Access Auburn's Top Ten Stories of 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic was Access Auburn's top story for 2020 but it was not the only news of the year. Check out our Top Ten Stories of 2020.
Top Ten Stories for 2020
2. AHS Heartbreak
3. Racial Justice
5. Don't Go Harsin My Bus
6. Senator Tubs?
7. Bachelor Father
8. Hell On Wheels
9. Weather, Tropical Style
10. The Kids Are Alright!
- The Covid-19 pandemic that slammed the world did not spare Auburn. Lee County Commissioner Johnny Lawrence and former Auburn football coach Pat Dye were among those who passed away after contracting the deadly disease.
- The Auburn High School Tigers' Cinderella football season ended in disappointment as the AHS squad was on the short end of one of the most improbable comebacks in the AHSAA Championship game.
- The shooting of George Floyd led to nationwide marches and hundreds in Auburn marching for justice. Auburn University officials named the student center in honor of Georgia Supreme Court Justice and first African-American AU SGA President Harold Melton.
- Four years after being convicted of multiple felony counts, disgraced former Speak of the Alabama House Mike Hubbard was sent to jail.
- The Gus Bus pulled out and Boise State coach Bryan Harsin was named to replace fired football coach Gus Malzahn.
- National politics turned local when Auburn resident and former football coach Tommy Tuberville unseated incumbent Senator Doug Jones.
- ABC-TV's The Bachelor made a trip to town when Madison Prewett, the daughter of Auburn director of basketball operations Chad Prewett, had a "Hometown Date" on the show.
- Wheel manufacturer Borbet announced the shuttering of their Auburn operation, while Wheel Pros announced that they would begin manufacturing in the Loveliest Village.
- Three times during the 2020 hurricane season Auburn found itself in the crosshairs of a hurricane. In each case Auburn endured a soaking while avoiding major damage.
- Auburn teens made headlines in a good way as Kounte Threadgill rescued his family form a burning building and Claudia Mattingly was named the first female Eagle Scout.