Georgia

  'The U.S. wasn’t ready’ Ga. congressmen respond to COVID-19 concerns

Representatives Sanford Bishop and Drew Ferguson said the U.S. was not ready for this pandemic but we will get through it.

Columbus police searching for missing, “possibly dangerous” man

Snapshot of Columbus during COVID-19 pandemic

  Ga. Rep. Calvin Smyre talks new coronavirus Community Outreach Task Force

Top federal, state prosecutors form Ga. COVID-19 fraud task force

  Columbus police officer tests positive for COVID-19

UPDATE: Missing 22-year-old last seen on Bullet Blvd. found safe

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Columbus River Dragons raise money for civic center employees via jersey auction

Harris County School District continues food distribution program, several changes

LaGrange firefighters respond to structure fire on East Lukken Industrial Dr.

Phoebe releases Sunday’s COVID-19 numbers

Governor Brian Kemp names new Coronavirus Task Force Committee

Number of recovering patients continues to grow as Phoebe releases Saturday’s COVID-19 update

One dead, two injured after Friday night shooting in Eufaula

An investigation is underway after a late night shooting left one Georgetown, Georgia man dead and two others injured in Eufaula on Friday, April 3.

  Gruesome details released about 2019 quadruple murder in Columbus

Some call it the most heinous crime of 2019, others say it’s the worst the Fountain City has ever seen.

  Nurse at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital talks life during COVID-19 pandemic

Working on the front line, Nickelow Carlton said it’s a daily reminder why a support system and a faith-based lifestyle can change the way you live your life.

State: Vote absentee to avoid COVID-19 dangers

State elections officials urge you to go ahead and apply for one, and vote absentee to avoid COVID-19 concerns.

Quitman, Marion counties see first confirmed cases of COVID-19

LaGrange cab driver held at gunpoint in taxi during overnight robbery

Investigation underway after LaGrange 15-year-old tries to stab neighbor

  “Why did Nico shoot me?” Court testimony claims murder victim named his killer before dying

St. Anne-Pacelli, Calvary Christian schools to continue home-based instruction

  Suspect in three Columbus bank robberies in one week arrested

  Hospital officials give inside look at Piedmont’s COVID-19 incident command center

The COVID-19 incident command center is not only for the local hospital but for all 11 Piedmont hospitals statewide.

  Gov. Kemp to sign shelter in place order, closes public schools throughout Georgia

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is planning to sign two new orders amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  Muscogee County Jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

An inmate at the Muscogee County Jail has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

  Columbus mayor provides update on COVID-19 in Fountain City

Columbus is extending restrictions through April 30. Mayor Skip Henderson said in just about a week, we’ve seen the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in almost quintuple.

Global Payments/TSYS CEO forgoes salary as employees take ten percent pay decrease

Global Payments/TSYS employees will be taking a ten percent decrease in their salaries amid COVID-19 concerns.

Ga. Board of Pardons and Paroles considering releases to address COVID-19 in prisons

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles are considering releasing some inmates in order to provide flexibility to the Georgia Department of Corrections.

  Man arrested, charged with murder in fatal Feb. shooting in Columbus

A man is behind bars after being arrested in connection to the deadly shooting of another man in mid-February.

Park Elementary students build chicken house, example of distant learning

Park Elementary School students helped engineer a “Chicken Snack Shack” while learning from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Columbus police release surveillance photo of man breaking into vehicle

Columbus police are releasing a surveillance photo of a man breaking into a vehicle in the hopes the public can identify him.

Waitr announces additional efforts to keep customers, employees safe during COVID-19 outbreak

Waitr has announced its latest efforts to help protect restaurant partners, employees and customers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Kroger’s Atlanta Division installs protective shields at registers

Kroger’s Atlanta Division is installing new plexiglass shields at registers to help protect employees from the spread of coronavirus.

Kroger Pharmacies adjust hours to better accommodate seniors, at-risk groups

All pharmacies in Kroger’s Atlanta Division will be open at 8:00 a.m. starting Monday, March 30.

Taco Bell giving away free tacos to say “thank you” during coronavirus pandemic

The offer is for a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco and is only available through the drive-thru. It is available while supplies last.

  Muscogee Co. has first COVID-19 coronavirus death, confirmed by coroner’s office

The Muscogee County coroner’s office has confirmed Columbus’ first COVID-19 related death.

  Phoebe Putney Hospital full, patients sent to St. Francis-Emory Healthcare Hospital

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany is at full capacity, resulting in patients being sent to St. Francis Hospital in Columbus.

Phoebe reports Sunday COVID-19 numbers

Over the last 24 hours, Phoebe officials said they received their largest number of daily COVID-19 test results so far.

President Donald Trump approves major disaster declaration for Georgia

FEMA announced that federal emergency aid has been made available for the state of Georgia.

LaGrange Police investigate armed robbery, aggravated assault on Austin St.

The LaGrange Police Department is investigating an armed robbery and aggravated assault that happened on Austin Street on Sunday morning, March 29.

Publix offers rent relief to businesses in its shopping centers

A major grocery store chain is offering help to many of its neighboring businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic forces them to close their doors.

Driver accidentally drives into lake in Waverly Hall

A person accidentally drove their vehicle into Melody Lakes in Waverly Hall on Saturday evening, March 28.

Ga. National Guard deploys medical support team to Albany to fight COVID-19

At this time, over 170 service members are activated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Dream Delayed: Fort Benning Olympians talk 2020 postponement

Two Fort Benning soldiers qualified for the U.S. Olympic skeet shooting team earlier this month, but now with the 2020 games delayed, their dream is on hold.

Church on the Trail fills hospital parking lots, prays for healthcare patients and workers

A local church in Columbus formed a caravan and filled local hospital parking lots to pray for healthcare workers and patients.

National Guard visits Phoebe; Hospital system releases Saturday COVID-19 numbers

Over the last 24 hours, Phoebe received its largest number of daily COVID-19 test results so far. The 250 total results included 91 positives and 159 negatives, with no additional deaths.

Mercer University releases designs on reusable surgical masks

Mercer University School of Engineering faculty and students have been working to fabricate reusable 3D-printed face masks for medical professionals during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Organizations hoping to help the food industry in Columbus during COVID-19 pandemic

The streets of Uptown Columbus are bare compared to a normal day before the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairs sit empty outside many restaurants, as to-go and delivery are the only options now.

  Yard waste and recycling collection to be suspended in Columbus

Yard waste and recycling collection throughout the Fountain City is being put on hold for the time being.

  Second Ft. Benning soldier tests positive for COVID-19

A second soldier at Fort Benning has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, marking the fifth case associated with the U.S. Army base.

Georgia tops 2,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19

The state of Georgia has topped 2,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus.

Hearts pop up on Lee Co. doors to show support for health care workers

There's a movement happening in Lee County to make sure everyone involved in caring for COVID-19 patients knows they are being supported.

  Organizations plan to keep children fed during spring break in the Chattahoochee Valley

Schools across Georgia are closed because of the coronavirus outbreak, and Thursday Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced keeping schools closed through most of April.

COURT: Man arrested after being caught exposing himself to ex-girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter

A Columbus man is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly exposing himself to the 9-year-old daughter of his ex-girlfriend multiple times via video chat.

Troup Co. woman dies day before testing positive for COVID-19

A Troup County woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus has passed away.

  Columbus police searching for runaway 15-year-old last seen one week ago

A Columbus family and police are searching for a 15-year-old who reportedly ran away one week ago.

COURT: Child sex crimes defendant should face misdemeanors under Romeo and Juliet law, attorney says

A Columbus 18-year-old has been arrested and charged with multiple child sex crimes.

  Homemade surgical masks with Bible verses heading to Ga. hospitals

Georgia volunteers are making inspirational masks to bring comfort to those treating and battling COVID-19.

Price gouging hits Georgia during COVID-19 crisis

Price gouging is now a big concern for Georgia leaders as COVID-19 is in full swing across the country.

  Metra maintains routes during COVID-19 concerns in Columbus

Metra buses are being cleaned multiple times a day to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Brookstone School extends distance learning, postpones prom

Brookstone School is extending distance learning through April because of coronavirus, postponing significant events including prom.

  'It can happen to anybody’: Albany coronavirus survivor shares her story

She has this message for Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital: “I’m very grateful they were so innovative, you know, they had a plan, and then they put the plan into place because it’s still people here trying to recover."

  Kinetic Credit Union offers Emergency Relief Loan to members impacted by COVID-19

Kinetic Credit Union is offering an Emergency Relief Loan to support its members who are experiencing financial difficulty because of coronavirus.

  Cusseta-Chattahoochee Co. declares local state of emergency

While Chattahoochee County and Cusseta does not have any confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, they are taking precautions now.

  UPDATE: Man charged with murder in fatal stabbing at Phenix City chicken plant

A man is behind bars in connection to a fatal stabbing at a Phenix City chicken plant this morning.

  Faith-based organization in Harris County provides food during coronavirus outbreak

The faith-based organization is called FOCUS and they’re giving back in two different ways.

  Kia Motors to suspend production at West Point plant amid COVID-19 concerns

In response to rising concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) has decided to suspend production at their West Point plant.

Woodbury residents ordered to stay at home unless essential, curfew enacted

Woodbury Mayor Steve Ledbetter and the Woodbury City Council have enacted a Shelter in Place Order that requires residents to remain in their homes unless it is for essential duties.

  LaGrange police investigating after room with 9-year-old shot into

Police in LaGrange are investigating an aggravated assault incident after a house on Heritage Rd. was shot into.

Georgians receiving food stamps to get more money during COVID-19 outbreak

State officials are making sure that Georgia families on food stamps have enough to eat this month and next as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

  Columbus Police searching for missing man last seen near 15th Ave.

The Columbus Police Department is asking the public for assistance locating a missing person.

  GBI investigating officer-involved shooting on Gentian Blvd. after suspect shot multiple times

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is conducting an investigation into an officer-involved shooting that took place late last night on Gentian Blvd. in Columbus.

  Blood donations urgently needed to combat nationwide shortage caused by COVID-19

Officials said we are in a severe critical shortage of blood. More than 6,000 blood drives across the country have been canceled resulting in more than 200,000 lost blood donations.

Man arrested for making bomb threat at Columbus Government Center

A man is behind bars for allegedly causing a bomb threat at the Columbus Government Center.

Columbus police release surveillance photos of counterfeit money suspect

Columbus police are releasing surveillance photos of a man wanted for questioning.

Columbus police searching for 16-year-old runaway

A Columbus teenager has reportedly run away and police are working to locate her.

2020 Dancing Stars of Columbus postponed

Dancing Stars of Columbus has postponed the event as a precaution of coronavirus.

Columbus fire crews on scene of house fire on Shelby St.

Firefighters in Columbus are currently battling a house fire on Shelby St.

  One person dead after fatal accident involving pedestrian on I-185 in Columbus

A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle on I-185 in Columbus.

Social distancing for some could mean being ‘shut in’ with an abuser

Home is intended to be a safe space to shelter from the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Unfortunately, however, for some people, work and school are where they seek refuge.