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The Chilton County Peach Queens traveled to Montgomery on Tuesday 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.

James and the Giant Chilton County
Peach Performance Is Saturday

The Central Alabama Performing Arts Guild announces the final performance of its 2017 summer production, “James And The Giant Chilton County Peach,” will be held on Saturday, August 19, at 7:00 p.m. The performance will be held at the Clanton First United Methodist Church’s Helen E. Parrish Activity Center.

Admission is free and the performance is open to the public. The show is appropriate for adults and children alike. The activity center is located on Eighth Street in Clanton.


Members of the Clanton Lions Club presented the Senior Connection group a check for $2,500.00 Wednesday morning, August 16. The Lions Club used the Senior Connection facility for peach registration and the Peach Auction. They presented the money in appreciation for the use of the facility and to help with the organization’s fundraising efforts to purchase a bus.

Hal Taylor Takes Oath of Office

Governor Ivey Elevates Two Acting
Cabinet Agency Heads To Permanent Roles 

Governor Kay Ivey on Friday, August 11, announced that she has elevated Chris Blankenship and Hal Taylor, formerly of Clanton, from their roles as acting cabinet agency heads to permanent roles. Blankenship is now the permanent Commissioner of Conservation and Natural Resources and Taylor is the permanent Secretary of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

“Since I appointed Chris Blankenship as Acting Conservation Commissioner and Hal Taylor as Acting ALEA Secretary, both men have proven beyond any doubt their abilities to effectively lead their respective agencies,” Governor Ivey said. “I am proud to appoint both men to serve permanently in their particular roles.”

“From effectively working to extend the Red Snapper season, to protecting Alabama’s natural resources, Chris Blankenship has made it clear he can lead the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources long-term,” Ivey continued. “I am proud to have Chris as part of my team.”

Blankenship was appointed as Acting Conservation Commissioner on June 1, 2017. He most recently served as the Deputy Commissioner and as Director of DCNR Marine Resources Division from 2011 to 2017. He has worked at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources since 1994 when he was hired as a Conservation Enforcement Officer. Governor Ivey announced Commissioner Blankenship’s permanent appointment at the Governor’s Conservation Achievement awards in Montgomery on Friday, August 4, 2017.

“Alabama’s law enforcement efforts must be handled with precision and integrity; Hal Taylor’s leadership ensures that happens. Hal is ably leading the men and women who serve our state as part of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, and I am thankful for his continued efforts,” Ivey commented.

Taylor was appointed as Acting Secretary of ALEA on April 12, 2017. He most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the State Bureau of Investigations and ALEA Chief of Staff beginning in 2014. Prior to that, Taylor worked for the ABC Board going back to 1992. There he held multiple positions, including executive security and Assistant Director of the Enforcement Division.

Both Blankenship and Taylor were officially sworn in on Friday morning in a private ceremony at the State Capitol.


The Chilton County Peach Queens volunteered at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham on Wednesday, August 2.  The Queens are, left to right: Abigail Porter, Miss Peach; Maggi Beth Harrison, Little Miss Peach; Cambree Crumpton, Young Miss Peach; and Halle Sullivan, Junior Miss Peach.


On Thursday, July 13, the 2017 Relay For Life Queens had the privilege of cooking and serving dinner for the residents at the  Joe Griffin Hope Lodge in Birmingham.  The residents there are receiving treatment at local hospitals and truly enjoy groups coming in and cooking for them.

The Relay Queens not only enjoy cooking and serving, but the best part was meeting the residents and their caregivers.  The Relay Queens got to spend time with the residents getting to know them, and the residents got to know each of the Relay Queens.

Pictured  are:  Laney Acreman, Junior Miss Relay; Caylee Desmond, Young Miss Relay; Anna Mims, Tiny Miss Relay; Sophie Oaks, Little Miss Relay;  Whitley Smith, Miss Relay, (not pictured Avery Claire Smitherman, Wee Miss Relay).

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.

Those Who Believe They Are
GREAT -- Might Aught To Try
First For "Pretty Good!"

Do the radical liberals in America realize that they are considered as wannabe "elitists" by almost any category of citizens that you can name?

You know the problem with that question? They not only KNOW they are considered as wannabe elitists -- they are proud of it!

Where does pride originate? In the mind of the beholder. They want to be something special -- so they imagine they are something special. And they want to get that over to you and everyone else who considers them as matter. . . that matters.

Most so-called entertainers along with large numbers of the "mass media" are guilty of elitism to a degree that their main stomping grounds (Hollywood and "New Yalk City") -- to the average American citizen — have become meccas of methodical hypocrisy that intentionally and invariably separates them from the average real American!
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