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Pastor Molestation Trial Begins

Brunswick, GA (WJXT) - The trial of a Georgia preacher accused of molesting two teenage parishioners started on Tuesday. Kenneth Adkins is a pastor of the Greater Dimensions Christian Fellowship. Two of five aggravated child molestation charges against him were…

Hail Falls During Wednesday Morning Severe Weather

Powerful storms packing hail, rain, and lightning moved across the WLTZ viewing area between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. Viewers submitted photos of some of the hail. Submit your photos by clicking here.

Habitat Residents Homeless after Storm

  Residents here in this small South Columbus neighborhood, already down on their luck, suffered a devastating blow when that first round of storms blew through. "You ain't seen nothing yet." Exhausted and…

Family Owned Business Damaged in Monday's Storm

A family owned business in Columbus, called Valley Fir and Redwood, faced damage to their business after a powerful line of storms swept through town. Sales Manager at Valley Fir and Redwood, Buddy Wallace tells us the company has been…

Your Monday Night Weather Forecast

The area is getting a brief respite from the severe weather tonight and tomorrow, with highs back in the 80s. All in all, Tuesday will be a beautiful spring day. Things will start to change in a hurry Tuesday night. The…

Best Ranger Contest Preparation

 The Best Ranger Competition 2017, is the 34th anniversary of this grueling competition, starring the best soldiers of the world, our United States Army, RANGERS! The Best Ranger Competition was started in 1982 after Dick Leandri found a way to…

Strong Winds Knock a Traffic Light Down in Columbus

  Use caution no matter where you travel in our region tonight and tomorrow at least until Georgia Power repair crews can get to all the power lines that are down. Certain intersections will still be a problem too until…

School Kids escape Storm Unscathed

The principal here at Brewer Elementary tells First News it was business as usual one minute inside the classroom and they were taking cover the next. "The teachers and all of the adults…

Deal Provides Updates on I-85 Repair Progress

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, along with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Mark W. McDonough and State Road and Tollway Authority Executive Director Chris Tomlinson, addressed Interstate 85 bridge repair progress…

Severe T'Storm Watch Issued For Eastern Alabama Through 11AM CT

Good Monday morning everyone--we're tracking strong to severe storms to our west and this line will move from west to east through the entire viewing area later this morning through early afternoon. A Severe T'Storm Watch has been issued for…

Severe Weather Likely Monday And Wednesday This Week

SUNDAY EVENING UPDATE: After a relatively quiet start to our spring severe weather season in the Chattahoochee Valley, an active weather week is expected and it all kicks off midday Monday. A storm system bringing severe weather to Louisiana and…

Columbus Police Investigating Murder from over the Weekend

A 44-year-old man was shot to death in Columbus Saturday morning. It happened in the 2200 block of Ticknor Dr. Saturday morning around 7:20 a.m. Police say Dudley Jones, Jr. appeared to have died from a gunshot wound. Coroner Freeman…

Fiery Highway Collapse May Trouble Atlanta Commuters for Months

Atlanta's jam packed rush-hour traffic could be more trouble for months to come after a fierce fire underneath Interstate 85 collapsed a portion of the highway and shut down the heavily traveled route through the center of the city. Traffic…

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Rap Challenge

WLTZ's Don Hammond had a unique opportunity to interact with about 100 5th graders at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school in Columbus, Georgia. The entire 5th grade population is preparing…

Deal receives Interstate 85 briefing from federal officials

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today met with the Acting Deputy Director of the Federal Highway Administration Butch Waidelich, senior adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Ray, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, Department of Public…

Sunshine Rules The Weekend, Strong Storms Return Next Week

Happy Weekend everyone! Sunshine will rule the weekend as high pressure remains in firm control of our forecast! Saturday-Abundant sunshine and a light breeze. Highs in the lower 80's. Saturday Night-Clear skies and quiet conditions. Lows…

Six Elementary Schools Rewarded

Six elementary schools in Troup County were named Rewarded Schools. Title I office and Parents Engagement Coordinator, Nicole Kennedy, presented each of the principals with Title I Gold Star Awards. The award is given to recognize administrators for their work…

Columbus State University "Celebrates Diversity" Forum

WATCH NEWS PIECE:   The 7th Annual Columbus State University "Celebrates Diversity" took place on Thursday. Attendees spent the day in sessions meant to generate diversity and inclusion awareness, foster conversation and improve…

Weekend Looks Great, Storms Monday for the Southeast

We start Friday off with showers and thunderstorms then skies clear by the afternoon and beautiful weather returns for the weekend! The passing cold front will cool daytime highs down today mainly to…

Picture-Perfect Weekend Weather Ahead

Leftover showers and storms will exit stage right overnight and we'll see patchy fog with lows in the upper 50's. Expect any cloudiness to quickly leave Friday with sunshine and comfortable temps…

Hank Aaron Statue Unveiled

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - A new statue is up in Atlanta in honor of Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron. The Braves unveiled the bronze structure on Wednesday in a ceremony at Suntrust Park. The statue is the crown jewel of monument…

Families outraged by DA's Death Penalty Decisions

  There were two grieving families here appearing  for status hearings for what they thought were death penalty cases when to their dismay the incoming District Attorney they were told had other plans.…

Things To Do: 52nd Annual Pilgrimage Takes Over Eufaula

You know those beautiful mansions that make Eufaula famous? Do you know you can tour them? Your chance is this weekend! The 52nd Annual Pilgrimage is set to take over Eufaula this Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd. This…

Granny Gem Thief Lifts a Light Sentence

  An octogenarian jewel thief gets a golden deal from a judge. 86-year-old Doris Payne pleaded guilty to felony shoplifting charges near Atlanta on Wednesday March 29th. Her sentence is only, time served, house arrest, and probation. Perhaps the harshest…

SFC Jose Faz Named Soldier of the Week

When the army needs someone to talk tanks they have a guy who is ready to go. Sergeant First Class Jose Faz of the 1st of the 16th Cavalry knows the M-1 Abrams inside and out. SFC Faz has finished…

Students warned after Nude Photos Surface

A word of warning from school officials to students and parents tonight about the perils of social media. Officials here at the Muscogee County School District sent out an alert to parents after…

Lee County Phone Scam

The Lee County Sheriff's Office has received numerous calls about an individual calling people claiming to be a Lee County Deputy named James Marshall. He tells people they have either missed jury duty or have a fine that needed to…

Man Wanted for Murder is on the Run

Columbus police could use your help trying to track a man wanted for murder. On March 24th about 5:45pm Columbus police were called to building 317 of Wilson apartments in reference to a shooting. They soon located the victim, Maurice…

It's National Boys & Girls Club Week

National Boys & Girls Club Week takes place March 27th through March 31st, 2017. The Boys & Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley (BGCCV), celebrates with different activities held each day. The BGCCV invites all alumni and the community to…

PAWS Humane Offers a Pet First Aid and CPR Class

Not all pet owners know what to do when their furry friend is having a medical emergency. PAWS Humane is sponsoring training for animal owners to understand pet injuries, determine if they are experiencing a health threat, and then, know…

Police: Suspect stalked Lead Detective

Columbus Police Major Gil Slouchick tells First News to have a murder suspect openly stalk and threaten a lead detective is extremely rare here. "It's a first time I can remember." And how…

Parents Arrested After Taking Baby From a Foster Home

  Parents are under arrest and the infant who was the subject of an amber alert is now in state custody. Gordo, Alabama police say 19-year-old Blake Perkins and 18-year-old Tandra Goff, the non-custodial parents of 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins,…

Local Company, Driver named in Crash Lawsuit

An attorney representing the family calls the case "mind numbing" that most of us can't possibly fathom loosing 5 family members at one time. The civil lawsuit was filed by Butler Wooten &…

Day Wants to Play in Masters, Awaits Mom's Prognosis

PGA Tour star Jason Day expects to arrive in Augusta, Georgia, on Friday to start practicing for the Masters, but said he could pull still out of the season's first major, depending on his mother's prognosis following surgery for lung…

UGA Set to Host Highly Touted Defensive Line Transfer

With several impending departures along the defensive line over the next year, the Georgia Bulldogs may be exploring the transfer route to replenish the roster. According to a report from 247Sports, former 4* defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko is set to…

110,000 AMERICANS NEED an ORGAN TRANSPLANT

      The largest stadium in the United States doesn't have enough seats to hold all of the men , women and children in the country who are waiting on an organ transplant. While awareness about the need to…

Week Ahead Forecast

A progressive weather pattern will shape up over the area this week. Monday will feature mostly sunny skies for the majority of the day, although clouds will begin to increase tomorrow afternoon as a storm system…

Shooting at Columbus Apartment Leaves One Man Dead

Columbus Police are investigating a shooting that happened at a Columbus Apartment complex Friday night. The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. at the 317 building of Wilson Apartments, which is located at 3400 8th Avenue.  Officers along with Fire/EMS responded…

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