Access Auburn's Top Ten Stories of 2019
The Auburn community continues to reel from the senseless loss of Auburn play-by-play man Rod Bramblett and his wife, Paula in a car wreck. Read our Top Ten Stories of 2019.
| Top Ten Stories for 2018|
1. Bramblett Tragedy
2. Kidnapping and Murder
3. Beauregard Storms
4. Shots Fired
5. Felon Hubbard Still Free
6. Final Four
8. Private Dorms
9. Parks and Rec
10. K-Korner Killed
- Auburn was shocked when Rod and Paula Bramblett were killed in a traffic accident. The pair were fixtures on the Auburn campus where Rod broadcast Auburn sports and Paula was an IT professional.
- Big city crime hit Auburn when a coed was abducted from the street in downtown Auburn. The body of Aniah Blanchard was found in rural Macon County.
- Scores of homes were damaged or destroyed and 23 died when tornadoes devastated the Beauregard community March 3.
- A shootout on Wire Road left a suspect dead and a scorched, bullet-ridden apartment in February. In May, a manhunt followed the killing of Auburn police veteran, William Buechner.
- Almost a decade later, convicted felon Mike Hubbard remained free on bond pending his appeal of a four-year sentence for 2010 ethics violations. The GOP-controlled Alabama Supreme Court has refused to rule on the 2016 conviction allowing Hubbard to remain at-large.
- Bruce Pearl rocked the college basketball world by leading the unheralded Auburn Tiger to the NCAA Final Four before falling to Virginia when referees failed to call a double-dribble against the Cavaliers with seconds remaining.
- Auburn Trustees begged William Gogue to return as president after the University parted company with Steven Leath and $4.5 million. In August, the Gogue Performing Arts Center opened to great fanfare. It's good to be Gogue.
- For the second time in five years Auburn considered a moratorium on "private dorms" as the student beds exceed enrollment. Meanwhile Auburn University has moved to cap undergraduate enrollment at current levels.
- Recreational opportunities will improve considerably as Auburn Parks and Recreation announced the development of Dinius Park, a passive park on East Glenn, a community center at Lake Wilmore and the reopening of the Moore's Mill pocket park that was closed due the widening of the interstate bridge.
- For more than 20 years, Auburn baseball fans have partied and hung Ks in right field when Auburn pitchers struck our opposing batters. The
K-Korner will be no more as construction of player development facilities will claim the space.