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The 1st Auburn Downtown Restaurant Week

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…designed to highlight fine & casual dining establishments is underway & runs through Saturday. The weeklong event features specials & pre-set menus for lunch or dinner at 9 restaurants throughout downtown: Auburn’s Downtown Coordinator Jessica Kohn says. “This is a great chance for people to try something new or even try a new restaurant,”.  the cost of the 3-course meals will attract people because it will be more affordable this week. Though similar events have been held in larger metro areas, the event is the first of its kind in Auburn. For more information about the event visit the Downtown Merchants’ Facebook at facebook /Downtown Auburn AL.

Frederick Road Construction

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Construction on the last phase of Opelika’s Frederick Road extension, that connects the city limits to downtown, is set to begin after the July 4th holiday. Once the roadway is constructed, the intersection at Frederick Road and Auburn Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard will be converted to a roundabout. the new roadway and intersection at Frederick Road and Auburn Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard is expected to take up to six months.

14-year-old girl remains in critical condition

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– after a four-vehicle accident at the intersection of Shug Jordan Parkway & North College in Auburn yesterday morning. the accident happened around 10:15  when a truck struck a car that was stopped. The collision started a chain reaction, involving a 2 other vehicles at the intersection. Three people were in 1 car were treated on the scene after the accident. The 14-year-old female passenger was airlifted to Columbus Midtown Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle a 39-year-old Auburn female & a 13-year-old male passenger were transported to EAMC. The driver of the truck, a 28-year-old Auburn male, was treated at the scene.

Louisville Slammed

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— The NCAA has added several sanctions to Louisville’s self-imposed punishment following a sex scandal investigation of the men’s basketball team. The NCAA’s biggest additional sanction so far has been to suspend head coach Rick Pitino for five ACC games. The other penalties include vacating wins in which ineligible players participated, placing the basketball program on a four year probation, and issuing a 10-year show-cause order for former basketball operations director, Andre McGee. The NCAA began to look into the program following Katina Powell’s allegations that she and other escorts were hired to have sex parties and strip for Louisville recruits and players. The NCAA said the school must determine which games ineligible players participated in, and that might include the Cardinals title game. Players deemed ineligible would be those involved in the sex parties, which are considered impermissible benefits.

Carlee Wallace Granted Release

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Auburn catcher Carlee Wallace was granted her release and intends to transfer from Auburn. Wallace has been a key member of the Tigers over the past 3 seasons, appearing in at least 59 games every year of her career. She batted .333, hit 7 home runs & led the team with 52 RBIs during an All-SEC junior season. Her departure leaves another huge hole for Auburn to fill in its 2018 lineup. The Tigers have also lost top offensive players Kasey Cooper & Haley Fagan to graduation. Wallace hasn’t announced where she plans to go.

Snapper Season Extended

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The U.S. Commerce Department says recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico will have 39 more days to fish federal waters for red snapper. Gulf state officials praised the decision to reopen the federal season off Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Florida for 3-day weekends through Labor Day, plus 3 holidays. However, an environmental group and a charter captains’ association estimate that anglers will take nearly triple their allocated quota of the sport & panfish under the plan, potentially canceling next year’s recreational season entirely. A 3-day anglers’ season that started June 1st had been set because anglers went over last year’s quota.

Angels Pick Jonah Todd

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The Los Angeles Angels selected Jonah Todd with 175th overall pick of the  MLB Player Draft yesterday. The pick is valued at $262,400. Todd was a star in his one season with the Tigers, hitting a team-best .376 out of the leadoff spot. He earned All-SEC second-team and recorded hits in 52 of 63 games. He also played stellar defense in center field, making just one error on the way to earning SEC All-Defensive team honors. Like Thompson, Todd has a year of eligibility remaining & can choose not to sign.

Chicago Cubs select Thompson

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 The Detroit Tigers drafted Keegan Thompson in the 33rd round of last year’s MLB First-Year Player Draft. He could have gotten his professional career underway then. Yesterday The Chicago Cubs selected Thompson with the 105th overall pick in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft, 30 rounds earlier than it was a year ago. The pick is valued at $511,900. Thompson turned in the best season of his career in 2017, going 7-4 with a 2.41 ERA over 15 starts as the ace of Auburn’s staff. Thompson still has a year of eligibility remaining, but given that he’s already earned his degree from Auburn, there’s a good chance he will sign with the Cubs.

Miss Alabama Pageant with Auburn connections

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Two of the Top 5 finalists in Saturday night’s 2017 Miss Alabama Pageant were representatives with Auburn connections. Karson Fair -Miss Auburn-Opelika, finished the event as third runner-up. Brooklyn Holt, 19, Miss Auburn University, finished as fourth runner-up. Both are students at Auburn. Jessica Procter, Miss Leeds, won the title of Miss Alabama and will represent the state in this year’s Miss America pageant.

Auburn Assistant Baseball Coach Hired

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Karl Nonemaker, a former Auburn assistant and All-SEC outfielder at Vanderbilt, has been named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers’ baseball program, head coach Butch Thompson announced yesterday. Nonemaker’s career includes two years playing professionally with the Philadelphia Phillies and 11 years coaching at three universities; Old Dominion, Monmouth and Auburn. He also spent 2 years working for Louisville Slugger. Nonemaker was on Auburn’s staff from 2005-07, helping the program to a NCAA Regional final in 2005. Nonemaker was a 4-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection, graduating from Vanderbilt with a degree in Human & Organizational Development in 2002. He & his wife Katie have 2 daughters, Ellie & Ainsley.