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Troup County Schools Back Berta

Late last week, an article highlighting Top 10 Schools for fighting listed one Troup County School – Berta Weathersbee Elementary. While the listing highlighted 2016 data, the Troup County School System (TCSS) is responding in a resounding way through ‘We…

Researcher Finds Georgia Voter Records Exposed On the Internet

HOUSTON (AP) — A security researcher disclosed a gaping security hole at the outfit that manages Georgia's election technology, days before the state holds a closely watched congressional runoff vote on June 20th. The security failure left the state's 6.7…

Infections in Nursing Homes

A new report suggests many nursing home facilities are not doing enough to prevent the spread of drug resistant bacteria. Public health researchers assessed nursing home infection prevention programs…

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Wednesday the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation…

Rain Chances Down Today, But Increase for the Weekend

Isolated showers and thunderstorms today with highs in upper 80s to low 90s and staying quite humid. Some strong storms are possible with gusty winds, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rain. Showers possible…

Rain Staying in the Forecast Through the Weekend

Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in upper 80s to low 90s. Some isolated strong storms are possible with gusty winds, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rain. Showers possible overnight with lows…

Miss Georgia Pageant Preliminary Competition

The 73rd Annual Miss Georgia Pageant is underway tonight at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia.  Ninety-nine women from across the state competed for academic scholarship and the titles of Miss Georgia 2017…

Humid End to Week, Scattered Storms Stick Around

The warm and humid weather, pretty typical for June all in all, will continue through the latter half of the week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will again be possible for your Wednesday, with slightly better coverage into Thursday and Friday.…

Dezhaun Dumas Court Hearing Postponed Again

    Dezhaun Dumas, the Phenix City teenager accused of leading Columbus police on a high speed chase in a stolen car and then killing an innocent man was back in court Monday. The…

Experienced Sky Dive Instructor Dies From Bad Landing

MONROE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia skydiving instructor has died during a parachute landing.Monroe police Chief Keith Glass tells local news outlets the accident that killed 49-year-old Joseph Bennett happened just before 2:40 p.m. Saturday at Monroe-Walton County Airport.Fellow skydivers…

Governor Suspends Georgia Sheriff

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff accused of exposing himself in an Atlanta park and running from a police officer has been suspended for 40 days. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order Monday suspending DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey…

Guards Killed In Georgia Prison Escape

(NBC News)  Two prison guards are dead and two inmates are on the run after an early morning jailbreak and carjacking in Putnam County, Georgia. Police are now searching for Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose. The prisoners overpowered the…

Scattered Showers and Isolated Thunderstorms Tuesday

Rain remains on the forecast. Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in mid to upper 80s. Rain lingers overnight with lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue…

Columbus Pastor Inducted Into the Ranger Hall of Fame

 Each year a group of Ranger Veterans are inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame to honor and memorialize the contribution and spirit of Army Rangers. This years ceremony will take place on June 28, 2017, in Marshall Auditorium on…

Study Looks at Preemies Development

  Many parents of prematurely born babies worry about their education. But there is new research that suggests most of these children actually do well in school. The study of…

When Veggies Come With Labels People Eat More

Standford University researchers tracked vegetable purchases in a large university cafeteria. People were more likely to choose veggies with labels like 'twisted citrus-glazed' carrots or sweet sizzlin green…

Toddler Mistakenly Served Alcohol In Restaurant

        (WXIA) A family is thankful things didn't take a turn for the worse after their toddler was served alcohol at a local restaurant. The Smith family went to the Vinings restaurant Sunday after church for lunch…

A Rainy Week Ahead

A rainy week is on tap as each day has a chance of showers. Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Scattered showers tonight with lows…

The Columbus Museum is Ready for Summer Fun

At the Columbus Museum, there is an exhibit called, “Transformation” and it can be a great adventure for your family to check out this summer. At this exhibit, you can draw a portrait of yourself, you can make a…

Free Summer Film Fest at the National Infantry Museum

"NIM Kids Summer Film Fest" is back at the National Infantry Museum! This year, there will be several family friendly movies playing for free from June 6th-July 27th, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 11:00am and…

Wet Work Week Ahead, Father's Day Looking Warm

The rain-free weather has come to an end across the viewing area as the flow has returned from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing wet conditions for this week. Muggy conditions are here to stay through the work week, with chances…

Date Finalized for Georgia Dome Implosion

ATLANTA (AP) — With construction of the Atlanta Falcons' new Mercedes-Benz Stadium moving closer to completion, the implosion of the Georgia Dome has been set for Nov. 20. Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of Falcons owner Arthur Blank's AMB Group,…

Murder Suspect Dezhaun Dumas in Court for Fleeing Police

Officers with the Columbus Police Department's Special Operations Division showed up prepared to testify in Recorder's Court where 18 year old Dezhaun Dumas is facing multiple charges but they never got a chance to.…

SunTrust Park to Host College Football in 2018

ATLANTA (AP) — SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, is moving into the college football business.  Kennesaw State will play Jacksonville State on Nov. 17, 2018. Braves president of development Mike Plant says the only necessary modifications…

Falcons to Honor Michael Vick and Roddy White

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are planning a retirement ceremony for two of the team's most prominent players — Michael Vick and Roddy White. The Falcons say Monday's ceremony at team owner Arthur Blank's offices will recognize the "contributions…

NSA Contractor Pleads "Not Guilty in Court"

(CNN) - A federal contractor went before a judge Thursday on charges she leaked classified information to an online news outlet. Reality Winner pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Georgia on Thursday. Winner is accused of revealing classified…

MidTown Inc. Receives Grant

MidTown Inc. received a $300,000 grant from an anonymous donor on Thursday, June 8, 2017. The grant is supporting the ongoing operations of MidTown Incorporation. The grant, from over three years, was made possible because of the Community Foundation of…

Missing Kayaker Has Been Found

On Thursday, June 8, 2017, Coronor Buddy Bryan confirms to WLTZ that Thomas Odom's body has been found. He is the 25-year-old who went missing yesterday in the Chatahoochee River. Bryan says that two kayakers found his body by bulldog…

Winn-Dixie Makes Recall for Breadcrumbs

The parents company of Winn-Dixie stores is issuing a voluntary recall of Winn-Dixie Italian style panko breadcrumbs. The recall is because of undeclared allergens found in the products. The products was in stores in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.…

Web Wealthy

Some millennials are breaking away from the norm of an 8 to 5 job and are making a living by creating videos on YouTube. Brandon Jordan and Jake Koehler spend their time at …

WHINSEC Change of Responsibility

Non Commissioned Officers and enlisted now have a new senior NCO at a Fort Benning command with one of the biggest impacts on peace and cooperation in our region of the world. The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation…

Local Artist Yard Design Goes Viral

        Local renowned artist and founder of Black Art In America, Najee Dorsey along with his wife Seteria have been busy creating beautiful and unique garden decorations. These figures have elongated bodies and  present a soulful presence…

Muscogee Co. Seamless Summer Program Provides Free Meals

    The Muscogee County School District is hosting it's free Seamless Summer feeding program. It started Monday, June 5, 2017 and expected to last through July 20th. Children from 1 to 18 years of age may participate at no…

Tune in Alert: Local YouTube Stars on WLTZ

These two YouTube stars, Brandon Jordan and Jake/"DALLMYD", take us behind the scenes on WLTZ First News. Tune in Thursday night at 6:00, 10:00 and 11:00 pm EST. Can't tune in? Watch via our Livestream HERE.  

Deal forms Commission on Children’s Mental Health

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal  announced  on Wednesday the creation of the Commission on Children’s Mental Health, which is charged with providing recommendations on improving state mental health services for children. The commission, comprised of health care experts, state leaders…

Konner Flowers Death Ruled A Homicide

The death of 16-month-old Konner Flowers, who died at Midtown Medical Center Saturday morning, has been determined to be a homicide based on preliminary results of the postmortem examination. Konner was found unresponsive Saturday morning at a residence on Lee…

Columbus Police Officers Receive Promotions

On Tuesday, June 7, 2017, half a dozen of police officers were recognized at a promotion ceremony. Five officers were promoted to the rank of Corporal. One officer was promoted to Sergeant. Everyone of them received a big thanks and…

Miracle Riders Raise Money for Children's Health

The Miracle Riders is a not-for-profit organization made up of motorcycle enthusiast to raise money for children's health. They are riding to the Artic Circle in July, 2017. Synovus bank supported the Mircle Riders, which helped make this ride happen.…

Fatal Accident on Columbus, Georgia Road

A two vehicle crash took place on highway 280 in Columbus, Georgia. The crash happened on Wednesday June 7, 2017 during morning rush hour traffic, at Lee Road 249. A car struck a power pole and overturned. The driver was…

Democrats Hope for an Upset in Georgia

ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — Watch Atlanta television long enough and you're bound to see a young congressional candidate pledging to cut "wasteful spending" and make "both parties in Washington" be "accountable to you." Yet follow Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th…

Dry End of Week, Storms Return For Weekend

A dry end to the work week is in store for Thursday and Friday. Under a mostly sunny sky, temperatures will rise to the middle and upper 80s for the end of the week. Lows will be comfortable, in the…

Soldier of the Week

It takes more than people and guns to get the army going where they need to go and that's where our soldier of the week comes in. Sergeant William Lofton…

Alleged leaker's parents fear Trump will be tough on case

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A young woman charged with leaking U.S. government secrets to a reporter poses no flight risk if she's released from pre-trial confinement, her parents said Wednesday, though they fear prosecutors will seek to use the case…

Former Shaw Raider Edwin Jackson Joins Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Right-hander Edwin Jackson will resume his lengthy major league career with Baltimore, which will be his 12th different big league team. The Orioles on Wednesday selected Jackson's contract from Triple-A Norfolk. The 33-year-old launched his career in…

Columbus Fire Department Searching for Man

3:55 PM— A man has gone missing in uptown Columbus. Columbus fire department special operations were dispatched to the river walk near the popular restaurant 11th and bay. Several witnesses say the man, went in to the water and then…

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