Phenix City schools to host summer feeding program

Muscogee County School District to host summer feeding program

  Opelika Parks and Recreation bringing programs, activities for the summer

  New Kombucha shop opens in Uptown Columbus amid COVID-19 pandemic

  United Way, Feeding the Valley to provide meals to children during Memorial Week

  Overlook neighborhood in Columbus hosts Memorial Day tribute

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  Chattahoochee Valley residents honoring fallen soldiers over Memorial Day weekend

  Carver High School senior has drive-thru graduation after a tough year

  Veterans of Foreign Wars in Phenix City share the meaning of Memorial Day

Ga. state parks and sites limiting visitors during Memorial Day weekend

  The Fort Church partners with Brown Bag of Columbus organization to give food to the community

Recycling collection service to resume in Columbus

METRA bus service changes due to COVID-19 staffing issues

The METRA bus services in Columbus are undergoing some changes due to staffing issues related to COVID-19.

  City of Auburn returns to regular operations

Officials said additional measures are being put in place for the protection of citizens and city employees.

  DPH providing drive-up COVID-19 testing sites throughout the Chattahoochee Valley

Tests are available whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or not.

  Several changes to be enforced at summer camps in the Chattahoochee Valley

Social distancing rules are loosening for some businesses and individuals in Georgia, but strict rules still apply for summer camps.

  Columbus Board of Realtors donates to 3 organizations in the community

Safe Kids Columbus to host drive-thru bike helmet giveaway for kids

  Forum held for Muscogee County Sheriff candidates

  Columbus-shot “Survive the Night” with Bruce Willis premiering on demand this week

  Smiths Station mom hosts drive-thru graduation

  Keller Williams Realty in Columbus collects food for community members in need

  DPH offering free COVID-19 drive-up testing at Columbus Civic Center

The drive-up testing site will be at the Columbus Civic Center Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City of LaGrange reopens to the public; utility disconnection memorandum lifts June 1

Citizens are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines, use hand sanitizer, and wear a mask.

  Veterans volunteer group in Columbus helps elderly woman with yard work

From lawn mowers and rakes to blowers and snippers, the Community Warriors spent more than three hours helping an elderly woman’s yard look fantastic again.

  Columbus public pools may remain closed for the summer

All public pools are closed until June 12. A decision will be made at that time to determine whether to open pools and keep them closed for the summer.

  Chattahoochee Valley Libraries partially reopening with curbside and pickup services

Beginning next week, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will begin partially reopening with curbside and pick-up services.

  Georgia daycares and summer camps open under executive order

Effective Thursday, the governor is allowing the expansion of the number of people allowed in a single classroom or child care facility. This means day camps can resume and daycares can accept more children.

  SPLOST vote in Columbus delayed until 2021

The resolution was approved by city council members Tuesday morning.

  Columbus Public Works to resume recycling June 1

For those who want to recycle earlier, the city has established four drop off points in Columbus where people can bring their pre-separated recyclables.

  Urban League summer youth job training program to see changes amid COVID-19 pandemic

Executive director of the Urban League of Greater Columbus, Susan Cooper, said their summer job training program usually starts June 1 and lasts six weeks. It may start later in the summer and be shortened.

  Hotel under construction in Uptown Columbus to eliminate some parking spots

With more and more businesses popping up in Uptown, a new hotel wants to remove several parking spaces.

  Central High School in Phenix City beginning nightly graduation ceremonies

Central High School students in Phenix City will get to walk across the graduation stage each night this week, all while practicing social distancing protocols.

  Leaders from Columbus’ Black Heritage Arts Festival spread PPE in south Columbus

The mother and son pair hosted their first Operation Mask On event, and passed out gloves and masks to people in the community, earlier this month.

  Covenant Woods residents in Columbus get Mother’s Day parade

Staff at the senior living community and family members of the residents got creative and hosted a drive by parade for all of the mothers living there.

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  DPH offering pop-up COVID-19 testing at Shirley Winston Park in Columbus

The site will be at Shirley Winston Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Testing is for Georgia residents only.

  Family, friends gather for parade to celebrate Columbus cancer survivor

Earlier this week, Beverly Combs learned that she is now cancer free after battling cancer for over a year.

  2020 census response rate low for Muscogee Co.

51.2 percent of Muscogee County residents have responded so far.

WTVM partners with local schools for virtual graduations

Beginning June 1st at 10a/9c, cheer on the Class of 2020 by watching virtual graduation ceremonies on tv, online, and on Facebook.

Love’s Travel stop to hold soft opening for Smiths Station, Ala. location

The travel stop is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 280 and Summerville Road.

  United Way providing assistance through Coronavirus Relief Fund

Ben Moser, president and CEO of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, gives details about the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

  Paws Humane Society in Columbus launches Giving Tuesday fundraiser

Paws Humane Society in Columbus launched its #GivingTuesdayNow fundraiser.

  Columbus High students surprised with parade as they picked up cap and gowns

Students drove to the front of the school where they were greeted by their principal and a line of alumni cheering them on.

  Fort Benning’s Rolling Thunder band to hold livestream concert

Fort Benning’s Rolling Thunder band will livestream a 30-minute concert at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, to uplift community morale.

  Harris Co. teenager needs helps collecting 5,000 shoes for charity

While most seniors in high school are finishing up classes and preparing for life post graduation, one Harris County High School senior Melissa Champion is doing those two things, as well as collecting shoes in the Chattahoochee Valley for Soles4Souls.

  Rides for Miracles fundraiser rescheduled for October

Organizer Scott Ressmeyer said the group’s motorcycle ride across 50 states will start on the first Friday in October.

  Local family to receive air conditioning unit following Energy Savers Cares Contest

The Strickland family was nominated and selected for the first-ever Energy Savers Cares Contest.

  Double Churches Middle School in Columbus sends special farewell to students

Faculty and staff drove through the district’s neighborhoods with students’ names written on their car window along with messages like “we miss you so much” and we love you.”

  Phenix City church donates food to families with drive-thru food bank

Potter’s House Baptist Church partnered with Feeding the Valley Food Bank to host a drive-thru food bank Thursday morning.

  Phenix City reopening Lakewood Golf Course and Cliff Farrar Tennis Center

Phenix City will reopen Lakewood Golf Course and the Cliff Farrar Tennis Center to the public beginning Friday, May 1.

  City of Columbus looking to take ownership of Liberty Theatre Cultural Center

During Tuesday night’s city council meeting, the city manager and several councilors asked to approve for the city to take ownership of the Liberty Theatre.

  Feeding the Valley Food Bank thanks community for support during coronavirus pandemic

Feeding the Valley wants to thank the community for supporting them during this trying time.

  Georgia schools remain closed while parts of the state are reopening, parents speak out

Georgia schools are remaining closed while parts of the state are reopening and one Harris County mother says she is happy the school system is protecting students by staying closed.

  Benefit concert on Lake Harding raises over $12,000 for Feeding the Valley Food Bank

People in the Chattahoochee Valley community came together for a benefit concert on Lake Harding and raised more than $12,000 for Feeding the Valley Food bank Saturday night.

  Columbus mayor urges business owners to follow guidelines in governor’s order as they reopen

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson said all businesses defined in the order must follow the minimum guidelines.

  House of Heroes Chattahoochee Valley delivering care packages to veterans in need

The Chattahoochee Valley chapter of the House of Heroes delivered a fourth round of care packages Friday to veterans over the age of 60.

  Country’s Barbecue in Columbus treats first responders to lunch

Co-owner Scott Ressmeyer said first responders are putting their lives on the line and Friday’s lunch was one way to show thanks.

  Organization travels in caravan to visit nursing homes in the Chattahoochee Valley

Professionals Serving Older Adults (PSOA) wanted to remind residents that they are loved and not forgotten.

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries unveil virtual programs, summer reading programs

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries announced a full line-up of virtual programs designed to entertain and educate all ages during the next several weeks.

  Public to have temperature taken before entering Columbus Government Center

Beginning Monday, anyone who enters the public access checkpoint at the Columbus Government Center will have their temperature taken.

Feeding the Valley Food Bank sending out mobile food pantry in Columbus

Feeding the Valley Food Bank’s mobile food pantry is heading out to help the Columbus community.

  City of Columbus to resume yard waste collection

Yard waste collection schedules and household garbage collection will resume on their regularly scheduled days effective Monday, April 27.

  Organizations hosting free mobile pantry at New Community Church in LaGrange

Feeding the Valley LaGrange and New Community Church are helping those in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Solid Rock Church in Midland hosting food drive to help community during COVID-19 pandemic

With millions being laid off or furloughed during the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity is continuing to be a problem.

Valley Rescue Mission in Columbus launches annual mission flower fundraiser

The proceeds from the event will go towards ministries at the Valley Rescue Mission, such as feeding the hungry, eviction recovery, and shelter for the homeless.

  'We’re open’: WTVM launches website to support local businesses

WTVM has launched a new website to help you find the businesses you need during the COVID-19 Crisis.

City of Columbus announces changes to METRA bus service

The METRA bus service in Columbus is experiencing some changes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Metra Bus Services in Columbus makes adjustments in response to COVID-19

The adjustments go into effect April 6 and will continue until April 30.

  Headquarter Nissan supports Columbus restaurant during COVID-19 pandemic

Despite times like these when many people are staying indoors and opting to make meals at home, Headquarter Nissan is choosing to support a local restaurant.

  Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus celebrates senior baseball team players with motorcade

There were several teammates and parents with signs and horns honking. Each senior received an engraved wooden bat, a senior banner, and more.

  Columbus restaurant turns parking lot into drive thru to feed children during spring break

JB’s Dollar Scoop on Brown Avenue gave away hot meals to children Thursday and a to-go plate for Friday.

  Community members park and pray for workers at Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital

Wednesday night, people parked outside of the hospital to pray for staff.

Muscogee Co. teacher visits students’ neighborhood to deliver snacks during school closure

Sherah Cash wanted to make sure she complied with social distancing guidelines, so she purchased extended fishing nets to distribute the snacks from.

  Columbus teen creating surgical masks for healthcare workers across the Chattahoochee Valley

Kayle Lewis is using her time at home to create surgical masks for St. Francis Hospital, cancer treatment centers, and hospices across the Chattahoochee Valley.

Muscogee County Tax Commissioner’s Office to close in response to COVID-19

The Muscogee County Tax Commissioner’s Office will close to the public April 6.

  Delta Sigma Theta chapters in Columbus collect food to help Feeding the Valley Food Bank

The chapters collected food to help Feeding the Valley Food Bank replenish its food supply in this time of critical need.

  Organization in Harris County providing meals to children during spring break

In Harris County this week, the Fellowship of Christians United in Service (FOCUS) volunteers are handing out food at Pine Lane Apartments and Park Elementary School beginning at 11 a.m.

  Community members park and pray for EAMC staff in Opelika

People parked their cars and turned their headlights facing the hospital to let all EAMC workers know they are being prayed for.

  Photographer offering free photo shoots to high schoolers in the Chattahoochee Valley

A local photographer is stepping up to help those who will be missing out on proms and graduations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.