Auburn University invests $5 million in groundbreaking research projects

Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn University is making steps toward developing groundbreaking research on campus by recently investing $5 million in 11 different research projects. All 11 projects are designed to adhere to the promises Auburn University President Steven Leath made in his installation speech in March.  "Our duty is to engage our students, graduates, faculty and partners to transform the fruits of our scholarship and research into products, methods and services that meet our communities’ most pressing needs.


Meet this week’s pet of the week: Ernest

Auburn, Ala. — Meet this week’s Lee County Humane Society pet of the week, Ernest! Ernest is described as a “sweet old gentleman” who loves napping, a fresh bowl of food and rolling in the grass.  He is a nine-year-old dog, so he is laid back and would enjoy a home on the quieter side.


City of Auburn holds job fair to help those displaced by MasterPlan

Auburn, Ala. — The City of Auburn announced a partnership with local businesses and Auburn City Schools to host a job fair on Tuesday, June 19, from 3 - 8 p.m. The job fair is to assist those recently laid off by the closing of MasterBrand’s Auburn plant. The company stunned employers and city officials on June 12 by announcing its closure because of ‘market conditions and changes in consumer taste.’ Auburn City officials announced their efforts to assist in placing the 445 affected employees in jobs. “It’s great to see the entire community coming together in this critical time for those who lost their jobs this week,” said Cary Cox, the City of Auburn’s workforce development director.


The man behind "Dumps Like a Truck"

Auburn, Ala. -- In 2014, Whitley Dykes posted a picture of a meal cooked by his mother-in-law on his Instagram account with the caption, “Dumps like a truck,”: a picture that would change his life forever. Dykes got the idea to open the food truck with the help of his wife because of what he called, “A lack of places for the many Chinese to get authentic food in Auburn.” The name was inspired by the famous “Thong Song” by the artist, Sisqó, and its line, “dumps like a truck.” Dykes took this line from the song and started a food truck with a purpose.


Where should Auburn students get their textbooks?

Auburn, Ala. -- For most college students, the hardest part of each semester can be finding the right textbook at the best price. Luckily in Auburn, students have several options to ensure that they are getting the best “bang for their buck.” Several students take advantage of Auburn University’s campus bookstore. Others might go to J&M Bookstore or Anders Bookstore downtown. Some use websites like Amazon, smartphone apps or even buy their friends’ used textbooks. “I typically go to the Auburn Bookstore to buy my textbooks, just because it’s more convenient, as I’m already on campus,” said Peter Taliaferro, a senior at Auburn.


Auburn presents their 12th annual SummerNight Downtown Art Walk

Auburn, Ala. -- The city of Auburn is getting ready to host their 12th annual SummerNight Downtown Art Walk, on Friday, June 8. This event is described on their website as, "an arts festival that transforms downtown Auburn into its very own arts district." The event features music, art by local artists, street performers, food and children's activities.  This year's entertainment will be the local band, Spoonful James.


Auburn University arborist says Auburn's Oaks are doing well

Auburn, Ala. -- The Auburn Oak's at Toomer's Corner have long been a major part of the Auburn culture and spirit. Auburn University arborist, Alex Hedgepath, explains that the Auburn Oaks planted in February, 2017, are in a healthy state.  The trees were able to maintain their health after the rollings that occurred throughout the 2017-2018 football season, and are continuing to have good root development.  “Both oak canopies are in fair condition,” Hedgepath said.


Auburn man charged with rape and sodomy

Auburn, Ala. -- On May 23, 2018, Auburn Police arrested 20-year-old Auburn native, Drew Michael McCormack, on charges of rape in the first degree and sodomy in the first degree.  His arrest comes after an investigation of sexual assault that had been reported earlier in the month.


Pet of the week: Quincy

Auburn, Ala. -- Meet this week's Lee County Humane Society pet of the week, Quincy! Quincy is a two-year-old pup, who the humane society describes as charming to everyone he meets. Quincy found himself at the Lee County Humane Society in January. Quincy is a laid back dog, but always loves a good game of fetch or going on a walk.  His adoption fee is $25 and he would need to meet any potential furry siblings before coming home.


Auburn University identifies best protective dog breeds

Auburn, Ala. -- Auburn University psychology professor, Jeffery Katz, is using psychology to discover which dogs would be the most effective in providing security for the nation's largest venues.  With tragic attacks that cause the nation to focus harder on securing large events and crowds, Auburn has been setting their focus on providing cyber safety, public safety, crisis management and odor detection technology, by using both human experts and some furry friends. At the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University, there is a program that allows experts to research and train dogs in odor detection.