GUEST SEGMENT: Enrichment Services making appointments for Head Start program

Columbus murder victim allegedly shot after defending friend, court testimony says

Man charged with methamphetamine possession after shoplifting in Valley

  Team from Take the City ministry in Columbus takes mission trip to Africa

UAB preparing for potential of coronavirus outbreak in U.S.

  Columbus health officials discuss preparing for Coronavirus following warning of spread across the U.S.

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The home of Americus’ Fuller Center for Housing receives $30K grant

Muscogee Co. kindergarten and pre-k registration approaching for 2020-2021 school year

  Columbus City Council makes mid-year budget adjustments

  Ala. Rep. Bradley Byrne visits Opelika during campaign tour

‘It’s a very, very egregious offense’: Man sentenced to 198 years in child sex abuse case

  Coronavirus outbreak posing health and financial threat

  Campaign launched in Opelika aims to increase recycling

The campaign is also an effort to promote recycling the right way. Recycling correctly prevents contaminating recycling loads.

  Lee County names new EMA director

Rita Smith was selected to take on the role.

  Carver High band raising money to participate in Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

Carver High School’s marching band was selected to represent the state of Georgia in the 2020 Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

  Troup County inmate found with cell phone loaded with child pornography

After a tip from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, an inmate at the LaGrange Transitional Center was found to be in possession of a cell phone with numerous images of child pornography.

  Attorney enters not guilty plea for Columbus man charged with 2019 fatal hit and run

Doctor arraigned on new counts in pill mill investigation

Columbus police investigating hit and run at West Georgia Optical Center

15-foot, 2,000-pound great white shark tracked off coast of Louisiana

  Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum to undergo name change

  Georgia candidate for U.S. Senate makes campaign stop in the Fountain City

  Lee Co. Coroner attending mass casualty training event in Washington D.C.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris is representing all of the Alabama’s coroners at a national event in Washington, D.C.

Longtime Troy band director Dr. John M. Long passes away

The family of longtime Troy University Band Director Dr. John M. Long has announced his passing.

Dog stuck in cave saved by rescuers in southern Indiana

Cave rescuers banded together to get a dog lost in a cave back to safety early Sunday morning in Salem, Indiana.

St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School sixth grader wins regional spelling bee

A St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School sixth grader took home the top prize at the Georgia Region Six Spelling Bee.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Urban League Young Professionals want you to know your rights

The Urban League Young Professionals want to make sure that you know your rights under the U.S. Constitution and what to do if you feel those rights have been violated.

  Former WTVM anchor John Lyles passes away at age 50

Former WTVM anchor John Lyles has passed away at the age of 50 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

  Pure Taqueria opens its doors in north Columbus

The Atlanta-based restaurant is known for their laid-back atmosphere with delicious Mexican cuisine.

City of Auburn debuts new app for residents to access city services

The City of Auburn wants to make accessing city services easier for all of their residents, so they are debuting a brand new app.

Chairman gives preview to study group on gambling policy

The chair of the Governor’s Study Group for Gambling Policy said he anticipates both open and closed-door meetings aimed at gathering the facts about gambling and gaming in the state.

  Opelika police release sketch of man impersonating an officer

Opelika police are releasing a sketch of a man who is reportedly impersonated an officer and sexually groped a young woman after conducting a traffic stop.

Childproof packaging removed in most accidental poisonings in children, study says

The Poison Prevention Packaging Act passed in 1970 required a number of household items like cleaning chemicals, flammable liquids and prescriptions to have child-resistant packaging.

Suspect shot after home invasion in Elmore County

The suspect in an early morning home invasion incident is in critical condition after being shot multiple times, according to the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office.

  Traditions closing after three decades in Columbus

After serving the Columbus community for three decades, the owners of Traditions have decided to close their doors for good.

Bank manager sentenced for stealing $315K from elderly customer

An investigation found the manager gained an elderly customer's trust, then set about draining nearly $315,000 from her accounts.

  Southern Roots Country Store & Cafe plants roots in the Fountain City

A staple in the Crawford community is spreading its roots with its second location in the Fountain City.

  Comic-lovers unite at Coca-Cola Space Science Center for annual Toy & Comic Book Show

The day was filled with people of all ages sharing their love for comics, toys, art and more.

MEEF announces top 10 candidates for Muscogee Co. Teacher of the Year

The top ten candidates for the Muscogee County Teacher of the Year have been announced.

Anniston (Ala.) City Council will not seek legal action after plan to quarantine coronavirus canceled

Confusion erupted over plans to use the FEMA Center in Anniston to quarantine some passengers from the Diamond Princess.

  Gov. Kay Ivey and Ala. officials confirms coronavirus passengers will not be quarantined in Anniston

Governor Ivey and other Alabama officials announced that after conversations with President Trump, the administration will not be sending any coronavirus victims from the cruise ship to Anniston.

  Columbus concert promoter passes away at age 69

According to Michael “Mike” Blackwell’s obituary, the 69-year-old passed away Saturday, Feb. 23 in Columbus.

  Mothers gather in Columbus for anti-violence march

People in the Columbus community gathered along side city officials for the Mom’s Against Violence March on Saturday. Their intentions were to send a strong message to end gun violence in the city.

Proposed quarry causing concerns in Opelika

A quarry that’s being proposed just north of Opelika is causing major concerns for residents and city leaders.

  Keep Columbus Beautiful hosts Arbor Day celebration

Keep Columbus Beautiful and community partners hosted their National Arbor Day at Cooper Creek Park today.

  Columbus mothers and daughters gather for luncheon at Liberty Theatre

Mothers and daughters got a chance to attend a Mother-Daughter Luncheon with several vendors for women at the Liberty Theatre in Columbus.

Anniston city leaders blindsided by plan to use local FEMA facility as part of Coronavirus quarantine

The FEMA Center in Anniston will be used to quarantine some passengers from the Diamond Princess.

  Couple who vanished during California getaway found alive

An academic couple who vanished during a getaway in the woods of Northern California coastline has been found by search-and-rescue workers who spent almost a week looking for them and gave up hopes of finding them alive.

  Columbus woman shares story of being scammed out of $1K+

Officials from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Columbus have received weekly phone calls from victims of scams.

Downed utility lines block lanes on GA-1 at Union Street in Troup Co.

The lanes are expected to be cleared by 7:30 p.m.

2 arrested in N.C., found driving stolen vehicle connected to Tennessee Amber Alert, deputies say

A man and woman were arrested in connection to an Amber Alert Friday after being found driving a stolen vehicle connected to the investigation in Wilkes County.

Auburn announces kick time for spring game

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Auburn Ticket Office at Auburn Arena from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Baby born in Birmingham on 02/20/20 at 2:20!

Harrison was born at Grandview Hospital in Birmingham on 02/20/20 at 2:20 p.m. But that’s not all.

  Muscogee County teacher nominated for national award

Eric Crouch, a fifth grade teacher at Double Churches Elementary School, is nominated for the National Life Changer of the Year Award. Crouch is ranked No. 5 out of the 850 teachers nominated.

Nursing homes on track to have worker shortage

Alabama nursing homes will need about 9,600 licensed practical nurses (LPN) by 2030 to meet the necessary demand, according to a 2017 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study.

  Columbus native appears in new ABC show, ‘For Life’

Erskine Alexander was an extra on the new ABC drama, “For Life.” He said he's grateful for the opportunity.

  Columbus sees 15 homicides in 3 months

There were six people killed in both December and January. There have been three homicides so far in February.

Shop tax free during Alabama Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax holiday

From Feb. 21 through 23rd, Alabama shoppers can stock up tax-free on items needed to prepare for a weather emergency or natural disaster.

  Victory Over Violence: Moms Against Gun Violence hosting march to end violence in Columbus

In an effort to eliminate violence, the community has to start by working to reduce it.

  Pam Brown announces candidacy for Muscogee County Sheriff

Pam Brown also ran for sheriff in 2012 and 2016. She said she has ideas to help stop crime and save money.

  The Juicy Seafood restaurant in Columbus responds to allegations of card fraud

The Juicy Seafood has a cash reward for any customer with proof of card fraud at the restaurant.

  2 Auburn men arrested in ongoing drug investigation

32-year-old Quinard Melton and 27-year-old Tevin Spinks were arrested Wednesday and are charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Columbus police searching for missing woman last seen near Ginny Ave.

20-year-old Destiny Leonard was last seen Wednesday, February 19 near Ginny Avenue.

  Man beaten after altercation during street basketball in Columbus passes away

62-year-old Daniel Jones died Friday afternoon at Piedmont Columbus Regional.

  Ala. state trooper involved in accident with tractor trailer in Lee Co.

The accident happened on Interstate 85 near mile marker 48 in Lee County.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Fancy Fest empowerment event returns to the Columbus Convention & Trade Center

Fancy Fest takes place Friday, February 21 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

  Columbus police searching for missing teen last seen near Gleason Ave.

14-year-old Makayla Lawrence was last seen February 19 near Gleason Avenue in Columbus.

  17-year-old wanted for murder at Warren Williams Homes in Columbus turns himself in

Columbus police confirmed Derick Jones, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself in to police Friday.

  Suspect arrested in 2019 fatal hit and run accident near Victory Dr. in Columbus

Eddie Riggins is facing multiple charges, including first-degree homicide by vehicle.

Appeals court keeps block on Mississippi 6-week abortion ban

A federal appeals court is keeping a block on a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions as early as six weeks - when many women may not even know they are pregnant.

Man shot while driving near Jenkins St. in LaGrange; police searching for suspect

LaGrange police are investigating a shooting that left a man injured Thursday night.

Woman charged with drug trafficking in Lee County

The arrest comes after a joint investigation between federal and local law enforcement agencies.

  Columbus organization informing people with criminal records of voting rights

A Columbus organization called Southerners on New Ground (SONG) is working to inform people with criminal records of their voting rights.

  North Columbus-Benning Clinic announces closure as part of military health system reform

North Columbus-Benning Clinic at Fort Benning is closing to all military retirees, active-duty families, and active-duty soldiers.

  United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley celebrates exceeding 2019 campaign goal

The organization exceeded its goal by more than $150,000, raising $7,241,800.

  Phenix City Housing Authority receives grant to help fund new park

The Phenix City Housing Authority wants to make multi-million dollar changes to the Five Points neighborhood.

  Several organizations participate in dedicating little free library to MLK Elementary School in Columbus

A little free library was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Thursday.

  COURT: Argument over money leads to murder of Columbus man on Rice St.

“My son died on the ninth. I will never forget 11:30 at night the phone call I received stating they were looking for next of kin and it’s been hell for the last two weeks,” Wanda Baker said.

  Former Pine Mountain police chief dies at 72

Authorities said former Police Chief David White suffered a heart attack Wednesday night.

  Rate Discrimination: Some insurance companies give better rates for customers with certain jobs, education

Drivers with less education or jobs that typically pay less may face higher car insurance rates, according to an industry insider.