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It takes seconds to get into a life-threatening situation in the woods or on the water but a rescue can take hours or days. But thanks to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Aviation Unit rescues can be shortened to just a few life-saving moments.

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It’s a dream come true. The Lake Martin Songwriters Festival will feature 15 songwriters including Tallapoosa County native Chad Wilson at 10 venues over five days with an appearance of superfan Dale Karl. Wilson will also debut his new song “Viva Lake Martin” during the festival.

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Appalachian Trail hikers may start their journey in Springer Mountain, Georgia, but geological purists know the Appalachian range really starts in Alabama — specifically, Flagg Mountain in Coosa County, the southernmost peak in the state rising over 1,000 feet.

Jeremy Duerr is the district attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit and now helps lead the Alabama District Attorney Association.