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Funding Approved for New Sheriff’s Building in Elmore County

Alabama News Network

Date: 10/30/2019 4:17:00 PM

The Elmore County Commission has unanimously approved a $1.23 million bid for the construction of a new sheriff’s operation building. “The building that we had that the drug task force was housed in

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1 Killed, Another sustains Life-Threatening Injuries After Crash in Elmore County

Alabama News Network

Date: 10/28/2019 6:08:00 AM

According to the Eclectic Fire Department, EFD and the Eclectic Police Department responded to a vehicle accident involving a motorcycle on Kowaliga Road. The crash happened around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday

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Update: Volunteer Firefighter Killed in Coosa County

Alabama News Network

Date: 10/19/2019 7:56:00 AM

Alabama News Network now has more information on the wreck that killed an on-duty volunteer firefighter in Coosa County. Alabama State Troopers say 45-year-old Michael Wayne Johnston of Equality was

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Water Resources Outlook (September 2019)


Date: 9/19/2019

Water Resources Outlook (September

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Casey Cep on the untold story of Harper Lee’s true crime novel

Date: 9/9/2019 7:34:00 AM

“The Reverend,” the story of an alleged serial killer in Alexander City, Alabama. On this week’s episode of the Reckon Interview, we talk with Casey Cep about her book “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud

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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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