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Clanton, Jemison, Thorsby, Maplesville, Isabella, Verbena and Cooper in Chilton County, Alabama.

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    The intersection of Temple Road, Thrash Road and Country Club Drive in Clanton is now a four-way stop. Workers have completed putting up new stop signs, with solar powered blinking red lights, at this location.

Queens Host

Christmas Event

    The Thorsby Swedish Festival Queens will host a Christmas event on Tuesday, December 6, at 6:00 p.m. at Apple and Lo Boutique in Clanton.     There will be a special reading by local author Hannah Wilson, along with snacks and a visit with Santa. Everyone is invited to attend. 

Christmas In

The Park

At Thorsby

    The Town of Thorsby is sponsoring Christmas In The Park from November 27 through January 5. During that time, decorated Christmas trees will line the trail throughout the park.

    The Mayor and council will host a Tree Lighting on Sunday, November 27, at 5:00 p.m. at Richard Wood Park.

    Everyone is invited to attend.

Christmas Event

In Maplesville

    The Maplesville Olde-Fashioned Christmas event will be Sunday, December 4, from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m. on Main Street. There will be fair rides, free food, carriage rides, booths, bounce houses, games, Santa and more. There will be a trail of trees and photo areas for you to take pictures.

    Store fronts along the sidewalk are invited to decorate their windows with a Christmas theme by November 27. The pictures will be posted on social media so citizens can vote. The winner will be announced at the festival.

     is invited to attend this family fun-filled event.


For State Representative

Van Smith 12,324

Doug Ward 930

For Superintendent Of Education

Corey Clements 9,616

Ron Pinson 1,883

Clements, Smith

Win Tuesday

    Voters of Chilton County gave a resounding “yes” to Corey Clements’ campaign to be Superintendent Of Education on Tuesday, November 8. Clements soundly defeated his opponent, Ron Pinson, 9,616 to 1,883.

State Representative Van Smith defeated his opponent, Doug Ward, 8,960 to 643 in Chilton County. His total for Chilton and Autauga counties combined was 12,324 to 930.

    Elected without opposition were: John Shearon, Sheriff; J. Aaron Ellison, Coroner; C. J. Robinson, District Attorney; Joy Pace Booth, Circuit Judge, Place 2; Amanda Baxley, Circuit Judge, Place 3; and Chris Speaks, District Court Judge. Amendment number 6 failed and Chilton County voters said "yes" to all the others.

Sponsor A Child

For Christmas

    The Chilton County Department of Human Resources has begun the annual outreach for Christmas sponsors for foster children in the county. Currently there are 129 foster children in care. These are not all the same children as last year; 76 children found permanency by being able to return home or to relatives. Fourteen foster children were adopted by Chilton County foster families last year.

    You can help with the Christmas Wishes Program in several ways; sponsor the wishes of a specific child or children; provide gift cards to popular stores, especially good for teens; or make a financial donation to the agency and they will shop for you.

    To sponsor a child, email or call or call 205-258-4914. To make a financial donation, make checks payable to the Chilton County Foster Children’s Fund and mail to P.O. Box 1699 or drop your donation by the office at 324 Health Center Drive. Donations will only be used for the needs of foster children.

    The Chilton County Peach Queens were in Dothan Saturday, November 12 for the annual Peanut Festival Parade. Lilly Maddox is the Little Miss, Lydia Payton, Young Miss, Lexie Deavers, Junior Miss and Sophie Porter, Miss.

Story Time With

Santa At Library

    The Chilton/Clanton Public Library will offer the following events during the month of December.

    Thursday, December 1, the library will have ornaments available to assemble for different age groups between 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. for an afternoon of family fun. Monday, December 5 will be photos and story session with Santa from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m. Thursday, December 15, will be do it yourself gingerbread houses with the family. This activity will be open from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. and is available for all ages.

    From December 1 through December 15, your child will have the opportunity to write a letter to Santa and drop it off at the North Pole Post Office in the library.

Verbena Man

Sentenced To

50 Months

    A Chilton County man has been sentenced to 50 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm following a shootout.

    On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Paul David Chapman, 50, from Verbena, was sentenced to 50 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. Following his prison sentence, Chapman will be on supervised release for three years. There is no parole in the federal system. 

    According to court records, around 10:44 p.m. on October 9, 2019, the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office went to a residence in Verbena after receiving multiple 911 calls, including one from Chapman, that shots had been fired. When deputies arrived, they found Chapman sitting on a couch inside the house with a gunshot wound. A handgun was next to Chapman on the couch. Chapman stated that he had exchanged gunfire with another individual after the two argued over Chapman’s dog being struck and killed by a car. Chapman was taken from the residence for medical treatment. After searching the area, investigators discovered Chapman’s wife deceased in the front yard. She had been hit by a stray round during the exchange of gunfire. Investigators also found an additional firearm in the residence. Chapman has previous felony convictions and is prohibited from possessing firearms. 

    This case was investigated by the Chilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with assistance from the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences. Assistant United States Attorney Brandon W. Bates prosecuted the case.

Fall Decorating

Winners Named

    The Chilton Chamber held a Fall Decorating Contest for county businesses. Citizens could vote on social media and the business receiving the most votes was declared the winner.

    Garrison Farm & Home Center won from the Town of Thorsby; Olde Town Scoops and Boutique won from the City of Jemison; Cahaba Medical Care won from the Town of Maplesville; and First Bank of Alabama won from the City of Clanton.

    The Chamber has announced they will host another contest for Christmas decorating with details coming soon.

Child Dies In

Traffic Accident

    A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m. Sunday, October 23, has claimed the life of an Alabaster juvenile. The 8-year-old, who was a passenger in the 2010 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was critically injured when the Silverado struck a 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage in the rear.

The Mirage was driven by Barry M. Kidd, 38, of Waterloo. The 8-year-old was transported to a local hospital, where the child succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased.

    The driver of the Silverado, Reginald E. Jones, 33, of Alabaster was injured and transported to UAB Hospital in Birmingham.

    A 16-year-old, also a passenger in the Silverado, was injured and transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. The crash occurred on Interstate 65 near the 203 mile marker, approximately one mile south of Clanton, in Chilton County.

    Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

    Julie Harrison talks with Miss Chilton County Queens at the “Boo At The Zoo” painting event last Saturday.  It was sponsored by various Queen groups to raise money for Christmas gifts for foster children. Mrs. Harrison, a local art teacher, led the class.

    The Chilton County Travel Club made a generous donation to Chilton County Senior Connection recently. Seated, left to right: Hera Scruggs, Catherine Connell, and Linda Hand, Travel Club members. Standing, left, Sammy Wyatt and Vanessa McKinney, of Senior Connection. 

Taste Of Chilton

Winners Announced

    The Taste Of Chilton was held Monday night. Voted as the winners in three categories were: Sweet – GeMa’s Cupcakes;  Savory – Heard’s BBQ; and Best Overall – Country Lane Too Catering.

    The Taste Of Chilton was held Monday night. Voted as the winner in the Sweet category was GeMa’s Cupcakes. Left to right: Martha Ware, Lenard Rogers and Lillian Rogers.

    The Best Overall award went to Country Lane Too Catering. Left to right: Elizabeth Mims, Debra Jones, Leisa Minor, Barbara Minor, and Brenda Wilson.

    The  Savory award went to Heard’s BBQ. Left to right: Sharika Heard, Roman Heard, Owners, and Tina Morrow.

You Could

Help With A

Winter Coat

    There is a Winter Coat Drive being held. The drop-off location is the Chilton/Clanton Public Library, 100 First Avenue in Clanton. For any further information you may call 205-479-2603.

Clanton Fire



October 26, 2022

900 Block Cobblestone Circle-Chest Pain

900 Block Frances Circle-Public Assist

100 Block Park Drive North-General Illness

800 Block 8th Street North-General Illness

1600 Block Kincheon Road-Fall

100 Block 2nd Avenue South-Fall

200 Block 15th Street North-Unresponsive

October 27, 2022

100 Block Randall Circle-Stroke

1600 Block 4th Avenue North-Fire Alarm

1000 Block Cobblestone Circle-Police Matter

1200 Block 7th Street South-Extremity Injury

500 Block Jackson Street-Unresponsive

October 28, 2022

300 Block City Street-General Illness

2200 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

1700 Block Glendale Drive-Bleeding

100 Block 14th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

1100 Block Duren Road-General Illness

200 Block Mitzou Drive-Abdominal Pain

100 Block Park Drive North-Bleeding Non-Traumatic

October 29, 2022

800 Block Furniture Avenue-Stroke

1600 Block Trilliam Lane-Police Matter

3000 Block 7th Street North-Police Matter

October 30, 2022

400 Block Kendall Estates Place-Blood Pressure Check

200 Block 15th Street North-Fire Alarm

100 Bloc Wade Street-Difficulty Breathing

100 Block 2nd Avenue North-General Illness

October 31, 2022

200 Block Lilla Avenue-Public Assist

100 Block Coosa Street-Difficulty Breathing

900 Block 7th Street South-Stroke

Battle Circle and Searcy Lane-Smoke Investigation

300 Block Medical Center Drive-Difficulty Breathing

2800 Block 7th Street South-Fall

800 Block Studdard Drive-Fall

100 Block Camille Circle-Difficulty Breathing



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