Samantha Serbin, WTVM News Leader 9

Samantha Serbin

WTVM News Leader 9

Columbus, GA, United States

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Past articles by Samantha:

First suspect in murder of Columbus teen Destiny Nelson waives court appearance

Destiny Nelson’s family sat in court today for the first of many hearings bringing them an inch closer to justice. → Read More

Coast Guard rescues four people off the coast of Alaska

Crewmembers saved four people after their 15 foot boat capsized off the coast of Alaska. → Read More

Families lose everything in apartment fire two days before Christmas

The fire department estimates $1.65 million of structural damage plus everything the residents owned. → Read More

South Columbus tax allocation district in the works to attract new businesses and restaurants

The city of Columbus is pouring millions of dollars into redeveloping the south side. → Read More

Missing Woody doll made Home Depot ‘employee’ before reunion with owner

In Pixar’s Toy Story franchise, Sheriff Woody is known to get separated from his owner, so when an employee at the Plaistow Home Depot found the doll in the parking lot, coworkers put the word out on social media and had some fun along the way. → Read More

Chattahoochee Valley residents express mixed opinions about COVID-19 vaccine

Public confidence is growing in the COVID-19 vaccines, but opinions here in Columbus are mixed. → Read More

Columbus seeing increase in COVID-19 cases during the holiday season

“We had the highest number of positive cases reported yesterday probably since July,” Mayor Skip Henderson said. → Read More

DA explains reckless murder charge in the death of 5-year-old Russell Co. boy

The district attorney is explaining what’s next for the person facing a murder charge. → Read More

BBB warns of package delivery scams ahead of holiday season

With many gifts on the way to your home from Cyber Monday, be careful as scammers are ready to take advantage. → Read More

Starbucks giving free coffee to frontline health care workers, first responders during December

To show appreciation to frontline workers, the coffee chain is offering a free tall brewed or iced coffee through the end of the year. → Read More

Rash of violence in Columbus leaves two dead over the weekend

This month alone, Columbus saw six homicides. → Read More

Third murder within 24 hours in Sumter County leaves one dead

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is on scene. → Read More

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. → Read More

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. → Read More

Columbus native runs for seat on Georgia Public Service Commission

Daniel Blackman is on the ballot to represent Georgia on its' Public Service Commission. → Read More

Chattahoochee Valley residents react to presidential race while Georgia continues to count ballots

Georgia is one of the states that still has not announced who their electoral votes are going toward. → Read More

Politicians and party leaders await answers on presidential election

All eyes on Georgia as the election comes down to the wire. → Read More

Two Georgians face off for House of Representatives 3rd congressional district seat

People in the third district are choosing between incumbent Drew Ferguson and newcomer Val Almonord. → Read More

Columbus Police Department looking to fill shortage as chief prepares to retire

After 50 years, the chief is retiring at the end of this week, but that does not mean he’s stopped recruiting. → Read More

Muscogee Co. sheriff candidates suggest focusing more into mental health after jail suicide

A suicide in the Muscogee County Jail overnight marks the sixth death inside the facility this year. → Read More