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

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Smith Wins Without Runoff

Autauga County resident Van Smith won the House District 42 Republican Primary yesterday (Tuesday, August 20) without a runoff. Chilton County Probate Judge Jason Calhoun congratulated Smith and said, “The county will now prepare for a General Election on November 5."

Unofficial results were: Autauga County: Smith 579, Allen Caton 104, Jimmie Hardee 84 and Shannon Welch 21. In Chilton County: Smith 1,658, Hardee 602, Caton 518 and Welch 369.

Will Compete In State Games

 Four members of Senior Connection competed in the Masters Games Of Alabama, District Five, on Tuesday, August 20, in Trussville.  Alvin Teel, Harold Lewis, James Darnell and Allen Marcus each competed in their respective age groups in the billiards category. All four men qualified to compete in the upcoming State Games in October.

Pictured, left to right, are: Teel, Lewis and Darnell at Senior Connection on Wednesday, August 21. Senior Connection has two billiard tables for use daily by members. Potential members are welcome to visit and join in the games.

Monuments Cleaned

American Legion Post 6 had a community clean-up day outside the Chilton County Courthouse on Saturday, August 3. Martin Funeral Home provided the chemical mixture to clean the monuments.

All four of the monuments located on the courthouse grounds, Vietnam, U.S flag, Police and Law Enforcement, and the Chilton County War Memorial, were all cleaned. Jerry Grooms, shown, and Eugene Cost also power-washed around each monument.

New tower being built at CCHS

New Band Tower Being Built At CCHS

The Pride of Chilton County High School Marching Band is planning to build a band tower at the practice field. The tower will provide two levels of observation for the Band Director, Drum Major and Auxiliary Coaches. In addition, it will have lockable storage for equipment and speakers to assist in practice preparation.

Bricks are $100.00 each, with $82.50 from each purchase going directly to the band account for the construction of the tower and related equipment. Contact the Band Director at CCHS for more information. Shown at left, Randy Smitherman, left, and Chris Speaks work on the tower.

Peaches For The Governor

The Chilton County Peach Queens visited with Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday, June 7. They presented the Governor with four baskets of peaches.

Standing in front is Ryleigh Green, Little Miss. Back row, left to right: Sophie Porter, Junior Miss; Marybeth Porter, Miss Peach; Governor Ivey, Lexie Deavers, Young Miss; and Chris Speaks, President of the Clanton Lions Club.

Auditions Are September 7

The Central Alabama Performing Arts Guild will hold open auditions for an original Halloween Puppet Play. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Chilton/Clanton Public Library.

Performers and puppeteers of all ages are welcome to audition, no experience is necessary. The library is located at 100 First Avenue in Clanton. Call Mary Schierman at 205-907-0008 for more information.

Revival At Mt. Pisgah

There will be a four-night revival at Mt. Pisgah Methodist Church beginning Sunday,  August 18 through Wednesday, August 21. Cliff Cobb will be the speaker.

There will be special singers each night as follows: Randall Edwards, Sunday; After-Grace, Monday; Earl Mashbern and B.J., Tuesday and Wednesday.

Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call Percy Scott 205-755-2647.

En Fuego Festival Is Saturday, August 24

 The annual En Fuego Music Festival will be held Saturday, August 24. The address is 2701 County Road 23, Verbena, Alabama. The event features worship music. Featured musicians will be Tenth Avenue North, Andy Mineo, Sanctus Real, Manic Drive, GFM and Tori Parris.

Admission is free to the outdoor event, but a love offering will be received. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.

Swedish Fest Pageant Registration Is August 24

The Swedish Fest Pageant will hold registration on Saturday, August 24, from 6:00 until 6:45 p.m. at Helen Jenkins Chapel in Thorsby. Following registration, there will be a 1950’s Sock Hop Dance Party with hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and dessert. There will be a disc jockey with 1950’s tunes. Dress-up in 1950’s style is encouraged, but not required.

The Pageant will be held Saturday, October 5.

There are five categories and entry fee is $75.00. Call or text Pageant Director Amy Jolley at 205-294-9803 or email for further information. Applications are available at the Thorsby Town Hall and on line at

Homecoming At Verbena Baptist

Verbena Baptist Church will hold Homecoming Services on Sunday, August 25, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Greg McDougal will be the musical guest along with former music and youth minister, David Jackson. They will be leading the worship through song in the morning service.

Pastor Tyler Eiland will be preaching during the service. Lunch will follow the morning service.




Family History Library Opens At Local Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened a Family History Library at the church, located at 813 Temple Road, in Clanton. It is located just west of the Clanton Elementary School on the corner of Cloverleaf Drive and Temple Road.

It is open to the public every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge and you don’t have to be a member to use the library.

You may open a family search account and start your own genealogy and family history search. You will be able to build your family tree, put in your own stories, facts and pictures. There is no charge for any of this information. As of June 1 here are a few of the statistics for Family Search: 7.06 billion searchable names, 1.38 billion digital images published online, 472.3k visits per day, 8.05 million pages viewed per day, and 12.4 million registered family search users.

You may also call and arrange to meet at a different time with one of our library volunteers. The number is 205-755-9416.your own content. This section design focuses primarily on text-content, which can be used to communicate information to your website viewers. You don't need any professional writing experience to create great text-content, all you need is an idea and a keyboard.

Clanton Fire Calls

August 1-6, 2019

August 1, 2019

100 Block Arthur Drive-Fire Alarm

1800 Block Lay Dam Road-Power Line Down

700 Block 8th Street North-Assist Police

400 Block 1st Avenue-General Illness

800 Block Scott Drive-Public Assist

August 2, 2019

800 Block 14th Avenue North-Assist Police

I65 212 Exit-Assist Police

100 Block 6th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

Lay Dam Road and Peach Tower Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

I65 207 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

700 Block 8th Street North-Seizure

800 Block Scott Drive-Heat Incident

2200 Block 7th Street South-Motor Vehicle Accident

August 3, 2019

3000 Block 7th Street North-Public Assist

300 Block Smith Street-Overdose

1100 Block Pinedale Road-Difficulty Breathing

3000 Block 7th Street North-Unresponsive

1400 Block 7th Street South-Fall

40 Block Maplewood Drive-Assist Ambulance Personnel

2100 Block 7th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

1400 Block Meadowood Drive-Unresponsive

August 4, 2019

I65 205 Exit North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

2000 Block 7th Street South-Assault

900 Block Judge Avenue-Diabetic Emergency

300 Block Park Plaza-Motor Vehicle Accident

August 5, 2019

2000 Block 4th Avenue North-Chest Pain

600 Block Studdard Drive-Stroke

1100 Block Duren Road-General Illness

700 Block Ellison Avenue-Fall

2500 Block Yellowleaf Road-Public Assist

2000 Block 7th Street North-Chest Pain

5th Avenue North and 7th Street North-Motor Vehicle Accident

1600 Block Samaria Road-Seizure

100 Block Peachtree Lane-Seizure

80 Block Peach Tower Road-Assist Police

80 Block Peach Tower Road-Chest Pain

August 6, 2019

800 Block Temple Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Ollie Avenue-General Illness

1800 Block 7th Street North-Syncope

600 Block Dennis Street-Grill Fire


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