The Alexander City Outlook

The Alexander City Outlook The Outlook strives to report the news of our community honestly, fairly and with integrity, without exclusion, and to treat our readers, our advertisers and our community as we would want to be treated ourselves.

In 1884 Alexander City had become a thriving mercantile center. Adolphus Longshore, who taught school, practiced law and been greatly interested in the upbuilding of his hometown, sensed the need to promote the area and created Alexander City's first newspaper "The Beacon." After changing hands a number of times, the paper was purchased in 1892 by Capt. J.D. Dickson and the name was changed to "The Outlook." Later "The Outlook" was sold to Mr. Fitz. O. Hooton, who was the sole owner, editor and publisher for more than 20 years. J.W. Hammer was editor until about 1912, next was William R. Jordan, E.C. Hall from 1925-1941 and Kenneth Bell from 1941-1944. J.C. Henderson purchased "The Outlook" in 1944 from Tom Russell. Boone Newspapers, Inc purchased "The Outlook" from Henderson in 1974. In 1991, Kenneth Boone purchased "The Outlook" from Boone Newspapers, Inc and currently owns the paper. The Outlook's parent company is Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., which also publishes a weekly newspaper, The Dadeville Record, and two slick monthly magazines names Lake Magazine and Lake Martin Living. In 2012, Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc purchased PPI, Inc, expanding the portfolio to The Wetumpka Herald, The Eclectic Observer, The Tallassee Tribune, Elmore County Living & Gallery of Homes. The Outlook is updated daily at www.alexcityoutlook.com.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Trying to lose weight on a fad diet? There are healthier and more sustainable ways to keep off the ...
01/26/2020
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Sustained weight loss needs lifestyle change, nurse says

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Trying to lose weight on a fad diet? There are healthier and more sustainable ways to keep off the pounds.

Keto, Whole30, intermittent fasting and other trend diets can spark quick weight loss but aren’t final weight loss solutions. According to Russell Medical nurse practitioner Leigh Goodman, lifestyle changes are

Anytime Fitness owner and U.S. Army veteran Jose Garcia is set to retire this May.
01/26/2020
Army vet giving back through gym ownership

Anytime Fitness owner and U.S. Army veteran Jose Garcia is set to retire this May.

Helping people get better is U.S. Army veteran and Alexander City Anytime Fitness owner Jose Garcia’s goal.

Dogs play a vital role in hunting in Alabama and now's your chance to join the Alabama Black Belt Adventures' sporting d...
01/26/2020
Share best sporting dog photos in new contest

Dogs play a vital role in hunting in Alabama and now's your chance to join the Alabama Black Belt Adventures' sporting dog photo contest.

Hunters in the Black Belt are justifiably proud of their dogs, those that work the fields and woods with them. With these great dogs in mind, the Alabama Black Belt

In case you missed our All-Outlook Football Team, take a look at a gallery of most of our top football players from arou...
01/26/2020
PHOTOS: All-Outlook Football Team

In case you missed our All-Outlook Football Team, take a look at a gallery of most of our top football players from around the area this season.

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Managing editor Santana Wood says it's devastating to see local businesses close but it doesn't mean Alexander City is d...
01/26/2020
When one door closes, another opens

Managing editor Santana Wood says it's devastating to see local businesses close but it doesn't mean Alexander City is doomed.

The newspaper business is not often uneventful. We see a lot. No one day is the same and it certainly isn’t boring. This week has an eventful one here at

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Dr. Adrian Cargill says the best way to quit smoking is to never start.
01/25/2020
TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Local doctor offers advice to quit smoking

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH: Dr. Adrian Cargill says the best way to quit smoking is to never start.

Quitting a bad habit such as smoking can be difficult. The best way to stop is to never start, according to Russell Medical pulmonologist Dr. Adrian Cargill.

Ivy Creek hospice care sets to have patients make the most of their days.
01/25/2020
Hospice helps patients make most of time left

Ivy Creek hospice care sets to have patients make the most of their days.

Many people think hospice is only for those who are in their final days but one local healthcare group said it is about improving the quality of life for patients

This local family, which includes a 4- and 6-year-old, is bettering the community by cleaning up but also hopes to set a...
01/25/2020
Cleaning up roadsides a family affair for Collaris

This local family, which includes a 4- and 6-year-old, is bettering the community by cleaning up but also hopes to set an example for others.

When the weekend arrives, Ed Collari and his two children know a few hours will be set aside to help keep their community clean. They don’t do it because it’s

Alexander City gun crime is at a lull, according to police chief Jay Turner.
01/25/2020
Chief says gun crime has dropped in city

Alexander City gun crime is at a lull, according to police chief Jay Turner.

Although Alexander City police chief Jay Turner said local gun crimes have recently dropped, there are still gun issues the department would like to attack.

Alabama Power Co. recently added nature trails and gazebos at Lake Martin called Nature's Way, which is open to the publ...
01/24/2020
Area of Lake Martin gets spruced up

Alabama Power Co. recently added nature trails and gazebos at Lake Martin called Nature's Way, which is open to the public.

One area of Lake Martin has some new trails, sights and resting places open thanks to recent efforts by Alabama Power.

Despite Benjamin Russell Wildcats coming up short, Bre Smith played a fantastic game in a narrow, one-point loss to Bria...
01/24/2020
Benjamin Russell falls just short of Briarwood in overtime

Despite Benjamin Russell Wildcats coming up short, Bre Smith played a fantastic game in a narrow, one-point loss to Briarwood on Thursday night.

With less than two seconds to go in overtime, it looked like Briarwood was going to escape with a girls basketball victory against Benjamin Russell.

Parole was denied Wednesday for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend in Alexander City in 2000.
01/24/2020
Parole denied for Alexander City murderer

Parole was denied Wednesday for a man convicted of killing his girlfriend in Alexander City in 2000.

Charles Howard Baker Jr. was denied parole at an Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles hearing Wednesday.

Four Benjamin Russell Wildcats finished in double figures as they took down Briarwood and snapped a seven-game losing st...
01/24/2020
Benjamin Russell offense takes over in defeat of Briarwood

Four Benjamin Russell Wildcats finished in double figures as they took down Briarwood and snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Scoring has not exactly been Benjamin Russell’s forte on the boys basketball court this season. The Wildcats have struggled to find a secondary shooter after leading scorer Za Stowes and

Lizi Arbogast, Sports Editor
01/24/2020
Lizi Arbogast, Sports Editor

Lizi Arbogast, Sports Editor

COLUMN: I certainly don't condone the recent allegations against a student, but the potential actions of one shouldn't reflect poorly the entire Benjamin Russell High School Wrestling Team, which has done so much positive lately.

Benjamin Russell High School Spanish teacher Sky Bartlett found her calling through a college credit requirement.
01/24/2020
College credit requirement led Bartlett to career teaching Spanish

Benjamin Russell High School Spanish teacher Sky Bartlett found her calling through a college credit requirement.

University of South Alabama’s language credit requirements led Benjamin Russell Spanish teacher Sky Bartlett to where she is today. Originally a broadcast journalism major, Bartlett took Spanish for her two

The downtown Alexander City business Coffee Corner on Main permanently closed today. This is a developing story; stay tu...
01/24/2020
Coffee Corner in downtown Alexander City closes

The downtown Alexander City business Coffee Corner on Main permanently closed today. This is a developing story; stay tuned for any updates.

Coffee Corner on Main announced Friday morning it is closed.

The town of New Site furthered its revenue in fiscal year 2018-19.
01/24/2020
New Site’s 2018-19 audit shows growth in revenue

The town of New Site furthered its revenue in fiscal year 2018-19.

In the last year, the Town of New Site has gotten even further in the black, which the council learned Tuesday by reviewing its fiscal year 2018-19 audit Tuesday. The

Check out photos from tonight's Benjamin Russell Wildcats basketball games. The boys got a much-needed victory and the g...
01/24/2020
PHOTOS: Benjamin Russell, Briarwood compete in thrilling doubleheader

Check out photos from tonight's Benjamin Russell Wildcats basketball games. The boys got a much-needed victory and the girls fell narrowly in overtime. Make sure to pick up Friday's Outlook for the full coverage.

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Despite another loss in area play, Benjamin Russell Wildcats are confident they can compete with Opelika in the area tou...
01/23/2020
ROUNDUP: Benjamin Russell falls just shy of Opelika, area win

Despite another loss in area play, Benjamin Russell Wildcats are confident they can compete with Opelika in the area tournament.

Although Benjamin Russell’s boys basketball team officially finished the Class 6A Area 6 schedule winless after a loss to Opelika on Tuesday night, the Wildcats aren’t necessarily discouraged about their

Be sure to pick up a copy of today's Alexander City Outlook for our special health and wellness section.
01/23/2020

Be sure to pick up a copy of today's Alexander City Outlook for our special health and wellness section.

Alexander City resident Teresa Moten has displayed personal mementos in the lobby of Alexander City City Hall from Marti...
01/23/2020

Alexander City resident Teresa Moten has displayed personal mementos in the lobby of Alexander City City Hall from Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations in Alexander City. Some events reflected on by the displays are not part of the celebration but are noteworthy such as Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., speaking in Alexander City in 1990. Moten will keep the display up through Monday.

01/23/2020

A diabetes support group met Tuesday afternoon to discuss how to better take care of themselves.

Each year, columnist Andy Graham takes us on a road trip with Auburn Men's Basketball and this year, he headed to Florid...
01/23/2020
On the road again: Gainesville, Florida

Each year, columnist Andy Graham takes us on a road trip with Auburn Men's Basketball and this year, he headed to Florida Gators Men's Basketball. (The game was the worst part.)

ESPN color commentator Todd Blackledge used to do a segment every time he called a football game known as “Taste of the Town.” He went go around to all his

Benjamin Russell High School Wrestling Team had a dominating win on Tuesday night. Check out our gallery now then pick u...
01/23/2020
PHOTOS: Benjamin Russell wins big on Senior Night

Benjamin Russell High School Wrestling Team had a dominating win on Tuesday night. Check out our gallery now then pick up Thursday's Outlook for the full story.

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Giving up an 8-0 run to start the game was too tough for Reeltown High School to overcome against Tallassee High School ...
01/23/2020
Tallassee catches fire in rivalry game against Reeltown

Giving up an 8-0 run to start the game was too tough for Reeltown High School to overcome against Tallassee High School on Monday night.

Reeltown knew it was going to have its hands full in a boys basketball matchup against Tallassee on Monday night.

For the last two years, the winner of Opelika's Bulldawg Brawl has gone on to win state. Will Benjamin Russell High Scho...
01/22/2020
Benjamin Russell goes 5-0, reigns supreme at Bulldawg Brawl

For the last two years, the winner of Opelika's Bulldawg Brawl has gone on to win state. Will Benjamin Russell High School Wrestling Team keep up that trend?

For the last two years in a row, the team that’s won Opelika’s Bulldawg Brawl has gone on to win the AHSAA Class 6A Wrestling Championships. Benjamin Russell is hoping

A night of nostalgia is in order for those attending Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute at 7 p.m. Thursday at Benjamin Russ...
01/22/2020
Beach Boys tribute band to perform Thursday

A night of nostalgia is in order for those attending Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute at 7 p.m. Thursday at Benjamin Russell’s auditorium.

A night of nostalgia is in order for those attending Sail On: The Beach Boys Tribute at 7 p.m. Thursday at Benjamin Russell’s auditorium.

Meet TPI's circulation manager, Erin Burton.
01/22/2020

Meet TPI's circulation manager, Erin Burton.

After going back and forth through the first three quarters, Reeltown High School pulled away from Tallassee High School...
01/22/2020
Fourth-quarter run leads Reeltown to big win vs. Tallassee

After going back and forth through the first three quarters, Reeltown High School pulled away from Tallassee High School for a rivalry victory Monday night.

After a really strong second quarter, Reeltown’s girls basketball seemed to get out of its game plan. Holding a double-digit lead, the Rebels started to slow the pace of Monday

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In 1884 Alexander City had become a thriving mercantile center. Adolphus Longshore, who taught school, practiced law and been greatly interested in the upbuilding of his hometown, sensed the need to promote the area and created Alexander City's first newspaper "The Beacon." After changing hands a number of times, the paper was purchased in 1892 by Capt. J.D. Dickson and the name was changed to "The Outlook." Later "The Outlook" was sold to Mr. Fitz. O. Hooton, who was the sole owner, editor and publisher for more than 20 years. J.W. Hammer was editor until about 1912, next was William R. Jordan, E.C. Hall from 1925-1941 and Kenneth Bell from 1941-1944. J.C. Henderson purchased "The Outlook" in 1944 from Tom Russell. Boone Newspapers, Inc purchased "The Outlook" from Henderson in 1974. In 1991, Kenneth Boone purchased "The Outlook" from Boone Newspapers, Inc and currently owns the paper. The Outlook's parent company is Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc., which also publishes a weekly newspaper, The Dadeville Record, and two slick monthly magazines names Lake Magazine and Lake Martin Living. In 2012, Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc purchased PPI, Inc, expanding the portfolio to The Wetumpka Herald, The Eclectic Observer, The Tallassee Tribune, & Elmore County Living. The Outlook is updated daily at www.alexcityoutlook.com.

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