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Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport said the town has managed its finances well enough to weather a decrease in sales tax revenue and is encouraged by young families moving to the area.

Jody Mulder, an Eclectic resident, has joined the Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. team as a marketing consultant.

Alabama set five new economic records in June, including a new low for unemployment, but the news wasn’t as good for Elmore, Coosa and Tallapoosa counties, according to the state department of labor.

A newly formed company began Monday in Wetumpka to build a high-speed internet system it hopes will benefit rural customers in Elmore and Coosa counties beginning in January.

Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport said repair work is coming for some of the town’s roadways.

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series in which Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport talks about issues affecting the town.

Beginning Aug. 7, coverage in The Eclectic Observer will be incorporated into The Wetumpka Herald and The Tallassee Tribune.

Members of Wetumpka’s First Presbyterian Church, which was obliterated by January’s tornado, have tentatively scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for a new sanctuary Aug. 11.

A long-awaited $1.3 million streetscape improvement project in downtown Wetumpka began Monday and engineers plan for the freshly paved streets, new sidewalks, drains and landscaping to be completed before the Christmas shopping season.

State Rep. Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka) has pre-filed legislation to eliminate Alabama’s traditional income tax and sales tax system and replace it with a system of taxation based on consumption.

State Sen. Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) announced he has decided against running for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by incumbent Martha Roby, who said she will not seek reelection in 2020.

Clay Jackson was where he wanted to be on the afternoon of July 4 — surrounded by family and friends, floating on Lake Jordan, thinking about the surprise engagement ring he had bought for his girlfriend, enjoying his 6-week-old daughter dressed in red, white and blue, and looking forward to…

The Elmore County Commission on Monday raced forward with its plan for using money from the new gas tax increase by unanimously approving 36 miles of road projects and taking advantage of just over $1 million in Rebuild Alabama funds.

Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among teenagers with inattention the biggest factor, accounting for a third of fatalities in drivers ages 16 to 19, and a UAB study is delving deeper into the findings.

Elmore County Emergency Management Agency director Keith Barnett urged the county’s mayors last week to establish volunteer groups to assist first responders in disasters and advocated turning away from a reliance on sirens to warn of tornadoes.

The Elmore County Commission is putting the pedal to the metal to determine which roads and bridges it will use Rebuild Alabama funds for and urged the county’s mayors last week to seek joint projects to stretch the dollars further.

A Wetumpka woman was killed in a boat crash early Saturday morning on the Alabama River, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

A Wetumpka woman was killed in a boating accident around midnight Saturday morning on the Alabama River near Wetumpka, according to a release from Capt. Gary Buchanan.

The Elmore County Commission said Monday it has created an email address for residents to report complaints about trash pickup by Advanced Disposal, which is working to add a truck and a driver for the county, according to commission chairman Troy Stubbs.

The eighth annual Arti Gras festival was held Friday and Saturday at Russell Crossroads. It is a juried art show and makers market that showcases artisans from around Lake Martin and across the state. There were tons of vendors and guests as well both days. Wares included jewelry, paintings,…

An inmate working at a business in Montgomery County escaped from a job site last Thursday and was captured by Elmore County sheriff’s deputies about 14 hours later, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Willie Rogers Reeves of Elmore is expected to be in front of Elmore County District Court Judge James Goggans next week for preliminary and bond reduction hearings in the death of his wife.

The 43rd annual Russell Marine Boat Parade on Lake Martin was held at Kowaliga Restaurant and Children's Harbor on Thursday morning. At least 25 boats rode through the parade, most of which were decked out in red, white and blue. Some were dressed in themes like the Boston Tea Party, Lake Ma…

The Elmore County Board of Education heard at its Monday meeting it could cost $5 million to replace freon in the system’s 717 air conditioning units.

While a thunderstorm rattled the building outside, Blakley White showed her poise and character inside on the way to being selected the 2020 Elmore County Distinguished Young Woman on Saturday night.

The Elmore County Commission received at Monday’s meeting a first draft of roads and bridges being recommended for repair in the 2020 fiscal year but commissioners won’t be ready to consider approving them until late July.