Thanksgiving Lunch Buffet

October 28th, 2015

Auburn Marriott Hotel is having a Thanksgiving Day Lunch Buffet on November 26th.

Seating Times – 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Adults: $24.95 per person

Children (ages 12-6): $11.95

Children (ages 5-under): Free

Auburn-Opelika named healthiest area in AL

September 2nd, 2015

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Auburn Football 2015!

August 19th, 2015

Auburn Fans – come by the National Village Sales Gallery for bottled water and a fan before the home games! Click Here for the schedule.

The Most Educated Places in America

August 18th, 2015

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Here’s How Much $100 is Worth in Each State

July 10th, 2015

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Auburn Knights alumni will celebrate the decades of jazz

June 24th, 2015

July 9-11 at the Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel

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Forbes recognizes Auburn-Opelika area region among nation’s best for job creation

June 24th, 2015

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The Auburn-Opelika metro area has once again received national recognition from a national publication for its job creation success.

Forbes recently ranked the Auburn-Opelika metro area No. 7 nationally on its list of the best small cities for jobs. The city of Auburn announced the designation last week.

“Forbes ranked 258 metropolitan statistical areas with less than 150,000 jobs, considering employment growth over short-, medium- and long-terms, growth trends and momentum,” the city stated on its website. “The report sites diversification of the economy as potentially ‘the best guide to future smaller city growth.’”

Both Auburn and Opelika have enjoyed recent victories in their job creation efforts. Earlier this month, Touchstone Precision Incorporated (TPI), an injection molding and stamping company, celebrated the grand opening of its newest expansion — a 67,000-square-foot production facility at its Auburn operation on South Technology Parkway. The company is expected to add 27 jobs in the next two years. And at last week’s Annual Meeting of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, local officials discussed the ongoing $300 million expansion of Baxter. The expansion is expected to create more than 200 jobs by next year, and will double the plant’s capacity to produce dialyzers for renal disease patients.

Forbes stated there were 60,700 jobs in the area in 2014, with a short-term job growth of 3.5 percent in 2014, and a longer-term job growth of 16.1 percent from 2009 to 2014. Last week, the Alabama Department of Labor released unemployment statistics for May which stated that Lee County tied with Elmore County for the second lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.1 percent. Only Shelby County at 4.2 percent reported a lower unemployment rate. Lee County’s rate is lower than the state (6.2 percent) and national (5.3 percent) averages.

Auburn University professor pens book on golf course designer Robert Trent Jones

June 15th, 2015

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Last year, Dr. James Hansen, professor in Auburn University’s Department of History, published his 12th book, “A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf.” The work earned him the U.S. Golf Association’s Herbert Warren Wind Award winner in 2014 and will send him to signings at both next week’s U.S. Open in Washington State and Opelika’s Barbasol Championship in July.

At the Open, the Golf Channel will air a 10-minute piece on the Jones family of architects based on Hansen’s research.

The book chronicles the 70-year-long golf course architecture career of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the tumultuous dynamic of his two sons, Robert Jr. and Reese. Combined, the Joneses Designed nearly 1,000 courses on five different continents.

“One of the reasons I wanted to study him was this historical significance,” Hansen said, describing Jones Sr. as the “P.T. Barnum of golf design.”

The historian worked with the Jones sons on the book, along with utilizing Robert Trent Jones Sr.’s personal papers archived at Cornell University.

Hansen, a lifelong golfer, partially credits the construction of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail in Alabama in the 1990s with sparking his interest in the family.

“Partly, it was the fact that this incredible project was taking place in the state of Alabama,” Hansen said, adding he enjoyed watching the construction of Opelika’s RTJ course.

“I was an avid golfer since I was a boy, and I knew I wanted to do a book on golf. …I actually designed my own golf course in the schoolyard. …When I finally got around to writing about golf, it made sense to write about golf course architecture.”

Hansen also knew a bit about the “troubled relationship” between Reese and Robert Jr.

“There’s a lot to expose about this family. …I just tell the honest story,” he said. “It’s a very unusual and unique golf book. It’s a piece of scholarship.”

Guide to Retirement in National Village

January 8th, 2015

An in-depth article about retiring in National Village at Grand National in Opelika/Auburn by Dr. Mark Fagan.

Guide to Retirement at National Village with pics

Forbes Names Auburn in the 25 Best Places to Retire

December 15th, 2014

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