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

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

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

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

  Organization in Harris County providing meals to children during spring break

  Community members park and pray for EAMC staff in Opelika

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

  Organizations in Muscogee and Harris counties keeping children fed during spring break

Emergency shelter opens in Columbus in response to COVID-19

  Yard waste and recycling collection to be suspended in Columbus

  Organizations partner to provide lunch to Russell County children during COVID-19 school closures

The only requirements for picking up meals are students must be present and must adhere to the social distancing guidelines while waiting for meals.

  Mandatory curfew enforced in Sumter Co. during COVID-19 concerns

The curfew is effective between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. during which all people within the county shall remain home.

CHIME IN: Show us pictures of your pup for National Puppy Day!

Today is National Puppy Day and we want to see pictures of your cute lil’ pups!

  Chick-fil-A on Wynnton Road spreads joy in the community with messages of hope

The messages are written on customers’ bags. The bags have sayings such as “things will get better” signed Alyssa.

  Retirement community in Columbus collecting supplies for seniors

  Davis Elementary in Columbus partners with VFAC to provide groceries to the community

  American Red Cross partners with Cascade Hills Church in Columbus for blood drives

  Shopping locally during coronavirus outbreak has positive impact in the community

  The Life Church of Columbus provides groceries for families during COVID-19 outbreak

  Veterans organization providing meals to children in Seale, Ft. Mitchell during school closures

  Columbus Recorder’s Court alters operations due to coronavirus concerns

Recorder’s Court will be closed to the general public beginning March 17 through May 1.

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries schedule closures to prevent coronavirus spread

Libraries will close Sunday, March 15 until April 5.

  Chattahoochee Valley Libraries offering online tutoring if schools close due to coronavirus

Every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., a live tutor is available online free of charge. Tutors are available for all subjects, including SAT and ACT help.

  Homeless shelters in Columbus taking extra precautions during coronavirus outbreak

The House of Mercy is taking precautionary measures it feels are best for the organization during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Creekwood Resources withdraws application for quarry site permit near Opelika

Creekwood Resources previously applied to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management for a quarry site permit on County Road 168 off US 431.

City of Columbus announces closures and event postponements as coronavirus precaution

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson announced Friday that these cautionary measures are in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to avoid crowded areas.

LIST: Schools, universities choosing to close ahead of coronavirus concerns

Some schools have made the decision to close down, while others are making the decision to transition to online instruction.

  Town hall meeting held in Columbus on proposed changes to Metra bus services

The Columbus Consolidated Government announced a public comment period on the changes from March 1 to March 30.

LIST: Student athletic activities suspended in the Chattahoochee Valley as a coronavirus precaution

The suspension comes at guidance of the Georgia High School Association as a coronavirus precaution.

  Columbus Museum closes to the public, postpones large gatherings as coronavirus precaution

The museum said it’s been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the health, safety, and well-being of its staff, patrons, volunteers, and guests, are top priorities.

  Women’s Empowerment Luncheon in Columbus postponed due to coronavirus concerns

The annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon in Columbus has been postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

  Opelika named among Southern Living’s best small towns

Opelika is being named among the best small towns across the South.

Historic Columbus receives $75K grant for preservation projects

The funds will be used to rehabilitate three historic houses on 3rd Avenue in the high Uptown Historic District.

  City of Opelika awarded $1.25 million community development grant

The public can share their thoughts on a community development plan via an online survey.

  Annual Empty Bowl fundraising event held at Northside Recreation Center in Columbus

The annual fundraiser aims to raise money to fight childhood hunger.

  Columbus mentoring organization hosts fundraising gala to help aspiring medical professionals

The Protege Project hosted an inaugural black tie gala to raise money to foster education for aspiring medical professionals.

I Count Bus Tour launches at Carver High School in Columbus

Fair Count, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that helped put the tour together, aims for a fair and accurate count in the 2020 Census.

Goodwill hosting multi-employer job fair in Phenix City; over 100 positions available

The job fair takes place March 19 at the Phenix City Goodwill Career Center.

  Cathy Williams seeks reelection for Muscogee County School Board

Cathy Williams has served District 7 for the past four years.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Davis Broadcasting hosting annual women’s empowerment walk in Columbus

The event takes place inside Peachtree Mall Saturday and begins at 8 a.m.

  State Senate candidate hosts candidacy discussion during town hall meeting in Columbus

The meeting allowed attendees to learn more about Teddy Reese and also share concerns that they have.

  Phenix City community members gather for 7th annual Mayor’s Unity Prayer Breakfast

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe invited the community to join him for prayer at the Martin Idle Hour Park Community Center.

  Ole Times Country Buffet coming to Columbus

Ole Times Country Buffet will be located in the old Ryan’s on Manchester Expressway.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

  650 jobs up for grabs at Columbus job and resource fair

Job seekers in the Columbus area will have plenty of opportunities available for them at an upcoming job and resource fair.

  Russell County voters turn out on Super Tuesday

Voters in Russell County didn’t let the rainy weather stop them from making it to the polls.

  Ellerslie community remembers devastating tornado one year later

People in Ellerslie, Georgia remember it like it was yesterday.

  Columbus city officials raising awareness of human trafficking

An event was held in Uptown Columbus Saturday where topics of discussion involved not only sex trafficking, but the work happening in Georgia to end it.

  Muscogee County Marshal’s Office eliminated after governor signs bill into law

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp made the consolidation official after signing the bill into law.

  Columbus city officials prepare for possible coronavirus outbreak

As concerns about the coronavirus spread around the globe, local city and health officials are putting plans in place to make sure they know how to react should we begin to see the illness.

  NeighborWorks Columbus awarded $500K grant from Synovus to help families in the community

The investment will support NeighborWorks Columbus’ efforts in creating safe, fit, and affordable housing for low income families in the Columbus area.

  National Infantry Museum in Columbus named Best Free Museum in America for second year

The National Infantry Museum in Columbus is celebrating winning a special award for the second consecutive year.

  Metra Transit System holds meeting on the future of parking in Uptown Columbus

The Columbus Metra Transit System is hoping that adding meters in the Uptown area will help cut down some of the parking issues by giving people a time limit to park.

Opelika Main Street hosting Downtown 5th Saturday Sale

The event will feature discounts from variety of different stores and restaurants located in the historic downtown areas.

  Celebration of life service held for Columbus concert promoter Michael Blackwell

Michael Blackwell was a concert promoter for all genres of music. He passed away Feb. 22 at age 69.

  Muscogee County Marshal’s Office on the verge of closing after state bill passes

If the governor signs the bill into law, two Muscogee County law enforcement agencies will become one.

  Peachtree Mall in Columbus partners with organizations for 3rd annual Prom Promise event

The goal of Prom Promise is to recognize and bring an awareness to students to be mindful of their choices during prom season.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Annual Empty Bowl Brunch raising money for Feeding the Valley

Local artists are getting ready for the annual Empty Bowl Brunch that benefits the Kid’s Cafe at Feeding the Valley.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Enrichment Services Program offering STEAM summer camp in Columbus

The Enrichment Services Program in Columbus is offering a STEAM camp called Grow Your Imagination in June.

  Yellow Dot program launches in Columbus to help first responders better serve the public

The Yellow Dot program involves a packet where citizens can write down their medical information for first responders to use when they're called to homes or cars.

  Columbus City Council makes mid-year budget adjustments

One of the adjustments is funding for the court management system.

  Campaign launched in Opelika aims to increase recycling

The campaign is also an effort to promote recycling the right way. Recycling correctly prevents contaminating recycling loads.

  Carver High band raising money to participate in Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

Carver High School’s marching band was selected to represent the state of Georgia in the 2020 Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

  Pure Taqueria opens its doors in north Columbus

The Atlanta-based restaurant is known for their laid-back atmosphere with delicious Mexican cuisine.

  Traditions closing after three decades in Columbus

After serving the Columbus community for three decades, the owners of Traditions have decided to close their doors for good.

  Southern Roots Country Store & Cafe plants roots in the Fountain City

A staple in the Crawford community is spreading its roots with its second location in the Fountain City.

  Columbus woman shares story of being scammed out of $1K+

Officials from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in Columbus have received weekly phone calls from victims of scams.

  Victory Over Violence: Moms Against Gun Violence hosting march to end violence in Columbus

In an effort to eliminate violence, the community has to start by working to reduce it.

  Pam Brown announces candidacy for Muscogee County Sheriff

Pam Brown also ran for sheriff in 2012 and 2016. She said she has ideas to help stop crime and save money.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Fancy Fest empowerment event returns to the Columbus Convention & Trade Center

Fancy Fest takes place Friday, February 21 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.

  Phenix City Housing Authority receives grant to help fund new park

The Phenix City Housing Authority wants to make multi-million dollar changes to the Five Points neighborhood.

  Several organizations participate in dedicating little free library to MLK Elementary School in Columbus

A little free library was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Thursday.

  Stewart Community Home in Columbus in need of supplies and donations

The community home provides safe, permanent, and transitional housing for individuals experiencing homelessness and have physical and intellectual disabilities.

  Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley awards $13K in grants to community projects

Some of organizations that received action grants include Blessings Three65, Domestic Violence Roundtable, Inc., Turn Around Columbus, and Midtown, Inc.

  Amerigroup and Piedmont Columbus Regional partner to support ending heart disease

The organizations hosted an event Tuesday that allowed guests to check their health and receive tips on how to prevent heart disease.

Volunteers needed for Uptown’s Spring Food Truck Festival

The festival takes place March 28 at Woodruff Park on Bay Avenue.

  Publishing & art gallery in Columbus hosts ‘Becoming a Queen’ event for girls

Participants in Columbus got the opportunity to make art, learn cooking skills, etiquette, self-esteem, and proper hygiene.

  Ralston Towers residents in Columbus receive vouchers to move out of the building

With vouchers in hand, residents can now start looking for their next place to live while knowing exactly what they need to do to keep their connection with HUD.