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Adam Johnson named as Beulah High School's new athletic director  Opelika Observer

By Morgan Bryce Editor. Smiths Station High School Athletic Director Adam Johnson was named as the new assistant principal and athletic director at Beulah ...



Click here to help Smiths Station High School WIN $100,000 in new instruments  WRBL

SMITHS STATION, Ala. (WRBL) Smiths Station High School band students need your help earning $100000 worth of instruments! All you have to do is click and ...



Community mourning loss of beloved Smiths Station High School student  WRBL

SMITHS STATION, Ala. (WRBL) - Visitation and funeral services for a beloved Smiths Station High School student begin this weekend and continue into ...



Smiths Station High School band participates in Manilow Music Project contest  Opelika Auburn News

The Smiths Station High School band is one of several bands across the country participating in a contest put on by the Manilow Music Project to provide funding ...



Smiths Station High School to perform 'Love/Sick' Feb. 28 – March 2  Opelika Observer

Special to the. Opelika Observer. The Smiths Station High School Department of Theatre proudly presents “Love/Sick.” In a small, quiet town, many couples ...



Lee County School Board recognizes 2018-19 'Teachers of the Year'  Opelika Observer

By Michelle Key Publisher The Lee County School Superintendent James McCoy and the Board of Education recognized the 2018-19 Teachers of the Year ...



Seven Smiths Station athletes ink scholarships this morning  Opelika Observer

By Morgan Bryce. Editor. Seven Smiths Station High School athletes realized their dreams of competing at the collegiate level today during the school's ...



ONLY ON 3: Individuals identified in Smiths Station High School vandalism  WRBL

School officials are working with the Lee County Sheriff's Office as the investigation continues.



Smiths Station High School graduation date changes for possible inclement weather  WRBL

Smiths Station High School has changed their graduation date for the possibility of inclement weather.



Several Lee County schools hosting benefit concert to raise funds for tornado victims  WTVM

Multiple schools across Lee County are coming together in an effort to raise funds for those affected by tornadoes in their community.



Blow-up doll. Profane graffiti. Campus trashed. Local high school prank goes wild.  Ledger-Enquirer

A student posted on her Facebook page Friday, “This is my school today. Trash everywhere, broken rib, profanity on the walls, ... a blow up sex doll taped to a ...



Smiths Station City Council recognize local Eagle Scout during meeting  Opelika Observer

By Morgan Bryce Editor. Local student Austin Elliott was recognized for achieving Eagle Scout status during last Tuesday's City of Smiths Station city council ...



'God is good;' Lee County community rallies together in recovery effort  Opelika Auburn News

SMITHS STATION — James White Jr. sawed off chunks of the tree that had fallen and had crushed part of his home.



From studying to staging: Lee County schools deal with storm's impact  Opelika Auburn News

The power went out at Lee County Schools Superintendent Mac McCoy's home in the Salem area as a violent tornado ripped through the county last Sunday.



Tornado-Torn Alabama Community Begins Long Haul of Rebuilding  The Wall Street Journal

Two days after a tornado ripped through his small town, the mayor of Smiths Station, Alabama, estimated that it would take months to clean up all the damage.



LEE COUNTY TORNADO--LIVE UPDATES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday III: LifeSouth thanks blood donors; still accepting donations  Opelika Auburn News

Editor's note: We have multiple staffers still reporting this story and updates are being provided as new details and information emerge.



Smiths Station High School placed on lockdown after gunman enters home  Ledger-Enquirer

Smiths Station High School was placed on temporary lockdown Friday after a gunman dressed in all black entered a home more than a half-mile from the ...



Pictures surfacing on social media of apparent senior prank at Smiths Station High School  WRBL

A Smith Station official says this is “a senior prank that went too far.” ORIGINAL STORY. SMITHS STATION, Ala (WRBL) — Pictures are surfacing on social media ...



Benefit concerts planned for Lee County tornado victims  WRBL

The Lee County School District and a group of local musicians are planning a pair of benefit concerts for local tornado victims.



Smiths Station High School teacher on administrative leave for alleged misconduct  WTVM

SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - A high school teacher in East Alabama is now on administrative leave following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with ...



Brian Roberson sworn in to Lee County Board of Education  Opelika Observer

By Michelle Key Publisher. During the December meeting of the Lee County Board of Education, newly elected member Brian Roberson was sworn in.



Senior Spotlight: Smiths Station High's Dalton Harrelson  WSFA

Making the transition from high school to college can be difficult but Smiths Station High School senior Dalton Harrelson is making it look like a breeze.



Conway Twitty's connection to Smiths Station confirmed recently  Opelika Observer

By Morgan Bryce Associate Editor. Last week, two donations made to the City of Smiths Station's soon-to-be-opened Jones Store Museum confirmed a longtime ...



City of Smiths Station holds groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for new Love's Travel Stops and Country Stores  Opelika Observer

By Morgan Bryce Editor. The City of Smiths Station held a groundbreaking ceremony last Thursday to commemorate the construction of a new Love's Travel ...



Mamie Roberts Koon, 68: Lee County/Alabama/Beauregard tornado victim  WRBL

Mamie Roberts Koon "loved her grandchildren," and was a Phenix City native, according to daughter Melissa Hussey.



Smiths Station High School Creates 12-Minute Music Video  WHNT

Students at Smiths Station High School in Russell County, Alabama created a 12-minute music video which is quickly picking up steam on the Internet. All 1400 ...



Opelika High School hires Jonathan Fischer as girls track and field coach  Opelika Observer

Special to the Opelika Observer. Jonathan Fischer has been named the new head girls track and field coach at Opelika High School. “We are excited to have ...



Morris And Tucker Lead High School Championship Tournament on Kentucky Lake  BassResource.com

PARIS, Tenn. — Excuse Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith if they had a case of déjà vu on Thursday at the Mossy Oak Bassmaster High School National ...



Smiths Station names Mike Glisson as head football coach  Opelika Auburn News

Smiths Station High School has a new head football coach.



Irma Gomez-Moran (Carmen Aycock), 41: Lee County/Alabama/Beauregard tornado victim  WRBL

Irma was known to her friends as Carmen Aycock. She was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and spent most of her life there.



Morris And Tucker Still Lead High School National Championship Tournament on Kentucky Lake  BassResource.com

PARIS, Tennessee – Two hurdles cleared and only one more to go for Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith at the Bassmaster High School National Championship ...



Smiths Station works to turn historic store into community museum  Opelika Auburn News

Smiths Station Mayor F. L. “Bubba” Copeland stood in the building that once housed the historic Jones Store and pointed to the ground.



Parents, students meet after football pregame prayer controversy at AL high school  WTVM

Parents and students at Smiths Station High School are talking to religious leaders Monday night about moving forward with public prayer after the recent ...



LSU coach, former Auburn assistant Steve Ensminger’s year at Smiths Station fondly remembered  Opelika Auburn News

When the LSU Tigers take the field Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, there will be a contingent of Alabamians who might find themselves rooting for the road ...



Parents voice student safety concerns at Lee County Board of Education meeting  Opelika Observer

By Shawn Kirkpatrick Opelika Observer. The focus of the Lee County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night was the safety of students while at school.



Smiths Station, AL hit hard by tornado  WTVM

A tornado touched down in Smiths Station early Saturday morning causing some major damage to the high school's baseball and softball fields.



Woman accused of paying 15-year-old to beat up classmate at Smiths Station High School  al.com

SMITHS, Alabama -- A Phenix City woman faces criminal solicitation for assault charges after police say she paid a 15-year-old $100 to beat up a classmate at ...



Pelham school board hires Smiths Station High School principal as operations director  The Birmingham News - al.com

Smiths Station High School Principal Jason Yohn attends the Pelham Board of Education meeting with his family on Monday, May 12, 2014, in Pelham, during ...



Jimmy Lee Jones, 89: Lee County/Alabama/Beauregard tornado victim  WRBL

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (WRBL) - Jimmy Lee Jones, 89. Jimmy Lee was a farmer, working more than 40 years on the farm of F.B. Smith in Beauregard, his daughter ...



Brit Bowen, Henry Vaughn named new members of Smiths Station football broadcast team  Opelika Observer

Special to the Opelika Observer. iHeart Media announced yesterday that Brit Bowen and Henry Vaughn will serve as the new members of the Panther broadcast ...



Beulah Elementary will be site of annual Lee County beauty pageant Feb. 2  Opelika Observer

By Morgan Bryce Editor. Beulah Elementary will be the site of the 18th annual “Miss Auburn-Opelika Area Scholarship Pageant” Feb. 2. This pageant serves as ...



Smiths Station High softball team surprised by community support after disastrous storms  WRBL

SMITHS STATION, Ala. – For the Smiths Station High School softball team, home field felt anything but. Everywhere the team looked, they saw destruction in the ...



Complaint leads to prayer ban at Lee County schools' football games  Opelika Auburn News

Lee County Schools have banned the practice of student-led prayer over the public address system before football games in accordance with federal law, ...



CyberZone now hosting Esports events for gamers  Opelika Observer

By Austin Gibson For the Opelika Observer. A new form of competition is emerging, and CyberZone Entertainment Center is one among a few businesses in the ...



Several area public high schools named tops in state by U.S. News & World Report  Opelika Auburn News

Eleven area high schools, including Auburn High School and Opelika High School, are among the Top 200 public high schools in Alabama, according to U.S. ...



'Prayer protest' held at Alabama high school football game  FOX 5 Atlanta

Students at an Alabama football game set aside their rivalries during their moment of silence, speaking the Lord's Prayer out loud in protest of a Lee County ...



National Merit Scholarship semifinalists 2019: 215 Alabama students earn honors  AL.com

Students from throughout Alabama have earned a place on the list of semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.



2 injured in Smiths Station car crash with train  WRBL

SMITHS STATION, Ala. — The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency confirms two people were injured late Thursday night when a car crossing Lee Road 430 was ...



High School Graduation Dates in the Chattahoochee Valley  WTVM

Alabama Counties Barbour Barbour County High School Eufaula High School - May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Lakeside High School - May 20.



Allison Whiddon's family: Still no answers three years after her disappearance  WRBL

Reggie Whiddon and his family have endured a constant heartache the past three years many families cannot understand.



Opelika and Lee County schools to provide free lunch for children this summer  Opelika Observer

By Shawn Kirkpatrick Opelika Observer. Beginning June 4, any child can get a free lunch at three Opelika City Schools. Carver Primary and Jeter Primary will ...



'My heart is shattered' Sheriff confirms missing Alabama girl discovered deceased  WRBL

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. - (WRBL) The search for 11-year-old Amberly Barnett has ended in tragedy as Sheriff Nick Weldon confirms the child's body was located ...



Phenix City teacher suspended for asking ‘offensive’ test question about ‘deadbeat dads’  Ledger-Enquirer

A Central High School teacher was suspended for asking students an offensive question on a vocabulary test. The Phenix City Board of Education took ...



Auburn, Opelika, Lee County schools receive letter grades from state's Department of Education  Opelika Auburn News

Auburn City Schools have earned a B letter grade, Opelika City Schools a C grade, and Lee County Schools a C grade in the Alabama State Department of ...



Super seniors: Class of 2018  Opelika Auburn News

The school year is coming to an end, and it's graduation season in Lee County. Some of the best and brightest members of the Class of 2018 recently shared ...



‘Bubba’ Copeland to challenge sitting Smiths Station mayor  Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Lee County Board of Education member F.L. “Bubba” Copeland said on Monday he is planning to challenge Smiths Station Mayor LaFaye Dellinger.



Group objects to 'fire and brimstone' prayer before Mobile school employee meeting  AL.com

A Mobile County Public School teachers institute turned into a "religious *service*" featuring a "fire and brimstone invocation," according to a watchdog group with ...



Gun found at Smiths Station High School  WSFA

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says a Smiths Station High School student faces disciplinary action after a gun was found at the school.



High school bands compete in Phenix Invitational Marching Festival  WSFA

High school marching bands from around Alabama and Georgia competed over the weekend in the 34th annual Phenix Invitational Marching Festival, held at ...



Group says faith, football don't mix; 'Auburn needs to shut down the prayer'  Opelika Auburn News

A Wisconsin-based secular group announced Tuesday that it is fighting the religious culture in Auburn University's football program.



Lee County School Board approves pay raise for all county personnel, announces new principal, special education director at May meeting  Opelika Observer

By Michelle Key Editor. The Lee County School Board held their monthly meeting last Tuesday night. The board voted unamiously to approve the ...



Local high school graduations begin Thursday night | Auburn  Opelika Auburn News

Approximately 1500 high school seniors across Lee County will turn their tassels to the left in the next two days, as all public school graduation ceremonies in ...



Two lifelong residents vying to become second mayor of Smiths Station  Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Two lifelong residents with some experience in local government are contending to become the second mayor of Smiths Station, Ala., a fledgling city in Lee ...



Engineering firm plans to appeal $1.7 million verdict in lawsuit over Smiths Station sewer project  Opelika Auburn News

An engineering firm plans to appeal the $1.7 million judgment against it and the Smiths Water and Sewer Authority over a sewer project in Smiths Station.



Local students are National Merit Scholarship semifinalists  Opelika Auburn News

Several teens local to the Lee County area are semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program.



32nd Annual Marching Band Festival to feature more than 20 bands  WTVM

More than 2000 high school marching band members will take to the field at The 32nd Annual Phenix Invitational Marching Festival on Saturday, Sept.



Atheist group demands HS marching band stop its 'religious' show. But the school isn't backing down.  TheBlaze.com

The Freedom from Religion Foundation — a national atheist activist group — has demanded that an Alabama high school marching band stop its "religious" ...



GALLERY: Wacoochee Elementary School Book Parade | Lee County | oanow.com  Opelika Auburn News

Wacoochee Elementary School held its second annual Book Parade Friday as the grand finale of Read Across America Week. Students sported The Cat in the ...



ATHLETE FACTORIES: Here are Alabama's top 25 high school sports programs  Yellowhammer News

Niche.com, a site that seeks to “make choosing a neighborhood, college, or K-12 school a more transparent process” by “providing reviews and insight from ...



Videos gone viral: Top 5 Alabama-based YouTube videos of 2012 featured on AL.com  The Huntsville Times - al.com

To recap and enjoy the best of 2012 one last time, here's a look at the top five Alabama-based Youtube videos featured on AL.com this year.



UK government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat  WTVM

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin.



Goodwill’s Marcus McBride makes an impact on those simply wanting a decent job, their dignity  Ledger-Enquirer

As Marcus McBride walks through the training center at the Goodwill Industries of the Southern Rivers campus in Columbus, he stops to chat with a few men ...



Alabama Power lineman believes job is a calling for those who choose it  Alabama NewsCenter

Not everyone is cut out to be a lineman. The work is strenuous, weather conditions can be extreme and you need to be in good physical condition and attentive ...



Trump or Clinton? How did your school vote in mock election among Alabama school students?  AL.com

Republican Donald Trump should be the next president, according to votes casts in a mock election held among Alabama school students.



Lee County District Attorney's Office holds seminar on dangers of social media for children  Opelika Observer

By Lawton Vallely For the Opelika Observer. District Attorney Brandon Hughes and Chief Assistant District Attorney Jessica Ventiere held a conference Feb.



Loachapoka teacher continues recovery after accident that killed Auburn dean  al.com

Frankie Lashawn Askew Bell, a Loachapoka High School math teacher and doctoral student in Auburn University's College of Education's educational ...



Surprise Homecoming for Marine at Albertville Primary School  whnt.com

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- A second grade student got a surprise visitor at school Friday when her father walked into her classroom after a nine-month ...



Kinetic Credit Union names new CEO  WRBL

Kinetic Credit Union officially announced Mark Littleton as their new President/ CEO.



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