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NEWS PHOTO BY BECKY TUCKER
Left to right: Clanton Councilman Jeff Price, Mayor Billy Joe Driver, Councilwoman Mary Mell Smith, and Councilman Sammy Wilson are shown Tuesday night after the votes had been totaled.
MAYOR DRIVER ELECTED
TO NINTH TERM!
Clanton voters went to the polls Tuesday, August 23 and sent Billy Joe Driver back to the Mayor’s office for another four years. This will be Driver's ninth term as Mayor and he served three terms as a council member before that. All incumbent Clanton Council members were re-elected with the exception of Greg DeJarnett, who was defeated by Awlahjaday Agee in District Four. Unofficial totals from Tuesday’s election are below:
|Mayor||District One||District Two|
|Billy Joe Driver 1,090||Jeff Price 415||Bobby Cook 214|
|Lee Helms 665||Danny Carter 166||Lynn Best 130|
|Jason Pierce 146||Charles Powell 16|
|District Three||District Four||District Five|
|Sammy Wilson 228||Awlahjaday Agee 181||Mary Mell Smith|
|Al Headley 136||Greg DeJarnett 95||No Opponent|
ELECT NEW MAYOR
Thorsby has a new Mayor after the votes from Tuesday, August 23 were totaled. Robert Hight defeated the incumbent, Jean Nelson, 188 to 122. Candidates for all of Thorsby’s Council races had no opposition.
Bibb County 47, Jemison High School 13
Sylacauga 28, Chilton County High School 20
Prattville Christian Academy 29, Thorsby High School 21
City Continues Work
On West Side Of Town
The Clanton City Council met Monday night, August 8. Council members adopted an ordinance on the reissue of the bond for Jefferson State College facility which will reduce the length of payments by six years and save $3 million dollars.
Council members passed a resolution approving the contractor and two sub-contractors on phase two of the West End rehab sanitary sewer line project. “We have a $450,000.00 grant to work from Fifteenth Street to West End Baptist Church,” Mayor Billy Joe Driver said. “This will help keep the surface water out of the sewer system. We will pay approximately $172,000.00.”
Jack Cooper was hired as a truck driver in the Street Department. He will replace a driver who quit.
An application from Neighborhood Grill for a liquor license was presented for the first time to the council. The application will be approved or denied at the next meeting by council members.
Council members gave Mayor Driver permission to proceed with the clean-up of blighted areas around the city at the request of each individual council member.
Discussion was held with representatives of the Head Start organization about the use of the E.M. Henry School in the West End area. Head Start is willing to pay $1,000.00 per month which will include utilities. Head Start requested a lease and council members agreed to entering into a lease provided there be a 90-day notice clause added, on either party’s part, that the lease could be amended.
NEWS PHOTO BY BEN TUCKER
Hot Asphalt! Last week at the old Adair Junior High School in Clanton. It has been a hot summer!
NEWS PHOTO BY BECKY TUCKER
The Chilton County High School Gridiron Club has been working hard at Tiger Stadium to get ready for the upcoming football season. Shaun Simms, left, and Amber Smitherman were working to remove vines from the fence area near the concession stand Saturday morning.
Tiger Day will be held Saturday, August 13, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Clanton Middle School playing. The CCHS Junior Varsity team will take the field at 3:30 p.m. and followed by the Varsity at 4:30 p.m.
The Pride of Chilton County Marching Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Concessions will be sold by the Band Boosters beginning at 2:00 p.m. and ending at 8:00 p.m.
The Orange and Blue Youth Football teams will begin playing at 5:45 p.m. with the Midgets, followed by the Minors at 6:45 p.m. and the Majors at 8:00 p.m.
Admission is valid for the entire day, $5.00 for adults; $3.00 for children under 12 and children five years and younger will be admitted free.
NEWS PHOTO BY BECKY TUCKER
Peach Park in Clanton has been named a finalist for the 2016 Alabama Retailer of the Year awards. The Gray family, owners of Peach Park, will be honored October 18 in Birmingham by the Alabama Retail Association in cooperation with the UAB College School of Business during the Alabama Retail Day luncheon.
Peach Park was nominated by Janice Hull, center, of the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce. Pictured with Hull are Frances Gray, left, and Mark Gray, right.
The Chilton County Peach Queens attended proclamation hour at the State Capitol on Wednesday, July 27. They each presented Governor Bentley with a basket of peaches. Pictured, left to right, are: Mary Henning Dale, Little Miss Peach; Hannah Tierce, Miss Peach; Cam Ward, State Senator; Robert Bentley, Governor; Grace Nolen, Junior Miss Peach; and Cresley Claire Haggard, Young Miss Peach.
State Representative Jimmy Martin, left, presents CCHS Band Director Matt Martindale with a check for $1,000.00 from his discretionary fund account as band members look on. The band is raising money for a new equipment trailer. State Senator Cam Ward presented the band with a check for $2,000.00.
Fire Chief Arrested
For First Degree Theft
The Fire Chief of Collins Chapel Volunteer Fire Department in Thorsby has been arrested and charged with first-degree theft. He allegedly cashed checks from the department’s bank account in an amount exceeding $20,000.00.
The investigation was launched by the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office and a court hearing date is set for August 30.
Community MeetingTo Benefit
Local Fire Department
The Chilton County Volunteer Firefighters Association, in conjunction with the Chilton County Commission, will hold a community meeting on Saturday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the Auburn Extension Building in the Collins Chapel Community.
The meeting is being held to establish an external Board of Directors for Collins Chapel Volunteer Fire Department and all community members are urged to attend.
The public’s assistance is needed to outline the future of the Collins Chapel Volunteer Fire Department. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Robinson at 205-389-2873.
THE PARTY DEMOCRATS MET LAST
WEEK; SAID THEY WANT TO "LOVE"
YOU! NOT WHAT YOU MAY THINK!
When we asked (in this space) last week, "Why Have We Allowed The American Psyche To Get Stuck On Stupid?" you had to know that we were pointing to the Democrat Party and dominion over the politics of our day -- especially those things that do not matter.
We will admit readily that we did not spend a whole lot of time on the gathering of "Donkeys" last week, but when we did see them, they were all acting the fool and not a single one of them (including O. and H.) addressed one single item of those things that Americans feel is where we must spend our attention so that we can get our country back! Because, it is BACK from them.
We remember a loved Alabama Democrat who used to always say "Everything Is Made For Love!" But, when he said it -- he meant it! And he meant LOVE -- not balderdash, the way that the most outspoken (and shrillest) of Demos were at last week's
H. and O. and Bill and what's-his-name all had the same
stupid theme: "Let's make sure that we furiously demonstrate that
we're for LOVE -- and not a single one of us knows what we are
talking about." They all made us feel that they were certain that we
are as stupid and as gullible as they want us to be -- and they all
demonstrated their expertise at it, so we will know how to BE it.
If they mentioned the atrocities affecting the world's great cities of the day, they made sure that all they did was to cry and to
demonstrate -- never to offer a solution to the problems of terrorism
that is sweeping the world of our time. No solutions at all.
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