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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 …

 The Auburn High School Scholastic Bowl team won the championship of the Auburn Class A Regional Monday by defeating Pana in the final round, 340-250. The Regional title is the second in school history, and first since 2011.

The Auburn Public Library will host its second annual Spring Book Sale Wednesday, April 15 through Saturday, April 18. The sale will be held in the Will Wietfeldt Meeting Room at the library during regular library hours.

The Auburn School Board voted (6-0, Kessler absent) to accept the bid for the replacement of a section of the elementary school roof from Designed Roofing Systems for $207,200, a cost nearly $50,000 less than originally projected. The work will be completed this summer. 

The Auburn city council needed only 50 minutes to complete its business at the regular meeting held Tuesday, February 18. 

 The Auburn Music Boosters invite the community to “Hues & Harmony,” the annual fundraiser for the music and art departments, set for Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Auburn Middle School gymasium. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m.

 The Auburn School Board held a special meeting Thursday, January 23 to continue discussion on the playground replacement project set to take place this summer and next. Board members Scott Norris, John Megginson, Matt Kern and Brad Smith were present at the meeting along with superintendent…

The Auburn High School varsity Scholastic Bowl team has a 15-10 overall record through last week and has started 4-1 in the League of Extraordinary Bowlers. Team members are, seated (L-R): Jax Richmond, Josie Schnelten, Bailee Phillips, Sawyer Henson, Caleb Farthing, Mitchell Jones; back: Co…

Winners in this year’s Village of Divernon Christmas Decoration Contest were recently honored by the village board and presented with $100 cash prizes. 

 The Auburn city council took action on three major ordinances at Monday’s 55 minute regular meeeting, two of them having to do with the recent legalization of the sale of cannabis in Illinois, and also approved the hiring of a full-time police officer.

 The Auburn city council approved a new utility fee that will take effect in June 2020 and also did a first reading of two ordinance amendments dealing with the coming legalization of marijuana in Illinois at Monday’s 70 minute regular meeting.

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission has announced this year’s Illinois State Scholars, outstanding high school seniors who are recognized for their superior academic achievement.

The Auburn city council took action on several items related to the police department at Monday’s 90 minute regular meeting. The council also did a first reading of an ordinance that will raise water rates and discussed how best to proceed with the coming legalization of marijuana January 1.

The Auburn city council voted 8-0 to authorize the city to establish an adjudication court at Monday’s 70 minute regular meeting. The council also approved an ordinance dealing with repair of the Divernon Road bridge and welcomed a new city attorney.

The annual Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Auburn United Methodist Women, will be held Sunday, December 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.  Currently three homes are scheduled with maps and home information available.

Auburn High School student Nicholas Talley offers his thanks to Vietnam War veteran Mike Slightom for his service following last Friday’s Veterans Day Assembly at AHS. Slightom’s emotional introduction during the roll call drew an extended standing ovation from the students and his fellow veterans.

The Auburn city council completed its business in 75 minutes at its regular meeting held Monday, October 21. Aldermen Larry Hemmerle and Lori Basiewicz were absent but Hemmerle participated in the meeting by phone.