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Trojan Food4Kids is starting the food program in September for children in need in the Auburn School District. The group is working together with Auburn Community Helping Hands again and appreciate all of the help they have provided, as well as support from the communities of Auburn and Divernon.

Sam Snell was inducted into the Sangamon County Farm Bureau Farmer Hall of Fame as the Farm Bureau held its annual Pre Harvest Market Outlook Steakfry August 12.

Due to the lack of calls in Auburn, MedicsFirst has pulled its ambulance service. Auburn Fire Chief Joe Powell said the service had been staffed intermittently over the past three or four months, with no service at night.

Auburn school district administrators, teachers and staff have been working diligently in preparation to go to full remote learning when school begins August 26. During the regular school board meeting August 12 which was held in person and via Zoom, administrators presented their remote lea…

The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced the second of six $250 million grants to counties, municipalities and townships to address local transportation needs as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

Students in the Auburn school district will begin the school year with half day in-person instruction on August 26 as the district tries to grapple with the complications of educating students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At its monthly meeting held July 7, the Divernon Township Library Board of Trustees voted to return to normal hours of operation at the library effective Monday, July 13.

Commencement exercises for the Auburn High School Class of 2020 were finally celebrated Friday evening at Michael J. Potts Memorial Field , after a six-week delay due to COVID-19.

The Auburn city council agreed at Monday’s regular meeting to lift the ban on burning of leaves and twigs within the city limits that had been in place since April.

No official ceremony could be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown orders, but Auburn High School inducted 18 new members into the National Honor Society this spring.

Zoning issues and police department personnel actions topped the agenda for the June 15 regular meeting of the Auburn city council. Though some aldermen chose to participate by Zoom, the meeting was held in the council chambers and was open to the public for the first time since mid-March.

The 2020 Katherine Hannigan Creative Writing Contest sponsored by the Auburn-Divernon PTO was another big success. Top placers and those receiving honorable mention at the various grade levels were:

The Divernon Township Library started curbside pickup service to its patrons effective Monday, June 8. The service will be available Monday and Tuesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m., and Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Monday’s two-hour regular meeting of the Auburn city council saw the council vote in favor of extending the city’s current ban on burning until its next meeting, July 6. 

The Auburn High Class of 2020, including Ellie Canaday, paraded through the city Friday evening in a caravan of over 100 vehicles. In a normal time, the Class of 2020 would have been graduating Friday but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s ceremony has been tentatively rescheduled for…

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, the Auburn-Divernon PTO was not able to host the annual Father-Daughter Dance as planned in March. 

Actions involving Phase 1 of the city’s $5.5 million infrastructure improvement plan and delinquent utility accounts topped a busy agenda for the Auburn city council’s two hour, 40 minute meeting Monday. The council met again through Zoom with all eight alderman present as well as Mayor Tom …

On Thursday, May 21, all school buildings in the Auburn School District will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. for students and parents to collect any personal belongings, and to return textbooks and library books.

The Auburn City Council encourages residents to complete a survey they will receive in the mail soon that seeks input about the future of parks and recreation in Auburn. Results of this survey will be used to help city elected officials determine the needs, preferences, perceptions and prior…

The Auburn School Board voted (7-0) to accept a bid for $220,750 for the paving of the elementary school playground during its regular meeting last Wednesday. The 30 minute meeting was held via ZOOM as are many meetings lately due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The paving and roof work at the ele…

Alderman Ben Royer closed Monday’s city council meeting with the announcement of the formation of the new Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber board includes Royer (president), Clardin Rodriguez (vice president) and Dawna Edie (secretary). 

The Auburn city council took care of a busy agenda during a two hour, 15 minute remote meeting Monday. The council reversed its action taken at the April 2 meeting by approving the installation of a power trunk line on the city square, hired two new public works employees and okayed the next…

Though he is not optimistic about things returning to normal before the end of the current school year, Superintendent of Schools Darren Root is well pleased with how the district has handled the shift to remote learning due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Auburn city council held a lengthy discussion on limiting the number of domesticated animals residents can own before voting 8-0 to approve an amended Ordinance 1480-20 at its April 6 regular meeting. The original measure prepared by city attorney Greg Moredock would have made housing ov…

Superintendent of Schools Darren Root provided this update Tuesday following Governor JB Pritzker’s order extending the closing of schools around the state through April 30:

Auburn Schools will remain closed through Wednesday, April 8 following an extension of Governor JB Pritzker’s original two-week layoff proposed last week due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Auburn city council needed 80 minutes to complete its business at Monday’s regular meeting. Seven aldermen were present and the eighth, Tracy Sheppard, participated by phone due to an illness.

Auburn Schools will be closed March 16-30 following a mandate by Governor JB Pritzker last week over concerns with the coronavirus pandemic. Classes are tentatively scheduled to resume Tuesday, March 31.

The Auburn School Board voted (5-0, Kern, B. Smith absent) to accept the administrators’ contracts and salaries with a 2.45 percent raise during the board’s regular meeting last Wednesday. Also approved were the contract and salary (also with a 2.45 percent increase) of high school guidance …