1. Former Central High standout turns to Jesus after giving up baseball career for drugs: Blake Russell once had major league baseball scouts watching him throw bullpen sessions. Instead, he chose marijuana, cocaine and crystal meth. But after a handful of years in prison, he found Jesus when he least expected it. Now, four months after getting out of prison, he's very involved in his church, The Fort.
2. Russell County deputy faces drug charges: Two months after being hired as a Russell County sheriff's deputy, Brandon Williams was charged with trafficking after drugs were seized at his Greystone Riverchase Apartment. Williams, 24, is charged with trafficking a controlled substance (spice) and possession of steroids, also a controlled substance.
3. Hardaway High senior Anna Davenport was awarded the Smith Scholarship: Anna Laura Davenport, who works three part-time jobs while dually enrolled at Columbus State University, was presented the James Henry Smith and Gladys Manning Smith Scholarship, awarded by the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley. Davenport was surprised by the honor as she was working at Publix.
4. Eric Tunnell Anderson, 23, was found dead Tuesday in his Russell County trailer: Significant items are missing from the Seale, Ala., mobile home where 23-year-old Eric Tunnell Anderson was found slain Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. The unidentified items could have been taken during some type of home invasion at 150 Avalon Circle, but investigators are checking all leads.
5. Poll says many Columbus residents feel unsafe in the area: Nearly 46 percent of Columbus-area residents feel unsafe walking alone at night, according to a new Gallup poll. The poll, conducted between Jan. 2-Dec. 29, 2012 and Jan. 2-Dec. 30, 2013, was part of Gallup's Well-Being Index. Columbus ranked fifth in the 10-city list, with Texas' McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area topping the list.
In Chuck Williams' weekly column he wrote about one hell of a fight that's going down about 40 miles south. The Alabama Department of Transportation began a survey last week that is the first step in widening North Eufaula Avenue -- better known as U.S. 431. Read more of his column on our website, ledger-enquirer.com