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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Plenty of smiles were cracked last Wednesday as people took turns posing for photos with a beaver mascot and City Council members shoveled dirt onto a pile at the groundbreaking of Buc-ee's new Auburn location off of Exit 50. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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Hospitalizations of Covid-19 patients have leaped over the past week at East Alabama Medical Center to the highest level since mid-February, when the area was on the downward slope of January's pandemic peak. 

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Founded by local businessmen, AUBix LLC  plans to open a new $120 million data center in Auburn that is expected to provide key infrastructure and a technological edge for its tenants while benefiting communities across Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Monday. 

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Covid-19 hospitalizations at East Alabama Medical Center have surged over the last week as the highly-transmissible Delta variant courses its way through the community and vaccination rates remain well below the national average. 

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The number of new hospitalizations of patients diagnosed with Covid-19 has ticked upward at East Alabama Medical Center over the past two weeks, as the vaccination effort has all but stalled in the state of Alabama amid the continued spread of the highly-transmissible Delta variant. 

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During the second day of his trial, Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes pled guilty to two felony counts in a deal made with prosecutors that will result in jail time. 

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East Alabama Medical Center and the mayors of Lee County made a plea last week for more people in the community to get their Covid-19 vaccines, as the vaccination rate in the area continues to lag well behind the national average and amid worries that the unvaccinated will be particularly vu…

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May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate all those involved in helping children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

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East Alabama Medical Center has started winding down its Community Vaccine Clinic amid flagging demand for the Covid-19 vaccine. 

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Our furry friends will be all the more fabulous on Sunday when Pride on the Plains and the Lee County Humane Society team up to host Paws for Pride.

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Aubrey Morrison believes anyone can be a leader — the adjective isn’t tied to a position or job title. True leadership is helping people you know, whether that be personally or through work, become successful.

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With spring in full swing, many residents are busy tending their yards and gardens to enhance their outdoor experience over the coming months. They will be able to pick up some expert tips next weekend when Lee County Master Gardeners of Alabama (LCMGA) hosts its “Spring Stroll” 2021 Garden …

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Starting May 24, East Alabama Medical Center’s Community Vaccine Clinic will pare back its days and hours of operation, the hospital announced on Monday.