Bryson brings home the cheese!
Bryson brings home the cheese!

Local culinary prodigy wins MasterChef Jr. season nine BY ANITA STIEFELANITAS@OPELIKAOBSERVER.COM OPELIKA — The Cheese Curd did it!Lee County’s own Bryson “Cheese Curd” McGlynn is America’s MasterChef Junior, a title he earned by competing on and ultimately winning season nine of the FOX TV cooking show, hosted by world-renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay.On part two of the season nine finale, which aired Monday, May 20, Bryson won the coveted...

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O’Grows summer market is in full-swing
O’Grows summer market is in full-swing

BY KADIE VICKFOR THE OBSERVER OPELIKA — O’Grows summer market started Tuesday, May 21, and will continue every Tuesday from 3 to 6 pm at Courthouse Square in downtown Opelika. Summer Market Manager, Garrett Martinez, believes moving the market to a more visible location will help increase community involvement and accessibility.“One of the big reasons that we moved it is just to increase foot traffic,” he said. “We want to be where our garden...

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Illustrator James Dean brings ‘Pete the Cat’ to Opelika
Illustrator James Dean brings ‘Pete the Cat’ t …

James Dean, creator and illustrator of the beloved children’s book character, Pete the Cat, visited Opelika recently. Dean spoke and signed books at the Opelika Public Library on May 14, and on May 15 he was a special guest speaker at Carver Primary School. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and is a self-taught artist. His first self-published children’s book, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, was released...

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Music will fill the air in Opelika this weekend
Music will fill the air in Opelika this weekend

CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPELIKA — The Opelika Songwriters Festival kicks off this Friday evening, offering a weekend full of music and fun. The annual event attracts die-hard music lovers from around the Southeast, who come to see more than 30 singer-songwriters playing 80+ shows during the weekend.Founded in 2019 by Rob and Jen Slocumb (aka, Martha’s Trouble), the Opelika Songwriters Festival is a multi-day event featuring world-class...

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Bryson shines in MasterChef Junior finale, part one
Bryson shines in MasterChef Junior finale, part on …

BY ANITA STIEFELANITAS@OPELIKAOBSERVER.COM Young chef and fellow MasterChef Junior contestant Asher Niles flew all the way to Auburn/Opelika from Washington state to join Bryson McGlynn at a watch party for the show’s season finale, part one. OPELIKA — This week’s episode of MasterChef Junior was Part One of the Season Nine Grand Finale. As he introduced the three finalists, the host of the show, world renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay, noted this...

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Local family wins game show
Local family wins game show

BY ANITA STIEFELANITAS@OPELIKAOBSERVER.COM OPELIKA — Opelika’s Harvis family were grand prize winners on the television game show Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey.The Harvises first applied to be on the show in 2015 and were finally called to be contestants for filming in March 2023 in Atlanta.Initially, they lost their first game. Ordinarily, the losing family is sent home, but they were invited to play another round.“The producers and Mr....

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Bryson brings home the cheese!

Bryson brings home the cheese!

Local culinary prodigy wins MasterChef Jr. season nine BY ANITA STIEFELANITAS@OPELIKAOBSERVER.COM OPELIKA — The Cheese Curd did it!Lee County’s own Bryson “Cheese Curd” McGlynn is America’s MasterChef Junior, a title he earned by competing on and...

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Next public meeting planned for Friends of Moore’s Mill Creek

Community invited to discuss local project to restore watershed on June 2 BY KADIE VICKFOR THE OBSERVER AUBURN — The Friends of Moore’s Mill Creek (FMMC), a local watershed restoration project, recently held its first public meeting and has set the...

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Local Memorial Day events set

Local Memorial Day events set

Members of the Opelika Fire Department are pictured during last year’s Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony in Opelika. Purple Heart recipient to speak at Opelika Memorial Day Service CONTRIBUTED TO THE OBSERVER OPELIKA — The City of Opelika will...

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