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The Auburn city council took action at Monday’s 70 minute regular meeting to approve the hiring of Zach Pearce as a full-time officer with the Auburn Police Department.

Auburn Community Helping Hands is ready to start its 35th fundraising year. ACHH is asking the community for donations to help purchase winter coats and boots for children and food baskets at Christmas in our town. This year’s goal is $11,000.

The Auburn School Board approved (4-0, J. Smith, Kern, Kessler absent) the budget for fiscal year 2022 during the regular meeting which included the budget hearing Wednesday, September 15.

The Auburn School Board approved (7-0) the 2021/22 tentative budget during its regular meeting last Wednesday. The total budgeted amount which includes all funds, totals $22,166,723 in revenues and $21,359,650 in expenditures, leaving the district with a healthy surplus of $807,073.

During the regular meeting of the Auburn School Board last Wednesday, superintendent Darren Root said the district will follow CDC guidance on mask wearing with the “least restrictive interpretation.” Root acknowledged that the situation could change before students return to school August 1…

The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Small Equipment Grant Program. A total of $3.3 million was awarded to 149 fire departments/districts and EMS providers across the state. The OSFM received 448 applications, requesting around $10.5 mil…

Auburn School District Superintendent Darren Root said the district is set to receive a $2.1 million federal ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) grant during the regular meeting of the Auburn School Board last Wednesday. If approved, the district should see the funds…

The Auburn city council voted 7-0 to approve a new system to handle the Auburn Police Department’s policy and procedure changes in the future at the council’s April 5 regular meeting.

A celebration for the Auburn High School Class of 2021 will be held Sunday, April 25 and will feature a parade of the seniors throughout the city with a police and fire engine escort.

Two major items, the city’s burn ban and the process the city plans to use to have residents pay off the remainder of their February utility bills, were addressed by the Auburn city council at Monday’s two hour, five minute regular meeting.

Calvin Harden was elected as the new Auburn Township highway commissioner in Tuesday’s Consolidated Election, defeating five-time incumbent David Beck by a margin of 532-361. Harden received 59.31 percent of the 897 total votes cast, with Beck receiving 40.25 percent.

Auburn High School senior Caleb Farthing earned Honorable Mention on the 2021 IHSA All-State Academic Team for excelling in both academics and extracurricular activities throughout his high school career.

The Auburn School Board voted (6-0, Kern absent) to accept the roof repair bid from Design Roofing for $429,700 during a brief board meeting last Wednesday. The work will include repair of the additions built in 2000 which are located at the far north end of the high school and the far south…

The Auburn Youth Baseball/Softball Association is excited to announce that it is moving forward with the spring baseball/softball season. While there is no certainty that the season will take place due to ever-changing health and safety risks, the AYBSA is going to open up registration.