Auburn, AL – Auburn University will know Tuesday whether its academic probation will be extended or end. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is expected to meet in Atlanta and release its decision. SACS placed Auburn on probation last December for several reasons, including micro-management by the board of trustees. Governor Bob Riley and Auburn interim President Ed Richardson say they believe the school has addressed SACS' concerns. They visited with SACS members Friday to discuss the issue.
Mobile, AL – Mike and Shannon Dee of Aliceville are the new Outstanding Young Farm Family of Alabama. The state Farmers Federation recognized the Pickens County couple Sunday at its 83rd annual meeting in Mobile. The Dees produce corn, soybeans, timber and beef cattle on their ten-thousand acre farm. They will promote Alabama agriculture through next year. They also won some prizes -- use of a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer for one year and a personal computer package.
The protagonist of Inman Majors' second novel, Wonderdog, is Devaney "Dev" Degraw, who is an unhappy, and at present unsuccessful, attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and also the son of the governor of Alabama. Dev is going through an especially tough time.
By Don Noble
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Atlanta, GA – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is expected to announce early next week its decision concerning Auburn University. The accrediting agency placed the university on probation last December over concerns about the school's board of trustees. Governor Bob Riley and Auburn University Interim President Ed Richardson want the university off of probation. They were in Atlanta Friday to talk with SACS officials with the hope of getting Auburn's full academic standing restored.