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Funeral Services for 3 Year-Old Set

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Miss Sadie Grace went to sleep with her heavenly father on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at her “normal naptime.”

She was born on August 5, 2014 to parents, Tracy and Corrie Andrews.

 Sadie is survived by her parents; siblings: Sabrina, Piper, Cason, Ryder and Judson Andrews; grandparents, Benny and Brenda Andrews of Valley, AL, and Kieffer and Brenda Vermillion of Aledo, TX; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service for Sadie Grace Andrews will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Andrews officiating.

 The family will receive friends this evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the countless number of friends and family who are giving of their time and finances to bless and encourage them.

Tragedy Strikes Auburn Family

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GIRL DROWNS IN GREASE— Authorities say a 3-year-old girl is dead after she fell into a grease pit at an Auburn ice cream shop and drowned. The girl’s body was pulled from an in-ground container used to trap cooking grease at Brewster’s Real Ice Cream in Auburn Saturday. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said the death appears to be an accidental drowning. Video evidence from the scene showed the girl playing with siblings when she apparently fell through a lid covering a grease pit on the ice cream parlor’s property. Harris said the girl was found several minutes later inside the grease container, which was 6 feet deep. He said no foul play is suspected.

Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Looking for Shooter

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Deputies with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office discovered a victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the back after responding to a report of a shooting last Sunday at the Sportsman’s Club on County Road 160, north of Lafayette, according to a release from the agency. Taken to East Alabama Medical Center via Lafayette Emergency Management Services, the victim has been uncooperative in providing information to investigators. Law enforcement officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Investigative Division at 334-864-4300.

Neighbor Shot-Needs Your Help

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AUBURN, Ala.- When you hear the song “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” coming from the gray van with frozen treats pictured on the side of his truck, you know Suleiman Alfa is behind the wheel and getting ready to spread joy to the neighborhood.

Alfa, who went to Auburn University and worked his way through school began selling ice cream to the community 21 years ago. In that time, he’s touched the lives of thousands of people in more ways than delivering a tasty treat. He knows everyone by name, and has sold ice cream to the likes of Super Bowl Champion and Auburn native, Demarcus Ware and more.

“They can hear the music,” Alfa said from his Midtown Medical Center hospital room on Friday. “They have good ears. They can hear me miles away. They’re waiting for me. When I go to Grove Hill and I see those smiles. It’s a great joy to go home and know those kids are happy.”

In addition to driving his ice cream truck, Alfa works at the Marathon Gas Station along Columbus Parkway in Opelika. He works there to pay his son’s college tuition. He was working from 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday when the store was robbed. Alfa said two men came in the store and shot the customer and went around the counter and told him to get on the ground while asking for the money.

On the way out of the store, one of the men shot Alfa four times.

“I begged him,” Alfa said. “I said, please, I’m a 57-year-old man. There’s nothing I can do. Please. While I laid down, I begged he stop shooting. Please. I begged him for my life, but he kept shooting.”

Elizabeth Garrett has lived in the Grove Hill neighborhood in Auburn for almost 12 years. She said Alfa has known her two kids since they were six and three. She said when she hears that song, she and her family will come out to say hi, even if they don’t have a sweet tooth at that time.

“He just brings a lot of happiness and joy,” Garrett said. “When you hear him coming, everybody comes out to get ice cream and to say hello to him and visit with him. He’s always happy.”

Garrett’s son, Wheeler said he was devastated when he learned what happened to Alfa.

“Everybody in my neighborhood loves him,” Wheeler Garrett said. “I’m 14, and I still go out to see the ice cream man. He’s a really nice guy.”

In light of what happened, Elizabeth Garrett and others in the neighborhood have come together and created at GoFundMe to help him cover his expenses.

Those in the neighborhood say there will be a void without Alfa and his truck, but hope that he and his shining smile can make a comeback soon.

“Auburn is a family,” Alfa said. “We are a family in Auburn. It’s a community where everybody knows everybody. We love each other, and we take care of each in Auburn,

Nate Leaves Southeast

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Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast yesterday, dumping heavy rain and bringing gusty winds a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast. the region was spared the kind of catastrophic damage left by Irma & Harvey that hit the southern U.S. and Caribbean. Nate — the 1st hurricane to make landfall in Mississippi since Katrina in 2005 — quickly lost strength yesterday, w/its winds diminishing to a tropical depression. It was a Category 1 hurricane when it came ashore outside Biloxi early yesterday, its 2nd landfall after initially hitting southeastern Louisiana Saturday evening.

2 Charged w/Murder

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Three arrests were made in the span of just a week in an ongoing investigation by Dadeville police involving charges of murder and attempted murder. The arrests stem from a Sept. 28th incident involving gunshots heard in the Jah Street area. Police found 2 victims with gunshot wounds, both were taken to Lake Martin Community Hospital. One of the victims, 27 yr old John Adamson, of Jacksons Gap, died. The other, 37-year-old Jackson’s Gaps resident Gerald Haggerty, was airlifted to Columbus Regional Hospital where he was later listed in stable condition. Tavorick Black, 18, of Dadeville and Daquon Sheeley, 21, of Jacksons Gap were arrested and charged with murder. Police are still investigating the case and are asking if you have information to call Dadeville Police at 256-825-6212, or the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department at (256) 825-4264.  

Nate-Gov. Ivey Frees-up Resources Ahead of Storm

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TROPICAL WEATHER-ALABAMA— Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Nate. Nate is expected to reach the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend as a hurricane, when it makes landfall Sunday morning. A National Weather Service graphic released yesterday afternoon shows Lee County has a 30 percent chance of being impacted by sustained winds greater than 39 mph during the day Sunday. Stronger gusts are possible in Lee County, and heavy rain could accompany thunderstorms as early as tomorrow morning. Along the Alabama coast, winds of 75 mph and gusts to 90 mph are expected. Further inland over the western two-thirds of the state, sustained winds of 35-45 mph with gusts to 60 mph are forecast as far north as the Birmingham/Gadsden region. The emergency declaration is effective as of this morning at 7 a.m. In a news conference yesterday, Ivey said she signed the declaration because it frees up personnel and resources in case there’s a need to respond to any storm-related activity.

This Weekend in College Football

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At one point during Auburn’s win over Mississippi State last week, Kerryon Johnson said he looked across the line of scrimmage and saw the Bulldogs defense playing with only 5 men in the box. Johnson said; “I haven’t seen that in the 3 years I’ve been here,”. “We aren’t seeing as many 8-man, 9-man, 7-man boxes as we’ve seen before.” Part of the reason is Auburn’s overhauled passing attack, which finished the 2016 season ranked 112th nationally, but so far ranks 73rd in 2017 averaging 222.6 yards. That number is even higher over the Tigers’ past 3 games, Jarrett Stidham has completed nearly 83 % of his passes for 846 yards & 3 touchdowns. Auburn has hit 9 passes of 30 or more yards in those 3 games alone. Last year, it hit just 17 all season. So far though, the opposing defense’s need to commit more resources to the pass hasn’t resulted in extra running room for Johnson and the rest of his backfield mates. Through 5 games this season, Auburn’s rushing attack ranks 37th nationally averaging 208.4 yards per game. The Tigers have never finished a season in the Gus Malzahn era ranked lower than 35th in rushing. Auburn’s hope going into the Ole Miss game and its 117th-ranked rush defense (229.3 yards per game) is that solidifying a veteran-laden offensive line group will help open more holes for Johnson and whoever is healthy enough to play behind him Malzahn said the Tigers will start the same offensive line against the Rebels that they did against the Bulldogs, which is Golson, Mike Horton, Casey Dunn, Braden Smith and Darius James from left to right. It’s Auburn’s third different starting unit through 5 games this season.

This week’s college football action features No. 8 TCU trying to remain undefeated when it hosts once-beaten West Virginia. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk seeks to cement his status as a legitimate Heisman Trophy contender and No. 13 Miami attempting to end Florida State’s recent Sunshine State dominance.

UNDATED (AP) — LSU travels to face No. 21 Florida in an SEC cross-division game that could answer questions about both teams. LSU coach Ed Orgeron really needs a win after two rough losses in three games. Florida is unbeaten in SEC play but hasn’t looked particularly impressive. In the Western Division, No. 1 Alabama goes on the road to face a one-loss Texas A&M team.

UNDATED (AP) — Texas A&M has sweated out two close Southeastern Conference wins. Alabama has barely broken a sweat at all in batting aside its first two league opponents. The top-ranked Crimson Tide visits Texas A&M Saturday @ 2:30. Alabama has opened SEC play by beating Vanderbilt and Ole Miss by a combined score of 125-3. Texas A&M has lost its last four meetings against the Tide.

Taser Armed Burglar Sought by Auburn Police

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A taser-wielding man attempting to pull off a burglary fled from a residence in the 400 block of East Magnolia Street early Wednesday morning after being confronted by two non-student residents, according to Auburn Police Captain Lorenza Dorsey. Auburn police responded to a call reporting an interrupted burglary around 3:50 a.m. The suspect, described as a 6-foot, 200-pound male who wore all-dark clothing, did not take any property. Police are still searching for this individual.

Changes Coming to College Football?

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The NCAA announced a pair of new proposals yesterday for 2018, that would limit football staff sizes to 30 and another that would move the start of football practice back to early August.

According to the proposal, FBS schools would be “required to designate 30 individuals who will participate in on-campus football recruiting activities.” There is currently no limit on the number of staffers who can be involved in recruiting, and many schools have football staffs numbering several dozen. The 30 staff members would include all on-field coaches, including the head coach, as well as 10 assistant coaches and four graduate assistants. Schools would be required to designate their 30 staff members prior to preseason practice and send a list to their conference office. Staff members designated as being involved in recruiting activities would be the only ones allowed to “initiate written and electronic correspondence with prospective student-athletes, their parents or legal guardians.” All those designated would be required to pass the NCAA’s recruiting exam every year.

The proposal, must first pass the Division I Football Oversight Committee before it can take effect next Aug. 1. that is typically regarded as a rubber-stamp process. In addition, the Division I Council is proposing a new practice start date, which would be 25 days prior to the first game of the season. For example, a team playing its first game Sept. 1 could hold its first practice Aug. 3. With the elimination of two-a-day practices this year, schools were allowed to begin practice an extra week earlier. Some did so in late July, which would no longer be allowed under the proposed change. According to the NCAA, members of the American Football Coaches Association are on-board with that proposed change.