration with 8th Annual ‘Let Freedom Ring’ event

It was a fun night in Rincon Friday as thousands gathered together to kick off Fourth of July celebrations.

  Customers, community reflect as Baxley business closes

Locking up for the last time Friday night, a community staple in Baxley is closing its doors.

  Tybee Island officials offering safety tips ahead of busy weekend

While many people are excited to get their weekend started, Tybee city officials say they want people to enjoy the holiday, but they are concerned with crowds and traffic control.

  Good News: Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society holds ‘Camp Buddy’ in Effingham Co.

Camp Buddy gives children with developmental difficulties five days of activity and learning.

  WTOC Celebrates 65 Years: Loyal viewers

WTOC may be celebrating a 65-year anniversary, but viewer Betty Ann Talley is remembering a 65-year-long friendship.

  Richmond Hill PD prepared for this weekend’s Fourth of July celebration

The celebration at J.F. Gregory Park is free and open to the community.

  Brighter Day in Savannah supporting local farmers

A lot of crops are shipped across the world, but there is a store in Savannah that’s committed to keeping the bond strong between local farmers and the community.

  Fourth of July events, more kicking off this weekend around Coastal Empire

Believe it or not, it’s already time to start celebrating our nation’s independence!

Target offering teachers discounts on school supplies

Teachers can get a 15% discount on school supplies at Target.

  Tybee Island preparing for big Fourth of July weekend

The City of Tybee Island is testing out a new plan for big weekends like St. Patrick’s Day and Orange Crush, but this year’s Fourth of July celebration will be the biggest test yet.

  Community Champions: Heritage Library

On Hilton Head, the Heritage Library is the place families go to find out about themselves.

First trailer released for ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’

The first trailer for the movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” filmed right here in the Coastal Empire and South Carolina Lowcountry, has just been released.

Savannah sweet shops to donate sales on National Pralines Day

It’s National Pralines Day, and Savannah businesses are giving back for it.

Jekyll Island to increase parking fees

If you visit Jekyll Island, it's about to cost more to park there.

First ‘Coffee with a Cop’ event for the Rincon Police Department

The Rincon Police Department is inviting you to join them for a cup of coffee.

Watch: The Hampton County Watermelon Festival parade

The parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast online and on TV.

  Fundraiser held in Coastal Empire for mother who needs kidney transplant

A few months ago, Lauren Tignor underwent a dual organ transplant. Doctors replaced her liver and her kidney, but the kidney transplant failed.

  Good News: Youth Works volunteers travel to Coastal Empire from Midwest

One youth organization is sending groups of students to Savannah all summer to volunteer their time helping nonprofit organizations.

  WTOC Celebrates 65 Years: Forecaster Ron Wallace talks technology

WTOC has been on the air for over 65 years. WTOC’s Forecaster, Ron Wallace, has been here for over a third of that time, and talks about how forecasting has changed over the years.

PLAYLIST: Beat the heat by blasting this playlist all summer long

PLAYLIST: Beat the heat by blasting this playlist all summer long

  Proud to be a Farmer: Farming is a family tradition

Three generations of a Bulloch County family now run a farm operation that’s been around since anyone can remember.

  Smart Living Expo & Health Fair, Hampton Co. Watermelon Festival this weekend

Two big events are happening this weekend in the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry. One of them is a great learning opportunity. The other is a festival for the whole family.

Habitat for Humanity starts ‘Cost of Home’ campaign in Savannah

Habitat for Humanity says one out of eight families in Georgia spends more than half of their income on a place to live.

Mini-job fair being held at Hunter for active, former military members

If you're transitioning out of the military, a mini-job fair is being held Thursday morning at Hunter Army Airfield.

  Community Champions: 'Living Independence for Everyone"

With LIFE, living independently is a right, not a privilege.

  Juneteenth is Wednesday; Here’s why it’s sacred

Although President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation had been signed for more than two years, there was no one to enforce the executive order throughout the slave states until the Union soldiers arrived.

  Draft of new special events ordinance could be heading to Savannah City Council

The city is working on a special events ordinance to help better manage the events happening around town.

Casting call this weekend in Savannah for Amazon’s TV show, ‘The Underground Railroad’

A casting call will be held this weekend for Amazon’s new TV show, The Underground Railroad.

City of Savannah to hold public meeting on alcohol ordinance

The City of Savannah will hold two meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the alcohol ordinances.

Savannah PD issues Mattie’s Call for missing 79-year-old man

The Savannah Police Department has issued a Mattie’s Call for a missing 79-year-old Joseph Taylor, last Sunday around noon.

  WTOC to begin airing national anthem daily starting Tuesday

For decades the national anthem was how American television stations went off the air and returned to the airwaves the following morning.

New chief being sworn in for Savannah Fire Rescue

The city of Savannah will officially swear in a new fire chief on Monday, June 17.

CSX to begin railroad crossing closures in several area counties

Drivers in Bryan, Long, Liberty, and Wayne counties should prepare to possibly be impacted by several railroad crossing closures happening this month.