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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…

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…

Summer Tattoo Warning

  Doctors are warning patients with fresh tattoo's to be cautious after one man died earlier this year. He contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while swimming in the Gulf of…

Drug Overdoses in Georgia

 A South Georgia hospital system says at least four people have died in the just the past 48 hours after overdosing on opiods. Officials say they have…

Airline Passenger Reportedly Attacked by a Dog

ATLANTA (AP) — An airline passenger was bitten repeatedly in the face by a dog that was allowed on the plane to provide emotional support to another passenger. According to an Atlanta police report, Marlin Jackson of Daphne, Alabama, was…

Rain Ending, Weekend Looking Great!

Isolated showers and thunderstorms wrapping up today with highs in the low to mid 80s. Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the low to mid 60s. Turning mostly sunny on Thursday with highs…

Rainfall Ending; Drier and Cooler End to Week

Showers and thunderstorms will be likely for one more night tonight as a warm and very humid air mass resides over the area, with drier conditions expected later in the week. By Wednesday morning, however, a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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