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

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Some of the members of Senior Connection, in Clanton, toured a Christmas light show and visited with Santa on Tuesday night.

Monday Fatality

In Jemison

  A 40-year-old female, Lori Ann Parker of Jemison, was pronounced deceased on the scene of an accident at the Guy Street railroad crossing involving a passenger vehicle and a train.

    She was the driver of the vehicle according to a press release from the Jemison Police Department.

    The police, along with Jemison Fire and Rescue, responded to the accident at approximately 4:27 p.m. on Monday, November 29. 

    The vehicle was occupied by two adults and three children. A 24-year-old female was transported to UAB via Life Saver Helicopter.

    An 11-year-old female was transported to Children’s Hospital via Haynes Life Flight Helicopter.

    A 16-year-old male and a 13-year-old female were transported to Children’s Hospital via ambulance.

    The extent of their injuries are unknown at press time. 

    Police said an active investigation is being conducted by their traffic homicide investigators.

Thorsby Man Dies

In Monday Accident

    A single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday, November 29, has claimed the life of a Thorsby man. Horace W. Horn, 43, was fatally injured when he lost control of the automobile he was driving. Horn’s vehicle left the roadway to the right, re-entered the roadway and overturned several times, ejecting Horn from the vehicle causing fatal injuries.

    Horn was pronounced deceased on the scene. The accident occurred on County Road 51 south, in Chilton County, approximately three miles east of Jemison. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

One Dies In

Sunday Accident

    A single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 12:10 a.m. Sunday, November 28, has claimed the life of a Calera woman. Anneliese M. Franks, 37, was fatally injured when the 700 Yamaha Grizzly all-terrain vehicle (ATV) she was operating left the roadway, causing her to be thrown off.

    Franks was transported to the Shelby Baptist Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The crash occurred on Chilton County 151, approximately four miles south of Calera, in Chilton County. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

    The Chilton Chamber of Commerce celebrated a ribbon cutting and grand opening at Gaisha’s Place on November 18.  Gaisha’s Place is located at 202 7th Street North, Clanton.

    The Peach Queens, left to right, Nora Kayte Camarillo, Sophie Oaks, Cresley Haggard and Halle Sullivan, participated in the National Peanut Festival Parade, in Dothan, on November 13.

Coffee Shops Coming

    The Clanton City Council met Monday night, November 8. The mayor and council members unanimously approved incentive agreements with two developers to bring Ellianos and Starbucks coffee shops to Clanton. The agreement for Ellianos gives them $45,000.00 in sales tax revenues beginning when the business opens.  The agreement for Starbucks gives them $150,000.00 in sales tax revenues, also beginning when the business opens.

    Ellianos will be located at the corner of Poplar Springs Road and Seventh Street South. Starbucks will be located on Seventh Street South near the Interstate. City leaders agreed to waive all water and sewer system impact fees at both locations. The city will also provide fill dirt needed for the property where the businesses will be located from a dirt pile belonging to the city.. The Starbucks location will have a second building where a future business can locate. 

Upcoming Christmas Events

Clanton Christmas Parade

    The Clanton Christmas Parade will be held Friday, December 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by the annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

The parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chilton County. Line-up for the parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Clanton City Park.

    You may pick up a registration packet at the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce office located next door to Corner Park or at Clanton City Hall.

Clanton Tree Lighting

    The City of Clanton Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the downtown Corner Park. There will be live entertainment and fun for the entire family.

Thorsby Christmas Parade

    The Thorsby Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 4, at 10:00 a.m.  The route will be the same as it was for the Swedish Festival parade, beginning at Thorsby High School football field and go toward town. It will not cross the railroad tracks. it will go past Thorsby High School, past the little league baseball fields and turn right and go back to the football field.

    Line-up begins at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in participating in the parade, applications are available at Throsby Town Hall.

Jemison Christmas Parade

    The Jemison Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Jemison Lions Club, will be Saturday, December 4, at 11:00 a.m. Entry Forms are available at the Jemison Library and must be turned in by December 2.

    The Parade will begin at Jemison High School and continue south on Highway 31 to Jemison Baptist Church.

Maplesville Christmas Event

    The Maplesville Old Fashioned Christmas Festival will be held on Sunday, December 5, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in downtown Maplesville.  They  are accepting church and business booths who would like to give away free Christmas goodies to children.  There are a limited number of vendor booth openings available to sell Christmas items. 

    Singing and musical group performers, such as church choirs to perform, are also being accepted. This year, there will be a Trail of Trees on display.  For more information, send inquiries to or visit the social media page, Maplesville Old Fashioned Christmas.

Christmas Bazaar

    The 8th Annual Christmas Craft Bazaar at Chestnut Creek Heritage Chapel will be held Saturday, December 4, from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  The Chapel is located at 11975 County Road 24, Verbena, in the Cooper area.

    Crafts will be available for purchase made by the Coopers Cousins and friends. They make wonderful gifts and lovely decorations for your home.      All proceeds go toward the restoration and maintenance of the building. The museum displays, as well as Christmas refreshments, will also be available.

West End Presents

"Our Joy Has Come"

    The Worship Ministries of West End Baptist Church will present “Our Joy Has Come” on two nights, Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, at 6:00 p.m.

    This is a free event and no tickets are required. Everyone welcome.

Food Drive

    The 38th Annual Chilton County Emergency Assistance Center Food Drive is underway now through December 15. All donations help families who have experienced an emergency and need help putting a meal on the table.

Chilton County residents can help by donating non-perishable food items, make a monetary donation or organize a food drive at your work, school or church. Food may be dropped off at the Emergency Assistance Center located at 502 Enterprise Road in Clanton between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Monetary donations may be mailed to CCEAC, PO Box 1305, Clanton, AL 35046.

    For more information, call 205-755-9467 or Donny Finlayson at 205-755-7062.

Clanton Fire Department Incidents

October 27, 2021

I65 208 Mile Marker South Bound-Vehicle Fire

1800 Block 2nd Avenue North-Medical Alarm

2300 Block 4th Avenue North-Public Assist

16th Avenue North and Mt. Pleasant Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

400 Block Inverness Drive-Public Assist

Mae Street And Studdard Drive-False Alarm

1200 Block 5th Avenue North-Allergic Reaction

1100 Block 1st Avenue-Altered Mental Status

100 Block 12th Street South-Altered Mental Status

October 28, 2021

2500 Block 7th Street South-Syncope

1000 Block Littlejohn Road-Unresponsive

200 Block 2nd Avenue South-Difficulty Breathing

400 Block Inverness Drive-General Illness

October 29, 2021

100 Block Peach Tree Lane-General Illness

300 Block Cherokee Drive-Public Assist

800 Block Trilliam Lane-General Illness

400 Block Inverness Drive-General Illness

October 30, 2021

1500 Block 15th Place-Fire Alarm

200 Block Health Center Drive-Unresponsive

100 Block 3rd Avenue South-General Illness

400 Block Inverness Drive-Traumatic Injury

1300 Block 4th Avenue North-Syncope

October 31, 2021

I65 209 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

I65 205 Exit North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Crestview Drive-General Illness

100 Block 14th Street South-Stoke

November 1, 2021

1500 Block 15th Place-Fire Alarm

1300 Block 4th Avenue South-General Illness

1100 Block 2nd Avenue North-Unresponsive

100 Block Medical Center Drive-Altered Mental Status

200 Block 15th Street South-General Illness

1500 Block Samaria Road-Fire Alarm

I65 208 Exit South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

November 2, 2021

200 Block Candler Street-Motor Vehicle Accident

400 Block Kendal Estates Place-Public Assist

400 Block Kendal Estates Place-Public Assist

2800 Block 4th Avenue North-Altered Mental Status

500 Block Littlejohn Road-Seizure

 100 Block Frances Avenue-Unresponsive

I65 210 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Coosa Street-Fire Alarm

November 17, 2021

200 Block Mitzou Drive-Unresponsive

900 Block Dandy Lane-Public Assist

900 Block Dandy Lane-Public Assist

900 Block Dandy Lane-Fall

800 Block Judge Avenue-Bleeding Non Traumatic

300 Block Kendall Estates Place-Overdose

November 18, 2021

900 Block Studdard Drive-Fall

800 Block Pine Needle Lane-Difficulty Breathing

100 Block Craig Circle-Public Assist

1000 Block Wood Duck Road-Police Matter

2nd Avenue North and 14th Street-Brush Fire

1100 Block 7th Street North-Diabetic Emergency

900 Block Dandy Lane-Fall

300 Block Smith Street-Overdose

4000 Block 7th Street North-Altered Mental Status

November 19, 2021

4th Avenue North and 9th Street-Motor Vehicle Accident

900 Block Dandy Lane-Public Assist

700 Block 8th Street North-Police Matter

700 Block Temple Road-Difficulty Breathing

3300 Block Lay Dam Road-Assault

600 Block Thrash Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

900 Block 7th Street North-Motor Vehicle Accident

November 20, 2021

600 Block Thrash Road-Fire Alarm

1400 Block 7th Street South-Seizure

4000 Block Industrial Park Drive-Seizure

Airport Road and Dunlap Drive-Altered Mental Status

November 21, 2021

1300 Block Lay Dam Road-Medical Alarm

900 Block Dandy Lane-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Inverness Drive-General Illness

1800 Block Pinedale Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

2300 Block 7th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

November 22, 2021

I65 208 Exit South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Frances Avenue-Fall

900 Block Judge Avenue-Diabetic Emergency

100 Block Park Drive North-Public Assist

500 Block 7th Street South-Structure Fire

100 Block Hinkle Road-Fall

1000 Block Cloverleaf Drive-Fire Alarm

I65 205 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident


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