Wetumpka News

Wetumpka Church Votes to Tear Down Historic Chapel

A Wetumpka church damaged by last year’s tornado has voted to tear down its historic chapel.  Now, the Elmore County Historical Society is asking church leaders to reconsider this decision. The First Baptist Church Wetumpka congregation voted to tear down its historic chapel earlier this week.  The chapel was built in the 1850s and is now on the Alabama Register…

Work to Begin Soon on New Football Stadium in Wetumpka

The City of Wetumpka is one step closer to breaking ground on a new football stadium.  The city council has accepted a bid for construction of the project. Frasier-Ousley Construction will begin work on the new stadium immediately.  This project has been in the works for months now.  The new stadium will have a turf field and seat around 5,500…

Coosa River Boosts Wetumpka Tourism

The World’s Longest Annual Paddle Race is making its way through Wetumpka this week, and city leaders hope the event can help turn Wetumpka into a water sport destination. The Great Alabama 650 Paddle Race is the most recent way that Wetumpka is capitalizing on its proximity to the Coosa River.  Paddlers come right past downtown Wetumpka, many of them…

Missing Wetumpka Boy Found Safe

Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin has confirmed a missing three-year-old boy in Wetumpka has been found safe. The boy was first reported missing when he wandered away from his home last night with his dog and did not come home. We’re working to get more information from the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department. Stay with Alabama News Network for the latest…

Wetumpka Tornado Recovery Continues

It’s been one month since an EF-2 tornado ripped through Wetumpka.  The storm left widespread damage in parts of the city. We showed you the damage at First Presbyterian Church in the days after the storm.  Now, much of the debris and damaged building have been removed from the property.  The Wetumpka Police Department also had extensive damage.  Much of…

Homes Damaged After Storms Move Through Wetumpka

Less than a month after an E-F 2 tornado hit Wetumpka, some people are once again cleaning up after a strong line of storms moved through the area Tuesday. Residents on Tuskeena Street now have more trees and storm damage in their backyards.   One homeowner says his home was practically left untouched in last month’s tornado, but today’s storm brought…

Damaged Church Prepares to Rebuild

First Presbyterian Church in Wetumpka was one of the hardest hit structures by this weekend’s tornado.  As we’ve reported, not much is left, but the pastor says the congregation is ready for the challenges that are ahead. Pastor Jonathan Yarboro lost more than the church, his home was also damaged. “I got a phone call from my youngest daughter that…

Day 2 of Clean Up after Wetumpka Tornado

The City of Wetumpka is still recovering from an EF-2 tornado touched down Saturday.  The hardest hit areas are still closed off to the public as the cleanup efforts are just now getting underway, but today we got a first hand look at the destruction left behind. Some cleanup crews have been working around the clock and there is still much…

Coosa River Safety Concerns

There’s a new call for safety on the Coosa River.  This comes after a 15-year-old drowned last week while swimming with friends in downtown Wetumpka. At Coosa River Adventures Monday, two groups are gearing up for a day kayaking on the Coosa River.  Owner Chris Carter is giving his routine safety talk but today he speaks of a young life…

Breaking: Wetumpka Police Chief Dies

Wetumpka Police Chief Danny Billingsley has died according to Wetumpka city officials. Billingsley died Wednesday night, but there is no word on the cause of death. Funeral arrangements are being made. Stay with Alabama News Network for the the latest. Categories: News Tags: breaking news, Local News, Wetumpka News