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Vengeful Eufaula slays Dragons, moves to 5A title game

Dothan Eagle

Date: 2/28/2018 8:21:00 PM

More importantly, they advanced to their first state championship game since winning it all in 1999. They will face Sylacauga (30-5) Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at the BJCC. The Aggies defeated rival Talladega 59-55 in the other semifinal. “When we saw

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Sylacauga 59, Talladega 55: Aggies move within 1 win of first state hoops title since 1988

Alabama High School Sports

Date: 2/28/2018 6:22:00 PM

If at first you don't succeed, try and try and try again. As Sylacauga proved tonight, the fourth try might the charm. Talladega had defeated Sylacauga three times this season, but the Aggies flipped the script and earned a 59-55 victory in tonight's Class

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Curtis and Son Funeral Home

Legacy

Date: 2/27/2018 1:47:00 PM

Carolyn R. Weldon, of Fayetteville, age 85, passed away February 17, 2018. Her service will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 2pm at Curtis and Son North Chapel with a visitation two hours prior to the service

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Reeltown takes 2nd, Benjamin Russell goes 4-1 at tournament

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 2/27/2018 11:13:00 AM

“They’re a big rival, so that felt good for us.” Reeltown (5-1-1) was all but perfect in pool play, going 2-0-1 as its game with Sylacauga ended in a 2-2 tie due to time constraints. The Rebels then dominated Valley, 11-4 in tournament play and

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Man charged with rolling meth lab at Alabaster Walmart

Alabaster Reporter

Date: 2/26/2018 1:17:00 PM

ALABASTER – A 43-year-old Sylacauga man has been charged with bringing a rolling meth lab into the Alabaster Walmart parking lot on Feb. 23 and causing a multi-agency response to clear and decontaminate the scene. The Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task

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Sylacauga is a city in Talladega County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 12,749. Nicknames for Sylacauga include "The Marble City", "Buzzard's Roost", "Alabama’s Best-Kept Secret" and "Sly Town".

Sylacauga is known for its fine white marble bedrock. It was discovered shortly after settlers moved into the area and has been quarried ever since. The marble industry was the first recorded industry in the Sylacauga area.

Sylacauga is the site of the first documented case of an object from outer space hitting a person. On November 30, 1954, a 9 lb piece of what became known as the Hodges Meteorite crashed through the roof of an Oak Grove house, bounced off a radio, and badly bruised Mrs. Ann Hodges, who was taking an afternoon nap.

The first settlers in the Coosa River Valley were the Creek Indians whose later encounters with the Spanish and French had a significant influence on the history of Sylacauga. Events that occurred between these three groups were partly responsible for the settlement of the village of Chalakagay in 1748 by Shawnee Indians led by Peter Chartier.

Sylacauga was first mentioned in Hernando de Soto's records in 1540. It was later listed in the French territorial records in 1759 as being a town inhabited by 50 Shawnee Indian warriors, and the name then known as Chalakagay. Late in the summer of 1836 all of the Indians remaining in Alabama were taken west by the United States government. The name Sy-la-cau-ga is derived from the Indian words Chalaka-ge which mean "The Place of the Chalaka Tribe". The city was first incorporated in 1838 as Syllacoga and again in 1887 as Sylacauga.

Several important roads traversed the region as early as the 1830s. Numerous ferries were put across the rivers. In 1852, a plank road was built from Montgomery to Winterboro, Alabama, passing through Sylacauga. The first railroad through Sylacauga was the Anniston and Atlantic Railroad on December 1, 1886. In 1838, the first Sylacauga post office was established, with George Washington Stone, later Chief Justice Stone of Alabama, as postmaster.

The first newspaper, the Sylacauga Argus, made its appearance in 1887. The paper was printed and edited in Calera by H.G. McCall.

Sylacauga's main thoroughfare is Broadway Avenue. The first building on this street was built in 1890 by the Smith Brothers.

Sylacauga, "The Marble City", is constructed on a solid deposit of the hardest, whitest marble in the world. The bed is approximately 32 miles long by 1.5 miles wide and 400 feet deep. Some of the most beautiful buildings in the country, such as the United States Supreme Court, the Al Jolson Shrine in California, the Woolworth building in Houston, Texas, and many others have been constructed and ornamented with Sylacauga marble.

Sylacauga is located slightly to the east of the geographical center of the state of Alabama in Talladega County. The city is roughly 51 miles southeast of Birmingham, 63 miles north of Montgomery, and 40 miles southwest of Anniston, Alabama.
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