‘Panthers bill’ included increased job tax credits in rural counties

The Southern Carolina Regional Development Alliance works on bringing in new industries to counties like Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.

New S.C. deer hunting regulations to take effect this year

USGS reports earthquake north of Irmo

New division created to streamline disaster recovery process in Ga.

City hopes ‘Baby Shark’ song will drive homeless away

  Suspect arrested for stealing car, kidnapping baby in Port Wentworth

  Dozens of Pilot whales come ashore on Ga. beach

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  Former Rape Crisis Center executive director files lawsuit claiming discrimination

Beaufort Co. teachers use Facebook to read to children

Chatham County Police respond to stabbing on Wilmington Island

Soldier detained after viral video shows altercation in Oglethorpe Mall parking lot

  Statesboro’s new City Manager attends first council meeting

  Beaufort Water Festival delivers massive economic impact

  TSPLOST funds to help with McIntosh Co. drainage issues

McIntosh County leaders say they are trying to deal with drainage issues they have had for years. The county hopes to have money left over from its TSPLOST funding to clean those drains properly.

  City of Beaufort ends efforts to revitalize Boundary Street

Beaufort City leaders have long said that Boundary Street is the gateway to their city. That’s why the City has invested millions over the years to improve the thoroughfare.

  Testimony begins in murder trial for suspect accused of 2015 deadly shooting

The murder trial for a suspect charged in a deadly shooting on Savannah State University’s campus back in 2015 is finally getting underway.

  Georgia Southern professor reflects on 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Dr. Clayton Heller with Georgia Southern says the Apollo 11 mission has a special place in history, for our country and beyond.

Bluffton Police give all clear on suspicious package at Belfair Plaza grocery store

  Former Congressman, SC Gov. Mark Sanford mulling run for president

Man facing charges after standoff in Glynn County

Company wants to mine at edge of protected Okefenokee Swamp

  Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later

Jury selection begins for trial of deadly shooting on SSU campus in 2015

SUV explosion suspect appears in court for civil hearing

The suspect in an SUV explosion in Savannah on July 2 was in court Monday for a civil hearing.

Remains of soldier from Vidalia, Ga. finally accounted for from Korean War

A soldier from Vidalia, Ga. has finally been accounted for years after the Korean War.

Hilton Head trolley service seeing increase in use

The Breeze Trolley Service has become a popular way to get around Hilton Head Island.

  Gullah Geechee Task Force making headway in preserving historic neighborhoods

The Gullah Geechee Task Force is close to giving their final recommendations to Town Council about a plan to preserve historic neighborhoods on Hilton Head Island.

  Residents weigh in as Town of Hilton Head Island rewrites comprehensive plan

Senior Planner Taylor Ladd says usually, when a town rewrites its plan, it’s done by staff with little input from the community. That’s not the case here.

  Savannah PD investigating armed robbery at smoke shop on Montgomery Cross Road

Police say the suspect got away with the register.

  ‘Blue Mile’ creek project moving along, construction still a long way off

Planners hope a decorative canal will bring new business and jobs to town.

  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.

  GBI search for suspect in Reidsville man’s death

A shooting in a mobile home on the outskirts of Reidsville leaves a man dead and authorities looking for a suspect.

Handcuffed man slips, falls face-first on wet concrete

“Everybody knows ... you don’t ever want to do stupid stuff when the streets are slippery, ” police say

Family: Ala. man infected with flesh-eating bacteria after kayaking on Tenn. River

A Lauderdale County man has been fighting for his life in the hospital after his wife says a day kayaking with their kids left him with a terrifying infection.

  Consider This: Remembering Nancy Lewis, Jane Vaden

Nancy Lewis and Jane Vaden stood beside their husbands in building successful businesses, raising tremendous families and contributing immensely to the betterment of our community.

  New Empowerment Center opening in Garden City

A Georgia lawmaker is teaming up with a local hospital to help fight poverty in the Greater Savannah area.

  Liberty County making changes to transit system among other improvements

The Hinesville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is in the process of updating its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) that covers all of Liberty County and surrounding areas.

Police: Flushing drugs could create ‘meth-gators’ in north Alabama

A drug bust announcement out of Lawrence County, Tennessee came with an atypical warning about the dangers of trying to flush away drug evidence.

  ‘Operation Southern Shield’ aims to cut down on speed-related incidents

If you’ve been out driving, you may have noticed more police cars out. That’s because Monday is the first day of Operation Southern Shield.

  City of Savannah, CSX working on issues caused by rail line

The City of Savannah met with the CSX Corporation at the end of June to discuss issues caused by a railroad crossing that runs right over President Street next to the Truman Parkway.

“A freak accident:” Mother of skydiver killed after jump in South Carolina remembers her daughter

The Chester County Coroner says a Charlotte woman died after a hard-landing at Skydive Carolina on Sunday.

GBI investigates death in Reidsville

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is responding to an incident after a body was found in Tatnall County overnight.

  City of Midway, Liberty Co. reach deal over water meters

The City of Midway has finally come to an agreement with the Liberty County Development Authority over their water meters.

2 pharmacists charged in fraud, diversion investigations in Baxley, Darien

Two pharmacists have been charged after separate federal investigations involving fraud and diversion of drugs to non-patients.

  50th anniversary of Apollo 11: Man lands on the moon

50 years ago, Apollo 11 blasted off from Earth on its historic mission to the moon. All this week, WTOC is celebrating that accomplishment.

Residents shelter in place as crews work to control gas leak on Waters Avenue

Crews with Savannah Fire and the gas company are working to control a gas leak on Waters Avenue at Wolf Street.

Florida nurse helps save patient’s life on airplane, Terrell Owens snaps viral photo

This is a story you would only see in a movie, but it was real-life for three medical professionals who sprung into action to save a mans life on an airplane headed to Los Angeles.

  Untested Waters: Feds take small steps toward inspecting more seafood

The FDA has a new strategy for imported food safety, and Congress has increased seafood inspection funds. But the U.S. still lags behind some other countries when it comes to inspections and regulations.

Georgia Southern researchers say sea turtle season breaking records

Sea turtle nesting season is anything but slow this summer – especially on St. Catherine’s Island.

Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.

  New poll shows lots of Americans never plan to retire

The average age of retirement has gone up in recent years and now a new poll shows about a quarter of Americans don’t plan to ever stop working.

  Norah O’Donnell to begin anchoring CBS Evening News on Monday

Former, longtime CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell is moving into her new role.

Free school supplies available for Ga. teachers

Teachers can pick up free supplies for their classrooms Thursday at the Savannah Convention Center.

Help create the slogan for the 2019 Picnic in the Park event

The Savannah Philharmonic is once again gearing up for Savannah’s largest single-day outdoor music event: Picnic in the Park.

MDEQ tests show blue-green algae present along some beaches after Barry; more testing this week

MDEQ spent Sunday morning collecting water samples for testing.

  Camp for blind children in need of transportation

A special needs camp is seeking help after they say their van reservations were lost with Enterprise.

Back to school giveaway held at Lake Mayer

Children and parents flocked to Lake Mayer on Sunday afternoon to participate in the fourth annual back to school event.

GBI identify man found dead in Tattnall County home

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified a man found dead in a Reidsville home early on Sunday morning.

  City of Savannah holds grand opening for new resource center

PARC is a 19,000 square foot, two-story building. The facility cost more than $7 million to build. That money came from the Special Purpose Local Option Tax fund.

  Lowcountry residents flock to Beaufort Water Festival

The crowd in Beaufort celebrated the second day of the annual water festival with a variety of activities

  Former Georgia Bulldogs host Savannah football camp

Former Dawgs wide receiver Mecole Hardman, who was a second-round draft pick to Kansas City was alongside running back Elijah Holyfield as they hit the field on Saturday.

Operation Southern Shield to crack down on speeders

State troopers and local officers in Georgia and South Carolina are participating in a speed enforcement campaign called Operation Southern Shield 2019.

Dozens gather for pro-confederate flag rally at SC State House

The group “Flags Across the South" held a pro-confederate flag rally at the State House Saturday.

Beaufort Co. man charged with evading arrest

A Beaufort County man is behind bars after deputies say he assaulted his ex on Saturday morning.

Savannah bomb squad gives all clear after suspicious package call

The Savannah Bomb Squad has given the all clear after responding to a Port Wentworth gas station for reports of a suspicious package on Saturday afternoon.

Levees overtopped in areas of Plaquemines Parish

A levee in Myrtle Grove, which is in lower Plaquemines Parish, has been overtopped due to high water caused by Tropical Storm Barry.

First responders warn of snakes, other animals trying to escape flood waters

First responders in St. Tammany Parish warn citizens to be aware of snakes and others creatures as they attempt to escape flood waters.

  Saint Leo University hosts back to school event for students

Saint Leo University partnered with several local organizations on Saturday for a “Fresh Start” back to school event.

Pooler PD investigating deadly, fiery crash on I-16

One person is dead after a fiery crash on I-16 Saturday morning.

  Beaufort Water Festival starts with a bang

It may have poured in Richmond Hill Friday, but the sun was shining on Beaufort for an annual tradition.

  Shooting incident under investigation on Brendan Lane in Bluffton

Police say the man was shot at one home, then ran to another home for help, creating multiple crime scenes.

2 jailed in Camden County in connection to five-year-old’s death

A mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection to the death of a five-year-old boy in South Georgia.

  Safety top priority for Effingham County Schools this year

One of those safety measures includes security vestibules in every school in the county - which is an enclosure used to isolate any threat.

  Candlelight vigil held for Statesboro shooting victim

Hundreds returned to Luetta Moore Park on Saturday for a candlelight vigil where the shooting happened to honor James Mikell, Jr., or simply Junior as his family called him.

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

Chatham County Mosquito Control has confirmed that samples of mosquitoes collected in multiple locations throughout Chatham County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

  Savannah Police say suspect linked to explosive device under ex-wife’s seat, causing car fire

Prosecutors laid out their accusations against a man they say put a bomb in his ex-wife's car.

Rock ‘n’ roll: Heavy metal fans help man in wheelchair crowd surf

Metal fans at Spain’s Resurrection Fest showed their compassion and inclusive-partying spirit last weekend, hoisting a man in a wheelchair into the air so he could crowd surf.

The 2019 Beaufort Water Festival begins Friday

Organizers have been planning this for 10 months.

  Richmond Hill’s Mayor Pro-Tem resigning from City Council

She has not yet made the public announcement, but WTOC spoke to her about the decision and what it means for the City of Richmond Hill.

  WTOC remembers Steven Shoob

Looking back on the 65-year history of WTOC, we have experienced a lot of joy as well as heartbreak. Eleven years ago this month, we lost one of our own.

  Effingham County School District employees to see salary increase in the upcoming year

The school board gave the green light on a four percent salary increase for non-certified employees.