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  Culver’s, ALDI add to growing development in Phenix City, officials say

AL Gov. Ivey Announces Inauguration theme

Family of Lauren Burk hopeful death sentence will stay for convicted killer

2 arrested on AL prison contraband charges

Inmate attorneys say AL prisons are in contempt of court after under-staffing mental health

Local business aims to acquire vacant MasterBrand facility

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  Families seek answers year after sons' bodies found

Popular Ex-meteorologist arrested on charges of domestic violence and stalking

Man convicted of killing Auburn University student in 2008 returns to Lee Co. for hearing

Suspect wanted in Opelika for stealing purse from EAMC

Fans react to Central High’s championship win; plans for community celebration announced

Holiday toy drive underway in Auburn

  Salem man dies in car crash in Chambers County, AL

The accident happened around 7 a.m. on Chambers County Road 83 near Chambers County 89, approximately four miles south of Lafayette.

Groundbreaking celebration held for new Phenix City housing complex

The Phenix City housing authority announced the new construction of Whitewater Village, the first on-site revitalization phase of Riverview Court Apartments.

Central High School Red Devils win state championship

A high school football team from the Chattahoochee Valley is making their way to the highest stage.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office searching for missing Smiths Station woman

27-year-old Michelle Summer Woodworth was last seen on Dec. 1.

  Central High School head girls basketball coach honored for 500 wins

Phenix City cold case to be presented to grand jury after suspect admits to murder

Board of education names new superintendent of Eufaula City Schools

Eufaula murder suspect fighting extradition, police say

Valley, AL family of 19-year-old hit by 18-wheeler still seeking driver

Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery participating in Wreaths Across America

  Russell Co., Phenix City headed towards ‘possible solution’ in lawsuit over jurisdiction, county says

Millions of dollars is what Russell County claims is owed to them by Phenix City.

Valley police investigating overnight shooting on Greenberry Circle

The Valley Police Department is currently investigating an overnight shooting on Greenberry Circle.

New security doors installed at Russell County High as new safety measure

New security doors for additional safety were installed at Russell County High School.

Beauregard High School on lockdown following ‘unconfirmed report’ of firearm on campus

A Lee County high school has been placed on lockdown after officers received an “unconfirmed report” of a firearm on the campus.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office searching for suspect with animal cruelty warrant

Tezerrian Glaze, 21 of Notasulga, Alabama, has an active arrest warrant for second-degree cruelty to animals.

Loachapoka High School hosts college and career fair along with STEM Day

tudents got a taste of different avenues available after graduation.

  Parents weigh in after photo captures East AL school bus diagonally parking, blocking traffic during pick up

In a photo, you can see what appears to be a child nearby getting ready to cross the road to get on the bus.

‘I loved him like a son’ Phenix City murder suspect says he wrestled with 18-year-old before deadly shooting

Richard Long, 47, is accused of killing Jarvis Ford, 18, in an area known as “Tin Top City” in Phenix City.

UPDATE: Mid-November shooting on Hwy. 29 North in Opelika turns deadly, charges for suspect upgraded to murder

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting on Hwy. 29 North in Opelika on Nov. 16.

Meeting held in Chambers County to discuss consolidating high schools

Hundreds gathered in Chambers County, Alabama Monday night to discuss the possibility of consolidating Valley High School and Lafayette High School.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigating theft incident at home in Smiths Station

On Nov. 21, deputies responded to a home in the 100 block of Lee Road 416 in Smiths Station regarding a theft in progress.

UPDATE: Victim injured in single-vehicle accident on Lee Road 270 in Beulah, AL identified

The accident happened on Lee Road 270 in Beulah, Alabama.

Auburn Sports Legend Bo Jackson announces date for his 8th annual charity bike ride

More than 6,400 cyclists have joined Jackson over the past seven years, raising more than $1.54 million for AL disaster recovery and preparedness

2 injured in shooting at location of former nightclub in Lanett

The shooting happened at the location formerly known as Club 110 on 19th Street SW.

Opelika hosting annual Victorian Christmas celebration

With Thanksgiving in the rear-view mirror, Opelika is getting ready to turn back the clock to the Victorian era for their annual celebration.

AL veterans start 150 mile ruck march to spread message about suicide prevention

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs says suicide is an issue among veterans that doctors are trying to fix.

Condemned Opelika bridge reopens after being closed for more than a year

A bridge that was deemed unsafe more than a year ago has officially reopened for traffic.

Eufaula police searching for owner of drugs, promises to take their picture

The Eufaula Police Department has located a bag with drugs inside and now they need to locate its owner.

City of Phenix City shutting down landfill as it nears capacity

A Phenix City landfill is reaching its limit and is shutting down.

Suspect in viral mugshot photo booked in the Lee County, AL jail

The subject of a viral mugshot photo out of Escambia County, AL has made his way to the Chattahoochee Valley.

EMS respond to vehicle accident near 14th St. and Broad St. in Phenix City

The accident happened just over the 13th Street bridge at the corner of 14th Street and Broad Street.

Missing Columbus man dies from ‘self-inflicted gunshot,’ sheriff says

The body of a Columbus man reported missing in May was found in Russell County with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Russell County Sheriff.

  New information expected to be released in death investigation of missing Columbus man

The body of 50-year-old Samuel Hewitt, Jr. was located in Russell County.

Grand National Spa comes to Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Opelika

The Grand National Spa is set to open Tuesday.

Auburn man arrested on charges of breaking and entering a vehicle, theft

The Auburn Police Department has taken a man into custody and charged him with multiple felonies after he was found to have broken into a vehicle and stolen from it.

Lane to close along East University Ave. in Auburn for sewer repair

Work is expected to begin at 7 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. Traffic will be routed around the sewer work utilizing the center turn lane.

Mystery suspect could be charged in deadly Ft. Mitchell road rage shooting

There are shocking new details in a deadly road rage case out of Fort Mitchell Alabama.

Auburn police seeking public’s assistance locating missing man

Bruce Crandall Eckert Jr., 26, was last seen on Nov. 8.

Trial date set for Phenix City man accused of killing girlfriend’s teen son

A Phenix man accused of murder is heading to trial.

One person killed in single-vehicle highway crash in Loachapoka

News Leader 9 has received reports that one person has been killed in an early morning accident on Hwy. 14 in Lee Co. this morning.

Lee County EMA increasing public safety notifications

Lee County, Alabama is forming a task force to improve safety for their residents.

Eufaula Police Dept. warning of text, email scam

sages are regarding a BBVA ‘Compas’ account which is a misspelling of the banking company, BBVA Compass.

Downtown Opelika decks the halls for Christmas

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit before Thanksgiving? Downtown Opelika sure is.

Stanhope-Elmore trumpet player to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

A Stanhope-Elmore high school student is being recognized nationally for his musical skills.

Teen charged with murder in deadly Auburn shooting appears in court

17-year-old Jarvis Nichols is charged with the murder of 20-year-old Evan Wilson.

State leaders want to expand program giving high school students workplace experience

Right now there is only one youth apprenticeship program in Fort Payne. These programs will help Alabamians meet the demand for skilled workers in the state.

Lee Co: Suspect cries, prays during preliminary hearing for capital murder

A capital murder case out of East Alabama is moving forward with a newly accused suspect.

Police searching for Columbus and Opelika robbery suspect

According to police, an armed robbery happened May 27, 2018. The suspect also committed a robbery in Opelika, Alabama.

  Lee County DA launches campaign to tackle prescription pill abuse

The Lee County DA’s office is providing partnered pharmacies with a Drug Take-Back kiosk that will allow citizens the ability to safely and securely dispose of potentially dangerous expired and unwanted prescription drugs.

19-year-old arrested in connection with social media threats to Eufaula schools

Eufaula police have made an arrest in connection with social media threats made toward Eufaula schools.

Phenix City man killed after being accidentally struck by vehicle on J.R. Allen Pkwy.

A Phenix City man has been tragically killed after accidentally being struck by a vehicle in Columbus overnight.

Lafayette man throws hot sauce on store clerk during robbery, police say

A store clerk at a Valley, AL store had hot sauce thrown in her face while a man committed a robber

Chambers County Board of Education asking the public’s input on consolidating schools

The board of education in Chambers County is asking the public’s input on consolidating schools and resources in the county.

Proposal underway for roundabout at intersection of N.College St. and Farmville Rd. in Auburn

The intersection at North College Street and Farmville Road is being looked at for a possible roundabout.

Eufaula police investigating social media post posing potential threat toward schools

Eufaula police confirmed they are investigating a suspicious social media post posing a possible threat to local schools.

Lee Co. DA looking at ‘very lengthy sentence’ for Auburn man convicted of double murder

The Lee County district attorney says his office will be asking for a very lengthy sentence in the cast where two people died following a vehicle crash in Opelika.

Auburn University student, two recent grads named Rhodes Scholarship finalists

An Auburn University senior and two alumni who graduated in the spring have been named finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.

Annual Veterans Day dinner held in Smiths Station

The dinner was held at VFW Post 5228 and 30 veterans were treated with a Thanksgiving-like meal along with a certificate of appreciation.

Workout studio in Phenix City combats bullying with self-defense classes for kids

Body by Design in Phenix City is taking on the issue of bullying by teaching self-defense, mental toughness, and controlling anger.

UPDATE: Suspect in social media threats toward schools case waives extradition hearing

Levi Junior Calhoun. 27 of Georgetown, Georgia was arrested on a felony warrant for making a terrorist threat.

East AL high school seniors denied at polls after registering to vote through school initiative

Parents of high school seniors at an East AL high school say after a school initiative to register eligible seniors to vote in Tuesday’s election, their children were denied at the polls

Valley police searching for runaway 16-year-old

The Valley Police Department is searching for a runaway teenager.

ALEA to add digit to driver licenses due to growing population

The population of Alabama is growing and because of that, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is making changes to driver’s licenses across the state.

Lee Co. Sheriff’s Office searching for runaway teenager

She reportedly left her home on Oct. 28 and has not returned home.

Home Depot partners with Disabled American Veterans to transform Phenix City facility

More than 10 members of Team Depot completed the work including installation of a wheelchair ramp and deck, and kitchen and bathroom repairs and upgrades.

Official groundbreaking for new truck stop held in Smiths Station

Love’s truck stop will be located at the corner of Summerville Road and U.S. Highway 280/431.

Eufaula City Schools reopen Friday following social media threat

Eufaula City Schools will reopen Friday, Nov. 9, following a threat made on social media.

Man dressed in Halloween costume arrested for assault at EAMC

John David Wood, 19 from Auburn is charged with second degree assault.