AL boy with autism gets big birthday surprise

A child with Autism in Opelika received a big surprise for his seventh birthday.

  Couples gather for a ‘Second Chance at Prom’ in Columbus

Drone Racers and Bot Builders come to Columbus for ‘BotOberfest’

Church in Phenix City helps hurricane victims in Florida

Prepare your taste buds for a new southern restaurant opening in Columbus

Hundreds participate in LaGrange Fire Department Citizens Day

Wild Wing Cafe in Columbus gathers donations for Hurricane Michael victims

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  SPECIAL REPORT: Battling bullying in the Chattahoochee Valley

Get spooked at the Russell Co. Courthouse’s Halloween Costume Ball

Community members aiming to help law enforcement fight crime in Columbus

News Leader 9 on the Road: Oktoberfest comes to Fort Benning

Meteorologist Derek Kinkade delivers lunch to residents in Cuthbert

LaGrange electric crews assisting with power restoration in Blakely,GA following Hurricane Michael

  Muscogee County ACT scores second highest to date

The Muscogee County School District makes the second highest set of ACT scores for the district to this date.

GUEST SEGMENT: United Way 211 service helps Chattahoochee Valley following Hurricane Michael

United Way is helping Hurricane Michael victims is by activating the national texting platform.

Phenix City Police ensuring a safe Halloween

Here are a few safety tips to prepare for Halloween.

Local Walmart and Sam’s Club raises over $124K for Children’s Miracle Network at Piedmont Columbus Regional

Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, customers, and members in the Columbus and east Alabama area raised $124,055 for the Children’s Hospital.

Greater Columbus Fair dates announced

Community gearing up for On the Table discussion in Columbus

Fort Service Learning Magnet Academy holds “Fill the Pit” water donation for Hurricane Michael victims

Vice President Mike Pence lands in Albany

LaGrange takes in dogs from Albany following damage from Hurricane Michael

Diverse Power restores power for thousands of residents; 1K+ still without power

VIDEO: Community leaders are considering a consolidation of schools in Chambers County

Chambers County is considering a plan that will change the future of education for students.

Hundreds walk for a cure at the Junior Diabetes Walk in Columbus

Family and friends affected by Type One diabetes walked for a cure and treatments for those with the disease.

Two local churches prepare hot meals for Hurricane Michael victims

Two churches in different cities join to provide hot meals to those still without power after Hurricane Michael.

Columbus organization holds equal opportunity dinner to lower poverty rates in Columbus

This year’s event focused on bridging the gap to Economic Success, Equal Opportunity and Equal Access for all.

Annual Toys for Tots drive underway in Columbus

Anyone wanting to participate can register now until November 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food Bank of East Alabama to move into new building

The Food Bank of East Alabama will soon have a new place to call home.

Man dies following two-vehicle crash in Valley on 20th Ave.

Valley police are investigating a deadly accident on 20th Avenue near Johnson Curve.

Resources available for GA residents impacted by Hurricane Michael

There are many resources available for those impacted by Hurricane Michael in Georgia.

City of Columbus waives tree pick-up fees due to storm damage

As a result of storm damage from Michael, the city of Columbus is waiving the tree pick-up fee to residents.

Sumter Co. continues curfew after Michael due to power outages

Sumter County has issued a mandatory curfew from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Tree crashes into Columbus Museum causing damage due to Michael

Columbus Museum sustained minor damage in Michael aftermath.

Muscogee County schools will reopen Friday

MCSD to reopen Friday.

UPDATE: Hurricane Michael causes major sports schedule changes in the Valley

The passage of Hurricane Michael has caused a near-complete rescheduling of athletic contests involving Muscogee County public schools.

Last injured LaGrange firefighter released from hospital

Firefighter Josh Williams will be home on Tuesday after being injured in a Labor Day fire.

Hurricane Michael causes emergency centers to open in the Chattahoochee Valley

Shirley Winston Recreation Center in Columbus will open for shelter at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

LIST: School closings in the Chattahoochee Valley ahead of Hurricane Michael

Several school districts across the Chattahoochee Valley have decided to close down their schools ahead of Hurricane Michael’s impacts.

On The Table discussions in Columbus motivate woman to create nonprofit organization

Beatrice Casiano is creating a nonprofit called ‘Passion 4 Latinas.’

WTVM Celebrates 65 years

WTVM is proud to be the News Leader in West Georgia and East Alabama for the last 65 years.

Organization gears fall project towards literacy for Head Start students in Columbus

Women United volunteers handcrafted 94 sight word booklets for children ages three to five years old.

Eufuala Police Department’s K-9 Unit is asking for name suggestions for its newest members

The Eufaula Police Department is welcoming two members to the K-9 Unit and they are asking the public for name suggestions.

News Leader 9 raises $9K+ for Florence victims and you can still donate

More donations needed after American Red Cross telethon

JDRF will host walk to bring diabetes awareness in Columbus

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is raising awareness during Cure Diabetes Week in Columbus with two special events.

Georgia Power customers will see credit towards October bills

Georgia Power is issuing a credit towards customers’ October bill due to a drop in Georgia Power’s federal corporate tax rate.

Britt David Magnet Academy hosting Red Cross blood drive to aid in hurricane relief efforts

The blood drive is to help after 200 hundred drives along the east coast were called following Hurricane Florence.

News Leader 9 is hosting an all-day Red Cross Mediathon

News Leader 9 is hosting a disaster relief mediathon for Florence victims.

Annual Celebration of Hope luncheon raises awareness of breast cancer services in Columbus

Piedmont Columbus Regional host their annual breast cancer luncheon

LIST: Fall festivals around the Chattahoochee Valley

Take a look at our list below and find out where you can take your kiddos!

Family continues to search for missing Columbus mother

Family and friends continue the search for missing Columbus mother.

Auburn Public Safety Department kicks off their 2018 Auburn Toy Drive

The 2018 Auburn Toy Drive campaign is to remember those less fortunate and to help out the kids in the community.

National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center looking for volunteers

Organizers say the National Infantry Museum relies heavily on the volunteers help.

Congressman Drew Ferguson honors LaGrange Fire Department for their dedicated service

On Friday, September 28, Congressman Ferguson went to the house floor to honor the injured firefighters who battled a tough fire on September 6.

Entrepreneurs gather in Columbus for a business event

A local makeup artist hosted a business-oriented event called Kingdom Business for up and coming entrepreneurs.

Columbus community gathers for women with cancer

People across the city of Columbus are coming together for women with cancer.

SEGMENT: Urban League of Columbus gears up for annual Black Tie Gala

The Urban League of Greater Columbus is gearing up for its largest community fundraiser.

Russell County School District partners with Helping Families program to increase school attendance

Russell County School District partners with helping families program to help with attendance awareness

House of Heroes partners with Waffle House to make repairs to home of veteran’s spouse

A flag ceremony will be held Wednesday at noon in honor of 1st Class Sgt. Otis Spencer. Spencer served in the U.S. Army for 23 years.

Columbus restaurant donating proceeds to benefit autism programs

A restaurant in Columbus is giving the Chattahoochee Valley the opportunity to help raise funds for local Autism programs.

Goodwill to host career and resource fair with 50 top employers

GoodiwllSR to host job fair.

Columbus native keeping the Navy wing flying with his service

A 2007 Kendrick High School graduate and Columbus, GA native is keeping the Navy’s wing flying with his service.

Talbot County offering for free HIV testing

Talbot County offering free HIV testing for their community awareness know your status campaign.

Kia Motors Manufacturing GA donates vehicles to LaGrange Fire Department

LaGrange Fire Department gets a helping hand from Kia Motors Manufacturing.

Local government closures during Columbus Day

Notice of local government holiday closures for Columbus Day.

Columbus mayor talks future of the city at final Let’s Talk with the Mayor forum

The final Let's Talk with the Mayor forum was held in Columbus on Thursday.

Actress Robin Givens brings awareness to domestic violence at Hope Harbour luncheon

Hope for Harbour host its 10th annual luncheon to bring awareness to domestic violence.

United Way partners with Publix to donate schools supplies to children in need in Columbus

Local Publix stores participated in the campaign and all school supplies for the stores were distributed to United Way partner agencies.

Columbus Police Department recruiting new officers

The Columbus Police Department is recruiting dedicated men and women to protect and serve.

Robin Givens to keynote Hope Harbour’s 10th annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon

Hope Habour's 10th annual Celebration of Hope Luncheon will feature Robin Givens as the keynote speaker.

GMA anchor Robin Roberts to mentor Shaw High School student

Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts will mentor a Shaw High School student.

LIST: A few delicious deals to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day

Here is a list of deals to help you observe National Cheeseburger Day.

Multi-employer job fair to be held at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center

Several employers are taking part in a large job fair at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in October.

New VA clinic to open in old Blue Cross Blue Shield building in Columbus

The Old Blue Cross Blue Shield building on 2357 Warm Springs Road in Columbus is now set to be transformed, with a renewed and special purpose.

Third LaGrange firefighter injured in Labor Day house fire released from burn center

A third firefighter severely injured in a house fire on Labor Day has been released from the hospital.

JCPenny and Columbus State University partners to help students jump-start their careers

A local store in Peachtree Mall partnered with Columbus State University for a Suit Up event to help prepare students for their future career.

Boys and Girls Club of Chattahoochee Valley holds their 39th annual Upatoi Polo Cup

A decade's long tradition continues in Upatoi, as families and horse lovers celebrate the latest Polo Cup raising money for the local Boys and Girls Club.

Columbus Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta brings awareness to local youth about sex trafficking in GA

A workshop was held today in Columbus for local youth to learn about sex trafficking. This growing problem has prompted Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy of the Columbus Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to host a Sex Trafficking Workshop for local youth.

A local organization held a 'Walk-A-Thon' to raise awareness of Sickle Cell disease

The month of September is Sickle Cell Awareness which is to help focus attention on the need for research and treatment of the disease. The Association of Sickle Cell Lower Chattahoochee Region held a walk-a-thon as a fundraiser...

Making reading fun, the 6th annual Columbus Children's Book Festival returns

A family event is coming to the Columbus Public Library to help kids get excited about reading. The 6th annual Columbus Children's Book Festival will take place at the Columbus Public Library

Uptown Friday Night Concert Series returns to Columbus for the fall

The Uptown Friday Night Concert Series is back in Columbus for the fall.