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Police: Kidnapping Report a False Alarm

  A harrowing account of a local kidnapping sent a North Columbus community in lock down mode and parents keeping a close watch on their kids. The alleged abduction of a 10 year old…

New Drug Leads to Dozens of Opioid Overdoses

Macon, GA (CNN) - A new street drug in Georgia has led to dozens of opioid overdoses over the last 48 hours. It's described as a yellow pill with potent effects. Doctor Christopher Hendry with Navicent Health issued this PSA…

It's Not a Stomach Ache, It's Shigella

  Shigella is a group of bacteria that causes shigelliosis, an infectious disease connected to seveere gastro-intestinal sickness. According to pediatricians Dr. Anatole Karpovs, "It  causes…

Southern Peaches in Short Supply

According to agriculture experts, a warmer than normal winter combined with a late spring freeze have put the famed fruit in short supply. In Georgia, peaches will be ready to sell earlier than usual, but crops will run out by…

Deal: May tax revenues up 10.3 percent

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Monday that Georgia’s net tax collections for May totaled nearly $1.73 billion, for an increase of $161.5 million, or 10.3 percent, compared to May 2016. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled roughly $19.79…

A Few More Days of Rain, Isolated Thunderstorms

Sounding like a broken record here... Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Scattered showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast tonight with overnight lows in the…

Stormy Tuesday, Cooler and Drier End to Week

Scattered showers and thunderstorms to start your Tuesday will become more numerous as the day wears on. Tuesday will also mark the last full day of the likely rain chances, with a cold front set to move through on Wednesday.…

Volunteers Needed This Week in Columbus

Christian Community Service Center, Inc. is in need of volunteers! WHO: Volunteer adults and teenagers are needed to instruct students in Reading Comprehension and Math. Volunteers include Active and Retired Teachers,  Administrators or Para-professionals, College Graduates, College Students, High School…

Suspected Car Thief kills Radio Engineer Frank McLemore

NEW INFORMATION TONIGHT ABOUT THE SUSPECTS WHO LED POLICE ON A CHASE IN PHENIX CITY AND ABOUT THE INNOCENT VICTIMS CRITICALLY WOUNDED. THE DEADLY COLLISION HAPPENED IN FRONT OF THE CENTRAL ACTIVITIES CENTER AT…

Government Building Survey

New Government and Judicial Building Commission released a survey. The Commission is asking for Columbus residents to complete the survey in order to better understand the needs of the community. The “New Government & Judicial Building Survey” is designed to…

Expired Medicines Found on Store Shelves

  When you're buying milk or bread you check the expiration date don't you? When was the last time you checked the expiration date on over-the-counter medications? Most were…

Rain Through Mid-Week

Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the low to mid 80s. We will keep scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast tonight with overnight lows in the 60s and 70s. Scattered showers…

Wet Week Ahead Forecast

A humid air mass will take up residence in the area through the first half of the work week. Showers and thunderstorms will be likely each day. While no severe weather is expected, storms may produce gusty winds, heavy rainfall,…

A RAINY WEEKEND AHEAD

Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the mid to upper 80s. We will keep scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through the weekend with highs remaining in the mid to upper…

UPDATE: Missing Elderly Harris County Man Found Dead

An elderly Harris County man suffering from dementia has been found dead in his truck. Herbert Groover is 91 years old and was last seen in the Hopewell Church Road area of Pine Mountain around 5am Thursday morning. Police found…

8-foot Alligator Removed from Tybee Island

Tybee Island, GA (WSAV) - An unwanted beachgoer was removed from the shore of Tybee Island, Georgia on Thursday morning. This alligator was first spotted in the water around 7:30 A.M. People were asked to stay out of the water…

Weather Forecasts Have Improved, But It's Been Under The Radar

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weather forecasts have improved, but it's been under the radar. Make fun of the weatherman if you want but modern forecasts (like this one) have quietly, by degrees, become much better. Meteorologists are now as good with…

2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot Released

IRVING, Texas (June 1, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 75 players and six coaches from…

Prosecutor: Toddler who Drowned Left Alone for 14 Hours

Bartow County, GA (WSB) - A Georgia woman charged in the death of her three-year-old made her first appearance before a judge on Wednesday. Investigators found Bobbie Prather's toddler son unresponsive in a pool on Monday. Prosecutors say he'd been…

Debate Schedule Uncertain in Heated Georgia Congressional Race

ATLANTA (AP) — A debate schedule in Georgia's special congressional election remains uncertain with less than a month before voters go to the polls Republican candidate Karen Handel said Wednesday that she plans to participate in four debates. Democrat Jon…

Food Shrimp Harvesting Season Begins

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The food shrimp harvesting season in Georgia begins at 8 a.m. Thursday. The Savannah Morning News reports that state waters will open to commercial power-drawn trawls, commercial and recreational cast netters and people using a beach…

Scattered Showers and PM Thunderstorms Thursday

Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the low to mid 80s. Showers overnight with lows in the mid 60s to low 70s. Isolated showers and thunderstorms on Friday with highs in the…

Autopsy: Columbus Teen Shot 11 Times by Officer Brown

The Alabama Medical Examiner's report reveals Columbus teen was shot 11 times after high speed chase. Please see the following Exclusive reports regarding this incident: Officer Allan Brown Resigns, Internal Investigation Ongoing EXCLUSIVE: Dramatic…

WATCH: Deal unveils "World Changer"

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, unveiled on Tuesday “World Changer,” the 13th installment of the “Real Teachers Real Voices” campaign. This initiative, which highlights exceptional educators around the state, stems from…

Fort Benning Garrison Change of Command

Under a drizzle of rain, Wednesday May 31st, the Army conducted a Change of Command ceremony for the Garrison at Fort Benning. Colonel Clinton Cox assumed command of the Garrison from…

Berry Names Sydney Weaver Grad Assistant

Former Brookstone standout and Berry College All-American golfer Sydney Weaver has been named a grad assistant for the Vikings program. The announcement comes just a few weeks after Weaver became the first golfer in the history of the program to…

Law Protects Good Samaritans

A new law in Virginia protects people who seek medical attention for overdose victims. Dr. Ben Fickenscher supports the laws and says, "all too often we have people who are dropped off on our front doorstep, and they're essentially dead.…

Baby's Casket Found Floating In Grave

After burying his 6-month-old grandson less than two weeks ago, a Memphis, Tennessee man went to the cemetery to put flowers on the grave and discovered something disturbing. Tony Jones arrived at New Park Cemetery to see his grandson's coffin…

A Chance for Rain Through the Weekend

A stalled out front will give the area isolated showers and thunderstorms today with highs in the mid to upper 80s. A few more storms could pop up overnight with lows in the mid…

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…

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