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There may not be a month more exciting for golf than April. The Masters Tournament kicks it off, and people around the world tune in to take in the beauty of Augusta National. Even people who have never played the game before become golf fans for this event.

In February, Lake Watch of Lake Martin held its 28th annual meeting at the StillWaters Home Owners Association. The venue was great, and the crowd included long-time Lake Watch members and, to our delight, several new faces. We are always on the lookout for – and in need of – new members to …

For years now, you have been reading in this column about good wine and how to know when you have found one. The simple conclusion is that if you like it, it must be good, though I have some snobby friends who would take exception to that. Granted, other people might not like what you like, …

The new owners of the Equality Performing Arts Center last month completed the first phase of a multi-step renovation project by re-opening the greenhouse on site as Rodger’s Shrubbery.

Start every run with the fundamentals

From piecrust edges, different colored throats and variegated petals to the size, smell and shine of each flower, the Stewarts’ hybridized daylily garden is a rainbow field of beauty for visitors to enjoy.

Warren Buffett has a famous quote: “Price is what you pay, value is what you get.”

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The second LakeTown neighborhood will launch soon on Lake Martin’s southwestern shoreline. Talisi Cove, off Alabama Route 50 at McCain Road, will feature 54 home sites, including waterfront and lakeview lots that will be available for purchase this spring.

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Chuckwalla’s Pizzeria in Dadeville, known for good food and great times on Lake Martin, will expand its offerings this season with a wine tasting club. Chuck’s opened WineStoppers, a wine bar and retail store, seven years ago. Since then, the bar has attracted a regular clientele. Boaters of…

Alexander City mother-son team serve up varied menu

The sun is shining, and festival season is upon us! There is nothing better than gathering outside in great weather, soaking up the sun and listening to good music. All music festivals have their own vibes, and I love the opportunity to hear up-and-coming bands that may be headliners down the road.

Spring has sprung! Everyone will get busy preparing to enjoy all the outdoor activities that our Lake Martin lifestyle delivers. As a career golf professional, I have noticed how the golfing activity explodes following The Masters golf tournament each year. This great tour event is hosted at…

When Travis Spraggins joined the staff at Horseshoe Bend School in December 2017, his first mission was to fill a much-needed void by researching the requirements for a fishing team. To his amazement, the student interest was overwhelming, which led to the school’s addition in the Alabama St…

The New Site Town Council tabled a decision on annexation pending further discussion and is entertaining an increase in water rates.

Springtime is crunch-time for Lake Martin home buyers, so get started now if you want to be in by Memorial Day, as there’s more to finding the right lake house than just travel time, the number of beds and baths or the price tag. Quality lake time – be it defined as a quiet, private escape; …

Television programs that suggest residential upgrades, from simple décor to total renovation, keep even Lake Martin residents on their toes to find something special that will set their homes apart from the others. Whether the intention is to stay in the home and enjoy the changes or to list…

Yard waste adds organic matter to the lake, compromising water quality and wildlife health

Pollen is everywhere; the air is warmer; shrubs are bursting with flowers, and there is a sigh of relief from most that winter is behind us at last. The month of April seems to bring the feeling of rejuvenation, as we watch vibrant colors come to life and enjoy longer days.

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Break out the fishing poles on April 13 for a friendly competition at Chuck’s Marina to benefit Ferst Readers of Tallapoosa County. The event will raise money for the nonprofit as its inaugural Fish for Ferst Charity Bass Tournament.

Tucked into a peaceful cove at Lake Martin’s Willow Point, John and Nancy Hodges’ home has wide, open spaces for entertaining, plus cozy nooks for quiet evenings – the best of both worlds. Designed by architect David Mullins with Paxton Design in Montgomery, the home lends itself to large fa…

Veterans find peace and purpose through agriculture

It’s no secret that certain homes in Tallapoosa County are in high demand. In fact, with limited homes available for sale late last year, property values increased. As a result, many homeowners may be thinking about renovating and modernizing their homes, knowing such improvements could add …

In the January 2019 issue of Lake magazine, I jotted down a few negotiation tips pertaining to waterfront real estate here at Lake Martin. Once my list was completed, I realized that they were all from the buyer’s point of view. 

Lake Martin is building a reputation in the wakeboarding world. It may seem far-fetched to think that a lake in Alabama could play a big role in the fast-growing sport of wakeboarding, but it is nothing short of the truth. Our lake has been and seems like it will continue to be a staple in t…

National Nutrition Month includes a month-long campaign focused on promoting and educating the public on the importance of making informed nutrition choices to create sound eating and active lifestyle habits. In past years, National Nutrition Month has been based on a theme. This year, the e…

DSC’s annual regatta draws sailors from across the Southeast

Derek Holcombe, M.D., the only board-certified gastroenterologist in Alexander City, has been caring for patients at Russell Medical for 25 years.

With record attendance three years in a row, Church of the Living Waters this winter started an expansion project that will add 100 seats under the A-frame canopy, said Buck Stevens, chairman of the board of trustees for the outdoor church located inside the StillWaters gates.

I’ve never considered myself to be a people watcher: one of those men or women who enjoy just sitting on a bench and watching folks come and go in a public area, such as a retail store or mall. Frankly, I am usually too busy to just sit down and watch folks for fun. It’s just not my cup of tea.

In Italian, a cappella means “in chapel or choir style.” Cappella is the Italian word for “chapel.” To sing a cappella means to sing without instrumental accompaniment.

Central Coosa basketball team wins Class 2A state championship title

New home developments popping up all around the lake this spring include The Hideaway at StillWaters, which will offer cottage homes with additional amenities inside the gates at the original development on Lake Martin’s east side.

Lake Martin’s favorite goats fared very well over their first winter on the island where thousands of children and adults stop to feed them every summer, but they miss having regular visitors, said caretaker Ricky Baker.

Have you ever taken a wintertime walk down a country road and found a clump of bright yellow daffodils out in the woods?

Though actual figures are not yet in, indications are that last month’s Alabama Bass Trail held true to economic impact projections for the Lake Martin area. For a $10,000 investment by the City of Alexander City, the conservative estimate was a projected return of $375,000 to the community,…

The original margarita consists of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. In this version, we add blood orange juice, Aperol and agave syrup to transform the classic.