Ben Stanfield, WTVM News Leader 9

Ben Stanfield

WTVM News Leader 9

Columbus, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

METRA adding major technology with bus locator app, Wi-Fi

Customers will soon be able to tell very specifically when the bus will be coming to their stop. → Read More

NYC school student in 2001 reflects on 9/11

The terrorist attacks had a profound impact on young people in this country. → Read More

Auburn sees 43% growth since 2010, now 7th largest city in AL

Census data shows the population in 2010 was just north of 53,000. Now, its over 76,000. → Read More

EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Kemp talks on Georgia having $3.6 billion in surplus taxes

Georgia is facing a great problem right now - there’s a whole bunch of extra tax money laying around in Atlanta. → Read More

1941 lynching of Private Felix Hall acknowledged at Ft. Benning ceremony

Nineteen years young, he enlisted to defend his country because it was the only option for a better life. → Read More

Alabama has lowest vaccination rate, highest COVID-19 positivity in the country

ADPH: Alabama has lowest vaccination rate in the country at 34% → Read More

Columbus Restaurant Week: The Black Cow & Vertigo Fusion Kitchen

Our journey of showing you some of the participants for this year’s event continues. → Read More

Columbus Restaurant Week kicks off

It’s a celebration of great food from locally owned and operated restaurants. → Read More

Ft. Benning holds Ranger Hall of Fame ceremony

Delayed due to the pandemic, the rich tradition of recognizing Army Rangers who lead the way has returned. → Read More

Local Cuban family reacts to protests in Cuba

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Tensions have reached peak in Cuba, according to Chari Valdes-Pitts and her mother Dalia Valdes. People in Cuba are struggling to survive with no food available, money is tighter than ever for the masses because of the pandemic, and now because of protests in the country they say the government has cut off internet access, phone lines and electricity. “If you revolted… → Read More

New details emerge in Reese Rd. drive-by shooting as suspect appears in court

New details emerge in Reese Rd. drive-by shooting as suspect appears in court → Read More

Phenix City abolishes historic preservation commission

Historical preservation efforts will now be combined with the county level. → Read More

Financial literacy push in AL schools, bill could be introduced in 2022 session

It’s hard to prosper if you don’t understand how to make money work for you, not against you. → Read More

The Auburn Knights return; reunion set for July

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) - The Auburn Knights Orchestra has been around for 91 years. The orchestra has seen it all - depressions, recessions, pandemics and wars. The music never stopped, not even through world wars, until the year 2020. The Auburn Knights orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the United States. Fresh off the Wall Street Crash of 1929, a group got together and built something… → Read More

State of Fort Benning addresses vaccination amongst soldiers

State of Fort Benning addresses vaccination amongst soldiers → Read More

Columbus organization works to rebuild neighborhood while delivering message of Christ

Truth Spring, an organization on the west side of Columbus, has a very specific calling. → Read More

Trash piling up in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - There have been complaints about trash not being removed by the city in a timely manner. Many told WTVM News Leader 9 it has turned into a major problem. Oakland Park was identified as a problem area for trash by a WTVM viewer. Piles of trash line the roadways in the neighborhood. Old mattresses, couches and just general garbage are piled up on the sides of the streets and… → Read More

404: No broadband found; rural areas suffer for lack of access

404: No broadband found; rural areas suffer for lack of access → Read More

Team USA shooting Olympic trials at Ft. Benning

FT. BENNING, Ga. (WTVM) - Did you know some of the world’s top Olympians train in the Chattahoochee Valley? Olympic trials for small-bore shooting are being held at Fort Benning to see who can hit the mark and earn a trip to Tokyo. “This is probably one of the most stressful matches they’ll shoot in their career trying to make this team, and it’s an extremely competitive process,” said Matt… → Read More

Columbus police respond to over 60 calls for gunshots within three days

In the timeframe from Friday May 14 at 4 p.m. through Monday May 17 at 4 a.m., Columbus police responded to 68 calls for gunshots in the city. Very few of the calls happened in daylight. → Read More