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    Anne Lathan, right, spoke at Senior Connection on Monday, February 17. She is a Registered Dietitian with the St. Vincent’s Health System. She gave Senior Connection members important information on ways to stay heart-healthy.

Class Reunion April 18

    The Chilton County High School Class of 1970 will have their 50th Class Reunion on Saturday, April 18 at the Yellowleaf Creek Mill in Clanton from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m.  The cost is $30.00 per person.

    For additional information call Kathy Plier at 205 646-2011 or Rhonda Sharman at 205 529-3545 or mail your check to David Weldon at 520 County Road 789, Clanton, AL 35045-6073.  Deadline to register is April 10.

    Senior Connection members enjoyed a game of bean-bag baseball on Friday, February 14. Left to right: Zed Price, Sarah Spalding, Don Hand, Brenda Rhodes, Jon-Ellen Nix, Yolanda Fox  and Alvin Teel.

    Senior Connection, in Clanton, held a Valentine Dance on February 14.

Chill Hours/Portions for
October 1, 2019 - February 15, 2020

Jemison (Union Grove) 836/53

Jemison (Petals From The Past) 821.5/52

Thorsby  (CREC)  804/50.1

Thorsby (Boozer Farms) 869/48

Fairview (Durbin Farms) 763.5/52.7

Recorded Rainfall
as of February 16th

Jemison (Union Grove) 9.86”

Jemison (Petals From The Past) 11.07”

Jemison Intermediate School 9.89”

Thorsby (CREC) 9.46”

Thorsby (Boozer Farms) 11.97”

Clanton (Airport) 10.36”

Fairview (Durbin Farms) 7.21”

"Blast From The Past"

Tickets On Sale

    Blast From The Past will be held in the McKee Auditorium at Chilton County High School on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, at 7:00 p.m. There will be a Sunday afternoon performance on March 1 at 2:00. 

    Tickets are $7.00 each and may only be purchased each Tuesday through the month of February in the auditorium lobby from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  They will also be available from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. February 24 through February 28. Tickets will be available at the door at each performance one hour prior to showtime, provided the shows aren’t sold out. Cash or checks are accepted.

    A total of 24 Billboard Top 40’s Hits will be performed with singers and dancers. Students from all county schools will participate. Songs include hits from the 1950’s including El Paso and Put Your Head On My Shoulder. Hits from the 1960’s include Let’s Dance, Maybe I Know, I’ve Told Every Little Star, and You Ain’t Woman Enough.

    There will also be songs from the 1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s. I Hope You Dance from 2001 will also be performed.

Heart Of Dixie Beauty

Pageant This Month

    The 22nd Annual Heart Of Dixie Pageant, sponsored by the Jemison Band Boosters, will be Saturday, February 29 at Jemison High School Auditorium. Pageant times are: 10:30 a.m. for 0 to 9 years old and 3:30 p.m. for 10 to 18 years old.

Story Hour At Jemison

    The Jemison Public Library is hosting Story Hour each Wednesday at the Jemison City Hall from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

    If you are interested in becoming an instructor or have an idea for a class, please call Cheryle English or Tammie McGriff at the number above.

Celebrate Recovery On Monday
Clanton Methodist

    Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, habit or a hang-up of any kind.

    The program is held every Monday night at Clanton First United Methodist Church with a large group meeting at 6:30 pm and men and women’s small groups meeting at 7:30 pm.

    Dinner is provided from 5:30 until 6:15 pm. The church offers Celebration Place for children 5 through 12 and childcare for children 3 to 4 years old.

    Everyone is invited to attend!

    Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling your life.


Farm Center Project
To Grow County 

By Becky Tucker, News Reporter

    Whitney Barlow spoke at a luncheon, hosted by Senior Connection on Wednesday, January 22, about the proposed farm center project to be located on Highway 145 in Chilton County. She is the Executive Director of the Chilton County Industrial Development Authority which has members from the City of Clanton, Town of Maplesville, City of Jemison and Town of Thorsby.

    “The Industrial Development Authority’s goal is economic development in Chilton County and its municipalities,” Barlow said. “In 2019, the Alabama Farmers Federation introduced their gift to the State of Alabama for their 100th year of existence in 2021, which will be the Centennial Park Ag Center.” 

    The Center will be located off Exit 212 and consists of 527 acres of property purchased by the City of Clanton and Chilton County. The Center will host a variety of shows such as car shows, RV shows, fairs, concerts, livestock shows, a variety of different horse shows. Barlow said, “What this means for us locally is, individuals will be coming into Chilton County and buying food, staying in hotels and shopping here. Every time they spend a dollar, tax money will go into the county and city which means better roads, schools, jobs, and economy.” 

    According to Barlow, commercial growth in an area is based on the number of people living in there, along with their income.  She said studies for the Center project have included Shelby and Autauga Counties in the economic impact area because those areas have higher household incomes and greater population than Chilton County. 

    Businesses look for areas with higher average incomes and more people than currently live in Chilton County. “It’s all about traffic in getting businesses to locate here,” Barlow said. The Center should draw in crowds to attend events, stay a few days, cause traffic issues, but she added, “they will go home.”

    The Authority has begun work with the local college on trying to expand on workforce development. “We are in a great location to help fill workforce needs,” Barlow said. “The Center will help us develop leadership skills in our youth, increase our commercial growth, and fill the workforce need.”

The Center will be built in phases. The main arena will seat 7,500 people, there will be an equestrian/livestock indoor arena, a sheep and swine barn, and a 150,000 square foot exhibition hall. The plan is to break ground in May of this year with a building completed by 2021.  Barlow said the livestock barns would be built first and one of the three arenas, along with the exhibition hall and RV parking areas.

    As for expanding Highway 145 near the proposed site, Barlow said that is still being talked about. She said Highway Department is aware this project has to be put at the top of the list, once the final plans for the Center are completed. 

    There are wetlands on the upper part of the property. “Everyone was aware of the wetlands the entire time,” Barlow said. “There are some streams and we do have some issues out there, but not at that upper part. We knew that could not be developed at all.” The employment projection for the actual Center itself will never be more than 75 people continuously, according to Barlow. At peek season there will be more people employed. “Commercial growth is where a lot of the jobs will come from, hotels, restaurants, and retail development,” she said.

Clanton Fire Calls

January 22, 2020

200 Block 3rd Avenue North-Fall

1400 Block Meadowood Drive-Public Assist

900 Block 8th Street North-Altered Mental Status

January 23, 2020

1300 Block 4th Avenue South-Public Assist

300 Block Airport Road-Unresponsive

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Fire Alarm

100 Block Peach Tree Lane-Abdominal Pain

900 Block Wilson Road-Medical Alarm

100 Block Thompson Avenue-Medical Alarm

400 Block Inverness Drive-False Alarm

January 24, 2020

100 Block Peach Tree Lane-General Illness

1100 Block 7th Street North-Syncope

January 25, 2020

800 Block Scott Drive-Fire Alarm

900 Block 7th Street South-AMS

1400 Block 7th Street South-Unresponsive

30 Block Maplewood Circle-Altered Mental Status

100 Block Thompson Avenue-Chest Pain

January 26, 2020

300 Block City Street-Fall

100 Block Thompson Avenue-Medical Alarm

900 Block Wilson Road-Fall

300 Block 6th Street South-Motor Vehicle Accident

January 27, 2020

2800 Block 4th Avenue North-General Illness

200 Block 3rd Avenue South-Smoke Investigation

100 Block Thompson Avenue-Chest Pain

300 Block Health Center Drive-Difficulty Breathing

2400 Block Big M Boulevard-Chest Pain

January 28, 2020

3900 Block Old Henry Road-Seizure

700 Block 8th Street North-Chest Pain

1100 Block 4th Avenue South-Chest Pain

500 Block 2nd Avenue South-Public Assist

700 Block 8th Street North-Unresponsive

2500 Block 7th Street South-Fire Alarm

100 Block Oak Ridge Lane-Smoke Investigation

1300 Block 4th Avenue North-Smoke Investigation

January 29, 2020

200 Block Willis Circle-General Illness

I65 211 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

1400 Block 4th Avenue South-Chest Pain

I65 211 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

January 30, 2020

700 Block Wilson Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Marie Street-Seizure

3300 Block Lay Dam Road-Assist Police

1000 Block Bud Littlejohn Road-General Illness

300 Block City Street-Childbirth

January 31, 2020

1200 Block 7th Street South-Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle

1700 Block 7th Street North-Public Assist

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

300 Block Pinedale Road-Public Assist

900 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

800 Block Lay Dam Road-Blood Pressure Check

February 1, 2020

1600 Block 7th Street South-Altered Mental Status

700 Block 8th Street North-Overdose

4000 Block 7th Street North-Blood Pressure Check

1000 Block Bud Littlejohn Road-Chest Pain

500 Block 7th Street North-Altered Mental Status

900 Block Wilson Road-Medical Alarm

1400 Block Taylor Avenue-Seizure

February 2, 2020

3000 Block 7th Street North-General Illness

2500 Block Yellowleaf Road-Public Assist

3000 Block 7th Street North-Public Assist

700 Block 8th Street North-Altered Mental Status

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Helicopter Landing Zone

1200 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

7th Street South and Scott Drive-Motor Vehicle Accident

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

2800 Block 7th Street North-Public Assist

3000 Block 7th Street North-General Illness

700 Block 8th Street North-Seizure

February 3, 2020

4000 Block Gowan Road-Difficulty Breathing

200 Block 8th Street North-Altered Mental Status

600 Block 9th Street North-General Illness

I65 211 Mile Marker-Motor Vehicle Accident

400 Block 7th Street North-Seizure

800 Block 14th Avenue North-Altered Mental Status

2500 Block 7th Street South-Equipment Fire

February 4, 2020

2500 Block 7th Street South-Traumatic Injury

800 Block Scott Drive-Fall

300 Block 2nd Street South-Diabetic Emergency

Price Drive-Helicopter Landing Zone

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Helicopter Landing Zone


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