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When Lester and Mary Ann Stoll arrived in Auburn in 1988, they didn't have the slightest idea of what to expect.

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The United Way of Lee County will officially launch its 2020-2021 campaign this week with the goal of raising $925,000, the amount needed to support area agencies that fulfill Lee County’s most basic needs and provide support in times of community crisis. 

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The Auburn area has seen a sharp decline in the number of new cases of Covid-19 over the past two weeks, although health officials are still waiting to see whether Labor Day weekend activities will result in an increase in the coming week ahead. 

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At its meeting on Tuesday night, the Auburn City Council approved an extension of its state of local emergency declaration through early October, as the area continues to battle the spread of Covid-19 in the community. 

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When Chandler Wooten arrived on Auburn University’s campus to join the football team in the spring of 2017, the then-17-year-old linebacker from Kennesaw, Georgia, fully expected his experience on the Plains to be a smooth ride. 

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Auburn City Schools announced on Tuesday that it would provide free meals for breakfast and lunch to all students, whether learning traditionally or remotely. 

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Life on Harmon Drive was more than peaceful for the Threadgill family. For Amber Threadgill, alongside her husband and her children, Kounte, 13, Kish, 6, Koa, 5, Kountess, 2, and 3-month-old Kross, Harmon Drive was home.

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Editor's Note: The Villager is reprinting the following essay by EAMC infectious disease specialist Dr. Ricardo Maldonado, which was shared by East Alabama Medical Center last week, in order to provide the most clear information straight to readers from area experts. 

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The Auburn City Council unanimously approved the biennial budget for fiscal years 2021-22 at its virtual meeting on Tuesday night, charting the financial path forward for the city as it deals with the economic effects and uncertainty created by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees will be convening virtually for its first meeting in its 2020-2021 schedule on Sept. 4. The board will be discussing a tentative agenda, with items ranging from posthumous awarding to the current status of new construction on campus.

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Freshman year at any college can be a daunting task. For many, it is the first time they will leave the comfort of their homes to immerse themselves in a new culture of education while navigating a new social environment. 

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In a special-called meeting on Thursday afternoon, the Auburn City Council issued a state of local emergency and further restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the community after scenes of students crowding into downtown bars without social distancing or wearing masks went viral on…

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As classes kicked off for the second week on the Plains, Auburn University officials continued to express concern with rising Covid-19 numbers sweeping Auburn’s campus. 

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Auburn City Schools will host two public budget hearings on Tuesday, as the school system works toward finalizing the budget for the 2021 fiscal year. 

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While the daily Covid-19 case count and moving averages have trended downward over the past month, Lee County has now passed 3,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. 

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The Auburn City Council approved a conditional use request for a grocery store on South Gay Street at its meeting on Tuesday, paving the way for the return of a grocer downtown. 

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The Auburn City Council approved an extension of a moratorium on new student housing at its meeting on Tuesday, the second time the council has authorized an extension during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Auburn residents have about 70 days left to apply for an absentee ballot for the General Election in November, amid concerns that policy changes at the Postal Service instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy would impact the delivery of absentee and mail-in ballots. 

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The city of Auburn announced on Tuesday that the Auburn Police Division will begin taking measures to enforce the state's Safer at Home regulations, including issuing citations for those not in compliance. 

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After falling over the past two weeks, the number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center has ticked slightly upward, while the number of confirmed cases in Lee County continues to climb, passing 2,700 this week. 

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In early August, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that it would be changing the timetable of the Census, opting to close counting on Sept. 30, 2020 instead of the original Oct. 31 date. 

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Auburn residents can now grab some grub, a cold drink and hit the links, all without doling out for a membership fee as the County Club of Auburn opened its doors and course last week. 

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The Auburn City Council approved a development agreement with AuburnBank at its meeting on Tuesday night, as the downtown mainstay plans to begin redevelopment of its site in the coming months. 

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The Auburn area continued to mourn this week the passing of native son and Lee County Commissioner Johnny Lawrence, who died last Friday at the age of 62 after a weeks-long battle with Covid-19. 

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If you're seeking a little outdoor fun and exploration to help you break out of the coronavirus containment blues, the city of Auburn's Itty Bitty Scavenger Hunt has you covered. 

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Alabama’s general election is less than 100 days away now and it is turning out to be of more importance than we imagined. 

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The vision for the old Burger King and Tiger Rags properties on South Gay Street is coming into focus, as plans to include a grocery store as part of re-development are set to come before the Planning Commission next week.

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While many will turn to mail-in ballots to cast their picks in the general election in November, plenty of voters are still expected exercise their vote the old-fashioned way — by standing in line at their voting precincts. 

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East Alabama Medical Center joined other hospitals in the state this week in asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to extend the statewide mask mandate before it expires on Friday. 

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Auburn residents who like to wind down the day with an adult beverage at their favorite watering hole will have to get their orders in early as the Alabama Beverage Control Board set an 11 p.m. last call for alcohol at bars and restaurants in response to the surging Covid-19 pandemic in the state. 

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The redevelopment of AuburnBank downtown will soon move forward, as retail banking has already moved into the adjacent Operations Center on Gay Street and preliminary work for a parking deck is slated to start in August. 

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Every decade the United States conducts a census of its citizens and while for many this may feel like an inconvenient questionnaire, the results of the Census impacts $675 billion dollars in funding and congressional representation in the House of Representatives.

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Cases of Covid-19 in Lee County and hospitalizations at East Alabama Medical Center both climbed into uncharted territory this week, as the county's confirmed cases surged past 2,100 and hospitalizations reached a new high. 

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East Alabama Medical Center is asking those in the community who have recovered from Covid-19 to donate blood plasma, a potentially critical treatment for patients currently infected and hospitalized. 

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At its virtual meeting last week, the Auburn University Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead to initiate a project that will renovate the Quad Residence Halls on campus over the coming years. 

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As families across Alabama continue to struggle with food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic, the Food Bank of East Alabama has had its hands full keeping up with the increasing demand. 

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Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville routed ex-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Tuesday's Primary Runoff Election to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.