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WRBL's 'Our Town' Warm Springs newscasts moved to April 12

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Photo By: Kevin Roble - News 3 Chief Photographer Photo By: Kevin Roble - News 3 Chief Photographer
WARM SPRINGS, Ga. -

Due to the threat of severe weather on Thursday, WRBL has made the decision to move the station's "Our Town" visit in historic Warm Springs, Georgia from Thursday, April 11th to Friday, April 12.

The station will broadcast portions of "News 3 Early Edition" and "News 3 Evening Edition" live from along Broad Street, beginning at 5 p.m. EDT.

"We just did not want to take any chances," said WRBL Vice-President and General Manager David Hart. "The window for severe weather across our entire viewing area looks to be opening Thursday afternoon, and I do not want to risk the safety of our staff and our guests or compromise our ability to cover a potential severe weather event."

As part of WRBL's 60th Anniversary celebration, the station is broadcasting live from various locations across the Columbus-Opelika television market throughout 2013.

"We are very excited about coming to Warm Springs," said Hart. "I was able to visit the town last month for the first time, and the people I met with are very excited about this opportunity to celebrate everything that is great about Warm Springs."

News 3 anchor Phil Scoggins will examine the impact Warm Springs had on the life of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Robin Glass, the Site Manager for Roosevelt's Little White House says after contracting polio at the age of 39, Roosevelt was left paralyzed from the waist down by the disease.

Fearing that his budding political career was over, Roosevelt became depressed. That's when a friend, George Foster Peabody, told Roosevelt about the therapeutic benefits of swimming in the warm, mineral-rich waters at Peabody's Warm Springs resort, the Meriwether Inn.

Roosevelt found relief from his affliction in the springs, and would later buy property and build a second home there, which became known as "The Little White House" during his presidency.

"I was really struck by something Robin Glass, told me," said Hart. "He said Warm Springs saved President Roosevelt, so President Roosevelt could save the nation, and then the world." 

It was in Warm Springs where Roosevelt died after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945.

The station's visit coincides with the annual commemoration of his death at The Little White House, which is now a public museum inside a Georgia State Park.

News 3's Teresa Whitaker will take viewers to the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, which remains a world-renowned rehabilitation center for patients suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries.

"Warm Springs and President Roosevelt will always be connected," said Hart. "So it is important that we pay special tribute to that relationship during our 'Our Town' visit."

Along with the history of the town, the station's newscast will also focus on what's being done to improve the community today and in the future.

Residents of Warm Springs are encouraged to come out to see the production first hand and meet the News 3 team.

"This is all about saying thank you to our viewers," said Hart. "For 60 years, they have made WRBL a success, and we want them to know that we value each and every one of them as our viewers and our customers," he added. 

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