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Opelika’s Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins gets Medal of Honor

September 15, 2014 Events, Opelika News No Comments

Bennie_AtkinsFrom CNN this afternoon:  As many as 175 enemy troops killed, 18 wounds from enemy fire, 38 hours of battle, 48 hours evading the North Vietnamese troops in the bush — and one tiger. Those are the numbers behind Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins’ Medal of Honor, an award he received from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday.

Adkins of Opelika, Alabama, was honored for his actions in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley more than 48 years ago. Then a 32-year-old sergeant first class, Adkins was among a handful of Americans working with troops of the South Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense Group at Camp A Shau when the camp was attacked by a large North Vietnamese and Viet Cong force on March 9, 1966, according to an Army report. Read the full story at

Fall Boogie This Weekend in Waverly

September 11, 2014 Events No Comments



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Music Starts at NOON / Rain or Shine * FOOD VENDORS (Come Hungry) * ARTISAN VENDORS (Come Shop) * STANDARD DELUXE T-Shirt SALE … Continue Reading

Looking Back “Hello” – The First iPhone Commercial

September 9, 2014 Events No Comments

With Apple expected to reveal a slew of new products – including the iPhone 6 and the iWatch – at today’s product event, take a look at Apple’s first spot for the iPhone, called “hello.” The 30-second ad aired during the 2007 Oscars ceremony. (Thanks: Cynopsys Media)

Does Anybody Know What Time It Is?

September 8, 2014 Opelika News No Comments

If you have been counting on the Lee County (Alabama) Courthouse for the time, well, it depended on which side of the clock tower you were looking at. And chances are, it was wrong. Recently the county authorized funds to fix the clocks and today, they are installing the new working parts. Photo Credit: Steve Penland

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Naked Blue at Sundilla Thursday, Sept 11th

September 8, 2014 Live Music, Uncategorized No Comments

SundillaOn Thursday, September 11, Naked Blue will make their Sundilla Concert Series debut. Admission at the door is just $12, but a limited number of $10 tickets are available at Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, and online at Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available, but attendees are invited to bring any food or beverage they prefer.

Drawing from the Americana tradition and firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, the performing songwriter team, Jen and Scott Smith, who call themselves Naked Blue, have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. They quit their day jobs in 1991 and have been writing, recording & performing music ever since. The strength of their songwriting and musicianship is evident in the way they easily transition between full band performances at venues like DAR Constitution Hall, The Kennedy Center & Webster Hall and acoustic shows at small intimate venues and house concerts.

Paste Music says ” alternative, rock, and AAA radio stations are playing similar music that simply isn’t this good…has an honesty that sets it apart from much of the hollow, mindless music on pop radio.” And Recording Magazine says “Jennifer’s voice reminds us of people like Shawn Colvin, Edie Brickell, Jonatha Brooke and Allison Krauss. We love this one.” … Continue Reading

Opelika Kicks Off Weekend with First Friday

September 4, 2014 Beer, Events No Comments

17306004_sIt’s First Friday in Opelika this week. Shops open late and of course the usual selection of dining all around town. “Opelika is Film’s” presentation of Muscle Shoals will be at the Train Station, next to the Depot at 7PM, there’s music afterward as well. If you’ve not been in this old warehouse space that formerly was where lots of freight arrived via train, you should probably check it out. On top of that, it’s amazing to see what artist recorded their songs in this southern home of music, right here in Alabama.

Damn Skippy is playing over at Eight and Rail, which is a perfect night, especially if you want to add some Sushi to the evening. I tried a cheesecake offering, also made by Mike, Owner and Sushi Chef, which pretty much rocked. The Rail will close on Saturday with the Night game at Auburn. Probably a quiet night around “O” Town.

Larcus “Silky Tones” Fuller will be over at Jefferson’s Opelika beginning at 7PM. Since Opelika High is on the road to Alex City to Play Benjamin Russell, some DAWG fans will probably gather here to catch the webcast of the game, on the big TV’s thanks to that little Goggle Chromecast, aka, “Miracle of Modern Television”.

There are probably other places for stuff downtown, but I tend to just mention my hangouts! Weather calls for only a 30% change of rain, so hopefully, the night will be great! See you there. (Photo Copyright: Mila Gligoric)

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