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Donna Giles is Day 3 Winner in the 12 Days of Christmas Contest!

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Donna Giles of Notasulga is the winner of Day 3’s prize in the 12 Days of Christmas contest!

A beautiful framed piece of Auburn University Football Artwork from the famous J&M Bookstore in Auburn will be Donna’s to take home.

There are 9 days of winning left, so get your name in the running. Text 12 to 88474 or click HERE to register online.

Wednesday’s Day 4 Prize – A $300 gift card from Goree’s Furniture Express!

Missing Man’s Remains Found

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Opelika police have identified the remains of a man found last year behind Bennett’s Trailer Park as Andrew James Barnett Jr., Barnett was 1st reported missing June 17th, 2004. “A juvenile looking for his dog found the remains along a creek bank in a wooded area near the 1000 block of York Avenue,” according to coroner Bill Harris. Police sent those remains to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences and the FBI for lab testing & announced the results yesterday. Barnett was a resident of Bennett’s Trailer Park, on South Long Street, He was 34 years old at the time of his disappearance. Police are still unsure of the cause of death and are asking for anyone w/information to come forward. The Secret Witness Hotline number is (334) 745-8665.

Expect Road Delays

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The City of Auburn Public Works Department will perform annual crack seal maintenance on asphalt at various locations throughout Auburn beginning Monday, Nov. 27. 

 Crack sealing is an effective and economical way to extend the life of roads. Rather than closing off roads for repaving and causing extended traffic delays, crews will apply crack seal quickly, allowing traffic to resume within a few hours.

Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will last through Friday, Dec. 8th. The following streets will be repaired:

  • Watercrest Boulevard
  • Thornapple Lane
  • Veterans Boulevard
  • Longleaf Drive
  • Deer Run Road
  • Burke Place
  • Gatewood Drive
  • Academy Drive
  • Auburn Drive
  • Bowden Street
  • Auburn Drive

Lanes will close temporarily during work. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic, and motorists are encouraged to exercise caution when driving in these areas and take alternate routes to avoid delays.

Gus Says He’s Staying

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The SEC coaching carousel kicked into high gear yesterday, with Texas A&M firing Kevin Sumlin and Dan Mullen making the move from Mississippi State to Florida. Tennessee reportedly agreed to hire Greg Schiano, then didn’t amidst fan backlash. All that news came days after Arkansas fired head coach Bret Bielema moments after he walked off the field Friday night. But as news continues to swirl around SEC coaches, it doesn’t appear as if Auburn’s Gus Malzahn intends for his name to be mentioned. Asked directly on a conference call last night if he was committed to coaching the Tigers in 2018, Malzahn said, “Yeah, “I’m honored to be the head coach here at Auburn,” he continued. “We’re playing for the SEC Championship, and I’m excited to be the head coach here.” The questions have come up because of the opening at Arkansas and Malzahn’s ties to the state. He was a walk-on receiver for the Razorbacks in college, began his coaching career in the high school ranks not far down the road from Fayetteville, Ark., and broke into the college ranks as Arkansas’ offensive coordinator in 2006.

Last week, Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reported that big-money boosters close to the Arkansas program were pushing the school to go after Malzahn as a replacement for Bielema. Malzahn seemed to put those rumors officially to rest this weekend. Asked a similar question after Saturday’s 26-14 win over Alabama, he said “We’re fixing to play for the SEC Championship,” and added, “I don’t get into rumors.”

Malzahn’s current contract, which pays him $4.725 million annually, runs through 2020.

 Saturday’s win pushed Auburn’s record to 10-2, if Auburn beats the Bulldogs again in Saturday’s SEC Championship, it will, in all likelihood, be the first two-loss team to make the College Football Playoff.

Including this year’s games, Malzahn is 45-20 during his five-season tenure at Auburn and has led the program to two SEC West titles, one SEC crown and one national championship berth.

Caution-Counterfeit Tickets Will be Offered for Sale

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The Auburn Athletics Ticket Office saw many types of counterfeit ticketing during the Tigers’ matchup against Georgia 2 weeks ago. The only authorized outlets to sell tickets are the Auburn Ticket Office, the Alabama Ticket Office, ReplyBuy and Stub Hub. Purchasing tickets from other sources is done at the buyer’s own risk. The Auburn ticket office and law enforcement saw four types of counterfeiting in effect for the Georgia game at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

 > Incorrect Game: Scalpers outside the stadium sold both future and previously played game tickets.  Please carefully check all text on the ticket to ensure that it’s for the proper game.

> Counterfeit Money: Scalpers outside the stadium were purchasing tickets from individuals using counterfeit money.

> Poorly reproduced hard tickets: The ticket office saw tickets printed on inferior paper stock, without embossing, poor color quality, and incorrect ad on the back of the ticket.

Seat Location Fraud: The latest fraudulent tactic being seen by ticket offices is seat location “photo-shopping” on print-at-home paper tickets. If you are purchasing a paper ticket from an individual (either in person or online), there is a chance of a fraudulent seat location, even if the original ticket was purchased from an authorized ticket seller. An example of this type of fraud would include purchasing a ticket from a source other than StubHub, yet the ticket has “StubHub” on it and the location on the ticket has been altered.  If this occurs, the ticket holder will be required to sit in the seat location of the original ticket. Prior to purchasing tickets, you should reach out to the Auburn ticket office to check seat locations, either by phone in advance of the game or at a ticket trouble-shooting area on gameday.

Fans should exercise caution when approached in outer parking lots or downtown area of Auburn.  Counterfeit sellers have been known to travel by bicycle so they can move away quickly if approached by law enforcement.  Many of the counterfeit tickets purchased for the UGA game were sold in the downtown area of Auburn.

Bar Code: A ticket’s authenticity is in the bar code.  If a ticket is purchased from another source, the bar code may have been duplicated and the first to enter the stadium will be the valid ticket.  Officials from EOG, located at each gate, are instructed to not allow counterfeit tickets to enter the stadium. If a counterfeit ticket is discovered, the ticket holder will be escorted out of the stadium.

 Troubleshooting areas for fan questions are set up at Gates 13, the Auburn Arena Box Office, and at any of the three Jordan-Hare Stadium ticket box offices (West, Northeast, South).

Permits required: The City of Auburn requires all individuals re-selling tickets to obtain a permit. Permits will include a city-issued badge with photo identification.  The permit does not legitimize the sellers as Auburn University representatives, nor does it validate the tickets they are selling. The purpose of the scalping permit is to provide Auburn police officers an opportunity to engage and identify individuals scalping tickets during Auburn Athletics events.  Individuals that choose to purchase tickets from a scalper are encouraged to document the permit number.

ReplyBuy: Sign up for AuburnFastPass to see last-minute ticket availability for the Alabama game. If tickets become available from previous allotments reserved for visiting team, player comps, recruits and high school coaches, registered fans will receive a text with the ability to respond and purchase tickets on their smart phones. Register at  https://www.replybuy.com/auburn/welcome  or text AUBURN to 20123.  Tickets purchased through ReplyBuy are delivered as mobile ticket only.

Ticket transferring: Owners of tickets purchased through the Auburn or visiting team’s ticket offices have the ability to resell their tickets online. When that happens, the original ticket will become invalid and the online ticket becomes the “good” ticket. Please remember that only StubHub is an authorized secondary ticketing provider for Auburn Football tickets. Purchasing from other online resellers is done at the buyer’s own risk.  We encourage fans to ask questions to make sure that the ticket you have purchased has not been sold online.

Social media: The Auburn ticket office encourages fans not to post pictures of their tickets on any social media platforms.  This can jeopardize the safety of your ticket, especially if the bar code is visible in the photo.  Individuals can duplicate a ticket with this information, as well as sell a ticket using this information on secondary ticket selling sites.

If you suspect an individual is selling counterfeit tickets, please alert the nearest law enforcement official, email gameday@auburn.edu , text AUBURN followed by the complaint to 69050 or call 334-844-4750.

 

Missing Rapper & Promoter’s Vehicle Sought

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— An Alabama sheriff says he believes an Atlanta-based rapper and a music promoter were slain outside of the county where their bodies were found. Authorities are still searching for the men’s vehicle, a 2016 white Honda CRV. The bodies of rapper Edward Reeves, known and Kendrick Stokes were found 3 to 4 miles apart in a rural area of Macon County. Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson said he believes both bodies were placed in Macon County after the 2 men were killed elsewhere. He didn’t elaborate on evidence in the case, but vowed that authorities are “going to do everything they can to bring justice.” reports are that both men were originally from Montgomery, and were longtime friends.

Escaped Inmate Sought

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— An Alabama man escaped custody for the second time in less than one month Sunday around 2:30. Vernon had previously escaped Oct. 29th by forcibly removing his restraints while being booked into the county jail. He was recaptured the next day. Wilson says Vernon is to be considered armed and dangerous. He was last seen in a wooded area of Elmore County, close to the Coosa County line. Wilson says authorities believe Vernon stole an electric dirt bike in Elmore County. Vernon was being held on multiple felony charges, including burglary & auto theft.