• Member Recognition Awards

  • ●  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. Read More.

    ● 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!  
    l   2119 Interstate Drive, Suite C4  l  Opelika

    ● Opelika Christmas Parade Winners
    1st  Place       Boy Scouts
    2nd Place       Lee County Youth Development Center
    3rd Place        Opelika Police Department

     Opelika City Schools 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year
    Carver Primary-Katie Allain                                                          
    Jeter Primary-Mary Torrance                                                        
    Southview Primary-Tori Gooden                                      
    Northside Intermediate School-Denise Glenn               
    West Forest Intermediate-Robin Cobb               
    Opelika Middle School-Amanda Massey                                    

    OCS Elementary Teacher of the Year
    Breeana Boyd - Morris Avenue Intermediate                                                     

    OCS Secondary Teacher of the Year
    Hannah Holladay – Opelika High School

     Opelika High School Television Production Teacher Tracy Tidwell recognized by Central Alabama Works! as a Rockstar CTE Teacher!
    Last week Governor Ivey recognized teachers during Thank Alabama Teachers Week. Our teachers are the key to growth in our state. They go above and beyond daily to mold, develop, and teach Alabama's future leaders.

    ● Niffer’s Place and John Emerald Distilling won Silver at the Alabama Small Business Awards for their categories.

    ● The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center has been named among the first hotels in the world to successfully become Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide.Addressing the critical need to establish confidence with guests and travel planners in the age of COVID-19 and beyond, Sharecare's health security verification comes with an easily identifiable "seal of approval" – the Sharecare Health Security VERIFIED® with Forbes Travel Guide badge – for hotels to display on their official websites and on-property.  

    ● The City of Opelika has received a $50,000 grant to continue its Youth Incarceration Prevention Project (YIPP). The grant was awarded to the city by Governor Kay Ivey from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The program addresses youth offender behavioral health issues such as substance abuse, enrolls participants in educational programs so they will graduate from high school or earn a GED and provides job skills training and a good paying job in Lee County for those completing the program.   

    ● John Emerald Distilling Company is a finalist for the Alabama Small Business of the Year!

    ● Charles Livings, Still Serving Veterans Regional Director, Chattahoochee Valley, was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice-Civis.  This award is presented to a civilian who has made significant or outstanding contribution in support of the infantry community, serving with distinction and representing the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence, and dedication to duty.

    ● AuburnOpelika Lifestyle Group’s Melissa Bruce was appointed to the Board of Directors for Lee County Association of REALTORS.

    ● LifeSTYLED Three-Sixty  team grows with the addition of  Staging Coordinator Tonya Tyson and Style Consultants Bren Freeman and Melanie Beasley.

    ● Alabama High School Association Super 7 Championships
    Auburn High School vs Thompson High School  l  December 2 at 7 pm

     79th Annual Meeting Award Winners

    Spirit of Opelika                        O.D. Alsobrook
    Distinguished Citizen                   Laura Eason (East Alabama Medical Center)

    Young Professional                      Rosanna McGinnis (Cooper Memorial Library)
    Small Business of the Year          Butcher Paper BQ
    Large Business of the Year         Golden State Foods
    Visionary                                       Greg Leikvold (Southern Union)
    Customer Service Champion       Laura Brown (Grady’s Tire & Auto)
    Community Partner                      John Emerald Distilling Company
    Ambassador of the Year              Billy Plummer (S&S Termite & Pest Control)

     Three Sixty {real estate} is pleased to welcome REALTOR® Alex Barringer and Licensed Assistant and REALTOR® Shelly Adams to their East Alabama office.

    ● Alabama High School Playoffs:  Area Team Matchups
    Friday, November 20, 2020.

    Class 7A                   Central Phenix City @ Auburn
    Class 6A                   Opelika @ Saraland
    Class 2A                   Lanett @ Leroy
    AISA  AAA               Glenwood @ Pike Liberal
    AISA  AA                   Escambia @ Chambers Academy

    ● Alabama High School Playoffs:  Area Team Matchups
    Friday, November 6, 2020.

    Class 7A                   #4 Baker at # 1 Auburn
                                      #3 Fairhope at #2 Central-Phenix City
    Class 6A                   #4 Wetumpka at #1 Opelika
    Class 2A                   #4 J.U. Blacksher at #1 Lanett
    Class 1A                   #3 Florala at # 2 Notasulga
                                      #3 Loachapoka at #2 McKinenzie
    AISA  AAA               #4 Clarke Pre at #1 Glenwood
                                     #4 Lee-Scott at #1 Bessemer Academy
    AISA AA                  #4 Autauga Academy at #1 Chambers Academy


    ●  Happy Anniversary Opelika Living magazine In celebration, during the month of October, they are offering the December month free on all new orders of Opelika Living.  Learn More.

    ● Mayor Fuller presented the Domestic Violence Intervention Center with a proclamation, proclaiming October 2020 to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

    ● Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes was named Alabama VOCAL Prosecutor of the Year!   Additional Information.

    ● Dermatology Specialists of AL Welcomes Dr. Lai. Dr. Stephanie Lai is now seeing patients, full-time.  She has extensive experience in both medical and cosmetic dermatology including laser, light and injectable therapies. For an appointment, please call 334.821.9208 or online at MyDemSpecialists.com.

    ● Machen McChesney Announces PromotionsJoe Janning to Manager; Tanner Roberts to Supervisor; Emma Farris to Senior Accountant; and Austin Duran to Senior Accountant.

    ● The City of Opelika announces the retirement of Opelika Police Chief John McEachern effective November 30, 2020. Chief McEachern was appointed OPD Chief in April 2013 and has served as OPD Chief for nearly eight years.

     Karen Turner of Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Preferred Real Estate
    was awarded the 2020 Realtor of the Year by the Lee County Association of Realtors. This award recognizes a realtor who has contributed the most to the real estate profession on a local level and to the community at large during the last two years. Points are awarded based on professionalism, civic activities, local association activities and business accomplishments for the last two years. 

    ● 360 Management Welcomes Property Manager Taylor Camper to their growing team!

    ● Opelika Main Street has been awarded four prestigious 2020 Main Street Alabama Awards of Excellence. The awards are designed to honor projects, organizations and individuals that make a tremendous impact in their Main Street community.
    • Excellence in Business Promotion (COVID-19 related): 
    Opelika Main Street COVID-19 Billboard Campaign
    • Excellence in Promotion: Opelika Main Street On Tap
    • Excellence in Building Design: Davis Mann & Co.
    • Main Street Hero Award: Opelika Observer

    ● The Opelika Police Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Detective Brandon Pettaway to the rank of Sergeant.  Learn More.

     The Hotel At Auburn University & Ariccia Cucinia Italiana are Winners Of 2020 Travelers' Choice Awards. The Hotel at Auburn University and Ariccia Cucina Italiana have both been recognized as one of the best in the region based on 2019 traveler reviews on Tripadvisor. This award is given to the top 10% of establishments listed on the travel website, and the 2020 award marks The Hotel's seventh year in a row to win. The awards are based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, and shows travelers' ultimate favorite, top 1% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

    ●    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!


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