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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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Local Man Dies
In Traffic Accident

A two-vehicle crash at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, claimed the life of a Verbena man. Edward Joseph Irvin, 48, was killed when the Jeep Cherokee he was driving collided with a 2005 Ford pickup on U.S. 31, two miles south of Clanton. Irvin was pronounced dead a short time later at Shelby Medical Center. Two other people were injured in the accident.

Class Officers Named,
Special Services And
Graduation Dates Announced

Chilton County High School Senior Class Officers are: Bryant Baker, Secretary; Julianne Lyn, Vice-President; Adrianna Shavers, President; and Leah Easterling, Treasurer.

CCHS Seniors will receive their diplomas on Thursday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Jefferson State Junior College in Clanton. Baccalaureate Service will be held Sunday, May 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Clanton First Baptist Church.

Jemison High School will hold Senior Honors Night in the school auditorium on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30. A Baccalaureate service will be held at Jemison First Baptist Church on Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 p.m. Graduation will be held at Jefferson State Junior College in Clanton on Tuesday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m.

JHS Senior Class Officers are: Meghan Jackson, President; Banks Woodley, Vice-President; Asia Davison, Secretary; Chyna Woods, Treasurer; Ariel Billingsley and Kelsey Mitchell, Historians.

Isabella High School will hold a Baccalaureate service in the school auditorium on Sunday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. Graduation will be held in the school auditorium on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.

IHS Senior Class Officers are: Sofia Michele Biancalana, President; Caley Brooke Booth, Vice-President; Brandon Vela Arroyo, Secretary; and Katlyn Nicole Jones, Treasurer.

Maplesville High School will hold Senior Honors Day in the school auditorium on Friday, May 20, at 9:00. They will have a Baccalaureate service at Hillcrest Baptist Church on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 p.m. Graduation will be held in the school auditorium on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.

MHS Senior Class Officers are: Zanterius McKenzie, President; Loftin Smith, Vice President;  Robert Girlie, Treasurer; Camesha Wyatt, Secretary; Lacee Wallace and Tayuna Watson, Activities Coordinators.

Thorsby High School will hold a Baccalaureate service at Thorsby First Baptist Church on Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 p.m. They will hold Senior Honors Day in the school auditorium on Monday, May 23, at 9:00. Graduation will be held in the school auditorium on Thursday, May 26, at 7:00 p.m.

THS Senior Class Officers are: Morgan Norwood, President; Taylor McManus, Vice-President; Jonathan Scalf, Secretary; and Allie Yeargan, Treasurer.

Verbena High School will hold Senior Honors Night in the school auditorium on Friday, May 20, at 6:00. A Baccalaureate service will be held at Clearview Missionary Baptist Church in Verbena on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 p.m. Graduation will be held at Jefferson State Junior College in Clanton on Monday, May 23, at 6:00 p.m.

VHS Senior Class Officers are: Jacob Cleckler, President; Raymond Bulger, Vice-President; Jacob Penton, Treasurer; and Amber Tucker, Secretary.

May Is Older
Americans Month

Older Americans Month is celebrated during May. Senior citizens, ages 60 and over, are invited to “Blaze A Trail” at Senior Connection on Wednesday, May 25.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Senior Connection building located in the Park Plaza Shopping Center in Clanton.
There will be door prizes and free health screenings. A free lunch will be served.

Reservations are required and you may call 1-866-570-2998 or 205-670-5770 to register.

Peach Festival Art
Show 32 Years Old

The 32nd Annual Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show, sponsored by the Peoples Southern Bank, gives Chilton County artists the opportunity to let their works be seen by their friends and people interested in art. This year’s exhibit will be from Thursday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 22.

The subject matter of these works may be pertaining to the peach industry or a subject of your choosing. The painting must have been painted within the last two years and must not have been entered in this show before. All entries must be original and cannot be a copy.

There is a Junior Division and a Senior Division. Prizes will be awarded in each division as follows: First Place, $100.00; Second Place, $75.00; Third Place, $50.00; and Honorable Mention, $25.00.

You may enter two works of art. An entry fee of $5.00, per piece, must accompany each work. Applications are available at the bank and must be attached to your artwork. Works will be received at Peoples Southern Bank on Wednesday, June 15, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Please bring painting to the parking lot entrance.

All works entered in the exhibit must be original, dry, framed and complete with wire ready to hang. Drawings, watercolors, pastels and any works on paper must be matted, framed and complete with wire ready to hang.

Mineral Springs Has Fifth
Annual "Steak Day Out"

Mineral Springs Baptist Church will host its Fifth Annual "Men's Day Steak Out" at the church on Saturday, May 21. Beginning at noon, the community is invited to visit the church campus to view dozens of antique cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.

This year's event is a military theme, with active and retired service men and women being recognized throughout the day. Also, vintage military service vehicles and equipment will be on hand for viewing.
Free food throughout the day will be available, including hotdogs, soft drinks, pop corn, and cotton candy. The event will also feature two bounce houses for the children in addition to other special features.
That evening at 5:00 o'clock, the church will serve, for $10.00 per person, a ribeye steak dinner.

There are currently tickets available for the event, but they are going fast. Following dinner at 6:30, active Air National Guard KC 135 tanker pilot Lacy Gunnoe will be on hand to share his journey as a Christian while serving as a war-time pilot in the United States armed forces. 

The event will take place rain or shine. For more information, check out Facebook or the church website at wwwmsbcal.orgl. The church is located at 8316 County Road 51, Clanton. Jason Green is Pastor. David Hopper and Ross Cline are event organizers.

Register Online For
Vacation Bible School

Collins Chapel Baptist Church, Jemison, will be holding its Vacation Bible School Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17 from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. Supper will be served each evening.

Registration may be made either online at click here or in person on Sunday, June 12 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m at the church. Registration evening will include a family supper.

City Saves $2,000.00
On Storm Shelters

By Becky Tucker, News Reporter
The Clanton City Council met Monday night, May 9. A public hearing was held for the purpose of rezoning property located on County Road 77 belonging to Charles and Melody Goggins. The owners requested the property be rezoned from Municipal Reserve to Agriculture, which had already been approved by the zoning board. No citizens objected to the rezoning and it was approved by council members.

The transfer of a retail liquor license was approved for Friends Steakhouse located on Seventh Street South.

A change order was approved for the storm shelters which credited the City for $2,000.00 for work done in filling in dirt and laying sod, leaving a balance due of $3,800.00.

Council members approved the letting of bids to have trees removed at the Industrial Park on Highway 145. The hiring of park employees was approved for the West End Park.

A resident who lives on Park Drive North presented council members with photographs showing flooding problems at her home. This problem has existed since she purchased her house in 2010. The house is in a low area and built with a very low slab. Mayor Billy Joe Driver stated he was very aware of the problem and there is no elevation on the property to work with.

He expressed concern to her that if the city does work there, it will become liable. He stated the owner of the property is now bankrupt and the investigator who worked with the owner at the time the home was built is now deceased. The Mayor stated he would look into the matter further and they would go from there.

There will be a May Day Fest on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the E. M. Henry Center in West End. There will be food and fun and everyone is invited to attend.


Over three inches of rain caused extensive flooding in Clanton and Chilton County Sunday afternoon, May 1. Several roads were closed and Highway 31 in downtown Clanton was closed during the flash flood. The home above is on Taylor Street, near the airport, in Clanton.

President Says Toilet-Choice Is
Going To Be "Government-Issue!"

Through much deliberation and consideration for every decent human being in the United States, we believe that someone has come up with the answer to the "TOILETS-IN-AMERICAN-SCHOOLS fiasco that seems to have overtaken the sensibilities of some:


There will be no congregating in the restroom because ALL restrooms in public facilities (and that includes all public schools) will now consist of one small cubicle -- each one, separate from the other -- and all available to everybody as long as it is ONE-AT-THE-TIME!

This will conform to the age-old belief that boys and girls are different (in many ways) and, in particular, in the realm of bodily-functions.

There will be trees and bushes (supplied by Mother Nature) available for those who choose not to be private in such circumstances.

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