• Member Recognition Awards

  • Golf Tournament Winners
    $1,000 Golf Ball Drop Winner Thomas Fenn, Inline Electric
    Best Dressed Robert Jones
    1st Net Allstate - Watkins Whittle Agency
    2nd Net South State Bank
    1st Gross State Farm Insurance. Kali Bryan
    Straightest Drive Peyton Whittle
    Longest Drive Tyler Smith
    Closest to the Pin #17 Matt Mixon

    Studio 3:19 celebrating 10th Anniversary!
    Erin Waits of Porter Properties earned her GRI designation.
    Machen McChesney Promotions: Stephen Tauton, Austin Duran and Michael Chestnutt
    80th Annual Meeting Awards
    Spirit of Opelika Kate Larkin
    Distinguished Service City Council President Eddie Smith
    Visionary State Representative Jeremy Gray
    Legendary Samford & Denson
    Service Champion Tori Mejia, Spa eLeve (Auburn Dental Spa)
    Young Professional of the Year Melissa Munford
    Small Business of the Year Angel's Antiques & Flea Mall
    Large Business of the Year Baxter International
    Diamond Award East Alabama Health
    Chairman's Award Chuck Beams
    Ambassador of the Year Billy Plummer
    Community Partner Opelika City Schools

    Opelika Chamber of Commerce received the highest ranking, 5 Star rating from the U.S. Chamber.
    Point Broadband relocated its corporate office to Opelika.
    Auburn Direct Primary Care just enrolled their 100th patients! 0-100 patients in just 4 months!
    The Opelika Observer received a 3rd place General Excellence Award from the Alabama Association's Best Media Awards.
    The Hotel at Auburn University was named a finalist in the 2021 Sharecare Awards for its video, "Peace of Mind: The Hotel at Auburn University Doubles Down on Hygiene Amid Pandemic."
     The National Parks Service Rivers, Trails & Conservations Assistance Program has selected the City of Opelika to receive expert consultation on the Johnny Ray Rail to Trail Line.
    Three Sixty {real estate} welcomes Realtor Beth Brown to their Resort living at t Lake Martin Office.Laura Fuller and David Gunter won the USA National Indoor pickleball Championship for the 65+Category in Hoover, AL.
    Elliott & Associates Insurance has been acquired by Starr Insurance Group, LLC.Glynn Smith Chevrolet Buick GMC recognizes Kevin Holloway as the Sales Person of the Month for May.
    Jessica Thornton named the new Lady's Bulldog's Basketball Coach at Opelika High School.
     East Alabama Health President & CEO Laura Grill was elected to serve on the board of the Alabama Hospital Association.
     Charles Livings of Still Serving Veterans has received his official Resilience-Building Leader Program (RBLP) Professional Trainer certificate.
     Crawford / Willis with eXp Realty received the Small Business of the Quarter award at the Chamber's Business Over Breakfast. If you are buying or selling a home, let the experts at Crawford / Willis help you!
    1922 Professional Circle, Suite 201 C  I Auburn I 334.663.2950 I www.crawfordwillisgroup.com
     
    Three Sixty {real estate} welcomes Realtor Robin Raiford to their growing Auburn office.

     
    The Opelika Observer won 28 awards from the Alabama Press Association Media Awards! Their sister publication, Live Lee, won 6 awards

     The Wood Duck Nature Preserve has a new Rain Garden. This new feature includes a French drain along the front side of the pavilion, a depression in the earth adjacent to the pavilion, and several new native plants. The Rain
    Garden installation was part of a statewide education program, Alabama Watershed Stewards, housed under the Auburn University Water Resource Center. Visit the Preserve at 3600 Waverly Parkway in Opelika.

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    Opelika Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street program for meeting rigorous performance standards.

     HomeLink REALTOR® Renee Dykes, REALTOR® Carrie King, REALTOR® Deborah Robinson, and REALTOR® Amy Littleton received the 2020 Circle of Merit award from East Alabama Board of Realtors. Amy also won the Circle of Merit Lifetime Member award for achieving Circle of Merit status for at least 5 years consecutively.  HomeLink Realty provides professional and approachable real estate services by serving all areas of Lee County and Lake Martin. For more information about HomeLink Realty, call 334.329.5055. 
     The City of Opelika Information Technology Department was recently recognized by the State of Alabama’s Central Geographic Information System (GIS) team for its outstanding work with GIS ESRI mapping software.

     City of Opelika Fire Department:  Tracey Johnson promoted to Battalion Chief.

    ● Opelika High School Varsity Track Team won the state championship!

    ● Representative Jeremy Gray was selected as one of 19 leaders to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders).  Details

    ● Raven Harvis was recently named as an Ambassador for the World Games 2022 in Birmingham, AL.   Details

    ● Point Broadband was awarded a grant of $587,000 to provide broadband access capabilities to 316 households and 14 businesses in Chambers, Lee, and Tallapoosa counties. Governor Ivey presented 36 grants for a total of nearly
    $17 million to multiple broadband providers across the state.  This is the largest amount and number awarded to date from the Alabama Broadband Accessibility Fund. The fund was created by the Alabama Legislature in 2018. 

    ● Opelika Municipal Court Clerk Denise Rogers has been elected to represent the state of Alabama for the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA).

    ●  Forbes Magazine recognized Red Clay Brewery and Miura Vineyards as the first-ever collaboration between a master brewer and master sommelier to create a globally sourced craft beer they hop will reimagine food pairings.
    ● Ware Jewelers is celebrating their 75th Anniversary!
     Opelika Power Services has earned a “Diamond” Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association.

    ● Taylor Made Designs is celebrating their 21st Anniversary!

    ● Alabama Municipal Authority (AMEA)  announces Academic Scholarship recipients: From Opelika High School:  Laura Tyson Daffin, Nicholas Garrett Fitzwater, Braxton Asenath Harris, Leighanna Virginia Howell.

    ● iHeart Radio Hallelujah 1520AM Host Richard LaGrand is celebrating 35 years in radio.  Richard is also a Lee County Commissioner

    ● Shane Boyd is the city’s new Fire Chief, effective April 1, 2021. Boyd is replacing Chief Byron Prather, who retired on January 31, 2021. Boyd comes to Opelika from Bessemer, where he served as the Deputy Fire Chief for three
      years.

    ●  Opelika Police Department announced several promotions:  Lieutenants Kenny Miller and Rob Cook to Captains; Captain Tony Amerson will oversee the Community Relations / Special Services Division; Sgt. Marty Paulson to Patrol Lieutenant; Sgt. Ben Jones to Patrol Lietuenant, Detective Brandon Hutto to Detective Division Sergeant; Patrolman Lamar Baker to Patrol Sergeant; and Patrolman Johnathan Whaley to Patrol Sergeant.

     Opelika City Schools
    Breeana Boyd         OCS Elementary                  Morris Avenue Intermediate
    Hannah Holladay    OCS Secondary                   Opelika High School
    Tori Golden              OCS Primary                       Southview Primary
    Amanda Massey                                                  Opelika Middle School
    Denise Glenn                                                        Northside Intermediate
    Kelly Allain                                                            Carver Primary
    Mary Torrance                                                      Jeter Primary
    Robin Cobb                                                           West Forest Intermediate

    ●  Lee County Schools Teachers of the Year
    Susan Norton         
    Elementary Level                 South Smiths Station
    David Shamp           Secondary Level                  Beulah High School

    ● Three Sixty {real estate} is pleased to announce that three of their team members have earned the At Home with Diversity® (AHWD) designation from the National Association of REALTORS®.

    ● Chief Byron Prather on his retirement as Opelika’s Fire Chief.  Thank you for an excellent job and your service to the community!  Best wishes!

    ● The City of Opelika named James “Junior” Morgan Interim Fire Chief effective February 1, 2021. Morgan will serve as Interim Chief after Byron Prather’s retirement on January 31, 2021.  Morgan retired from the Opelika Fire Department seven years ago as Assistant Chief. While at the fire department, he worked as a firefighter, driver, paramedic, and training officer, among other duties. 

    ●  Jackson Thornton Technologies (JTT), a subsidiary of Jackson Thornton CPAs and Consultants, has been named a Datto Blue Diamond Global Partner which is the top tier of the Datto Global Partner Program and only 2 percent of the Datto community of managed service providers have achieved this level. Datto is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions built for delivery by managed service providers.

    ●  Matthew Willis of Crawford Willis Group, eXp Realty, LLC has been awarded the At Home with Diversity® certification from the National Association of REALTORS®.

    ●  Captain Shane Healey is the new Opelika Police Chief.

    ●  Newk’s Eatery is celebrating 7th anniversary in Tiger Town.

      Afni celebrating 20 years in Opelika.   Press Release

     Opelika was chosen as one of the South’s Best Small Towns by Southern Living magazine.

    ● Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Opelika is the winner of the Small Business of the Quarter!  
    334.759.6225  
    l   2119 Interstate Drive, Suite C4  l  Opelika

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