The Urban League of Greater Columbus hosts party at the polls

Rain or shine, Columbus voters showed up at the polls all weekend long.

  Chattahoochee Co. School District offers resources to students and families

  Columbus author holds book signing for children’s Halloween book

  Presidential candidate Joe Biden to campaign in Warm Springs, Ga. a week before election

  Phenix City man murdered after leaving Columbus nightclub

AMBER ALERT: abduction of 3- and 7-year-old girls, 2 boys dead

  Valley man dead after allegedly starting a shootout at a Lee Co. gathering

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  MILITARY MATTERS: Former soldier returns home after prison time for war crimes

  Alabama COVID-19 exposure app grows with more than 100,000 downloads

  Georgia secretary of state offers insight into what Columbus voters might see on election day

  MCSD weekly COVID-19 report shows 9 student, 6 employee cases

Suspect in Auburn officer’s 2019 death pleads not guilty

  Mayor speaks on recent murders in Columbus

  Suspect in 16th Ave. murder in Columbus pleads not guilty

Joshua Irby, 27, is charged with the murder of 32-year-old Jeremy Sewell who was shot and killed in July.

  Two men face off for Georgia’s 2nd district congressional seat

Representative Sanford Bishop is hoping to be reelected for a 15th term and Newcomer Don Cole said if he’s elected, his number one priority is economic development.

Senate candidate’s campaign tour comes to Columbus for rally at Muscogee County Republican Headquarters

U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black, and Congressman Drew Ferguson traveled to Columbus Friday.

'I didn’t think it was real’: COVID-19 survivor leaves UAB after 2-month stay

Tidmore and his wife Hannah said at one point, his cough was so bad he couldn’t catch a breath between coughs, and he couldn’t take his medication.

Columbus man receives 15 charges in six theft, burglary cases

  Undercover Troup Co. sex trafficking sting leads to 11 arrests

  Columbus man faces 60 charges of theft, fraud, breaking and entering

  Manhunt concludes with an arrest after suspect falls in parking lot

LIST: Halloween events in the Chattahoochee Valley

One dead in motorcycle, car crash on Highway 431 in Eufaula

  UPDATE: Man charged with capital murder after stabbing Auburn man, woman inside their home

An Auburn man is being charged with capital murder and attempted murder after reportedly breaking into a home and stabbing a man and woman.

  ‘I’m glad she was mine’: Aniah Blanchard’s mother remembers her angel a year after she was kidnapped

"Everyday I can hear her - what would she say to me? And I just ask her ‘Aniah help me. Help me understand.' Because she was always my rock and I still need her."

  Man arrested in Kannapolis, N.C. with van full of guns and explosives, allegedly researched killing Joe Biden

A man was arrested in Kannapolis with a van full of guns and explosives with plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including trying to assassinate Joe Biden.

Former Arkansas governor visiting Muscogee County GOP Headquarters

The event begins at 12:45 p.m. and is open to the public.

  Muscogee County political party leaders react to final presidential debate

Leaders from both political parties in Muscogee County shared their thoughts after comparing the first presidential debate to the final debate.

  Family remembers Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney one year after she was abducted and killed

Family and friends of Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney came together exactly one year after her body was found to honor her memory and to share the message of ‘never again.’

  GUEST SEGMENT: Spooktacular Trunk or Treat event to be held at the Columbus Civic Center

The Spooktacular Trunk or Treat event will take place Saturday, October 24 in the Columbus Civic Center parking lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  Ala. Sec. of State ‘confident’ in election integrity process ahead of election day

When it comes to the integrity of the upcoming general election in Alabama, Secretary of State John Merrill is very confident there will not be any issues.

  Wind Creek is back open 24 hours a day; COVID-19 protections still in place

Wind Creek began opening their locations for 24 hours a day after limiting their hours due to COVID-19.

  CSU continues mask mandate after city suspends ordinance

While the mayor of Columbus still encourages mask wearing, CSU is requiring it and have expressed their concern.

  Columbus woman’s absentee ballot found in another state

A Columbus woman said the absentee ballot she requested never reached her hands and ended up across state lines.

Ala. counties not allowed to offer curbside voting

Alabama counties will not be allowed to provide curbside voting.

  Chattahoochee County School District puts focus on mental health for students

The Chattahoochee County School District is putting the mental health of their students first during this school year due to COVID-19.

All lanes blocked on SR 116 in Harris Co. due to downed power lines

The downed power lines are near Grantham Road.

Cuthbert hospital closes after over 70 years of service

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center has been serving Randolph County since 1947. The doors closed on Thursday.

  Sgt. Maj. of the army tours military housing at Ft. Benning

The tour came after continued concerns over conditions with reports of mold and pest infestations, along with lead poisoning that could affect children.

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard won’t receive lighter prison sentence

Former House Speaker MIke Hubbard will not receive a revised sentence for the six remaining ethics violations upheld by the Alabama Supreme Court.

  Mayor suspends enforcement of mask mandate in Columbus

Despite suspending enforcement of the mask mandate city wide, anyone working in or visiting any city building including the government center, police department or even animal control has to wear a mask.

  UPDATE: Mom, daughter ID’d after being found during welfare check in Valley

The Valley Police Department have identified a mom and daughter after they were found dead inside of a residence after the Valley Police Department conducted a welfare check.

  UPDATE: Suspect ID’d in ongoing manhunt near Lee Rd. 379 in Salem

A manhunt is underway on Lee Road 379 in Salem.

  Police investigate deadly shooting on Conner Rd. in Columbus

Columbus police are investigating a deadly shooting.

Columbus Police Department to hold public safety hiring event, nearly 100 open positions

he Columbus Police Department is looking to fill nearly 100 positions within the community, ranging from police officers to 911 operators.

Columbus Water Works hosts virtual town hall meeting

Rate increases and maintaining clean drinking water were among the main topics discussed.

  Russell County Commission candidates for Districts 2, 3, and 6 offer plans if elected

Some candidates for the Russell County Commission are sharing the plans they have if elected.

Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama

The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed a federal district court’s order that had lifted the state’s ban on curbside voting.

  Russell County Commission candidates for Districts 5 and 7 share plans if elected

Candidates for District 5 and District 7 are sharing their plans if elected.

  Enforcement of Columbus' mask mandate set to be suspended Thursday

According to Mayor Skip Henderson, enforcement of the mask ordinance will be suspended as the city has dropped below the governor’s threshold in terms of COVID-19 numbers.

  Search for new Columbus police chief underway

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson said the position is a mayoral appointment, however a lot goes into the decision.

  Former theology school administrators in Columbus charged with conspiracy, financial aid fraud

The indictment alleges administrators searched for individuals to pose as fake students and falsely apply for federal financial aid.

  Russell Co. elections officials introduce electronic polling pads, COVID-19 precautions for Nov. 3 election

Russell County’s probate judge said voters should expect plenty of safety precautions at the polls in November, as well as new electronic poll pads.

  Phenix City police searching for missing man

Anthony Wilborn, 39 of Phenix City, was last seen October 21 at around 9:30 a.m. occupying a truck that has since been abandoned.

Alabama Lt. Gov Will Ainsworth tests positive for COVID-19

Ainsworth’s office said he tested positive “despite taking every effort to maintain and follow CDC safety protocols.”

  Muscogee Co. sheriff candidates suggest focusing more on mental health after jail suicide

A suicide in the Muscogee County Jail overnight marks the sixth death inside the facility this year.

  Opelika Police Dept. commends good Samaritan for returning wallet containing over $1K

Officials said they presented one local resident with an Opelika Police Department challenge coin for honesty and integrity.

  Festivities coming to East Alabama to enjoy Auburn football

Opelika Main Street and the Opelika Chamber of Commerce teamed up to create viewing events downtown. Games will be projected on a big screen at the intersection of North 8th Street and North Railroad Avenue.

  Building that houses Wynnton Rd. Burger King up for sale

The Columbus building on Wynnton Rd. that houses a Burger King is now up for sale.

  East Alabama Medical Center establishes scholarship to honor slain Emergency Department director

Exactly one year after East Alabama Medical Center Emergency Director Sharon Gess and her brother William Gess Jr. were murdered, the hospital is setting up a scholarship in her memory.

Dothan bomber pleads guilty, could testify against co-defendant

On Oct. 23, 2017, as the victim drove along South Park Avenue, Silvio King remotely detonated a pipe bomb that he had placed in the truck.

Former Columbus theology school administrators charged in $12M student loan defrauding scheme

Six former administrators of the Columbus campus of Apex School of Theology are being charged in a reported scheme to defraud student loan programs of more than $12,000,000.

UPDATE: Identity of inmate dead from apparent suicide in Muscogee Co. Jail released

An inmate involved in an apparent overnight suicide at the Muscogee County Jail has been identified.

And then there were eight: Tournament for name of new Columbus baseball team continues

Baseball is making a comeback to Columbus, but before it does, the new team needs a name.

  River Dragons release tentative start date for upcoming season

The tentative start date is Friday, Dec. 18.

  Number of new COVID-19 cases reported in Muscogee Co. trending downward in past two weeks

The state reports new positive COVID-19 cases in Muscogee County Tuesday with an average of 10 new cases reported daily in the past week.

  Harris County School District’s weekly COVID-19 report shows 6 student, 5 employee cases

There are six active COVID-19 cases among students in the district and 57 close contact cases.

Ala. shattering absentee ballot records; people line up to vote at courthouse

Alabama shattered its record with 147,000 successfully returned absentee ballots as of Tuesday.

  City of Auburn sets day and time for trick-or-treating

The City of Auburn has designated October 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as the official day to trick-or-treat in town this year.

  CSU political science professor explains what not to do at the polls

“You are not allowed to electioneer, which means you are not allowed to do anything promoting a particular candidate or constitutional amendment or referendum while within a certain distance of the polling place."

  Callaway High School in LaGrange closes due to rise in COVID-19 cases

Students will be on a virtual learning model for the remainder of the week as the increase in cases has led several students and staff to quarantine.

  COVID-19 cases in Muscogee Co. increase slightly in the last two weeks

COVID-19 cases are slightly increasing in Muscogee County, according to the most recent report from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

  Jury trials resume for counties within the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

Trials in Harris County have continued, and trials will resume in Muscogee County October 26.

  Community leaders, officials talk ways to prevent crime and violence in the Chattahoochee Valley

Some areas of our community are hot spots for shootings and other dangerous crimes.

  UPDATE: Escaped Sumter County inmate recaptured; 2 arrested for aiding, abetting

Charlie Lester escaped from the Sumter county Jail Sunday, October 18. He was being held on charges of rape, incest, sodomy, and other sex crimes.

  Customers of Columbus Checkers eligible for up to $5000 in class action lawsuit

The affected Columbus restaurants are located at 3474 Victory Drive and 2453 Wynnton Road.

  Two people found dead inside residence after police conduct welfare check in Valley

Two people were found dead inside of a residence after the Valley Police Department conducted a welfare check.

New dates added to advance voting locations in Columbus

New dates and updated dates have been added to advance voting sites.

  Suspect pleads not guilty in murder of Columbus rapper, case bound over to Superior Court

A Columbus man charged with the murder of an aspiring Columbus rapper has plead not guilty.

  In-person student COVID-19 cases declining in Muscogee Co.

The district reports five students learning in-person tested positive during the week of October 12 through October 16.

Toys for Tots Christmas toy drive kicks off in the Chattahoochee Valley

The Rainbow Center is now accepting requests for toys for children who are less fortunate in the area.