If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

The Outlook stands loyally behind the Alexander City Police Department as it rallies around the hopeful recovery of Det. Drew Machen, who suffered a severe heart attack Monday morning and was in critical condition as of Tuesday.

I write and talk about sports for a living. It’s what I do and I enjoy it. So, it might come as a bit of a surprise this is actually my favorite week of the year. It’s when all the talk can actually stop and the action can begin. There comes a point when all the bases are covered and no more…

We were all witnesses 10 years ago when Cam Newton took the sports world by storm. His infectious smile glistened as he torched defenses en route to a 50-touchdown season, eventually winning him the Heisman Memorial trophy. It was one of the most impressive college football seasons in history.

It’s hard enough to predict an entire season of college football with the amount of personnel turnover, unknown development and coaching changes during any given year, but when coronavirus is also thrown in the mix it’s downright impossible. With that being said, these prognostications are r…

Now that the national political party conventions are over and the nominees have been coronated, the battle royale for the White House is in full throttle. 

  • Updated

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, on Saturday mornings in the summer, my daddy would give my brother Denney and me 25 cents to go to the Strand Theatre. We called it the “Picture Show” or sometimes just “The Show.” The 25 cents were in the form of a case quarter, a 25-cent piece.  

  • Updated

We could all take a page out of registered nurse Erin Dean’s playbook. Despite multiple diagnoses of cancer, working a full-time job, raising three children and being a full-time student at UAB, Dean does not give up.

Lake Scene Directory

Alexander City, AL

Right Now
77°
Fair
  • Humidity: 60%
  • Feels Like: 77°
  • Heat Index: 77°
  • Wind: 5 mph
  • Wind Chill: 77°
  • UV Index: 0 Low
  • Sunrise: 06:33:10 AM
  • Sunset: 06:38:33 PM
  • Dew Point: 62°
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Today

Cloudy this evening with showers after midnight. Low 64F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tonight

Cloudy this evening with showers after midnight. Low 64F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tomorrow

Rain with thunderstorms by evening. Storms may contain strong gusty winds. High near 75F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.

Online Poll

Do you plan on participating in any Sun Festival activities?

You voted:

When the SEC Basketball Tournament was canceled along with the college baseball season in mid-March, it was an incredibly odd and unsettling feeling. To experience the month of March without any Madness in the form of a buzzer beater or Cinderella story was definitely disheartening. 

As the season approaches, it seems like now is as good of a time as ever to reach back into my (imaginary) bag of (nonexistent) fan mail and answer several of the (completely fabricated by me) hard-hitting questions my (grand total of zero) avid readers have:

  • Updated

What we have now is capitalism out of control. The gap between the rich and the poor is getting larger and larger. Tax cuts for the 1% highest paid so they can make more money is a trickle-down scheme.

  • Updated

The 1960 presidential race between Richard Nixon and John Kennedy is considered by many political historians to be a landmark presidential contest. This race for the White House, exactly 60 years ago, marked a pivotal change in presidential election politics when the advent of television bec…

  • Updated

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 sc…

  • Updated

Getting settled in and used to a new job can be a whirlwind of emotions — exciting, intimidating and even a little overwhelming. 

  • Updated

The Big Ten Conference has now decided to consider reversing course on its decision to cancel fall football. Turns out, their powers ­– that – be have been convinced maybe, just maybe, they acted somewhat hastily.

  • Updated

The Auburn Tigers had every intention of conducting four practices last week culminating in a scrimmage Saturday. That didn't happen. Instead, they practiced Tuesday then had to cancel the rest of the week due to "COVID-related" issues.

  • Updated

The Alabama Census Bowl kicks off today and we need everyone’s help to put Tallapoosa County in the lead.

  • Updated

On the way to a comedy show at a college in Georgia the other night, I stopped for some gas, snacks and drinks. This was only my second gig since March 15. I was really nervous, which is a rarity, and even a bit scared. I texted a dear friend and fellow comic in Los Angeles about my concerns.

  • Updated

Labor Day is upcoming on Monday. In bygone days it was the benchmark day for campaign season to start. Historically, Labor Day barbeques were events where political campaigns had their roots. Camp stew and barbecued pork were devoured while folks listened to politicians promise how they were…

Fall camp has begun in the loveliest Village on the Plain as it has around the Southeastern Conference and so far, so good. The Tigers practiced four times during the week and ran a 92-play scrimmage Saturday. 

Football is back and things seem a little more right in the world. While this season will certainly present many changes and challenges, we are grateful to see our area athletes be able to compete after all the hard work put in.

The Auburn Tigers took the first step Monday in what will undoubtedly be a very long journey by conducting the first organized practice in preparation for the 2020 college football season. There will be bumps in the road, unavoidable detours and even a few pitfalls along the way, but every j…

  • Updated

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.

  • Updated

Last year, we got a big kick out of Dorcas, Lucy’s adopted sister from Ghana, accompanying her friend in taking a chicken to a veterinarian in Auburn. Boy, did we laugh. I mean, who in this finger-lickin’ world takes a chicken to the vet? 

  • Updated

Some of you may wonder how many past governors we have in Alabama who are still living and how they are doing. We have six living past governors.

Rivalries are the cornerstone of football. It helps bring in money from alumni and fans who want to see their arch enemies fall at the hands of the community they have put so much heart, soul and effort into.

It’s been over three years since the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce launched the Lake Martin Innovation Center, a 17,000-square-foot facility located behind Valley Bank and Pizza Hut on U.S. Highway 280 with high speed fiber internet, office suites for rent, state-of-the-art technology l…

You look for patterns and themes in your daily life, really in the world around you. For as much of a craptastic carnival of that 2020 has become once you parse down through the political rhetoric, the rising coronavirus numbers and deaths, the perpetually offended and the “peaceful protests…

I’ll admit it: 2020 has landed its share of body blows on my poor torso and, quite frankly, done some damage. I’ve been beaten, battered and even staggered a time or two, but I’m still standing — well, proverbially of course. 

  • Updated

It has been a month since our mid-July GOP runoffs for the U.S. Senate and two open Congressional seats. Since then, numerous publications as well as many of you have asked me to analyze and assess the outcomes.

  • Updated

Monday’s municipal candidate political forum may have had a few technical hiccups but was an overwhelming success in informing Alexander City residents about pertinent issues.