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Jeffcoat, Oliver share thoughts on issues during town hall meeting

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/17/2018 10:34:00 AM

The upstairs board room of the Alexander City branch of Valley National Bank was filled to capacity Thursday night, as the Lake Martin Young Professionals hosted its second “Access to the Issues” even

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Anderson, Mary Ruth "Tithie"

Opelika-Auburn News

Date: 8/15/2018 10:00:00 PM

Mrs. Anderson, who passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at her home in Opelika, AL, was born November 16, 1950 in Elmore County, Alabama Public viewing will be Thursday, August 16, 2018, from 1:00 p.m

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Sister Hazel playing at Lake Martin Amphitheater Sept. 2

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/15/2018 7:49:00 AM

A platinum-recording band is set to take the stage at the Lake Martin Amphitheater, located at Russell Lands on Lake Martin on Labor Day weekend. Sister Hazel will be performing at the amphitheater at

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Fast, Reliable Internet Now Available to Lake Martin Residents

Taylor Nipper

Date: 8/15/2018

West Point, GA - Point Broadband, a Wireless Internet Provider based in West Point, Ga, announced today that they have launched high-speed Internet service to the Lake Martin area. “We are excited to announce that we have completed our network construction on the Kowaliga Tower in addition to the Stillwater

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Terrell Owens gives heartfelt speech in Chattanooga

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/7/2018 10:09:00 AM

“MJ, to bring this kid from Alexander City, Alabama to be a part of the Bryant Jordan family in ’04 was an indicator that I was something, this is for you,” Owens said

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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