Cotton Festival

FIle / The Herald

About 9,000 to 10,000 people attended Eclectic's annual Alabama Cotton Festival in October.

The Town of Eclectic, a place known for its small-town atmosphere but one that constantly works on growing, had its share of headlines in 2019. Take a look at five of the most noteworthy news items from the year.

Alabama Cotton Festival

Attendance of the town’s annual Alabama Cotton Festival was estimated between 9,000 to 10,000 people and more than 160 vendors set up shop during October event.

“This was the most successful festival we’ve had in the history of the Cotton Fest,” Mayor Gary Davenport said.

Highway 63 sees development

The Eclectic Town Council approved the rezoning of a parcel of land located on Highway 63 that will be turned into a housing subdivision.

The Oaks will be developed into a 25-lot subdivision by Trey Crosby. 

Homes in the development will measure around 1,750 square feet and the average price for a home that size would be approximately $210,000 to $220,000.

The Annex on Lake Martin, a boat and RV storage facility, shopping center and event venue, was built and held a grand opening Oct. 5. It is located at 8314 Kowaliga Rd. in Eclectic.

Town established business relations committee

The Eclectic Town Council unanimously approved a proposal for a business relations committee at its Oct. 21 meeting.

Justin Pack was chosen at the chairman of the committee.

Eclectic Mayor Gary Davenport said the committee is basically Eclectic’s chamber of commerce, and it is open to all business owners and Eclectic residents. Its goal is to grow the town.

Madix Middle Road project completed

The Madix Middle Road project, which was completed earlier this year, was five years in the making according to Mayor Gary Davenport.

He said the town started working on the project in 2015 and a grant was awarded in 2017.

The project cost an estimated $500,000, according to Davenport.

Eclectic Middle School principal Blair Andress leaving post

Elmore County Schools superintendent Richard Dennis introduced Eclectic Middle School principal Dr. Blair Andress as interim principal of Elmore County Alternative Programs (ECAP) at the Elmore County Board of Education meeting Dec. 3.

The beloved EMS principal leaves his post after 5 1/2 years at the school known for its welcoming atmosphere.