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  • ●  V3 Media Group received the Small Business of the Quarter at the recent Business Over Breakfast.

    ●  The Opelika Observer celebrates 10th Anniversary!

    ● La Quinta Inn & Suites is the first hotel in the state to introduce Robot Butler!  This delivery-service robot, affectionately named TigerBot, essentially serves as a butler, ensuring guests have a comfortable and memorable stay. The La Quinta is the first property in Alabama to implement the room service robot.

     River Bank & Trust: River Financial Corporation Announces Merger 
    River Financial Corporation, parent company of River Bank & Trust, announced it has completed a merge with Peoples Southern Bank and its parent company, PSB Bancshares, Inc. With the addition of Peoples Southern Bank, on a pro forma combined basis, the bank has total assets exceeding one billion dollars and becomes one of the largest community banks headquartered in Alabama. There are now fourteen River Bank & Trust locations across the state.

    ●  Thanks to the following businesses for sponsoring the Christmas Parade Police Office Appreciation Breakfast!
        Baxter International  
      City of Opelika  ●  Hanwha Advanced Materials America  ●  Henry J. Stern Family Foundation   Huntingdon College    Lynch Nissan                  McDonald’s   Opelika Sportsplex  Renasant Bank

    ●  Dixie Electric, Plumbing and Air helped fight breast cancer during the month of October.  They donated $5 for each photo posted by employees wearing pink.  The total donation      was $2,055! Several prizes were given away and the 7 – day tropical vacation for two will be announced on Facebook on November 19.

    ●  Susie K’s Country Kitchen celebrating 1st Anniversary!

    ●  Three Sixty {real estate} is thrilled to welcome Adi Stewart as the new Director of First Impressions in their
        East Alabama office.

    ●  The Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau (AOTB) has announced the addition of new staff member Anthony Terling, sports and
         event development manager for the growing organization.  

    ●  The Opelika Dixie Boys baseball team won the State Tournament and are headed to the  World Series
         in Louisiana this week!  Good Luck!  Bring Home a Victory!

    ●   MAX was named the Best Credit Union in the state of Alabama for 2018 by Forbes.

    ●   Synergy HomeCare of East Alabama is the first home care agency in the area to earn their Dementia Care Specialist Certification. 
          They were recognized by the Alabama Department of Senior Services, Central Alabama Aging Consortium and Dementia Friendly Alabama. 

    ●   Laura Sellers was named to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Honor Society for her exemplary
          performance in close residential GCI, commercial GCI or closed residential units in 2017.

    ●   Comfort Keepers Celebrating 10th Anniversary in Opelika!

      30th year that Opelika has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in
         honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  The Opelika Tree
         Commission operates under Keep Opelika Beautiful.

      Pharmavite, who makes Nature Made Vitamins, is celebrating their 5th year anniversary!  

    ●  Leigh Krehling, City of Opelika Community Relations Officer, just received the United Way
          2017 Volunteer of the Year!

    ●  Happy 80th Anniversary March of Dimes!

      Realtor and Photographer Elizabeth Garrett Joins Three Sixty {real estate}.

    ●  Opelika Parks & Recreation Trampoline & Tumbling competed against over 3,500 athletes at the Ozone 
        Invitational in Knoxville, TN and achieved numerous awards!

    ●  Opelika Parks & Recreation was recently recognized for having the most Innovative Special Event of the
    at this year’s annual state conference.  The event was the Mother Son   Blue Jean Ball, a Valentine’s Dance that was held
         February 2017.

    ●  Three Sixty {real estate} Co-founder Nonet Reese Inducted as 2018 LCAR President.

    ● Happy 1st Anniversary to La Cantina in Downtown Opelika!  Join in the celebration this weekend and enjoy $4 award-winning house margaritas,        $2 bottled beers, new menu items, and live music from 4 pm-closing on Saturday, January 27!

    ●  Red Clay Brewery will soon have some homebrew in distribution in Alabama and Georgia restaurants, bars, gas stations and other retail outlets!

    ●  The 2017 Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index named the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area No. 10 in the Best Performing Cities Annual Index. The Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The components include job, wage and salary, and technology growth. 

    ●  Auburn-Opelika ranked #16 in the nation for adding the most jobs in 2017, according to 24/7 Wall St.,
        an Internet-based financial news and opinion company.

    ●  Bailey-Harris Construction Company announces promotion of Russell Harris to President of the Company.

     John Emerald Distilling Company will be featured on May 3, 2018, in a new ABC series about local
         breweries and distilleries.  Located in Downtown Opelika, John Emerald released the first legally
         distilled whiskey in the state since Prohibition.  This father-son duo own and operate the small-batch
         distillery using quality products to produce quality gin, vodka, whiskey and rum.  Don’t miss them
         on May 3 on ABC.

    Christmas Parade Winners:
    1st Place        Opelika Utilities
    2nd Place          Zaxby’s           
    3rd Place          Jubilee Farm

     Taziki's Mediterranean Café is celebrating its 2nd anniversary in Opelika on December 17th.
        Drop by and wish them a Happy Anniversary!   They will have raffles and specials going on the 16th
        & 17th2119 Interstate Drive in TigerTown  ●  www.tazikiscafe.com/location/opelika ● 334.759.6225  

    Machen McChesney, one of the region’s leading CPA and business advisory firms, announces it has named Louis Hawkins, CPA, Jessica L. Pagan, CPA, Lesley L. Price, CPA, and Nick Wheeler, CPA new partners effective January 1, 2018.

    ●  The Brown Agency received the Small Business of the Quarter!  The agency is a full-service real estate company providing the area with professional expertise in residential and commercial real estate sales, property management and appraisal services.  Visit them at 100 S. 7th Street in Downtown Opelika or call 334.750.5323.  www.thebrownagency.com

    ●  Bonnie's Kids Child Care Center celebrated their 30th Anniversary on November 9th!

    ●  Northwestern Mutual Financial Advisor Julie Melton welcomes Adam Gates, a financial representative to the Northwestern team! 
    For information about their services, visit them at 115 S. 8th Street, Suite 102, Opelika or call 334.275.4444.

    City of Opelika Fireman Apparatus Operator Noah Allmond received Firehouse Magazine’s Award of Valor. The October 2017 issue of Firehouse Magazine recognized all of the Valor and Community Service honorees for the year. Allmond was chosen from hundreds of nominees and was awarded $100 for his acts of courage and bravery, including physical acts to rescue a victim in hazardous conditions. Particularly, Allmond’s rescue of a citizen in January 2016. 

    ●  Opelika Fire Department recently earned an upper classification from ISO!  Their Public Protection
        Classification is now a 2/2x!

    ●  Effective January, 2018, Machen, McChesney will have 4 new partners!  Louis Hawkins, Jessica
    Pagan, Lesley Price
    and Nick Wheeler will become partners of the firm.

    ●  Three Sixty Real Estate team members April Coulter, Michy Aja and Tonya Tyson have become Homes for Heroes affiliate real estate specialists.  These realtors have already closed on 2 homes with clients who both received savings on a home purchase.

    ●   eLeve at Auburn Dental Spa Celebrating 1 year Anniversary!
    Visit them at 1575 Professional Parkway in Auburn.  Call 334.521.7728 or email tori.eleve@gmail.com to make an appointment.
    “We are so excited about celebrating ONE full year- it would not be possible without our amazing clients! We are celebrating
     by asking y’all to post & share photos of things YOU love about eLeve (you can post multiple times because we know you can't choose just one.) Posts may contain services, staff members, products, or something you love in our spa! Use the hashtag(s) #ThisIsHowIeLeve
    #eLeveBirthday and receive $10 off your next massage or facial. We are celebrating all month so YOU can too!

    ●  Jimmy Wright, Wright’s Market, has been invited to Washington D.C. to appear before the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the U.S. Senate on Thursday, September 14.  Wright’s written statement and any materials will be inserted into the record in its entirety. Citizens can watch it on C-Span at 8:30 (CST).

     John Emerald Distilling Company, LLC was featured in AAA Alabama Journey magazine in their “Out & About” section.  Visit John Emerald on N. Railroad Avenue in Downtown Opelika.

    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn) is pleased to announce the new director, Dr. Ileeia Cobb. Contact Dr. Cobb at Ileeia.cobb@auburn.edu or olli@auburn.edu.

    OHS Principal Farrell Seymore will serve on the board of the Council of Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).  Seymore is the president of the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals.

    Monarch Estates, an independent senior community, is now number one in their region which stretches from Virginia to Louisiana. 
       Help them celebrate by having lunch on them!  Call 334.502.0977 to make a reservation for lunch!

    Auburn/Opelika Marriott was awarded the Prestigious AAA Four Diamond Distinction. The Auburn/Opelika Marriott at Grand National continues to be ranked the top Marriott in North and South America for guest satisfaction out of more than 360 properties. 

    76TH Annual Meeting Award Winners
            Spirit of Opelika                                 Brian Blackmon
            Distinguished Service                       Tipi Miller
            Small Business of the Year               Wright’s Market
            Service Champion                             Cecil Rodgers, Smith T Building Supply
            Community Partner                           Historic Preservation Society
            Ambassador of the Year                   Dianne Lowe, Home2 Suites
            KOB Shirley Flora                             Jerry Williamson
            AO Tourism Partnership                   John Emerald Distilling Co.
            Opelika Main Street:                         Taylor Made Designs
               Business of the Year

    Century 21 Koullas Realty proudly announces Nicholas Hayes has earned the Century 21
       Centurion Producer Award for his work in 2016.

    ●   Prestige Properties Celebrating 20th Anniversary!

       Lovoy, Summerville & Shelton merged with Birmingham Accounting Firm, Borland
         Benefield.  The firm’s name will be Borland Benefield. 

     Tyler Chaffee, Project Manager for Opelika Economic Development completed the University
         of Alabama Economic Development Academy with 18 young professionals from around the
         state.  He will receive his graduation certificate in July.

     John Emerald Distilling Company ranked as “The Best Whiskeys in Every State Right Now”
        by Esquire.com.

    ●  Jeff Nance joins First Financial Group (FFG) as their new Wealth Manager / Financial Advisor.

    ●  AU Regional Airport Director Bill Hutto was selected by the National Transportation Association
       as the recipient of its annual Airport Executive Partnership Award.   

    ●  Auburn University honors individuals and groups who have taken an active stance to counteract bullying.  Ethan High, of Opelika was nominated
        by Ms. Laura Hartley, and has been
    selected to receive a Hero Award during Auburn University’s 2017 annual Anti-Bullying Summit. 

    ●  Red Clay Brewing Company is the Small Business of the Quarter.

      AuburnBank (Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc.) has made the elite list by Keefe, Bruyette, and Woods, acknowledging those banking
         institutions that have achieved positive earnings per share growth trends.  This is the 5th consecutive year that AuburnBank has made the list!

      City of Opelika recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association for the hashtag
         campaign. #myopelika  #beopelika

      Opelika Middle School Principal Keith York was named the Middle School Principal of the Year
     for the State of Alabama.

      Jill Robinson graduated from Huntingdon College!  Jill does a fantastic job here at the Chamber as
         the Membership Director and is celebrating her 10th year at the Chamber.

      OHS Boys Track and Field Team won the 6A State Team Championship for the 3rd consecutive
        outdoor title and their 5th consecutive overall, including their last two indoor championships
    Team Members Ben Garner won the 1,600 – Meter Run and the 3,200 Meter Run, and CJ Jordan
         won the triple jump.

      OHS Girls Track and Field Team won runner up in the 6A State Team Championship.

      Ashley S. Taylor, Senior Manager at Jackson Thornton, was recently named the 2017
        Outstanding Young Alumnus
    by the Auburn University Montgomery College of Business.
        Taylor received this award for her professional growth, service and achievements. 
        Jackson Thornton is a certified public accounting and consulting firm.

     Susan Bolt, co-owner of Paragon Industrial, LLP has been appointed by the Governor and 
        confirmed by the Senate, to the Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
        Contractors.  Mrs. Bolt Will serve a four year term that will expire in 2021.

    ●  USA Women’s Handball Team, which has been training at the Auburn School of Kinesiology
        Olympic Training Site, won silver at the North American Championships in Puerto Rico which
        qualified them for the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June. 
        Visit http://www.aotourism.com/USA-Team-Handball/ for more information.

    ●  Spicer's Music wants to create the World's Largest Band at the Second Annual Make Music Day Alabama.

     New Fundraising Division Opens at Capitol Cups in Auburn
        Capitols Cups in Auburn has opened a new division which started production in February. Capitol Cups Fundraising offers turn-key fundraising
        programs built around its 11 years in the tumbler, insulated travel cup and toddler cup manufacturing business.  Capitol Cups Fundraising line
        currently includes 37 exclusive tumbler and insulated travel cup designs targeted to a wide range of tastes and interests.  Information on the company,
        fundraising programs and products is available at www.capitolcupsfundraising.com and on Facebook @capitolcupsfundraising

     Ashley S. Taylor, Senior Manager at Jackson Thornton, was recently named the 2017 Outstanding Young Alumnus by the Auburn
        University Montgomery College of Business. 
    Taylor received this award for her professional growth, service and achievements. Jackson Thornton is a
        certified public accounting and consulting firm.

     Susan Bolt, co-owner of Paragon Industrial, LLP has been appointed by the Governor and 
        confirmed by the Senate, to the Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
        Contractors.  Mrs. Bolt Will serve a four year term that will expire in 2021.

    ●  USA Women’s Handball Team, which has been training at the Auburn School of Kinesiology
        Olympic Training Site, won silver at the North American Championships in Puerto Rico which
        qualified them for the Pan American Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in June. 
        Visit http://www.aotourism.com/USA-Team-Handball/ for more information.

     ● 18 Annual Member Golf Tournament Winners
                                 Morning Flight                              Afternoon Flight

    1st Gross                      AuburnBank                            H & W Tire
    1st Net                          Southern States Bank            Newks
    2nd Net                         Verge Pipe Media                    Hudmon Construction

    Closest to Pin #8         James Slater                           Nolen Lambert
    Closest to Pin #15       Wake Asbury                           Matt Collins
    Longest Drive #14       Jared Hudson                          Scott Barranco
    Straightest Drive #14   Andy Johnson                        Trey Ayers
    Poker Run                    ESG                                         Hudmon Construction

    AO Tourism Gift Basket Winner          Henry Gibbs
    Home Depot $250 Gift Card Winner    Tyler Andrews


    ●  Walton Law Firm Hires Veteran Trial Attorney Kisha Abercrombie

    Kisha Abercrombie has joined Walton Law Firm and will serve as the firm’s newest associate attorney. Abercrombie comes to Walton Law Firm after serving as Chief Assistant District Attorney for Lee County from 2011 until her resignation earlier this year.  


     22 Berkshire Hathaway Agents Recognized for National Sales Excellence 

    Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices won numerous national sales awards recognizing top real estate sales performance in 2016!  They also received the Round Table Award as the No. 1 office in the South Region!


    ● Nonet Reese of Three-Sixty Real Estate was recently named the Lee County Association of Realtors Member of the Year.


    Advantage Chiropractic Clinic in Auburn Celebrating 10 Years in Business!

    Opelika Middle School received the 2016 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence.

    ●  Two OHS Football Players Won Awards at the Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Banquet.
        RaKavius Chambers
    was named the 2017 Bryant-Jordan Larry D. Striplin Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award.
        Weldrin Ford
    received the Class 6A Bryant-Jordan Achievement Award.

    City of Opelika wins Urban Planning Award at the 2017 Savannah State University Urban Planning Conference for the Opelika Art Line
    The project is part of the Carver – Jeter Revitalization Plan.

    ●  Keep Opelika Beautiful celebrating 20th Anniversary!

    ●  Berkshire Hathaway Finishes 2016 With Highest Sales Volume In Company History
        Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Preferred Real Estate finished 2016 with the highest sales volume in company history. BHHS had a sales
        volume of $222,981,622 with an average sales price that was over $73,000 higher than the competitor. Read the full story and more company
        news at visit http://bit.ly/2lgLbIc.

    Himmelwright, Huguley & Boles, a local CPA firm, joined Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith (BMSS), a CPA and Consulting Firm headquartered in      Birmingham.

    The Opelika - Auburn News won “Grand Slam” honors at the AP Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest – only 13 media groups nationwide           won this honor!  The Sports Staff won 8 Top 10 awards in all, including 4 in sections and 4 in writing.  Sports Staff – Dana Sulonen, Erik Bacharach,     Josh Vitale and Will Sammon

    ●  Auburn University Athletic Director Jay Jacobs received the National Athletic Director of the Year award by the National Association of                   Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

    ●  Happy 16th Birthday to Taylor Made Designs!  Celebrating 16 years in Downtown Opelika!

    ●  Opelika High Boys Track Team won the AHSAA State Indoor Track and Field Championship for the 2nd year
         in a row!
     With the win, Opelika has now won the past four state championships when it comes to Track & Field
         – the 2016 and 2017 indoor titles as well as the 2015 & 2016 outdoor titles!

    Opelika High Girls Indoor Track Team was Runner-Up AHSAA State Track Meet.
        Highest finish in school history!

    Auburn Opelika Marriott at Grand National starts off 2017 as the Top Marriott Hotel in
       North & South America!

    Tim McLain was awarded Country Financial’s South Alabama Agency Rep of the Year 2016!
        He also qualified for his 11th All-American!

    Tina Cuevas is the #1 Agent for Humana in Southeast Alabama for 2016!

    Jeff Stewart has joined the River Bank & Trust team as Senior Vice President and Relationship
        Manager.  Also joining the team is Morgan Foster as the Vice President / Commercial Lender /
        Relationship Manager for the Opelika Branch.

     Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area Named No. 6 In Best-Performing Cities Index by The Milken Institute.

    OPS One (Opelika Power Services One) was the Readers Choice Award Winner for 3 Years in a Row!

    Opelika High Theatre Society won state in the one act competition at Trumbauer! 

    ●  The Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama announced the “Emerging Small Business of the Year”      award last week during the BCA-CCAA annual meeting;  Spicer’s Music LLC won this prestigious award!

    ●  Beauregard Hornets 5A Football Champions

    Jackson Thornton has selected James B. Marshall, III as the firm’s Newest Principal
        Marshall, a Certified Energy Procurement Professional (CEP), specializes in financial forecasting, cost of service and rate design consulting
        projects for electric, water, sewer and gas clients throughout the Southeast. Learn more at www.jacksonthornton.com.

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