Pooler, Chatham Co. at odds over ballot drop boxes

Eight locations throughout Chatham County will receive absentee ballot boxes ahead of the general election in November.

  Downed power lines blocked LaRoche Avenue near Nottingham Drive

  DHEC: 527 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths announced in SC

  New unit trained to assist Savannah Police with behavioral health calls

  $2 million grant to support minority students given to GSU

  State suing for cleanup costs of massive trash fire on Able Contracting site

  Portal cancels annual Turpentine Festival

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  City of Pembroke receives grant to restore sewer system

  No final decision made yet on new Savannah city manager

  Sky is the limit for ECSO drone program

  Community task force submits recommendations to Savannah Police Department

DHEC: 821 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools in Sept. 29 report

2 Georgia officers killed in Interstate 20 crash

Locations of new absentee ballot drop boxes in Chatham Co.

Leaders across Chatham County are celebrating the arrival of seven new absentee ballot drop boxes.

  Ga. DPH reports 1,000+ new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,081 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday, Sep. 29.

Appling Co. man to spend two decades in prison for violating probation

A release says that Williams was already on felony probation for prior drug selling convictions when a search warrant found large quantities of drugs in his Alma home.

JV football team, band at two Beaufort Co. schools will quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure

Several students at two Beaufort County schools are quarantining after potential exposure to COVID-19.

Statesboro woman charged with aggravated assault after stabbing roommate

McMaster signs bill to support S.C. firefighters diagnosed with cancer

  GRAPHIC: Police investigating Florida man caught on camera punching dog

Employee accused of stealing over $4 million from Alma business

  Local performing arts organizations adapt and move forward during pandemic

Witness signature not required on SC absentee ballots after latest ruling

First Alert Weather Day: Widespread rain, a few gusty storms may slow the evening commute

A strong cold front brings widespread rain and a couple of strong storms to the WTOC Viewing Area Tuesday afternoon and evening.

  Health officials offer guidance for safe fall celebrations

As we head into our next season, the CDC and the Coastal Health District is asking families to keep following public health guidelines.

Judge orders Georgia to have paper pollbook backups

A federal judge says every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup of the electronic pollbooks that are used to check voters in.

  Garden City residents meet over crime concerns

After a deadly double shooting and several other acts of gun violence, Garden City leaders and residents came together at a community meeting Monday night to discuss how to make their community safe again.

  Family, police searching for missing Savannah teen

One week and still no sign of Savannah teenager Donald Jones.

  DHEC: 542 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths announced in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 142,449 and confirmed deaths to 3,154.

  Felony murder case against Screven Co. trooper moving forward after preliminary hearing

The felony murder case against a state trooper in Screven County will move forward following a preliminary hearing Monday.

  Marines consider closing Parris Island; state representatives worried about financial impact

The training home for all Marine recruits on the East Coast could be changing.

No injuries reported after huge limb falls on Garden City home

Fortunately, no one was injured when a large limb fell on a house in Garden City.

  SCCPSS teachers return to the classroom Monday

Savannah-Chatham County public school teachers will head back to the classroom on Monday. Sept. 28. This comes after the board approved a phased hybrid re-entry plan.

Savannah’s globe could be on the move; development plan not finalized

A “globe” has sat at the corner of DeRenne Avenue and White Bluff Road for decades.

New struggles emerge with unemployment benefits in South Carolina

The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce recently started paying out benefits from the Lost Wages Assistance Program. Many people are still waiting for their checks.

  Lowcountry hospital offers quick and easy mammograms

The process is often uncomfortable and long: an average mammogram takes 45 minutes. But Hilton Head Regional Hospital is trying to make the process seem less intimidating.

Tybee Island gets creative in hopes of reminding visitors about mask mandate

City Manager, Shawn Gillen says the big mask on the front of this vehicle has sparked a lot of attention and it serves as a good reminder for residents and visitors to ‘Mask Up On Tybee’.

  Confederate monument in Forsyth Park vandalized

A memorial to Confederate soldiers in Forsyth Park was the target of vandalism overnight. This is the second time the monument has been vandalized since June.

  2 people recovering after weekend shooting in parking lot of Statesboro apartment complex

A shooting in Statesboro over the weekend at a party leaves two people recovering and police looking for information.

Parker’s gives large donation to the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System accepted a generous donation Monday morning from Parker’s.

  Ga. DPH reports 600+ new cases of COVID-19 on Monday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 619 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, Sep. 28.

  Savannah Alliance of Pastors asking school board to reconsider return to in-person classes

Despite the rain Monday morning, dozens of religious leaders from Savannah came together to stand-against the reopening of Savannah-Chatham County Public schools.

Taylor Swift breaks Whitney Houston’s Billboard charts record

Taylor Swift tops Whitney Houston's record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

One million dollars in jewelry stolen from Hinesville store

A million dollars in jewelry was stolen from a store in Hinesville early Friday morning.

  Savannah Philharmonic announces plans for modified 2020 Picnic in the Park

The Savannah Philharmonic has announced plans for the modified 2020 version of Picnic in the Park.

’Save Our Stages’ Act introduced to help live music and performing arts venues

Millions of dollars have been lost when it comes to the performing arts and music scene in the Lowcountry because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Georgians can now get alerts about their absentee ballot

Georgians who choose to vote by mail are getting another way to keep track of their ballot throughout the process.

  93-year-old activist visits Brunswick to promote children’s book

Ms. Opal Lee is on a mission to get Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday and to also promote her children’s book. Ms. Lee says currently there are 47 states that have Juneteenth observances and she’s pushing for a national holiday.

  Mother of son killed at funeral home reacts to suspect’s release

The family of a 12-year-old boy that was killed in 2018 say they are devastated to learn that the suspect in the case has been released on bond.

  Traffic calming device in Savannah neighborhood does little to deter speeding

Residents in a Savannah neighborhood are upset after seeing the result of a new traffic calming measure that was implemented over the weekend.

Virtual learning physical health impacts on children

With schools offering more virtual coursework during the pandemic, a doctor at Roper St. Francis Healthcare says students could see the physical impacts of online learning.

NASA astronaut to cast her ballot from 200 miles above Earth

Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.

  Effingham Co. investigating video of students restraining classmate

A video posted on social media showing two Effingham County students holding another student down on the ground is now under investigation by the school district.

  Mother of SC teacher who died from COVID-19 dies weeks after daughter

Shirley Bannister was 57 years old.

  DHEC: 569 new COVID-19 cases, 3 more deaths announced in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 141,909 and confirmed deaths to 3,144.

Police investigate shooting after large gathering in Statesboro apartment complex

Officers were already on scene when they heard gunshots ring out.

  Ga. DPH reports 800+ new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday

he Georgia Department of Public Health reported 826 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Sunday, Sep. 27.

Dozens rally at Forsyth Park in solidarity with Irwin Detention Center victims

They say women, as young as 19, who are detained by ICE are getting unwarranted hysterectomies. They want to bring awareness to how undocumented immigrants are being treated and the inhumane conditions they’re in.

One dead after crash in Hampton Co.

A crash in Hampton County has left one person dead.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s raises $45,000

The garden currently in Ellis Square represents everyone who participated in the Walk to end Alzheimer’s on Saturday.

  Ga. DPH reports 1,300+ new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,381 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Friday, Sep. 25.

  DHEC: 639 new COVID-19 cases, 27 more deaths announced in SC

This brings the total number of people with confirmed cases since the outbreak began to 141,338 and confirmed deaths to 3,141.

Ga. Senators Perdue and Loeffler express support for nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

President Donald Trump has announced his choice to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation’s highest court.

Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, sends beach chairs flying

A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon.

  Vaccine trials facing community mistrust

Different COVID-19 vaccine trials are going on around the country, but they need participation from Blacks and other minority groups. That may prove more difficult than researchers first thought.

Bird coming off endangered list thanks to Ft. Benning conservation efforts

A bird that has been on the endangered species list for decades is finally making its way off the list thanks to combined conservation efforts at Fort Benning.

  App helping find volunteers during pandemic

Non-profit organizations and others are still looking for volunteers during the pandemic.

  SBA administrator tours the port, small businesses in Savannah

A member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet visited Savannah on Friday.

  Hwy. 67 in Statesboro reopening

Bulloch County drivers have reason to celebrate Friday night.

  Beaufort Co. community honors boy killed in crash

The Beaufort community is banding together to remember a family who died tragically Saturday morning, when the car they were in went off a bridge.

Georgia Southern warns students about potential payment scam

Georgia Southern University issued a warning to students Friday about a possible phishing scam.

  Lyons businesses not feeling the impact of COVID-19

Businesses in the City of Lyons have been described by city leaders as resilient during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, no businesses have had to shut down because of the impact.

  SCCPSS district leader speaks about reopening plans

The deadline to register Savannah-Chatham phase two students is approaching quickly.

  New online verification tool helping Ga. Department of Labor process unemployment claims

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) implemented a new tool to help with identity verification.

SCCPSS Kindergarten registration open through Oct. 2

There is still time to enroll your child in a Savannah-Chatham County Public School System kindergarten program.

  Lovin’ Spoons closing for good in Savannah, Pooler

A staple in Savannah and Pooler for the past decade is now preparing to say their final goodbye this weekend.

  Lyons, Vidalia city leaders encouraging COVID-19 safety precautions while trick-or-treating

Halloween in the cities of Lyons and Vidalia is still happening. But of course, leaders in both are encouraging people to stay safe and follow the COVID-19 guidelines already in place.

  Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum opening its doors virtually in preparation of 25th anniversary

The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum in downtown Savannah is preparing for its 25th anniversary.

DHEC reports 724 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools as of Sept. 25

Both public and private schools are included in these numbers.

  Hilton Head Island council suspends search for new town manager

The town council of Hilton Head Island is suspending the search for a new town manager.

  SC announces 647 new COVID-19 cases, 20 more deaths Friday

DHEC says the percent positive from the 5,832 tests reported to them statewide on Thursday was 11.1%.