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A Brief Cool Down; Warming Up for the Weekend

Partly cloudy skies today with highs in the mid to upper 70s and some low 80s. Variable cloudiness tonight with isolated showers possible and overnight lows in the low to mid 50s. Much cooler…

Midweek Weather Forecast

Mostly clear skies and mild conditions are in store tonight, with lows a couple of degrees either side of the 60 degree mark. We will have one more day in the lower 80s tomorrow with a…

An Entire Family Becomes Sick From Carbon Monoxide

A big heads up on a deadly gas comes from a home in Atlanta reinforcing the importance of a carbon monoxide detector. 10 people seek help just in time and end up being treated for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. It…

Goodwill Brings the Potential Employer to You.

If you don’t have transportation or a way to get to a job interview, don’t worry the Goodwill Career Center in Opelika will take the employer to you! Goodwill on the Go, is an effort to take onsite interviews to…

WATCH: Deal unveils “Be There”

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, today unveiled “Be There,” the seventh installment of the “Real Teachers Real Voices” campaign. This initiative, which highlights exceptional educators around the state, stems from feedback…

Will Columbus be a No Smoking City?

Columbus City councilwoman Judy Thomas appeared on NBC WLTZ's  The Dee Armstrong Show to answer questions about a no smoking ordinance that will come before the council in a few weeks. It's called a no smoking ordinance. It really addresses…

March 20 In Weather History - 1875

Many "old-timers" around both Columbus and Auburn would cite the tornado of April 18, 1953 as the strongest one to affect the local area. And while it is the strongest tornado to affect the city of…

Monday Night Weather Forecast

A mild night is in store for the area tonight with lows in the middle to upper 50s. The warmest day so far this year is on tap for your Tuesday, with highs soaring into the middle 80s for most…

Wine Tasting Mingle to Help the Homeless

There's a way you can help the homeless and have a good time in the process. The Homeless Resource Network in Columbus, GA, a United Way Community Partner, invites the community to come enjoy an evening of fine wine, with…

All Army Marksmanship Awards

After nearly a week of non stop shooting the All-Army Marksmanship Championships are complete. Almost 200 soldiers from all components of the army competed on small arms ranges all across Fort Benning for…

Train derailment causes road closures

Winder, GA (WGCL) - A train derailment in the Atlanta area early Monday morning caused hours-long road closures. The train operator, CSX, said there were no reported injuries or hazardous material spills in the derailment in the town of winder.…

Deal: Farmax Merchandise to invest $5 million in Crisp County

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Farmax Merchandise, a China-based peanut production and exporting company, will create more than 20 jobs and invest $5 million in a new peanut oil processing facility in Crisp County. “As the No.…

Fire destroys building

Macon, GA (WGXA) - Fire fighters are still investigating the cause of a fire that nearly destroyed a Macon building on Sunday morning. Bibb County fire chief Marvin Riggins says the fire department got a call around 7:30 A.M. that…

Spring Break Week Ahead Weather Forecast

A pleasant Sunday night and Monday morning is in store with lows in the lower 40s for most areas. Temperatures will warm up quickly for your Monday with highs in the middle to upper 70s. Temperatures will top the 80…

Did an Apple Fritter Kill a Georgia Man?

The Associated Press reports a Georgia man is suing a Louisiana doughnut shop over claims that his father died of an allergic reaction after eating a donut made with walnut flour. A lawsuit claims Brian Allen Sr. was allergic to walnuts and…

Volunteers Gather to Provide Home Makeover for Local Veteran

Volunteers with the House of Heroes project worked all day Saturday, March 18, 2017, to assist a Columbus, Georgia military veteran with home improvements. Team Captain Charles Hill and fellow members of Life Changing Church provided the fix-up free of charge.…

Goodbye Winter

It's the last weekend of winter, but spring isn't waiting! A cold front will pass through the area later today giving us a slight chance for showers and maybe a rumble of thunder or two. Outside of that, the weekend…

St. Patrick's Day Celebration Takes Over Uptown Columbus

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Friday took over Broadway in Uptown Columbus. Uptown and Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub & Eatery painted Uptown Columbus green on Friday night in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The festivities started with Wolf &…

Ft. Benning Prescribed Burning

You may notice some smoke from a grass and brush fire drifting over portions of Ft. Benning on Sunday March 19th. Information specialists at Ft. Benning tell us prescribed burning will be taking place in the K-06 and 0-27 training…

Deal announces Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy board

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the board for the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (GCSU), an education and training center for developing literacy skills. The nine-member board…

Three people shot outside mall

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - Gunfire at an Atlanta mall on Friday left three people wounded. Police say it started inside the mall as a drug deal,  then spilled outside. Witnesses tell police those involved were members of rival gangs. Two…

DON'T DEPEND on the Luck of the Irish

Is there really such a thing as 'the luck of the Irish?' You probably shouldn't  count on it if you're going out partying for St Patrick's…

Georgia First Robotics Competition Promotes STEM Teaching and Learning

Hundreds of Muscogee County students are excited to take a field trip to experience the FIRST Robotics competition Friday, March 17th  at 10:00 a.m. at Columbus State University (Lumpkin Center). FIRST Robotics is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)…

U.S Army Marksmanship Championship

  About 200 sharpshooters from Army installations all over the country are at Fort Benning with one mission in mind. They want to take home the title as the Army's top marksman. Shooting…

Police: New Technology could crack Case

Columbus Police tell First News they used cutting edge technology to help identify a suspect wanted for murder. Now they're making a plea for the publics help. Iris Harless, a 64 year old grandmother…

Georgia Senate Backs New Pay Increases

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has backed two percent pay increases for teachers and other state employees as part of a $49 billion state budget proposal. The chamber on Wednesday approved their version of a…

Fort Benning Conducting Prescribed Burns Today (Thursday)

Fort Benning will be conducting a prescribed burn within the O-13, O-18, and U-9 training areas today. The wind is predicted to be from the Northwest and will keep smoke away from sensitive areas. Wind direction is a prediction and…

Fort Benning Disaster Training Exercise

Quite a commotion on Fort Benning Wednesday which required a full scale deployment of emergency first responders. Training centered around a flaming chemical truck accident on route 27 not far from the armor…

Deal recognizes international trade leaders’ statewide economic impact

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today presented 24 businesses with GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Awards at the 2017 Go Global reception. This state-led awards program recognizes companies that…

Best Ranger Competition Training

Fort Benning has some of the best trained soldiers in the world and some have the title to prove it. First News was on Fort Benning to learn more about the best ranger contest taking place at various army installations…

Fort Benning Chaplain Decorated For Bravery

The army has chaplains to administer to the spiritual needs of soldiers. But in a rare case , one Army chaplain is compelled to serve soldiers in another way, by saving lives. Fort Benning Army Chaplain CPT Matthew Christensen was…

Temps Plummet Below Freezing Tonight & Tomorrow Night

After basking in the sunshine and warm temps over the past few weeks, reality is hitting us right in the face tonight as temps plummet. Clouds will begin scour out and temps will drop into the 20's and 30's by…

POLICE: Hit and Run not Uncommon

Columbus Police tell First News Hit and Run incidents are fairly common. Believe it or not they've received as many as 300 reports in one month. "Most people are surprised when they hear the…

Cold Days, Freezing Nights for the Southeast

Temperatures continue to stay well below average today with highs topping out in the mid 40s to low 50s under a good bit of cloudiness. Winds will kick in and make…

Illegal Tire Dump

A Columbus, Georgia Business owner caught a tire dumper on camera who left a large load on a dead end street. First News counted 47 old used tires on the well kept miller court. The load was dumped over the…

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