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Welcome To Chilton County News in Clanton, Alabama, "Chilton NLCounty's Best-Read Weekly Community Newspaper" located in the center of the State of Alabama in the Heart Of Dixie. This web site contains local Peach Country information, news and happenings about the people of Clanton, Jemison, Thorsby, Maplesville, Isabella, Verbena and Cooper in Chilton County, Alabama.


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At least an inch of snow fell in most parts of Chilton County Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. This was the second time snow has fallen in the county in a little over a month. At 8:00 o’clock Wednesday morning, January 17, the temperature was 10 degrees with a -4 degree wind-chill.

Recorded low temperatures this morning include: Jemison 8°, Petals From The Past 9°, Thorsby 10°, Clanton Airport 10°, Fairview 10°, Randolph 10° and Billingsley 11°.

Officials have decided that schools in Chilton County will continue to be closed on Thursaday, January 18.


$5,000.00 For Clanton School
Baugh Ford, in Clanton, teamed up with Clanton Intermediate School in a Drive 4UR School effort to raise funds for the school. Clanton Intermediate School parents, teachers, family and friends came to Baugh Ford to test-drive cars with no obligation.

They filled out a short form and the school received $20.00 for each test-drive.

Last week Baugh Ford and Ford Motor Company presented Clanton Intermediate School with a check for $4,940.00.

Shown above is Louise Pitts, Principal at Clanton Intermediate School, with the check.


The Chilton County YMCA Queens were distributing Queen posters on Monday, January 15. They visited businesses around town and thanked them for supporting them and the YMCA throughout the year.

The Queens are, front left, Zoey Atchison, and Caroline Watson. Back row, left to right: Karlee Cummings, Gina Jones, and Ahnna Grace Mayfield.

Woman Dies In Accident

A two-vehicle accident Monday, January 8, has claimed the life of a Clanton woman. Amy Marie Haley, 37, was killed when the 2008 Kia Sorento she was driving left the roadway and struck a guardrail before being struck by a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup.

Haley was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Dodge sustained minor injuries. The crash occurred at 10:50 p.m. on Interstate 65 at the 203 mile marker, approximately two miles south of Clanton.

Distinguished Young Woman

Anna Smith was named Chilton County’s Distinguished Young Woman in July and she is preparing to compete in the Alabama DYW program January 19 and 20. She is the daughter of Chris and Shellie Smith of Clanton.

On Sunday, January 7, a send-off party was held at the home of her grandmother, Mary Mell Smith. Friends and relatives gathered to wish Anna good luck in the upcoming event.

Anna is scheduled to arrive in Montgomery on Friday, January 12, where she will stay with a host family. She will not be allowed to contact anyone during the week of practice. On Friday, January 19, she will perform her talent during the state program. She will play the piano while singing “Hallelujah” which will include a verse she added in honor of her grandfather.

The fitness and self-expression portion of the program for Anna will be on Saturday. An interview will also be part of the competition.
The Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama is a national scholarship program which rewards leadership and talent in young women. The winner of the state program will compete in the national DYW program this summer.

If you would like to send a card to Anna, you may do so at this address: 3114 Jasmine Road, Montgomery, AL 36111.

McGriff Announces
For Re-Election

Glenn McGriff has qualified as a candidate for re-election to the office of Chilton County Circuit Clerk. He has held that office since 2007 and wants the public to know he would like to continue to serve in that office.

Monday, January 8, was the first day to qualify for Circuit Clerk with the State of Alabama. “My dad always said if you want to run for office, you should qualify on the first day. His dad, the late O.J. McGriff, was a respected public official for many years in Chilton County.

McGriff said the greatest compliment he has received was when someone told him he was a good public servant. “I take my job seriously,” he said. “My dad was active in the community. He always said if you are going to live in the community, you should serve the community and make it a better place.”

McGriff said the people of Chilton County have been good to him throughout his years of service. He held the office of Tax Assessor for 16 years, starting in 1991. “I really appreciate the people of the county and enjoy serving my community,” he said.

Sheriff Shearon Seeks Re-Election

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon has announced his candidacy for re-election. “A little over three years ago, the citizens of Chilton County elected me Sheriff,” he said. “It has been an honor and privilege serving you and one that I have not taken lightly.”

“Our office has worked tirelessly to utilize our limited resources in the best way possible to protect the citizens of Chilton County,” Shearon said. “We have worked diligently for you, overcoming hurdles, such as new laws, that hinder our job. There are still hurdles to overcome, but together we have made progress.”

Shearon said there is still more he wants to achieve for the community as well as the Sheriff’s Department. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support of me and the Sheriff’s Department,” he said. “I would also like to take this opportunity to once again ask for your support as I plan to seek re-election. Your prayers, vote and support will be greatly appreciated.”


On Monday, December 4, the Chilton County Relay For Life Queens had the honor of serving as hostesses for the Governor’s Candlelight Tour at the Governor’s Mansion in Montgomery.  It was a wonderful evening of meeting and greeting people and wishing them a Merry Christmas.  Pictured in front is Anna Mims. Second row, left, is Sophie Oaks and Caylee Desmond. Back row, left, is Laney Acreman and Whitley Smith. Not pictured is Avery Smitherman.



The 2017 Swedish Festival was held in Thorsby on Saturday, October 14. The newly-crowned Queens rode in the parade and were introduced at the Festival ceremonies. The Queens are Madi Price, Carlee Desmond, Braelynn Brooks, Leelah Penley and Ryleigh Green. An antique car show was held along with a 5K run. The Thorsby High School FFA won first place for their float in the parade.


The Chilton County Peach Queens traveled to Montgomery this summer to present Governor Kay Ivey some baskets of peaches. Front left, Cambree Crumpton, Young Miss Peach, and Maggi Beth Harrison, Little Miss Peach. Back row, left to right: Halle Sullivan, Junior Miss Peach; Governor Ivey, and Abigail Porter, Miss Peach.

Derek Gray conducts the auction of Jerry Harrison's First Place basket of Chilton County peaches. The auction was held June 24 in Clanton and the Carolina Belle peaches sold for $3,400.00.


The Chilton County Farmers Federation purchased the First Place basket of peaches at the Peach Auction on Saturday, June 24 for $3,400.00. The peaches were grown by Jerry Harrison and were the Carolina Bell variety.

Front left, Cambree Crumpton, Young Miss Peach, and Maggi Beth Harrison, Little Miss Peach. Back row, left to right: Wendell Kelley of the Farmers Federation, Abigail Porter, Miss Peach; Jerry Harrison, and Halle Sullivan, Junior Miss Peach.

Mountain View Orchards, Steve Wilson and Andy Millard, grew the Second Place basket of July Prince peaches. Third Place was grown by M&M Farms, Mark and Melissa Knight and were the Paul Friday Lucky 13 variety.

Jared Burnette Farms grew the Fourth Place basket and Henry and Suzanne Williams grew the Fifth Place basket. Both Burnette and Williams entered the Bounty variety.


Martha Bell Jones, left, and Ola Faye Pierce Gilliam were recognized at the 2017 Miss Peach Pageant Thursday evening, June 22. Mrs. Jones is the 1954 Peach Queen and Mrs. Gilliam is the 1959 Peach Queen.

The Queens were supposed to serve as Grand Marshalls at this year’s Peach Parade. The parade has been cancelled due to the predicted rain on Saturday. The Peach Auction will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Senior Connection building located in the Park Plaza Shopping Center near the City Park.


Term Limits in the U.S. Congress -- in this writer's opinion -- could very well be the best Constitutional governmental adjustment that could possibly be made for the benefit of every citizen of this country calling themselves legitimate, trustworthy, and hopefully deserving.

Those of us who believe firmly in the U.S. Constitution (as written) are strongly in favor of what is being generally proposed in the Alabama House of Representatives for a "return" to a model of direction in the U.S. Congress. It is noticeably and unquestionably citizen-based as opposed to the present-day "model" of CAREER

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