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Ga. & S.C. saw increase in gun sales in 2020

2020 was a tumultuous year that stirred-up uncertainty, and fear in many Americans.

Georgia Dept. of Education announces 2021 legislative priorities

Georgia could take back vaccine from slow-moving providers

Perdue concedes in Senate runoff race

7-month-old kidnapped in Long Co. found in safe condition; suspect in custody

UPDATE: Former sheriff’s deputy sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography

State, national political leaders react to violent protests in D.C.

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WATCH LIVE: Kemp, other top state officials to hold Wednesday afternoon press conference

Congressman Sanford Bishop safe amid protests at U.S. Capitol

Ossoff wins Ga. Senate seat, gives Dems control

Georgia secretary of state’s office evacuated

Georgia election officials give update on Senate runoff elections; talk ‘unprecedented’ voter turnout

Dublin VA enhances housing for vets

  ‘Thank you so much’: Ossoff claims victory in race against Perdue

Ossoff claimed victory over Republican Incumbent David Perdue Wednesday. The Associated Press has not called the race in Ossoff’s favor but Ossoff does have a small lead over Perdue.

Columbia County voting snag catches Trump’s attention

Due to some technical problems that drew the attention of President Donald Trump, voters in Columbia County had to fill out paper ballots for a time Tuesday morning instead of using machines to mark their ballots during the start of voting in Georgia’s Senate runoffs.

Senators Loeffer, Perdue cosponsor $2,000 stimulus check legislation

This bill specifically includes a bill sponsored by the senators the Securing America’s Future Elections and Votes (SAFE Votes) Act, to create a bipartisan commission to review the 2020 election and report to Congress with recommendations to strengthen election integrity going forward.

Savannah couple nearly hit by falling bullet during New Year’s celebrations

Standing on the deck of their home off Victory Drive the Steinmet family heard a loud noise & looked down only to see a bullet lodged in the deck between them. A bullet Chris Steinmet now calls his lucky charm.

From health reform to grapes, here are Georgia laws that will go into effect Jan 1.

  Judge issues order in Georgia counties’ voter eligibility challenges

Georgia Senator David Perdue, wife in quarantine after interacting with someone COVID-19 positive

President-elect, Vice President-elect travel to Georgia ahead of runoff election

Raffensperger: No fraud found in Cobb Co. ballot signature audit

Judge blocks residency challenges to 4,000 Georgia voters

Savannah immigrant rights organization and attorney speak on recent DACA case

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program also known as DACA is in jeopardy yet again as a handful of states target its legality.

Vaccine roll out begins for Ga. nursing homes, assisted care facilities

Nursing home residents and staff across Georgia began receiving vaccinations Monday for COVID-19.

Wealthy voters are ‘mythical middle’ in Georgia Senate races

Georgia’s most affluent voters could hold the balance in the state’s twin U.S. Senate runoffs on Jan. 5.

20 die in Georgia traffic wrecks over Christmas weekend

Troopers said Monday that from 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, they investigated 251 crashes resulting in 91 injuries and 11 deaths.

2020: Pandemic, politics, and passing of a civil rights icon

The coronavirus pandemic and its imprint on politics, education, work and society in all corners of Georgia made headlines throughout most of 2020.

Columbus cat café struggles to stay in business amid pandemic

One local veteran family decided to bring a cat café right here to Columbus, not realizing their grand opening would be just months before a global pandemic.

Senators Perdue, Loeffler support request for leniency for GA teen detained in Cayman Islands

After pleading guilty to violating the COVID-19 quarantine regulations set by the Cayman Islands on Dec. 4, Mack was sentenced to serve 40 hours of community service and pay a fine of $2,600 by the Summary Court.

Still waiting on your Christmas package to arrive?

According to FedEx, the COVID-19 pandemic has created record-breaking shipment volumes.

UPDATE: Husband, wife charged with felony murder after fight outside LaGrange nightclub kills brother

A fight outside of a LaGrange club overnight has left five people recovering after being shot.

Georgia Senate campaign trail intensifies as majority control hangs in the balance

With control of the U.S. Senate coming down to Georgia, high-profile Republicans and Democrats from far and wide are campaigning in the Peach State.

Georgia to use convention center for beds amid virus surge

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says the state will again use a convention center for patient beds amid a surge in coronavirus cases that is straining hospital capacity.

Inmate death under investigation at Georgia State Prison

Demetrius Stubbins died from injuries he received during an altercation with another inmate on Dec. 21.

Body of pilot recovered from plane crash in Liberty Co. identified

First responders have recovered the body of a pilot from plane wreckage in Liberty County.

Kemp says Georgia will keep paying for nurses in pandemic

Gov. Brian Kemp says the state of Georgia will keep paying for extra nurses to assist hospitals and nursing homes that have struggled to find staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Goodwill Southern Rivers receives $10 million gift, largest single donation in organization’s history

Goodwill announced Thursday that it received a $10 million gift from author and philanthropist, Mackenzie Scott, making the donation the largest in the organization’s history.

Ga. governor in Savannah as health care workers begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

Tuesday was a big day as some Savannah health care workers were in the first phase of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Biden returns to Georgia as validator for Ossoff, Warnock

President-elect Joe Biden is heading to Georgia Tuesday to campaign for the Democratic candidates in the state’s two critical U.S. Senate runoffs.

Avoiding Christmas tree fires ahead of the holiday

With only days left until Christmas, most people already have their Christmas tree up and decorated.

First shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Georgia

The first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Georgia on Monday, Dec. 14, according to the Department of Public Health (DPH).

Georgia senators join federal lawsuit ‘to improve the reliability and transparency of the signature verification process’

The lawsuit “seeks to reaffirm these simple, non-partisan principles: every lawful vote cast should be counted, any illegal vote submitted cannot be counted and there must be full transparency and uniformity in the counting process.”

Georgia Secretary of State’s office dealing with more election complaints than usual

The number of election complaints filed in the state of Georgia prompted the Secretary of State’s office to ask another agency for help.

Georgia Sec. of State’s Office to hold Thursday afternoon press conference

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is set to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon.

WATCH: Georgia House holding hearings on June elections ahead of Jan. runoffs

The focus of the work, the committee said, is to “ensure the security and efficiency of the January 2021 U.S. Senate runoff and other future elections.”

Georgia Power gets first nuclear fuel shipment for Plant Vogtle

This represents the first nuclear fuel delivery for the newly-designed reactor in the country, which is now approximately 96% complete

Secretary of State opens investigation into how Coffee Co. handled recount

Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office (SOS) announced Wednesday evening that it has opened an investigation it how Coffee County handled the Nov. 2020 presidential election recount that was to be finalized on Dec. 2.

Vaccine distribution in Georgia to start soon, take months

Gov. Brian Kemp says Georgia should begin distributing coronavirus vaccines before the end of next week, though most people won’t get shots for several more months.

Humane Society for Greater Savannah celebrates after every dog adopted

The Humane Society for Greater Savannah took to social media Thursday night to celebrate a milestone.

  How is the state’s economy holding up amid the COVID-19 recession?

“The COVID-19 recession is over” was the headline of the 38th Annual Georgia Economic Outlook that was released Thursday by the University of Georgia.

Florida lawyer under investigation for attempting to register to vote in Georgia, encouraging others at Republican event

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is investigating after a Florida lawyer was caught on video saying he planned to move to Georgia, register to vote, and cast a ballot in the Senate runoffs.

FBI, CPD offering $25K reward for unsolved 2017 Columbus murder

The FBI Columbus Resident Agency is offering a $10,000 reward in addition to an earlier reward of $15,000 offered by the Columbus Police Department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) involved with the murder of 17-year-old Destiny Nelson.

Georgia COVID-19 numbers surge as more enter hospitals

Leaders of some of Georgia’s hospitals tell Gov. Brian Kemp that they’re seeing increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Ad spending in Georgia’s U.S. Senate races tops $300M

With Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs about a month away, advertisements for and against the candidates continue to fill our TV and radio airwaves.

Students sue Georgia’s university system over tuition, fees

Students who took online classes at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology due to the pandemic are now seeking a return of some tuition and fees.

Kemp: COVID-19 vaccinations to start within weeks in Georgia

Georgia’s governor says he expects health care workers in Georgia will begin being vaccinated against COVID-19 in the second or third week of December.

Wanted Georgia man apprehended in DeKalb County

A man wanted on several felony warrants in Georgia was found in DeKalb County

Former state trooper out on bond in felony murder case

A former state trooper charged in a felony murder case was granted a $100,000 cash or property bond on Monday.

Georgia opens application for medical marijuana producers

Georgia has opened the application process for businesses who want to manufacture cannabis oil for medical use in the state.

Faith takes the forefront as Georgia Senate runoffs heat up

With so much at stake, religious organizations and others are working fiercely on both sides to keep voters energized and turnout from falling off.

Pres. Trump ‘ashamed’ of his endorsement of Ga. governor

President Donald Trump said Sunday he was “ashamed” for endorsing the Republican governor of Georgia after he lost in the state to Democrat Joe Biden.

Georgia opens application for medical marijuana producers

Georgia has opened the application process for businesses who want to manufacture cannabis oil for medical use in the state.

Transgender inmate suing Ga. Department of Corrections

A transgender woman is suing the Georgia Department of Corrections, accusing them of failing to protect her from sexual assaults and failing to provide her with “adequate healthcare” while behind bars.

21-year-old charged with 3 murders in Georgia shootings

The 21-year-old was captured late Saturday near the site of the Lawrenceville shootings.

Environmentalists concerned Golden Ray debris could float upriver

Crews continue to cut away at the 70,000 ton vessel overturned off the coast of Glynn county. With each cut, more debris and pollutants could possibly be released into the water.

Meet the candidates in Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoff races

Incumbent Republican senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are looking to keep their seats from Democrat challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, respectively.

Second Georgia county finds previously uncounted votes

Trump spent the weekend attacking Brad Raffensperger on social media, at one point calling him “a so-called Republican (RINO),” an acronym for “Republican in name only.” Raffensperger punched back, disputing Trump’s claims.

Columbus WWII, Vietnam vet celebrates 100th birthday with drive-by parade

A Columbus World War II and Vietnam War veteran is celebrating his 100th birthday with his friends and family, albeit slightly different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bond denied for father, son charged in Arbery murder case

The judge has denied bond for Travis and Gregory McMichael.

  Mercer Medicine opens new campus in Clay County

Mercer Medicine, celebrated the recent opening of Mercer Medicine - Clay County at its Fort Gaines location.

Text messages with racial slurs presented during bond hearing for suspects in Arbery case

The father and son charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery appeared via video before a judge for a bond hearing Thursday.

Effingham Co. investigators looking for clues in 13-year-old’s death

Investigators with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help as they investigate the events surrounding a 13-year-old’s death.

Georgia Department of Labor’s unemployment appeal process

As thousands of unemployed Georgians wait for benefits, WTOC continues to ask the Department of Labor questions.

1,000+ new confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported Monday by Ga. DPH

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 1,016 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state on Monday, Nov. 2.

Georgia voters should check Election Day polling places

Statewide, there are several hundred new polling places for the general election.

Giant crane arrives at Georgia shipwreck awaiting removal

A towering, floating crane has arrived on the Georgia coast to remove in giant chunks a cargo ship that overturned more than a year ago.

Ga. Secretary of State pleased to see state breaking early voting records

Georgia continues to break early voting records for the general election.

EPA clears popular weed killer used by cotton farmers

Farmers from across the Southeast had a keen eye on a big announcement Tuesday afternoon in Bulloch County. National environmental leaders gave them the green light to use one chemical that courts had tried to ban earlier this year.

Columbus man arrested on multiple child sex crime charges

A Columbus is facing charges of multiple child sex crimes.

2 staff members to Sen. Loeffler test positive for COVID

Two staff members for Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia tested positive for the coronavirus, but a subsequent test of the senator came back negative, the senator’s office said Saturday.