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The last year the COVID-19 pandemic has left many with questions.

No required masks are coming Friday but it doesn’t mean no masks.

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For the past decade or so, "brain drain" — in which the young and educated flee their hometowns, taking their brains and economic potential with them —  has been the dominating narrative for the rural south. The problem is a vicious cycle, as the more people leave, the fewer reasons there are for the next generation to stay.

On Monday, Alabama moved to its next phase of vaccine allocation, broadening eligibility to more than half of adults including, as workers in media, every member of this newsroom.

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Sometimes we overestimate danger and sometimes we underestimate it. Last March, top infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci estimated the pandemic could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, and the nation gasped. Last month, U.S. COVID-19 deaths surpassed half a million.

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Montgomery has been a buzz for the last week with the sounds of pen strokes just before the legislature came into session.

As Alabama COVID-19 hospitalizations reached their second peak this month, the police scanner is starting to sound like a broken record of calls for hospital patient transfers.  

Last week, The Outlook reported Alexander City Schools teachers and staff would be receiving a $500 bonus for pandemic-related challenges — not for the past semester, but anticipated challenges in the upcoming semester.

On Tuesday, Margaret Keenan of Coventry, U.K. became the first patient worldwide to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, just one week before her 91st birthday. Alabama Department of Health (ADPH) expects to receive 41,000 vaccine doses in the coming weeks, all of which will be going to healthcare wo…

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It’s a time to gather with family and friends; it usually means a day or two off work and a lot of food.

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported its new business application figures for third quarter. The states categorized ‘the South’ represent about one-third of the U.S. population, yet last quarter, they supplied half the country’s total of new business applications. The South is growing …

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Alabama, now is not the time to be lax. While Tallapoosa County is considered at moderate risk, that data is reevaluated often and can very easily change.

Tallapoosa County residents woke up this morning with the results of local mayoral runoff elections in Alexander City, Dadeville and Camp Hill. They all had the opportunity to vote and voice their opinions for a second time in one of these elections but that doesn’t mean everyone will all be…

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The heart of a city is its downtown and Main Street Alexander City deserves all the praise and recognition it got Monday for the tremendous effort being made to revitalize and grow Alexander City’s historic district.

Some crimes are obvious, making it easy to sentence the perpetrator. Others, such as littering — not so much. It’s hard to pinpoint who littered when we see trash all over the highway. We see the trash and know someone must have done it — whether indirectly from trash blowing out of a truck …

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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.

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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.

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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 sc…

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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As most of you know, The Outlook is located across the street from Benjamin Russell High School. Our staff always knows when back-to-school time is approaching because we hear the consistent beat of the metronome and band directors bellowing instructions over the loud speakers.

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At Monday’s meeting, the Alexander City City Council postponed the public hearing and tabled the vote on a permanent moratorium restricting certain businesses from locating to the downtown area.

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

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“If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”