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Wine is COMING TO WEDOWEE!!!
Scott and Brooke Bayliss are the first tenants in the newly renovated building in downtown Wedowee owned by Barnes-Key. They plan to open the very first winery in Randolph County. Lake Wedowee Winery will be open early summer and as we have more details, we will definitely share!
Lonnie White Bridge Boat Ramp Repair Update!
If you don’t know it by its official name this is the boat ramp at the end of County Road 129. Lonnie White Bridge has been closed for repair for some time and Lake Wedowee Life reached out for answers.
Renovation began in 2020 and was to be completed prior to the lake reaching full pool in the spring (typically around May 1). Well, on March 13, the country shut down due to the pandemic and before repairs could be completed the water rose and it wasn’t an issue for the summer. Well when the water started dropping in September, it became an issue again. It has been closed, but according to a source with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the renovation should be complete prior to the lake reaching full pool for 2021.
“We are planning to have the ramp completed by the end of the drawdown period on Harris Reservoir (LAKE WEDOWEE!!!),” Keith Henderson said. “We are currently trying to complete a launching slab repair on Wheeler Reservoir and are planning to move straight into White’s Bridge after completion of launching slab at Triana public boat ramp.”
A Family Affair
We Love a Good Family Business in Wedowee. There are a lot and Charlie Daniels (not that one) is keeping it in the family too. He purchased the old Bill’s Dollar Store and completely renovated it. Numerous people have been speculating what is happening there so we thought it best to go to someone in the know. Crystal Barnes Key is handling leasing the spaces that are available but three have been claimed. Charlie Daniels has C&S Glass Company which will be there and his wife will be opening a bakery and sweet shop at the location named Sweet and Chic (which is why you may notice the picnic tables) and then his daughter is opening a hair salon, Love and Layers. So three new businesses for the Lake Wedowee area! That sounds like a big win to us! Eight more spaces are available for lease and stay tuned for opening dates of the businesses.
Life just got easier: Grocery Pickup Now Available Locally
Did you know that you can order groceries for pickup at WM Grocery now? You sure can! First download the app on your phone or go to the website wmgrocery.com. Add all your must haves to your cart and then you can drive up for pick up. Now, not everything is available for online shopping but it makes shopping when you are ill so much easier. There is a $25 minimum for online shopping but y’all this is a major convenience that will be used a lot!!!
Community Group Forms
In the Fall, Wedowee Together formed as a community group with the mission of working to enhance the quality of life for citizens in Wedowee and surrounding communities in Randolph County. They are working on becoming a 501c3 nonprofit this winter and more details about this new Lake Wedowee organization will be provided in the coming weeks.
We All Scream for Ice Cream
Boondocks BBQ and Creamery is super close to opening in Wedowee. They are a few weeks away from providing home made ice cream to the Lake Wedowee area. Located North of Wedowee on US Highway 431. They are looking to start hiring next month with plans to open this Spring.
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The Eddie Pruett's Legacy
REMEMBERING LOVED ONES LOST TO COVID-19
Since the COVID-19 Pandemic began there have been numerous family and friends lost to the virus. Lake Wedowee Life has gotten several requests to do in memory stories of the brave men and women that are no longer with us. We quickly realized there were just too many that have died in this community and we would never want to leave any one out.
So we, as a company, decided to dedicate space on our website to remember the ones that we have lost . If you are interested in contributing a story of a loved one, please contact Kelly Caldwell directly at firstname.lastname@example.org We all want to remember and honor the legacy of those that have left us.