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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.

Clanton Receives Grant
For City Park Improvements

A $34,000 grant announced by Gov. Robert Bentley will put the play back in a Clanton playground.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund grant will help renovate a worn playground at West End Park, allowing the city to install equipment that is more modern and safer for children to use.

Clanton built the 11-acre park with grant money in 1979 to include a playground, ball fields, basketball courts, picnic areas and a swimming pool (renovated in 2002 with another grant support).

“Our parks should be havens where families and communities gather, interact and enjoy the outdoors,” Bentley said. “This grant will help Clanton restore a vital component needed to make their park complete once again.”

Bentley notified Mayor Billy Joe Driver that the grant had been approved. The city is supplying $34,000 for the playground renovation. These grants require a 50 percent local match of funds or in-kind materials and services.    

Five Dead In Highway 22 Wreck

A two-vehicle wreck on Saturday, January 24, claimed five lives. Quentin Anthony Buford, 36, of New Iberia, Louisiana, and Christina Robinson Deramus, 37, of Wetumpka were killed when the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Buford collided head-on with the 2014 Nissan Rogue driven by Deramus.

Three passengers in the Chevrolet also were killed: Robert Paul Gallet, 50, Damian Lee Gallet, 23, and Devan Jerica Gallet, 21, all from Billingsley, were pronounced dead at the scene by Chilton County Coroner Aaron Ellison.

The wreck occurred at 1:15 p.m. on Alabama 22 seven miles south of Clanton. No further information is available as State Troopers continue to investigate.


Clanton Intermediate students with David Seale.

Students Could Stick
Principal To A Wall

Clanton Intermediate School students collect Box Tops For Education each year. The money received from the Box Tops goes to the classroom teacher to spend on items needed for the students. This year, David Seale, Principal, has agreed to be duct-taped to the wall if the students turn in a combined total of 10,000 Box Tops.
The contest in now in progress and will end on Wednesday, April 1. The student who turns in the highest number of Box Tops in each homeroom will participate in taping Seale to the wall.

Mary Brown, coordinator for the Box Tops at CIS, is always looking for incentives to excite the students and get them motivated in the collection of Box Tops. "If each student will turn in 15 box tops, our goal of 10,000 will be reached," Seale said. "Some kids will bring more. It is a challenging goal, but reachable."

Brown wants to remind parents and students that expired Box Tops will not count. "Also, Box Tops with expiration dates which have been cut or torn off will not count," she said. "We must be able to see the expiration date. This will be an exciting and fun contest and we want to encourage everyone to collect Box Tops." Even if your child does not attend Clanton Intermediate School, you may collect the Box Tops and turn them in at the school office.


Scene of the accident Thursday.

Students Injured In
Thursday Bus Accident

A school bus carrying 25 students from Clanton Elementary and Intermediate Schools rolled over in an accident Thursday afternoon on Enterprise Road. Eleven of those students were transported to two hospitals, Shelby Baptist and Children's of Alabama.

According to press statement released by Tommy Glasscock, Superintendent Of Education, late Thursday night, all but two students have been released from the hospitals. Children's Hospital admitted two students for overnight observation. "All are doing well," Glasscock said. "I have personally spoken with the students and their parents."

The driver of the bus was not injured in the wreck. The Clanton Police Department issued this statement: "We have been receiving information that a rumor is circulating about the driver of the bus being arrested. At this time, the accident is under investigation, but no charges have been filed against the driver. We ask that everyone refrain from participating in rumors that may cause further hardships to the driver involved. If information does become available about the outcome of the investigation, we will update everyone."

Jemison Baseball Sign-Up Begins

Sign-ups will be held for Jemison Dixie Youth Baseball League as follows: January 24, 9:00 a.m. until noon; January 29, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.; February 7, 9:00 a.m. until noon; and February 12, 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Ages are three years to twelve years.

Cost is $150.00 each. You may call Steven Gray 205-603-3878 with any questions. Sign-ups are held upstairs at the Jemison Dixie Youth Concession Stand.

State Parks To Offer Free
Camping Beginning February 8

Lodging Discount Also Available

In a show of appreciation to its customers, Alabama State Parks is offering free camping during its Customer Appreciation Days from February 8-12, 2015. During the event, campers can stay for up to five nights based upon the availability of campsites. The free camping offer applies to both improved and primitive sites, but is not available to extended-stay campers. Prior or day-of reservations are welcome.

In addition to free camping, Alabama State Parks is also offering 50 percent off lodging at parks with hotels and cabins during its Customer Appreciation Days. The discount applies to regular seasonal rates on all lodge and hotel rooms, cabins, chalets and cottages. Lodging tax is not included in the Customer Appreciation Days offer.

“In recent years, our visitors and partners have continued to show their support for Alabama State Parks during tough financial times,” said Greg Lein, State Parks Director. “These Customer Appreciation Days are intended as a show of gratitude to everyone who enjoys the state’s park system. We appreciate their support.”

To take advantage of the Customer Appreciation Days free camping and discounted lodging offers, contact the individual parks for availability and to make reservations. For individual park contact information, visit or call 1-800-ALA-PARK.

Alabama State Parks Customer Appreciation Days are the first in a series of upcoming state park specials. In 2015, the park system’s theme will be “Bring A Friend,” which encourages regular visitors to invite a friend who has never explored an Alabama state park. For more details about "Bring A Friend," visit in the coming months.

Alabama State Parks is proud to provide world-class experiences at each of its 22 state parks. Park improvements and accommodation specials such as Customer Appreciation Days are made possible only through the continued support of Alabama’s state park partners and the state legislature. At Alabama’s state parks, Partners Pay the Way.

The Alabama State Parks Division operates and maintains 22 state parks encompassing approximately 48,000 acres of land and water. These Parks rely on visitor fees and the support of other Partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations.  To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit


The Peach Queens represented Chilton County in Monday's Inaugural Parade held in Montgomery. Riding in the horse-drawn carriage are, left to right: Kassidy Payne, Young Miss Peach; Cambree Crumpton, Little Miss Peach; Tayler Mazingo, Miss Peach and Whitley Smith, Junior Miss Peach.

YMCA Pageant Registration Begins! Information

More Government Control On Drones! The Story

Clanton Fire Department Responds! The Story



We are constantly bumfuzzled by the attitude of so many in the political arena, as well as what is described as the "information"
segment of our society, where they are either unable to, or will not allow themselves to look at reality.

The television "news" people, for example, continually question why Barack H. Obama never speaks at all against "Islam" -- period! He (personally) refuses to take sides against radical Islam.

We have been led to believe that those "media" and "news" folks are supposed to be among the more educated (therefore more sophisticated) than almost anybody you can find. Obviously,
not so!

BECAUSE -- they have allowed themselves to become so
"politically-correct" (and therefore, minimized) that they cannot
express themselves in honest and honorable terms.

Read more Ol' Tuck here! You may need a .pdf reader to view this file.

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