Auburn police make drug arrest

Auburn, Ala. -- On Tuesday, July 11, Auburn Police arrested two men for drug related crimes. Cedreko Lamar Johnson, a 26-year-old man from Opelika was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and two counts of Receiving Stolen Property 3rd Degree.


Drive-by Tacos arrives in Auburn

Auburn, Ala. -- If you have been in Auburn this summer, you may have caught a glimpse of Auburn's newest food truck: Drive-by Tacos. The Drive-by Tacos bright blue truck arrived in Auburn in the middle of June from Boone, North Carolina.


New documentary profiles Alabama’s pre-k program

Montgomery, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey announced the release of “Starting at Zero: Reimagining Education in America,” a video detailing Alabama’s nationally renowned prekindergarten program. The video, produced and filmed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation, debuted at the National Forum on Education Policy hosted by the Education Commission of the States in Washington D.C. “We know that investing in quality early learning impacts a child’s future far beyond the classroom,” said Gov.


New grocery delivery service comes to Auburn and Opelika

Auburn, Ala. — Instacart, a same-day grocery delivery service, is expected to come to Auburn on June 28. Founded by former Amazon employee Apoorva Mehta, the company gives customers the opportunity to shop for goods at in-store prices and have these groceries delivered to their homes at a delivery window of one hour or up to five days in advance. Instacart’s customers mainly access the site through mobile apps on iPhone or Android, but can also access the main website. The service will be available to over 40,000 people who live across Auburn, Opelika, Waverly, Gold Hill, Woodland Hills, Woodfield, The Bottle, Wrights Croassroads, Whippoorwill Estates and Beauregard. Customers will be able to order from stores such as CVS pharmacy and Publix.


Independence Day celebrations in Auburn

Auburn, Ala. -- The Auburn community is invited to celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4, at Duck Samford Park. This family-friendly event offers food, music, free goodies and a large firework show put on by Briggs and Stratton.


Auburn library debuts Aubie exhibit

Auburn, Ala. — The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries recently opened an exhibit on Aubie the mascot, commemorating the soon-to-be 40th anniversary of the mascot. Phil Neel, an artist for the Birmingham Post-Herald, drew the original cartoon Aubie. The drawing made its first appearance on the cover of an Auburn football program on Oct.


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.