LIST: Halloween events in the Chattahoochee Valley

Halloween might look a little bit different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but several events are still on the calendar to make sure that you have as much as possible.

Columbus Police Department to hold public safety hiring event, nearly 100 open positions

  Enforcement of Columbus' mask mandate set to be suspended Thursday

  Search for new Columbus police chief underway

  Opelika Police Dept. commends good Samaritan for returning wallet containing over $1K

  Festivities coming to East Alabama to enjoy Auburn football

  City of Auburn sets day and time for trick-or-treating

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New dates added to advance voting locations in Columbus

  Columbus organization encouraging community to participate in early voting

  Organizations partner for mobile food pantry in Columbus

  Columbus mask mandate may end soon if COVID-19 cases continue to decline

‘Light up Friday Nights’ to honor healthcare workers

  Alabama ministry hosting No More Shacks event in Auburn to raise poverty awareness

Eufaula Police Department, Main Street Eufaula cancel downtown trunk-or-treat festivities

The Eufaula Police Department and MainStreet Eufaula cancelled the downtown trunk-or-treat festivities this year.

Winn Dixie, other grocery stores to close Thanksgiving Day

Winn Dixie, Harveys Supermarket and other grocery stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

  Columbus organization helping families fight poverty

Open Door Community House is now interviewing for Circles in Columbus. It’s a free program for those who may be struggling or living paycheck to paycheck.

  Enrichment Services Program hosts drive-thru enrollment in Columbus

Enrichment Services Program, Inc. (ESP) hosted a drive-thru open enrollment Wednesday in Columbus to accept applications for the Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

  Local man helps voting process by providing various goods to voters in Columbus

  New businesses open in downtown Eufaula amid pandemic

  Mobile Food Pantry addressing community food insecurity on World Food Day

City of Opelika to hold multi-company hiring event Nov. 6

Cheese Grits, Cornbread and more: Tournament underway to name new Columbus baseball team

Portion of Phenix City Riverwalk to close for construction

  City of Opelika hosting diversity and inclusion sessions

Opelika City Council provided an opportunity Tuesday night for the people of Ward 5 to voice their opinion about what’s important to them.

  Opelika Parks and Recreation hosting socially distant Halloween events

The City of Opelika isn’t officially hosting trick-or-treating this year, but Opelika Parks and Recreation has several socially distant Halloween celebrations beginning this weekend.

  City Council postpones mural request from CSU, announces two grants awarded to elections office

Columbus City Council addressed a number of important issues Tuesday, from the latest COVID-19 trends in the city, to a request from Columbus State University’s Art Department to paint a mural spotlighting racial injustice.

  Voters in Muscogee Co. share early voting experience

News Leader 9 spoke with some voters to find out what their experience was like and why voting in-person is so important.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces grant to upgrade Valley sewer lines

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday a grant to upgrade infrastructure in the city of Valley.

Kiwanis Club of Columbus donates $3K to Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley

The donation will go toward funding club programs for members.

  United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley launches campaign to benefit local elementary schools

The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is launching a new campaign called Community Schools United.

  Enrichment Services, Inc. hosts meet and greet in LaGrange

The local program has expanded its Head Start program to Troup and Harris counties.

  City of Phenix City urges COVID-19 safety precautions ahead of Halloween

Phenix City residents are being urged to avoid door-to-door trick-or-treating and follow the safety guidelines in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries to expand services, includes grab-and-go browsing

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will expand services to the public beginning Monday, Oct. 12.

  Kysor Warren Epta US invests $27 million to expand in Columbus, creates 200 jobs

Governor Brian Kemp announced Thursday that Kysor Warren Epta US will invest more than $27 million in expanding its operations in Columbus.

Wine bar expected to open in Columbus late October

NAVI Wine Bar and Tasting Room is planning a late October grand opening.

  Midland church partners with American Red Cross for blood drive

The blood drive will be held at New Birth Outreach Church Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus opens sign-up for Christmas toy & holiday food assistance

The nonprofit has opened its Christmas toy and holiday food assistance sign-up. Families have between now and October 23 to set up an appointment.

  Columbus mayor encourages residents to avoid trick-or-treating as a COVID-19 precaution

As a COVID-19 precaution, the mayor of Columbus is encouraging Muscogee County residents to avoid person-to-person trick-or-treating, haunted houses, and big gatherings for Halloween.

New campaign launches in Opelika to lower crime and increase community engagement

The Together, Opelika campaign kicked off Tuesday. The goal of the campaign is to lower crime and bridge the gap between police and the community.

  Feeding the Valley Food Bank in Columbus hosting food drive

Feeding the Valley is hosting a food drive now through Nov. 15. Food items can be dropped off at Rivertown Toyota on Whittlesey Road in Columbus.

Multi-employer job fair to be held at Columbus Marriott on Front Ave.

Unemployment Eliminators will host the job fair from 9 a.m. to noon at the Columbus Marriott on Front Avenue.

Sections of Columbus Riverwalk to close through spring 2021 for construction work

The North Highlands Dam, south to 23rd Street will be closed October 5 through spring 2021 to replace aging electric infrastructure.

American Red Cross to hold blood drive for Sickle Cell patients Oct. 10

American Red Cross is holding a blood drive for Sickle Cell patients Saturday, Oct. 10.

Locals share thoughts on President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis

As President Donald Trump continues to recover from COVID-19, people in Columbus are weighing in on his diagnosis ahead of the election.

House of Heroes awarded $10K donation from local insurance agency to restore 10 houses

The Chattahoochee Valley Chapter of House of Heroes was awarded $10,000 from Ragan Insurance Agency, Inc. in Columbus to help fund the restoration of 10 houses.

  Columbus State University eliminates spring break, extends winter break

Columbus State University announced Monday that changes are being made to the academic calendar for the spring semester, including the elimination of spring break.

  Local WWII Veteran celebrates 95th birthday

A local WWII Veteran celebrated his 95th birthday Thursday, October 2.

How to tell the difference between the flu and COVID-19

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City of Phenix City encourages public to avoid door-to-door trick or treating, recommended by CDC

The City of Phenix City is encouraging the public to avoid door-to-door trick or treating on Halloween this year, based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Auburn neighborhood trick-or-treat moved to Oct. 30

The City of Auburn has moved neighborhood trick-or-treating to Friday, October 30 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

  GOOD NEWS: WTVM/WXTX anchor Roslyn Giles’ brother recovers from COVID-19

Our Roslyn Giles recently talked with her brother about his coronavirus experience in this News Leader 9 exclusive.

  Opportunities abound for Auburn job seekers with upcoming job fairs

The City of Auburn’s Economic Development Department is gearing up for two job fairs in conjunction with local companies.

City of LaGrange to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for fire training center

The City of LaGrange is holding a grand opening for the LaGrange Fire Training Center Tuesday, September 29.

Historic Westville to reopen to public on Oct. 8

Historic Westville announced Monday that it will reopen on October 8 after being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Westville will be open Thursday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Opelika boy granted new camper from Make-a-Wish

Exton Black, who has a respiratory condition and Down syndrome, was granted his wish of having a new camper to go on on trips with his family.

  Local Mini Market sees community come together to support local businesses

The local fan favorite event the Southern Lovin' Junkin' Show had to be adapted for the COVID-19 pandemic into the Local Mini Market.

Virtual memorial planned for Rev. Robert Graetz

The family of the late Rev. Robert Graetz, Jr., has finalized plans for a memorial service to be held over the weekend.

CPD, Fort Benning Harley-Davidson donates check to Special Olympics

The Columbus Police Department and Fort Benning Harley Davidson presented a check to the Special Olympics Thursday morning at the Public Safety Building.

  Smiths Station teen is 2020 Dream Room Makeover winner

In nearly a month, 14-year-old Matthew Tolbert will have a brand new room thanks to his mom for nominating him this summer.

Auburn grads create robot to revolutionize how Tennis is played

New “tennibot” is like a Roomba for tennis balls

  Opelika Chamber of Commerce hosts legislative reception for local, state, elected officials

Some people in East Alabama got the chance the meet and greet some local and state elected officials Tuesday night.

  Opelika organization emphasizes impact of completing the census

With the census deadline approaching, one East Alabama organization wants to emphasize the impact completing the census has on local businesses.

  Local Mini Market in Columbus sees 100+ local businesses showing off their wares

More than 100 local businesses are coming together to participate in an event highlighting them at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

  Giving Kitchen partners with MercyMed to provide health services to food service workers

Giving Kitchen partnered with MercyMed of Columbus to provide food workers with free healthcare services Monday.

  Loved one of Columbus mother stabbed to death speaks out

A family is left grieving after the murder of 37-year-old Emily McDaniel over the weekend.

  Columbus organizations come together for National Black Voters Day

With elections approaching, several organizations came together to make sure every voice is heard during National Black Voters Day.

  Columbus city government and public safety employees getting 2% raise in 2021

Starting January 1, city and public safety employees in Columbus will have more money in their pockets. According to Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson, a two-percent pay increase for employees was included in the 2020 to 2021 budget that the city council approved.

  Organization creates virtual race benefiting United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley

Organizers in Columbus have put together a virtual race that will take place over the next month and a half to benefit the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley.

City of Opelika cancels door-to-door trick or treating, hosts drive-thru event

The City of Opelika announced Tuesday that it will not host Fall Festival and door-to-door trick or treating this year.

  Opelika partners with Goodwill to help residents complete census

The Goodwill Career Center on Pepperell Parkway, it’s opening up its computers for people to fill out the census while shopping.

  Two Georgia men share experience of assisting with recovery during 9/11

As we mark 19 years since 9/11, two Georgia men are sharing their experience of assisting with recovery during the 2001 tragedy that changed America.

  House of Heroes assists retired Columbus public safety officer with home maintenance

As the 9/11 anniversary approaches, House of Heroes is remembering that day by assisting a public safety veteran.

Support local charities by participating in annual Columbus Firefighter charity 5K

The annual Columbus Firefighter charity 5K run and walk takes place this Saturday, September 12.

  Columbus pastor delivers supplies to Wesley Heights Elementary School

Pastor Brandon Branigan of Hope Spring Community Church, delivered supplies needed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Columbus mayor urging residents to complete census

The census is only a few questions long and can be completed in less than 10 minutes.

Christmas Made in the South bringing virtual holiday cheer to Columbus

A community-favorite holiday event that comes to Columbus annually is having to change course due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Chattahoochee Valley Libraries branches to begin limited reopening to public Sept. 8

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will begin a limited reopening to the public beginning Tuesday, September 8.

  Community Warriors lending a helping hand to the Chattahoochee Valley

The group is filled with veterans, community members, and volunteers who have a passion for making a difference and is always looking for more people to get involved.

  Opelika mayor makes bet with the community as an incentive for completing the census

Mayor Gary Fuller said he will dye his hair red for a week if 85 percent of Opelika residents complete the census.

Alabama Census Bowl competition underway in 32 counties

With Alabama's Census rates lagging the rest of the nation and time running out, the state is pulling out all the stops to drive up participation.

  Lee County Commission discusses quarry to possibly come to Beulah

Some people who attended the commission meeting continued to share their message of not wanting the quarry to come to Beulah.