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Mayor's Blog is the home for all city council remarks, recognitions, proclamations and special announcements made by City of Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller.

Sep 16

September 13, 2021 Proclamation for National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Posted on September 16, 2021 at 8:49 AM by Taylor McAllister

WHEREAS, You Are Not Forgotten – that’s the central phrase behind the POW/MIA remembrance movement which honors America’s prisoners of war, those who are still missing in action and their families; and 

WHEREAS, the National POW/MIA Recognition Day is commemorated on the third Friday of every September, a date that’s not associated with any particular war.  In 1979, Congress and President Jimmy Carter passed resolutions making it official after the families of the more than 2,500 Vietnam War POW/MIAs pushed for full accountability; and 

 WHEREAS, many of our service members suffered as prisoners of war during several decades of varying conflicts. While some of them made it home, tens of thousands more never did; and 

 WHEREAS, let us strive to honor and remember the brave men and women who endured the hardships as Prisoners of War, the Missing in Action who are still unaccounted for, and pay special recognition to their families who bore the cost of war; and  

 WHEREAS, the now-famous black and white POW/MIA flag symbolizing POW/MIAs is well known as a solemn reminder of our obligation to always remember the sacrifices made to defend our Nation.   

 NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary Fuller, Mayor of the City of Opelika, Alabama by virtue of the authority vested in me, proclaim Friday, September 17, 2021, as:  


 IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunder set my hand and caused the seal of Opelika, Alabama, to be affixed this the 14th  day of September 2021.  

Signed by: Mayor Gary Fuller and Ward 1 Councilman George Allen

Mayor Fuller and Ward 1 Councilman Allen sign proclamation(Left to Right) Bottom Row: Cilvester Jiles, Mayor Gary Fuller, Councilman George Allen. Top Row: James Hughley, Viola Colquitt, Johnny Bunn, William Cooper, Mary Thorton, Sherry Jiles.

Sep 07

September 7, 2021 Opelika City Council Meeting

Posted on September 7, 2021 at 10:11 PM by Taylor McAllister


On July 4, 2021, Lieutenant Ben Blackburn responded to a fireworks complaint. While meeting with the complainant, Lieutenant Blackburn discovered that her husband was on hospice and that due to her age, she was having a hard time keeping up with his care and the chores around her residence. She had even been warned for the appearance of her yard and overgrown hillside in front of her residence.  Lieutenant Blackburn took matters into his own hands and returned to meet with her on his off days.  She was more than surprised when Lieutenant Blackburn offered to cut her lawn for her.  When Lieutenant Blackburn found that her lawn mower did not work, he fixed it and then cut her grass.  

Not satisfied that this was all he could do, Lieutenant Blackburn enlisted the help of one of his officers, Calvin New.  Officer New teamed up with a couple of his family members and cleaned up the hillside in front of her residence to get the resident in compliance with city ordinances.  She called and spoke with both Captain Cook and Chief Healey to express her gratitude for the actions of these officers.  Lieutenant Blackburn and Officer New went above and beyond the call of normal duty for a police officer and turned a complaint about fireworks into an opportunity to help a citizen in need.  

Their actions have brought great credit to the Opelika Police Department as well as the City of Opelika and has shown the “To Serve and Protect” is more than just a slogan for the officers of this department.
Jul 07

July 7, 2021 Opelika City Council

Posted on July 7, 2021 at 3:15 PM by Taylor McAllister

At the city council meeting last night during Mayor's Remarks, Bruce Zartman and Kristine Hill from EAMC came to recognize City of Opelika and Opelika Chamber of Commerce for participation in the Lee County Vaccine Clinic this past spring. Our Library Director Rosanna McGinnis did an amazing job of helping organize and working the clinic.


Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Patrice Lipscomb and I also recognized Ava and Alaina Thomas (as well as Izaac Murphy and Kendrick Evans not pictured) who qualified at state for Games of America 2021! We wish them luck in their future competition and know they will do a great job representing the city!