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Identity theft, grandchildren, technology being compromised and other scams for senior citizens to watch out for were the topics of Tuesday’s Lunch and Learn at Volunteer Connections of Central Alabama.

Four local high school students were honored for their good citizenship Thursday at the Tohopeka chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) meeting. Benjamin Russell’s Andrew Caldwell, Dadeville’s Kade Harkins, Horseshoe Bend’s Mary Rasbury and Reeltown’s Eryn Wells were named…

Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and be thankful for what they have every day, but there are some in the community who may not have the means to put a family meal on the table.

Voters have only one option if they want to cast a ballot in a countywide contested race in the March primaries — Republican. No one has qualified for a local race as a Democrat.

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The New Site Town Council will come together for the second time in a week for a work session to discuss how to bring costs for the medical clinic into budget.


Aaron Flynn Gess was arrested in Louisiana by the Louisiana State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service. Gess is currently awaiting extradition to Alabama. This case is still under investigation and no additional information is available. 


State report cards for the academic 2018-19 year were released Friday and Alexander City Schools and Tallapoosa County Schools received an 85 and 86, respectively.

Giving people closure is why the Alexander City/Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad does its job. President Ken Cowart said a rewarding experience for him was when he recovered a man’s body from a river years ago and met his family.


Birthdays are remembered at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home every fourth Friday of the month thanks to the American Red Cross of Central Alabama. 

If someone is ever in crisis and doesn’t know who to reach out to or how to get assistance, Tallapoosa County’s 211 service will help refer them to agencies.

In an effort to curb youth vaping, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill in May limiting where vaping products can be sold and advertised.

Election primaries are still five months away in the State of Alabama and Tallapoosa County but the Tallapoosa County Democrat and Republican parties are qualifying candidates.


The students of the Alexander City, Tallapoosa County and Coosa County school systems got a lecture worth their while Friday as the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance hosted its Manufacturing Day breakfast with a presentation on student workforce. 

Notices were sent to 27,000 property owners this week notifying them of owed property taxes. While the important parts of the notice are correct, Tallapoosa County revenue commissioner Eva Middlebrooks said about 75% of the notices include information that is confusing and incorrect.

Students in Horseshoe Bend, Dadeville and Reeltown schools are alcohol and drug abuse aware thanks to Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) being taught by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department every year.


Bringing in tourists and promoting the Lake Martin area to tourists were the topics of the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce’s tourism luncheon Thursday.


Summertime activities for children sometimes involve attending a camp and the Boy Scouts of America Tukabatchee Area Council makes sure its Scouts can attend with the Lake Martin Area United Way’s help.


Tallapoosa County students should dust their off their smocks for the Everything’s Art second annual student art competition. The contest is for students kindergarten through 12th grade who attend the Tallapoosa County School System, are homeschooled, special education or getting their GEDs. 

Although the organization is not located in Lake Martin Area United Way’s coverage area of Tallapoosa and Coosa counties, The Learning Tree of Tallasee’s homes in Tallapoosa County benefit financially from the group.

At the far northern end of Lake Martin near Jacksons Gap sits the Easterseals Camp ASCCA (Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults). A year-round camp designed for people with disabilities and health impairments, Camp ASCCA offers exciting programs and activities for those who attend a…

Although teenage vaping is a national issue, it is not that prevalent in schools in Tallapoosa County, officials said. Dadeville High School and Benjamin Russell both had one incident this year and Alexander City Middle School has had only one incident in two years.


Tallapoosa County School System bus driver starting base pay is lower than the starting salaries of other drivers in Clay, Elmore, Coosa and Lee counties’ school systems and Alexander City Schools. It is something county school superintendent Joe Windle said the system is addressing.