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.

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

  Columbus business damaged after being hit by 18-wheeler

  Oaks at Grove Park assisted living facility celebrates grand opening in Columbus

  New community center to offer free resources in hopes to combat crime

  Goodwill to host multi-employer job fair in Opelika

Chick-fil-A hosts benefit for local children in foster care

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  Columbus City Council talks new projects and government center updates

  Lee County United Way kicks off Stuff the Bus campaign

  Back the Badge Lee County hosting benefit and shopping expo to support law enforcement officers

  Springer Opera House in Columbus prepares for annual teacharet fundraiser

  GDOT discussed to road projects along US-27 and Veterans Pkwy. with the public

  St. Francis teaching community to cook to prevent cancer

  Oxbow Meadows offering family friendly programs all summer

From alligator feedings to slime labs, Oxbow meadows is offering all sorts of exciting and educational programs this summer.

Unique art exhibit opens at Jan Dempsey Center in Auburn

The upcoming exhibit “Woodlands” will feature a number of natural pieces based around fiber art, or art whose material consists of natural or synthetic materials.

  Kid’s Summer Vendor Fair returns to Uptown Columbus

On Saturday, some of the community’s youngest entrepreneurs gathered Uptown to sell their merchandise.

  County cuts grass to make intersection safe in Harris County

Residents said tall grass blocked drivers’ view at the intersection of Manchester Expressway and Central Church Road.

4th of July Celebration at the Phenix City Amphitheater brings fun, food, and fireworks

  Wanda Lamb, aka the Bang Bang Lady, rings in Fourth of July with News Leader 9

  LaGrange hosts 35th annual Sweet Land of Liberty Parade

LIST: Fun and fireworks in the Chattahoochee Valley

  Columbus church collecting supplies for its back to school drive

  Columbus artist honored with billboard after Juneteenth Google doodle goes viral

  Garbage pickup times change, offices close in Opelika for Independence Day

Next week, people around the country will celebrate the birth of our nation as Independence Day rolls around.

  Stars of Lifetime’s “Bring It!” bring dance battle tour to Columbus

The stars of Lifetime’s hit show “Bring It!” are making a stop on their dance battle tour in the Fountain City.

  40th annual Purple and Gold Golf Tournament takes on long-time organizer’s name

The 40th annual Purple and Gold Golf Tournament is taking on the name of one of its long-time organizers, Robert Anderson.

  City closures in Columbus for 4th of July holiday

As we celebrate the independence of our nation, several city services will be closed, allowing employees to spend time with their families.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Beauty Honors Awards in Columbus to celebrate accomplished beauty professionals

The Beauty Honors Awards Show takes place Sunday, June 30 at the Columbus Museum. The event recognizes hair stylists, barbers, and other accomplished professionals in the beauty industry.

  Fort Benning’s annual Independence Day Celebration happening this weekend

Fort Benning likes to get the Independence Day celebrations started early, celebrating the holiday before the rest of the nation and this year is no different.

  Dedication ceremony held for opening of new park in Uptown Columbus

W.C. Bradley Real Estate hosted the ceremony for the new Mathews D. Swift Park at the Rapids Riverfront Place.

  Members of Emerging Leaders United work on service projects in the Chattahoochee Valley

The members worked on projects at SafeHouse Ministries, Columbus Hospice of Georgia & Alabama, and the Phenix City Housing Authority’s community gardens.

  Artist needed to paint mural in Midtown Columbus

MidTown Inc. is seeking proposals from artists to paint a mural on the 13th Street corridor.

  Columbus native receives high recognition for creating Google doodle in honor of Juneteenth

In an exclusive interview, Davian Chester said he noticed the search engine did not have a doodle to honor the holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865, so he decided to help out.

National Infantry Museum announces Freedom Fest festivities

The National Infantry Museum’s seventh annual Independence Day celebration will be held on Thursday, July 4.

  Mayor hosts second Let’s Talk Columbus forum

The event gives community members a chance to share their thoughts with Mayor Skip Henderson, whether it’s a compliment, critique, or plan for a project around town.

  GUEST SEGMENT: 6th annual United Way Stuff the Bus campaign

The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley’s sixth annual Stuff the Bus campaign is underway.

  Watch ‘Toy Story 4’ for free with Amerigroup

"Toy Story 4″ hits theaters today and you and your family have a chance to see it for free.

Disabled Veterans Day to be observed June 30th in Columbus

Disabled Veterans Day will be observed on June 30. Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson issued a proclamation on Wednesday.

  Urban League of Greater Columbus summer jobs program equipping youth for the workforce

The program helps participants gain real-life work experience. Students are placed in local businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to gain valuable work experience during summer break.

  Catch the Columbus River Dragons in action starting in November

Several years after losing the Columbus Cottonmouths, professional hockey is making a return with the Columbus River Dragons.

  New Simple Greek restaurant opens in Midland

The restaurant is located on Kitten Lake Drive and is the second location in the area.

  Phenix City Mayor’s Ball raises 160K for local students

Leaders say they aim to make sure that high school seniors in the community can always have an opportunity to further their education and become successful.

  Davis Broadcasting hosts 33rd Annual Family Day Music Festival

Performers included Tiny Harris and Tameka Scott from the R&B group XSCAPE, Josh X, and lots of other great local artists.

  Community Youth Day held in honor of Columbus man killed on basketball court in 2016

Saturday’s event included family fun and games as well as a basketball tournament as a tribute to DJ’s passion for the sport.

  Feeding the Valley, Community Warriors give away 1K boxes of food to those in need

Twice a month the organizations partner together in order to make sure no one in our community goes hungry.

  Increased demolition budget approved to help beautify Columbus

Eyesores in a community can ruin neighborhood pride. But Columbus is working on a plan to clean up the community by getting rid of some of the dilapidated properties.

  New Best Buy location opens in Columbus

The store held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning just before the doors opened at 10 a.m.

  Lee County Sheriff Office’s 'super’ vehicle a hit with kids

If you’re a kid in school, going up to a police officer or sheriff’s deputy may be a little intimidating. The Lee County Sheriff’s office has found a “Super” way to change that.

Harris, Muscogee County School Boards both recognized as exemplary

This year only 55 of the 180 public school boards earned the Exemplary Board status.

Carver High Student wins gold at 3X3 U18 World Cup in Mongolia

The USA Women’s team beat out competitor New Zealand in a 19-13 victory Friday at the final World Cup game in Ulaanbaatar.

Annual housing fair held for future homeowners at Columbus Public Library

Attendees received advice about buying a home, down payment assistance, and foreclosure prevention.

  New mobile entertainment center comes to Eufaula

Gamez on Wheels caters to birthday parties, family reunions, school events, church events, and more.

  GUEST SEGMENT: 33rd annual Family Day Music Festival returns to Woodruff Riverfront Park

The event will take place at the Woodruff Riverfront Park and features live performances in R&B, hip hop, gospel, southern soul, and jazz.

Columbus Vet Center celebrates 40th anniversary

The counseling center helps combat veterans make a successful transition into civilian life.

Phenix City Housing Authority awarded $12 million in low-income housing tax credits

The Phenix City Housing Authority has been granted $12 million in low-income tax credits in an effort to redevelop affordable housing in the city.

  Summer job fair held at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center

Unemployment Eliminators is hosting a job fair Tuesday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Columbus church offering free dinner program for children during the summer

Kids’ Café will take place at Faith Tabernacle Community Church from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. June 11 to August 1 every Tuesday and Thursday.

Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum announces speakers for 14th annual event

Columbus State University has announced eight of their ten speakers for the upcoming 14th annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum.

  Columbus celebrates 3rd Annual Soap Box Derby

While the races lasted only seconds, competitors say they began building and perfecting their cars months ago.

  Daylily Festival returns to the Chattahoochee Valley

Attendees were treated to the special daylily show as well as a local marketplace and growing demonstrations.

  Historic Westville leaders ready to open new Columbus location

Historic Westville’s long-awaited move to Columbus is finally complete and they will soon be open for business.

  Columbus kids face off against one another in soap box derby

Soap box derby cars will be rolling through the Fountain City this weekend as 24 local youth, ages seven to 13, race in Let’s Grow Steamx’s 3rd Annual River City Soap Box Derby.

  Goodwill hosts job fair in Columbus for Callaway Resort & Gardens

The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Midtown Career Center located at 2601 Cross County Drive.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Annual Fountain City Father’s Day Blues Festival coming to the Columbus Civic Center

The second annual Fountain City Father’s Day Blues Festival takes place 6 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at the Columbus Civic Center.

  Columbus gearing up for annual River City Soap Box Derby

Twenty four local youth, ages seven to 13, will be racing in Let’s Grow Steamx’s third annual River City Soap Box Derby at Lakebottom Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m.

  Fort Benning hosts JROTC Leadership Challenge

During the camp, Cadets engage in confidence building scenarios, team building exercises and other tests to build leadership skills.

  June 4 officially becomes Kadie the Cow Day in Columbus

Kadie the Cow will now be celebrated the way she deserves to be every June 4.

  Columbus mayor hosting second ‘Let’s Talk Columbus!’ public forum

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson will soon host his second public forum since being sworn in as mayor in January.

LaGrange convenience store sells $125K jackpot ticket

The jackpot ticket for the May 31 Fantasy 5 drawing was sold at the Shreeveer Food Mart located at 1234 Troup Street.

  GUEST SEGMENT: City of Columbus hosting public safety career expo

The expo takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 7 in the Community Room at the City Service Center.

  American Red Cross in critical need of type O donors

With less than a two-day supply, the Red Cross is asking type O donors to make an appointment to give blood.

  Columbus Fire Department hosting 5K for muscular dystrophy awareness

The Columbus Department is hosting a 5K for the eighth year in a row to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy awareness in Columbus.

  Hallmark sponsoring three Fuller Center houses to be built in Beauregard

The Hallmark Channel hopes to make an impact off screen in East Alabama by pledging to donate $150,000 to the Fuller Center to help with rebuilding homes of tornado survivors in Beauregard.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Amerigroup hosting Summerfest event at Sky Zone in Columbus

Summerfest will be held Tuesday, June 4 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Sky Zone on Gentian Boulevard.

Troup County hosts new tennis center dedication ceremony

The facility received extensive interior and exterior upgrades, including a full remodel of the pro shop, asphalt court renovations, and lighting upgrades.

  Columbus Fraternity hosts fashion, talent show for local kids

The community event brought in around 25 local teenagers to model their own outfits, hobbies, and talents.

  Columbus Fraternity awards 10K in scholarships to local teens

With this year’s presentation, Lambda Iota has awarded almost $600,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors over the past 2 decades.

Ugandan mayor visits Columbus during week-long tour

The visit was part of a week-long trip for Majid Batambuze.

  New employment resource center opens in Columbus

Second Chance Transition Corp focuses on job training, job placement, and tutoring.

  Military members help to build medical and dental clinic in Talbotton

On Friday, soldiers took over as the construction team and helped build the new Valley Healthcare Medical and Dental Clinic in Talbotton.

  Chick-fil-A restaurant to soon open in Eufaula

Construction of the restaurant is set to begin next week. The Chick-fil-A is to open in mid-October.