Toombs County, GA

Toombs County students head back to the classroom

TOOMBS COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Toombs County High School Principal Marissa Morris says they welcomed back more than 820 students on Friday. She says this is the highest number of students they’ve had in a while. It’s all smiles in the hallways as students get accommodated to their new...
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Vidalia City Schools, Toombs Co. students return to school Friday

VIDALIA, Ga. (WTOC) - Back to school coverage continues with two neighboring schools heading back Friday in Toombs County and Vidalia City Schools. Just like we have been saying all week, it takes a little bit of time to adjust to the new year. The Superintendent says especially when dropping off and picking up the kids be patient – it will take about a week to get into the new routine.
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Toombs County Deputy Involved in Vehicle Accident

A Toombs County deputy was involved in a motor vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon in Lyons while he was performing his assigned duties for the Magistrate Court. According to reports, Deputy Wallace Thompson was in his marked Toombs County Sheriff’s Office truck on Highway 280 near Vintage Soul. A black Toyota Camry was pulled to the right side of the road and on the same side in which Deputy Thompson was traveling and as he came upon the car, the driver, Sylvia Jowers of Ambrose, Georgia, apparently attempted to make a U-turn in front of the officer and Thompson was unable to avoid an impact. The crash caused the airbags to deploy and caused significant damage to the county’s vehicle.

School hours changing in Toombs County

TOOMBS COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Students in the Toombs County School District head back to the classroom one week from Friday. “It’s always an exciting day, the first day of school,” Superintendent Barry Waller said. And it’s just around the corner on Aug. 5. Staff says there are...

Lyons Woman and Pets Die in Structure Fire

Toombs County Fire Department Fire-Arson Investigator Jennifer Moser, CFI, and Georgia State Fire Marshall Allen Logue conducting fire fatality investigation. For the second time in a week a Toombs County resident has died in a fire. Chief Johnny Moser of the Toombs County Fire Department reports that just before 7:00...

Toombs County Alumni Softball Game

This Saturday, July 30th at 10:00 am the Toombs County Softball team will have an Alumni Softball Game at the Toombs County High School Softball field! Come out and see ladies from the past teams play! Admission is $2.00 at the gate and concession will be open! It is going to be a fun time! You won’t want to miss it!! Blast from the Past!!!

Local Insurance Agent Arrested for Fraud

An independent local insurance agent and her company are facing fraud and theft charges following an investigation by the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Office of Commissioner of Insurance and Safety Fire, John King. According to the Sheriff’s office, Kerri Monroe and the Monroe Agency in Vidalia...

Toombs County insurance agent charged with fraud

LYONS, Ga. (WTOC) - An insurance agent in Vidalia is free on bond after investigators say she collected premiums from customers, but didn’t pay them to the company. The Toombs County’s sheriff said the charges in this case come from an investigation between his office and the state agency that regulates insurance agents and companies.

Former Port of Savannah employee to pay almost $40,000 after bomb threat hoax

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTGS) — A Toombs County man has been ordered to repay the cost for shutting down a Port of Savannah facility with a phoned-in bomb threat, officials say. Elliott Sherman, aka “Amir Turner,” 23, was ordered to pay $38,400 in restitution after pleading guilty to False Information and Hoaxes, according to U.S. Attorney David H. Estes.

Hoax Causes Vidalia Man to Lose Money and Time

A Toombs County man has been ordered to repay almost $40,000 for causing the Port of Savannah to shut down temporarily in May 2021 after he called in a bomb threat because he wanted to leave work but needed his fellow carpool associated to have to leave as well. Elliott...

Toombs County Schools Talk Safety

(Clockwise): Kathy Hilt, RadioJones; Deborah Clark, The Advance; Marissa Morris, TCHS Principal; TJ Mercer, TCMS Principal; Reggie Roberts, LPS Assistant Principal; Rhonda Stone, LUES Principal; Destiny Levant, TCES Principal; and Superintendent Barry Waller. The beginning of a new school year is just a couple of weeks away, and the Toombs...

Memorial Health Meadows Hospital Donates to United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler Counties

Vidalia, GA (July 22, 2022) – Memorial Health Meadows Hospital recently presented a check of $30,000 to United Way of Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler Counties. This donation will provide much needed financial support to help the 19 local United Way agencies. These agencies provide emergency services, special education, youth development, senior care and health services for individuals and families in the area.

The Importance of Adressing the Whole Student

The Toombs County School System realizes that there’s more to education than just teaching the basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. Sometimes in order to reach students and ensure they do their best academically takes addressing the emotional and mental state of the young person, and to do that, they are implementing the principles of The 7 Mindsets.

Local Teen's Art Places 2nd in State

The J. Barry Jones VFW Auxiliary has announced that its entry for the Young American Patriotic Art Scholarship for 2022 won 2nd place in the state. The artist is Luke Mitchell from the Art by Gwen Davis Studio. He is Home Schooled. The other schools represented were Vidalia Heritage, Toombs County High School, and Robert Toombs Christian Academy.

Iris Herndon Gray, Petross Community

Iris Herndon Gray, age 82, of the Petross Community in Toombs County passed away on Tuesday afternoon, July 19th, 2022, at the Treutlen County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Soperton, GA. Iris was a lifelong member of the Zaidee Advent Christian Church. She loved her church family like her own....

State Jurors Need Not Appear

Toombs County Clerk of Nancy Pittman said Friday morning that Toombs County State Court jurors who were to report for duty on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, do NOT need to appear. All cases have been settled and/or continued.

Meadows CEO Believes Numbers Skewed on COVID Cases Reporting

COVID is again on the rise; this time primarily with a subvariant of Omicron known as BA.5. And while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that the risk of contracting the virus in the Toombs County area is “low” in their opinion, several new cases have been reported locally recently. In fact, one reporting COVID site showed that on Wednesday, July 20, there were 62 new cases reported within the 24-hour period, but that doesn’t take into account any in-home testing results that were not reported to medical or tracking officials.

Kinship Caregivers Meeting

The next Toombs County Kinship Caregivers monthly meeting will be Thursday, July 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the NeSmith Birthday House in Partin Park. Jessica Johnson will be the guest speaker for the meeting. There will food and door prizes, and childcare will be available onsite. Please RSVP via text...