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Veterans Lottery has Stalled in Georgia

Veterans Lottery

Lottery lovers will have to wait longer for a so called veterans lottery to be up for a vote in the state of Georgia. State Senator Ed Harbison tells first news a Veterans Lottery proposal has been tabled at the statehouse so it can be fine tuned. The bill would have allocated proceeds from a veterans lottery to fund things…

Trump Chooses H.R. McMaster As National Security Adviser


President Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days. Mr. Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he interviewed candidates over the holiday weekend to replace Michael T….

Ft. Benning Prescribed Burn

North Columbus Smoke

1/1Prescribed Burn Fort Benning Prescribed Burn Show Caption Hide Caption Ft. Fort Benning has been conducting prescribed burns today, February 16th, producing large plumes of smoke. The burning is being conducted withing the A-6 and N-8 training areas which border the north east side of Columbus Georgia. The wind was predicted to be from the west and continues to keep…

Big Jim’s Walk on the Road to Recovery

"Big Jim" walks Cross Country to Raise Awareness

An anti-addiction advocate is marching through Columbus today on his way to Canada. Big Jim’s Walk started in Panama City, Florida the day he got out of recovery for substance abuse. Jim Downs hopes his cross-country trek sparks honest conversation about addiction and shatters myths about the illness.

Ft. Benning Community Mourns the Loss of Lt. Gen. Harold (Hal) Gregory Moore Jr.

Legendary Combat Leader Has Passed Away

The Fort Benning community is mourning the passing of retired Lt. Gen. Harold (Hal) Gregory Moore Jr. The West point graduate and legendary combat leader passed away February 10th. He was also a New York Times best selling author. In 1964, Moore was assigned to Fort Benning and commanded a battalion in the newly formed air mobile 11th Air Assault…

Man Arrested for Killing Service Dog “Whiz”

Jimmy Lee Gonzales charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals

Assistant District Attorney William Hocutt tells First News his office received a break in the case of the missing service dog used to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder last month. Whiz was missing from this East Columbus neighborhood since September. A tipster led authorities to the gruesome discovery The prosecutor confirms surveillance video captured two people leaving a Winifred Lane…

Fort Benning, Georgia Conducting Prescribed Burns

Burning scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017

1/1Fort Benning Precribed Burn Areas This map is a map of the prescribed burn areas in Fort Benning in T01 training area. Show Caption Hide Caption A prescribed burn is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in Fort Benning, Georgia within the T01 Training Area. Wind is predicted to be coming from the Southwest and will keep…

Phenix City Student is Accepted to the Citadel

Cadet goes to the Citadel

Georgia Military College Cadet Donnetta Battle, is furthering her education at The Military College of South Carolina, commonly referred to as The Citadel. The 19-year-old Cadet from Phenix City, Alabama says she’s excited to expand on her military career. Battle says, “The reason I wanted to attend The Citadel is because I wanted a military career and I didn’t really…

Soldier of the Week

Staff Sergeant Michael Catron

  Army Staff Sergeant Michael Catron works as an operations non-commissioned officer with the First Battalion 12th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. He trains some of the youngest troops in the Army and  makes an important impact on the future soldiers.  Recently, the Columbus Rotary Club honored Staff Sergeant Catron . We salute  Staff Sergeant Michael Catron  

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby Nominates a Russell County Student to the Naval Academy

Phenix City Student Nominated to the Naval Academy

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby has nominated 35 students from across the state of Alabama to U.S. military academies. Among the  group Senator  Shelby is recommending for the military academies is Phenix City student Ryan Dunkle. Dunkle is the son of James and Edeltrand Dunkle. Dunkle is a student at Central High School. Senator Ryan says, “I am proud to nominate…