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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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The Peach Festival was another success, ending with the Peach Auction on Saturday morning, June 27. Mark and Melissa Knight, of M&M Farms, grew the Blue Ribbon basket of prize-winning peaches for the eighth year in a row. The basket was purchased by the Farmers Federation for $2,100.00 at the Peach Auction.

Standing in front is Lexie Deavers, Little Miss Peach. Middle row, left to right: Andrea, Alissa, and Melissa Knight; Halle Sullivan, Young Miss Peach; Grayson Gann, Junior Miss Peach; and Kendal Elijah, Miss Peach. Back, left, is Mark Knight and Wendell Kelley, of the Farmers Federation.


The 2015 Chilton County Peach Queen and her Court were selected Thursday night, June 25. Kendal Elijah was crowned Queen and named Casual Wear Winner. The Queen's Court includes, left to right: Ashley Ward, Third Alternate; Savannah Swindle, First Alternate; Kendal Elijah, Peach Queen; Kali Trice, Second Alternate; Brianna Price, Fourth Alternate; and Raegan Knight, Miss Congeniality.

The new Queen and her Court will reign over the Peach Parade Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. in downtown Clanton and the Peach Auction at 10:30 at Jack Hayes Field at the City Park. In case of rain, the Peach Auction will be held at Chilton County High School.

Gann Crowned
Junior Miss Peach

The 2015 Junior Miss Peach and her Court were selected Tuesday night, June 23. Grayson Gann was crowned Queen and named Casual Wear Winner. Her court includes: Madi Price, First Alternate; Grace Nolen, Second Alternate; Claire Staggs, Third Alternate; and Kat Taylor, Fourth Alternate.

Sullivan Crowned
Young Miss Peach

The 2015 Young Miss Peach and her Court were selected Monday night, June 22. Halle Sullivan was crowned Queen. Her court includes: Alli Kate Calhoun, First Alternate and Casual Wear Winner; Alivia Brown, Second Alternate; Sophie Porter, Third Alternate; and Taylor Driver, Fourth Alternate.


Little Miss Peach contestants perform Saturday night duiring the first night of the Peach Festival Pageant.

Deavers Crowned
Little Miss Peach

Lexie Deavers was named Little Miss Peach Saturday night, June 20, at the 2015 Peach Pageant. She also won the title of Casual Wear Winner. Her court includes: Addison Bone, First Alternate; Caroline Watson, Second Alternate; Mary Henning Dale, Third Alternate; and Marissa Smitherman, Fourth Alternate.

The Peach Pageants continue Monday night, June 22, when the 2015 Young Miss Peach will be crowned. The Junior Miss Peach Pageant is Tuesday night, June 23, and the 2015 Miss Peach will be crowned Thursday night, June 25. There will also be a Miss Peach Queen reunion on Thursday night, June 25, when former Peach Queens will be recognized on stage.


How They Finished

Peach Run Overall Results Click Here!

Peach Run Age Groups Click Here!


10K Peach Run Winners
The 2015 Peach Run was held Saturday, June 20. Winners in the 10K Category are pictured, front row, left to right: Samantha Sims, Overall Winner, 10K; Holly McDaniel, Female 19 and Under Winner; Affie Martin, Female 65 and Over Winner; Jerry Moore, Male 65 and Over Winner; Ann McLendon, Female 35-49 Winner; and Rayne Osburn, Female 20-34 Winner.

Back row, left to right: Douglas Mims, Male Overall Winner; Trey Sullivan, Male 19 and Under Winner; Jeff McIntyre, Male 35-49 Winner; and Mark Herron, Male 20-34 Winner. Not Pictured is Jim Cogar, Male 50-64 Winner.

The 5K category winners will be pictured in the printed edition of the Chilton County News on Thursday, June 25.


Adult Division Winners
The Chilton County Peach Festival Cook-Off was held Saturday, June 20, at Senior Connection in Clanton. The event is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Chilton County Farmers Federation Women's Committee, and Clanton Lions Club.

Left to right: Tayler Mazingo, Miss Peach; Whitley Smith, Junior Miss Peach; Elizabeth Hawley, First Place; Brandy Hubbard, Second Place; Dorothy Cates, Third Place; and Chef Bill Akins, who presented a food demonstration.


Youth Division Winners
The Chilton County Peach Festival Cook-Off was held Saturday, June 20, at Senior Connection in Clanton. Winners in both divisions were awarded: $50.00 for First Place; $35.00 for Second Place; and $25.00 for Third Place. They also received Peach Festival T-Shirts and ribbons.

Left to right: Whitley Smith, Junior Miss Peach; Abbi Calhoun, First Place; Alli Kate Calhoun, Second Place; McKenzie Mitchell, Third Place; Tayler Mazingo, Miss Peach; and in back, Chef Bill Akins, who presented a food demonstration.


Faith Pickett and Faye Baker were honored at a reception on Friday, June 19, at Clanton City Hall. Seated in front is Baker, who has worked with the City for 26 years and recently retired as secretary at the City Shop. Standing, left to right: Council member Jeff Price, Pickett, who is retiring next week after having worked for over ten years as secretary in the City Hall; Mayor Billy Joe Driver, Council member Mary Mell Smith, and Council member Sammy Wilson.

Woman Dies Wednesday
In Shootout With Police

June 18, 2015 - - 7:30 a.m

Chilton County Coroner J. Aaron Ellison has identified the woman killed by police Wednesday evening as 40-year-old Wendy Michelle Chappell of Maylene.

Shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 a male approached an Alabama State Trooper who was stationed at a construction zone on I65 near the 238 mile marker in Shelby County. The man advised the Trooper that his wife threatened to shoot him. The Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle in question and the driver refused to stop.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted as the driver, a white female, brandished a firearm during the pursuit. Spike strips were deployed and the vehicle stopped on I-65 southbound at the 212 exit ramp. After a brief standoff with law enforcement officers the female fired on officers who returned fired. The woman was killed.

The State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) is investigating the officer-involved shooting and will report their findings to the District Attorney.


Nash Cox is working with Pierce Farms this summer. He was loading cabbage and corn to take to the Montgomery Curb Market last Friday. He works at the market on Saturdays helping with the fresh fruits and vegetables. Pierce Farms also has a produce stand on Highway 31 in south Clanton.

CCHS Wants New
Seats For Auditorium

June 15, 2015 - - 9:35 a.m

Chilton County High School is embracing an exciting new project in preparation for the school’s Centennial Celebration. The CCHS building, including the auditorium, was built in 1962. Other than minor repairs over the years, the auditorium seating has literally remained untouched over the past 53 years. The 1,046 seat auditorium contains chairs with cushioned seats and wooden backs, mounted on a cement floor.

The goal is to give new life to the existing seats by restoring them to provide greater comfort, restore beauty, and enhance enjoyment for students and community residents. The CCHS auditorium is used for multiple purposes throughout the year, including various performances, assemblies, pageants (Peach and Relay for Life), community meetings, district-side staff meetings, and professional development sessions, to name a few.

The school is asking alumni, family, and friends of Chilton County High School to make donations to cover the $157,000 cost of this project. Since 2016 marks the school’s one-hundredth birthday, school officials are hoping to have this project completed in time for celebration during the year of 2016. The year 1916 is memorable at Chilton County High School since it represents the first graduating class and the first football game. The colors have remained the same, orange and blue, and even the nickname, “Tigers”, has not changed.

Your help is needed to make the Save-A-Seat project a success. A gift of $150.00 will refurbish one auditorium seat. Any donation amount will be accepted. A donor plaque with names of all donors ($50 minimum) will be permanently displayed in the lobby outside the auditorium entrance. Make checks payable to Chilton County High School and send to: CCHS, 1214 7th Street South, Clanton, Alabama 35045.


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Unless you believe that -- and you practice some degree of liberty and justice in your life and dealings -- how can you be a viable and true citizen of a country, and you ENJOY the full rights and privileges of that country?

With the RIGHT TO VOTE, for example!

Ol' Tuck has always maintained -- and today it is more important to us than ever before -- that you have to EARN the right to VOTE in America. And then TRUST to keep it!

Because you cross a border from somewhere, and you are privileged by those who brought you here to be called (by them) "an American" -- does not make you a viable and contributing citizen with the privilege (and the POWER) to cast a ballot for or against whatever is taking place in AMERICA. Our nation is fractured because of that!

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