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Adjusting to Guns On Campus in Georgia

Students returning to Georgia's university campuses won't find gun storage facilities or signs this fall after a new state law permitting concealed handguns at the schools takes effect. Advice released to students and staff at all 28 public colleges sought…

Georgia Mother Jumps Into High School Fight

DEKALB COUNTY, GA - High School Fight involving a 16-year-old sophomore caught on camera being attacked by, two students and one adult at Redan High School has gone viral. The video posted to social media doesn't only show students beating…

Drastic Drop in Georgia Food Stamp Recipients

More than half of food stamp recipients in 21 Georgia counties have been dropped from the program after the state instituted work requirements. State figures released this week revealed that 11,779 people considered able-bodied without children were required to find…

Georgia Democratic State Representative Runs For Governor

Democratic Rep. Stacey Evans of Smyrna is running for the democratic nomination  seeking to become the Governor of Georgia. Representative Evans says her campaign will focus on how to protect and improve the state's HOPE college scholarship program. Evans, who…

Alabama-FSU to Open Season in Primetime

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama football’s season opener against Florida State in the 2017 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has been scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT start on ABC, the network announced on Thursday afternoon. The Crimson Tide and Seminoles are scheduled…

Carver's Daniel Melvin Signs with St. Petersburg JUCO

Carver basketball standout Daniel Melvin signed scholarship papers to play at St. Petersburg Junior College Thursday afternoon. Melvin just wrapped up a stellar senior campaign that saw him average 17.4 points per game while helping lead the Tigers to…

Columbus Parks and Recreation to Open Outdoor Pools

Columbus Parks and Recreation will open all outdoor pools for the season beginning on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 12pm.   Psalmond Road 6533 Psalmond Road Columbus, Georgia 31820 706-565-6060   Shirley Winston Pool 5025 Steam Mill Road Columbus, Georgia…

Trending Topics with Mallory Hagan

Columbus Police Offer, Allan Brown, resigned after a high-speed chase led to the death of a Columbus teenager and the injury of two others when dashcam video surfaced. Mallory Hagan shares viewer…

Soldier of the Week

Staff Sergeant Steven L. Berg is an 11B Infantryman who currently serves as an Operations NCO at the 199th Infantry Brigade, 81st Armor Regiment 3rd Battalion at Fort Benning, Georgia. SSG Berg has distinguished himself serving in many leadership roles…

New Job, No Stress: Thanks to Hypnosis

Meet Bradly Tarver. He is new to the WLTZ First News team, and wears several hats at the station. He works in master control and in production. On the production team, he is a…

A Rare Tick Bite Causes Red Meat Allergy

Tick season is here and it's no secret the parasites can transmit dangerous diseases. However, now there is a relatively new and rare tick-borne disorder that causes an allergic reaction…

Fewer Children Drowning in the US

Fewer young children are drowning in swimming pools, but, public health officials continue to urge parents to remain vigilant. The consumer product safety commission says since 2010 there has…

Rain Weakens Fire Which Ravaged the Okefenokee Swamp

The giant wildfire near the Georgia-Florida state line has sputtered and stalled for days after modest rainfall slowed the once-raging blaze, giving firefighters their best chance yet to stop the flames from advancing near the southern edge of the Okefenokee…

Georgia Weather Will Determine The Mosquito Threat

Experts say the threat posed by mosquitoes in Georgia this summer will depend greatly on the weather. When it's dry, mosquitoes that carry West Nile develop in storm drains according to University of Georgia entomologist Elmer Gray. Zika-carrying mosquitoes develop…

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding in Park

Morrow, GA (WSB) - Three days of heavy rain and storms have left Morrow's Paradise Park looking more like a lake. The basketball court and playground areas are surrounded by water. One woman who lives in the neighborhood says heavy…

Flood Watch Continues Overnight Through Wednesday

A Flood Watch continues overnight through Wednesday for the majority of the viewing area. Waves of rainfall are expected over the next few days along a stationary frontal boundary that's sitting right over the area. The…

Man Gets Ten Years for Shooting a Georgia Police Officer

A man who shot a Georgia police officer after luring him into an ambush with a 911 call has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Valdosta Daily Times reports a judge sentenced 22-year-old Stephen Beck on Monday May…

Johns Creek Wins Appeal, Game 3 Wednesday

Johns Creek baseball has new life after a controversial ruling that led to their elimination in last week's 6-A state semifinal series against Lee County was overturned Monday morning. An initial release from the GHSA last Thursday described the play in…

Testing Hypnosis on Dee Armstrong

She is a woman who everyone in the community knows and loves. You have seen her on your television and out in the community for decades, but now you will…

Showers and Thunderstorms Through Wednesday

Don’t forget the umbrella today. We will see scattered showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. There is some risk for severe weather with gusty…

Heavy Rain to Start Week; Cooler and Drier to End It

After some parts of the area saw heavy rainfall over the weekend, another in a series of impulses will approach the area Monday afternoon, bringing a renewed chance of showers and thunderstorms. A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for…

Russell County, Georgia Drug Bust

Darryl Gosha, 61, was arrested for trafficking methamphetamine, or ice. The investigation is still going on. Sheriff Heath Taylor said they are potentially looking for more arrests in this case. The methamphetamine was stored in a container, one of the…

Two-Headed Cabbage in Midland, Georgia

Our Chief Meteorologist Matt Wintz met with a couple who grew a two-headed cabbage. The cabbage was grown in the farmers' garden in Midland, Georgia. The farmers of this vegetable are Tery and Sanom Legette. The seeds were purchased from…

Suspicious Package in Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (WGCL) - Police are investigating a suspicious package found in downtown Atlanta on Friday. The package was discovered near the campus of Georgia State University. Several businesses in the pedestrian-heavy area have been evacuated as a safety precaution.…

First Women to Graduate From Ft. Benning Infantry OSUT

A Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 198th Infantry Brigade, graduated 137 new U.S. Army infantry soldiers,including the first 18 women to complete Infantry One Unit Station Training (OSUT). All the graduates have met the high physical demands of Infantry…

Exclusive: Officer Allan Brown Resigns

It's been about a week now since a Russell County Grand Jury cleared Officer Allan Brown of any criminal wrong doing but as of today, and on the heels of the Columbus Police…

"BULLY" Screening with Miss Heart of the South

Glenwood student and senior, Maloreigh Todd, is the reigning Miss Heart of the South. As a local title holder in the Miss Georgia Organization, Todd has chosen the platform "Better Together" to promote diversity and…

Keep the Umbrella Handy for the Weekend

Partly cloudy skies today with highs staying in the upper 80s to low 90s. Showers and thunderstorms will develop over the course of the weekend and will bring daytime highs down to the…

Deal Praises Reconstruction Efforts at I-85 Ceremony

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal, along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry, today attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the reopening of I-85 after a fire and bridge collapse closed…

Police Run Over Armed Suspect to "eliminate threat"

Police say they received information that a woman was being threatened at gunpoint by a suspect wanted for murder. When they moved in, chaos erupted. That tip prompted a police chase that ended…

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan Stumps for Handel in Georgia

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives,Paul Ryan, told Atlanta voters on Monday May 15th to vote Republican in next month's special election for Congress. Speaker Ryan is linking the Democratic candidate in the surprisingly competitive House race to the…

Braves' Freddie Freeman Fractures Wrist, Out 10 Weeks

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman suffered a fractured left wrist when he was hit by a pitch and is expected to miss about 10 weeks. Freeman was hit by Toronto's Aaron Loup during the fifth inning of an…

GHSA to Hear Appeal on Controversial Ending Friday

The GHSA Appeal Board has a pivotal decision to make. With Lee County having already won game one, game two of their state semifinal series versus Johns Creek ended in controversial fashion Wednesday night after an apparent Gladiators win was…

Troup County School Teacher Receives Read 180 Educator Award

Nine months ago Rosemont Elementary School implemented Read 180 to help increase literacy levels of students. During Read 180 sessions, students work on skills such as phonics, fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, writing, and vocabulary. Lynn Thrailkill, Rosemont Elementary fourth grade…

A Man Accused of Killing Two Teens is Sentenced to Life

A man accused of killing two 17-year-olds behind a supermarket in an Atlanta suburb has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jeffrey Hazelwood was sentenced Wednesday May 17th after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder charges.…

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