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Best Ranger Competition Winners

  A 2014 Best Ranger Winner has done it again. Captain Michael Rose and his teammate Master Sergeant Josh Horsager are the 2017 Best Ranger winners. Captain Rose won the grueling…

Easter Egg Hunt Scheduled April 15 on West Point Lake

The Captain Bill Pruitt Chambers County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #20 invite the public and their families to their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15. It will be at 2 p.m. EST at Rocky Point Beach on…

Fort Benning Field Day a Big Hit for Kids

    Friday morning April 7th the commanding general at Fort Benning gave several thousand people a direct order to have fun and that's exactly what they did. At least two thousand…

Best Ranger Competition Begins

  106 Army Rangers in 53 two man teams began the grueling Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning. Before the three day event is over the Ranger competitors will have covered…

Slater: No Conflict Prosecuting Dyksma Case

The District Attorney Julia Slater tells First News exclusively the release of that graphic video showing Harris County deputies encounter with a Columbus teen, his arrest and his death and the public response…

TAKE a TOUR of the Columbus Water Works

Summer is approaching and moms and dads are looking for places to take the kids, especially places that don't wreck the family budget. How about a free tour? Have you ever thought about taking a tour of the Columbus Water…

Patchy Frost Possible Tonight, Weekend Warm-Up Ahead

SUMMARY: High pressure will remain large and in charge over the weekend with plenty of sunshine and highs in the 70's with lows in the 40's. Breezy conditions on Friday are expected but light wind is…

WLTZ Recognizes Employee Contribution

Congratulations to Bradley Counts for winning Employee of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2017. "I truly appreciate the recognition," said National Sales Manager Bradley Counts. "WLTZ is an amazing place to work and an award like this is…

Severe Storms Hammer West Central Georgia

While many people in central Georgia and Alabama are breathing sighs of relief after being spared from Wednesday's severe weather, others are beginning the clean-up process. Several structures in the town of…

Georgia Power stages Response Team

Georgia Power not taking any chances with the threat of more severe weather looming, they've posted up in Midtown with hundreds of out of town workers on standby waiting for the back up…

Masters Course Evacuation Due to Severe Weather

Augusta, GA (WTOC) - Severe weather is causing problems at the course holding the prestigious Masters golf tournament. Fans were ordered to evacuate Augusta National Golf Course due to a fast-moving storm cell. The course was re-opened after about two-and-a-half…

WEST GEORGIA Emergency Shelter Details

  Seeking shelter, or know someone who is? Here is a confirmed list of open shelters: Safe House at 2101 Hamilton Rd. in Columbus (Currently Open) Valley Rescue Mission at 2903 2nd Ave. in Columbus (Currently Open)

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…

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