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Fantasy 5 Ticket Purchased at Columbus Gas Station

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — The lottery is still alive and well in Columbus where a winning Fantasy 5 ticket was bought from a local gas station. Georgia Lottery confirmed to First News that a single Fantasy 5 ticket worth more…

Casino Gambling Bill in Georgia Dead for 2017

GEORGIA (WLTZ) — The sponsor of legislation to allow casino gambling in Georgia said the effort was dead for the year. State Senator Brandon Beach said on Monday that he did not have enough votes to get the bill out…

Strong Storms Possible Late Wednesday

Showers will come to an end overnight with areas of fog developing. Low temps will remain steady or rise through the 50's by daybreak. Expect morning clouds and fog to give way to variable cloudiness with a spotty shower Tuesday.…

Supporters hold pro-Trump rally in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) - Supporters of president Trump are trying to respond to the wave of recent protests against him. Several pro-Trump rallies are planned across the nation, including one in Atlanta on Monday. Organizers say the "Spirit of America"…

Driver in Court after Accident kills 2 Children

32 year old Francisca Santiago broke down as a Columbus Police officer described the accident in detail that left her two young relatives dead and eight others injured. "Well it's it's sad and you…

Columbus Wreck Kills Two Children

A crash that happened Saturday in Columbus leaves two children dead. Law enforcement tell us the driver, who is responsible for the accident, is now facing homicide charges. Authorities tell First News the wreck happened near…

Annual Heritage Dinner a Big Success

Sickle cell disease is the most common hereditary blood disorder in the world. It primarily affects Black Africans and Americans, as well as some persons of Mediterranean, East Indian or Latin American heritage. About 8% of the African-American population carries…

Monday Showers, Tracking Severe Weather on Wednesday

Turning mostly cloudy today with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Scattered showers developing later in the day with isolated showers tonight through the morning. Nighttime temperatures in the…

Annual Bed Race Takes Over 14th Street Saturday Morning

Beds literally on wheels raced down 14th street in Uptown Columbus Saturday morning. Valley Interfaith Promise hosted the event which helped raise funds for their program that supports the homeless, in particular homeless families, in and around the Chattahoochee Valley.…

Gardner Newman Middle School Celebrates World Read Aloud Day

Students from Gardner Newman Middle School and West Point Elementary School participated in Read Aloud Day. Students used Chromebook computers to log into Google Hangouts and video chat with Mrs. Freeman’s third grade class at West Point Elementary School. From the…

Troup County First Graders Learn How To Make Music

Troup County School System first graders are learning and making music thanks to a grant from KMMG via SAE International. A World in Motion takes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to lowers grades. Students use tuning forks to strike a…

Mardi Gras Madness Run Scheduled For Saturday

The Junior League of Columbus (JLC) will host the fourth annual Mardi Gras Madness Run Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 9 a.m. The run is a 10K, 5K, 1-mile Fun Run and Bead Hunt located at CSU Woodruff Park, downtown…

Breakthrough in a Georgia Cold Case Murder

  An Irwin County, Georgia cold murder case has become hot now that a surprise arrest has been made. Tara Grinstead disappeared from her home more than a decade ago. She has not been heard from since. But now, a…

Lawmakers Tackle Distracted Driving

Georgia lawmakers from both sides of the aisle responding to that dramatic rise in traffic fatalities. Up forty percent in just the last two years. Democrats and Republicans co sponsoring legislation this week limiting…

Springer Opera House 2017-18 Season

Once again, the Springer Opera House has beat other American theaters to the punch by negotiating early production rights to Broadway’s hottest new musical property:  Disney’s “Newsies. The State Theatre of Georgia announced last night that it will produce the…

Record High In Jeopardy, Cooler Air To Follow This Weekend

Friday's record high is in jeopardy as temps surge out ahead of our next storm system. The record high for Columbus stands at 81 degrees--set back in 1930. Our forecasted high is 81. A cold front will approach Saturday morning…

Long Cane Middle School Celebrates Black History Month

Long Cane Middle School held a student-led Black History Month celebration. Students dressed in black slacks and white button-down shirts greeted guests and escorted them to their seats. “This is an occasion to share black history with not only one segment…

Bertha Weathersbee Elementary School Holds "Real Men Read" Event

Mayor Jim Thornton and Superintendent of Troup County Schools Dr. Cole Pugh were among the 20 men who read to children. Weathersbee Elementary School Media Specialist Molly Allen created the"Real Men Read" event to encourage students to read more. "Children need to…

Women's Choice Awards Recognizes St. Francis Hospital

The Women's Choice Awards recognizes St. Francis Hospital as one of America's Best Heart and Americia's Best Stroke Care Centers. A news release provided by the hospital, details the recognition. It says the award signifies that out of the 4,789 hospitals…

Woman Celebrates 100th Birthday in Columbus

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — A Columbus woman reached a milestone Wednesday when she turned 100. Eleanor Tanner celebrated her century-old birthday with family and friends at the Gardens at Calvary. She was surrounded with gifts, cake and showered with love.…

Temps Surge To 80 Friday Before Plummeting This Weekend

After a foggy start Thursday, we'll warm up nicely with a mix of clouds and sunshine. Temps surge to 80 on Friday out ahead of our next cold front. Cooler temps and breezy conditions will arrive behind the front Saturday…

Wanted by Columbus Police for Armed Robbery

Columbus, Georgia police are on the look out for Dontrel Marquis Harper. Harper is wanted in connection to an armed robbery as well as several other felony charges. Police say Harper should be considered armed and dangerous. He is described…

911 Dispatcher Busted for Child Exploitation

Police detectives are not saying what exactly prompted the joint investigation with the Department of Homeland Security only that the suspect worked right under their noses. "There was nothing here at the Police Department…

Natural Gas Prices Down

In case you didn’t notice, the warm winter weather is affecting the price of natural gas. Prices are down 35% after falling to a six-month low on Tuesday. It remains down this morning as there is…

Showers Gradually Diminish, Surging Warmth Headed Our Way

We have rain now, but surging warmth is expected by late week! Those pesky, but much-needed rain showers will continue overnight and gradually diminish in coverage by daybreak. Temps will remain rather steady in the upper…

Coyote-Killing Contest Set to Begin in Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA (WLTZ) — Coyotes are sometimes problems in urban environments. To rid this problem, the State of Georgia is planning to stage a coyote-killing contest in metro Atlanta. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is promoting the “Georgia Coyote…

Deal receives criminal justice reform report

NEWS RELEASE The Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform today delivered its 2017 report to Gov. Nathan Deal. The report includes findings on the success of previous criminal justice reform efforts and recommendations to build upon previous initiatives, including changes…

Campus Carry Legislation ignites Debate

The Campus Carry legislation could have a broad impact here in Columbus home to Columbus Tech and Columbus State University's dual campuses. The proposal was met with mixed reaction locally. "I feel that if…

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.…

Rain Returns To The Chattahoochee Valley & Plains

Rain returns to the area Tuesday and Wednesday as a storm system will become "cut off" from the main flow and meander its way south and east. This will bring a line of weakening rainfall into our east Alabama counties…

LTG Hal Moore Laid to Rest at Fort Benning

A legendary military leader is laid to rest at Fort Benning Georgia. LTG Hal Moore was remembered in a memorial service at the National Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning. Moore was a 32…

Car runs into Cherokee County school

Cherokee County, GA (WSB) - Crews were on cleanup duty at a school in Georgia after an SUV slammed into the cafeteria wall. Authorities say a driver was arriving to pick up their child and experienced a medical emergency. No…

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS YOUTH OF THE YEAR

Lakayla Carter is the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley's Youth of the Year. Carter won that prestigious title Thursday evening at the U.S Infantry Museum in front of hundreds of invited guests. Miss Carter is currently a…

Two killed in small plane crash

Barrow County, GA (WSB) - Firefighters say two people have been killed in a small plane crash in Georgia. According to the FAA, the plane crashed near the end of a runway at the Barrow County Airport on Thursday. It's…

Ft. Benning Prescribed Burn

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…

Aflac Takes 3 Bulldog Awards for Corporate Social Responsibility

NEWS RELEASE COLUMBUS, Ga., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, announced today that the company has taken home three coveted Bulldog Awards for its Corporate Social Responsibility…

Student creates "bee drone" to pollinate plants

Savannah, GA (CNN) - A college student in Savannah, Georgia has created a bee drone to pollinate plants. This is a 'Plan Bee' prototype. 24-year old Anna Haldewang first developed the idea for the hand-sized device in her product design…

GSW Dedicates Building to Slain Officers

AMERICUS, GA (WLTZ) — A university made sure its community would not forget the two officers shot dead in the line of duty when it renamed a building on their honor. On Monday, Georgia…

Deal signs Amended FY 2017 budget

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today signed the Amended FY 2017 budget at a signing ceremony in Augusta, authorizing $24.3 billion in spending for the current fiscal year. The state appropriations within HB 43 are based on a 3 percent…

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