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Clanton, Jemison, Thorsby, Maplesville, Isabella, Verbena and Cooper in Chilton County, Alabama.

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   Dustin Connell, of Clanton, won the REDCREST 2021 Bass Fishing Tournament at Lake Eufaula on Friday, February 26, after a week of fishing. Connell was able to capitalize on the offshore brush piles and catch 12 bass for 36 pounds, 15 ounces. He secured his first win in nearly four years and earned $300,000.00.

   Habitat of Humanity of Autauga and Chilton Counties held a new home dedication for Nicole Zabransky in Clanton on Friday, February 26. Sunday Hosch presented Zabransky with a family Bible to place in her new home where she will reside with her son.


    West End Baptist Church Relay For Life Team will host its annual Luminaria Service where they will celebrate cancer survivors, those who are fighting cancer and remember those who have passed away.

    The service will be Sunday night, February 28, beginning at 6:00. Luminarias will be available for purchase at the service for $2.00 each or three for $5.00.

    The church requests that face masks beworn and everyone follow guidelines set forth for social distancing.


    Six Alabama public schools have received conservation education grants through the Alabama Power Foundation’s “Students to Stewards” initiative. 

Students to Stewards grants promote environmental stewardship, sustainability and education. The grants can be used for a variety of environmental education-related projects, including in-school and field learning, outdoor classrooms and teacher training. 

    “Students to Stewards grants help open minds to the extraordinary natural resources in our state and how to protect them,” said Tequila Smith, Alabama Power Foundation president. “We also hope these grants will motivate young people in Alabama to consider careers inspired by science, the environment and the natural world – careers that can help elevate our state.” 

    Here are the latest recipients of Students to Steward grants: 

  • • Alma Bryant High School – Irvington. 
  • • Attalla Elementary School. 
  • • Chickasaw High School. 
  • • Jemison Intermediate School. 
  • • Lynn Elementary School. 
  • • Stemley Road Elementary School – Talladega. 

   The Thorsby High School boy’s basketball team will appear in their first ever Elite 8 appearance. Thorsby will play Calhoun High School in Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery on Friday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the Final Four on Wednesday, March 3 at 4:30 p.m. to be held at the Bill Harris Arena located at the Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birmingham. The State Championship game will be held Saturday, March 6, at the Bill Harris Arena.

    Yep, it was cold Wednesday morning, February 17 in Chilton County.

   Citizens across Chilton County started the day Tuesday, February 16, with frigid temperatures. A Winter Weather Advisory was issued and people were advised to stay home. Several businesses in the county closed for the day. The temperature in Clanton at 7:00 a.m. was 16 degrees, but it felt like 5 degrees, and snow was falling. Shown is the intersection of Temple and Thrash roads in Clanton.

   Hank Walker, Pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Clanton enjoyed the snow Tuesday morning, February 16. Reverend Walker lives in the Enterprise community.



Information from Justin Gentry, CHILTON WEATHER

Chill Hours and Dynamic Chill Portions as of 2/15/21

Jemison (Union Grove) 998.5/53.7

Jemison (Petals) 1,027.8/55.3

Thorsby (CREC) 995/49.4

Thorsby (Boozer Farms) 1,024/49.6

    Most peach varieties grown in Chilton County need around 1,000 chill hours by February 15 in order to produce a good crop.


    A single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 1:46 p.m. Friday, February 12, has claimed the life of a Thorsby youth. The child was a passenger in a 2006 GMC Yukon driven by Anthony Alleman, 33, when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree.

    The child succumbed to injuries and was pronounced deceased following the wreck. The accident occurred on County Road 107, five miles west of Jemison, in Chilton County.

    Nothing further is available as State Troopers continue to investigate.


    The Clanton Post Office has been undergoing extensive repairs for several months. Saturday morning, February 13, customers lined up and it was business as usual at the newly remodeled building.


    The City Of Clanton has been making improvements, this past week, to several areas at the park located near downtown.


    The Seventh Annual Miss Relay For Life Pageant, sponsored by the West End Baptist Church Relay For Life Team, will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at The Back Forty in Clanton.  Entry fee is $35 for pageant, $20 for Photogenic or both for $40.  Divisions are:  Wee (4-5 Years), Tiny (6-8 years), Little (9-10 years), Young (11-12 years), Junior (13-15 years), Miss (16-18 years).

    This year the organization will award a $1,000.00 scholarship to the 2021 Miss Relay For Life.  Photogenic is for ages 4-18 years.   All contestants must be residents of Chilton County.  All proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society.

    Sign-up date and time will be Sunday, March 14 from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m., at West End Baptist Church Family Center.  Deadline for enter is Saturday, April 3 at 12 Noon.  Applications may be picked up at Classy Touch in Clanton, Cornerstone, Encore Rehab, or you may request one via email to Sunny Mays, at Ribitfrog@att.net or you may print from the link on the Miss Relay For Life of Chilton County, Alabama page on social media.  We will be following CDC rules regarding face masks and social distancing.

    For more information, you may contact Sunny Mays, 205-296-2945.


    Donny Finlayson addresses the people who attended a dedication ceremony Sunday, February 7 at Clanton Middle School. Finlayson, a retired educator, is a former principal at the school. During Sunday's ceremony the new Field House at Clanton Middle School was named the Donny Finlayson Field House.


     Alabama’s Voluntary Pre-K Program is accepting online pre-registration applications for the 2021-2022 school year. For assistance with accessing online applications, contact your local school.

Enrollment is open to all children four years of age on or before September 1, 2021 who are residents of the State of Alabama. There is no registration fee for the program.

    Forms are available online at https://alprek.asapconnected.com. You may complete the form and submit proof of residence along with a birth certificate.

    Pre-registration dates are now through March 16 at Jemison Elementary School. Acceptance is through random drawing to be held on March 19, at 9:00 a.m. The parent or guardian does not have to be present at the drawing. Notices of acceptance will be emailed beginning April 16.

    Visit www.children.alabama.gov and see the pre-registration information under First Class Pre-K for further information.


 January 27, 2021

500 Block Pineview Road-Unresponsive

100 Block Harold Drive-Fall

1400 Block 7th Street South-Fall

2000 Block 7th Street South-Police Matter

200 Block Price Drive-Medical Alarm

1700 Block Kincheon Road-Chest Pain

January 28, 2021

2nd Avenue North and 8th Street North-Motor Vehicle Accident

2100 Block Autumnwood Drive-Childbirth

2300 Block 7th Street South-Childbirth

100 Block Inverness Drive-Difficulty Breathing

300 Block City Street-Fall

2300 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

1700 Block 8th Street North-Chest Pain

300 Block 3rd Avenue South-Difficulty Breathing

January 29, 2021

1400 Block Old Thorsby Road-Police Matter

1400 Block Old Thorsby Road-Police Matter

1300 Block 4th Avenue North-Seizure

300 Block City Street-Fall

600 Block 1st Avenue-Assault

600 Block 1st Avenue-Public Assist

300 Block Cobblestone Drive-Abdominal Pain

January 30, 2021

2100 Block 7th Street South-Unresponsive

2300 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

100 Block Camille Circle-Seizure

1700 Block 2nd Avenue North-Public Assist

200 Block 7th Street North-Natural Gas Leak

200 Block Willis Circle-General Illness

17000 Block Highway 31 North-Motor Vehicle Accident

1700 Block 2nd Avenue North-Public Assist

January 31, 2021

700 Block 15th Avenue North-Difficulty Breathing

100 Block Thompson Avenue-General Illness

1700 Block 2nd Avenue North-Public Assist

February 1, 2021

700 Block Logan Road-Smoke Investigation

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

2800 Block Yellowleaf Road-Public Assist

23000 Block Highway 31 North-Structure Fire

200 Block 1st Avenue-Syncope

February 2, 2021

1000 Block 3rd Avenue South-Public Assist

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Chest Pain

100 Block Camille Court-Public Assist

2300 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

2100 Block 4th Avenue North-Fall

900 Block 7th Street South-Diabetic Emergency

300 Block Smith Street-Chest Pain

February 3, 2021

1400 Block 4th Avenue South-Childbirth

800 Block 16th Avenue North-Fall

2800 Block 7th Street North-Difficulty Breathing

Enterprise Road and Logan Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

2000 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

300 Block Park Plaza-Seizure

900 Block Wilson Road-Blood Pressure Check

100 Block 2nd Avenue South-Altered Mental Status

400 Block Lay Dam Road-Natural Gas Leak

600 Block 10th Street North-Assault

1400 Block 7th Street South-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Corbin Street-Fall

I65 211 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

February 4, 2021

300 Block Victory Street-Traumatic Injury

2100 Block Holiday Inn Drive-Chest Pain

400 Block Willie Hamilton Road-Natural Gas Leak

2300 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

600 Block 2nd Avenue North-Smoke Investigation

2300 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

2300 Block 7th Street South-Public Assist

February 5, 2021

3900 Block Reed Street-Abdominal Pain

800 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

800 Block Temple Road-Fire Alarm

1100 Block Duren Road-Altered Mental Status

1400 Block 4th Avenue North-Difficulty Breathing

600 Block 1st Avenue-Difficulty Breathing

60 Block Park Drive South-General Illness

February 6, 2021

2800 Block 7th Street North-Public Assist

2300 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

300 Block Ruth Street-Abdominal Pain

1000 Block 3rd Avenue South-Public Assist

February 7, 2021

500 Block 7th Street North-Police Matter

300 Block Smith Street-Seizure

800 Block Caver Drive-Abdominal Pain

900 Block Frances Circle-Syncope

3600 Block 7th Street North-Stroke

February 8, 2021

400 Block County Road 407-Structure Fire

400 Block Ollie Avenue-General Illness

1100 Block 3rd Avenue South-Public Assist

1000 Block 3rd Avenue South-Fall

600 Block 6th Street South-Fall

700 Block 8th Street North-Syncope

1900 Block 7th Street North-General Illness

100 Block Augusta Street-Altered Mental Status

February 9, 2021

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Fire Alarm

600 Block 7th Street South-Syncope

2400 Block Big M Boulevard-Chest Pain

900 Block Rollan Street-Choking

1000 Block 3rd Avenue South-Public Assist

100 Block Thomson Avenue-Diabetic Emergency


   By Becky Tucker, News Reporter

    The first Frozen Disc Golf Championship Tournament was held at Clanton City Park on Saturday, January 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  A total of 81 players came from different parts Alabama and as far away as Chicago, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi. Plans are to make this an annual event in Clanton.

    Blake Muir, a graduate of Chilton County High School and a former resident of Clanton, served as Tournament Director. Even though he now resides in Shelby County, he considers the course at Clanton City Park his home course. 

    The rules for disc golf are very similar to regular golf with different levels of difficulty along the 18 basket course. Players use a Frisbee-type disc to throw and ring baskets. “Instead of hitting a golf ball they are throwing a disc,” Muir said. “There are different weights of disc and some players carry 18 or 19 in their cart or backpack.”

    “There are four different levels of players in the tournament,” he said. “Everyone is divided into groups of four to five players. During the tournament on Saturday, players entered their scores for each basket on an app and Muir monitored their progress. 

    Winners and runner-ups were presented plaques according to their level of play. The men’s advanced winner was Robbie Crawford with Zach Baublitz the runner-up.  Brett Prill with Keith Jones the runner-up. The men’s recreational winner was Justin Randall with D. J. Hines as the runner-up. The men’s novice winner was Ric Pevey with Josh Young as the runner-up. Bill Waycaster was the winner in the men’s 55 plus category with Alan Hester as the runner-up. Bethel Barrett was the winner in the men’s 60 plus category with Roy Nix as the runner-up. 

    The women’s intermediate winner was Christy Acton with Mabrey-Layne Pevey Marsalis as the runner-up.

    The women’s novice winner was Sydney Taylor Roberson with Carolyn Stovall Pevey as the runner-up. The women’s junior winner was Isabella Jones with Autumn Jones as the runner-up.

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