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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.

Wetumpka resident Debbie Herbert’s mystery novel “Cold Waters” spent two weeks on The Washington Post’s bestseller list, three weeks on Amazon Charts top sold and most read list during the same month and was selected as one of six books to be in Amazon Prime’s program in April.

The Elmore County Board of Education passed a resolution June 4 allowing superintendent Richard Dennis to prepare a written policy to manage the school system’s debt, a recommended step to get bond funding for new construction projects.

Anthony Abner Jr. of Wetumpka, a junior at the University of West Alabama, was inducted into Order of Omega, a leadership honor society for members of fraternity and sorority organizations, during the school’s annual Honors Day.

Images from Thursday night as Elmore County High School held its graduation ceremony. Principal Wes Rogers announced the Class of 2019 received more than $2.5 million in scholarships and four graduates will go onto serve the U.S. in the military.

Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced 41 new classrooms will be funded through the Pre-K through 3rd Grade (P-3) Integrated Approach to Early Learning, including Wetumpka Elementary School which will receive $45,000.

Former University of Alabama star running back Siran Stacy will be the keynote speaker at the 15th annual Joe Sewell Memorial Award Banquet May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Wetumpka Civic Center.

The Wetumpka Future Farmers of America Alumni Chapter is organizing an International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event in Wetumpka on Friday and Saturday, alumni chapter president William Pierce said.

Elmore County Public Schools superintendent Richard Dennis confirmed Tuesday a teacher at Redland Elementary School has been placed on administrative leave after a third-grade student and parent alleged improper disciplinary action was taken against the student.

With the passing of spring break, the end of the school year is in sight. Spring assessments are in progress for our third- through eighth-graders, and high school seniors are anxiously looking forward to graduation day.

The Elmore County High School Alumni Committee recently held its 2019 ECHS Alumni Ball at The Eclectic Warehouse, using the proceeds to start a scholarship fund for seniors at ECHS.

When the next superintendent of the Elmore County Board of Education takes over in January 2021, he or she will receive an increased salary of $138,000 yearly, which is in line with other similar school systems across Alabama.

Although the 2020 elections are still two years away, the Elmore County Board of Education took time to look at potentially approving a raise for superintendent Richard Dennis during the Jan. 28 meeting.

Students, faculty and staff at Wetumpka Elementary School commemorated the opening of its new playground during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the morning of Dec. 18.

Two new members were sworn into the Elmore County Board of Education during a Nov. 28 meeting.

The Elmore County Board of Education discussed financial reports from the end of the fiscal year during a special Nov. 8 meeting.