EXCLUSIVE: Actor Rob Mayes speaks about shooting “Neon Highway” in Columbus with Beau Bridges

Mayes recently sat down with News Leader 9 to discuss the new movie, filming during a global pandemic and whether or not Columbus was the perfect place to shoot his new movie.

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic being held in Cuthbert

  Academy Sports donates check to Safe Kids Columbus

  Columbus church holding Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

  Local axe throwing business reopens in permanent location after delay in renovations

  Enrichment Services offering energy assistance for seniors in the Chattahoochee Valley

Manufacturing company expanding to bring 50 jobs to Auburn

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  Enrichment Services holding two job fairs in Columbus and LaGrange

Columbus Civic Center to host spring fling for one week in April

Local community members mourn loss of Chambers Co. Sheriff’s Deputy

New local eatery brings New Orleans fare to Columbus

  Columbus-filmed “My Brother’s Keeper” plays at National Infantry Museum

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper hosts 11th annual Sweep the Hooch at Lakebottom Park

Amerigroup, other agencies host drive-thru Easter Extravaganza at Shirley B. Winston Rec. Center

The event begins Saturday at 10 a.m. and ends at noon. It will take place at Shirley B. Winston Recreation Center located at 5025 Steam Mill Road.

  Community members gather for prayer vigil at Claflin School Apartments in Columbus

Some residents gathered in Columbus Thursday to pray over the community.

Safe Kids Columbus holding Easter Extravaganza giveaway

Safe Kids Columbus is helping kids in the community celebrate Easter, while also helping them stay safe.

  Practicing ATV safety during spring break

Businesses are bringing safety awareness to those who ride 4-wheelers.

Keep Opelika Beautiful hosting recycling, shredding day

Former hospital in Phenix City to be converted into affordable housing apartment community

  Want to be in a movie? Film crew looking for extras for movie being shot in Columbus

  Families still searching for answers three years after the disappearances of two Columbus women

Local donut shop to reopen, according to Facebook post

219 On The Lake opens for summer season, enjoy brunch and live music

  Sally Little League hosts Autism Awareness Celebration in Columbus

Sally Little League came together Saturday at Shirley Winston Park to not only spread autism awareness with the community, but to show love to those in their league affected by autism.

  Amerigroup, local law enforcement agencies host drive-thru car safety event

Several local groups came together this morning at the Public Safety Center in Columbus promoting car safety.

Local restaurant to host brunch, shopping crawl in Uptown Columbus

If brunch and shopping local is your thing, then we’ve got great news for you! Stock Market Dueling Kitchens is hosting a brunch crawl in Uptown Columbus next month!

  Mobile food pantry coming to the Columbus Civic Center

While you’re out and about Saturday, March 20, you can stop by the Columbus Civic Center and load your car up with free food.

Law enforcement, Amerigroup partnering for car seat giveaway

Several law enforcement agencies and Amerigroup are partnering up for a giveaway to make kids in the Chattahoochee Valley safer.

United Negro College Fund to host virtual Columbus Mayor’s Masked Ball

The annual Columbus United Negro College Fund Mayor’s Masked Ball is still happening, but with a new twist thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Yard, bulk waste collection in Columbus being delayed by COVID-19, other factors

There could be a delay in your yard and bulk waste being picked up if you live in Columbus for the time being.

Uptown Columbus holds St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl

The luck of the Irish is being spread in Uptown Columbus Saturday with live music and green beer!

Hope Springs Community Church in Columbus providing food pantry to families in need

Hope Springs Community Church has been running a food pantry in East Columbus that has recently been supported by United Way’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

  St. Anne Community Outreach in Columbus offering food distribution to help families in need

The outreach program hosted an evening food distribution Thursday evening.

  Community members come together for victory over violence in a concert

The Columbus community continues looking for ways to stop gun violence in the Fountain city. This comes as four people were killed in Columbus in the past week.

  West Point artist uses talents to revamp historical downtown buildings

In Troup County, one local citizen is using his talents to revamp historical downtown buildings.

Keep Columbus Beautiful anti-litter campaign kicks off this weekend

Fountain City residents volunteered and picked up litter from streets and sidewalks in neighborhoods and businesses alongside their city councilors throughout all council districts of Columbus.

  Columbus police, fire help local non-profit organization build beds for children in need

A local non-profit organization is helping the community by building and delivering beds to kids in Columbus.

Pope’s Haunted Farm to host first annual “Scream Break”

Pope’s Haunted Farm is hosting the first annual “Scream Break” to make sure your spring break is scary fun!

  BernNadette Stanis, Thelma in Good Times, visits Fort Benning for book signing

News Leader 9’s Roslyn Giles sat down with Stanis for a one on one interview about life after television.

  Keep Columbus Beautiful kicking off anti-litter campaign

Keep Columbus Beautiful is kicking off its annual anti-litter campaign Saturday.

Market Days on Broadway in Columbus returns for 2021 season

Warmer outdoorsy days are coming soon and we can’t wait!

  Food distribution drive in Buena Vista feeds hundreds in the community

Feeding the Valley Food Bank partnered with the City of Buena Vista to assist residents in need with a food distribution drive Monday.

  WTVM, Junior League of Columbus collect 22k+ diapers in one-day collection drive

WTVM and the Junior League of Columbus partnered together Friday to host a Diaper Drive benefitting families across the Chattahoochee Valley.

Local church holds grocery giveaway feeding over 75 families in Columbus

A Columbus church is helping feed the community by holding their monthly grocery giveaway today.

  GUEST SEGMENT: WTVM partnering with Junior League of Columbus for diaper donation event

One in three families struggles with a need for diapers.

Tiger Giving Day raises money for student-led projects at Auburn University

Auburn University hosts its sixth annual Tiger Giving Day Thursday.

  Citizens speak out on renaming Lee Rd. 295 in Smiths Station

During a city council meeting Tuesday, citizens spoke on the issue of Lee Road 295 being changed to Stringer Road instead of originally Stringer-Weeks Road.

  GUEST: Junior League of Columbus partners with WTVM for diaper drive

One in three families in the Chattahoochee Valley struggles with needing diapers.

  Residents expressing litter concerns at the Chattahoochee Riverwalk

Complaints have surfaced recently about the restrooms at the Chattahoochee Riverwalk.

  Columbus residents, city officials hold public safety meeting to address violence concerns

Columbus residents and city officials came together Saturday to work toward bridging the gap while discussing issues impacting our community, like crime, gangs, and poverty at the public safety townhall meeting.

  94-year-old marine recruiter reunites with former recruits after over 50 years

A former marine recruiter from Columbus got a special surprise this morning at the VFW Post on Victory Drive.

  Columbus pastor talks solutions to crime in the community

Reverend Ralph Huling said his church is ready to work with the police department, community members, and organizations to rebuild the city.

  Nearly 1,200 food boxes given out during giveaway in Chambers Co.

The Chambers County Development Authority organized its first county-wide food box giveaway Wednesday morning.

Ribbon cutting held for road name change in Smiths Station

The City of Smiths Station has been working to change road names to return many to their original or historic destinations.

  SafeHouse Ministries in Columbus offers various programs to help the homeless community

SafeHouse offers various programs like job placement, food assistance, and a cold weather program to provide shelter in freezing temperatures.

  Community clothing bank in Columbus working to provide essentials items to those in need

The Love and Kindness Community Clothing Bank provides clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene items to people in need.

LIST: School closures and delays in the Chattahoochee Valley

Some schools in the Chattahoochee Valley will be closed or have delayed start times Tuesday, Feb. 16.

  Mayor Skip Henderson to hold press conference on surge in violence in community

Mayor Skip Henderson is holding a press conference this week to address the surge in violence locally and ways the community can help.

  Auburn University hosts annual dance marathon virtually due to pandemic

Auburn University is hosting their annual dance marathon at this moment, but with a twist as they adapt to the pandemic.

LIST: Restaurants in the Chattahoochee Valley participating in Valentine’s Day weekend

Below is a list of restaurants participating in Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day and Single’s Awareness Day.

CVCC announces new BOGO Community Scholarship

Chattahoochee Valley Community College is announcing a brand new Community Scholarship that could see students taking “buy one get one” classes this Spring.

  Smiths Station mother creates “Love Like Lexi” memorial for late daughter

Nearly two years ago, Lexi Webb who was a straight-A student, class president, and cheerleader with a promising future ahead took her own life.

  Path-Tec holds job fair in Columbus, hires 100 employees

Path-Tec, the Specimen Management Company, hosted a job fair at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center Tuesday.

Columbus Chatt-a-Hoots announce inaugural season schedule

Columbus’ newest baseball team is gearing up for its inaugural season that starts this June.

  House of Heroes, local volunteers repair home of veteran’s widow

Volunteers with Cornerstone Church and the Chattahoochee Valley’s House of Heroes helped a widow of a veteran today in Smiths Station.

Statewide severe weather drill to take place Wednesday

We know a howling siren means one of two things: there’s severe weather or it’s 12 p.m. on a Saturday. However, a statewide tornado drill will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Community helping woman who lost home and husband in same week

One woman is asking for volunteers to help a tornado survivor who lost her home and husband in the same week.

  Prospect AME Church and Feeding the Valley host food giveaway for Fortson community

The food drive was held and Prospect AME Church in Fortson

  Local family remembers Phenix City man on his 26th birthday

Caleb Nelson would have been 26 years old today. Nelson was the victim of a shooting in September of last year.

  Troup County partners to ‘Feed the Frontlines’

Frontline workers in Troup County are being thanked for their efforts in battling coronavirus and administering vaccines.

  Several community members oppose rock quarry in Beulah

The Beulah community says this quarry will bring air and water pollution, noise disturbance, and constant traffic on Highway 29.

  New 7-mile trail for off-highway vehicles coming to Eufaula

Officials with Lake Point State Park are transforming a former golf course into a seven-mile trail for off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

  Opelika City Council making improvements to downtown historic district

What was previously a manufacturing and warehouse district in Opelika is turning into a vibrant commercial and entertainment district.

  Feeding the Valley Food Bank receives $40K grant from CVS Health

The grant will make it possible for the nonprofit to provide 240,000 meals to families in its 18-county service area through various food distribution programs.

Feeding the Valley Food Bank receives $40K CVS Health Community Grant

Feeding the Valley is receiving a $40,000 grant from CVS Health. This is part of the company’s contribution to building healthier communities.

Community gathers for ‘The Dream Lives’ event at Columbus Civic Center

The Dream Lives was a drive-in screening event that featured pre-recorded messages from city leaders and a fireside chat with former United Nations ambassador, Andrew Young.

  Keep Columbus Beautiful partners with local organizations for MLK Day of Service

Keep Columbus Beautiful, Turn Around Columbus, and Dragonfly Trails held the annual MLK serve-a-thon.

  Ribbon cutting held for community garden at Davis Elementary School in Columbus

The garden will be open to the community and will include vegetables, fruit, and a special memorial garden to honor loved ones lost to violence.

  Harris County Men’s Club hosts annual MLK Day program

Residents were encouraged to decorate their vehicles and cruise the square to view several displays in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  Paws Humane Society hosts pet food pantry for families facing challenges

As a new year begins, COVID-19 continues to bring a wave of unemployment across the nation, leaving many pet owners facing challenges of caring for their beloved pets.

  GUEST SEGMENT: City of Columbus hosting virtual, drive-in MLK commemoration event

This year, “The Dream Lives” event will be virtual and drive-in due to COVID-19.