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Fighting The Flu
Freddy Smith, Maintenance Supervisor with the Chilton County Board of Education, demonstrates how the school system will fumigate all county schools beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 16.

The aerosol spray eliminates germs and the chemicals are being used to combat the ongoing issue of flu virus, which continues to affect students and teachers.

Students are out of school on Monday, February 19, and Tuesday, February 20. Custodians will clean the schools throughly on Tuesday before students return on Wednesday.

Clanton Police Arrest
Two For Drug Trafficking

The Clanton Police Department made two substantial drug arrests this month.

Officer Joseph Smitherman arrested two subjects on February 1. They were in possession of approximately 132 grams of “spice,” a synthetic drug that has become popular in the area. They were charged with drug trafficking in connection with the traffic stop which was conducted due to the vehicle not having a license plate.

Officer Charlotte Meuleman stopped a vehicle for an equipment violation on February 4. With assistance from Officer Jason Harris and his K9 partner, Spirit, thirteen grams of methamphetamine were located. The subject was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.


The syrup has been poured and Myles Kelley is ready to enjoy his pancakes at the Methodist Men's Pancake Day at the Clanton First United Methodist Church. The event was held Saturday, February 10.


Kneeling: Mary Porter Thornhill, left, and Zosie Ray. Middle row, left to right: Aaric Bee, Braxten Davenport, Rylea Ellison, and Jerrell Oliver. Back row: Julie Harrison, left, and Olivia Driver.

Driver Wins Art Exhibit

Julie Harrison, art teacher at Clanton Elementary School, entered seven student works into the 2018 State Superintendent's Art Exhibit this year. The exhibit takes place at the Alabama State Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Library and is on display from February 2 through 23.

Students selected to participate must exemplify excellent art technique. Art pieces must be matted and wrapped to specifications provided. This year, an additional component of the exhibit was the Bicentennial Celebration of Alabama.

Artwork chosen for this division had to display information relevant to Alabama History. Winners were announced for all public school age categories with only two winners state-wide for grades Kindergarten through second.
Olivia Driver's art was selected as a winner in this category with an oil-pastel depiction of the state and its counties. Her art was made by a process called printmaking where a monoprint of the the state was pulled and then oil pastels were applied over the dry paint.

Mrs. Harrison, Olivia, and her family attended the State Board of Education Meeting, the exhibit, and an Awards Luncheon on February 8. The other participating students and their families attended a field trip (organized by Mrs. Harrison) to the exhibit on February 7.
Mrs. Harrison stated, "As always, I am honored to provide art lessons that are enriching and beautiful to my students. I couldn't be prouder of our efforts to represent Chilton County in this state-wide exhibit." 


Church Damaged In Storm

An National Weather Service survey team identified EF-0 tornado damage Wednesday, February 7 at Jemison. The twister struck shortly after 6:00 a.m. Damage also occurred in Autauga County near Billinsgley.

The old Jemison Elementary School building, which now houses a church, was damaged, as were several homes in the area. There were no reported injuries.

Candidates Qualify
For Primary Election

There will be a Primary Election held on Tuesday, June 5. Qualifying began on January 8 and ended on February 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Republican candidates who have qualified as of Thursday, February 1, are as follows: Chilton County Sheriff: John Shearon and Robbie Autery; Coroner: Aaron Ellison and Jim Shannon; Superintendent Of Education: Tommy Glasscock and Jason Griffin; Probate Judge: Jason Calhoun, Kurt Wallace, Rex Cleckler, and Riley Yeargan; Board Of Education: Chanel Bingham, Brian Jackson, Keith Moore, Lori Patterson, Pam Price, Paula Thornton, Chris Smith, Regina Young, Tommy Headley, Chris Johnson, Allen Williams, and Angie Sanderson.

Glenn McGriff has qualified for re-election to the office of Circuit Clerk. For State Representative, District 42, Jimmy Martin has qualified for re-election and Jimmie Hardee has qualified as an opponent.

Cam Ward has qualified for re-election to the State Senate, District 14. Bill Lewis has qualified for 19th Circuit Judge, Place 1. Renee Powers and Bob Sanders have qualified for the Executive Committee, Place 1, and C. J. Robinson has qualified for Place 2.

On the Democrat side, Robert Binion has qualified to run for Commissioner Of Agriculture And Industries. Jacqueline Sullivan has qualified for Chilton County Board Of Education.


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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