Governor signs bill to allow Georgia lottery winners to remain anonymous

Lines in the Chattahoochee Valley are growing longer as people are taking a shot at the Mega Millions lottery.

Man accused of 2017 murder in Smiths Station pleads guilty

SLIDESHOW: Goodwill Howl-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest

MCSD Nutrition Program honored for farm-to-table initiatives

Fraternity hosts annual charity event at CSU to support breast cancer research

Eufaula police to offer $1K reward leading to arrest of a murder suspect

Chattahoochee Community Foundation hosts “On the Table” to discuss needs in the community

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  Weary migrants still far from reaching US border

Thousands of Muscogee Co. residents counted in early voting

Mega Millions’ record $1.6 billion jackpot up for grabs Tuesday

Couple accused of keeping child locked in basement for months

TRAFFIC ALERT: Brickyard Rd. to close down for construction

Man running across the U.S. makes a stop in Columbus

  Columbus State University kicks off Homecoming festivities

The week’s festivities include a Homecoming parade, tailgating and a special craft beer Cougarfest.

Columbus middle school providing aid to Hurricane Michael victims

Local schools are making sure to support surrounding communities that were affected by Hurricane Michael.

  New ‘lay-off’ insurance unveiled in Georgia

If you’ve ever wondered how you’d make ends meet if you were unexpectedly laid off from work, injured or had a sudden illness, there’s a new option now available.

Trial for 2016 Lee Co. capital murder suspect to begin next week

One of four suspects charged with capital murder following a Lee County home invasion turned homicide is expected to have his trial in a few days.

  WTVM to air Georgia Gubernatorial Debate ahead of November election

Alabamians will take abortion stance in general election

WTVM employees win two GABBY Awards at the GAB annual convention

Georgia middle school student arrested for stabbing teacher

CPD arrests 8 people following narcotics investigation on Cusseta Rd.

Troup County’s long-time County Manager to retire after 20 years

Forget the ghost, remember safety - Halloween tips for Columbus

The official trick-or-treat hours for Columbus, GA has been set for Wednesday, October 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Auburn man arrested after attempted burglary and faces multiple charges

Auburn police arrested and charged a man with multiple charges on October 20 after discovering him attempting to rob a residence.

Midland man charged with rape and sodomy following an incident in Auburn

Auburn police arrested a Midland, GA man for rape and sodomy.

Man accused of hit-and-run of CSU student in 2015 pleads guilty

The man accused of a hit-and-run in July 2105 appeared in court Monday morning.

Greek organizations and community partners for a ‘Stroll to the Polls’ ahead of election

The Divine Nine Greek organizations and community partners are having an event to help encourage others to head to the polls to vote.

Former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth walks free after 19 years behind bars

After 19 years behind bars, former Carolina Panthers wide-receiver Rae Carruth was released around 8 a.m. Monday, October 22 from the Sampson Correctional Institution in Clinton.

Pillsbury releases ‘Elf’-themed cookies to celebrate movie’s 15th anniversary

Just don’t cram them into the VCR.

Suspect wanted for murder of Gwinnett officer has been found dead

A Gwinnett County police officer was shot and killed while answering a call Saturday afternoon.

APD investigating a deadly car fire on Moores Mill Road

Auburn police are investigating a single-vehicle accident that left two people dead.

Couples gather for a ‘Second Chance at Prom’ in Columbus

The 2nd Chance Adult Prom was held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center on Saturday.

Drone Racers and Bot Builders come to Columbus for ‘BotOberfest’

Robotics entrepreneurs came out and participated in drone races all weekend.

Church in Phenix City helps hurricane victims in Florida

Members and several other churches collected bottled water, soup, and toiletries to transport to Florida.

Columbus man arrested for child molestation

Columbus Special Victims Unit has arrested and charged a man with child molestation.

Prepare your taste buds for a new southern restaurant opening in Columbus

Minnie’s Uptown Restaurant will be opening soon on the north end of Columbus, GA near Fazzoli’s and Dairy Queen.

Girl, 9, whose family fought to keep her on life support dies at Texas hospital

The 9-year-old suffered cardiac arrest in late September and was admitted to the hospital, where she was declared brain dead and placed on a ventilator.

Teacher on leave after allegedly duct taping CO student to chair

Police have opened a criminal investigation into the incident, but no charges have been filed.

Hundreds participate in LaGrange Fire Department Citizens Day

Many gathered for an evening of fun with the LaGrange Fire Department today at the LaGrange Mall.

Wild Wing Cafe in Columbus gathers donations for Hurricane Michael victims

Wild Wing Cafe has come up with an idea after encountering evacuees coming to the restaurant sharing their stories about how bad the situation was for them.

Opelika’s OPS One to be sold for $14 million

The city of Opelika has entered into an agreement to sell its fiber telecommunication assets and operations, OPS One, to Point Broadband, a West Point, Georgia, company for just over $14 million.

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $1.6 billion after nobody won Friday’s drawing

The Mega Millions jackpot has now swelled to $1.6 billion after nobody bought a winning ticket for the Friday night drawing.

Oktoberfest underway at Uchee Creek on Fort Benning

This year marks the 15th year for Oktoberfest and opening day was even more special as it was Fort Benning’s 100th birthday.

LaGrange firefighters injured in Labor Day house fire speak on the incident and recovery

Six firefighters were injured and four of them spent time in the hospital recovering from severe burns.

Lawmaker says several factors keeping lottery out of Alabama

What's holding Alabama back from getting a lottery?

News Leader 9 hands out donations in Cuthbert following Hurricane Michael relief drive

Hundreds of people impacted by Hurricane Michael were lined up in Cuthbert to receive donations from News Leader 9’s relief drive.

Two juveniles charged with attempted murder after allegedly stealing a car and firing shots

Two juveniles were arrested Friday afternoon after allegedly stealing a car in Columbus near a head start or daycare facility.

Best Sniper Competition ends with award ceremony

Fort bennings sniper competition wraps up with award ceremony at NIM

Woman robbed, punched in face in LaGrange Walmart parking lot, police say

LaGrange police are investigating a robbery in a LaGrange Walmart’s parking lot.

Opelika woman arrested in connection with 2016 murder

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Opelika woman in connection with a 2016 murder.

Columbus, GA police confiscate drugs disguised as candy as Halloween approaches

They say the lollipops and Tic Tac look-a-likes they seized are suspected to be laced with ecstasy and THC.

LaGrange police searching for Dollar General shoplifting suspect

The LaGrange Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect accused of shoplifting at a Dollar General.

Ceremony honors CPD officers killed in the line of duty

Candles were lit outside of the Citizen Services Center to remember those officers that died in the line of duty.

SPECIAL REPORT: Battling bullying in the Chattahoochee Valley

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and steps are being taken in the Fountain City to put an end to it.

Get spooked at the Russell Co. Courthouse’s Halloween Costume Ball

Are you trying to get dressed up for a spooky night on the town this Halloween?

Victim in unsolved 20-year-old Baton Rouge rape recognizes suspect at wedding reception

Baton Rouge police have arrested a Baker man in connection with a rape case from 1998

Keith Urban visits hospitalized fan after Mercy nurses start social media campaign

Marissa English is a huge fan of country star Keith Urban. Her nurses at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center launched a social media campaign in hopes of the singer meeting with her before his appearance in Toledo on Thursday.

Miracle Riders bring cupcakes to John B. Amos Cancer Center staff, patients

Those currently in treatment, survivors, and caregivers who provide support and treatment were celebrated.

Community members aiming to help law enforcement fight crime in Columbus

When it comes to preventing crime, community help is key.

LaGrange police warning residents that killing wildlife is illegal in city limits

The LaGrange Police Department is reminding residents that it is illegal to kill wildlife in the city limits.

  Cam Newton statue at AU found with Alabama flags

The former Auburn quarterback’s statue outside of the university’s Jordan-Hare Stadium was found with a men’s athletic supporter and two Alabama flags strapped to it earlier this week.

Man arrested in deadly shooting on 25th Avenue in Columbus

Rashawn Porter is charged with murder and aggravated assault.

International artist working with CSU students to create piece for the Columbus Museum

An international artist will be working on a project with Columbus State University students to create a custom piece for the Columbus Museum.

Truck fire delays traffic on I-85 near Auburn

Police say emergency personnel are still working to clear the roadway and resume normal traffic several hours later.

Section of I-85 northbound in Auburn closed following vehicle accident

The accident happened between exit 51 and exit 57.

3 possible cases of polio-like illness in Alabama

A mysterious polio-like disease has parents worried across the nation and in Alabama.

Columbus Public Works continues to pick up trees after Hurricane Michael

Columbus Public Works is still working to pick up trees after Hurricane Michael

TRAFFIC ALERT: CPD on scene of accident with injuries on I-185 N

Columbus police are on the scene of an accident with injuries on I-185 Northbound off of exit 10.

Pit bull puppy digs up loaded gun at apartment complex

Police in a North Carolina city are treating a pit bull puppy as a hero after he dug up a loaded .38-caliber

Police on scene of single-car accident on Hwy. 280 in Lee Co.

Police are on the scene of a single-car accident on Hwy. 280 towards Opelika in Lee County.

CPD investigating robbery at Family Dollar on Buena Vista Rd.

The Columbus Police Department is investigating a robbery at a Family Dollar on Buena Vista Rd.

27 firearms stolen pawn shop in Randolph County

$10,000 reward is being offered for anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary and theft of firearms from Pawn Starzz in Cuthbert.

Health with Dr. Paula: Difference between the flu and the cold

With October comes the beginning of flu season that lasts until mid-May.

WTVM assisting with hurricane relief efforts in Randolph County, GA

WTVM will travel to Cuthbert and Randolph County, one of the hardest hit areas by the storm.

News Leader 9 on the Road: Oktoberfest comes to Fort Benning

If you can’t choose between beer and pretzels, you won’t have to on Fort Benning this weekend.

AU Campus Safety warns students after one falls victim to phone scam

Auburn University’s Campus Safety and Security are issuing a reminder to students about scams over the phone.

Peanut farmers heartbroken for loss of yield

Southwest Georgia’s rich agriculture industry has been hit hard by Hurricane Michael. Heartbreaking is an understatement to describe what one farmer is feeling.

Columbus police on scene of crash on Rigdon Rd.

The Columbus Police Department is currently on the scene of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Pecan St. and Rigdon Rd.

GRAPHIC: Mother charged after video shows her holding baby underwater

The 27-year-old reportedly told police she recorded and sent the video to the baby’s father to get his attention, so he could help more.

GA offering additional help to food stamp recipients following Hurricane Michael

According to the state DFACS Director, Tom Rawlings, the state is actively working to help food stamp recipients.