Jim Little | Community Editor


Former editor reflects on civil rights coverage

It was a hot and muggy summer day in 1964 in a small Georgia town outside of Atlanta. The 1964-65 editor for The Auburn Plainsman was covering a standoff between civil rights demonstrators and a crowd of white townspeople for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Don Phillips was originally an engineering major, but decided to change his major to journalism because he said he wanted to graduate quicker. After graduating, Phillips went on to work for the United Press International wire service and became Atlanta bureau manager in 1969.

Uber halts operations in Auburn

The suspension of operations comes after the City Council passed an ordinance Jan. 6 requiring all vehicle for hire services to pay licensing fees to the city, provide background checks for drivers, have commercial insurance and have cars marked with signage

Six-story building planned for outside moratorium boundary

A new six-story development is in the works outside the apartment moratorium boundary. The design of The Parker was submitted to the Auburn Board of Zoning Adjustment at the April 1 meeting. The developers, CA Ventures, presented the plans to the board to request a variance requiring buildings built in the Urban Core District to be built out of brick with accents of stucco, limestone or wood. The board denied the variance request in a 3-2 vote.

UPDATED: Same-sex couple weds outside of Lee County Courthouse

Justin and Shawn Williams of Salem, decided they would be trailblazers as they walked up to Lee County Courthouse on Monday, Feb. 8, planning to get their marriage license after being together for seven years. At the courthouse, they found Lee County Probate Judge Bill English was refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.