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  Good News: Blind student marches with South Effingham HS band

Austin is a freshman at South Effingham High School and just like every other student in the Mustangs marching band. Except he’s blind.

Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si surprises drivers with gift cards during traffic stops

  Good News: Trying to preserve Cuyler Brownsville’s history

‘I feel complete again’: Urn keychain with mother’s ashes returned to woman

  Good News: Minis 2 Love therapy horses

Potholes and pink lemonade: kids get creative to raise money to fix potholes on their street

2.12 carat diamond discovered at Arkansas state park

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  Good News: Savannah nonprofits join together to help feed the homeless

  Alabama community buys longtime school custodian a car

  Man from viral ‘Back up Terry’ video gifted with new wheelchair

Woman unknowingly gifts mother winning scratch-off lottery ticket

  Good News: True Eagle soaring high

Centenarians wed after meeting at Ohio assisted living facility

  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.

DNA testing unites AL woman with father 48 years after her birth

Shannon Privett and her father say ancestry.com brought them together, but it was luck. Neither of them were searching for each other.

  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.

  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.

  Good News: ‘Summer Angels’ spend time with elders

  Good News: Urban Hope Summer Camp

  Good News: Seven Days of Giving helping charities in Coastal Empire, Lowcountry

  Good News: Napkin fundraiser helping girls in India

'I don’t need easy, I just need possible’, Cassidy Hooper, born without eyes or nose, graduates from college in Charlotte

Louisiana twins earn $1.3 million each in college scholarships

  Good News: Savannah’s Fabulous Equinox Orchestra playing at senior centers

Music can be a gift, and it’s one Savannah’s Fabulous Equinox Orchestra has been sharing in small, laid back settings at senior centers.

  Good News: Senior Citizens, Inc. ‘Life Well Lived’ award recipients

Senior Citizens, Inc. will once again honor individuals who make a difference in our community.

  Bluffton man receives $78,000 smile makeover from Howard Family Dental

Your smile is supposed to be your first impression, and for Charlie Card, that wasn’t the case.

  Bryan County EMS help woman give birth on side of Highway 17

Baby Mackenzie wasn’t delivered traditionally in a hospital, instead, on the side of the road.

  Garden City Police host ‘cops at bus stop’ initiative

Kids stepped off of their school bus Friday afternoon to Garden City police officers bearing snacks, happy to see them.

  Good News: St. Vincent’s, Benedictine students will perform on Georgia Public TV

The “Hello Dolly” production was recognized among the state’s best high school plays and will perform one more scene for a new, larger audience.

  Good News: Employability main concessionaire for Web.com Tour event

There is work at the Savannah Golf Championship for folks from Employability, the local agency that prepares developmentally disabled adults for jobs in the mainstream workforce.

More than 700 volunteers make Savannah Golf Championship possible

It takes a lot of hands to make an event like the Savannah Golf Championship happen.

  Community support evident in the second Savannah Golf Championship

Play for the Savannah Golf Championship officially gets underway on Thursday, but with the Pro-Am Tournament on Wednesday, locals were hitting the course to show their support of the event.

  New St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital set to open in Pooler

The new St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Pooler held a tour Friday, before it officially opens its door to patients.

Good News: Parade-goers help clean up Wright Square

Walking through Wright Square was a lot easier on Friday than it was six days ago, during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

Totals are in for this year’s Get Your Rear in Gear race in Savannah

More than $30,000 was raised for the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler.

Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy now accepting applications

If you’re a “current” 9th, 10th or 11th grade young lady enrolled in a public or private school in Chatham, Liberty, Bryan and Effingham counties, why not join me for the 4th Annual Dawn’s Daughter Leadership Academy?

  26th Annual Shamrock Run held in Downtown Savannah

It was a near-perfect night in downtown Savannah’s Ellis Square where the 26th annual Shamrock Run was held Friday night.

  Good News: A wish to go fishing comes true

Everyone has a fish story, but not everyone’s is as heartwarming as John Brown’s.

  Good News: Richmond Hill High students launch campaign against cancer

Patricia George, Isabella Martinez, and Tennessee Sack have launched a campaign against cancer. They are running as a team in the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year Competition.

  Good News: 4th Grader raises money for homeless shelter in Baxley

When she’s not in school, Maddy Williams is trying to solve bigger problems than she sees in the 4th Grade.

  Good News: Students participate in ‘No One Eats Alone’ anti-bullying program

Several area schools took a step toward eliminating bullying on Friday by giving students the information to stop it.

  Wesley Community Center is WTOC’s Community Champion

The Wesley Community Centers in the heart of Savannah provide safe, reliable daycare, and much more for families on limited incomes.

  Good News: ‘Quad Mom’ runs races while pushing quadruplets

When she really wants to take it easy, she enters all five of them into road races.

  Good News: Outside workers looking forward to warmer temps next week

We’re all thrilled that the weather has gotten a lot more comfortable from where it was earlier this week - none of us more than the people who work outside.

  Good News: Savannah students put their heads together for K-12 Inventure Prize Competition

Inventions included an app that measures water quality anywhere in the world and a steering wheel wrap that could protect drivers.

  Good News: Savannah Hockey Classic celebrates 20th year

A little energy, a lot of animosity. Add ice and stir. That has been the recipe for success for the Savannah Hockey Classic.

  Good News: Bitty & Beau’s Coffee opening on W. Congress Street

In 2017, Amy Wright was named CNN’s National Hero of the Year after starting an inspiring new business.

  Good News: Christmas lights for a cause

Smith Street in Claxton gets a whole lot brighter this time of year, and that’s because of a lady by name of Reba Vanmeter.

  Good News: Brooklet Christmas Breakfast

Christmas Eve morning can sometimes be like a starter’s gun to start the last-minute madness. But here in Brooklet they use the morning to gather and remember the season.

  Savannah International Longshoremen give away bikes

Union members collected 285 bikes for this year's holiday bike giveaway.

  Good News: Street dedicated to Savannah neighborhood crusader

Friday, the City of Savannah honored a woman for her dedication to her neighborhood.

  Good News: Military Dad makes surprise return

Two elementary school students in Glennville got their Christmas wish a few days early.

  Good News: 49 students qualify for Duke University’s Talent Search

Nearly 50 students at Savannah’s Hancock Day School have been nominated for Duke University’s talent search.

  Good News: Radio station helps grant Christmas wishes

Christmas wishes come true courtesy of generous and giving radio listeners.

Good News: Officers deliver gifts to Urban Hope

Christmas came early for the children at Urban Hope.

  Good News: Realtors giving Christmas gifts to families at Safe Shelter

Savannah-area realtors are making sure families staying at Safe Shelter have a very Merry Christmas this year.

  Good News: Savannah community pitching to help Toys 4 Tots

We’ve been telling you for a few weeks now that we are partnering with the United States Marines on their Toys for Tots Program, but that’s been a collective “we’.” The Savannah community is generously supporting WTOC’s toy drive efforts.

  Good News: Local women’s group donates to 200 Club of Coastal Empire

A local women’s group showing that it is never too soon to make a difference in your community.

  Good News: Santa surprises new employees at Bitty & Beau’s Coffee

Santa had a surprise and an exciting new life experience for the newest members of the Savannah Bitty and Beau’s Coffee team.

  Good News: 100 Children’s Foundation hands out gifts at Children’s Hospital

A local charity visited the Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial Monday, helping spread cheer among the tiny patients.

  Bluffton Shop with a Cop gets boost from community

Bluffton teachers, firefighters, police officers and Marines sunk baskets while raising money for the police department's first Shop with a Cop program.

  Good News: SCCPSS students performing lunchtime serenades

Christmas is in the air, and so is Christmas music, thanks to local school kids.

  Good News: Atlanta Gas Light delivers toys to Children’s Hospital

It’s only the first week of December, but Christmas came right on time Thursday at Dwayne and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital.

  Good News: Mayors from across Southeast GA join for 59th Annual Mayors Motorcade

Mayors from all across Southeast Georgia joined forces Wednesday to bring some holiday cheer to patients at Georgia Regional Hospital.

  Good News: Savannah Theater celebrates 200th Birthday

There is so much history in Savannah that some can get overlooked, like the historic Savannah Theater that snuck up on a significant milestone Tuesday.

  Santa’s Pantry feeding public school students over winter break

Santa’s Pantry is collecting non-perishable foods that are easy for kids to eat.

Good News: GSU celebrates 112th Birthday

We’re wishing a Happy Birthday to our region’s largest university.

  Good News: Chatham County Sheriff’s Charity

WTOC is partnering with the U.S. Marines on their annual Toys 4 Tots Campaign, but we like to see the wealth shared, especially when it’s shared with children in need.

  Construction almost restored on Henry Ford bakery building in Richmond Hill

The recipe for history is coming together nicely in Richmond Hill as construction nears a completion on the restored Henry Ford bakery building.

  Good News: Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday turned out to be a day of getting for several fortunate organizations in the Savannah area.

Good News: Savannah Harbor Foundation gives back

The Savannah Harbor Foundation, which supports children’s charities in the Coastal Empire, started the season of giving off early.

  Good News: WTOC’s Day of Giving pays off on Thanksgiving

Your generosity has helped make this a Happy Thanksgiving for Coastal Empire families in need.

  Good News: Toys for Tots Toy Drive starts this Friday

On Thanksgiving Eve, we’re already getting ready for the day after Thanksgiving here at WTOC.

  Good News: Young filmmaker make movie about father

Most movies are a labor of love to the people who make them, but that was certainly the case for Bennie Mitchell III.

  Good News: Philharmonic in the Streetz

Classical music can be more accessible in a non-classical setting - and it was this weekend.

  Good News: WTOC’s Day of Giving

From before dawn until after dark, cans, boxes, and packages kept coming - a continuous stream of generosity - as Savannah once again gave on WTOC’s Day of Giving so that less fortunate families can also have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  Good News: Kids in the Kitchen

It was a little more than a teaspoon of sugar helping the medicine go down at the Dwayne and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.

  Good News: Savannah Dental offers free services to veterans

Savannah Dental opened only for veterans on Monday, providing free dental services to active and former members of the military on the practice’s first Veterans Giveback.

  Good News: Missing Beaufort High School class ring found and returned

A veteran from the Lowcountry lost his highschool ring in the 60′s and on Friday, it was finally returned.

Good News: A.B. Williams Elementary honors late principal

Young students never need a reason to read, but they had a good one at a local school on Thursday.

Good News: Memorial Health Robotics

Wednesday, the doctors from Memorial Health shared an expertise that they are particularly qualified to pass along.