Exclusive: Meet the Harris County Commissioner District 4 runoff candidates

The race for Harris County’s District 4 Commissioner has been narrowed down to two candidates: Richie Grantham and Bobby Irions.

  After residents displaced by Columbus fire, WTVM Give 9 Fire Relief raises over $6K for American Red Cross Emergency Fund

  Hundreds attend Davis Broadcasting’s Tools 4 School supply giveaway in Columbus

Enrichment Services Program to accept energy assistance appointment calls for several Ga. counties

  YMCA of Metropolitan Columbus offering learning pods for students attending school virtually

Feeding the Valley Food Bank seeing increased demand amid pandemic

  United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley delivers school supplies from Stuff the Bus campaign

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  EXCLUSIVE: Historic Claflin School in Columbus transformed into affordable housing complex

  GUEST SEGMENT: Davis Broadcasting gearing up for Tools 4 School supply giveaway in Columbus

  City of Opelika hosting town hall sessions to bring government and citizens together

  Street dedication honors former Phenix City Councilman Arthur L. Sumbry, Sr.

Alabama fast food chain holding contest for grandparents

Columbus organization hosts drive-thru donation site for Midtown Park Apartments fire survivors

  Columbus church rallies together to help Midtown Park Apartment fire victims

Kingdom Faith Outreach Ministries in Columbus hosted a drive-thru donation site at the church to help support people displaced from their homes.

  Amerigroup, community partners present 7th annual Citywide Back to School Jam in Columbus

The event will be held at the Columbus Civic Center near the Golden Park area. Gates will open at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m.

  Columbus Times partners with local organizations for 46th annual Summerfest

This year, Summerfest was a drive-thru style school supply giveaway.

  Longtime Columbus pastor, community activist Bishop L.D. Skinner laid to rest

Family and friends gathered Friday for the homegoing service of pastor and community activist, Bishop L.D. Skinner.

Local business closes permanently amid COVID-19 pandemic

  City of Eufaula extends curfew due to coronavirus pandemic

  Chattahoochee County parents concerned about internet access for virtual learning

  Urban League of Greater Columbus hosting job training program virtually for students

Troup Co. community celebrates opening of fire administration building

  Local woman celebrates 101st birthday

  Memorial service in Columbus honors longtime pastor, community activist Bishop Larry Skinner

Bishop Larry Skinner served numerous community organizations, including the NAACP, the Greater Columbus Urban League, and the Salvation Army.

Local parents share concerns of balancing work with kids at home during school year

Parents in the Chattahoochee Valley are feeling the impact of their children’s schools reopening virtually.

  New library coming to Glenn St. in Opelika

The new facility will be located on Glenn Street and will have individual and group study rooms and community meeting spaces. The library will also have a 250 person auditorium.

  Cirque Italia stops in Columbus, first-ever traveling water circus

The first-ever traveling water circus in the United States, Cirque Italia, made a stop in Columbus over the weekend.

  New Birth Outreach Church in Georgia holds socially distant worship services

After nearly three months of closing its doors and holding virtual worship services amid the coronavirus pandemic, New Birth Outreach Church in Midland, Georgia has held socially distant in-person church services since June, with the health of it’s congregation as a top priority.

  Harris County High School seniors have in-person graduation

After having a non-traditional high school senior year, Harris County 2020 graduates got to experience some normalcy with an in-person graduation held on the school’s football field, with parents watching from the stands.

  Alabama governor announces grant for Lanett revitalization project

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced a grant to help the City of Lanett continue to improve its downtown and attract new businesses.

  City presents recommendations to revitalize downtown Opelika

The city held a formal presentation of recommendations for downtown Opelika in a promotional video at city hall.

  Muscogee County School Board chair explains school reopening delay

Initially, parents were given the choice to send their students to school in person or virtually. Now, all students are starting virtually August 17.

  Columbus community remembering the life of pastor, community activist Bishop L.D. Skinner

Longtime pastor and community activist, Bishop Larry D. Skinner, was honored Wednesday night during a memorial parade at Bread of Life Christian Center .

  Smiths Station mayor runs unopposed; remaining mayor through 2024

The qualifying period for Smiths Station’s municipal election on August 25 ended Tuesday and the current mayor will not have opposition.

  Phenix City church receives donation to continue helping those impacted by COVID-19

Franchise Missionary Baptist Church in Phenix CIty received a check for nearly $2,000 for its part in helping families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  New disc golf course and swing park open at Smiths Station Sports Complex

The disc golf course encompasses the entire city’s sports complex on Lee Road 242.

Two newly-created deer hunting zones in Barbour, Russell Co.

Barbour and Russell Counties are among the few that will see two newly-created deer hunting zones in this upcoming season, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

  GUEST SEGMENT: Two-day blood drive being held at St. Luke Ministry Center in Columbus

Summertime is always a tough time for blood donations and with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more difficult.

  New public safety building opens in Auburn

The City of Auburn’s public safety building is now up and running after several years of construction.

  Mask mandate in place for government buildings in Columbus

People who plan to visit government buildings in Columbus must now wear a face covering to be allowed inside.

HCSD hosting training course to keep parents in the loop with Google Classroom

Harris County School District is hosting an parent engagement opportunity where parents and guardians can learn the basics of Google Classroom.

  Drive-thru COVID-19 safety kit giveaway held at Phenix City church

The Lee-Russell Council of Government passed out hundreds of COVID-19 safety kits Monday to seniors and high-risk individuals as well as caregivers for those people.

20 restaurants participate in annual Columbus Restaurant Week

An annual event centered around local restaurants in Columbus is still happening, despite hardships from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction of new classrooms at Creekside Intermediate School begins

Construction has started on the classroom additions to Creekside Intermediate School within the Harris County School District.

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries to reopen 24-hour kiosk libraries

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will be reopening their 24-hour Kiosk Libraries on Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m.

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, other partners to provide meals for students

United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley and Feeding the Valley, along with other community partners, are providing meals to Muscogee County students to help meet their nutritional needs during the gap between summer and school starting back.

  Davis Broadcasting hosts annual school supply drive through July

Davis Broadcasting hosting their annual Tools for School Supply Drive Saturday at Walmart on Gateway Rd. in Columbus.

  Health concerns spark more protests in Oak Forest subdivision in Auburn

Residents of the Oak Forrest subdivision say they deal with dust, debris, and the constant smell of rotting trash each day.

  Auburn Chamber launches Keep Auburn Open initiative

The Auburn Chamber wants shoppers to shop with the local businesses in Auburn.

  Columbus organization gearing up for Queens in Crowns Unity March

The same ladies who organized the “My Black Has a Purpose” march last month in Columbus are preparing for their second rally Saturday.

  Columbus police chief announces retirement after 49 years with the department

The Columbus police chief announced his retirement after 49 years with the Columbus Police Department.

Enrichment Services Program expanding early childhood service to West Georgia

The service will be available in Troup, Meriwether, and Harris counties this fall after recently being named as the grantee by the Office of Head Start.

  CPD gives out free masks to youth during Covering our Youth event

The event took place at the Avalon Apartments on Cusseta Road. Between 100 and 150 bags with masks and informational pamphlets on how to keep masks clean were given away.

  Columbus City Council pushes for mask encouragement resolution

Without a mask ordinance in place, Councilor John House did a push for a resolution, encouraging the public to wear a mask as much as possible.

Columbus Museum announces reopening plans after closing due to pandemic

The museum will reopen Wednesday, July 15 at noon with several adjustments to prevent the spread of the virus.

Muscogee County School Board tentatively adopts millage rate

The rate is 23.04 mills.

Columbus Civic Center transforming into drive-in theater for a night

The parking lot at the Columbus Civic Center is transforming into a drive-in theater for a night.

  Columbus community reacts to Fountain City Classic being canceled

For the past 30 years two historically black colleges and universities, Albany State and Fort Valley State, have participated in the Fountain City Classic.

  House of Heroes, Church of the Highlands help local veterans with home repairs

Just one day after receiving a $50,000 donation from Wells Fargo, House of Heroes is back in action.

  GUEST SEGMENT: West Central Health District moves to appointment only COVID-19 testing

Pamela Kirkland with the West Central Health District discusses some of the changes that are coming to the testing site at the old Columbus health Department building.

  Changes implemented in Columbus to slow the spread of coronavirus

Beginning Monday, testing at the Columbus Health Department will be provided by appointment only. In the coming days, masks will be required to enter government buildings.

  Local organization gives care packages to Troup County Jail inmates

More than 70 inmates tested positive for the virus in June. Thursday, Empowerment 3D Inc., gave out care packages full of essentials.

  WTVM and Davis Broadcasting to host school supply drive for area children

WTVM is partnering with Davis Broadcasting to ensure area children have tools for the upcoming school year.

  Opelika Housing Authority providing free internet to its communities

Families living in the Opelika Housing Authority’s affordable housing communities will soon have free internet.

  MercyMed of Columbus continues COVID-19 throughout the community

Tuesday, MercyMed of Columbus held drive-through testing for more than five hours at Edgewood Baptist Church.

  The Courier Eco Latino Newspaper hosts virtual legislative town hall

The Courier Eco Latino Newspape hosted a virtual town hall with several Columbus state lawmakers explaining what bills passed and how they will affect people in the Chattahoochee Valley.

  Covenant Woods in Columbus seeks pen pals for residents during pandemic

Visitor restrictions left more than 200 residents without visits from family members and limited outside contact.

Paws Humane Society receives COVID-19 relief grant from Best Friends Animal Society

Paws Humane Society received a $3,000 Rachael Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Grant from Best Friends Animal Society.

Harris County School District extends free meal program through July

The Harris County School District’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program has been extended through July.

  Pandemic impacting Fourth of July travel plans

Independence Day observances are different for some people amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Goodwill hosting multiple job fairs in the Chattahoochee Valley

The job fairs take place July 9 at locations in Columbus, Phenix City, and Opelika.

  Loved ones say goodbye to Phenix City assistant police chief at public visitation

Family and friends gathered Wednesday evening to remember Phenix City’s assistant police chief, Gail Green-Gilliam, who died from COVID-19 complications last week.

  Construction of new parking deck underway in downtown Auburn

The new deck is expected to open in 2021 and will add up to 350 new public parking spaces.

LIST: Fourth of July events in the Chattahoochee Valley

We’ve got a list of events and fireworks displays taking place around the Chattahoochee Valley that you and your family can enjoy responsibly.

  Columbus Health Department reopens in new location

The Columbus Health Department has successfully moved locations in the middle of a global pandemic.

  AU students and Community for Change organization host vigil honoring black trans lives

The organization hosted a visibility vigil Tuesday on Toomer’s Corner.

  Keep Opelika Beautiful holds patriotic porch contest

Keep Opelika Beautiful is looking for the most patriotic porch in town as part of a new contest.

  Girls Inc. appoints first African American executive director

The Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Columbus has named Arlene Charles as the organization’s first African American executive director to hold this position since the organization’s inception in 1952.

Callaway Gardens to host three nights of fireworks for Independence Day weekend

Callaway Resort and Gardens is welcoming guests for three nights of fireworks shows for Independence Day weekend.

  Smiths Station high school mascot spreads joy throughout the community

Smiths Station High School’s Smitty the mascot alongside Smiths Station Mayor Bubba Copeland, the local fire department, and Smiths Station’s cheerleaders took to various neighborhoods and spread positivity.

  Four Children’s Library dedicated to children killed in Lee Co. tornadoes

According to the founder of the Four Children’s Library, thanks to community donations and Providence Baptist Church, they have a red train caboose to renovate and turn into the library.