MCSD begins phased-in approach; returning to choice model

  Substitute teachers in high demand amid pandemic

  Registering for COVID-19 vaccination in Russell County

  Death investigation underway after Russell County inmate found dead in cell

  Opelika City Council votes to redesign downtown historic district

  Presidential inauguration to look different due to coronavirus pandemic

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  COVID-19 vaccine scams on the rise as vaccine distribution continues

  School districts in Chambers County talk post-holiday reopenings

  Georgia Congressmen head to DC for the presidential inauguration

  Feeding the Valley Food Bank receives $40K grant from CVS Health

UA mistakenly sends 7,500 COVID-negative email notifications

Georgia doubles weekly number COVID-19 vaccines administered

Ga. Secretary of State’s Office certifies runoff election results; Warnock, Ossoff to be sworn in after Inauguration

The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office has certified the election results for the Jan. 5 runoffs.

Feeding the Valley Food Bank receives $40K CVS Health Community Grant

Feeding the Valley is receiving a $40,000 grant from CVS Health. This is part of the company’s contribution to building healthier communities.

UPDATE: Americus attorney charged in Capitol mob incident, hearing set Thursday

The Americus attorney involved in the Capitol violence incident Jan. 6 has been charged.

Ga. student back in U.S. after lockup in Caymans for COVID violation

Skylar Mack said she was glad to be home after being sentenced to jail for breaking the Cayman Islands' COVID-19 protocol.

Baker Co. man charged in Capitol incident

A Columbus woman scores big with modeling career

Kemp to use $5M in virus aid to help students finish college

  Auburn University celebrating MLK holiday throughout the week

Community gathers for ‘The Dream Lives’ event at Columbus Civic Center

  Muscogee County residents receive COVID-19 vaccine in Dooly County

  Keep Columbus Beautiful partners with local organizations for MLK Day of Service

Keep Columbus Beautiful, Turn Around Columbus, and Dragonfly Trails held the annual MLK serve-a-thon.

Lawmaker planning bill to let Selma residents rename Edmund Pettus Bridge

State Sen. Malika Sanders-Fortier says the bill would create a process to allow Selma residents to determine if there will be a name change.

  Ribbon cutting held for community garden at Davis Elementary School in Columbus

The garden will be open to the community and will include vegetables, fruit, and a special memorial garden to honor loved ones lost to violence.

Singer Usher visits Selma to mark MLK Day

A famous singer/songwriter made a stop in Alabama Monday to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.

Metropolitan Baptist Church in Columbus holds 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Service

Metropolitan Baptist Church in Columbus held its 35th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Service Monday.

Vaccine Alert Team: Medical volunteers can register online to help with vaccine distribution

Vaccine Alert Team: Medical volunteers can register online to help with vaccine distribution

  Harris County Men’s Club hosts annual MLK Day program

Residents were encouraged to decorate their vehicles and cruise the square to view several displays in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Phenix City police release surveillance photos of auto burglary suspects

Phenix City police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying two auto burglary suspects.

Alabama Dept. of Public Health launches interactive vaccine tracker

The Alabama Department of Public Health is launching a brand new interactive dashboard to track the COVID-19 vaccine across the state.

Columbus artist heads to New York for meeting with multinational record label Def Jam

Columbus Artist heads to Def Jam for a chance at a major record deal.

  One killed in Sunday fire on Bethany Church Rd. in Pine Mountain

Fire crews are investigating a fire that claimed the life of one person Sunday evening.

LaGrange police investigate overnight shooting; one dead, one injured

The LaGrange Police Department is investigating an overnight shooting that left one person dead and one person injured.

  LaGrange police investigating shooting on Bell St., one person injured

LaGrange police are searching for a suspect after one person was shot and injured Sunday morning.

ASU closes campus as precaution ahead of possible protests

Alabama State University has decided to close its campus as a precaution for possible protests ahead of Inauguration Day.

  Columbus Health Department holds pop-up COVID-19 testing site

As COVID-19 continues to spread, testing is still a priority and the Columbus Health Department will have a pop-up test site location this afternoon.

Members of 165th Airlift Wing deployed to D.C. for Biden’s inauguration

About 60 men and women of the Georgia Air National Guard in the 165th Airlift Wing deployed Saturday to Washington D.C. for the 59th Presidential Inauguration.

  Paws Humane Society hosts pet food pantry for families facing challenges

As a new year begins, COVID-19 continues to bring a wave of unemployment across the nation, leaving many pet owners facing challenges of caring for their beloved pets.

  UPDATE: Russell Co. Sheriff’s Office gives possible motive in Seale murder case

According to Sheriff Heath Taylor, Malasig and Roper were acquaintances. Sheriff Taylor believes he knows the motive behind the murder.

  Airport expansion to improve Lanett economy

The airport in Lanett is poised to bring economic improvement.

Two teens arrested in Auburn for breaking into vehicle

A 16-year-old from Dalton, Georgia and a 17-year-old from Phenix City are charged with unlawful breaking and entering into a motor vehicle and more.

  GUEST SEGMENT: City of Columbus hosting virtual, drive-in MLK commemoration event

This year, “The Dream Lives” event will be virtual and drive-in due to COVID-19.

All Georgia counties certify Jan. 5 election results

Georgia’s two U.S. Senate seats and a public service commission seat were on the ballot.

  Healthcare officials in Columbus explain COVID-19 vaccine registration

Some people 65 and older may have problems registering online for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment simply because they are not familiar with the technology.

  Sickle cell mobile clinic held at Columbus church

The event took place in the parking lot of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church.

  MCSD to phase in students’ return; parents weigh in on plan

The Muscogee County School District is updating its plan for allowing some students to return to the classroom in a “phase-in” approach.

  Suspect charged with murder after body found behind church in Seale

The Russell County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that 28-year-old Samantha Malasig has been charged with murder.

Americus attorney in custody in connection to Capitol mob incident

William McCall Calhoun, Jr. had his first appearance in Macon around 4 p.m. on Friday.

  COURT: Shooting death of 70-year-old Columbus man stems from altercation with stepson

During the hearing, investigators said Marlon Reese allegedly confronted his stepfather, Walter Williams, at his home after he believed Williams had engaged in improper conduct with another member of the family.

  UPDATE: Woman dies following vehicle accident on Hwy. 280 near Opelika

71-year-old Margie Hilyer of Salem died from her injuries at East Alabama Medical Center.

Columbus Police Department employee arrested on drug charges

Monica Ogle was arrested Wednesday on multiple drug-related charges.

Ivey activates 500 more National Guard soldiers ahead of inauguration

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office has confirmed that more Alabama National Guard soldiers have been activated for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Jimmy Carter historic sites become national historic park

Historic sites across Plains, Ga. associated with former President Jimmy Carter have now become a national historic park.

  City of Opelika names 30-year veteran as new Chief of Police

A familiar face is now at the head of the Opelika Police Department.

  Masked intruder holds LaGrange employees at gunpoint during robbery

LaGrange police are searching for a man who held several LaGrange employees at gunpoint while committing an armed robbery.

  Kroger, Publix stores making COVID-19 vaccines available

Kroger, Publix stores making COVID-19 vaccines available

Tallapoosa County man sentenced in child pornography case

On Thursday, the court sentenced Hutcherson to 65 years in prison; two years to the very day when Tallapoosa County authorities began their investigation.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter won’t attend Biden’s inauguration

It marks the first time the couple, 96 and 93, will have missed the ceremonies since Carter was sworn in as the 39th president in 1977.

  Solar farm coming to Stewart Co. creating 300 temporary jobs

A solar farm is coming to Stewart County and development for the project will create 300 temporary jobs.

  UAB researcher develops at home COVID-19 antibody testing kit

Researchers at UAB developed an at home antibody test.

  Funeral industry impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Before the pandemic, Striffler-Hamby Mortuary in Columbus had about two to three memorial services a day, now they have five to six.

  Campbell’s Snacks employee in Columbus reacts to plant closing

The Campbell’s Snacks plant has been in Columbus 94 years. Many people in Columbus remember it as the Tom’s or the Lance plant.

  Nurse loses job after admitting of entering US Capitol building during riot

Lori Vinson says she was fired from Ascension St. Vincent last Friday as result of her actions of entering the U.S. Capitol building last week in Washington, D.C.

  Body found behind church in Seale, Ala. ID’d; death investigation underway

The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Christopher Roper of Phenix City.

  State representatives, community activists weigh in vote to impeach President Trump a second time

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for a second time Wednesday.

Former Lee County psychiatrist sentenced in federal pill mill case

As part of the plea agreement, James Edwards will surrender all medical and processional licenses.

  New healthcare facility opens in Talbotton

The new facility will serve not only as a doctor’s office, but will also include a dental office and a pharmacy.

  EAMC scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccine

Those who wish to schedule an appointment must be 75 years old or older, and residents of Chambers, Lee, or Macon counties.

  Lee County Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam pretending to be deputy

The caller is pretending to be a Lee County deputy and uses the name of an actual deputy.

Alabama legislators donate nearly $27K check to Smiths Station High School

Several Alabama state lawmakers are coming together to donate nearly $27,000 to Smiths Station High School.

  “Homemade explosive device” found, defused in vacant LaGrange parking lot

A “homemade explosive device” has been found and defused in a vacant parking lot in LaGrange.

  UPDATE: Homicide investigation underway after church workers find man dead in Seale

A homicide investigation is currently underway after church workers found the body of a man in a construction area behind their church.

  Muscogee Co. School District updates plan for students to return to the classroom

The Muscogee County School District is updating its plan for allowing some students to return to the classroom in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon

A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 8,000-mile Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States.

LIVE: Gov. Brian Kemp delivering 2021 State of the State Address

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will be delivering his annual State of the State Address this morning from the Georgia House of Representatives.

  MILITARY MATTERS: Ft. Benning Commanding General gives update on COVID-19

After thousands of soldiers returned to Fort Benning from holidays away, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases there, as expected.

  Columbus mother tells the importance of blood donations for teen daughter with sickle cell

For one Columbus teen suffering with sickle cell disease, blood transfusions are a must to stay alive.

  Explaining the COVID-19 vaccination process

The vaccination process is currently in Phase 1A of the distribution plan.

  Columbus political expert weighs in on impeachment proceedings

A local political expert is weighing in and offering a little insight on what’s going on with the impeachment proceedings heard in the the House Wednesday.