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  3 East Alabama counties receive state funding for road projects

Three roads in the Chattahoochee Valley are getting money from the state through this program. The roads are in Chambers, Lee, and Barbour counties.

  Barbour Co. tornado is a good reminder to be prepared for severe weather, residents say

  Recent arrests of Chattahoochee Valley juveniles have some concerned about youth violence

  Residents reflect on Lee County’s tragedies in 2019

  Georgia Power increasing monthly bills starting January 2020

  East Ala. family hopes to make Hwy. 280 safer after the death of their loved one

Russell Co. residents react to increased number of homicides in 2019

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One killed, three injured in Columbus overnight shooting

  Four Children’s Library hosts first-ever Christmas Celebration

  Lee Co. tornado survivors celebrating first holiday season since deadly Mar. 3 storm

  Second suspect in Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance denied bond; has previous capital murder charge

  Columbus ministry selling products to help victims of sex trafficking

  Testimony reveals why witness says he didn’t come forward after watching Aniah Blanchard’s abduction

  Judge rules in favor of Phenix City.; allows annexations of Russell Co.

This battle was over more than 50 pieces of property near the Walmart on Highway 80.

  ‘It’s gut-wrenching’ Loved ones plead for answers in Chattahoochee Valley missing persons cases

Some families throughout the Chattahoochee Valley have loved ones who have been missing for years.

  Funeral service was held for murdered Clark-Atlanta student, Alexis Crawford, on November 16th

Clark-Atlanta student, Alexis Crawford, was laid to rest this weekend. The funeral service was held yesterday, Saturday, November 17th in Crawford’s hometown of Athens, Georgia.

  ‘Find Aniah’ bracelets spreading throughout Alabama

Communities across Alabama continue to find ways to support the family of Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old who went missing from Auburn October 23.

  Petition started after Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance for violent offenders to not have bond

Suspect in Aniah Blanchard disappearance brought back to Lee County

Two-year-old suffers accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound

1 in custody after shooting Friday night in Montgomery

Viral post about hitchhiking veteran makes its way to his son

  New 3% culinary fee added to items at two Auburn restaurants

  Southern Union State Community College holds prayer and moment of silence for Aniah Blanchard

As investigators and volunteers continue to search for Aniah Blanchard, the 19-year-old who went missing from Auburn October 23, the community continues to find ways to keep her at the forefront of their minds.

  Young women in East Alabama increase safety precautions after Aniah Blanchard’s disappearance

Many young women said they’re now taking special precautions to stay safe after her disappearance and the disappearance of another young female college student in Atlanta.

  Delta Airlines more flights available in Columbus, across Ga.

Delta Airlines, based in Atlanta, is announcing more flights in the home state.

  Billboard and fliers of missing Aniah Blanchard spread across East Alabama

People across the country are searching for answers in the case of missing Aniah Blanchard who was last seen in Auburn almost two weeks ago.

Vigil, prayer service to be held Monday as search for Blanchard continues

As the search for Aniah Blanchard continues, a vigil in Montgomery and a prayer service in Auburn are set to take place Monday night.

  Skip Henderson, Columbus mayor, reflects first year at “Get To Know Your Mayor” event

Skip Henderson, mayor of Columbus, is starting to reflect back on his time as mayor and what he has accomplished so far.

  Clocks change for tomorrow, November 3rd

Don’t forget to change the clocks this evening, November 2nd, to gain an extra hour of sleep over the night and to avoid being late tomorrow.

  Burial service is put together to honor homeless veteran

The parting and final goodbyes will take place at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery tomorrow, November 1st at 10 a.m.

  Auburn police investigating foul play among other possibilities in case of missing teen

Auburn police said they’re investigating all possibilities in the case of missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard, including foul play.

Two vehicle crash leads to fatality in Tallapoosa County

Just after 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 26th, a two vehicle crash occurred and unfortunately claimed the life of a Camp Hill man.

Equality volunteer firefighter laid to rest

Volunteer Equality Firefighter Michael Johnston was laid to rest on Saturday at the Rehobeth Cemetery.

  Sound Choices shares their results from the “You Belong Gala” last month

Sound Choices Pregnancy Clinic, located in Columbus, reached their goal of 400,000 dollars at their “You Belong Gala” last month.

  East Alabama community mourns loss of beloved EAMC employee

Many in East Alabama are mourning the loss of two siblings who were murdered in Macon County on Sunday. One of those siblings, Sharon Gess, was a beloved employee at the East Alabama Medical Center.

  Smiths Station residents concerned about ‘dangerous’ intersection of Lee Rd. 240, 239

A busy intersection in East Alabama is causing headaches and collisions for those who drive through it. Many are pleading for a solution.

Single car accident takes place near CVS on Miller Road in Columbus

A single car accident took place this morning on October 15th. The accident happened on Miller Road before the CVS store.

  Crews still working to put out weekend fire at recycling plant in Auburn

Monday, the Southwest Lee County Volunteer Fire Department said it’s mostly just some hot spots still in the pile of debris, but they’re checking it regularly to make sure the fire is out for good.

  Family, friends of Columbus double homicide victim express hurt after their loss

The family of one of the victims, Deontae Joseph, says these senseless killings have to stop. And they're especially heartbroken because both young men had their whole lives ahead of them.

  Drought making major impact on some East Alabama farmers

For most people across the Chattahoochee Valley, the last time there was a really good, soaking rain was at the end of August or early September.

  Alabama Dept. of Public Health reports significant flu activity in East Alabama

To prevent the illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that mostly everyone get the flu shot this year.

  EAMC gives land to Fuller Center for 3 homes to be built on

By the end of the week, three new homes will sit on Dover Street in Opelika, as part of the annual legacy build, where 11 homes in total will be built.

  Fuller Center Legacy Build begins in tornado-torn Beauregard

Eleven new homes will be built for families displaced by the tornadoes that ripped through Lee County on March 3.

  Witness in trial recall chaotic scene of 2016 Auburn triple homicide

Tarabien “Trent” Cobb is on trial for capital murder after the deaths of three men shot and killed at an Auburn dance club in 2016.

  9/11 survivor in Auburn gives free meals to first responders for the 15th year

Sunel Merchant said the only reason he’s alive today is because of the first responders, who he calls superheroes.

  Community reacts to removal of prayer before Opelika HS football game

An East Alabama high school is facing backlash after having a prayer before recent home football games. Now, the community is responding to the decision to substitute the prayer for a moment of silence.

  Southeastern Raptor Center preps for beloved Auburn eagle flight tradition

As students are preparing for Auburn University's first home game of the season, so is the Southeastern Raptor Center.

  Auburn football brings in millions of dollars to town, local businesses

While students and fans are figuring out their tailgate plans, businesses are gearing up too.

  Beauregard man, with the help of his red tractor, still helping tornado survivors

“Since the moment that it happened, I’ve been on the tractor helping people clean up their yards, helping them move trash out of their yards, and cleaning up their driveway.”

  Ammonia leak contained within Buck Ice & Coal; not a hazard to the community

Crews have been on site since Saturday, working to tackle the issue of an anhydrous ammonia leak in the company on Talbotton Road.

  Beauregard family rebuilding home by hand following March 3rd tornadoes

Some families have put new homes on their properties, some are rebuilding, and others have been gifted homes from organizations. One family is doing this by rebuilding their home entirely on their own.

  Friends mourn the loss of Opelika native and journalist Nancy Parker

Friends said time spent with Nancy Parker was always a delight.

  Family creates memorial scholarship in honor of journalist Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker’s family in Opelika has created a memorial scholarship in her honor, but hearts are still heavy in Opelika as community members process the loss of one of their own.

  Power, air conditioning restored Muscogee County Jail, Sheriff says

The root of the problem the past day lies in the three-phase power system in the jail. One phase burned out, leaving the jail with limited power.

  Locals who work outside share their thoughts on the heat

The stifling heat those in the area have been experiencing is bad enough even if you’re only spending a few minutes in the heat.

  Beauregard family building their third home after multiple tragedies

A family in Beauregard, Alabama is building their third home on Lee Rd. 38 after a fire and March 3rd tornadoes destroyed their home, just 6 months apart.

  Parents pay almost $700 on average for back-to-school supplies, according to National Retail Federation

As parents have been getting their kids ready for school, they've been forking over some big bucks in some cases, for school supplies and other things for the school year.

  New backseat seatbelt law coming to Alabama Sept. 1

Currently in Alabama and Georgia, adults are only required to wear a seat belt while in the front seat.

  EXCLUSIVE: Family, friends react to the shooting death of 24-year-old Manchester man

Loved ones of 24-year-old K’mrye Jernard “KJ” Couch are shocked and heartbroken after he was shot and killed Friday, Aug. 2.

  Lee Co. family still haunted by unsolved 2008 murder

Lee Co. family still searching for answers 11 years after the murder of Felton Tate

  Families of children who died in Lee Co.’s tornadoes mourning ahead of back-to-school season

Shamel Hart and her cousin, Tyesha Hart say helping their other children get ready for school this year has been heartbreaking without eight-year-old Mykhayla and nine-year-old Jonathan tagging along.

  Families displaced by Lee Co. tornadoes tackling challenges of back to school season

Dozens of families have been living miles away from their own properties and will not be able to return to Beauregard before school starts.

  Parents, residents pleased with bond approval for use of $46M of Auburn’s 5 Mill Tax Fund

Cary Woods Elementary School and J.F. Drake Middle School are already in stages of demolition, and this new money from Auburn’s 5 Mill Tax Fund will go toward the costs to rebuild the schools.

  Friends, coworkers remember victim of fatal stabbing in Valley, Ala.

Those who worked with Sidney Harmon said coming to work Monday was one of the hardest things they’ve ever done.

  Two mothers who lost children in Lee Co. tornadoes open dance studio in childrens’ honor

Two cousins who lost their son and daughter on Mar. 3 to the deadly tornadoes have since opened a dance studio in Opelika in remembrance of the children.

  Schley Co. Family unable to get rid of bats in home because of federal, state laws

From April 1st to July 31st, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources highly suggests leaving bats completely alone, even if they are inside of your home.

  Lake Harding residents speak on shocking number of boating deaths in Ala. in 2019

Though Lake Harding didn't see any major boat crashes over the Fourth of July holiday, Alabama did, with six people dying in boating accidents from June 30 to July 7.

  Parents spread the word of Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese

Sensory Sensitive Sundays are geared toward children with Autism. They feature dimmed lights, a quieter environment, and limited appearances by characters.

  Ala., Ga. rank in top 20 states with highest motorcycle fatality rate

Alabama ranks 15th in the nation for the highest rate of motorcycle fatalities. Georgia ranks 18th.

Some Beauregard residents decide not to rebuild after March 3rd tornadoes

While some Beauregard residents are happily moved in their newly rebuilt homes, others have decided to sell their properties and leave the area.

  House for Heroes, Navy Federal Credit Union help veteran’s wife repair home

More than twenty people showed up to Collazzo’s home this weekend to help out with painting and repairs.

  Historic Westville Opens to the Public in Columbus

Historic Westville attracted tens of thousands of visitors at its original site in Lumpkin, but many people are glad it has relocated to the valley.

  Auburn City Council approves proposal for new Chick-fil-A drive-thru on Magnolia Ave.

Auburn City Council voted Tuesday 6-3 to approve a new proposal to reroute the Chick-fil-A drive-thru on Magnolia Ave. in downtown Auburn.

  Opelika residents complain of taste, smell of tap water

Some residents in Opelika said they do not want to use their tap water because of the taste and smell of the water, though Opelika Utilities shared in a statement the water is safe to drink and use.

  Catch the Columbus River Dragons in action starting in November

Several years after losing the Columbus Cottonmouths, professional hockey is making a return with the Columbus River Dragons.

  Woman hopes to create memorial library for the children who died in Lee Co. tornadoes

A woman who lives in Beauregard wants to build a local library in honor of the four children who were killed in the deadly tornadoes that hit Lee County Mar. 3.

  Valley Police investigating shooting near Greenberry Circle

Police say the victim was sitting in the front passenger seat talking with a woman when a man walked up, tapped on the window, and fired into the car

  Auburn’s baseball success boosts morale in community after a month of tragedy

The Auburn community is still mourning the loss of treasured community members, but the Tigers' trip to the College World Series is lifting spirits.

  Trial begins in Lee Co. for second defendant in 2016 capital murder case

Robert Wiggins was the second of four suspects to go to trial. This came after the murder of an 85-year-old man who was shot and killed in his home in Cusseta, Alabama in 2016.

  East Alabama man spends months volunteering in Beauregard

Three months after deadly tornadoes ripped through Lee County, a man is still spending almost every day helping people rebuild their lives.