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Sunrise Services To Be Held At
Providence And Walnut Creek

By Becky Tucker, News Reporter
    Providence Baptist Church will present its annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 21, beginning at 6:00 a.m. The church is located at 6197 County Road 97 in Clanton. According to Glenn Bonds, pastor, four generations of the Frances Riggins family will participate in the program which is a live, dramatic presentation of the life of Christ from his birth to ascension.

    Two daughters of Mrs. Riggins, Sandra Minor and Kay Blankenship, along with their husbands, have all participated in the program. Other Riggins family members include granddaughters, Emily McCurdy, Jill Easterling and Rebecca Powell; and great-grandchildren, Will and Gabe McCurdy, Jude and Jonas Easterling, and Olivia Powell. The youngest member of the family, her great-great grandson, Silas Powell, will be at the manger scene as baby Jesus.

    This is the 38th year of the Sunrise Service which began in 1981 inside the church. The next year it was moved across the street from the church in the cemetery where it was held for many years. As the service began to grow, land was purchased next door to the church. The service is now held there in an amphitheatre type setting.

    Everyone is invited to bring a chair, dress warmly and enjoy the outdoor service. Call 205-755-4126 for more information.

Walnut Creek Service At 6:00
    Walnut Creek United Methodist Church will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 21. An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6:00 a.m. followed by breakfast. Morning worship service will be held at 11:00 a.m. The church is located at 314 County Road 458, in Clanton.

    Call 334-806-6580 for more information.

"May Days Of Praise" At Shiloh

As part of “May Days Of Praise,” Shiloh Baptist, along with WKLF Radio, will present a live from the studio broadcast featuring Jamie Coulter, gospel singer and songwriter. Sometimes referred to as “The Skateboard Preacher” and “God’s Little Dynamo,” Coulter’s broadcast will take place at the radio station May 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair and listen outdoors at the radio station on Highway 22 West in Clanton. This will be a great time of worship and praise. Call Shiloh Baptist, Pastor Ernest Fike, at 205-217-1540 for more information.


Chilton County Senior Connection held a Spaghetti Lunch on Wednesday, April 10, as a fund-raiser. Members of Senior Connection served spaghetti, salad and dessert to over fifty people by noontime.

Special Olympics April 25

Chilton County Special Olympics will be held Thursday, April 25. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Clanton City Park. In case of inclement weather, festivities will be held Friday, April 26.


The Miss Blackberry Queens were crowned on Saturday, April 6. Front left, Adalynn Gray, Little Miss, and Alivia Ellison, Tiny Miss. Back row, left to right: Kara Gore, Junior Miss; Katie Littlefield, Miss Blackberry; and Alison Bazzell, Young Miss. The new Queens will represent the Jemison Lions Club throughout the year at events.

They will participate in the Black and Blue Festival to be held June 8 in Jemison.

Taxpayers Hit For Another $100,000

The Clanton City Council met on Monday night, April 8, approved the minutes from the last meeting and paid bills including $30,000.00 to the Chilton/Clanton Public Library.

Mayor Driver addressed those present and the council members by saying he had received a resolution from the Industrial Development Board. “I have read it and they are asking for $100,000.00 to pay for a master plan for Exit 212 and the surrounding property,” he said. “I hope it is only $75,000.00.” The property is the area where ALFA is planning to build a farm center.

Whitney Barlow, Director of the Industrial Development Board, told Driver the resolution was from the Board asking for the money. Allen Payton, member of the Industrial Development Board, stated they were asking for up to $100,000.00 from the city to pay one-half for the development of a master plan. The county will also pay $100,000.00.

A Public Hearing was held on rezoning of property located northeast of Lomax. No one at the meeting spoke in opposition to the rezoning. The property was rezoned by the council to permit garden homes to be built in an existing subdivision plat and single family homes to be built on adjoining property. The plat of the subdivision was also approved by council members.

Council members approved the hiring of an employee in the Sanitation Department. The council also approved installing a sprinkler system to a building located in the Park Plaza Shopping Center at a cost of $34,257.00. In the future, the system can be upgraded to cover other buildings located in the shopping center.

A representative from the Senior Center, located on Enterprise Road, asked the council to consider making her and two other people at the Center full-time employees with benefits and a raise in pay. The Center serves lunch, along with delivery of hot meals, to around 221 citizens of Clanton every day.

Currently the employees make minimum pay and have no benefits. The center is primarily run by the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging who also has employees. The three employees, currently paid by the city, work 35 hours per week.

The ladies were told to submit a request in writing showing their schedule and work duties. A motion was made to table the request until the council could have more discussion.

Ruth Mary Higgins Baker was told by Mayor Billy Joe Driver to come to his office during working hours to discuss the matter of her grass being cut. “I will get the folks to come and talk about whatever you want to know about your grass,” he said.


Child Abuse Awareness
Butterfly Bridge, Children’s Advocacy Center, held a kick-off for National Child Abuse Awareness Month on Friday, April 5, from 8:00 until 9:00 a.m. at the Senior Connection Facility in Clanton.
There was a proclamation signing, along with biscuits and toppings.



"YOUR private information," (once an almost sacred guarantee of our American culture and structure) is fast-disappearing, and it has as its most hallowed worshiper/victim: YOU!

The American culture has always been one of the most victimized entities ever conceived by man. The "electronic-age" so worshiped in our daily lives, is one-of, if not THE MOST critical
development to affect yours and your family's lives -- from now on!

We are able to "presume" that when this nation was founded -- PRIVACY was a strong element of THE FREEDOM that was represented by The United States of America, and THE PEOPLE herein! We do not believe that there was a more dominant fact-of daily-life early in this country's founding and continuing, than that of INDIVIDUAL PRIVACY, along with PRIVATE PROPERTY!

No amount of big talk, big action, or contrived domination
could out-do what Americans believed (and practiced) about the
privacy of the INDIVIDUAL.

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