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.

American Red Cross holding blood drive at Tanger Outlets Savannah

  Good News: I Pledge for Ice Cream campaign

  Remembering Richard Eckburg: Savannah community leader remembered for dedication

  Spirit of Bethesda carries on

  Senior Citizens, Inc. kicks off annual fan drive

  Man celebrates 107th birthday social distancing style

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

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

  2020 Race for the Cure to be held virtually in October

  City of Savannah to reveal Canal District plans through virtual meetings

Job fair being held to fill remaining positions at Plant Riverside District before grand opening

  Savannah mayor signs executive order requiring face masks in public

  New Tybee Island shuttle could help with Fourth of July weekend parking

Crowds will be making their way to Tybee Island this weekend for the 4th of July.

  LIST: Area cities, towns with face mask mandates

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

COVID-19 testing being offered June 30 in Wayne County

Wayne County residents have a chance to get tested for COVID-19 for free Tuesday.

Bulloch Co. superintendent asking for parent feedback on school re-opening plans

Bulloch County’s superintendent is asking for feedback regarding their back-to-school plan.

  Proud to be a Farmer: Lee Cromley

  Springfield girl makes wooden flags for law enforcement

  Rotary Club of Savannah returns & welcomes new president

  Savannah’s first public race event since pandemic began set for July 4

  U.S. Army holding virtual hiring events

CCPD: Missing 54-year-old located, is safe

  J. F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill reopens with upgrades

J. F. Gregory Park officially re-opened Friday morning, and it has a few new additions.

  Books on race now in high demand

Demand for books on race relations seems to be at a high right now.

  Good News: Lowcountry Professional Women in Building Association formed

The health crisis did not prevent a group of women in the Lowcountry from moving forward in business.

  ​Chatham Area Transit gives new fiscal year highlights

Chatham Area Transit has its priorities and budget set for the 2021 budget year, which begins in less than a week.

  New Rincon Police chief hopes to bring stability to department

“This is it. I told council when they appointed me they were going to have to beat me out the door because I plan to end my career here in Rincon,” said new Rincon Police Chief Jonathon Murrell after being approved my city council Monday.

  City council considers expanding Savannah’s open container zone

The city of Savannah is looking to expand its open container zone throughout different neighborhoods.

  City of Richmond Hill holding food drive with donor perks

The city of Richmond Hill is holding a food drive for two of its local food banks Thursday and there's a special gift for the community.

  One Love Animal Rescue receives donation

A generous donation will help one local animal rescue continue its efforts in Savannah.

  Group looking to create a community task force in Richmond Hill

A group in Richmond Hill is asking the city to create a task force to address issues of equality.

  Community Champions: Fabulous Equinox Orchestra playing shows at senior facilities

Not many things can lift people’s spirits like music.

Savannah officer photographed helping push car that had broken down

A Savannah Police Department officer was photographed helping push a car that had broken down.

  Local foster care organization opening new location in Pooler

Typically an area in Pooler for shopping and eating the new G&Co location is hoping to catch your eye & get you in the door. “(You will) Learn about our services, learn how you can volunteer, learn how you can donate, learn how someone can have a place to sleep because of you,” said Whitney Gilliard

  Mayor Van Johnson to consider mandate requiring face coverings in public

With COVID-19 cases rising in Chatham County, city leaders want to hear from the Coastal Health District on what they can do to stop the spread.

  Family Promise offers new program to help prevent COVID related evictions

Even though many landlords and utility companies offered a moratorium on payments, as more begins to reopen those moratoriums are ending and the bills are now due. Something Family Promise may be able to help you with.

  Proud to be a Farmer: Aries Haygood

Proud to be a Farmer: Aries Haygood

Senior Citizen’s Inc. works on reopening plan

Senior Citizens Inc. says it is looking over its reopening plans, but they don't expect to open to the public anytime soon.

  PGA Tour golfers criticize Hilton Head for loose COVID-19 restrictions after player tests positive

The third round of the RBC Heritage is in the books, and so is the PGA Tour’s first positive COVID-19 case.

Mayor Van Johnson signed a proclamation recognizing Juneteenth Day in Savannah

On Friday Mayor Van Johnson signed a proclamation recognizing recognizing June 19, 2020 as Juneteenth Day in the City of Savannah.

  Suspect arrested for hit-and-run that injured Jesup firefighter

The Glynn County Sheriff’s Office arrested Barry Patrick Young on Wednesday after a hit-and-run in Brunswick in May.

  ‘Twin-monade’ branded after young twin entrepreneurs’ business permit questioned

It’s a new business in Savannah that’s making quite a splash.

  Juneteenth Wade In held on Tybee Island

Juneteenth has gained new prominence across the country as protests calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality continue.

  Ga. Grown Concert Series kicks off Friday night in Jesup

Live music is making its way back to Georgia.

  Bluffton declares Juneteenth a town holiday, hosts celebration with community

The town of Bluffton has declared Juneteenth a town holiday and is hosting a Juneteenth celebration on Saturday.

The Daughters of Mary Magdalene cancels annual Juneteenth Festival due to COVID-19

The Daughters of Mary Magdalene have canceled the Juneteenth Festival in the 38th Street Park due to COVID-19.

  Good News: Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Donations to nonprofits have dropped off during the pandemic, and some charities are struggling to help the neediest in our community.

  Local restaurants coming together for social justice

Many businesses right now are figuring out new ways to bring about change in our society, to promote and encourage social justice.

  Pooler Municipal Court reopens with new guidelines

The City of Pooler has now taken one step closer to fully reopening. Tuesday, resuming hearing cases at the Municipal Court. But as with most things right now you can expect some changes all aimed at keeping you safe.

  You Can Go Home Again: Family lives in the same Savannah home after 74 years

Thomas Wolfe once penned, “You can’t go home again.” But WTOC stumbled upon one very special individual that is trying to show that maybe you can, even after 74 years.

Special meeting set for Thursday to discuss Confederate Monument at Forsyth Park

The Savannah-Chatham County Historic Site and Monument Commission is calling a special meeting to discuss the Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park and the nearby busts of Confederate generals Lafayette McLaws and Francis Bartow.

Juneteenth Wade In to be held on Tybee’s North Beach

The Tybee MLK Human Rights Organization is hosting the 5th Annual Juneteenth Wade In this Friday morning on Tybee Island.

Telfair Museums announce reopening date

Telfair Museums announced it will be reopening its three sites downtown next Friday, June 26.

City of Savannah to begin summer camp registration

The city of Savannah announced its summer camps will start on June 29, but only if local COVID-19 cases continue to decrease.

  Jambo Book Club celebrates diverse stories for children

Now more than ever, many families are having important conversations with their children about race and diversity. When one Atlanta couple saw a void in their daughter’s life, they acted on it, and hope to inspire the next generation.

  Front Porch Improv prepares to reopen venue next month

“Ticket sales are awesome. We want to be able to stay afloat from that but if that means sacrificing someone else and their health then we’re not going to do it,” said Front Porch Improv co-owner Dolly Brennan about reopening their live venue next month.

  First phase of Plant Riverside District set to open July 15

The first phase of Plant Riverside, a project that has been years in the making on the West end of the Savannah River, will open next month.

SEDA creates new incentive to attract more young professionals to Chatham County

The Savannah Economic Development Authority is trying to attract more young professionals to Chatham County.

  Several Live Oak Public libraries reopen

It's a day several have been waiting for, but Live Oak Public Libraries has officially reopened. But there are a few changes.

Savannah outdoor dining program expanded

The City of Savannah is expanding its outdoor dining program to include bars.

Garden City police officer thanked on birthday

A big thank you for a familiar face in Garden City.

  Remembering Allonia Haisten Ginn, SPD’s first female officer

Allonia Haisten Ginn was a woman of many firsts. She was the first female officer at the Savannah Police Department.

  Guyton teen pays-it-forward giving big check to school employee

South Effingham High School senior Lillie Cuatt and bus driver/lunch lady Tina Weimer have a special bond.

  Lifeguards warn of man o’ war sighting on Tybee

Tybee Lifeguards are sending out a warning to beachgoers after a recent Portuguese man o’ war sighting.

  Savannah city council considers bringing back bar card program

Savannah city council is considering bringing back bar cards. The topic came up Thursday while they were talking about a pilot open container zone for parts of the Victorian Neighborhood District.

  With more large gathering allowed in Ga., some popular Savannah events start planning for fall

With more large gatherings allowed to take place soon in Georgia, some popular events, like the Savannah Food & Wine Festival and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, are beginning to look towards the fall.

  Good News: Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy goes virtual

While many have been home to stay separate from people, Dawn Baker went to her home to be closer to the community - her community.

  Motel on Tybee goes retro

A lot of people might tell you that when you cross the Lazaretto Creek Bridge heading to Tybee Island, you step back to a different time. WTOC found one motel on the island that wants to make sure it stays that way.

Savannah city council to allow public comments during virtual meetings

Savannah city council continues to conduct its regular meetings virtually, but now there is a new way that the public can join in on the conversation.

  Food drive in Richmond Hill also helps local restaurants

The Way Station in Richmond Hill is just one of the food pantries partnering with the Downtown Development Authority to not only help support local businesses amid the pandemic, but to help provide food to families in need.

  Playground improvements nearly complete at J.F. Gregory Park

Many families in Richmond Hill are anxious to get their kids back out to the playground at J.F. Gregory Park. The $1125,000 park improvements are just about wrapped up, but park officials are putting the finishing touches on it.

  Who’s your everyday hero?

This Wednesday we took to the streets today to find out who your “Everyday Hero” is, and as it turns out luckily, there’s no short supply of them.

  Prayer service for police held in Brooklet

One small town hopes to show support Tuesday night for their police officers through a prayer service.

  Savannah Junior Golf Association Tournament Series continuing with safety measures in place

Young athletes first lost the opportunity to compete in school sports. Then a lot of summer activities went away too.

  Savannah mayor responds to RNC interest in the Hostess City

The Republican National Convention is known to bring in high profile names, large crowds and a big economic boost, but Mayor Johnson says if it comes to Savannah he’s more worried about what else comes with it.

  Dog finds forever home after ‘K-9 For a Day’ program with Tybee Island Police

Thursdays on Tybee Island have gone to the dogs lately. That’s the day dogs needing adoptions join the K-9 For A Day program at the police department.

  Garden City Police Officer gets bike for commuting worker

The commute to work can be a pain for some, maybe it’s traffic or a train. But for Wanda Wells, it’s a long trek.

  Proud to be a Farmer: Ben Boyd

Proud to be a Farmer Ben Boyd

Coastal Health District offers free, no appointment COVID-19 testing

Starting Monday, June 8, no appointments will be required for COVID-19 testing in Savannah and Brunswick.

  City of Savannah working to improve some busy streets

The City of Savannah is working on improving its infrastructure by resurfacing some busy streets.