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The downtown area was bustling on Thursday, Dec. 5 as holiday festivities began early this weekend with the McCraney-Cottle Arts Council's (MCAC) Sounds of the Season. This year's show was held inside the historic Mt. Vernon Theatre and drew a nearly packed house.

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The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Christmas parade on Saturday, and with 80 participants, chamber director Jerry Cunningham said there was an uptick in entries this year compared last year and even the year before.

Typically, the men in blue are generally not allowed to grow beards but the Tallassee Police Department joined in a nationwide cause and threw out those rules over the past few weeks.

Local fire departments could gain some valuable equipment at minimal cost after a move from the Tallassee City Council on Tuesday. The council approved the Tallassee Fire Department moving ahead with the grant application process for some new equipment.

There could be more room for parking at the city pool now the Tallassee City Council voted to remove the scout hut that stands adjacent to the property. According to city officials, the building is not worth the cost of repair and the city would better benefit from its demolishment.

The sixth annual Angling for Autism bass fishing tournament to benefit The Learning Tree in Tallassee and the Little HAPIE Tree in Auburn is planned for Saturday, Nov. 9. The tournament will take place at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander Ci…

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1:07 a.m. the Tallassee Police Department responded to the Sunoco Gas Station on Gilmer Avenue in reference to a robbery.

Nearly 400 county officials and employees across Alabama will gather together to learn about and develop an action plan for county government during the 2020 Alabama Regular Session. This year’s conference will center on counties’ priorities for the upcoming session, including the growing ne…

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Mark your calendars for Dec. 9 as Mark Lanier brings the annual "A Mark Lanier Christmas Homecoming" to Tallassee at the Mt Vernon Theatre, with the show beginning at 6 p.m. Lanier has gathered some of Nashville's best musicians who are regular performers on the Grand Ole Opry as his live ba…

Nov. 30 will mark 10 years since the Hotel Talisi suffered a devastating fire. In that time, a lot has changed. And while the historic hotel has not reopened, there is still hope it will one day.

Forensic testing has confirmed the human remains found on Macon County Road 2 in Shorter are that of Aniah Blanchard, according to a release from Auburn Police.

The Auburn Police Division has officially notified CrimeStoppers during the course of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Aniah Blanchard, investigators obtained information regarding the possible location of a body.

Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock announced late last week the City of Tallassee has been awarded a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). The grant has a 10% match, which means the city will have a total of $275,000 …

Members of Tallassee’s Boy Scout Troop 59 spent much of Saturday collecting canned goods outside of area grocery stores to donate to the Association of Christians in Tallassee for Service (A.C.T.S.)

The Tallassee City Council passed a proclamation declaring November as National Home Care Month on Tuesday, Nov 12. The council passed the proclamation with faculty and staff members from Community Home Health and Hospice in attendance and presented them with a special proclamation for Natio…

The deadline for registration for the upcoming Christmas parade is quickly approaching. Businesses and organizations interested in joining in this year’s parade have until Monday, Dec. 2 to register. Completed registration forms and entry fee must be turned in to the Tallassee Chamber of Com…

My Box Storage has partnered with Charity Storage, a national nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that leverages the increasing popularity of storage auctions, to raise funds for charity. It introduces a charity component to existing storage operations to raise funds for the Humane Society of Elm…

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The Tallassee Rotary Club recently celebrated 90 years of service in the Tallassee community. Rotarians, both past and present, attended the party Thursday at Cozumel Restaurant on Gilmer Avenue.

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GasBuddy Annual Travel Survey finds 65 percent of Americans traveling by car for the holidays and 30 percent say gas prices are impacting their travel plans. GasBuddy, the smartphone app helping consumers avoid paying full price for fuel, today projects the national average gasoline price fo…

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Each year in November, the nation honors its veterans with Veterans Day. This year on Nov. 9- 11, Verizon (TCC) will be hosting a Veterans Appreciation Event at 431 Gilmer Ave. in Tallassee, and at 4356 N US Hwy 231 in Wetumpka.

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Students in the music department at Tallassee High School are gearing up for the annual fall musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” by Shepherd Mead on the THS stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 and at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov 18 with a Monday matinée just for students from Talla…

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The men and women at SOAR Inc are aiming to spark the creativity within local students with the organization’s upcoming Artistic Expressions contest.

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With cold temperatures and sharp winds to contend with, volunteers with the Lake Martin Resource Association gathered at Wind Creek State Park early Friday morning for the 15 th annual Renew Our Rivers cleanup at Lake Martin.

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Now that crews for Alabama Power recently finished work to replace the spill gates at Thurlow Dam, water levels are back to normal and boaters are no longer put out now the boat ramp on Lake Thurlow is once again accessible to the water.

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Work once again began at the historic Hotel Talisi now that an internet cable has been relocated and L&E Construction completed the bracing needed to begin the roof and partial brick wall removal. 

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The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce recently announced details about this year's Christmas parade. This will be the 52nd annual Christmas parade. Last year the parade was canceled due to rainy weather, however the 2017 Christmas parade included 70 participants and drew over 2000 spectators.

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Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock traveled to Canton, Ohio to get a firsthand look at a state-of-the-art water treatment center Tallassee could model its water treatment facility after.

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Christmas is just around the corner and the men and women at Tallassee's newly formed Understanding Needs Improves Tomorrow's You (UNITY) are hoping to brighten the holidays for local children who may not otherwise receive gifts. The charity organization is collecting gifts for area children…

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Tallassee was recently named an ACE Community, which meant there were certain criteria that Tallassee had to meet. Among many others, a comprehensive plan was a condition city officials had to meet.

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The Tallassee Rotary Club is celebrating 90 years of service in the Tallassee community. Club president Whitney Watson is planning a big party to observe the event and all Rotarians, both past and present, are encouraged to attend the party.

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The Tallassee Chamber of Commerce recently announced it will bring back the once-popular A Taste of Tallassee. This year's event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 at the National Guard Armory on Gilmer Avenue.

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Officials with the Elmore County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest of Chris McWaters, 32-years old, of Tallassee, on Tuesday, Oct. 15. According to ECSO Captain C.B. Ogden, McWaters was charged with first-degree rape and sexual abuse of a 15-year-old female.

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The hardworking folks at SOAR Inc. have been preparing for the organization’s soft opening for months and that time has almost arrived as organizers have set the date for for Oct. 31. Doors will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. at 115 Parker St. in Tallassee for trick-or-treat fun for all.

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With a statewide fire alert in a place, a plume of smoke filled the eastern sky late Friday afternoon when a fire sparked on the outskirts of the Franklin community, putting local residents on guard.

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Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) director Kenneth Boswell toured Tallassee on Oct. 8 along with Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock and other city officials to get a firsthand look at some of the city's most dilapidated structures.

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Mark your calendar because it is almost time for the McCraney-Cottle Arts Council music program. The program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the First United Methodist Church, located at 1 Jordan Ave. in Tallassee.

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