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School Will Have Auction! The Information

More Government Control On Drones! The Story

Clanton Fire Department Responds! The Story


Tommy Glasscock, standing left, Chilton County Superintendent of Education, met with a group of local officials at the Board Of Education office to address concerns about weather-related issues. Those present at the meeting included, left to right: Allen Caton, Chairman of the Chilton County Commission; John Shearon, Chilton County Sheriff; Lori Patterson, Board President; David Hicks, Clanton Police Department; Jason Griffin, Transportation Supervisor for the Chilton County School System; and Derrick Wright, Emergency Management Agency Director for Chilton County.

Glasscock recently attended a meeting at the State Emergency Management Agency in Clanton. Glasscock was impressed that the State EMA makes their decisions, concerning weather related issues, as a group rather than one or two individuals. "This makes it a collective effort, which would be ideal for our county," Glasscock said.

He discussed his idea to form a group of county officials to come together to discuss data when inclement weather is predicted. Glasscock feels this will help officials make better decisions.

Warning Sirens To Be
Tested At Lay And Mitchell
Dams On February 27

February 25, 2015 - - 1:25 p.m.

Alabama Power will test warning sirens installed downstream of Lay and Mitchell dams on Friday, February 27. The sirens will be sounded at or around noon and will be preceded by a voice announcement.
The sirens are in place to warn residents living downstream of the dams in the unlikely event of a structural failure at either facility. Residents do not need to take any action when the siren test takes place.

“The dams are in excellent condition,” said Herbie Johnson, Hydro general manager. “The tests are simply an annual requirement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which licenses the dams. The sirens are there to warn residents to immediately move to higher ground if there’s a problem,” Johnson said.

The sirens are located one-half to three-quarters of a mile downstream from the dams. The devices are different than the horns located on the dams, which warn the public of sudden water discharges when a turbine is activated or a spillway gate is opened.
Please visit to learn more about Alabama Power reservoirs and for information about lake conditions, dam generation schedules and shoreline issues.

Man Charged With
Impersonating A
Police Officer

February 19, 2015 - - 1:10 p.m.

On Tuesday, February 17, at approximately 12:28 p.m., Clanton police received a call of a male subject arguing with a female subject in the parking lot of a gas station located on Lay Dam Road. When officers arrived on the scene, it was determined that a female driver had accidentally drifted into the lane of another vehicle which was driven by Anthony Marcus, age 31 of Clanton.

Marcus reportedly activated emergency lights, red and white in color, that were installed in his personal vehicle, a red pickup, and the female driver pulled into the gas station. Police say Marcus approached the woman’s vehicle and began yelling at the driver as she rolled down her window.

They say he then struck the window of the vehicle with his fist causing it to break. Clanton Police Department Detectives responded and Marcus was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer, criminal mischief third degree and harassment. He is currently in the Chilton County Jail awaiting a bond. 

Two Arrested During
Traffic Stop Tuesday

February 19, 2015 - - 1:10 p.m.

On Tuesday, February 17 at approximately 7:49 p.m., on County Road 32, Chilton County Deputy Jessica Mims attempted a traffic stop. She observed a Ford Mustang speeding and the vehicle attempted to flee.  During the pursuit, the vehicle crossed over County Road 459 onto County Road 28.

While on County Road 459, the officer observed an object being thrown out the window of the vehicle into a creek. The vehicle was eventually stopped on County Road 28 by Corporal Mims and assisting deputies. Two suspects were taken into custody and deputies responded to locate the object in the creek. Deputies located a bag containing prescription medication, marijuana and crystal meth. The driver was identified as Aaron Jessie Cook, age 21 of Clanton, and was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana first degree, illegal possession of prescription medication and attempting to elude police.

A passenger was also located in the vehicle and was arrested for the drug charges. Christina Dee Harper, age 20 of Verbena, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana first degree and illegal possession of prescription medication. Both suspects were transported to the Chilton County Jail and are awaiting bond.  

Ash Wednesday Service
At Clanton First Methodist

February 15, 2015 - - 4:00 p.m.

The Clanton First United Methodist Church will hold an Ash Wednesday service February 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary. The community is invited to this service, which initiates the Lenten season leading up to Easter.

This evening of worship will include special music and a sermon and will conclude with the imposition of ashes on the foreheads of worshipers. The ashes signify repentance and mortality. For more information, call 755-0490 or email

Mustang Feast Saturday,
March 7 At Isabella

February 15, 2015 - - 4:00 p.m.

The 20th Annual Mustang Feast will be held March 7 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Isabella High School gymnasium. The event includes all you can eat rib eye steak, shrimp, barbecue, trimmings and dessert. Tickets are $50.00 each. Call the school office for more information at 205-280-2770.


Sign at Chilton County Courthouse.

Six Arrested By Clanton Police

February 6, 2015 - - 10:08 a.m.

On January 30 the Clanton Police Department received a tip that illegal drugs were being sold in the West End community of Clanton.  Narcotics Detective David Kline was notified and responded to an address on Liberty Street. A search warrant for the residence was obtained and marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia were located in the residence.
Six people from Clanton were arrested on the scene and charged with possession of marijuana first degree, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kline stated, “Illegal narcotics are a major problem in our city that requires a combined effort to combat.  I want to say thanks to our officers for their quick response and hard work as well as members of the West End community for their help and support of our officers.”

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!

Clanton Receives Grant
For City Park Improvements

January 31, 2015 - - 10:35 a.m.

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.

Alabama Chief Justice Moore
Believes In Interpreting
The Whole Constitution!

Liberal Federal Judges Demonize Founding Fathers!

We find it difficult to ignore the comments and advice frequently attributed to Chief Justice of Alabama, Roy Moore. Judge Moore always claims as the foundation of his arguments, his interpretation of the United States Constitution. Some folks disagree with Judge Moore's opinions, but he always manages to stay true to himself in what he believes The Constitution tells us.

As an example of his advice, we offer the following statement that he wrote recently to Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, concerning the federal government dictating marriage policy:

"Nothing in the United States Constitution grants the federal government the authority to redefine the institution of marriage" and the increasing federal usurpation of that authority decidedly trumps Alabama state law, more specifically the Sanctity of Marriage Amendment passed in 2006 by 81% of her voters.

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