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Rainy Periods With Dry Hours In Between

We'll continue to see rainy periods with dry hours in between over the next few days. Our highest chance for rain will be during the afternoons and evenings, although Wednesday morning may start with some showers.…

Georgia Medical Marijuana Use On The Rise

This month more than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia. The new additions bring the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1800 less than three years after…

Quitting Meth can Reverse Heart Damage

People who abuse methamphetamines can reverse heart damage caused by the drug, if they quit. Researchers in Germany followed 30 meth users who had some degree of…

Atlanta is holding a 'gun buy back' event

ATLANTA - There will be a 'Gun Buy Back' event on June 15, 2017. What is a 'gun buy back' event? Well, I'm glad you asked. In a collaborative effort between the Atlanta Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff's Office,…

TODAY: Early Voting Begins in Georgia's 6th Congressional District

ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials say early voting begins Tuesday in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.The competitive special election pits Democrat Jon Ossoff against Republican Karen Handel.The district includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Voters can check their registration…

Memorial Day at Fort Benning Post Cemetery

Memorial Day began like years past on Post at Fort Benning, Georgia. About 200 Civilian, members and former members of the military gathered at the Fort Benning Cemetery to remember those who…

Beef Is Supreme On Memorial Day

As the unofficial start to grilling season heats up, it's beef that reigns supreme for memorial day celebrations. according to data collected by Nielsen, sales of beef topped more than $778 million in the two weeks ending June 4th last…

Showers and Thunderstorms Memorial Day Afternoon

A front will stall out over the area Monday and will allow for scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon with some of those storms becoming severe. Damaging winds, hail, and one or two…

Adjusting to Guns On Campus in Georgia

Students returning to Georgia's university campuses won't find gun storage facilities or signs this fall after a new state law permitting concealed handguns at the schools takes effect. Advice released to students and staff at all 28 public colleges sought…

Georgia Mother Jumps Into High School Fight

DEKALB COUNTY, GA - High School Fight involving a 16-year-old sophomore caught on camera being attacked by, two students and one adult at Redan High School has gone viral. The video posted to social media doesn't only show students beating…

Drastic Drop in Georgia Food Stamp Recipients

More than half of food stamp recipients in 21 Georgia counties have been dropped from the program after the state instituted work requirements. State figures released this week revealed that 11,779 people considered able-bodied without children were required to find…

Georgia Democratic State Representative Runs For Governor

Democratic Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna is running for the democratic nomination  seeking to become the Governor of Georgia. Representative Evans says her campaign will focus on how to protect and improve the state's HOPE college scholarship program. Evans, who…

Alabama-FSU to Open Season in Primetime

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football’s season opener against Florida State in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has been scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC, the network announced on Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are scheduled…

Carver's Daniel Melvin Signs with St. Petersburg JUCO

Carver basketball standout Daniel Melvin signed scholarship papers to play at St. Petersburg Junior College Thursday afternoon. Melvin just wrapped up a stellar senior campaign that saw him average 17.4 points per game while helping lead the Tigers to…

Columbus Parks and Recreation to Open Outdoor Pools

Columbus Parks and Recreation will open all outdoor pools for the season beginning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12pm.   Psalmond Road 6533 Psalmond Road Columbus, Georgia 31820 706-565-6060   Shirley Winston Pool 5025 Steam Mill Road Columbus, Georgia…

Trending Topics with Mallory Hagan

Columbus Police Offer, Allan Brown, resigned after a high-speed chase led to the death of a Columbus teenager and the injury of two others when dashcam video surfaced. Mallory Hagan shares viewer responses…

Soldier of the Week

Staff Sergeant Steven L. Berg is an 11B Infantryman who currently serves as an Operations NCO at the 199th Infantry Brigade, 81st Armor Regiment 3rd Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. SSG Berg has distinguished himself serving in many leadership roles…

New Job, No Stress: Thanks to Hypnosis

Meet Bradly Tarver. He is new to the WLTZ First News team, and wears several hats at the station. He works in master control and in production. On the production team, he is a…

A Rare Tick Bite Causes Red Meat Allergy

Tick season is here and it's no secret the parasites can transmit dangerous diseases. However, now there is a relatively new and rare tick-borne disorder that causes an allergic reaction…

Fewer Children Drowning in the US

Fewer young children are drowning in swimming pools, but, public health officials continue to urge parents to remain vigilant. The consumer product safety commission says since 2010 there has…

Rain Weakens Fire Which Ravaged the Okefenokee Swamp

The giant wildfire near the Georgia-Florida state line has sputtered and stalled for days after modest rainfall slowed the once-raging blaze, giving firefighters their best chance yet to stop the flames from advancing near the southern edge of the Okefenokee…

Georgia Weather Will Determine The Mosquito Threat

Experts say the threat posed by mosquitoes in Georgia this summer will depend greatly on the weather. When it's dry, mosquitoes that carry West Nile develop in storm drains according to University of Georgia entomologist Elmer Gray. Zika-carrying mosquitoes develop…

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Park

Morrow, GA (WSB) - Three days of heavy rain and storms have left Morrow's Paradise Park looking more like a lake. The basketball court and playground areas are surrounded by water. One woman who lives in the neighborhood says heavy…

Flood Watch Continues Overnight Through Wednesday

A Flood Watch continues overnight through Wednesday for the majority of the viewing area. Waves of rainfall are expected over the next few days along a stationary frontal boundary that's sitting right over the area. The…

Man Gets Ten Years for Shooting a Georgia Police Officer

A man who shot a Georgia police officer after luring him into an ambush with a 911 call has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Valdosta Daily Times reports a judge sentenced 22-year-old Stephen Beck on Monday May…

Johns Creek Wins Appeal, Game 3 Wednesday

Johns Creek baseball has new life after a controversial ruling that led to their elimination in last week's 6-A state semifinal series against Lee County was overturned Monday morning. An initial release from the GHSA last Thursday described the play in…

Testing Hypnosis on Dee Armstrong

She is a woman who everyone in the community knows and loves. You have seen her on your television and out in the community for decades, but now you will…

Showers and Thunderstorms Through Wednesday

Don’t forget the umbrella today. We will see scattered showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. There is some risk for severe weather with gusty winds…

Heavy Rain to Start Week; Cooler and Drier to End It

After some parts of the area saw heavy rainfall over the weekend, another in a series of impulses will approach the area Monday afternoon, bringing a renewed chance of showers and thunderstorms. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for…

Russell County, Georgia Drug Bust

Darryl Gosha, 61, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, or ice. The investigation is still going on. Sheriff Heath Taylor said they are potentially looking for more arrests in this case. The methamphetamine was stored in a container, one of the…

Two-Headed Cabbage in Midland, Georgia

Our Chief Meteorologist Matt Wintz met with a couple who grew a two-headed cabbage. The cabbage was grown in the farmers' garden in Midland, Georgia. The farmers of this vegetable are Tery and Sanom Legette. The seeds were purchased from…

Suspicious Package in Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) - Police are investigating a suspicious package found in downtown Atlanta on Friday. The package was discovered near the campus of Georgia State University. Several businesses in the pedestrian-heavy area have been evacuated as a safety precaution.…

First Women to Graduate From Ft. Benning Infantry OSUT

A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, graduated 137 new U.S. Army infantry soldiers,including the first 18 women to complete Infantry One Unit Station Training (OSUT). All the graduates have met the high physical demands of Infantry…

Exclusive: Officer Allan Brown Resigns

It's been about a week now since a Russell County Grand Jury cleared Officer Allan Brown of any criminal wrong doing but as of today, and on the heels of the Columbus Police Department's…

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