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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…

Soldier of the Week

After 20 years in the military a Fort Benning military police soldier has quite a collection of accolades. Sergeant First Class Philip Huestis has served state side and overseas, over achieving while on assignment in places like California where he…

Suspect in Hit and Run removed Tag, cleaned Car

  Columbus Police testified a tipster called in the location of the vehicle they were looking for and that the suspect not only ran scared but went to great lengths to hide any…

Heavy Rain Moves In Tonight, Sunshine Returns Wednesday

Heavy rain will move through the area from NW to SE overnight, with lighter rainfall amounts expected as this line moves southeast. No severe weather is expected tonight. Sunshine returns tomorrow with temps remaining warm. We'll…

West Point Cadets Test New Weapons

Senior Cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point are testing firing weapons and equipment systems they are making for potential use on the battlefield. Cadets enrolled in the…

Deal: February Tax Revenue Offers Mixed Result

NEWS RELEASE Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for February totaled approximately $1.17 billion, for a decrease of $70 million, or -5.6 percent, compared to February 2016. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $14.23 billion, for…

Dieticians Celebrate National Nutrition Month

In recognition of the National Nutrition, dieticians from Pheobe Sumter participated in the First Friday downtown in Americus, Georgia on March 3rd, 2017. Dieticians Meg Goodwin, Ashley Patterson and Kimberly Hicks staffed a Center Stage Market display. They discussed the importance…

New Chick-fil-A Restaurant to Open In Columbus

Chick-fil-A plans to build a new stand alone restaurant at 2730 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, Georgia. Franchise owner Alex Vann invited community and business leaders to a ground-breaking celebration at the location of the new restaurant on March 7, 2017. “We’re thrilled to…

Witness leads Police to Suspect in Hit and Run Accident

Columbus police credit a witness who stepped forward providing investigators with crucial information that led to a quick break in the case. Kassie Hollinhead was crossing the street Saturday night headed to the…

ICE: Stewart Detainee injured in "local custody"

Forty three year old Jorge Cruz-Sanchez was picked up for a misdemeanor violation in southeast Georgia when Immigration and Customs swooped in to retrieve him but by the time he arrived at the…

A Third Arrest in the Five Corner Lotto Murder

The Columbus Police Department tell WLTZ First News, it has made a third arrest in the 5 Corner Lotto murder. Police said in a release Tuesday afternoon, they have arrested 17-year-old Joshua Tucker, charging him with…

Another Prescribed Burn Today (Tuesday) on Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Fort Benning will be conducting a prescribed burn within the C1 and C3 training area today. The wind is predicted to be from the South and will keep smoke away from sensitive areas. Wind direction is…

Fort Benning Prescribed Burn

No one should intentionally set the woods on fire. But this happens often at Fort Benning. Fire control specialists are deep into the backwoods at Fort Benning burning underbrush…

Monday Night Forecast

A few clouds will be around for your Monday night, but temperatures will be very mild with lows only dropping into the lower to middle 50s. Tuesday will be dry for the majority of the day with showers and thunderstorms…

Several Storm Systems This Week, Warmth Continues

We'll start with some sprinkles this Monday morning before clouds break for some sunshine today. The warmth continues today with highs will reach into the 70's area-wide. Expect variable clouds overnight with mild overnight lows in the mid 50's. Tuesday…

Columbus Records The 3rd Warmest Winter Since 1891

This winter will go down in the books one of the warmest winters on record. While we experienced a few shots of cold air--they were very brief and were quickly replaced by warm temps. Since weather records began in Columbus…

Woman Identified in Deadly Crash on MLK Blvd.

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — A woman died over the weekend after being hit by two cars near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Murray Street. Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton confirmed with First News the victim, Kasandra Michelle Hollinhead,…

Crews Work to Put Out Fire at Home on Neill Drive

COLUMBUS, GA (WLTZ) — Crews were on the scene of a fire Sunday afternoon at a home on Neill Drive. The call came in around 2:10 p.m. about a home up in flames in a neighborhood on Neill Drive. First…

Troup County School System Third Graders Experience the Symphony

Third graders from Hillcrest Elementary in Troup County recently participated in an annual field trip to listen to a performance by the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra. Before the field trip, students read about the symphony and various composers. An activity booklet they used explained different instruments.…

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