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Auburn Firefighters academy

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AU FIREFIGHTER— Auburn University will host the first national training program for wildland firefighters in the eastern U.S. The Wildland Firefighter Apprenticeship Program has trained more than 2,000 apprentices to fight fires in California since 1989. Auburn University’s Dixon Center is its first eastern training site. The first academy of 48 firefighter apprentices graduated in early February. They learned how fire behaves and how to suppress it with hands-on field experience. The course also covered how to manage risks, make decisions under pressure and lead a team. Firefighters are dispatched to wildfires in forests across the nation. These include Alabama’s four national forests – Bankhead, Conecuh, Talladega and Tuskegee. The next academy will be in March.

Sports Bar Shooting

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A 28-year-old Opelika man died Sunday in the parking lot of a Cusseta sports bar after shots were fired at the facility, Tamichael Najee Jones was found unresponsive by Lee County Sheriff’s deputies at the Rhythm and Blues Sports Bar on Highway 29 North in Cusseta. deputies found Jones, who’d suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his back and shoulder, in the parking lot. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene by Lee County Coroner Bill Harris. Deputies found no weapons at the scene, evidence reveals that a private party had been held at the facility before the shooting. Potential witnesses immediately fled the bar after the shooting. anyone with information can call the Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-527-7847.

Lee Co. Schools Get Grades from the State Board of Education

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The Auburn City Schools system has earned a B grade, while Opelika City Schools and Lee County Schools received a C in the Alabama Department of Education’s 1st-time report for the state. The Auburn school system received an overall average score of 89 points compared to the 78 that both Opelika and Lee County received.  The state average is 79.  76 % of the state’s 137 school systems received an A, B or C. For individual high schools, both Auburn High School (85 points) and Opelika High School (81 points) scored a B.  Among Lee County’s 4 high schools, Smiths Station’s and Beulah received a C, while Loachapoka & Beauregard each received a D. Six of Auburn’s other schools earned A’s led by elementary  schools, Margaret Yarbrough, Ogletree, Wrights Mill Road that each had 96s and Pick Elementary a 95, Drake Middle (92) and Auburn Junior High (90).  Among Opelika’s schools, Northside Intermediate 80, Opelika Middle School 70 & Morris Avenue Intermediate 71. West Forest Intermediate 62.  No grades were available for any of Opelika’s primary schools on the state website, stating that indicators were missing for those schools. In the Lee County Schools system, the elementary schools fared best led by South Smiths Station w/a 90, Beauregard 89, Beulah 84 and East Smiths Station 83.  Loachapoka Elementary received a 66. Sanford Middle 77 and Smiths Station Junior High 76.  No information was available for the  Smiths Station Freshman Center.

Road Work in Auburn

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-The Public Works Department is working at the intersection of North Gay and Opelika Road through Friday 2/2 from 7 a.m. until 3:30 each day. The right turn lane on North Gay will be closed periodically during the work. If you drive through this area you may want to take an alternate route to avoid delay.

-Also, The Auburn Water Works Board will perform necessary maintenance work at the intersection of North Donahue Drive and Bragg Avenue  Thursday, Feb. 1st, from 3:30-7 a.m.

Portions of the intersection will close during work, and a temporary water outage will be required from 4-7 a.m., affecting several properties on North Donahue Drive. 

I-85 slow-downs expected into Monday 2/5

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The Alabama Department of Transportation is advising motorists there will be lane closures on I-85 from mile marker 52 to 56 to paint the Moore’s Mill Bridge between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.Wednesday 1/31 through Friday and again on Monday, Feb. 5th.  Delays are expected. 

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

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The following schools have announced that they will be closed on Thursday, January 18:

Auburn City Schools

Opelika City Schools

Lee-Scott Academy

Lee County Schools

Lanett City Schools

Chambers County Schools

Macon County Schools

Trinity Christian School (Opelika)

Glenwood School (Smiths Station)

Southern Union

Auburn University – Resuming normal operations at NOON with classes beginning at 12:30 

Latest School Closings

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The following local schools will be closed on Wednesday, January 17 due to impending winter weather conditions:

Auburn City Schools

Opelika City Schools

Lee County Schools

Lee-Scott Academy

Southern Union Community College

Bob Hix of Auburn Wins in Day 12 of the 12 Days of Christmas!

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On the 12th Day of Christmas winning, Bob Hix of Auburn takes home a Husqvarna gas-powered backpack blower from our friends at University Ace Hardware in Auburn! Bob stopped by the NewsTalk WANI studios today where Auburn Network President Mike Hubbard presented him with his winner’s certificate.

It’s been 12 Great Days with 12 Fabulous Winners! Congratulations to the winners and many, many thanks to our 12 Awesome Sponsors.

For everyone who entered, be on the lookout soon for some incredible – and exclusive – deals from our sponsors.

For a complete list of winners, click HERE.

Thank you for listening and have a  Merry Christmas!

Barbara Crosby of Notasulga Wins a Yeti Cooler from Mountain high Outfitters!

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On the 11th Day of the 12 Days of Christmas contest, Barbara Crosby of Notasulga wins a Yeti Cooler from Mountain High Outfitters!

One more prize remains – a gas-powered backpack blower from University Ace Hardware – and we’ll be giving it away on Monday.

It’s your last chance to win, so register today. Text 12 to 88474 or click HERE to sign up online.

To see a list of winners so far, click HERE.