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Columbus Technical College Names 2017 Top Student

NEWS RELEASE Of the estimated 3,000 students currently enrolled at Columbus Technical College, 45-year-old single mom Melissa Forsythe stands out as the best-of-the-best and, as such, has been named the College’s GOAL (Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership) winner for 2017.…

GA couple serves as own counsel during child abuse trial

Gwinnett County, GA (WGCL) - A former college football player and his wife are serving as their own counsel during their criminal trial. Ricardo and Therian Wimbush asked questions in court as jury selection began Monday in metro Atlanta. The…

Chaplain: Just say no to Casino

As legislators prepare to debate this idea of casino gambling and whether or not to allow citizens to vote on the issue, one of the largest business owners in South Columbus…

Deal expands and extends state of emergency for nine additional counties

NEWS RELEASE Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration for nine additional counties in South Central Georgia impacted by severe weather…

Deal declares state of emergency for seven South Central Georgia counties

NEWS RELEASE Following the recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), Gov. Nathan Deal is declaring a state of emergency for seven South Central Georgia counties impacted by severe weather…

GBI weighs in on Arreola Investigation

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's decision to release those 911 calls Hector Arreola made pleading for help shed some insight into the highly publicized case and what exactly was going…

Severe weather on track for the weekend

More showers will kick in by Saturday morning with strong to severe thunderstorms developing Saturday afternoon that will continue through Sunday afternoon. One last slug of showers and thunderstorms will push in Sunday night and…

Dog owner charged after fatal attack

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - An Atlanta man is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge after his dogs mauled two children walking to the school bus Tuesday. Cameron Tucker is jailed on a $70,000 bond. Police say his two dogs attacked a…

Man charged in deadly alleged DUI crash

Cleveland, GA (WSB) - A Georgia man is facing DUI and vehicular homicide charges after he allegedly hit and killed a toddler in a grocery store parking lot. The suspect, James Holcomb, appeared in court Thursday. Police say Holcomb was…

NFC Championship Game Governors’ Challenge

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal accepted a friendly wager from Gov. Scott Walker ahead of the NFC Championship game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers. The Falcons face off against the Packers Sunday, January 22 at the…

Sinkhole swallows truck

Hall County, GA (WSB) - Scary moments for the driver of a large truck near Atlanta Tuesday. The driver was parked outside an auto shop in Hall County Tuesday morning when a sinkhole opened up, causing this 55,000 pound truck…

Boy killed, girl injured in pit bull attack

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) - A man is facing charges after authorities say his dogs attacked two children, killing one of them. Authorities say six-year-old Logan Braatz and five-year-old Syrai Sanders were walking to their school bus stop in Atlanta on…

Deal announces winners of Innovation in Teaching Competition

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the three winners of the 2016-2017 Innovation in Teaching Competition, a recognition and reward opportunity for teachers who implement innovative instructional strategies to advance student achievement. This year’s competition rewarded teachers focused on…

Megachurch Pastor Bishop Eddie Long dead

(CNN) - Megachurch Pastor Bishop Eddie Long has died. The senior pastor of Georgia's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church passed away early Sunday morning according to a news release from the church. The statement says long died from 'an aggressive…

Kids severely injured in car crash near schools

Jackson County, GA (WSB) - Three siblings were seriously injured in a crash near a cluster of schools outside the Atlanta area Thursday morning. A witness said a car with the three kids in it tried to cross a highway,…

Midtown Medical Center penalized for Hospital Acquired Infections

Columbus, GA (WLTZ) - Columbus Regional's Midtown Medical Center was penalized under the Affordable Care Act program tracking Hospital Acquired Infections, something one local family tells First News they are all too familiar with. The year was 2007, well before…

AAA: 75% of Georgians will travel in 2017

PRESS RELEASE ATLANTA, Ga. (January 12, 2017) – All signs are pointing to a busy year for vacationers and the travel industry. According to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, 75 percent of Georgians are planning to take a vacation in 2017 –…

Deal announces new Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced $50 million in funding to establish the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center in Augusta. The center will be a state-owned cyber range that brings together academia, private industry and government to establish…

Boy finds burned body in woods

Whitfield County, GA (WTVC) - The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office says a homicide investigation is underway after a 13-year-old boy found a burned body in a wooded area. The body was found near Ellis Road Tuesday afternoon. Deputies believe the…

Deal: December tax revenues up 0.7 percent

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for December totaled nearly $2.06 billion, for an increase of $15.2 million, or 0.7 percent, compared to December 2015. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled approximately $10.86 billion,…

Six MCSD Schools Earn GOSA Performance Recognitions

PRESS RELEASE (Columbus, GA)-Six schools in the Muscogee County School District are named Highest Performing or Greatest Gains schools by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA).  The awards are approved by GOSA and the State Board of Education as…

Safehouse: Why nobody is turned away

Columbus, GA (WLTZ) - When temperatures plummeted like this three years ago a Columbus man froze to death just feet from this building on Hamilton Road. Local ministers opened the Safehouse…

AAA Georgia Issues Safe Driving Alert

PRESS RELEASE ATLANTA, GA. (January 6, 2017) — Winter Storm Helena is expected to bring snow and ice to portions of Georgia and AAA warns motorists to be cautious while driving during adverse weather conditions. According to data from the Federal Highway…

Deal mobilizes state resources ahead of winter storm

PRESS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal will declare a state of emergency for 78 counties at noon on Friday, January 6, ahead of a significant weather event. Acting upon the recommendation of the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, Deal is…

Mayor rules out run for Governor

Columbus, GA (WLTZ) - It was actually an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution that created all the buzz. The blog singles out Mayor Tomlinson on the short list of contenders…

Llama on the loose in Athens

Athens, GA (CNN) - An unusual sight for drivers and residents in Athens, Georgia, Wednesday afternoon. A llama got loose and roamed the streets of the city. The Oconee County Sheriff's office says the llama managed to make its way…

Crews respond to widespread damage in Georgia after severe storms

Albany, GA (WALB) - Severe weather swept through parts of Georgia Monday. Numerous trees and  power lines were knocked down throughout the area. A family lost their home after crews responded to a house fire on North Jefferson Street night during…

Carjacking suspect shot in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - A man was shot after reportedly being involved in at least eight hit-and-run accidents. Police in Atlanta say it all started in the Buckhead area of town, when the driver of a hummer hit several cars.…

Jobs Alliance Aiming to Get Jobs for Citizens

The cities of Lanett, Valley, and West Point launching the tri-city Jobs Alliance this week. Jobs Alliance consultant, Foy Fisher says he hopes to help around one-thousand citizens find jobs in the area.

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