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  Former commercial fisherman, World War II veteran celebrates 102nd birthday

Charles Theron Lowe celebrated his 102nd birthday one day early at home Sunday with his friends and family.

Man caught on camera setting up candlelight date at Columbus RiverWalk

‘Baby Stormy’ celebrates first birthday

CPD officer honored after saving suicidal man’s life

  Ga. man pictured in viral photo praying over Fla. sheriff’s deputy

  Community Warriors help elderly Columbus widow with yard repair

  Harris Co. dentist providing free work for first responders, veterans on 9/11

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8-year-old saves money to send to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian

  Four Columbus restaurants collecting donations for Bahamas hurricane relief

  Gator caught on Lake Eufaula may just set a record

  More than 100 Fort Benning soldiers beautify Columbus girls’ group home

Father’s lost watch returned to son 12 years later

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  Faith-based movie filmed in Columbus hits theaters

A movie filmed entirely in the Fountain City has hit the big screen.

Game show star working on movie filming locally

“Wheel of Fortune” star Vanna White is working on a movie being filmed in Columbus. White is the executive director of “Electric Jesus”.

  300 motorcycles, 800+ riders raise $24K for Troup Co. deputy battling cancer

A benefit ride taking place over the weekend for a Troup County Sheriff’s Office deputy who is battling cancer raised more than $24,000.

  Troup Co. man reunited with medics who helped save his life after cardiac arrest

Mike Pilgrim went into cardiac arrest after being electrocuted while cutting down a tree. When first responders and medics arrived on the scene, Pilgrim was unresponsive and had no pulse.

Dads line up to greet students on first day at Jackson elementary school

  Westview Elementary students welcomed back to school with high fives

  World’s first voice box reconstruction performed in Memphis

  Piedmont Columbus Regional’s Northside campus surprises patient for her 96th birthday

First responders recognized after saving stroke victim’s life

  GUEST SEGMENT: Edge Church hosts 3rd annual Back 2 School Jam to help local students

  ‘I really did have a sense of peace about the procedure itself and his surgeon’: Lee Co. 8-year-old gets life-saving heart transplant

Eight-year-old Bennett Jones is recovering in a St. Louis hospital from a heart transplant.

  Columbus church hopes to connect community by providing meals to those in need

Church members say it is important that people in the community are fed both physically and spiritually.

  Alabama community buys longtime school custodian a car

He walked into the lobby bewildered and clueless on what the commotion was all about. Then, they revealed the real surprise.

“No excuses, no empty promises:” Columbus City Councilman cleans up yard waste after resident plea

After one of Columbus City Councilman Glenn Davis’ constituents reached out to him saying his yard waste had not been picked up in several weeks, Davis took the matter into his own hands.

  'That’s what it’s about for me’: Camilla musician changing lives 1 note at a time

His passion for music led him to several competitions including "American Idol."

Dozens of Pilot whales come ashore on Ga. beach

Rare mass whale beaching in Glynn County

‘Put him out of his misery’: Dog left paralyzed by pellet gun gets second ‘Chance’ at life, ‘furever’ home

A dog, left paralyzed by a cruel abuser, has found a happy ending in a new, ‘furever’ home.

Couple spends 72nd wedding anniversary at Piedmont Columbus Regional

A couple in Columbus recently celebrated spending 72 years of lives together as a married couple, but could not quite mark the occasion where they might have wanted to.

  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.

  Colossal Collards: Americus woman grows abnormally large crop

83-year-old Meland Hope Hawkins grows abnormally large collard greens from her Americus home.

  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.

  Colorblind Auburn man sees a whole new world on Father’s Day

An Auburn man who suffers from colorblindness can now look at life in a whole new way.

  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.

  Columbus boy selling lemonade to buy trampoline has wish granted

A Columbus boy who set up shop selling lemonade with the goal of buying a trampoline has gotten exactly what he wished for.

  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.

  Columbus boy declines sheriff’s deputy’s offer to buy trampoline; wants to earn it with lemonade stand money

A little boy's lemonade stand is getting a lot of social media attention after a Muscogee County Sheriff's Deputy stopped to chat.

  Dogs rescued in LaGrange hoarding investigation up for adoption

Thirty dogs were rescued from a home in LaGrange on May 31 as a result of a hoarding investigation and now nearly all of them are up for adoption.

  Community gives recommendations of Columbus’ best spots for ‘The Long Night’ cast and crew

News Leader 9 is told teams for the movie are in town wrapping up the pre-production process and are ready to start shooting.

Good News: Americus paramedics save duck trapped in fishing line

Paramedics Justin Garmon and Scott Smith sprung into action and saved the duck.

  Columbus Fraternity awards 10K in scholarships to local teens

With this year’s presentation, Lambda Iota has awarded almost $600,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors over the past 2 decades.

  Summer feeding programs across the Chattahoochee Valley

Many local school districts and organizations are stepping up to help make sure no child goes hungry this summer.

  Columbus 2nd graders remix “Old Town Road” as they move to 3rd grade

A group of Columbus second graders are getting into the spirit of moving on up as the school year ends.

Muscogee Co. woman named Georgia Foster Caregiver of the Year

A Muscogee County woman is being honored as the state of Georgia’s Foster Caregiver of the Year.

Kia Motors donates 25K to Georgia, Troup County Special Olympics

The funds went to help the team with travel costs, a local Special Olympics event, and with purchasing new equipment.

  Local churches donate 16K to Lee County tornado victims

The donation money will go towards families affected by the tornadoes, the Smiths Station Disaster Fund, as well as the Lee County MEND program

  A cafè in Tuscaloosa is serving those impacted by Alzheimer’s

Crimson Community Cafè in Tuscaloosa provides a place for people with Alzheimer’s to come and support one another.

  2 Muscogee Co. students receiving associate degree before their high school graduation

Both students participated in a dual enrollment program with Columbus State University and will be graduating from Columbus State University this weekend.

LaGrange police kick off National Police Week with 5-year-old future officer

Monday, May 13 kicks off National Police Week and the LaGrange Police Department started the week with arguably the cutest officer ever.

  8-year-old Columbus girl raises over $1,300 for Children’s Miracle Network

Greenlee Lamb wanted to help other kids who are in the hospital like she was helped after a serious car accident in 2015.

Carver High student surprised with scholarship at school

Maya Allen was selected as this year’s winner of the James Henry and Gladys Manning Smith Scholarship.

Mission Accomplished: Ramsay High School senior accepts full ride to Yale University

Jolly is ranked No. 4 at Ramsay with a 4.4 GPA.

Stylish Gaston County goat becomes social media sensation

There’s a goat in Gaston County making a name for himself on social media, you might have even seen some of his videos on Facebook. With such a large following, you’d think he’d be a dancing goat or be able to perform some kind of trick, but that’s not it. Billy Gotti the Goat, makes people happy.

Grandfather gifts lottery win to granddaughter so she can attend UNCW

Kelly Thomas will soon be attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and thanks to her grandfather, she won’t have to worry about any school-related expenses.

Twice as nice: 2 sets of Thompson High School twins earn valedictorian

It's not unusual for twins to be smart or valedictorian's their senior year of high school, but what about two sets? At Thompson High School Aliyah and Shaliyah Johnson along with Trulle and Hope Karvonen are part of a group of students earning valedictorian; which is a 4.0 GPA or higher.

  Auburn University has its first female student with Down syndrome

Auburn University has its first ever student with Down syndrome thanks to the school's new EAGLES program.

  Hardaway High School student with special needs gets heartwarming promposal

A high school student from Columbus displayed a heartwarming act of kindness by making one of his classmate’s dream come true.

  Beauregard native donates furniture to help Lee County tornado victims

Beauregard native Shannon Culligan has a total of five storage units packed full of furniture that he’s offering to donate to those affected by the tornado.

Winner of $1.5B Mega Millions jackpot was woman who decided to take ‘scenic drive,’ lawyers say

The winner has chosen to remain anonymous and chose a cash option of a one-time payment of $877,784,124,

  Aubie the Tiger, AU cheerleaders, basketball team welcome students back to school in Beauregard

Kids returning to school at Beauregard Elementary School for the first time since tornadoes destroyed their community were in for a surprise this morning.

Lee County teachers return to school, prepare for students

Monday, teachers met with counselors to determine how to best answer students’ questions about what happened.

  Youth baseball opener raises funds for victims of East Alabama tornadoes

Organizers say the fun event focused about celebrating the strength and closeness of the community as they overcome the tragic tornadoes together

Goodwill of the Southern Rivers donates $15K to tornado victims

Goodwill of the Southern Rivers is partnering with the American Red Cross in an effort to aid those affected by tornadoes across the Chattahoochee Valley.

  Publix collecting funds for Red Cross disaster relief efforts

Publix Super Markets are creating a new program to offer customers a way to help those affected by the tornadoes.

  New handmade cross memorial in Beauregard comforts those who knew tornado victims

Greg Zanis, the creator and founder of Crosses for Losses, drove over 800 miles from Aurora, Illinois. He’s made tens of thousands of crosses since he began this back in 1996.

  Eufaula firemen walk out of tornado damaged building without a scratch

As the warnings of a tornado were issued to residents of Barbour County - Lt. Ethan Parrish and Driver Engineer Corey Crozier started preparing equipment in anticipation of helping others. Everything changed when they got the call the EF-2 tornado was headed right to them.

Several Lee County schools hosting benefit concert to raise funds for tornado victims

Multiple schools across Lee County are coming together in an effort to raise funds for those affected by tornadoes in their community.

  Smiths Station Fire Department offering free meals to community members in need

The station will also serve free meals Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. EST.

Smiths Station fire station needs volunteers to distribute items to tornado victims

Officials at the station said it’s a good thing, but donations are sitting in the station and not being used.

  2 corporations pledge to pay funeral costs for 23 Lee County tornado victims

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris shared the news of the generous donors Tuesday during an interview.

  Columbus manufacturer provides meals to first responders helping with tornado relief

Masterbuilt Manufacturing Inc. cooked over 300 pounds of barbecue to feed first responders.

  12-year-old Eufaula boy rescues uncle from tornado’s path

Jave’ Williams was at his grandmother’s home in Eufaula Sunday afternoon when powerful storms rolled through.

  Airbnb initiates Open Homes Program for East AL, GA residents displaced by tornado

The program is recruiting hosts to provide free housing in Southeast Alabama and Southwest Georgia for the residents between March 4 and March 25.