Auburn police are investigating what it has labeled as a suspicious incident that took place Wednesday on Heywood Street in Auburn. Police said that a female teenager reported she and two males were walking along Heywood at approximately 4 p.m. when an older white male stopped in the roadway and asked her if she needed a ride. According to the female, she declined and the vehicle then left the area. The driver was described as 50-60 years old, heavy set, wearing a white T-shirt, with thin or balding hair and driving a black 4-door vehicle Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous tip-line @ 334-246-1391.
Lee County Schools have banned the practice of student-led prayer over the public address system before football games in accordance with federal law, a move made following a recent complaint. A group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint August 31st to Superintendent James McCoy after a parent complained about a student-led prayer at Smiths Station’s season-opening game against visiting Opelika High School. The letter, signed by Christopher Line referenced the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1992 ruling in the case of Lee vs. Weisman that struck down school-sponsored prayer in public schools. Lee County Schools, responded through the Huntsville law firm of Lanier Ford Shaver and Payne with a Sept. 11th letter saying, “Dr. McCoy has informed his principals that he expects all Lee County Schools to comply with current law with respect to prayer at football games held on Lee County Schools property.” Sherry Paysinger, athletic director at Smiths Station High School, said the school has conducted student-led prayers before football games for many years. A group of students at Smiths Station High School have responded with an alternative plan to the school-sponsored prayer for future games. A posting on the school’s athletics page on Facebook stated that a group of students who attend the school has decided to begin a student-led prayer line at each home game starting Oct. 13th.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn at yesterdays media press conference said Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson will return for the team’s SEC opener this weekend. After missing the last two games with a right hamstring injury, Johnson will be available for Auburn when it hits the road this weekend to play Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Johnson returned to practice in a limited capacity last week, and while he is not fully recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the season opener against Georgia Southern, he is healthy enough to contribute. “I’m not going to say he’s 100 percent but he practiced some last week,” Malzahn said”. He practiced Sunday and he’s ready to play.
Tulane University School of Medicine has received its largest donation ever: $25 million, to support research from an Auburn University Alumni. The school will rename its Department of Medicine for John W. Deming, a medical school graduate who died in 1996, at age 76. Medical school dean Dr. Lee Hamm said in a news release that the money will provide critical support to launch the careers of junior investigators while also helping senior faculty members. Deming’s wife, Bertie Deming Smith, says she wanted to honor the deep love her husband of 50 years held for Tulane, & his belief in the importance of education. Deming grew up in Evergreen, graduated from Auburn & worked in Alexandria, Louisiana, from 1950 to 1985.