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The Miss Chilton County Pageant was held Saturday, March 16, at Chilton County High School. Allison Giles was crowned 2019 Miss Chilton County by 2018 Queen Averie Beth Porter. Other Queens include: Mia Deason, Junior Miss; Cambree Crumpton, Young Miss; and Abby Baxley, Little Miss. The Queens and their courts will be featured in the March 21 issue of Chilton County News.
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Storms Cause Damage In County
Strong thunderstorms rolled into Chilton County Thursday night, March 14 and a possible tornado touched down in the area of County Road 55 in the northeast part of the county around 7:30.
There were no reports of serious injuries, but several structures were damaged or destroyed.
Over a thousand homes were reported to be without power Thursday night. and several roads were blocked by storm debris.
Power Company crews were still in the area at Noon on Friday, March 15.
From the National Weather Service: “At least nine areas of interest have been identified based on tornadic debris signatures on radar and/or reported damage. The areas include portions of the following counties: Marengo, Perry, Dallas, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Autauga, Elmore, St. Clair, and Blount Counties. Due to the number of tracks to investigate, it may take more than one day to complete all assessments.”
New Miss Chilton County
Queens To Be Crowned
The Miss Chilton County Pageant will be held Saturday, March 16, at Chilton County High School. The Little and Young Miss Pageant portion will begin at 1:00 p.m.
The Junior and Miss Pageant portion will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Admission will be $7.00 per person.
Contestants in the Miss Chilton County category are: Allison Giles, Aubrie Hall, Bonnie Walker, Claire Staggs, Isabelle Alexander, Jenna Parnell, and Tiffany Davis. Contestants in the Junior Miss category are: Ahnna Grace Mayfield, Alyssa Zeigler, Amanda Williams, Anna Cate Burnett, Anna Kathryn Baker, Haylie Claire Patterson, Mia Deason, and Tressa Miller.
Contestants in the Young Miss category are: Addison Cordell, Braelynn Brooks, Cambree Crumpton, Caroline Watson, Dani Claire Brock, Delaney Hamm, Haliey Adams, Kayten Sullivan, Leelah Penley, Saydie Smith, and Sophie Oaks. Contestants in the Little Miss Category are: Abby Baxley, Adalynn Rose Robbins, Caroline Gaines, Charli Claire Watson, Harper Cleckley, Jeslyn Hill, Layla Dae Pickern, Maci Smith, Maleigha Mcgalliard, and Nora Kayte Camarillo.
Cold Weather Damaged Crop
By Becky Tucker, News Reporter
Chilton County’s peach growers were hit with three straight mornings of sub-freezing temperatures last week. Tuesday morning, March 5, temperatures were 26 and 27 degrees from Jemison to Clanton. Recorded low temperatures on Wednesday morning, March 6, ranged from 23 degrees to 26 degrees in most of Chilton County. This was followed by temperatures ranging from 28 to 30 degrees Thursday morning, March 7.
Jerry Harrison, whose orchards are on Highway 82 in Maplesville, said it was a tough week. “That many freezing nights in a row is tough,” he said. “The first night I came out good because it didn’t freeze for long. The second night hurt when we had about 8 hours below freezing.”
Harrison said the bad part for him is the loss of his peaches that are usually ready around July 4. “All the real good peaches, they are hurt the most. My good white nectarines were hurt.” Harrison said the trees will have a few peaches on them, but any bloom that was wide open was killed. Most all of the plums were killed. “They had pretty much all bloomed,” he said. “You could see small plums on the trees. They didn’t have a chance.”
Peach trees bloomed very early this year as February temperatures rose quickly at the first of the month. The trees which have lower chill hour requirements were advanced farther along than those requiring more chill hours and appear to be the ones damaged last week. Many of those trees were in full bloom and some had small green leaves on them already. The later the stage, the higher the chance there will be damage, according to Bobby Boozer of Boozer Farms.
Boozer inspected blooms in one of his orchards Thursday afternoon, March 7. “If we look inside, we can see they have been frozen,” he said. Some inside are marginal in color which means it may have been killed Thursday morning. Others were darker and that indicated they were probably killed Tuesday or Wednesday morning.
Taylor Boozer Hatchett, also of Boozer Farms, said they fear a total crop loss in three of their 20 varieties. “It is very difficult, possibly impossible, to give an accurate percentage of loss,” she said. “Our best guess, at this early stage, is on our remaining 17 varieties, our crop has been reduced by 50 percent.” Their blueberries were hit the hardest. “I’m guessing we probably lost 55 to 60 percent of the potential crop.” She remains optimistic about the blueberries and feels they could have had a total loss if they hadn’t burned the fires and stirred the air like they did. “We lost a lot last year,” she said. “What was miraculous was the berry size made last year was larger. That made up in volume a lot of what was lost.”
“We are thankful we are still looking at having a crop,” Hatchett said. She also said that growers have over a month to go before the threat of freeze events end. Their strawberries made it through with a minimum of loss and they feel hopeful because strawberries do continue to bloom, unlike the peach trees.
Penton Farms recorded a low of 25 degrees in their orchards early Wednesday morning. “We think we’ve lost 50 to 80 percent according to what variety and what stage the blooming was in,” Rachell Penton said. They feel not pruning their trees may have saved them some peaches. “I think we will be okay for the most part on our peaches,” she said. Some of their strawberries succumbed to the cold weather, but not many. “They look beautiful and are loaded with blooms and berries. Our lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and onions look good as well.”
Kenneth and Kenyon Easterling hired helicopters to fly over their fields during the early morning hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. They monitored the temperatures and are hopeful they were able to save a portion of their crop. Kenyon feels that if there are peaches in the orchard this year, they should be good size peaches because the cold weather definitely thinned out the crop. He said that different peaches react different ways to the cold temperatures and they have some varieties that still have tight buds on the limbs.
All of the growers agree this year presented a unique situation with the trees being so far along and it getting so cold. They are hopeful they won’t see any more severe cold temperatures and they will at least have some peaches to sell.
NEWS PHOTO BY BECKY TUCKER
The Jemison Public Library held its annual Fairy Tales Show on Friday evening, February 15. Book themes were used at different booths where children of all ages played games and received prizes. Mother Goose read stories to the children. It was a fun evening and money was raised to help with renovations to the future home of the library on Main Street.
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