Northside High School teacher facing sexual assault charge

  Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation names 2019 Teacher of the Year

  Police: Slain Illinois boy was beaten, put in cold shower

  Deadly southern storms kill at least 5 as they move across the Southeast

  Woman found dead on playground near Hamilton Rd. in Columbus identified

Ambulance involved in accident near Victory Dr. and Benning Dr. in Columbus

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Kentucky man waved knife at neighbors, set up booby trap on front porch, deputies say

  Let’s Grow STEAMx hosts college and careers expo in Columbus

  Lottery bill passes in Alabama Senate

  Georgetown, GA woman arrested for contributing to death of her child in traffic accident

John Singleton of ‘Boys N the Hood’ in coma after stroke

Grandfather gifts lottery win to granddaughter so she can attend UNCW

CPD warns of door-to-door scam targeting Medicare, Medicaid recipients

According to the police department, a group of men have been going door-to-door in the area and claiming they work for a company that conducts DNA testing for pre-cancer screening.

Columbus police looking for missing 51-year-old man

A 51-year-old man from Columbus has been reported missing.

  Columbus State getting ready to graduate new group of students

Columbus State University is about to produce a new crop of graduates in four commencement ceremonies.

  North Korea demanded US pay $2M for captured student in coma

The college student was in a coma for most of his sentence in North Korea. He was arrested for taking down a propaganda poster, and sentenced to 15 years in prison with hard labor.

SC may use firing squad as death penalty workaround

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

Blue Bell Cookie Cake ice cream hits store shelves

  Man commits armed robbery, sexual assault at Columbus Dollar General, employees say

Columbus man arrested for stabbing at extended stay hotel

  AL mother charged with murder after fire that killed four-month-old

  Columbus police searching for missing woman last seen near Piedmont Dr.

Felecia Woodall, 32, was last seen March 23 near Piedmont Drive.

  Robotics capabilities conference held at Columbus Convention and Trade Center

The conference serves as a forum for government, industry, and academia to share their expertise on robotics and autonomous systems, and to hear from experts about the importance of robotics for the Army of the future.

  Remains found wrapped in plastic believed to be missing 5-year-old boy; Parents charged

Authorities say the couple reported Andrew “AJ” Freund missing on Thursday and told officers they had last seen him at bedtime the previous night.

  Cherokee Ave. in Columbus reopens following 3-vehicle accident

The accident happened at the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and 17th Street.

  National Infant Immunization Week highlights importance of infant vaccinations

National Infant Immunization Week brings awareness of the importance of having infants immunized on the recommended schedule.

  Senate Committee approves 4 percent teacher pay raise

A Senate committee approved a 4 percent teacher pay raise for Alabama teachers Wednesday.

  Opelika City Council reexamining religious organizations’ exemption in historical preservation ordinances

An ordinance from about 20 years ago gives religious organizations no restrictions once they purchase a historic building. Now residents in Opelika are bringing this ordinance back up.

  Jaywalking fines enforced in Columbus in attempt to reduce traffic-related fatalities

$200.63 is a lot of money to spend on something that could be easily avoided. Police said take the extra 10 seconds to use a cross walk properly. It could save your wallet and your life.

Saban back at work 2 days after hip surgery

Just two days after having his right hip replaced, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was back in his office working away.

4-month-old infant dies in apartment fire in Phenx City

The fire happened at around 10:14 a.m. at the Clover Leaf Apartments on Stadium Drive.

  Infant dies following structure fire in Phenix City

A four-month-old infant has died following a structure fire in Phenix City.

  Columbus police searching for 50-year-old man missing since March

Columbus police are searching for a 51-year-old man who has been reported missing.

  Verdict reached in Columbus murder trial of man killed on Grant Rd. in 2017

A Columbus jury has reached a verdict in the trial for a man killed on Grant Rd. in Columbus in 2017.

President Trump, First Lady in Atlanta for opioid summit

President Donald Trump will be in Atlanta Wednesday to headline a summit on the opioid crisis.

  Senate Judiciary committee passes Alabama medical marijuana bill

The Senate Judiciary committee approved a bill allowing people with certain conditions to use medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana.

Gray Television partners with Grand Ole Opry for new TV network

The programming will be broadcast as diginet and on OTT (over-the-top) channel apps that will feature country music artists and their hobbies and love of music.

  UPDATE: Missing Phenix City man with dementia located and safe

A Phenix City man suffering from dementia has been reported missing and police need the public’s help to locate him.

  Columbus man identified as victim in first of two homicides of the day

The Muscogee County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim in the first of two early morning fatal shootings as a Columbus man.

  UPDATE: Woman found murdered in Columbus park ID’d, next of kin notified

Columbus police are investigating a shooting that took place on Hamilton Rd. and 33rd St.

  Twice as nice: 2 sets of Thompson High School twins earn valedictorian

It's not unusual for twins to be smart or valedictorian's their senior year of high school, but what about two sets? At Thompson High School Aliyah and Shaliyah Johnson along with Trulle and Hope Karvonen are part of a group of students earning valedictorian; which is a 4.0 GPA or higher.

  Suspect wanted for armed robbery at Dollar General store in Columbus

The robbery happened at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at Dollar General on Hamilton Road.

  Columbus City Council approved proposal to make Narcan available to all first responders

Columbus is taking a big step in the growing fight against the opioid epidemic. This comes after a decision from the Columbus City Council to put an emergency drug treatment in the hands of first responders.

  CVCC announces partnership with Birmingham-Southern College

President Jackie Screws said the college is aggressively seeking partnership opportunities with universities to help students easily move from one institution to the next as they pursue higher education.

  North Columbus Rotary Club honors students who scored highest on SAT exam

. Honorees received the Fed W. Kirby Award. Kirby was a longtime public school educator and a member of the North Columbus Rotary Club.

Family swaps flu shots for essential oils. Is it safe?

When it comes to essential oils, there is certainly no shortage of opinions.

  Kiwanis Club presents Safe Kids Columbus with $5K check to support water safety

The Kiwanis Club presented Safe Kids a partnership check for $5,000 on Tuesday.

Jury in Columbus hears closing arguments in Grant Road murder trial

The defense maintains that Eddie Clayton shot Lockhart in self defense after he wouldn’t leave a birthday party at the home.

  Heavy police presence at Wilson Homes apartments in Columbus

Multiple police units are at a scene at Wilson Homes apartments in Columbus.

UPDATE: 11-year-old reported ‘critically’ missing in Columbus found safe

11-year-old Alexzander Mitchell was last seen at around 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Richards Middle School.

  Health officials advise how to dispose of prescription meds ahead of National Drug Take Back Day

With more than 70,000 drug overdoes reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2017, it’s important to know when and where you can safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescriptions.

  Columbus is back in the game when it comes to hockey

Tuesday night at their weekly meeting, Columbus City Council gave unanimous approval to a 5-year deal with Ignite Pro Hockey, LLC to bring a Federal Hockey League team to the Civic Center.

Columbus City Council votes to bring a hockey team back to the city

The Columbus City Council voted unanimously to bring a hockey team back to the city.

  School resource officer uses stun gun on student

The incident happened Monday. Another student captured the end of the confrontation with a cell phone.

  TriDVS hosts annual volunteer awards luncheon in Columbus

TriDVS helps non-profits in the community to network and work together. The program honors and recognizes volunteers who spend their time working to better the community.

Safe Kids Columbus warns parents against leaving children in hot cars as temperatures increase

The most important things for parents and caregivers to understand is that a child’s body heats up seven times faster than an adult.

  Section of Georgia 219/Whitesville Road in Troup County closing for emergency maintenance

Georgia 219/Whitesville Road north of Wood Valley Drive at the intersection will be closed beginning Thursday, April 25.

  GUEST SEGMENT: 21st GA Strawberry Festival in Reynolds

It’s the time of year many people around the state of Georgia have been waiting for: the Georgia Strawberry Festival in Reynolds, GA.

  Lottery bill passes AL Senate committee

The lottery bill passes out of the Senate Tourism committee 6-5 on Tuesday.

  Columbus police not pressing charges against dump truck driver in tragic Broadway accident

The driver of a dump truck involved in a tragic accident that claimed the life of a beloved CSU employee will not be facing vehicular homicide charges.

  Woman shows her behind, unleashes racist tirade on African American family on Easter Sunday

Jessica and Kevin Hollinger were charged with disorderly conduct among other charges.

Boy thrown over balcony at Mall of America showing signs of recovery

The boy plunged 40 feet when a stranger threw him over the third floor balcony.

National Drug Take Back Day locations in the Chattahoochee Valley

When disposing of prescription medication, even if it is expired, there are several steps and protocol you have to take.

  Father accused of shooting 2-year-old son in the face with a shotgun

The boy's father at first tried to shoot the toddler in the head with a pistol, but the gun malfunctioned.

  Kohl’s to begin accepting Amazon returns in all stores starting this summer

Beginning in July of 2019, Kohl’s will begin accepting unpackaged returns from Amazon customers at no additional cost.

  Two arrested, charged in fatal Easter morning stabbing in Auburn

A man and woman from Auburn have been taken into custody and charged in the stabbing death of a woman in the early hours of Easter morning.

  Opelika police investigating armed robbery in Cracker Barrel parking lot

Police in Opelika are investigating after a group of individuals say they were robbed in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel.

  CSU accepting submissions for new $10,000 literary prize

Do you have a book, collection of short stories, memoirs or essays you have yet to publish? Then, you could be the first-ever winner of an inaugural award from Columbus State University.

7-year-old Georgia girl dies days after drive-by shooting

A 7-year-old Georgia girl has died 10 days after being wounded in a drive-by shooting while she was sitting on a couch inside a house.

  New tag registration system coming statewide in May

Tax commissioners want to prepare South Georgians for a new tag registration system that will be implemented statewide in a just over a month.

  Muscogee County CTAE names Students of the Year

Amiya Wright of Carver High School won the top prize. Aidan Parsons of Northside High and Shaw High School’s William Evans were first and second runner up.

  Muscogee County Marshal’s Office hosts Refuse to be a Victim seminar

The Refuse to be a Victim seminar took place Monday to prepare community members in the event of a break-in or personal attack.

  Parents in Columbus discuss using ride-booking services for rides to school

Whether parents or their children should use transportation apps like Uber and Lyft to pick up or drop off students at school is a growing question.

I-85 NB reopened at Wire Road after tanker truck overturns

Interstate 85 northbound was shutdown for hours while crews worked to remove an overturned tanker truck from the roadway. It has now reopened.

  GUEST SEGMENT: BBB warns of increase in medical identity theft

Jason Blankenship with the Better Business Bureau gives details on medical identity theft, which is on the rise.

  CPD case manager testifies in Grant Rd. murder trial

A Columbus man’s trial continues this week. Eddie Clayton faces murder charges but claims he acted in self defense.

Coach Nick Saban undergoes hip replacement surgery

After Alabama's A-Day on April 13, Head Coach Nick Saban announced his hip was bothering him and he would have to have it evaluated.

  Tide’s Nick Saban has successful hip surgery

The Crimson Tide coach joked last weekend after Alabama’s spring game that he has a hip injury.

  Church and rapper team up to bail out 23 non-violent offenders for Easter Sunday

The church pastor challenged the members to raise $40,000 for the bail out and mentorship program. Instead they raised $120,000.