Downtown Columbus VA clinic holds open house; offering more services for veterans

  City of Hamilton hosting meet and greet for new police chief

  Columbus small businesses looking to return to normal amid pandemic

  Law enforcement, city officials gather for Child Abuse Protocol signing ceremony

  Man shot during possible robbery attempt in Columbus

Gov. Ivey: Gambling is running ‘rampant’ in Alabama

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  Masks required in Opelika schools through the end of school year

  AC Hotel by Marriott opens in downtown Columbus

  Amerigroup and MCSD partner for Food Truck Friday

  Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at Cascade Hills Church in Columbus

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Rob Mayes speaks about shooting “Neon Highway” in Columbus with Beau Bridges

  American Red Cross launches virtual fire safety campaign

South Alabama vet charged with animal cruelty

A south Alabama vet has been charged after a cat was reportedly abused.

  Amerigroup, MCSD sending food around Columbus for Food Truck Friday

Amerigroup and the Muscogee County School District are teaming up for a special Food Truck Friday.

South Alabama vet charged with animal cruelty

A south Alabama vet has been charged after a cat was reportedly abused.

  Amerigroup, MCSD sending food around Columbus for Food Truck Friday

Amerigroup and the Muscogee County School District are teaming up for a special Food Truck Friday.

  Columbus police, family searching for runaway teen

Disabled woman, pet attacked by vicious dogs

  Auburn woman escapes burning car on Lee Rd. 191 near Macon County

Arrested lawmaker vows to keep fighting Georgia voting law

  MILITARY MATTERS: Former army drill sergeant now leading a diverse church

  Yard and bulk waste collection delayed in Columbus

Body identified as missing Tuskegee man; homicide investigation underway

Marquez Duncan's death is being investigated as a homicide.

Lifetime pistol permit one signature away from becoming law

Under a bill approved last Thursday, Alabamians would be able to purchase lifetime pistol permits for only $300.

  Georgia Gov. lifts COVID-19 restrictions: Columbus community weighs in

An executive order which took effect Thursday, April 8, eliminates bans on gatherings and shelter-in-place requirements.

  West Point preparing for huge economic developments

The City of West Point will be able to provide close to 900 new jobs with recent expansions and developments to its automotive industry.

State health officer discusses latest on COVID-19 cases, vaccines

More than half the states in the U.S. are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, but Alabama is not one of those. However, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said it’s still a little too early to say that we’ve won the battle.

State education board makes FAFSA applications or waivers a requirement

The Alabama State Board of Education approved a proposal to make filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid a requirement.

COVID-19 vaccinations administered to over 100 homeless people in Columbus

SafeHouse Ministries along with help from the Columbus Health Department were able to get over 100 local homeless people vaccinated for COVID-19 Thursday.

National championship rings among Pat Dye items up for auction

Football fanatics take note. Multiple pieces of memorabilia once owned by legendary football player and coach Pat Dye are going on the auction block.

  Seale home destroyed, couple safe after house fire on Lato Rd.

Firefighters in east Alabama are currently battling a house fire in Seale, according to Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor.

Ivey reacts to Merrill decision not to run for office in 2022

Gov. Kay Ivey is reacting to news that Secretary of State John Merrill has abruptly ended all efforts to seek elected office in 2022.

Some Georgia COVID-19 restrictions rolled back

Gatherings and sheltering in place are just two of the restrictions rolled back on Thursday.

  Circumstances surrounding Phenix City infant’s death under investigation

An investigation of the circumstances surrounding the death of a Phenix City infant is now underway.

  Positive COVID-19 test results from Columbus Health Dept. can be tested for variants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the UK variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in the U.S.

  GUEST SEGMENT: The importance of calling Georgia 811 before starting digging projects

It’s springtime, which means it’s time for planting flowers and gardens.It’s a task that requires digging

  Columbus DA dropping charges in case of couple charged with infant’s death

Albert and Ashley Debelbot have spent the last 11 years behind bars for the murder of their three-day-old baby, Mckenzy, who died in 2008.

  Auburn man arrested, charged with rape and sodomy

Victor Buchanan, 35, is charged with second-degree rape and sodomy.

  Reese Road Elementary in Columbus recognized for welcoming environment and student achievements

Reese Road Elementary School received the Family-Friendly Partnership School Initiative Award Wednesday.

  Advocacy groups stress the importance of child abuse awareness

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. East Alabama child advocacy groups say it’s the perfect opportunity to illustrate just how prevalent child abuse is in the community during the pandemic.

  Auburn police arrest attempted kidnapping suspect

William Melson, Jr., a transient, is charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping.

  Data identifies four zip codes in Columbus as the city’s most dangerous

Data from the crime prevention program identifies four zip codes across Columbus as the most dangerous areas in the city.

  Second teen arrested in deadly shooting on South Andrews Circle in Columbus

16-year-old Jaius Roland is charged with the murder of 50-year-old Paul Lokey.

  Rotary Club of Columbus recognizes ‘Soldier of the Week’

Wednesday, Rotary members recognized Staff Sgt. Cory Darnell for his service.

  Second teen arrested in deadly shooting on South Andrews Circle in Columbus

16-year-old Jaius Roland is charged with the murder of 50-year-old Paul Lokey.

  Rotary Club of Columbus recognizes ‘Soldier of the Week’

Wednesday, Rotary members recognized Staff Sgt. Cory Darnell for his service.

  Community reacts to Alabama governor’s new Safer Apart order

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that the state’s current mask mandate will end Friday, April 9. The state will then transition into a new Safer Apart order.

Alabama secretary of state reportedly admits affair, won’t run for office in 2022

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill announced Wednesday he will not seek any elected office in 2022.

  Russell Co. ranks last statewide for percentage of people vaccinated, according to ADPH dashboard

Statewide, Russell County is last when it comes to the percentage of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to ADPH’s vaccine dashboard.

Alabama medical marijuana bill passes another legislative hurdle

The House judiciary committee approved the bill.

  Car fire on J.R. Allen Pkwy. and River Rd. in Columbus leaves lane blocked

A car fire in Columbus has a left a portion of the exit ramp from J.R. Allen Pkwy. onto River Rd. blocked.

Alabama Shakes drummer out of jail, released on bond

A judge granted Alabama Shakes drummer Steve Johnson a bond of $26,500 for child abuse charges, two probation violations, and violation of protection order.

Opelika man charged with 24 counts of child porn

An Opelika man is behind bars with a laundry list of child porn charges against him.

Raffensperger refers 3 Ga. counties for drop box investigation

Two of the three counties are in South Georgia

  Columbus police searching for ‘critical’ missing teen, last seen near 9th Ave.

The Columbus Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenage boy.

Attorney: S.C. employers could fire an employee who doesn’t want to work in-person

A lot of workers are comfortable working from home, but as vaccine eligibility rises many offices are opening back up full-time.

  Columbus mayor delivers State of the City Address

Plans to build up the southside and more economic development across the city were among some of the topics that were outlined.

  Roundabout to be constructed Sportsplex and W. Point Pkwy. intersection in Opelika

A new roundabout is coming to Opelika at the intersection of Sportsplex and West Point Parkway.

  Piedmont Columbus Regional names two sheriff’s deputies First Friday Heroes

Two Muscogee County sheriff’s deputies were recognized Tuesday by Piedmont Columbus Regional for their quick actions during a recent house fire.

  Fewer people registering to be vaccinated for COVID-19 in Columbus

After an initial rush, appointments have been on the decline for some shot providers.

  Alcohol delivery bill heads to Gov. Ivey

The bill allows beer, wine and spirits to be shipped directly to consumers.

  City of Opelika overcomes business hurdles during COVID-19 pandemic

The City of Opelika has found new ways to allow businesses to stay open, while maintaining CDC guidelines.

  Committee passes bill requiring school districts create open enrollment policies

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  Masks to be required in Eufaula schools after state mask mandate expires

Eufaula City Schools announced it will continue requiring employees and students in grades 2- 12 to wear masks after the mandate expires Friday.

  Lee-Russell Council of Governments providing free transportation for COVID-19 vaccination appointments

The Lee-Russell Council of Governments’ public transit system is providing transportation for East Alabama residents who are having difficulty finding a way to get to and from their vaccine appointment.

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic being held in Cuthbert

A free COVID-19 vaccination clinic is being held in Cuthbert this weekend.

Deputy stabbed to death at Georgia jail; another deputy hurt

Authorities say the stabbing happened at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center early Tuesday morning.

LaGrange man wanted after reportedly shooting into house overnight

Police in LaGrange are searching for a man wanted for reportedly shooting into a home overnight Monday.

  Thieves roll off the King Ford auto lot in Valley with seven new vehicles

Some thieves in east Alabama are riding around town in style after seven vehicles were stolen Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies recognized for quick thinking during a Columbus fire

A pair of Muscogee County sheriff’s deputies are being recognized by Piedmont Columbus Regional for their quick actions during a recent house fire.

  Eufaula cancels annual Pilgrimage of historic homes

The annual Eufaula Pilgrimage is being canceled for the second year in a row.

Southbound lane on Gay St. in Auburn to close for water system installation

There will be a lane closure in Auburn beginning Monday, April 12.

  Massive fire at The Lakes Apartments in Columbus displaces several families

Several families are without a home after a missive fire at The Lakes Apartments in Columbus destroyed 20 units.

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Cuthbert, Ga.

The clinic will be held Saturday, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Harris County School District to receive $5.2M from American Rescue Plan

The Harris County School District is one out of 12 other Georgia school districts within the Chattahoochee Valley that will receive funding from the American Rescue Plan afforded y the Biden administration.

  Muscogee County Jail inmates expected to be vaccinated for COVID-19

Inmates at the Muscogee County Jail could soon start receiving their COVID-19 shot.

  State parks see rise in tourism despite COVID-19

With many people heading to local state parks, there are still changes in effect because of the pandemic.

  Violent crimes cost city of Columbus millions each year

$2.1 million is a ball park estimate of the cost of one homicide in Columbus or a city its size.

  Harmful prank orders force changes at Asian restaurant in Cincinnati

“It’s hurtful... It’s hurtful, especially when you are trying so hard.”

Harris: About 70% of Ala. needs COVID-19 vaccine to reach herd immunity

State Health Officer Scott Harris said about 70% of Alabamians need to be vaccinated in order to reach herd immunity.