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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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Bite From Timber Rattler The Story

Clanton Fire Department Responds! The Story

Fishermen Find Body
Of Missing Clanton Man

April 26, 2015 - - 10:25 a.m.

On Friday, April 24, the Clanton Police Department began a search for a 74-year-old resident, Robert L. Borom, of Clanton, who suffered with dementia. He was last seen at a local laundromat on Seventh Street South in Clanton around midnight.

Clanton Police Officers, Chilton County Deputies, Clanton Fire Fighters, and a State Trooper helicopter searched throughout the night for Borom.

Borom's body was found Saturday afternoon by two fisherman in a small pond in the area of Seventh Street South.

Detectives have not located any evidence that this was anything other than an accidental death, but the investigation will include an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Borom was observed at approximately 12:30 Friday morning, on business surveillance video, walking alone near the pond. 

Two Die In
Saturday Accident

April 19, 2015 - - 12:18 p.m.

A three-vehicle collision Saturday, April 18, claimed two lives. Austin Taylor Prill, 19, of Coker was injured when the 2007 Ford Mustang he was driving collided with a 2014 Dodge Ram. The Dodge was then struck by a 2014 Kia.

Two passengers in the Ford were killed: Travon Markeze Johnson, 19, of Ralph, and James Nathan Wheat, 18, of Buhl. Both were pronounced dead on the scene. The crash occurred at 8:15 p.m. on U.S. 82 at the 113 mile marker, which is approximately five miles east of Maplesville. No further information is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

One Injured In Friday Accident

April 18, 2015 - - 8:25 a.m.

Alabama State Troopers worked a traffic accident on Interstate 65, southbound, approximately three miles south of the Jemison and Thorsby exit (219). It was a multi-vehicle accident that involved three 18-wheelers and two passenger vehicles.

The wreck happened at mile-marker 216 and caused authorities to detour traffic onto County Road 42 in Jemison. Both southbound lanes of I-65 were closed for a couple of hours Friday, April 17.

One victim was reported to have been transported to an area hospital.

Authorities report there were 13 accidents in Chilton County on Friday, April 17.

From Clanton Police
Chief Brian Stilwell:

April 17, 2015 - - 10:35 a.m.

"I was informed yesterday evening that the U.S Highway 31 and Alabama 22 intersection construction project will begin Tuesday morning April 21. People should start seeing signs going up today (Friday). They will close the intersection and begin the detour routes at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, April 21. The detour will be in place for all morning commuters next Tuesday."

One Arrested In
Verbena School Burglary

April 17, 2015 - - 10:35 a.m.

Burglaries occurred on Wednesday morning around 5:00 o'clock at Verbena High School and the Verbena School Annex. Surveillance photographs made at the schools were shared by the Sheriff's Department on social media and nearby law enforcement agencies.

The suspect was spotted at a Centreville convenience store later Wednesday and a description of the automobile the suspect was in was given to Chilton County authorities. A Chilton County dispatcher, on her way home, spotted a vehicle similar to the one described.

Clanton police were contacted and the vehicle was pulled over near Interstate 65. The suspect still had on the same clothing as he was wearing in the surveillance video. Travis Lee Thomas, of Jones, Alabama, has been arrested and faces burglary and theft charges.

Woman Gunned Down
In Doctor's Office
Monday At Jemison

Schools And Businesses Near
Scene Locked Down For Hours

April 17, 2015 - - 10:35 a.m.

Reports are that over 40 law enforcement officers responded to a shooting in Jemison Monday morning. A 24-year old mother was killed and the father of her son is in the hospital facing murder charges.
Police received a call for help around 9:17 a.m. and a man was arrested at 12:24 p.m. Authorities believe a domestic dispute began shortly before 9:30 at the couple's home. The woman ran to a nearby doctor's office and said, "call the police."

The man reportedly entered, shot the woman and fled back to their home where he barricaded himself. There were six or seven employees at work at the doctor's office at the time of the shooting.
Police fired tear gas into the home at 12:24 and the man came out of the house with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. He was taken to a Birmingham area hospital. Police said they fired no shots during the tense ordeal.

Schools and businesses in the area were on lockdown for the three hours that it took the situation to unfold. The couple's six-year old son, who was at school at the time of the shooting, was with family members Monday afternoon.

Authorities believe the man is a former Marine. Police say the woman was Leaj Jarvis Price, and the man was identified as 25-year-old Eric Heath Price. As of Monday evening he was still in a Birmingham area hospital.

Eric Heath Price was booked into the Chilton County Jail, late Tuesday, for murder and three counts of terroristic threats for his actions towards witnesses of the shooting.


Clanton firemen were called to the scene of a grass fire, endangering a home, Thursday afternoon. The fire was at the intersection of County Road 53 and Kincheon Road, just outside the city limits. There were no injuries reported.


A two-car accident Monday morning, March 30 around 7:00 o'clock sent at least one person to the hospital. The accident happened on Highway 31 South, in Clanton, at the intersection of Cloverleaf Drive.

Get Ready For Nightmare
While Driving In Clanton

March 29, 2015 - - 11:45 a.m.

By Becky Tucker, News Reporter
The State Highway Department project to improve the intersection at Fourth Avenue North and Highway 31 South in Clanton is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 6. The intersection will be closed to traffic for approximately 140 days. "We want citizens to prepare for the worst," said Clanton Police Brian Stilwell at a meeting held Monday at the Police Department. "It's going to be a mess," he said.

The state project has been on the books for many years. Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver and Chief Stilwell have been working with state officials to finalize a detour route for all vehicles.

People traveling on Highway 31 from the south will see traffic barricades blocking the road at the Clanton Post Office closing off all traffic to Highway 31. To travel through Clanton, all north bound traffic will be routed onto Sixth Street at the Post Office, turn right onto Second Avenue South, turn left onto First Street and follow Highway 145 to Ollie Avenue to re-enter Highway 31.

People traveling on Highway 31 from the north will see traffic barricades blocking the road at Ollie Avenue. To travel south, cars and trucks must follow this same route list above in reverse.

Cars will be allowed to travel on Jackson Avenue, turn right onto Eighth Street, and left onto Highway 22 to go West. Cars coming from the west will follow the same route into Clanton. No trucks will be allowed to travel this route and they must detour onto Highway 191 coming from the West and go through Jemison to reach Highway 31.
All streets in downtown Clanton will be open to cars and all businesses will be accessible through city streets, but you will have to do some backtracking.

Businesses should contact the police at 755-1120 for more information. The cellular number is 205-217-2738 and their e-mail address is

Happenings At The "Y"

February 4, 2015 - - 12:35 p.m.

April 18 - - Everyday Hero 5k and 1-Mile Fun Run benefitting the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign! 5k will be $30.00 and begins at 8:00 a.m. The Fun Run is at 9:00 a.m. and will be $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. We will have inflatables, face painting, Costume Contest and Child care available for 5k participants only. Dress as your favorite superhero and help raise money for the STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN!

American Leadership Is
Weak-Kneed And Impotent!

If ever, America needed strength, determination, resolve, and power -- it is in today's upside-down world.

We have gone so far afield in the realm of world leadership and national solvency that too many of us -- as loyal and faithful citizens of this nation -- have floundered long enough in this vast sea of mediocrity and indifference to the dangers faced by all freedom-loving people.

The hostilities and political and religious pestilence proven to be the norm in many middle eastern countries today, are so foreign to the minds of free people as to be unbelievable.

The bad guys in the world are doing their best to scare Americans into subservience. Are we actually buying this garbage that our "leadership" is trying to sell us as inevitable?

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Chilton County News
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Clanton, Alabama 35046
205 755-0110