Macon Co. Schools Reopen

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The Macon County School System says it will have regularly scheduled classes today, a day after a ‘credible threat’ forced every public school and a private school to close.  Sheriff Andre Brunson received a call yesterday morning from Watch Center, an agency that monitors social media for threatening posts. That agency found a post that was deemed “credible and severe”. Brunson and Macon County Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks said the decision to close schools was a no-brainer and added that school would not resume until they were sure the threat is no longer imminent and the person responsible is in custody. Despite reopening this morning, it’s unclear if an arrest has been made.

Auburn University Accused of Racial Discrimination

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— A second Auburn University employee has sued the school for racial discrimination in a month.

The employee is Cameron Boozer, who has been a supervisor in the Campus Safety and Security Department since 2008. He filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that his boss and acting director, Chance Corbett, who is white, passed Boozer up for a promotion in favor of a white candidate with less experience. Boozer says he never had any disciplinary actions against him and his performance evaluations were outstanding.

Boozer is represented by attorney Julian McPhillips, who is also representing a female employee in the Campus Safety and Security Department who sued for racial discrimination in early April. Auburn University has declined to comment on the pending litigation.

Second New Auburn High School Planned

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The Auburn City School Board of Education viewed an updated draft of the  2028 master plan during a work session Tuesday morning, including details on a second Auburn high school. The 2028 master plan addressed the needs of schools already in the system, as well as a future second high school and an additional elementary school. Auburn high school number two is anticipated to open in 2024, The high school could have a 2,200 student capacity. It will sit on a 272-acre property along Richland Road purchased in July 2016. The 2028 master plan is expected to be presented to the board at its next meeting, May 8th.

Former Green Bay Packers Player Shot to Death Near Birmingham

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PINSON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a former Green Bay Packers player has been found shot to death in his home.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office says former Packers defensive lineman Carlos Gray was found shortly before 10 p.m. last night near Birmingham. The 25-year-old is a native of Pinson, Alabama. reports that sheriff’s deputies and Center Point Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the house after a friend found Gray wounded and unresponsive.
Gray played at North Carolina State University and signed with the Packers as a free agent in 2014.
Gray was released from the Packers in 2015 and returned home to Alabama. He was the father of two young children.

Roy Moore Says he Won’t Run for Office Again

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— Failed Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama says he doesn’t plan to run for office again, adding he has filed a new lawsuit over allegations of sexual misconduct that helped derail his 2017 campaign. Moore said Monday that he has no plans to run for any office again, including governor.

But the Republican says he’s filed a complaint over allegations over last year’s special Senate election against Democrat Doug Jones. He says the defamation suit names 4 women, one man and 19 unnamed defendants. Moore says he’s the innocent victim of a political conspiracy.

Auburn High School Teacher Finalist for Teacher of the Year

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Auburn High School AP history teacher Blake Busbin is one of four candidates remaining for Alabama Teacher of the Year. Busbin, who has been a teacher at Auburn High School since 2007 will now interview with the Alabama State Department of Education as the next step in the selection process. Busbin says he sees the teacher of the year nomination not so much as a compliment to himself as it is a reflection on the work he and his students have done together over the years. The overall winner will be announced at a banquet in Montgomery on May 9th.

Two Opelika City Schools Teachers Seriously Injured

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 …Tuesday after they were pinned under a vehicle in Washington, D.C. but are expected to recover, OCS spokeswoman Becky Brown said “Both individuals who worked at Opelika City Schools were taken to the hospital by ambulance, and were evaluated by the medical staff “. Both teachers, were pinned underneath the car.  Several bystanders helped lift the car from the 2 teachers. Shortly before 2:30 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday, Wash. D.C. metro police responded to a motor vehicle accident on 9th Street,  “One vehicle overshot his turn and actually crashed into the second vehicle, which was pushed up on the sidewalk. It struck four pedestrians on the sidewalk. Those four adult pedestrians were transported to local hospitals with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries”. The injured teachers are instructional coaches who were two of ten OCS employees attending a National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics conference. The teachers were walking back to the conference site after a lunch break when the accident occurred, Brown said. School employees are hopeful one of the injured teachers will return this week, and the other, early next week.

OPD Makes Arrest After Series of Robberies

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A 31-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a series of armed robberies. Jairus T. Davis was arrested last Wednesday by the Opelika Police Department following an attempted first-degree armed robbery in Auburn. Davis has been charged with four counts of first-degree robbery in connection to the robberies of business in Opelika. On April 13th, the Opelika Police Department released a statement asking for the public’s assistance in its search of an armed and dangerous robbery suspect. Police believe Davis is the robber they were searching for. The investigation remains ongoing by the OPD. 

Equestrian Celebration!

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The Auburn national champion equestrian team will be honored with a celebration at Toomer’s Corner  Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to join the team as they celebrate by rolling the trees surrounding Toomer’s Corner. Toilet paper will fly following a presentation from head coach Greg Williams, athletic director Allen Greene, and members of the team. The squad along with the coaches and the Auburn spirit squad will be in attendance. Fans are also encouraged to bring their own rolls to throw. In addition to the national championship, the Auburn squad brought home four additional trophies from Waco.

Auburn High School Walk-Out

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This morning Auburn High School will join schools throughout the nation in the National School Walkout movement to protest inaction from the government against gun violence.  Students throughout the country will walk out of their classrooms in honor of the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. They will then take 13 seconds of silence to honor the 12 students and one teacher killed at Columbine. There are more than 2,100 walkouts planned, at least 1 in every state. This walkout will mark the 2nd in which Auburn High School has participated. The March 14th walkout, held 1 month after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, lasted for 17 minutes, 1 min for each of the 17 lives lost. The website, says the protest has 3 goals: to hold elected officials accountable, to promote solutions to gun violence and to demystify & engage students in the political system.