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Did an Apple Fritter Kill a Georgia Man?

The Associated Press reports a Georgia man is suing a Louisiana doughnut shop over claims that his father died of an allergic reaction after eating a donut made with walnut flour. A lawsuit claims Brian Allen Sr. was allergic to walnuts and…

Volunteers Gather to Provide Home Makeover for Local Veteran

Volunteers with the House of Heroes project worked all day Saturday, March 18, 2017, to assist a Columbus, Georgia military veteran with home improvements. Team Captain Charles Hill and fellow members of Life Changing Church provided the fix-up free of charge.…

Goodbye Winter

It's the last weekend of winter, but spring isn't waiting! A cold front will pass through the area later today giving us a slight chance for showers and maybe a rumble of thunder or two. Outside of that, the weekend…

St. Patrick's Day Celebration Takes Over Uptown Columbus

A St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Friday took over Broadway in Uptown Columbus. Uptown and Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub & Eatery painted Uptown Columbus green on Friday night in honor of St. Patrick's Day. The festivities started with Wolf &…

Ft. Benning Prescribed Burning

You may notice some smoke from a grass and brush fire drifting over portions of Ft. Benning on Sunday March 19th. Information specialists at Ft. Benning tell us prescribed burning will be taking place in the K-06 and 0-27 training…

Deal announces Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy board

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced the creation of the board for the Georgia Center for Early Language and Literacy at Georgia College and State University (GCSU), an education and training center for developing literacy skills. The nine-member board…

Three people shot outside mall

Atlanta, GA (WSB) - Gunfire at an Atlanta mall on Friday left three people wounded. Police say it started inside the mall as a drug deal,  then spilled outside. Witnesses tell police those involved were members of rival gangs. Two…

DON'T DEPEND on the Luck of the Irish

Is there really such a thing as 'the luck of the Irish?' You probably shouldn't  count on it if you're going out partying for St Patrick's…

Georgia First Robotics Competition Promotes STEM Teaching and Learning

Hundreds of Muscogee County students are excited to take a field trip to experience the FIRST Robotics competition Friday, March 17th  at 10:00 a.m. at Columbus State University (Lumpkin Center). FIRST Robotics is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)…

U.S Army Marksmanship Championship

  About 200 sharpshooters from Army installations all over the country are at Fort Benning with one mission in mind. They want to take home the title as the Army's top marksman.…

Police: New Technology could crack Case

Columbus Police tell First News they used cutting edge technology to help identify a suspect wanted for murder. Now they're making a plea for the publics help. Iris Harless, a 64 year old…

Georgia Senate Backs New Pay Increases

ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Senate has backed two percent pay increases for teachers and other state employees as part of a $49 billion state budget proposal. The chamber on Wednesday approved their version of a…

Fort Benning Conducting Prescribed Burns Today (Thursday)

Fort Benning will be conducting a prescribed burn within the O-13, O-18, and U-9 training areas today. The wind is predicted to be from the Northwest and will keep smoke away from sensitive areas. Wind direction is a prediction and…

Fort Benning Disaster Training Exercise

Quite a commotion on Fort Benning Wednesday which required a full scale deployment of emergency first responders. Training centered around a flaming chemical truck accident on route 27 not far from the…

Deal recognizes international trade leaders’ statewide economic impact

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), today presented 24 businesses with GLOBE (Georgia Launching Opportunities By Exporting) Awards at the 2017 Go Global reception. This state-led awards program recognizes companies that…

Best Ranger Competition Training

Fort Benning has some of the best trained soldiers in the world and some have the title to prove it. First News was on Fort Benning to learn more about the best ranger contest taking place at various army installations…

Fort Benning Chaplain Decorated For Bravery

The army has chaplains to administer to the spiritual needs of soldiers. But in a rare case , one Army chaplain is compelled to serve soldiers in another way, by saving lives. Fort Benning Army Chaplain CPT Matthew Christensen was…

Temps Plummet Below Freezing Tonight & Tomorrow Night

After basking in the sunshine and warm temps over the past few weeks, reality is hitting us right in the face tonight as temps plummet. Clouds will begin scour out and temps will drop into the 20's and 30's by…

POLICE: Hit and Run not Uncommon

Columbus Police tell First News Hit and Run incidents are fairly common. Believe it or not they've received as many as 300 reports in one month. "Most people are surprised when they hear…

Cold Days, Freezing Nights for the Southeast

Temperatures continue to stay well below average today with highs topping out in the mid 40s to low 50s under a good bit of cloudiness. Winds will kick in and…

Illegal Tire Dump

A Columbus, Georgia Business owner caught a tire dumper on camera who left a large load on a dead end street. First News counted 47 old used tires on the well kept miller court. The load was dumped over the…

New Artwork Available on Georgia Recreational Licenses

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division is offering license buyers an opportunity to add a credit card style license with a painting of a largemouth bass to their order for $5. The artwork is courtesy of Tony…

ESSEX BRANCH on BUILDING HIS EMPIRE

Essex Branch worked for 23 years in corporate America in the power industry. His final years on the job were confusing to say the least. "I would be at work where things might get slow, and my mind would be…

Crews Battle South Columbus Apartment Fire

Fire officials got a call around 7:45 Sunday evening to Sherwood Arms Apartments on Baker Plaza Drive. Officials say a fire started on the second floor of building A. The Red Cross was…

Winter Hanging On Through Mid-Week

This blast of winter staying with us a little while longer. Cold air continues to filter in from the north and will keep our daytime highs below normal in the…

Cold Week Ahead!

A cold week is in store for the viewing area, even as some of us are on Spring Break this week. The weather will be anything but springlike, especially in the first half of the week. Clouds will thicken again…

Ft. Benning CSM Change of Responsibility

Command Sergeant Major Kevin Floyd has passed responsibility as the Ft. Benning Garrison CSM to Command Sergeant Major William Pouliot. The military ceremony took place in the historic Regimental Room at the…

Say Goodbye To Our Spring-like Temps

After an unseasonably warm January and February, March will begin to feel...a little more like January next week. An arctic high pressure system will move down from Canada bringing a large batch of cold air to…

Three Heart-Health Class Offered At St. Francis Hospital

St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia will host heart-health classes. Staff members from the St. Francis Wellness Center Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program will offer a smoking cessation program titled "Kick the Habit." This is a free class offered every Thursday at…

Man accused of holding 8 women captive in home

Sandy Springs, GA (WSB) - A Georgia man is in jail after police discovered he was holding eight women against their will. One of the women called 911 asking for help leaving the home where she was held captive Wednesday…

Wednesday Night Weather Forecast

A pleasant evening is in store for Wednesday night. Light winds and clear skies will provide the perfect conditions for radiational cooling to take full effect with lows in the 40s areawide. Thursday will be the warmest day out of…

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