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The Auburn city council handled a busy agenda at Monday’s 100 minute regular meeting. Among the action items were approval of plans to hold an electronic recycling day in September and to further upgrade the security system at the city office.

During the regular meeting of the Auburn School Board last Wednesday, high school principal Nathan Essex said the board may want to think about eliminating the graduation designations of valedictorian and salutatorian, possibly with the 2023 graduating class if the board decides to go in tha…

During a lengthy city council meeting Monday, Auburn Mayor Tom Berola said the city needs to formalize the way it handles the bidding process for contracts for city work. The initiative was tabled for more discussion during the administration committee meeting Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. Th…

Backyard chickens may be an option in nearby Virden and Thayer, as well as in Springfield and Jacksonville. But it appears it is an ownership perk that won’t be occurring in Auburn at this time.

Auburn firefighters responded to a major fire at the Allen Baker home on North Grand Friday evening. Firefighters Zach Stuhmer and Blake Boston are pictured ventilating the roof amidst the smoke (top). Fire Chief Joe Powell said the structure received extensive damage to the roof, attic and …

section of Route 4 and Route 104 still need to be completed, but at least one alderman is concerned that signage may be required to cut down on potential driving hazards when street lights are eventually put in place.

Outgoing Auburn City Council members Vic Devos, left, and Vince Nadalini were presented with plaques at their final meeting as an alderman May 6. Devos represented Ward 4 and Nadalini represented Ward 2.

The Auburn Ministerial Alliance invites the public to the 2019 Auburn High Baccalaureate service, to be held Sunday, May 19 at 6 p.m. at the Auburn United Methodist Church.

Retiring members of the Auburn Board of Education, Mark Killam and Chuck DuBois, were honored for their service to the school district at the board’s April 17 meeting. New board members Carl Kessler and Brad Smith, along with incumbent John Megginson, will be seated with the new board at a s…

Auburn High School Principal Nathan Essex told the Auburn School Board at its regular meeting last Wednesday that the high school schedule next year will include traditional study halls throughout the day instead of the school-wide advisory period.

A significant leak at 720 East Jackson Street resulted in the loss of more than 1.9 million gallons of water and a bill of $22,005.83. That amount was later reduced to $16,295.33 in mid-March and changed to $9,709.22 after the Council voted in favor of selling the water at the city’s cost.

The Auburn Food Pantry, located in Holy Cross Parish Church, is in need of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene items and  paper products as well as monetary donations.

Auburn High School inducted 23 new members of the National Honor Society at a ceremony held Wednesday, March 20. The new inductees are, seated (L-R): Jace Jaclyn Eicken, Jessica Marie Helms, Gwen Elizabeth Squires, Josie Cailen Schnelten, Sydney Grace Pupillo, Kaitlyn Amber Mehochko, Hannah …

The Auburn School Board continued discussion concerning adding an agriculture program and starting an FFA chapter though no action was taken during the regular meeting last Wednesday night.

A scene from Auburn High School’s excellent production of “Grease”. Mikayla Bailey as Sandy singing “Hopelessly Devoted To You”.

Kim Martin’s third hour math class at Auburn Junior High School used a recent lesson on money and budgeting as an opportunity for the entire school to raise funds for both the Auburn Helping Hands and Divernon Hands for Hope organizations.

It’s not very often that a potential business brings a plan to the Auburn City Council, so perhaps the enthusiasm and excitement from aldermen and those affiliated with the Economic Development Committee could be excused at Monday’s Auburn City Council meeting.

Auburn High School Theater Company returns March 15-16 with “Grease.” This popular 1950’s era musical will have you singing along with music, lyrics, and book by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

After hearing a presentation on agricultural education from Jennifer Waters, the district 3 agricultural program adviser, and a lengthy discussion at the end of the board meeting last Wednesday, the Auburn School Board directed Superintendent Darren Root to gather more information on the log…

Morgan Root opened Friday’s “Hues and Harmony” event with a vocal solo on “Thank You For the Music."

Monday evening, standing next to a whiteboard with a dry erase marker at city hall, Auburn mayor Tom Berola looked at a map of the square and explained plans for where a stage could best be positioned when a pageant is held in less than three months.

The Auburn Music Boosters would like to invite the community to “Hues & Harmony,” the annual fundraiser for the music and art departments, to be held Friday, February 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Auburn Middle School gymasium. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Auburn High School’s varsity Scholastic Bowl team is 14-14 on the season after sweeping matches from Pawnee and Tri-City last Thursday. Varsity team members are, seated (L-R): Carter Evans, Micheala Leahy, Claire Steele, Samantha Wheeler, Ben Selsor; back: David Moldenhauer, Tyrus Thomason, …

With a very light agenda Monday evening, the Auburn City Council was finished its regular business in about 30 minutes. An executive session was required to discuss labor negotiations, but no action was taken when the Council reconvened in open session shortly before 9 p.m.

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded over $1.3 million in FY19 School District Library Grant Program awards to 694 public school districts. More than 1.6 million Illinois students served by school library media programs have benefitted from the grants.

The Auburn School Board voted (5-0) to adopt the 2019 Tax Levy during its regular meeting and after the Truth in Taxation hearing last Wednesday. Board members Kern and Smith were absent for the vote but arrived later in the meeting. Last year, the district received roughly a 1.04 percent in…

Longtime Auburn city attorney Raylene Grischow attended her last City Council meeting Monday, as it was announced Dec. 14 she was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a circuit judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Auburn police chief Dave Campbell said the Council likely needs to revisit an ordinance limiting excessive cats and dogs at residences. At a recent eviction, Campbell told the Council there were at least six cats running around. Once the resident leaves the property, the city then becomes re…