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The Outlook wants to applaud all area teachers and staff for a smooth first day of school. Tallapoosa County Schools started last week and Alexander City Schools started Tuesday. As journalists, we’re always out there on the scene witnessing the action firsthand and we can proudly say our school staff members deserve an A + for their dedication and positive attitudes.

Local News on COVID-19 Pandemic

As more is learned about COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is providing updated guidance about testing priorities, listing and defining types of tests and quarantine and isolation requirements for COVID-19 patients and their contacts. 

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Life is short. The year 2020 has been a doozey for all of us — some more than others — but it shouldn’t stop us from living.

Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday awarded $7 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds to support two programs of the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH). Of the funds, $1 million will be used for the ADMH’s Crisis and Recovery Services program and $6 million i…

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Alexander City, AL

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72°
Cloudy
  • Humidity: 91%
  • Feels Like: 72°
  • Heat Index: 72°
  • Wind: 0 mph
  • Wind Chill: 72°
  • UV Index: 0 Low
  • Sunrise: 06:35:55 AM
  • Sunset: 06:33:14 PM
  • Dew Point: 70°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

Cloudy skies with a few showers after midnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

Tonight

Cloudy skies with a few showers after midnight. Low 69F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 40%.

Tomorrow

Cloudy in the morning with scattered thunderstorms developing later in the day. High 82F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

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Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced a $50 million grant program to support nonprofit and faith-based organizations that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alabama Nonprofit Grant Program and the Alabama Faith-Based Grant Program will be awarded to eligible applicant…

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Bill Nichols State Veterans Home has gotten a bad rap lately for the investigation into the safety measures of its facility and health of its residents. While there is no doubt the number of veterans affected by COVID-19 is beyond disheartening, the staff of Bill Nichols also does the best i…

The State of Alabama continues to experience increases in the number of COVID-19 cases. While there has been a recent decline in the percentage of persons who test positive, the state is currently facing a surge that has overwhelmed Alabama’s ability to provide test results within the two- t…

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The Southeastern Conference has established Sept. 26 as the new kickoff for its 2020 football season to allow its universities to focus on the healthy return of their campus communities and the gradual re-introduction of athletics. The 14 members of the SEC continue to monitor developments r…

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Gov. Kay Ivey has allocated $100 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for a public-private partnership to increase access to internet for K-12 students attending school in the fall who may need internet service for distance learning.

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In light of Gov. Kay Ivey’s expansion of the mask order and the extension of the safer-at-home order, Russell Medical Foundation has canceled the Aug. 8 Lake Martin Digital Scavenger Hunt. 

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Everyone wants to talk about “getting back to normal” until it’s time to actually take the steps necessary to get back to normal. 

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It seems like only six months ago I went to Gainesville to watch Bruce Pearl and Auburn take on Florida at the O’Connell Center. The Tigers got blown out by the Gators, but that’s not important right now. I could have sworn I was also starting to get pretty excited about the upcoming Super B…

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As sharply noted by Central Alabama Community College public relations director Brett Pritchard, education does not stop simply because the coronavirus pandemic is still present. Therefore, the Alabama Community College System, including CACC’s Alexander City location, has released a plan fo…

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Central Coosa superintendent Andi Wilson said communication is key for the ever-changing plan regarding the return to school. Based on guidance from the Alabama State Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, guidelines may be altered as time goes on.

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Out of concern for the health and safety of the general public and licensees, the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today approved an emergency order that limits the hours of operations for restaurants, bar and entities that sell alcohol. Effective immediately but not enforced until S…

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As plans for returning to school are finalized and tweaked, parents and students may still have some unanswered questions or concerns about protocol and safety measures. The following most frequently asked questions should provide some additional insight into Alexander City Schools’ current …

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According to Matthew 11:25, Jesus prayed, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children….”

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Tallapoosa County Schools superintendent Joe Windle is following the recommendation of 103 physicians from Birmingham and will make masks mandatory for all faculty and all students over the age of 7.

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Although there is certainly a lot of unrest in the nation and unimaginable things going on in the world, there is a lot of good happening right here in the Lake Martin area.

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We asked our readers on The Outlook Facebook page what they think about Gov. Kay Ivey’s latest mandate to require all Alabamians to wear masks in public. Did she make the right call? Here are some of the responses:

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Masks might not be perfect, but wearing them in public is needed.

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Some may debate how effective a mask is at preventing the spread of COVID-19, but medical professionals say it’s better than no protection.

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Major League Baseball has started to test its players for COVID-19 prior to starting a shortened season, but will testing happen for students before the start of school next month?

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The American Red Cross is encouraging residents to donate blood, as there is an urgent need for donors because the COVID-19 pandemic has caused supply challenges. Red Cross will host a community blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Lake Martin Area United Way Conference Room, …