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  • ●    Mama Mochas Coffee received the Small Business of the Quarter!  The award is sponsored by Metro City BankIf a caffeine boost is what’s needed, then Mama Mochas has you covered!  The bodega grab-and-go style allows for busy professionals to walk up, order and head to work in the mornings and their open air outdoor and covered spaces allow for coffee lovers to hang out for a while and work or enjoy time with friends. This popular business has espresso, teas, hot chocolate and everything in between. Drop by for a visit!
    715 First Avenue     Opelika, AL  36801   l   334.707.7946        www.mamamocha.com

    ●  Thank you to all the Financial Institutions that worked so hard during this pandemic to help our businesses keep afloat.

    ●  Three Sixty {real estate} welcomes Demi Menotti to their 360 Management office.

    ●  West Fraser’s Opelika Mill received the 2019 Sawmill Safety Award in Division II.  The award was presented by the Southern Forest Products Association.

    ●  EAMC CEO and President Laura Grill was recently named one of the Top Five Hospital Administrators During COVID-19 Pandemic by Linkedn Pulse Magazine.

    ●  Jeff Hillyer was recently inducted to the Alabama Sports Officials Hall of Fame.

    ●  The Bottling Plant Event Center celebrating their 10th Anniversary!

    ●  Opelika Power Services has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2019. The utility earned 1st place award in the category for utilities with 30,000 – 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

    ●  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute awarded five Chamber professionals in Alabama the State Partnership Scholarship.  Our own Mackenzie Kayler, the Programs and Events Manager at the Chamber, was one of these recipients.

    ●  Opelika High School Senior Rebecca Wilson was chosen as a National Merit Finalist.

    ●  Morris Avenue Intermediate School is an “Alabama Green Ribbon Award” winner.

    Jackson Thornton, a certified public accounting and consulting, was recently named as one of America’s Top Recommended Tax & Accounting Firms by Forbes Magazine. The firm has a local office in the historic area of downtown Opelika. Only 227 firms nationwide were selected and only seven in Alabama. Jackson Thornton was selected as being a top recommendation in both the tax and accounting areas.

    EAMC’s Dr. Joel Pittard was recently honored by the Alabama Hospital Association as its 2020 Trustee of the Year!

    Rita Smith was named Director of the Lee County Emergency Management Agency.

    Councilwoman Tiffany Gibson-Pitts named to National League of Cities’ Board of Directors and was appointed to the Council on Youth, Education and Families.

    ●  Boys and Girls Clubs of Lee County celebrating 30th Anniversary!

    ●  360 Management welcomes Emily Dearing to their growing team.

    ●  Trinity Christian School’s Swim Team placed 3rd overall out of 41 teams at the GAPPS State Championship Swim Meet.  This is the first year Trinity has had a swim team!

    ●  Opelika High School’s James Dawson won the AHSAA’s Wrestling State Championship in the heavy weight division.

    ●  Lee County Schools:  Teachers of the Year
    Beauregard Elementary                    Dawn Weatherly
    Samford Middle                                 Lynn Bailey   
    Beauregard High                               Shane Lake
    Beulah Elementary                            Emily Sheffield
    Beulah High                                       Jeffery Lamb
    Loachapoka Elementary                   Marian Carter
    Loachapoka High                              Hope Felton
    East Smiths Station Elementary      Jamie Clay
    South Smiths Station Elementary   Tracey Robinson
    West Smiths Station Elementary     Amanda Carter
    Wacoochee Elementary                    Julie Anne Eldred
    Smiths Station Jr. High                    Cathy Wade
    Smiths Station Freshmen                 Robert Pickard
    Smiths Station High                          Shana Johnson

    ●  Michael Gay has joined America’s Home Place in the sales department.

    ●  The Hotel at Auburn University was chosen as The Best Lodging Partner by the Southeast Tourism Society.

    ●  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced that Laura Sellers has been named to the esteemed Leading-Edge Society for 2019. The award recognizes the network’s top eight percent of residential sales professionals who in 2019 exemplified great sales measures in closed residential GCI, commercial GCI or closed residential units.

    ●  Opelika High School Girls Basketball Team won the AHSAA’s 6A Region 6 tournament.

    ●  Lee County Human Society is Animal Shelter of the Week on ARPA’s podcast!

    ●  Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National named America’s Best Spa in North America for 2019

    ●  Opelika City Schools:  Teachers of the Year
    Mandi Edwards          Secondary Teacher of the Year       Opelika High

    Danielle Rosener       Elementary Teacher of the Year      Northside Intermediate
    Cara Burnett                Opelika Middle
    Amy Blackburn          Southview Primary
    Kelly Cain                   Morris Avenue Intermediate

                Sydney Hinkle           West Forest Intermediate
                Lauren Lee                 Carver Primary
                Mary Fleming             Jeter Primary

    ●  Full Moon BBQ received the Small Business of the Quarter!

    ●  Russell Jones is the new City Clerk / Treasurer for the City of Opelika.  He replaces
    Bob Shuman after 30 years of service.

    ●  Attorney General Steve Marshall presented Lee-Scott Academy and Loachapoka High School with 2019 Safe School Awards!

    ●  Trinity Christian School’s Boys Basketball Team won the Regional Title.

    The City of Opelika, the Opelika Economic Development Department and the Opelika Industrial Development Authority are excited to announce the creation of the Opelika Innovation and Technology Park (OITP). The new park is located in an Opportunity Zone (OZ) at the gateway corridor to Opelika along U.S. Highway 280 West between Veterans Parkway and Waverly Parkway.

    ●  Auburn University College of Education, O Grows received $500k grant from Compound Solutions, Inc. (CSI) of Carlsbad, California!   CSI is an innovative company representing and distributing unique, patented nutraceutical ingredients that improve the health and performance of individuals.

    ●  Martin Head was named President and CEO of MAX Credit Union.

    ●  Happy Anniversary to WTVM!  Celebrating 65 years in November!

    ●  Happy Anniversary to Opelika Dental Arts Celebrating 31 years in November!

    ●  Welcome Graduate Nova May LMT to the Better Bodies Massage team! Booking by appointment Monday – Friday.  Book online for Integrative Massage, Prenatal, Hot Stone or Clinical.

    Paragon Industrial is celebrating 40 years in business. The business was started in 1979 by Rick Bolt.  Paragon is the area's premiere Indoor Air Quality Company specializing in mold testing and removal and diagnosing air quality issues that may adversely affect someone's health.  Paragon also performs leak detection and structure moisture inspections.

    ●  Southern Union State Community College Public Relations Director Shondae Brown recently completed the 10-month long Community College Policy Fellowship Program.

    ●  Dr. Michael Roberts was selected Chief of Staff at East Alabama Medical Center.

    ●  Wright’s Market won the Bronze award in the Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million category at the Alabama Retailer of the Year luncheon. Over 70 nominations were submitted for all the categories.  The Opelika Chamber nominated Wright’s Market.

    ●  The City Of Opelika received Public Service Award from Alabama Department Of Rehabilitation Services.  This award displays the city’s continued dedication to making all areas of Opelika accessible to citizens and visitors. This allows everyone to enjoy the many amenities and events our lovely city has to offer.

    ●  The City Of Opelika Economic Development announces a new business park development.  Hi Pack Business Park, a new Opportunity Zone development, will be located at 3000 Hi Pack Drive.

    Opelika Main Street and Main Street Alabama presented Richard Patton with the Main Street Alabama Hero Award.  Patton was honored for his work in transforming Opelika’s 1st Avenue in recent years, aiding the redevelopment of the area.

    The City of Opelika and its Probation Department are excited to announce Tara Bryan as Opelika’s Senior Probation Officer.

    The City of Opelika welcomes Ruth Blessing as the city’s new Human Resources Director. Blessing is replacing Lisa McLeod, who will retire February 1, 2020, after 35 years with the city. Blessing will transition from Senior Accountant to Human Resources Director, effective immediately. In her role as Senior Accountant, she worked hand-in-hand with our City Controller on financial planning, policy compliance and budget preparation.  As HR Director, Blessing will be responsible for supervising staff, safety/risk management, policy and procedures, human resources processes, budgets, evaluations and reporting. 

    Resting Pulse Brewing Company received a Special Projects Economic Development Grant from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority.  They received the grant based on the company’s investment in a new facility and the jobs they created in Opelika.

    Lee-Russell Council of Governments Honors Centenarians
    Five area centenarians were honored at the Area Agency on Aging’s seventh annual Hall of Honor ceremony. The AAA is a division of Lee-Russell Council of Governments.  Individuals who have reached age 100 or more who were honored were Katherine Hightower, 102; Ethel F. Graves, 101; Marguerite Pritchett Logan, 101.  Dessie Odell Thomas, 102 and Helen Weaver Brown, 100, were honored posthumously. Also recognized was Ella Frances Cook, honored last year, who will celebrate her 105th birthday September 22.  A total of 44 centenarians have been distinguished by AAA over the course of the program.

    East Alabama Youth For Christ recently welcomed Tabitha Vasilas as the new executive director. Tabitha is a faith-filled follower of Christ, proud mother, former collegiate student-athlete and well respected public servant in her community. Her work history includes being a collegiate women's basketball coach, social worker, campus administrator of a children's home, youth pastor and ministry director.

    Three Sixty {real estate} is on the move! Three people have been added to their growing office: - Realtor Lucy Williams whose background is residential new construction and also has experience in design, sales, and marketing. - Director of Operations Kerry Allen has worked in multiple industries and is great at problem solving and customer service. - Property Care Manager Caitlyn Pennington whose experience includes daily operations, human resource management and exceptional customer service.

    lifeSTYLED Three Sixty {inspired interiors} welcomes Style Coordinator Jenny Aldridge. Jenny has found a particular affinity for staging. She loves the ability to show buyers the potential a house truly has to become a home for them.

    ●  B&B Beverage Management made the list of Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America! 
    They ranked #876 Overall, #8 in Alabama, and #25 in Food & Beverage Nationally! A Special thanks to their incredible

    staff and customers who made this possible! #FastestGrowing #inc5000

    ●  Point Broadband is pleased to announce that Brandon Beck has joined their sales team as Residential Sales Specialist.  Brandon is tasked with growing their residential customer base and ensuring that they are providing superior service to their customers in Opelika. Look for Brandon at local events and in your neighborhood. If you are interested in Point Broadband service, contact him at 334.748.9825.

    ●  Happy 20th Anniversary to Prestige Properties!

    ●  Accounting Today has named Machen McChesney as one of 100 “Best Accounting Firms
    to Work For.”

    ●  EAMC welcomes Dr. J. Wesley Cutcliffe, D.O. and Dr. Brandon Heape D.M.D. to the hospital.
    Dr. Cutcliffe has joined The Surgery Clinic and Dr. Heape has joined the Oral and Facial Surgery of East Alabama.

    ●  OHS Senior Kaitlyn Goodman (KK) on won the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Lee County this past weekend. 
        She won awards for fitness, self-expression and overall.  

    ●  Marie Gill of Troy Bank & Trust is a recent graduate from the Alabama Banking School.

      Publications Rank Auburn – Opelika MSA High Among Growth Potential

    ●  5th in the U.S. For Economic Growth Potential    (Business Facilities Magazine) 

       2nd Fastest Growth Rate in Alabama (Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA))
    ●   3rd Greatest in Population Growth since 2010  (PARCA)

       The Links and Lakes Courses at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Grand National were

         Listed in Top 10 Best Golf Courses in Alabama (Golf Digest)

    ●  The City of Opelika is Excited to Announce Scott Ritchie as the New Municipal Court Clerk.
    Ritchie will supervise operations of the City’s court and is responsible for supervising staff, performing court functions, monitoring and managing cash receipts, overseeing customer service and preparing budgets.

       Opelika Sportsplex & Aquatics Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary on August 31.   
    To commemorate this milestone, the celebration will include free food, inflatables, scavenger hunt, group fitness blast classes, a fitness competition and much more!   Details

       Piccolo’s 10th Anniversary Birthday Bash will be on August 8 – 10.  Piccolo is inside The Hotel at Auburn University, 241 S. College Street, Auburn.   There will be live music and food and drink specials.

    ●   Lee-Scott Academy recently received the Blue Ribbon and President’s awards from the Alabama Independent School Association for its outstanding educational programs and academic excellence.

    ●  Welcome new Opelika Chamber Board Members!
    Jason Bryant                     Auburn University
                   Laura Cooper                    Lee County Youth Development Center
                   Chuck Beams                    East Alabama Medical Center
                   Chris Hickman                  Hanwha Advanced Materials America
                   Traye Hulsey                     J. Smith Lanier
                   Ayanna Thomas               Lee Russell Council of Governments
                   Tabatha White                  Alabama Power

    ●  The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center has received the AAA Four Diamond RatingThey are one of only a selected few properties in the state of Alabama and the only one in Auburn to achieve this rating.

    ●  John Emerald Distilling won Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in the 2019 National Spirit Competitions in Las Vegas.  More than 30 spirit industry leaders and upwards of 500 spirit brands participated in the two-day blind-tasting point-rating event.

    ●  Advantage Chiropractic Clinic is thrilled to announce two new certifications:

    Dr. Brad Adams has just earned his Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Internists certification. This makes Dr. Adams the only doctor in the East Alabama area with this designation.  

    Dr. Tom Vrbka recently earned his Diplomat of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians certification (DACBSP). This makes Dr. Vrbka the only doctor in Alabama with this designation.

    2019 Annual Meeting Award Winners

    ●  Spirit of Opelika                                        Don and Lorna Roberts
    ●  Distinguished Service                              Eric Canada
    ●  Visionary                                                    O Grows
    ●  Small Business of the Year                      Mrs. Story’s Dairy Bar
    ●  Service Champion                                    Mark Slay, Piedmont Fertilizer
    ●  Community Partner                                  EAMC’s Mend
    ●  Chairman’s Award                                    Revel Gholston, Opelika City Schools
    ●  Ambassador of the Year                          Billy Plummer, S & S Termite & Pest Control

    ●  The Brown Agency welcomes Patrick Thrower to their team!  Contact Patrick by calling 334.559.5887 or emailing pwthrower@thebrownagency.com.

    ●  Opelika Observer won a ‘General Excellence’ award in 2019 APA’s Media Awards Contest.  They also won ‘Most Improved,’ and ‘Best Use of Photography / Editorial Content.’

    ●  Economy Air, Heating & Air Conditioning
    Celebrating 10th Anniversary!

    Southern Union’s
    Nan Gillenwaters Nursing Scholarship winner is Gabby Gay.●  WTVM is Celebrating 65 Years in Business!

    ●  Happy Anniversary Oliver Henry – 5 years in Business!  Join them for a Celebration on June 20 from 6 – 8 pm at their location, 804 N. Railroad Avenue, Opelika.  Enjoy live music, signature summer cocktails, yummy foods and over $1,000 in giveaways!

    ●  Lisa Sandt is the new Executive Director of the Lee Russell Council of Governments.

    Three-Sixty Management welcomes Kari Pierce to their staff.  Kari will handle the day to day bookkeeping tasks related to their property management business.● 20th Annual Chamber Member Golf Tournament Winners
                                                               Morning Flight                                           Afternoon Flight
    Low Gross                                    Atlas Valuation, LLC                                 CenterState Bank                       
    2nd Low Net                                  Lee Co. Youth Development Ctr.             Davidson, Davidson, Umbech & Forbus
    1st  Low Net                                  iHeart Media                                              Southern States Bank                
    Closest to Pin (# 8)                      James Salter                                             David Scott                                  
    Longest Drive (#14)                     Theresa Stratton                                       JM Shannon                                 
    Straightest Drive   (#14)              Jeff Holladay                                             P.J. Simmons
    Poker Run (#1, 4, 8, 11, 16)         AU Hospitality                                           FlipFlopFoto                                                                                            

    ●  Ware’s Jewelers welcomes Emily Horner to their staff!  Emily has been a jeweler for 7 years and was an apprentice for 3 years. 
    She also studied Art and Design at the Kansas City Art Institute.  She does fantastic custom work!  Go meet her at the Tigertown location.

    ●  Stone Martin Builders has been honored with the Platinum Builder award by 2-10 Homebuyers Warranty, the highest tier of their
    new awards program. 
    The Platinum Builder Award recognizes accomplished builders who demonstrate leadership in new construction with
    innovations in design, marketing strategy and construction technology. These builders think big while remaining committed to providing the
    personal touch that connects home buyers to the communities in which they build.

    ●  Happy 18th Anniversary to Taylor Made Designs!  In celebration, they are having a 2 - day birthday party!  
    February 21 - 22 
    ●  10 am - 6 pm  ●  120 S. 8th Street  ●  Downtown Opelika

    The City of Opelika and the Planning Department welcome Kevin Rice as the new ADA Compliance Officer.

    ●  Opelika Parks and Recreation received 3 distinct awards at the 2019 Alabama Recreation and Parks Association
    State Conference. 
    The 3 awards included:  Innovative Special Event of the Year, Innovative Program of the Year and
    Professional of the Year in Recreation.

    Here Molly Girl Creative, Strategic Marketing is proud to welcome Caroline Prather to their team!  Caroline is
    assuming the role of junior account manager and will assist Katy, Melissa, and Jessica with all things marketing.

    Jackson Thornton Celebrates 100 Years with 100 Acts of Service + New Branding
    Jackson Thornton
    , a certified public accounting and consulting firm, is celebrating two big milestones in 2019:
    its 100th birthday and the roll-out of a new corporate brand identity and tagline across all its entities. 
    100 Years | 100 Acts of Service Kick-off    https://www.jacksonthornton.com/jt100andaccounting-video

    ●  BigHouse Foundation Celebrating 10th Anniversary!  Come to the Birthday Bash on February 21, 2019.   Jason Johnson (jasonjohnsonblog.com) will be the featured keynote speaker!  There isn’t a cost to attend, but there is an opportunity to give generously presented during the event.  Reserve your tickets or table by emailing BigHouse, bighouse@ourbighouse.org.


    ●  Welcome Greg Leikvoid and Jeff Dyal to the New Workforce Development Staff at Southern Union Community College.

    ●   Lewis Cooper Jr., Memorial Library Director Rosanna McGinnis has been selected for the Spring 2019 Public Library
    Association Leadership Academy.

    ●  Opelika City School Board honors 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year!
         -  Rachel Tate                              Jeter Primary -- OCS Elementary Teacher of the Year
         -  Kathryn Gholston                   Opelika Middle School  -- OCS Secondary Teacher of the Year              
         - Patrice McAllister                    Carver Primary
         - Teresa Swann                          Morris Avenue Intermediate
         - Melissa Cook                           Northside Intermediate
         - Kori Skinner                             West Forest Intermediate
         - Hannah Owens                        Southview Primary
         - Hannah Holladay                     Opelika High School

    ●  The Spa at Grand National was among the 100 best in North America in 2018, according to a list released by Spas of America! 
    The Spa at Grand National is a part of the Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National.

    ●  Chicken Salad Chick Celebrating 11th Anniversary  In honor of their birthday, Chicken Salad Chick is hosting its annual Guest
    Appreciation Day on Thursday, January 24th at 1345 Opelika Road in Auburn. Any guest who visits that day will receive a free scoop
    of Classic Carol, with no purchase necessary.

    ● Summer Vollor of River Bank and Trust won River Bank’s “Big Fish award” for the 4th quarter for going above and beyond for their customers.  

    ● The Columbus Lions, Professional Indoor Football team, keep adding top tier talent to their roster.  Recently they added two players, JT Surratt,
    who starred on the University of South Carolina defensive line and Shawn Mitchell, who played receiver for Eastern Illinois University and is known for
    his blinding speed.  For more information on the Columbus Lions, visit www.columbuslions.net.

    ●  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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