East Alabama headlines for Friday, May 21

Good morning and happy Friday! Today we are working on several stories for you in our East Alabama Newsroom.

EAMC Nurses Recognized for Extraordinary Patient Care

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) -  The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, A national program to recognize nurses, will honor Amy Liption, a nurse at East Alabama Medical Center. EAMC became involved with the DAISY Award program in early 2009, and holds a ceremony each quarter to recognize one or more nurses.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System) was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Barnes died in 1999 at the age of 33 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, a little-known but not uncommon autoimmune disease. The care Barnes and his family received inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patients' families.

Each month, nurses in more than 500 participating hospitals across the United States are nominated by their colleagues and patients to receive The DAISY Award.

Lee County Realtors Question Candidates

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - The Lee County Association of Realtors is holding a candidate forum today at Saugahatchee Country Club. Lunch will be served and all candidates running for positions to represent Lee County voters have been invited to attend. Each candidate will be given a minute to speak about their platform, specifically how their job could impact real estate in East Alabama

The June 1st, primary is just 10 days away, but the deadline to register to vote in the primary ends today. Residence are encouraged to stop by the Lee County Courthouse in downtown Opelika and register to vote, and obtain voter ID cards. Voters may also register at the satellite offices in Auburn and Smiths Station. The June 1st election is a party primary, so voters will be required to ask for either a Republican or Democratic ballot.

Wheelchair Athletes Take on Tennis Tournament

AUBURN UNIVERISTY, AL (WTVM) - Starting at 3:00pm central time today, wheelchair tennis players will begin a tournament at the Yarborough Tennis Center. Matches will continue through the weekend. For more information on how to register or sign up to play this year or next year, you can contact Nathan Waters at (334) 844-2096 or waterjn@auburn.edu.