Noon Hour Update: Former Sierra athletic director agrees to buyout; Auburn business climate; Auburn Indian community receives settlement; golfer named Senior Player of the Year

What’s happening and what we’re working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for our Wednesday edition.

What we’re working on:  Reporter Jon Schultz is working on a story regarding the former Sierra College Athletic Director who was charged with domestic violence earlier this year. The charges have been dropped and the college has offered the former employee a buyout. Jon is also looking into the closure of a local business and how the Auburn business economy is doing.

The United Auburn Indian Community has recently been awarded a settlement and Reporter Gus Thomson is looking into the details of the agreement. He’ll also be following up on an early-morning traffic incident that happened Tuesday and two others involving pedestrians over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel has a feature on Shawn Kelly, 52, the teaching pro at The Ridge in Auburn, who was recently honored by the Nor Cal PGA as the Senior Player of the Year.

What you’re talking about: Our story on the conclusion of the Auburn City Council race has several online readers sharing their opinions this morning. In our Letters to the Editor section two readers’ submissions also have generated discussion. Click on “Since when is ‘liberal’ a dirty word?” and “Vital to clarify ‘event centers’” and share your thoughts.

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