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  Coping with grief during the holiday season amid coronavirus pandemic

The Pastoral Institute in Columbus anticipates grief to be more intense during the holidays this year for those who have lost a loved one.

  Soldiers at Ft. Benning served meal for Thanksgiving holiday

  EAMC bracing for possible Thanksgiving COVID-19 impact

  Practice cooking safety for Thanksgiving to avoid house fires

LIST: When your favorite stores are opening for Black Friday

Two suspects wanted in Opelika for fraudulent use of a credit card

Columbus police searching for missing teen, last seen near 12th Ave.

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  Shoppers in Columbus talk COVID-19’s impact on Thanksgiving grocery lists

  Fire officials investigating explosion on Smith Rd. in Fortson

  Muscogee Co. elections officials explain ballot recount process

  Food Bank of East Alabama prepares for Thanksgiving; reflects on pandemic’s impact

Columbus police searching for missing autistic teen

  Holiday travel looking different during coronavirus pandemic

Columbus police searching for missing teen, last seen near Flat Rock Road

14-year-old Anastasia Joann Johnson-Dowdle was last seen in the area of Whisperwood Apartments on Flat Rock Road Saturday, Nov. 21. She was seen between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Opelika police release surveillance photos of theft suspect

The Opelika Police Department is asking for the public’s help in searching for a theft suspect.

27-year-old killed in Macon County identified; 2 arrested

Macon County authorities have identified a man found dead Monday.

Auburn police make second arrest in Nov. 20 shooting investigation

The Auburn Police Division arrested an additional suspect in the November 20 shooting on N. Gay Street in Auburn.

Columbus man arrested on multiple sex crime charges

Auburn man arrested on five felony warrants, charged with possession of child pornography

Columbus man charged with child molestation, rape, multiple child sex crimes

ALEA offers Thanksgiving travel safety tips

Thanksgiving food drive in Columbus brings relief to residents ahead of holiday

  Practicing COVID-19 safety while holiday shopping

Homicide investigation underway in Macon County

Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson says a body was found in Macon County.

  Reward being offered in June murder of Opelika man

CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the June murder of 30-year-old Nealious Mario Hodge.

Alabama’s State Canvassing Board certifies November 3 election results

Alabama’s State Canvassing Board has officially certified the results of the November 3 General Election.

Update: Lumpkin murder suspect in custody

He was arrested Monday.

Auburn men’s basketball to forgo 2020-21 postseason

The Auburn men’s basketball program announced that it will not participate in the 2020-21 postseason.

  Rev. Raphael Warnock makes campaign stop in Buena Vista

As Georgia’s two U.S. Senate races that could determine the balance of power continue to heat up, Democrat challenger Reverend Raphael Warnock is making several stops in central Georgia.

  Auburn renames student center after Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton

On Friday, Auburn University unveiled its student center naming in honor of Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold D. Melton.

Massive hog caught on camera traipsing around Phenix City neighborhood

It’s not uncommon that you might see a dog or a cat walking along the sides of neighborhood roads, but it’s not often you see a massive hog on the side of the road.

NEW DETAILS: Columbus man shot in chest on Montclair Dr. Friday night

Some new details have emerged in one of two Columbus shootings Friday night.

Death investigation underway in Valley after one man shot, killed

A death investigation is underway in Valley after one man was shot and killed late Friday night.

  Police investigating two shootings in Columbus Friday night

Shootings took place on Plateau Dr. and Montclair Ct. Friday night. Two people were injured.

1 injured in shooting in Auburn Friday night

Auburn police say one person was injured in a shooting Friday night.

  Suspect arrested in the murder of teen found dead beneath bridge in South Columbus

Lilmarcus Ransom, 20, was arrested Friday and charged with the murder of 16-year-old Allen Toombs.

  Columbus community reacts to city’s mask mandate being reinstated

Enforcement of a city wide mask mandate began at noon today. Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson said if you take a look at the trends, the numbers speak for themselves.

WATCH LIVE: Kemp to give remarks, update on 2020 election

Gov. Brian Kemp will hold a late Friday afternoon press conference about the 2020 election.

Kathy Scott appointed as first female coroner in Bullock County

Kathy Scott was appointed as Bullock County coroner on Tuesday.

Two people recovering after shooting one another in LaGrange

Two people are currently recovering from gunshot wounds in LaGrange after shooting each other.

Update: Secretary of State officially certifies election results

The secretary of state’s office said with the certification, the two-business-day time period starts for the candidate who lost by less than 0.5 percent of the vote to request a recount.

2 Macon County schools move to remote learning due to COVID-19

Two schools in Macon County have moved to remote learning due to COVID-19 cases, the school district announced Thursday.

  Medical professionals urging COVID-19 safety measures ahead of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a week away and as you finalize your plans, medical professionals want you to keep coronavirus precautions in mind.

  Pedestrian hit by vehicle near Veterans Pkwy. and Talbotton Rd. in Columbus

Columbus police say a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle near Veterans Parkway and Talbotton Road.

  Woman injured in shooting at Carver Park in Columbus

The shooting happened at Carver Park and left the victim in “serious” condition, according to Columbus police.

  Shooting at Eufaula business leaves man in critical condition

The shooting happened a business located in the 500 block of South Eufaula Avenue.

Acting Lee County DA appointed after Hughes indictment

An acting district attorney has been appointed to oversee prosecutions in Lee County following the indictment of DA Brandon Hughes.

  Columbus mayor reinstates mask ordinance one month after suspension, effective Nov. 20

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson is reinstating the enforcement of the mask ordinance, which requires face coverings to be worn in public during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Local veteran sportscaster accepts position with Columbus State University

A local veteran sportscaster has accepted a position with Columbus State University’s Communication Department.

  Suspect arrested in Phenix City for the July murder of Columbus man

A man has been arrested for the murder of Deondray Williams.

Columbus woman arrested on 20 counts of financial transaction card fraud

The Columbus Police Department has arrested a suspect on 20 counts of financial transaction card fraud.

  America’s Thrift Store opens in Opelika, hosts grand opening through weekend

America’s Thrift Store opened in Opelika Thursday morning, marking the store’s 22nd location.

Columbus police arrest man on 22 charges, includes several counts of burglary

The Columbus Police Department Property Crimes Unit has made an arrest, clearing several theft cases.

  Officials: Columbus man shot, killed overnight inside a rideshare

An overnight ride in an Uber vehicle has ended in one Columbus man’s death.

  Fire experts share fire prevention tips during colder months

It’s feeling more fall-like outside, but amidst the pandemic, more Americans are staying home than usual. This which could mean more chances for residential fires start especially as we head into the cooler months.

  Election audit nears deadline in Georgia

Georgia counties have until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to finish its risk limiting audit.

  Russell Co. seeing lower COVID-19 numbers than the rest of the state

Russell County officials said the county is seeing lower numbers of COVID-19 infections compared to other Alabama counties.

  Shopping local encouraged ahead of holiday season to make up losses from COVID-19 pandemic

The holiday season is right around the corner and during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to support local businesses.

  Columbus police searching for suspect who stole Walmart cash register

Columbus police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man they say stole a cash register from Walmart.

  UPDATE: Late night electrical fire rekindles the next morning on 12th Ave. in Columbus

Fire officials in Columbus have determined an early morning house fire was caused after an electrical fire from the night before rekindled.

LaGrange police searching for suspect wanted for cruelty to a child, other charges

The LaGrange Police Department is searching for a suspect wanted for multiple charges, including cruelty to a child, third degree.

  Americans turning to alternative ways to celebrate Thanksgiving amid pandemic

Some governors across the U.S. are tightening COVID-19 restrictions as the number of coronavirus cases continue to increase ahead of Thanksgiving.

  Meadowlane Elementary in Phenix City moves to virtual learning due to COVID-19 related staffing difficulties

Superintendent Dr. Randy Wilkes said that due to COVID-19 related staffing difficulties, all students will receive remote instruction from home beginning Wednesday through Tuesday Nov. 24.

  Muscogee County finishes audit of election ballots

Muscogee County volunteers finished auditing the 81,000 ballots Tuesday night.

  Auburn company producing vials that hold Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

The biotech company Moderna, said its vaccine is nearly 95 percent effective, and an East Alabama-based company is playing an integral role in that vaccine’s distribution and storage.

  Columbus Police Department welcomes new police chief

Friends, family, and fraternity brothers all surrounded Freddie Blackmon Tuesday as Columbus City Council confirmed his appointment as chief of police.

  Suspect in murder on King St. in Phenix City wanted after fleeing police

Montracious Harris, 27, is wanted for the murder of 28-year-old Edward Love. Police say Harris eluded police after a vehicle chase in Phenix City.

  Columbus police release surveillance photos of theft suspect

The Columbus Police Department is asking for the public’s help in searching for a theft suspect.

  Columbus police arrest suspect on electronic pornography, child exploitation charges

Columbus police arrested a suspect Monday on charges involving electronic pornography and cruelty to children.

Raffensperger: Vote audit comes up clean

Pro V&V conducted an audit of a random sample of Dominion Voting Systems voting machines throughout the state using forensic techniques, including equipment from Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Morgan, Paulding and Spalding counties.

  Columbus police searching for missing teen, last seen near Tip Top Dr.

The Columbus Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen.

Georgia Water Coalition releases 2020 ‘Dirty Dozen’ report

The report notes the politics, policies, and issues that threaten the health of Georgia’s water.

  Columbus Health Dept. planning for COVID-19 vaccine

Health and city officials continue to monitor COVID-19 cases in the Chattahoochee Valley as the UniteD State reaches 11 million positive cases overall. Local health officials are also monitoring the latest COVID-19 vaccine updates.

  Muscogee County election audit volunteers weigh in on process

Muscogee County is more than halfway done with its risk-limiting audit process and is on track to finish by Tuesday.

  Crawford, Ala. seeing growth amid COVID-19 pandemic

Crawford, a town of about 3,500 people, is seemingly growing and thriving despite the challenges of COVID-19.

  Teen wanted in connection with murder on Habersham Dr. in LaGrange

Warrants for false statements and hindering the apprehension of a criminal in reference to a murder have been issued for 17-year-old Leshun Brooks.

  Columbus family grieves loss of murdered 16-year-old son

16-year-old Allen Toombs loved basketball, music and his three sisters, according to his mother. The teenager was left for dead yesterday less than a mile from his home.

  Ga. Supreme Court upholds murder conviction in deadly 2014 Columbus shooting

A Columbus man will remain in jail after the Supreme Court of Georgia upheld his conviction for a 2014 murder.

Secretary of State warns not to move to GA to vote

Brad Raffensperger tells activist groups if they assist out-of-state illegal voting ‘We will catch you. We Prosecute.’

  UPDATE: 16-year-old shot, killed beneath bridge in south Columbus

A homicide investigation is underway after a 16-year-old was shot and killed beneath a bridge in south Columbus.

  Columbus WWII, Vietnam vet celebrates 100th birthday with drive-by parade

A Columbus World War II and Vietnam War veteran is celebrating his 100th birthday with his friends and family, albeit slightly different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.