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May 17, 2022 City Council Meeting

Posted on May 18, 2022 at 2:55 PM by Celina Becton

The May 17, 2022, City Council Meeting was full of many recognitions! The first remarks were given to the 2022 Killgore and OPS/AMEA Scholarship Recipients! Congratulations and good luck to all of the high school seniors who received scholarships!

The OPS/AMEA Scholarship Recipients:OPS/AMEA Scholarship Recipients 2022

  • Hannah Grace Blackstock
  • Georgia Lorainne Duncan 
  • Kerry Louisa Nell
  • Orah Makai Preston











The Killgore Scholarship Recipients:Killgore Scholarship Recipients

  • Bianca Brown 
  • Abigail Collins
  • Alyssa Davidson
  • Paul Goodman
  • Brecklin Gould 
  • Sydney Lowe
  • Orah Preston
  • William Randolph
  • Fatima Santamaria
  • Vera Smith T
  • Jake Walters
  • Bailey Williams





Attaboy and Attagirl awards are given to outstanding City of Opelika employees. I had the honor to give an Attagirl award to Amy Bond for her exceptional service to Opelika Power Services. Thank you, Amy!

Amy Bond Attagirl Award


During the meeting, Opelika Parks and Recreation Department presented a check to the Food Bank of East Alabama. The check is from the funds raised through the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser through the Opelika Parks and Recreation department. Over $45,000 was raised! Way to go, Parks and Rec!


Food Bank of East Alabama

Food Bank of East Alabama: Judy Jones (FB Board Member), Anne Whittelsey (FB Board Member), Janice Buckinham (FB Board Member), Earl Mitchell (FB Staff) and Martha Henk (FB Staff) Parks and Recreation: Matthew Battles, Sherie Spain Special contributors: Kitty Greene, Jeff Tickal, Holly Judd

Lastly, I recognized the proclamation of Kenneth Burton's retirement and his excellent and dedicated service to the City of Opelika and its children. Congratulations on a job well done for your entire career, and I wish you a wonderful retirement that is well deserved.

Kenneth Burton Retirement


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