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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.

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 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 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.

An HIV awareness meeting will be hosted by the Central Alabama Alliance, Resource & Advocacy Center from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka.

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.

River Financial Corp. and Trinity Bancorp Inc. have agreed on a merger which will result in a combined $1.275 billion in total assets, $875 million in total loans and $1 billion in total deposits with 17 locations across Alabama.

An inmate at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore was stabbed to death June 5 and an inmate serving 20 years on a first-degree robbery charge now faces a murder charge, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.

This weekend’s Wetumpka Herald Facebook poll on broadband service in Elmore County drew complaints across the board about the service from those who commented.

State Rep. Mike Holmes (R-Wetumpka) said the recently completed regular session of the Alabama Legislature ranks as one of the seminal efforts in state history to pass meaningful laws concerning abortion, a lottery and the gas tax, and he has another foundation-altering proposal for 2020.

The most prevalent complaint Elmore County commissioners and other officials hear isn’t about crime, potholes on streets or garbage pickup.

Elmore County residents should be literally seeing signs of which road and bridge projects the Alabama gas tax increase is paying for by late summer.