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Eighteen years ago today a terroristic attack occurred that shook the United States of America. Hijacked planes flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers took action against terrorists.

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Alexander City’s location means we benefit in many ways because of where we are in relation to other big attractions and what we have right here in our own backyard.

Sometimes our area law enforcement officers don’t get the proper appreciation they deserve. We have officers constantly running to scenes around the county on a daily basis to serve residents in one way or another, whether it be someone threatening another, a wreck that has occurred in the a…

At The Outlook we often see complaints not much is going on Alexander City but we beg to differ.

According to a recent study, more than 262,000 children in Alabama are affected by the devastating effects of poverty every single day. Alabama Possible reports Alabama’s children poverty level is 6% higher than the national average.

They’re not parents but they’re similar. They do their best to  mold and shape children to be the best they can be. They start out teaching the littlest of students their shapes, colors, numbers and letters and go through each step of learning until they are prepared for life outside of scho…

After Saturday, residents and those traveling through Alexander City will notice cleaner roadsides thanks to a dedicated local group and volunteers.

The Lake Martin Area United Way will soon kick off its 2019-20 fundraising campaign and we encourage all citizens in Tallapoosa and Coosa counties to give whatever they can for this worthy cause.

The Tallapoosa County Commission did the right thing, maybe even a courageous thing given the area’s anti-tax sentiment, by deciding unanimously Monday to keep a 1-cent sales tax dedicated to education so our two school systems can raise money for badly needed new facilities.

Shoplifting is a common plague on businesses large and small not only in Alexander City but nationally.

School has officially started in Tallapoosa County as city and county students returned to classes Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Both school systems announced their own themes for the year during convocations.

Alexander City’s municipal government wants a drainage dispute with local businessman Kenneth Ledbetter to be water under the bridge.

Many can remember their school days including the ever-present paddle on the teacher’s desk and the teacher not being afraid to use it on a misbehaving student’s backside.

Every newspaper is criticized for something. Unfortunately, the media is trusted less today than it was many years ago. It’s something The Outlook strives to overcome.

The Dadeville Police Department recently issued nine citations for failure to vaccinate animals against rabies and the five animal owners were in court this week.

While we hope it never has to go into action, the Alexander City and Tallapoosa County Rescue Squad should make the area proud for the part its members played in retrieving the bodies of two men killed in a boating crash in Elmore County on July 4.

There have been some tragic headlines in our newspaper this week, and it’s never easy to digest tragedies so big where lives are lost and ones that happened so unexpectedly. 

On Independence Day, we urge Americans to take time not only to celebrate, but also to recognize the responsibilities of citizenship. There’s no free ride here.

Lake Martin is arguably one of the best places to spend July 4, although we may be a bit biased. But when you’ve seen how our area can put on a show for the holiday, it’s hard to disagree with that sentiment.