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Randolph Man Dies
In Traffic Accident

A single-vehicle accident on May 26 claimed the life of a Randolph man. Chuckie Wayne Smith, 41, was killed when the 1999 Peterbilt tractor trailer he was driving left the roadway and overturned. Smith was partially ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred at 12:50 p.m. on Autauga County 83 two miles east of Burnsville. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

Memorial Day Weekend
Safety Is A Top Priority

It’s time to wrap up another school year, celebrate high school and college graduations and kick off the summer with Memorial Day Weekend.  Alabama State Troopers remind everyone to play it safe along Alabama roadways and waterways this Memorial Day Weekend.

The official holiday travel period runs from 6 a.m. Friday, May 27, to midnight Monday, May 30, but Alabama State Troopers assigned to the Highway Patrol and Marine Patrol Divisions will work together throughout the next two weeks to create a highly visible enforcement presence and to promote public safety.

“We urge motorists and boaters of all ages to obey all traffic and boating laws to ensure everyone enjoys the extended holiday weekend and the coming warm-weather months,” Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said. “We would like nothing more than to reduce the number of  traffic and boating crashes, injuries and fatalities. We will team with our county and municipal law enforcement partners to serve and protect the citizens of Alabama, particularly on Memorial Day Weekend, when we typically see more traffic.”

This is also the time of year for high school and college graduations, with celebrations that frequently include alcohol, often with underage use. It is important for parents to be aware and monitor party-goers who are younger than 21.

During the days surrounding Memorial Day Weekend, Troopers will participate in two national safety campaigns: National Safe Boating Week, which begins Saturday, May 21, and runs through Friday, May 27; and Click It Or Ticket, which began Monday, May 23, and runs through Sunday, June 5, to promote the use of seat belts and child restraints.

Colonel John E. Richardson, director of the Department of Public Safety, said Troopers and other officers will be looking for motorists who are not buckled up. In Alabama, the seat belt law mandates that all front-seat occupants --  regardless of age -- be restrained.  They also will engage in routine patrols, as well as traffic, boating and alcohol enforcement details,  and they will be available to assist motorists. (Motorists may call *HP on cell phones to reach the nearest Highway Patrol post.)

Troopers also offer these tips for ensuring a safe Memorial Day Weekend and summer:

Remember Alabama’s seat belt law mandates that all front-seat occupants --  regardless of age -- be restrained.  The state’s child restraint law requires the following size-appropriate restraint systems for children riding in front and back seats: Infant-only seats and convertible seats used in the rear-facing position for infants until at least 1 year of age or 20 pounds; convertible seats in the forward position or forward-facing seats until the child is at least 5 years of age or 40 pounds; booster seats until the child is 6 years of age; seat belts until the child is 15 years of age.

Buckle up -- no matter how short the trip -- on the road or on the water. Occupants of all ages should use seat belts or child restraints when traveling by motor vehicles. On waterways, all occupants of water vessels should use U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.

Restrict access and closely monitoring teens to prevent underage use of alcoholic beverages.  

Avoid driving or boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Focus on driving or boating and avoiding such distractions as texting and talking on cell phones.

Slow down in construction zones along the way. Drivers pose the greatest danger in work zone crashes by not paying attention, speeding and driving while impaired or distracted.

Pay attention to weather conditions, particularly when there is thunder and lightning. Storms can come up quickly, especially in warm weather, so keep an eye to the sky. Watch for temperature changes, shifts in wind patterns and changes in cloud formations.

“Troopers  will target such dangerous behavior as speeding, DUI, distracted driving, following too closely and other driving behaviors that cause crashes and contribute to more severe crashes,” Secretary Stabler said.

Peach Festival Pageant
Contestants Announced

The Chilton County Peach Festival Beauty Pageant is June 18, 20, 21 and 23 in Clanton.

Miss Peach contestants are: Anna Calhoun, Tiffany Davis, Celeste Montgomery, Brianna Price, Abbey Porter, Averie Porter, Whitley Smith, Savannah Swindle, Hannah Tierce, and Kali Trice.

Junior Miss Peach contestants are: Isabelle Alexander, Maddy Barrington, Kaedynce Christensen, Sara Kate Emmerich, Maddison Kelley, Grace Nolen, Grace Ann Porter, and Caroline Ricks.

Young Miss Peach contestants are: Caylene Bice, Addison Bone, Ali Kate Calhoun, Ashlynn Cantley, Molly Clements, Karlee Cummings, Taylor Driver, Cresley Haggard, Addison Hayes, Ryleigh Pierce, Sophia Porter, Kalyn Smith, Marissa Smitherman, and Kaity Wilkins.

Little Miss Peach contestants are: Blaire Adams, Lanie Adams, Lily Burke, Harper Cleckley, Mary Henning Dale, Olivia Driver, Anna Kate Gray, Elizabeth Gray, Maggi Harrison, Lexi-Kate Hayes, Dori Lawrence, Carly Meank, Leelah Penley, Saydie Smith, Charli Watson, and Kailey Walker.

Local Man Dies
In Traffic Accident

A two-vehicle crash at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, claimed the life of a Verbena man. Edward Joseph Irvin, 48, was killed when the Jeep Cherokee he was driving collided with a 2005 Ford pickup on U.S. 31, two miles south of Clanton. Irvin was pronounced dead a short time later at Shelby Medical Center. Two other people were injured in the accident.

Peach Festival Art
Show 32 Years Old

The 32nd Annual Roy Wood Peach Festival Art Show, sponsored by the Peoples Southern Bank, gives Chilton County artists the opportunity to let their works be seen by their friends and people interested in art. This year’s exhibit will be from Thursday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 22.

The subject matter of these works may be pertaining to the peach industry or a subject of your choosing. The painting must have been painted within the last two years and must not have been entered in this show before. All entries must be original and cannot be a copy.

There is a Junior Division and a Senior Division. Prizes will be awarded in each division as follows: First Place, $100.00; Second Place, $75.00; Third Place, $50.00; and Honorable Mention, $25.00.

You may enter two works of art. An entry fee of $5.00, per piece, must accompany each work. Applications are available at the bank and must be attached to your artwork. Works will be received at Peoples Southern Bank on Wednesday, June 15, from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Please bring painting to the parking lot entrance.

All works entered in the exhibit must be original, dry, framed and complete with wire ready to hang. Drawings, watercolors, pastels and any works on paper must be matted, framed and complete with wire ready to hang.

Register Online For
Vacation Bible School

Collins Chapel Baptist Church, Jemison, will be holding its Vacation Bible School Monday, June 13 through Friday, June 17 from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m. Supper will be served each evening.

Registration may be made either online at click here or in person on Sunday, June 12 from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m at the church. Registration evening will include a family supper.


Over three inches of rain caused extensive flooding in Clanton and Chilton County Sunday afternoon, May 1. Several roads were closed and Highway 31 in downtown Clanton was closed during the flash flood. The home above is on Taylor Street, near the airport, in Clanton.

President Says Toilet-Choice Is
Going To Be "Government-Issue!"

Through much deliberation and consideration for every decent human being in the United States, we believe that someone has come up with the answer to the "TOILETS-IN-AMERICAN-SCHOOLS fiasco that seems to have overtaken the sensibilities of some:


There will be no congregating in the restroom because ALL restrooms in public facilities (and that includes all public schools) will now consist of one small cubicle -- each one, separate from the other -- and all available to everybody as long as it is ONE-AT-THE-TIME!

This will conform to the age-old belief that boys and girls are different (in many ways) and, in particular, in the realm of bodily-functions.

There will be trees and bushes (supplied by Mother Nature) available for those who choose not to be private in such circumstances.

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