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"Smokey and the Bandit" Celebrated in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — They had a long way to go and a short time to get there, but hundreds of fans in Trans Ams have put the hammer down and made it to Atlanta to celebrate the 40th anniversary of…

Half a Dozen People Injured, One Dead in an Atlanta Shooting

ATLANTA (AP) — Six people are injured and one person is dead after several shots were fired into an Atlanta home. Media outlets report Atlanta police responded just before 11:30 p.m. Thursday to a house in southwest Atlanta and found…

Georgia Man Tries to Swim Across Two Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu, HI (KGMB) - A Georgia man is going for a historic swim. Chris Shoup wants to be the first person to take a solo swim across two Hawaiian islands. The 55-year-old Atlanta swim coach used to live in the…

Deals launch Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal and First Lady Sandra Deal attended on Thursday to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College. A total of $5.1 million in funding was allocated to…

Rain Saturday, Drier Next Week

Isolated showers and thunderstorms remain in the forecast for this afternoon with daytime highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Rain chances begin to increase tonight as a cold front approaches from…

Multiple Accidents on I-185 in Columbus

Rush hour traffic turned into a complete nightmare for commuters trying to get home on I-185 north. The incident happened between Buena Vista Road and Macon Road exits. There were approximately 19 vehicles…

Learning From the Georgia Special Congressional Election

(AP) — The Latest on Georgia's 6th District Congressional race. Republicans say Karen Handel's victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District proves the GOP is still the dominant party in Georgia. Democrats say Jon Ossoff's showing means they're actually making progress…

Flu Vaccine Not as Effective

  The flu vaccine was less effect in the recent flu season. The elderly are hit hardest by the flu. They're much more likely to land in the hospital or die from the virus than other age groups. But, CDC…

Helping Vets Suffering with PTS

  A non-profit organization, according to an NBC health report, says it has a promising way to help vets who are suffering from injuries and who have issues like traumatic brain injury and PTSD. 'Help Heal Vets' says it's an…

Metro Atlanta Unemployment Rate Does Not Change

ATLANTA (AP) — State labor officials say metro Atlanta's unemployment rate in May held steady at 4.5 percent - the same rate as the previous month. The Georgia Department of Labor on Thursday announced the new figure. It's down…

Deal: Georgia earns top credit marks from ratings agencies

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Wednesday  Georgia again earned a rating of AAA, with a stable outlook, from each of the three main credit rating agencies — Moody’s, Fitch and Standard & Poor’s. Of the states that issue…

Cindy Makes Landfall, Rain Remains in the Forecast

Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall in southwestern Louisiana this morning and will weaken through the day. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms stay in the forecast today especially for areas west of the river…

Showers and Storms Continue as Cindy Makes Landfall

Tropical Storm Cindy is nearing landfall tonight on the southwest Louisiana coast, with showers and thunderstorms occurring here locally. Her effects are being felt far from the center of circulation, however, with flooding rains and isolated tornadoes several hundred miles…

Soldier of The Week

  Most of the time our soldier of the week comes from within the ranks of the non commissioned officer corps. However this week the Columbus rotary club is…

Property Owners compete for VA Clinic

The Veterans Administration is expanding and a brand new clinic is in the works for Columbus. The new clinic will be a welcome sight for local veterans and big business for the lucky…

Mosquitoes More Prevalent This Year

Mosquitoes are summering all over the US, including in more areas than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control has discovered  the mosquitoes that carry the ZIKA virus are in 38 additional counties whether they had not been found before.…

Too Much Sugar in Some 'Healthy' Foods

Summer usually means lots of barbecues which means lots of burgers , cakes and pastas. We all try to make good choices , but, experts warn that even if you think you're picking the health options you might still be…

Republican Wins Georgia 6th Congressional District

    President Trump’s hopes of steadying his presidency and his agenda on Capitol Hill were given a lift Tuesday when a Republican won a special congressional election in the Atlanta suburbs. Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in…

Cindy to Impact Area with Heavy Rain and Storms

Tropical Storm Cindy strengthened Tuesday evening and is a strong tropical storm off the southwest Louisiana coast. She is expected to make landfall sometime Wednesday night near the Sabine River, which marks the border between Texas and Louisiana. Although the…

Lions Prepare to Open Playoffs Friday Night

After wrapping up a 9-3 regular season the Lions are set to open the postseason on the road Friday when they take on Lehigh Valley. Earlier this season the Lions dropped a heart…

Citizen documents Animal Neglect and Abuse

  Another exclusive First News investigation, this story about animal abuse and a system which many times has it's hands tied in trying to protect pets. It happened here on Winshire Street in…

Georgia pastor used tithes to buy lingerie, other items

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A Savannah pastor has been sentenced to 28 months in prison and ordered to pay his former church more than $178,000 after authorities say he stole tithes and church donations and put it in his personal…

Chick-Fil-A Opens New Store

At least 100 people could win Chic-Fil-A for a year for being the first to walk into the newest store in Columbus, Georgia. The new…

Rain Chances Remain High Through Thursday

Showers and thunderstorms likely today with cooler daytime highs through Wednesday. Highs will top out in the upper 70s to low 80s. Some storms could turn strong with damaging winds, hail, frequent lightning,…

6th Congressional District-Georgia Special Election

Progressives poured $23 million into Jon Ossoff's campaign. House Democrats' campaign arm sent a team to Georgia to organize the sixth congressional district months ahead of the special election there. Now, voters will decide whether all the effort was worthwhile.…

Heavy Rainfall this Week; Eyeing the Tropics

Heavy rainfall will move through the area this week as potential Tropical Storm Cindy moves toward the central Gulf Coast. Rain will overspread the area from south to north Tuesday morning and last in waves until the storm moves away…

City Attorney: Redwine Dash Cam "doesn't show much"

Columbus city officials responding tonight for the first time since a First News investigation revealed exclusive dash cam video taken the night three Columbus teenagers were shot after a police chase across state…

Salt Therapy is Becoming More Popular

  Bare feet resting on pink Himalayan salt. It is salt therapy alleviating symptoms such as allergies, asthma, ear and sinus infections, smoker's cough and skin inflammations. 'Salt of the Earth' owner Dianna Manoogian first used this therapy with her…

A Whitewater Adventure

At Whitewater Express two adventures they offer are zip lining and whitewater rafting. Both of these activities are fun for the family. Right now, they are offering a season pass where you can get unlimited visits to the Chattahoochee…

Tropical Mischief Possible This Week; Rain Chances All Week

Warm, moist air will continue to reside over the area through the upcoming work week, with the possibility of a tropical system affecting our weather as well. A chance for showers and thunderstorms will accompany the moisture every day this…

Chance of Storms Returns for Weekend, Next Week

A better chance for showers and thunderstorms returns to the forecast for this weekend into next week. Scattered showers and storms are expected to develop in the afternoon hours both Saturday and Sunday. Dads may be dodging raindrops in the…

Georgia Inmates Appear in Court in Tennessee

Nashville, TN (WSMV) - The Georgia inmates who were captured Thursday night made their first appearance in court at Rutherford County, Tennessee. 43-year-old Donnie Roe and 24-year-old Ricky Dubose, both waived their extradition hearings. The two had been on the…

Georgia Finalizes 2019 Non-Conference Schedule

The Georgia Bulldogs have finalized their 2019 non-conference schedule by adding a date against Murray State according to a report from Kevin Kelley. In addition to playing the Racers Georgia will also welcome…

Suspect: "Did I hurt Anybody?"

After multiple delays to find Dezhaun Dumas a public defender, a court appointed attorney appeared on his behalf in Recorder's Court this morning and  Columbus Police officers were finally able to testify about…

Fewer Teens Choosing to Smoke Cigarettes

  Good news and bad news from the CDC on youth smoking. The good? Tobacco use is down from 4.7 million middle and high school students in 2015 to 3.9 million last year. The bad news, is that 3.9 million…

Deal hails capture of escaped inmates

NEWS RELEASE Two inmates who escaped from a Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) prisoner transport earlier this week were captured tonight in Tennessee following a high speed vehicle chase. During the June 13 transport, two correctional officers were fatally attacked.…

Hot, Humid & Rainy This Weekend

Scattered showers and thunderstorms stay in the forecast today through the weekend with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. We’ll keep those…

Nationwide Manhunt Ends In Georgia

They stole at least four vehicles, tied up an elderly couple after invading their home and led the police on a high-speed chase, the authorities said. But on the third day of a nationwide manhunt, two Georgia inmates who officials…

Troup County Schools Back Berta

Late last week, an article highlighting Top 10 Schools for fighting listed one Troup County School – Berta Weathersbee Elementary. While the listing highlighted 2016 data, the Troup County School System (TCSS) is responding in a resounding way through ‘We…

Researcher Finds Georgia Voter Records Exposed On the Internet

HOUSTON (AP) — A security researcher disclosed a gaping security hole at the outfit that manages Georgia's election technology, days before the state holds a closely watched congressional runoff vote on June 20th. The security failure left the state's 6.7…

Infections in Nursing Homes

A new report suggests many nursing home facilities are not doing enough to prevent the spread of drug resistant bacteria. Public health researchers assessed nursing home infection prevention programs…

Deal announces launch of Georgia STABLE

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Wednesday the launch of Georgia STABLE, a tax-free savings program for eligible individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the Georgia Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program Corporation, established through legislation…

Rain Chances Down Today, But Increase for the Weekend

Isolated showers and thunderstorms today with highs in upper 80s to low 90s and staying quite humid. Some strong storms are possible with gusty winds, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rain. Showers…

Rain Staying in the Forecast Through the Weekend

Scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs in upper 80s to low 90s. Some isolated strong storms are possible with gusty winds, frequent lightning, and periods of heavy rain. Showers possible overnight with…

Miss Georgia Pageant Preliminary Competition

The 73rd Annual Miss Georgia Pageant is underway tonight at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia.  Ninety-nine women from across the state competed for academic scholarship and the titles of Miss Georgia…

Humid End to Week, Scattered Storms Stick Around

The warm and humid weather, pretty typical for June all in all, will continue through the latter half of the week. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will again be possible for your Wednesday, with slightly better coverage into Thursday and Friday.…

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