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March 13, 2018


The new Miss Chilton County Queens were crowned on Saturday, March 10. Left to right: Cameron McGhar, Junior Miss, AnnaKate Gray, Little Miss; Averie Porter, Miss; and Cresley Haggard, Young Miss.

Council Approves Audit

The Clanton City Council met Monday night, March 12. Minutes were approved from the previous meeting and one bill in the amount of $228,000.00 for liability insurance was approved for payment.
Council members were presented the annual audit by Janice Hull who said, “I feel good about the audit. Revenues were about the same for 2017 as they were in 2016. It is a clean audit report.” She talked about the City being in good shape as far as abatements. “The only loss in tax abatements was $33,038.00, ” Hull said. “The budget was really close to what was worked up for the year.” The council approved the audit.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver asked the council to consider whether or not they wanted to enter a lawsuit in trying to recoup money spent by the city on drug cases involving Opioid drugs. A group out of Pensacola, Florida is filing a lawsuit and the City may join. “It could take years to resolve,” Mayor Driver said. City Attorney John Hollis Jackson, Jr. told the council that if the group recovers revenue the city will get part of the money and if not, they won’t pay anything. It was approved to join the lawsuit.

Mayor Driver told council members about an old house on Highland Avenue that needs to be torn down because of its disrepair. The owner has agreed to give the City the lot of land if the City will tear down the house. A main sewer line runs under the driveway of the house. Mayor Driver told council members it would cost approximately $3,000.00 to have the house torn down and removed. It was approved to tear the house down so the city would obtain possession of the lot of land.

Council members agreed to enter an agreement with a company to remove mold in the basement of the Police Department. The cost for removal is $3,400.00. Council member Sammy Wilson expressed a desire to ask the company if a dehumidifier would prevent the mold from returning.

It was approved by the council to purchase five new police cars under state bid. They also approved an employee for E. M. Henry Park.
Council members approved a “Touch A Truck” event planned for May 12 in downtown Clanton from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the area of Second Avenue and Sixth Street. A new roof was discussed and approved for the Moore house owned by the City of Clanton located on Fifth Avenue North.

Tigers Lose To Prattville

The Clanton Middle School Tigers couldn’t keep up with Prattville and fell 9-2 on Friday, March 2. The Tigers fired up the offense in the first inning. Leighton Coppedge hit into a fielder’s choice,scoring one run.

Prattville pulled away for good with five runs in the third inning. In the third Chandler Gibbs singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run, Nick James singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run, an
error scored one run for Prattville, and Slade Wood singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.

Luke Cooley was the winning pitcher for Prattville. He allowed two hits and two runs over two and a third innings, walking one. Landon Rigdon threw two and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen. Rigdon recorded the last eight outs to earn the save for Prattville.

Coppedge took the loss for Clanton Middle School Tigers. He lasted four innings, allowing six hits and six runs while striking out five.
Cole Tignor, Kaden Baker, and Aidan Bee each collected one hit to lead the Clanton Middle School Tigers.

Prattville totaled ten hits. Braxton Piper and Jack Thompson all managed multiple hits for Prattville.


Working In The Orchard
"This variety is June Gold," Kenneth Easterling said. “They’re coming on pretty, looks like this tree has a good crop. I enjoy this!”

Blooms Arrive And Peach
Farmers Ready For Season

By Becky Tucker, News Reporter
Many of the early varieties of peach trees in Kenneth Easterling’s peach orchard are blooming. On Friday, February 23, he was in his orchard raking up limbs from a recent pruning. Farmers agree it is early for the blooms to be appearing, as the trees normally bloom in March.

Easterling said he was once told by a fellow farmer that if the trees bloom in February, they will make a crop. If they bloom in March, they may not make a crop. “That is his theory and we’ll know this year because they are blooming now,” he said.

It is a sight to behold standing on the hill top of the Easterling farm and see the pink blooms opening. He and his son, Kenyon, are hoping this year will be better than the last two. “It’s looking good this year,” he said. The trees received the required chill hours. With this warm weather, the trees are doing what they are supposed to do, “They are blooming,” said Easterling.

Having done some pruning earlier, he now has gone in and thinned a little more. As he said, “I spaced the wood. To thin peaches one at a time with help, that takes the money out of peaches.”

There are 900 trees on the hilltop where Easterling was working on Friday. They have nine rows of trees, 100 trees to a row, that are about six years old. Fire Prince, Harvester, Loren, Bounty, are just some of the varieties which are planted in the orchard.

Peach farmers have always gone to great lengths to make a peach crop each year. Easterling recalled back in the 1950’s working in the field with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Easterling, they would go around the root of the tree and dig it out with a hoe. A chemical was applied to the base of the tree with a brush to kill peach borers. “That practice didn’t last long,” he said with a smile. “It was a back-breaking task.” Today the chemical is applied by tractor from a sprayer and the liquid runs down the tree. It has proven to be very effective in controlling insects.

Easterling, with the help of his family, farms the land that his parents bought in 1949. He spent many years in the printing business and often he can be found at Home Printing Company in Clanton, which is operated by his son.

Lenten Program Began March 7

Lent is a religious observance in the Christian calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday in February and ends approximately six weeks later before Easter Sunday. It is a time of preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, penance, repentance and self-denial.

The program is from 12:00 until 1:00 and a soup lunch is served.

Mt. Nebo and Pleasant Grove United Methodist Churches will hold special Lenten programs on Wednesdays beginning March 7. The services will be held at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, which is located at 2185 County Road 30 in Clanton.

Rev. Matt DeBoard of Clanton First Baptist Church will present the devotional on March 7 with Jimmy Veazey as the special singer. On March 14, Rev. Randy Reid from Clanton First Assembly of God will be the speaker with Aaron Argo as the singer.

The services will continue on Wednesday, March 21 with Rev. Meghan Kelley of Clanton First United Methodist Church as the speaker and Lacey Ellison as the singer. The last service in will be held on March 28 with Rev. Tony Hughes, host pastor, presenting the devotional and Hal Ellison singing.

“Marching To Easter” is the theme for these Lenten services and everyone is invited to attend.


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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