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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.

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Recently, I was watching TV and came across a fascinating program (at least it was to me) featuring people who choose —for whatever reason — to live off the grid in frozen Alaska.

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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…

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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…

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As I was preparing this week's conversation, I found out how treatment of some of the most dreadful diseases known to man are literally going to the dogs. 

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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?

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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 …

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e careful where you step. There are lots of rabbit holes out there, and they are not easy to spot. 

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You might say we're living by the numbers. Here's more on what I'm talking about.

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Auburn City Schools has reinstituted a system-wide mask mandate, which went into effect on Tuesday, after the number of students testing positive for Covid-19 remained high last week. 

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With the Omicron variant sparking yet another wave in the pandemic, hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 reached an all-time high at East Alabama Medical Center this week, jumping to 96 on Sunday before eclipsing the century mark on Tuesday.

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A mask mandate is likely coming back to Auburn City Schools next week, according to a Covid-19 update provided to the ACS Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday night by Superintendent Cristen Herring.

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Auburn-Opelika Tourism's efforts over the past year and during the pandemic picked up a major nod from its peers last week when the Alabama Tourism Department named the bureau its Tourism Organization of the Year. 

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The number of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier continued to quickly increase over the past week as East Alabama Health updated its policy to require medical-grade masks for all staff, patients and visitors. 

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The Downtown Design Review Committee came away impressed after taking its first crack at reviewing the plans for the Graduate Hotel slated to be built on the current site of Anders Bookstore at the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and Wright Street at its meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

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The Auburn 2040 process will be delayed once again as the city of Auburn enters an election year and the Covid-19 pandemic still rages on two years after it began.

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The roundabout at the intersection of Cox and Wire roads opened to traffic on Tuesday, as the city of Auburn cautioned that there might be delays in the coming weeks as the contractor puts finishing touches on the project. 

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Those looking to take a little cold-water plunge for a good cause will get their chance later this month at the 10th-annual Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for the Lee County Special Olympics. 

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Auburn has a tenant again for one of the most visible and iconic locations in town as Whataburger opened its doors for business on Monday in the old AuburnBank building on Toomer's Corner.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 12 to 15 this week, as schools open back up from the holiday break while the highly-contagious Omicron variant continues its spread across the country, and locally, unabated.

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The Auburn City Council will consider the redistricting plan put forth by city of Auburn staff at its regular meeting on Tuesday evening, as the deadline looms in February for the map to be submitted for use in the upcoming Municipal Election in August. 

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Hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 at East Alabama Medical Center jumped this week above 20 for the first time since mid-October as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads across the country. 

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In 2006, the Auburn Villager was founded to fill a need for hyperlocal, community-based news in Auburn, with a model fashioned from the award-winning Auburn Bulletin that served this community, in one form or another, for decades. From 2006 until now, the Villager has resisted raising its su…

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Hospitalizations of patients with Covid-19 remain stable and low at East Alabama Medical Center and EAMC-Lanier, even as the highly-transmissible Omicron variant is spreading widely nationwide. 

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The Auburn University Regional Airport will soon have to extend its runway safety area to meet a mandate from the Federal Aviation Administration. The extension will run over the airport's current property line and affect six holes at Indian Pines Golf Course.

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Bishop Nolan Torbert's call to the ministry wasn't on his speed dial in 1998 when he began joining his wife, Gail, to minister to Auburn University students who would often drop by her office, homesick and crying. 

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As hospitals nationwide, including in Auburn, struggled to deal with the rush of severely sick patients during the early throes of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, long-time Auburn resident Janie Price leaned on her faith and spearheaded the Park and Pray effort, which brought area resident…

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The tensions surrounding Councilman Steven Dixon's lawsuit against the city of Auburn and the Council he serves on over the short-term rental ordinance have remained largely out of public view the past several months. That changed last week as the tensions exploded from the background into p…

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The developers of the Godbold Building announced on Tuesday that a Target will be part of its mixed-use project, which came before the Downtown Design Review Committee for the second time.

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The Auburn City Council will hold a work session on Dec. 16 to discuss two major projects, including a planned safety zone at Auburn University Regional Airport, Mayor Ron Anders announced during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night. 

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When an 18-year-old Pat Giddens stepped into the J&M Bookstore in 1964, there was no way she could have known the lasting impression she would make on countless families dropping off their children to attend Auburn University.

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For those looking to stoke their holiday spirit off the beaten path, the Auburn Area Community Theatre and the Kreher Preserve and Nature Center have you covered. The two will bring back the popular Holiday Walk in the Woods on Dec. 17 and 18 at the preserve.

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How did Auburn, Alabama, get its name, and why is it referred to as “the loveliest village?” A new book, “Auburn: A History in Street Names,” authored by Sam Hendrix, provides a comprehensive history of the city of Auburn and so much more. The book tells the stories of the “village” and its …

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Auburn residents will get another chance to review the City of Auburn's redistricting plan on Monday during an open house at the Boykin Community Center. 

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One of the delayed effects of the pandemic has reared its head over the last few months as supply chains globally have become bogged down, resulting in some goods becoming scarce on store shelves and delivery times for products purchased online delayed by weeks if not months. 

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Auburn residents searching for holiday cheer and the perfect gift for Christmas need look no further than downtown this weekend, as the Downtown Merchants Association will host its first Holiday Fair, featuring a two-day market and Santa dropping by Toomer's Corner before the Christmas Parad…

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The food scene in Auburn got a major hat tip at the recent 2021 Stars of the Industry Awards in Birmingham, with three local hospitality professionals taking home awards. 

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While the winner of the annual Iron Bowl showdown still hangs in the balance, Auburn took home a different title of sorts last week after bringing in a huge haul for the Beat Bama Food Drive. 

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A lifelong Auburn resident, LaDextric Oliver has spent years giving back to youth and his community in his own way — through mentoring children both in the classroom and in athletics.