Clearview BBQ in Columbus reopens after small fire

Clearview BBQ on River Road opened its doors Tuesday after the fire forced it to close earlier this month.

Waitr announces expansion to LaGrange, Ga.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Annual Southern Lovin’ Junkin’ Show coming to the Columbus Convention & Trade Center

  CPD hosting active shooter seminar on church safety

  Catholic Church aims to plant community garden to end hunger and violence in South Columbus

  St. James CME Church in Columbus hosts ‘Heal our Land’ community vigil and rally

  Phenix City woman gets surprise from House of Heroes

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  Harris County Health Department offering free HIV testing

  23 blighted properties demolished as part of ‘Clean Up Columbus’ campaign

  Rose’s discount store coming to Opelika

Host registration open for ‘On the Table’ community forums in Columbus

  Harris Co. dentist providing free work for first responders, veterans on 9/11

  New Italian restaurant to open in Manchester Expressway in Columbus

  Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission kicks off shoe recycling campaign at Rigdon Road Elementary

The campaign allows Keep Columbus Beautiful to send shoes the to third world developing countries for those in need.

  Goodwill celebrates grand opening of outlet store in Columbus

The store differs from a traditional Goodwill store because items are sold by the pound instead of being individually priced.

  Columbus Labor Day closures to be aware of as holiday weekend approaches

Labor Day is a federal holiday, which means several city services will not be available across the Fountain City.

Goodwill to host multi-employer job fair in Opelika

Hundreds of positions will be available from some of the top employers in the region.

  New restaurant, Bodega 1205, to open in Downtown Columbus

  Columbus City Council approves $750,000 in grants to local agencies for crime prevention

Callaway Gardens announces return of Hot Air Balloon Festival

  Chamber of Commerce says new developments are coming to Columbus area

  WOKS radio station in Columbus offers free lunch in celebration of 60 years of service

  New Popeyes chicken sandwich creates frenzy at locations across Columbus

  Columbus Hospice in need of more volunteers

Columbus Hospice aims to give quality of life for terminally ill patients. They currently have about 150 volunteers, but staff says they always need more.

Columbus drivers concerned of limited visibilty at intersection of Wooldridge Rd. and Veterans Pkwy.

Some drivers in Columbus are voicing their concerns on what they call a potentially dangerous intersection.

  Columbus Police Department looking to fill 100 positions with major hiring fair

If you have ever considered picking up a badge, now could be the moment you have been waiting for.

You Can Help Clear The Shelters 2019!

This year's nationwide Clear the Shelters adoption event will be held August 17. People across South Georgia will be able to adopt pets with little or no fees.

  Georgia Legal Services Program hosts forum on the eviction process in Columbus

Officials from the Department of Inspections and Code, the Columbus Police, Municipal Court, Sheriff’s Office, and more came together at the Columbus Public Library to share presentations with the public about a new law.

Game show star working on movie filming locally

“Wheel of Fortune” star Vanna White is working on a movie being filmed in Columbus. White is the executive director of “Electric Jesus”.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Organizations partner to host breastfeeding forum in Columbus

Two organizations in Columbus have teamed up for an event to highlight the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.

  Ludy Christmas Light Spectacular under construction months ahead of 2019 holiday season

When you have more than 200,000 Christmas lights to put up in your yard, it takes a pretty good chunk of time.

  House of Mercy in Columbus hosting back-to-school kids uniform drive

The uniform drive began Wednesday, August 7 and will end Friday, August 10 at 7 p.m. The House of Mercy said it currently has 22 children who need clothing.

Columbus Police Department hosting public safety hiring event at Goodwill Community Campus

The police department is hoping to fill nearly 100 positions within the community from police officers to 911 operators.

  Columbus law enforcement, city leaders make stops around town for National Night Out

If you saw a lot of police, firefighters, and local law enforcement in your neighborhood Tuesday night, you have nothing to worry about.

  Celebration of life held for man on Broadway in Columbus

Loved ones and community members came together on Broadway to remember the life of Jerry Mercer. Mercer often frequented the Downtown area.

  Davis Broadcasting in Columbus hosts 20th annual Tools 4 School Supply Giveaway

The event took place at the Columbus Public Library. Parents and students were lined up ready to get what they need for the new school year.

  Wynnbook Baptist Church in Columbus celebrates Foster Family Appreciation Day

Wynnbrook Baptist Church provided a day of food, games, and pony rides for foster kids in the Chattahoochee Valley.

  Annual back to school jam held in Talbot County for parents and students

Students received backpacks filled with school supplies and community-based information. There was also food and vendors.

  Phenix City Schools open new transportation department

The department consists of over 60 drivers, as well as many other certified license holders.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Valley Healthcare to host Community Health Week

Valley Healthcare says they are hosting the week long observance as a way to serve the community and help keep people happy and healthy.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Davis Broadcasting in Columbus hosting Tools 4 School Supply Giveaway

Davis Broadcasting’s Tools 4 School Supply Giveaway will take place Friday, August 2 at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

  United Way donates more than 7,500 backpacks full of supplies to local students

On Thursday, the organization celebrated the end of their summer-long school supply drive, Stuff The Bus, by delivering backpacks to local schools.

  Rivercenter welcomes 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT this weekend

The tony-winning show ran for 12 years, making it one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history.

Columbus Ice Rink set to re-open after summer maintenance

Public skating hours will resume at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4.

  Big House Foundation in Opelika hosts back to school bash for foster and adoptive families

The drop-in event provided more than 250 children with school supplies and backpacks.

  Events to be held across Columbus benefiting Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Chattahoochee Valley residents are invited to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s disease at several events being held across Columbus this summer.

School start dates for the Chattahoochee Valley

Heads up parents! Summer is nearly over and that means a new school year is right around the corner too. Check below to see when your child is scheduled to be back in the classroom.

  Columbus City Council to vote on first step to bring electric scooters to Uptown

City leaders are raising the question of if electric scooters should be used in Uptown Columbus.

  Job Fair for individuals with criminal records held in Columbus

The event is supported by the Mayor’s Commission on Reentry which aims to support local residents who are in the process of exiting incarceration facilities

Columbus Restaurant Week raises 4K for ‘Giving Kitchen’ Charity

More than 20 local restaurants participated this year, offering a delicious variety of appetizers, entrees, and desserts.

Columbus Public Library shifts hours after air conditioning issues

The temporary shift in hours will only apply to the main location on Macon Road.

  Columbus church hopes to stop bullying in local schools with shoe giveaway

On Saturday, the church gave away more than 100 pairs of new shoes to students in the Tri-city area.

  Columbus church hopes to connect community by providing meals to those in need

Church members say it is important that people in the community are fed both physically and spiritually.

  Local organization helps kids prepare for upcoming school year

The organizations provided free school supplies and haircuts to local youngsters as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

  NAACP hosts 32nd annual Freedom Fund Banquet in Phenix City

“We Can’t Rest Now. The Stakes are too High!” was the theme of this year’s banquet which took place at Central High School.

  Longtime LGBTQ liaison to Columbus Mayor’s Office steps down from role

Jeremy Hobbs said after almost six years of representing the community, it’s time for someone with different opinions and experiences to assist Mayor Skip Henderson.

  Talbot Co. Back to School Jam helping families prepare for school after Mar. 3 tornadoes

The Talbot County Family Connection is aiming to help those families and more by throwing an extra special version of their annual Back to School Jam.

Opelika to hold public forum addressing violence in the community

Organizers say they hope the event will provide a safe environment for citizens to engage with each other in order to solve community issues.

  45th annual Summerfest Cultural Festival returns to Columbus

Leaders say they started the event to help promote positive family life and give back to the community.

  Alabama postpones concert in Columbus due to lead singer’s health issues

Organizers say Randy Owen was advised by doctors to not perform this weekend as he continues treatment for vertigo and migraines.

  Demolition to begin across Columbus for several properties to be torn down

On July 31, residents will see the first mobile home trailer parks and houses being demolished across Columbus.

  Old Americus service station to be renovated

Mayor Barry Blount said it’s the old Randy Jones Service Station that sits on the corner of Cotton Avenue and Forsyth Street.

  Alabama Shakespeare Festival reveals 2019-2020 season lineup

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) announced the lineup of productions for its 48th season.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Cusseta-Chattahoochee Family Connection hosting back to school bash

The Cusseta-Chattahoochee Family Connection's back to school bash event takes place Saturday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roscoe Robinson Recreation Center.

  Grease Monkey donates to Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell; takes girls ziplining

Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix-Russell received a $2,000 from Grease Monkey and the auto repair shop also took a group of 36 girls ziplining at Whitewater Express on Wednesday.

  Opelika hosting first ever craft beer festival

Downtown Opelika will be getting a taste of some of the finest local and national craft beers this weekend with their first ever craft beer festival.

  Mando America hosting on-site job fair in Hogansville

Mando America Corporation’s on-site job fair will be held Thursday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1136 Meriwether Park Drive.

Back to School events in the Chattahoochee Valley

Students across the Chattahoochee Valley are gearing up for another year of school.

  Residents voice concerns of Ardahlia Mack Community Center closing in Columbus

The community center’s property is owned by the Muscogee County School District and Parks and Recreation runs the operations.

  Bodega restaurant and grocery store to open in Uptown Columbus

Electric City Life posted on Facebook that Bodega will be located at 1205 12th Street in Uptown Columbus.

  Columbus organization hopes for lower crime rates by connecting residents and local law enforcement

Leaders say the event was all about opening up conversations between local authorities and the community in order to help reduce unsolved crime rates in our area.

  MCSD Board member awards scholarships to local teens

The scholarship was created by Muscogee County School District Board member, Kia Chambers, in conjunction with her husband, Travis Chambers.

  Record-breaking crowds expected for Alabama’s tax-free weekend

The 14th annual Alabama back-to-school sales tax holiday is this weekend from July 19-21.

  Local man sets out on 5K mile motorcycle ride to raise money for cancer patients

Stephen Wilson, a Cataula native, will ride more than 5,000 miles in hopes of raising thousands for local cancer patients.

  Downtown Americus named Main Street of the Month

The City of Americus’ downtown is featured this month by the Georgia Main Street Program.

County Road 12: Lake Martin artist retreat

It’s a place where you can just get away, relax, learn, and focus on your craft.

  Columbus restaurants to offer specialty menus during Restaurant Week

Local chefs are cooking up different foods for their specialty menus only available during the 2019 Columbus Restaurant Week presented by U.S. Foods Monday, July 22 through Sunday, July 28.

  Liberty Theatre needs community support to preserve legacy in Columbus

Leaders say the new campaign will help raise funds needed to give the Liberty a jump start on facility repairs and other matters.

  Opelika welcomes new Jamaican restaurant

Owners say the spot is one of a kind, being the first and only place in town to grab some authentic Jamaican grub.

  Smiths Station HS Band needs community support to purchase new instruments

Today, the band kicked off their new week-long community fundraising program, SNAPRAISE.

  Columbus teens gear up for International Slam Poetry Festival in Las Vegas

On Wednesday, the five teens will be flying out to the Brave New Voices Festival in Las Vegas hoping to share their art with people from across the country.