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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.

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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. 

The City of Alexander City is making a tremendous effort to make sure its finances are not only accountable to the penny but transparent and another big step is being taken by providing monthly status reports to the city council.

We have some great residents in Tallapoosa County. Where help is needed charitable people come running for the cause. Whether it’s sharing a “lost dog” post on Facebook, volunteering for monthly cleanups with the Clean Community Partnership or whatever the mission may be, our community has b…

Area officials were disappointed by the news Publix has decided not to build a new location in Alexander City, which ends a second attempt to land the coveted grocery store chain.

Welding, nursing, auto mechanics, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and masonry are just a few of the trades out there but look around Tallapoosa County. How many jobs are currently available in those ranks that pay well for the area? Ask around and those already working in those fields make g…

Tonight kicks off the 29th annual Alexander City Jazz Fest at 6 p.m. in Strand Park. The Bank Walkers will start out the night followed by Sam Burchfield & The Scoundrels at 7:30 and finally Willie Sugarcapps at 9. 

If you’ve been in downtown Alexander City lately, you may notice people going in and out of the empty Carlisle’s building along with pallets left outside the building. 

It shouldn’t take more teeth in a law to try to persuade people to stop littering, but hopefully it will work as new provisions were recently added to Alabama’s littering law.

There won’t be much sun the first few days of the annual Sun Festival in Alexander City but don’t let that deter you — the rain is expected to move out by Monday and the majority of the nine-day series of events should enjoy favorable weather.

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On Monday, Mamie’s Place Children’s Library hosted its summer reading program kickoff with entertainers Gutsy the Flying Fox and clown duo Skin & Bones. While the program just started for the year, registration is open through Friday.

The first farmers market of the season kicked off at 7 a.m. this morning in Alexander City and is going through 11 a.m. today at Broad Street Plaza downtown. 

Summer weather started early here in Alabama and we’re sure you can feel it as soon as you walk outdoors. With the temperature staying in the 90s this week with no chance of rain, it’s best to learn some summer heat safety tips for everyone wanting to be outside.

Dramatic change for the better is in the works for Alexander City Schools with superintendent Dr. Keith Lankford’s call for a new $40 million high school, the crown jewel of the system’s capital plan.

Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith has to like the idea of major expansions and new jobs in his community being announced so much recently.

Suspects are passing counterfeit bills in Alexander City, so customers and merchants should be vigilant about funny money.

National Nurses Week is celebrated May 6-12 each year while National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10, but nurses and teachers both deserve much more than a week of recognition. 

Children were focused on Friday making either a robot follow in a straight line or making Kinex parts move at Edward Bell Career Technical Center. A showcase for the Tallapoosa County robotics gifted program was held where students got to show their parents what they have been working on sin…

Alexander City officials and residents reeled Monday after Mayor Jim Nabors suddenly died after emergency surgery to remove an intestinal blockage.

Thursday was National Day of Prayer and in Alexander City residents celebrated it in a big way by spreading love and praying together.