Ghost Coast Distillery switching to hand sanitizer production

Another local business is using their equipment and expertise to help frontline workers battling the spread of the coronavirus.

Feed the Hungry to hold ‘Truck to Table’ food giveaway event

Community mourning loss of Curtis Victor Cooper, Jr.

  St. Joseph’s/Candler caring for their healthcare workers and their family

  Businesses changing production to help make medical masks

Savannah Islands community holds Teddy Bear Hunt

  Statesboro farmers market offering drive-thru option

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  Online, mail still options to complete 2020 Census

  Teddy bear hunting in Candler Co. breaks up monotony of social distancing

  Loop It Up Savannah giving out free meals

Effingham Co. business creating signs to help local restaurants

  SPD celebrates with 5-year-old forced to cancel birthday party due to COVID-19

  Community Champions: Free soap giveaway by Nourish

Bluffton provides fun isolation activity for kids

Bluffton has produced coloring sheets for kids and will pick their favorites to feature on the town’s Facebook page.

New emergency order goes into effect in Richmond Hill

The city of Richmond Hill has some new rules to counter the Coronavirus spread.

  Business teams with seamstresses to make fabric masks for health professionals during shortage

Here in the Coastal Empire a temporary shortage of healthcare masks inspired one local company to take action. Now, with the help of area seamstresses, it can produce 1,000 fabric masks in just 15 minutes.

  The Landings offering grocery and meal pickup

Even private clubs and gated communities have had to modify their operations due to the threat of coronavirus. But at The Landings, they have come up with new ways to serve their community.

United Way of the Coastal Empire creates COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Visit Savannah making list of business closures, operations

Savannah daycare offers free meals to families

  How the coronavirus could impact Coastal Empire farmers

Memorial Health limiting entrances, implementing new visitor restrictions

  Looking for something to do? Jesup Drive-in still open

  Chatham Co. opens testing site for patients with doctor referral

Chatham County opened their off site testing for Covid-19 Friday.

  Second Harvest to host drive-thru food distribution event, offering grab-in-go meals for kids

America's Second Harvest Food Bank wants to make sure that, despite the times, families still have food on their tables.

  Good News: Mobile food pantry helps families

A small town came together to help its residents facing tough times in the face of the coronavirus threat.

2020 Vidalia Onion Festival canceled

The 2020 Vidalia Onion Festival has been canceled according to the Festival Committee.

Savannah Bananas 2020 season going on as planned

Thursday the owners of the Savannah Bananas, Jesse and Emily Cole, gave an update on their upcoming season in light of the coronavirus.

  Savannah area nonprofit helping those in need

The non-profit ministry PACK was out at Community Bible Church in Savannah Wednesday distributing bags of food to families in the neighborhood.

  SCI in need of volunteers to help deliver meals to seniors in Savannah

Seniors are the most vulnerable when it comes to the virus, and SCI is trying to continue serving them in a safe way and they need the public’s help.

Some daycare centers still open, implementing new safety precautions

Despite coronavirus concerns, daycares across the Coastal Empire remain open. However, some have started taking new preventative measures to stop the spread of the virus.

  Community Champions: Senior living facility caregivers

Those who need the most care all the time are still getting it in this most unusual time.

Pooler City Hall closing impact on police department

Beginning Thursday, 3/19/2020, the Administrative services for the Pooler Police Department will be suspended until March 31, 2020.

Effingham County School District shares meal distribution plans

Starting on Wednesday, March 18, school buses will deliver meals to designated locations for distribution to all children 18 years and under.

Live Oak closing libraries over coronavirus concerns

All Live Oak Public Library facilities will shut down Wednesday, March 18.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure rescheduled for Aug. 29

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure that was scheduled for April has been postponed.

  Grand Marshal leads St. Patrick’s Day walk through Savannah

“We’re resilient and not just as Savannah Irish but as Americans we are resilient. Just like this coronavirus problem we have right now, we’re going to be alright, America is going to be alright.”

LIST: Schools closing due to COVID-19 concerns

Several school systems in the WTOC viewing have decided to cancel or make changes to the upcoming school calendar due to COVID-19 concerns.

  Third-generation farmer proud of family’s tradition

Third-generation Sylvania farmer

New Savannah mayor’s first State of the City, town hall meeting postponed

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson is getting ready to deliver his first State of the City address.

  Claxton Wildlife Festival moving forward with plans

Organizer for the 53rd annual Claxton Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival say they haven’t taken lightly their decision to carry the weekend events forward.

Savannah Music Festival cancels 2020 festival

The Savannah Music Festival announced Friday afternoon their 2020 festival is canceled at the request of Mayor Van Johnson, with support from public health officials.

  Effingham County event not deterred by coronavirus fears

With no confirmed or presumptive coronavirus cases in Effingham or surrounding counties organizers are proceeding cautiously with bigger than ever downtown Springfield event

Savannah Mayor: No plans for curfew at this time

Despite the cancellation of Savannah's St. Patrick's Day festivities, large crowds could still show up this weekend and city council is determining how to handle it.

Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5K races suspended

The Publix Savannah Women’s Half and 5K will be suspended due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

  Tybee Island City Council votes to have the Irish Heritage parade

Tybee Island City Council voted Thursday night to keep the Irish Heritage parade on track this weekend.

  Quick meet-and-greet held by Statesboro Chamber of Commerce

One community’s Chamber of Commerce hopes to get those who are busy more plugged into the community. In Statesboro, they started a new fast-break session to update people and help them meet other businessmen and women.

Savannah Go Red for women Luncheon held

The fairways at the Landings switched it up a bit Thursday afternoon from fairway to runway for the American Heart Association.

  Good News: Make-A-Wish Ga. grants Savannah teen’s wish

Andre Jenkins wasn’t even an NFL fan when he discovered Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back James Conner, who provided inspiration for the Savannah teenager.

  Pooler businesses impacted by St. Patrick’s Day shuttle service cancelation

“No, we are frustrated without a doubt," said Molly MacPherson’s Owner Daniel Cloutier, "we’re trying not to show the frustration, I’m trying not to freak out. You know, we’re trying to do our very best and maintain the status quo and keep on moving.”

St. Patrick’s Day shuttles canceled in Savannah

Chatham Area Transit says it will no longer be providing shuttle services to downtown on St. Patrick’s Day as a result of the decision to cancel the parade.

HHI St. Patrick’s Day parade postponed

The Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day parade has been postponed.

  Community Champions: Couple saves neighbor’s home form fire

Witnessing an emergency situation is one thing. Reacting to it is another.

  Bloomingdale Mayor explains reasons for voting to approve rezoning of portion of Ottawa Farms

Thursday, Bloomingdale City Council made a decision on the controversial rezoning of nearly 600 acres of Ottawa Farms. The council stood locked at three for and three against, leaving the Mayor Ben Rozier to cast the deciding vote.A vote he made in favor of the rezoning.

Tybee expecting tourism to pick up on the island

As the weather continues to get warmer, many people will begin heading to the beach.

  Old Savannah City Mission Bargain Center receives big furniture donation

A big donation is being used to help people in the Savannah Community.

  Children’s Museum of Pooler prepares for Grand Opening

When you think of the Tanger Outlets in Pooler you typically think of shopping.But one family is hoping to change that perception when they officially open up the Children’s Museum of Pooler Saturday.

  March of Dimes Shamrock Run held in downtown Savannah

Runners of all ages took over the streets of downtown Savannah Friday night for the 26th annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K.

Lowcountry Scout District holds annual Awards Banquet and Gathering of Eagles

The Lowcountry Scout District held its annual Awards Banquet and Gathering of Eagles in Bluffton Thursday night.

  ‘Greening of the Fountain’ ceremony held at Forsyth Park

On cue and as if by some kind of local magic, it suddenly seemed like St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.

  Families take in Greening of the Fountain fun at Forsyth Park

The Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park draws in people from all over to help kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season in Savannah.

  Local libraries see increase in visitors

The library may be cool again, or so some numbers would indicate.

  Mentoring program helping Liberty Co. youth

One Liberty County school just started a new program focusing on more than just academics.

  Good News: Read Across America

Members of the community helped teach school children valuable lessons this week.

  Savannah Weekend: Season of green, 5Ks galore

One of the most anticipated events of the St. Patrick's Day season is Friday afternoon at the iconic fountain in Forsyth Park.

  New Collins Quarter cafe to open at Forsyth Park

For two and a half years the restaurant space at Savannah’s iconic Forsyth Park sat empty. After the older owners terminated the lease, a well known restaurant group jumped at the opportunity, and now they’re days away from the grand opening.

  Entire Rincon neighborhood isolated due to railroad crossing closure

A subdivision in Rincon is preparing to deal with the closing of a railroad crossing that’s going to cause them quite a headache.

  New petition option allows Richmond Hill neighborhoods to ask for speed bump

Richmond Hill Mayor Russ Carpenter says after having previous problems with people speeding through neighborhoods like Piercefield, it was time to put something in place to keep kids and residents safe.

  Savannah Antiques & Architecture Weekend kicks off Thursday

The 4th Annual Savannah Antiques & Architecture Weekend kicks off on Thursday, March 5th.

  ‘Little Women’ comes to the Lucas Theatre

Experience the civil war period classic “Little Women” March 5-7 at the Lucas Theatre. It's put on by the Savannah College of Art and Design.

  Heavy wind damages fairgrounds in Statesboro

Strong winds caused damage to buildings Tuesday in Statesboro.

Railroad work to cause delays on Gulfstream, Dean Forest roads

Two CSX railroad crossings at Gulfstream Road and Dean Forest Road are closed until further notice while crews work on repairs.

Your 2020 guide to Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Events

The Season of St. Patrick has officially arrived in Savannah!

  New Guyton police chief sworn in

The city of Guyton held a special meeting Tuesday night to address several items, including the swearing-in of James Breletic as police chief.

  New senior citizens center open in Bulloch Co.

Senior citizens from across Bulloch County welcomed the crowd into “their” new space. Many have been gathering with this group every weekday for years.

City of Savannah needs community feedback to update noise ordinance

The city of Savannah is looking for your feedback as they work to update their noise ordinance for the first time in more than four decades.

  Project using plastic to make bedding for homeless

A group in Savannah is snuggling with plastic bags instead of struggling. They're trying to make a dent in the plastic bag plight while at the same time helping the homeless.

  Statesboro City Council approves request to renovate old warehouse

An old warehouse might not look like much, but tourism leaders in Statesboro told city council they have plans that would make it the kind of venue Statesboro just doesn’t have.

  Looking forward to Antiques & Architecture Weekend

If you love art, history and antiques, then there’s an event happening next weekend combining all three in the Hostess City!

Shamrock Run to impact traffic, CAT services Friday

The March of Dimes Shamrock Run will impact traffic this Friday in downtown Savannah.

  New Bluffton fire station to benefit community

Crews are getting closer to finishing a new fire station in the Lowcountry.