City closures in the Chattahoochee Valley ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 20, several cities are closing down some of their services.

Columbus church hosts teen summit to help youth with challenges in society

911 texting now available in Auburn

  Chick-fil-A restaurants in Columbus and Phenix City host Daddy-Daughter Date Night

  Warming stations opening in Columbus due to expected below-freezing temperatures

City of Columbus announces MLK Jr. Day closures

Mayor announces interim chief of Columbus Fire and EMS

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  ‘Black Men Speak’ event addresses issues facing the Columbus community

  Construction company lands $9.2M deal to add new housing complex in North Columbus

Two LaGrange City Council members sworn into office

Sweetland Amphitheatre in LaGrange announces beginning of 2020 concert lineup

  City of Columbus preparing for severe weather

  GUEST SEGMENT: WTVM hosting 2020 Blood Drive Telethon

Mayor gives Phenix City’s State of the City Address

People in the community had the opportunity to hear about the city’s finances, the status of current city projects, and learn about some new things being brought to the area.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Junior League of Columbus hosting 6th annual Character Breakfast

The breakfast will feature children’s favorite TV and movie characters, face painting, and interactive activities, in addition to a breakfast buffet.

  Columbus community reacts to relations between United States and Iran

The United States-Iran conflict is a major concern across the nation and locally.

  Goodwill hosting multi-employer job fair in Opelika, hundreds of jobs available

Hundreds of jobs are up for grabs for job-seekers in Opelika and the surrounding area.

  Cusseta, Ga. burger joint known for famed Ranger Burger reopens

  Fort Benning conducting heavy weapons training throughout January

What you should know about the 2020 Census

  Chattahoochee Valley organizations hope to help homeless veteran in Columbus

  Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Program raises $130K in the Chattahoochee Valley

  Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular in Columbus brings Christmas cheer

  Damascus Way in Columbus needs volunteers delivering Christmas meals to homebound residents

Anyone who’s interested in volunteering is asked to go to Damascus Way located at 1200 11th Avenue.

LIST: Columbus restaurants open on Christmas Day

While your options may be limited, there are restaurants ready to serve you and your family.

  Columbus city closures for Christmas and New Year holidays

With the holidays fast approaching, city services will be closing for a few days to observe the holiday.

  Point Blank Period: Feminine hygiene products collected to help women in need in Columbus community

Point Blank Period was started by Northside High School student, Charity Hardnett, to help alleviate period poverty for females who cannot afford feminine hygiene products.

  Homeless veteran in Columbus shares challenges he faces during the holidays

A homeless veteran in Columbus spoke about some of the challenges he faces during the holidays, including not being able to get the insulin he needs for diabetes.

  JB’s Dollar Scoop restaurant in Columbus serves free meals to the community

The restaurant had cars flooding its parking lot Friday hours before it opened as free food was served for the day.

  Children in Phenix City receive holiday gifts at ‘Christmas at the Courthouse’

Children age 12 and under received a special gift from Russell County Commissioner Ronnie Reed at Christmas at the Courthouse.

Safe Kids Columbus hosts annual bike helmet giveaway for children in the community

Organizers said many children will receive bikes for Christmas, so it’s important to have a helmet to go along with it.

  Ludy Christmas Light Spectacular in Columbus will not return in 2020

Jerry Ludy, the man behind the lights, posted on Facebook Wednesday that the display will not appear in 2020.

  Columbus Fire & EMS gives back to the community with children’s bike giveaway

Fire and EMS from Station 1 delivered dozens of bicycles to the Open Door Community House in hopes of giving a child a gift they may not otherwise see during the holidays.

MCSD celebrates fundraising for family in Africa

The assembly will take place Friday, Dec. 20 at 8:30 a.m. at Allen Elementary in Columbus, Ga.

  Protestors rally in Columbus in support of President Trump impeachment

Around 50 people were seen demonstrating on Citizens Way in Columbus Tuesday evening.

  Columbus businesswoman, Miracle Riders surprise kids at Piedmont Columbus Regional with holiday gifts

Businesswoman and former owner of the Columbus Cottonmouths, Wanda Amos and the Miracle Riders visited the hospital for their annual toy giveaway.

  Mayor presents Kiwanis Club of Columbus proclamation for 100 years of service

The organization is dedicated to serving children in the Columbus area and around the world.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Northside High student hosting event to help the underprivileged during cold months

Josiah Robinson launched the Keep Columbus Warm initiative to assist the underprivileged in the community and to provide warm attire during the winter season in the tri-city area.

  1K turkeys given out at New Birth Outreach Church’s annual giveaway in Columbus

The church gave out over 1,000 turkeys to people in the community. They also gave out bunches of collard greens and sweet potatoes.

Troup County collects over 150 donations for Toys for Tots

A successful toy drive was conducted for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. Over 150 donations were made.

City of Lagrange releases holiday garbage/recycling changes

The city of LaGrange will be closed for business Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday Dec. 25 for holiday hours.

  Signs return to Smiths Station to spread positivity during the holiday season

Mayor Bubba Copeland released the news on Facebook that the positive signs will be returning once again.

  Father figures read to students at Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy for ‘Super Dad Day’

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson and the city manager were among the men who read to the students.

  Columbus community reacts to former mayor’s controversial tweet on her Senate run

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson received criticism after using a doctored campaign headline that appeared to be from the Huffington Post.

  Outdoor classrooms opens at Auburn Public Library

The new space means the library can expand programs and activities outside the door of the building and into nature.

CSU and law enforcement join together to deliver gifts to children in Columbus Regional Hospital

Columbus State University will partner with other community law enforcement on Tuesday, Dec. 17. They are preparing to deliver gifts to children hospitalized at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Reach 4 Your Dreamz hosts 11th annual Toy-Give-Away and Christmas Event

Reach 4 Your Dreamz Inc. partnered with 98.3 The Beat to host their 11th Annual Toy-Give-Away and Christmas Dinner Event.

  TYCT and Wishing Well Foundation celebrated another year at their Annual Bike Giveaway

A total of 268 bikes were given away to kids ages 3 to 13 at annual bike giveaway.

Free Winter Wonderland event is being held today in Columbus

Amerigroup Community Care and Columbus Botanical Garden are partnering together and presenting a family friendly Winter Wonderland in Columbus.

  Children in Pheinx City enjoy visit from St. Nicholas at Church Roberts Activity Center

The community center along with two Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations put on the event to share who St. Nicholas was and where he came from.

  Tips to stay safe on social media and online this holiday season

You should be cautious when posting on social media during the holidays since you don’t always know who’s watching your page.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Davis Broadcasting of Columbus hosting 34th annual Children’s Christmas Party

The Columbus Civic Center will be filled with Christmas cheer Saturday for Davis Broadcasting, Inc.’s 34th annual Children’s Christmas Party.

  Several programs in Columbus assisting families in need for the holidays

Columbus programs giving back for the holidays

  Organization hosting 8th annual children’s bike giveaway in Columbus

Today’s Youth in a Challenging Tomorrow (TYCT) teamed up with the Wishing Well Foundation for its eighth bike giveaway.

  Victory Over Violence: Possible solutions to gun violence in the Chattahoochee Valley

Solutions start in the home according to this group. They know the pain first-hand and plan to shout from the mountain tops... until as they said... the madness stops.

  Ribbon cutting held for completion of Wynnton Rd. Streetscape Project in Columbus

The project cost more than $1 million to transform a half-mile section from Cedar to Hilton avenues.

  Annual Cops, Kids, and Christmas event held in Columbus

Columbus police took families to pick up items that children had on their Christmas list on Thursday.

  Five Points neighborhood renovation plan underway in Phenix City

Phenix City hopes renovate Frederick Douglas Apartments and Five Point Neighborhoods.

  NeighborWorks planning to bring affordable housing to South Columbus for nearly 100 families

Their goal is to build 33 single-family homes and 67 townhomes on property off Victory Drive and Leslie Drive.

  Victory Over Violence: Families of murder victims in Columbus plead for violence to end

With two murders just this week, the group is calling for action.

  West Central Georgia Regional Hospital celebrates 60th Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade with patients

Each year, local mayors rally the community around the hospital to give gifts for those staying at the hospital during the holiday time.

  CPD gives out nearly 80 gift cards during pedestrian patrol

Police held a road check on South Lumpkin Road and another check in North Columbus.

  Columbus film enthusiasts collaborating for upcoming local productions

Film enthusiasts are collaborating for upcoming local productions

  Officials meet to consider opening a casino resort in Columbus

Currently, gaming is illegal in Georgia. A decision for a casino can't be made unless gambling is first legalized in the state.

  Auburn police launch ‘Lock It or Lose It’ campaign to reduce vehicle thefts

It’s called the Lock It or Lose It.

  Citizens Service Center to be renamed in honor of former Columbus city councilor, Red McDaniel

Red McDaniel died five years ago while still in office. He served from 1982 to 2014.

  Little free food pantries placed in Columbus and Phenix City communities

Little Free Pantries pop up around Columbus and Phenix City to help those in need.

  5th annual first responders appreciation luncheon held at St. Luke Ministry Center in Columbus

St. Luke United Methodist Church and Back Columbus Blue hosted their fifth annual first responder appreciation luncheon.

  Safe Kids Columbus is giving away bike helmets this holiday

Safe Kids Columbus is helping parents this holiday by assisting them keep their kids safe while riding their bikes.

  Columbus Community Orchestra adds rock band to annual Christmas musical

The Columbus Community Orchestra's artistic director said he wanted to bring something new and different to Columbus.

  Allen Elementary School in Columbus collecting hats, gloves, scarves for cancer patients

Allen Elementary School is collecting new hats, gloves, scarves, and much more for the John B. Amos Cancer Center at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital.

  CPD partners with Academy Sports + Outdoors for gift card giveaway

The two organizations are recognizing members in the community by awarding citizens a $50 gift card.

  Muscogee County District School awarded grant for College and Career Academy

The Muscogee County School just announced the approval of a $3 million grant that was awarded by Board of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Women in Columbus find ways to protect themselves from predators

Recent reports of missing women in the U.S. are leaving some people in the Columbus community concerned.

  “It struck me in my heart real bad:” Families of Columbus murder victims remember their loved ones during the holidays

“The feeling like you lost a brother or a sibling,” Josiah Weaver said, “it like struck me in my heart real bad.”

St. John Pitts CME Church in Waverly Hall raises funds for families in need

The Children Enrichment Program, sponsored by St. John Pitts CME Church, is in its 14th year and raises money for families in Harris and Talbot counties.

  GUEST SEGMENT: 16-year-old selected as grand marshal of Bi-City Christmas Parade

Mason Hargrove shares how he feels about the opportunity to be grand marshal.

  Aflac in Columbus hosts annual tower lighting event to celebrate the holiday season

The Aflac tower in Columbus is officially lit for the holidays. A big celebration was held Thursday evening filled with activities and fun to kick off the holiday season.

Columbus Inspections and Code introduces program to fight blight throughout the city

Columbus Inspections and Code is working to index all of the vacant properties and structures throughout the city.

St. Francis Hospital in Columbus spreads holiday cheer with annual tree lighting ceremony

This year marks the 25th year the tree has been put up for the holiday season.

Uptown Tree Trail in Columbus presents decorating for a cause

A trail of Christmas trees is set up on Broadway in Columbus waiting to be decorated.