This week's column will be exploring a couple of things I ran across last week.
At this time a year ago, our feeling of normalcy tilted firmly toward trepidation of an unknown killer hitchhiking its way into our community — the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, were arriving in the Loveliest Village.
Alabama’s leading health organizations are joining together to strongly recommend Alabamians get the Covid-19 vaccine. Getting the vaccine can help stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus that has affected the lives of almost every Alabamian.
A lot of people have fretted over Auburn’s proposed short-term rental (the “STR”) ordinance. Thus far, many people, particularly the majority of Auburn’s elected officials, have viewed the proposed ordinance as simply a means for bringing a noncompliant use into compliance, as a supplemental…
A renter’s perspective: When our daughter was an infant, my wife and I were invited to a friend’s wedding in Knoxville. We wanted to stay somewhere that had multiple rooms because our daughter was a light sleeper. We also needed to be close to downtown since that is where the wedding party a…
The failure of the electrical power system in Texas, which left millions without heat and other necessities during very cold weather, is beyond awful. Why did this happen?
To this observer of the hours-long Feb. 16 Auburn City Council meeting, one Councilperson’s multi-part amendment (which was adopted) to the “Short-term Rental/Homestay Ordinance” looks like an eleventh-hour strategy to undermine the years of work done by the Planning Commission and the Task …
Auburn residents now have a new locale to stretch their legs, enjoy nature and let their furry friends burn off some extra energy after Dinius Park opened to the public last Friday.
Residents of Northwest Auburn gathered Monday afternoon for National Night Out, an event held by the Auburn Housing Authority to build community bonds, offer information about the services offered in Auburn, and forge positive relationships between residents and the city's police department.
What is it that fuels creative energy in some people more than others? Opelika artist, JoAnn Williams Walker-Blagg has creative energy in spades and plenty of business moxie to spare.
Last Friday, Eagle Eye, the Auburn University student-run television station, renamed its on-campus TV studio the Melas-Mazza Eagle Eye Studio in honor of Auburn alumna Chloe Melas.
After gathering around the kitchen island and catching up, and then regaling each other with stories over good barbecue, a local group of men settled into the living room of Dan Bennett last month to start a serious conversation.
Auburn residents will get the opportunity to see the city's past and some of its most beloved and quirky characters come to life at the Pine Hill Cemetery Lantern Tour, which runs Thursday and Friday.
The Auburn Community Orchestra (ACO) will perform its fall concert, “Orchestra on the Hill,” presented by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities (Pebble Hill) and the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC). The event will be held on the lawn at Pebble Hill on Th…
Auburn residents will get the chance to share their thoughts on a proposed increase in towing fees in the city after unanimous consent was denied for the ordinance at Tuesday night's meeting.
East Alabama Health’s newly constructed level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) began welcoming new patients last Thursday, offering 11 patient rooms that will be available for babies who are born at 32 weeks or less — full gestation is 40 weeks.
Covid-19 hospitalizations at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier continued to trend in the right direction over the past week, falling to a seven-week low on Tuesday as the surge sparked by the Delta variant appears to have peaked in the Auburn community.
Construction of the new downtown AuburnBank building at the corner of North Gay Street and East Magnolia Avenue is making noticeable progress as crews continue to brick the exterior, while a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week to mark the opening of the Burton Street Parking Deck.
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Auburn City Council heard an update from the City on the parking and traffic situation during times of student drop-off and pickup at Auburn Junior High School, with Auburn Police Chief Cedric Anderson indicating that it was improving.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in full force midway through March of 2020, the novel outbreak of the deadly coronavirus threw most everything in society into a tailspin.
The City of Auburn has just made paying for a public parking space downtown that much easier with the addition of a payment option over a mobile device.
The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier continued to decline this week as the Alabama Department of Public Health tries to increase vaccination rates across the state with the "Kick COVID" effort.
While the Delta variant continues to course through the Auburn community and hospitalizations remain high at East Alabama Medical Center, the City Council is reluctant to shift back to virtual meetings, according to Mayor Ron Anders.
At its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, the Auburn City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved the extension of the school system's current Covid-19 mitigation measures, including the mask mandate indoors and on school buses.
Covid-19 hospitalizations at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier dropped sharply this week, falling below 70 for the the first time in about a month.
After reaching a pandemic high in Covid-19 hospitalizations between East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier last Saturday, hospitalizations have fallen slightly this week as deaths mount and the surge brought about by the Delta variant shows no signs of abating in the Auburn community.
On Saturday, 20 years will have passed since 19 terrorists hijacked four planes and flew them into two towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, killing 2,977 innocent civilians and changing the course of world history forever.
Auburn Area Community Theatre (AACT) will hold open auditions for Musical Theatre International’s “All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.”
I have had difficulty lately dealing with the daily news. Why so? There’s so much horrible news from the situation at the Kabul airport where 170-plus Afghans and 13 of our soldiers were killed to the situation in the U.S., where the Delta variant is killing thousands of our citizens on a da…
Auburn fans rolling into The Plains for football games this season will have another option parking option that will bring them into the heart of downtown.
I got to thinking the other day ... which is a dangerous thing for me to do. I was looking back on the celebrities I had met over my years in the TV business ... specifically, singers and musicians.
The situation at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier is becoming more dire as the recent surge in Covid-19 hospitalizations has brought hospital services close "to the brink" of demand outpacing supply.
Auburn University officials have asked fans not to roll the Auburn Oaks at Toomer's Corner after wins this season as the two trees continue to grow toward full establishment.
Plenty of activities are on tap for Auburns fans to enjoy this weekend both before the Tigers square off against Akron on Saturday in the season-opener for both teams.
The Downtown Merchants Association is calling out for more vendors who offer hand-made goods or food, or things like hand-crafted Christmas decorations, for its inaugural Loveliest Village Holiday Fair.
The number of patients on ventilators at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier in Valley rose sharply over the past week, approaching January's pandemic peak, as hospitalizations remained high between the two campuses.
On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration took a long-awaited and important step in the nation's fight against the coronavirus pandemic, giving full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine for Covid-19.
Bolstered by a strong school system, a growing industrial base offering good paying jobs and, in general, a high quality of life, Auburn remained one of the fastest-growing cities in the state of Alabama for the last decade.
An open house for residents to review the Highway 280 Focus Area Study has been set for Aug. 26, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Development Services Building off Ross Street.
At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Auburn City Council approved a commendation honoring Kimberly Christian Johnson, who was recently named Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Starting Thursday, the Auburn Area Community Theatre will begin a limited run of performances of "End Days," a family redemption story using 9/11 at its context that is at turns dark, humorous and uplifting.
Hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 continued to climb this week at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier, as federal and state officials cleared the way for those most vulnerable among us to receive an additional shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.