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Alabama County Seeks Funds to Help Residents Build Shelters

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama community struck by a deadly tornado in March is seeking federal funding to help its residents to build storm shelters. The Lee County Commission is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to include the county as part of a grant program. The Opelika-Auburn News reports that the federal program gives storm survivors the opportunity…

Opelika Soldier Lands in Normandy for 75th Anniversary of D-Day

A solider from Opelika will be participating the 75th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies in France. Sgt. Maj. Lorie Nix, is a part of a select group of service members participating in the 75th anniversary of D-Day. More than 1,300 U.S. service members, partnered with 950 troops from across Europe and Canada, have converged in northwestern France for special ceremonies. “It’s just a…

Rider Killed when Motorcycle and Deer Collide

  The Accident happened Friday afternoon about 3:35 on Lee Road 146 near Lee Road 808. That’s about three miles South of Opelika. The victim was 71 year old Johnnie Clark Parker of Opelika. He was riding a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle.       Categories: News, Statewide Tags: Johnnie Clark Parker, motorcycle deer accident, opelika, State Troopers

3 Children Die After Fire Engulfs House in Mobile Home Park

A coroner says three children have died and two more were airlifted to a hospital after a house fire in east Alabama. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says five children ranging from 11, 9, 7, 5 and 3 years old were rescued after the blaze engulfed the home Thursday afternoon. Three of the children were rushed to the East Alabama…

State College Merger Postponed

Officials say the proposed merger of three two-year colleges in eastern Alabama is being postponed indefinitely. According to the Opelika-Auburn News, the decision was announced Thursday during a conference call for workers at Southern Union State Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College and Central Alabama Community College. The interim president at Southern Union, Glenda Colagross, told workers the timing isn’t…

Opelika PD Arrest 12 in Sex Trafficking Bust

The Opelika Police Department has announced multiple arrests made in a prostitution and sex trafficking bust. Opelika Police tell say the arrests occurred as the result of an investigation launched in June 2015. Police say officers responded June 23, 2015 to a criminal trespass complaint at a motel. A 16-year-old girl at the scene was lying about her identity. Officers…

Jury Selection Underway for House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s Trial

Jury selection is beginning in the ethics trial of the Alabama House speaker. Republican Speaker Mike Hubbard faces removal from office if convicted of felony charges that he used his current office and his past position as chairman of the Alabama Republican Party to benefit his printing and consulting companies. Hubbard says his lobbying and other transactions were both proper…

Train Derails in Opelika

A train has derailed in eastern Alabama, but officials say no injuries were reported. The Lee County Emergency Management Agency said in a written statement that the train left the tracks Friday morning in Opelika. The agency said no hazardous materials are involved and “the situation is controlled.” However, drivers were being advised to avoid the area along South Uniroyal…