We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

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.

Each year the Auburn Food Pantry provides 100 families in our communities with a Thanksgiving food basket. Each basket has a cost of $40.

The Auburn School Board voted (5-0, Megginson and J. Smith absent) to approve the FY20 tentative tax levy during its regular meeting last Wednesday.

The Auburn city council voted 8-0 at Monday’s two-hour regular meeting to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller to have access to the Comptroller’s Local Debt Recovery Program.

Auburn United Methodist Women have started their annual sales of Terri Lynn Nuts. Many varieties are available. Orders will be accepted through October 31 and will be delivered prior to Thanksgiving.

The Auburn School Board held its regular meeting Wednesday, September 18 and approved (6-0, Kessler absent) bids for two new buses and two activity buses. The two seventy-one passenger buses will cost a total of $165,660 and the two 14 passenger activity vans will cost a total of $125,614.

The Auburn city council took action on several major items at Monday’s two-hour regular meeting, including declaring two properties as nuisances and approving two purchases recommended by the Public Works Department.

Auburn Community Helping Hands is ready to start its 33rd year. In 2019 a new program called Trojans Food4Kids is being added. This program will begin the last week of September. It is a program for children in need in the school district which will provide food for meals every other weekend…

Auburn High School will once again host two Illinois College Changes Everything events, sponsored by Auburn High School and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. 

Action was again on the light side at the Auburn city council’s regular meeting held Tuesday, September 3. Though not on the agenda, discussion of the Redbud Park property and the city’s park tax  occupied nearly an hour of the two hour, 20 minute meeting. Former mayor and alderman Barb Stam…

West Jefferson Street in Auburn looked more like a lake than a main thoroughfare Sunday morning after the city was deluged with over six inches of rain in a four-hour period.

Auburn High School will have an official enrollment of 391 for the next two sports seasons, following the release of next year’s enrollments by the Illinois High School Association. The IHSA has altered its enrollment policy for the start of the current school year and will now use a school’…

The Auburn School District administration released a public statement Monday morning regarding a video that had gone viral on social media last week, showing two local youths making racist statements.

The Auburn/Chatham Unit of the Sangamon County Association for Home and Community Education (formerly Home Extension) is pleased to announce the donation of $300 each to the Auburn High School freshman English class for purchase of new books and to the North Mac School Foundation.

Auburn Cemetery is in need of volunteers who are willing to help with raking yard waste and placing the clippings into the cemetery cart. The cart will be emptied by the cemetery caretaker. Volunteers are asked to bring their own weed eater, rake, gloves, hand mower, etc.

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…