Van Smith Wins Republican Primary Election!

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Maplesville 40 - - Fultondale 0

(Game ended early in the fourth quarter due to weather.)

Keith 20 - - Billingsley 18

(This game did not begin until 9:20 due to weather.)

Stanhope Elmore 24 - - CCHS 8

(There was a 2½ hour weather delay in this game.)

McKenzie 16 - - Verbena 0

Jemison Defeats Thorsby Thursday Night

Joshua Gilliland scores Jemison’s first touchdown Thursday night, August 22 against the Thorsby Rebels. The Panthers went on to win the contest 49 to 20.

The game was tied 14 to 14 midway through the second quarter and the Rebels fought to stay in the contest. The Panthers scored two times before the half, led 29 to 14 at the half, and never looked back as they claimed their first-game victory.

Smith Wins Without Runoff

Autauga County resident Van Smith won the House District 42 Republican Primary yesterday (Tuesday, August 20) without a runoff. Chilton County Probate Judge Jason Calhoun congratulated Smith and said, “The county will now prepare for a General Election on November 5."

Unofficial results were: Autauga County: Smith 579, Allen Caton 104, Jimmie Hardee 84 and Shannon Welch 21. In Chilton County: Smith 1,658, Hardee 602, Caton 518 and Welch 369.

Will Compete In State Games

 Four members of Senior Connection competed in the Masters Games Of Alabama, District Five, on Tuesday, August 20, in Trussville.  Alvin Teel, Harold Lewis, James Darnell and Allen Marcus each competed in their respective age groups in the billiards category. All four men qualified to compete in the upcoming State Games in October.

Pictured, left to right, are: Teel, Lewis and Darnell at Senior Connection on Wednesday, August 21. Senior Connection has two billiard tables for use daily by members. Potential members are welcome to visit and join in the games.

New Band Tower Being Built At CCHS

The Pride of Chilton County High School Marching Band is planning to build a band tower at the practice field. The tower will provide two levels of observation for the Band Director, Drum Major and Auxiliary Coaches. In addition, it will have lockable storage for equipment and speakers to assist in practice preparation.

Bricks are $100.00 each, with $82.50 from each purchase going directly to the band account for the construction of the tower and related equipment. Contact the Band Director at CCHS for more information. Shown at left, Randy Smitherman, left, and Chris Speaks work on the tower.

New tower being built at CCHS

Verbena Man Dies In Accident

 A single-vehicle accident at 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 23, has claimed the life of a Verbena man.  Larry Tyus Jr., 44, was killed when the 2007 Yamaha ATV he was operating left the road and overturned.

He was pronounced dead a short time later at Prattville Baptist Medical Center. The crash occurred on Autauga County 32 near Watson Road, approximately three miles north of the White City Community. Nothing further is available as ALEA State Troopers continue to investigate.

Kick-Off Party Is August 27

The Chilton County Auburn Club will hold its annual Kick-Off Party on Tuesday, August 27 at 6:00 p.m. at Clanton First United Methodist Church. The event will be casual. The event is free, but everyone is encouraged to make a monetary donation to the Chilton County Humane Society.

The guest speaker will be Andy Burcham, the newly-named “Voice Of The Auburn Tigers.” Nominations for club officers and board members will be presented at the meeting. The club will provide chicken fingers, desserts and drinks. Everyone is asked to bring their favorite tailgate dish.

Auditions Are September 7

The Central Alabama Performing Arts Guild will hold open auditions for an original Halloween Puppet Play. Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 7 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Chilton/Clanton Public Library.

Performers and puppeteers of all ages are welcome to audition, no experience is necessary. The library is located at 100 First Avenue in Clanton. Call Mary Schierman at 205-907-0008 for more information.

Swedish Fest Pageant Registration Is August 24

The Swedish Fest Pageant will hold registration on Saturday, August 24, from 6:00 until 6:45 p.m. at Helen Jenkins Chapel in Thorsby. Following registration, there will be a 1950’s Sock Hop Dance Party with hot dogs, chips, drinks, popcorn and dessert. There will be a disc jockey with 1950’s tunes. Dress-up in 1950’s style is encouraged, but not required.

The Pageant will be held Saturday, October 5.

There are five categories and entry fee is $75.00. Call or text Pageant Director Amy Jolley at 205-294-9803 or email for further information. Applications are available at the Thorsby Town Hall and on line at

Homecoming At Verbena Baptist

Verbena Baptist Church will hold Homecoming Services on Sunday, August 25, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Greg McDougal will be the musical guest along with former music and youth minister, David Jackson. They will be leading the worship through song in the morning service.

Pastor Tyler Eiland will be preaching during the service. Lunch will follow the morning service.

Jemison TD Video




Family History Library Opens At Local Church

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened a Family History Library at the church, located at 813 Temple Road, in Clanton. It is located just west of the Clanton Elementary School on the corner of Cloverleaf Drive and Temple Road.

It is open to the public every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. There is no charge and you don’t have to be a member to use the library.

You may open a family search account and start your own genealogy and family history search. You will be able to build your family tree, put in your own stories, facts and pictures. There is no charge for any of this information. As of June 1 here are a few of the statistics for Family Search: 7.06 billion searchable names, 1.38 billion digital images published online, 472.3k visits per day, 8.05 million pages viewed per day, and 12.4 million registered family search users.

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Clanton Fire Calls

August 1-6, 2019

August 1, 2019

100 Block Arthur Drive-Fire Alarm

1800 Block Lay Dam Road-Power Line Down

700 Block 8th Street North-Assist Police

400 Block 1st Avenue-General Illness

800 Block Scott Drive-Public Assist

August 2, 2019

800 Block 14th Avenue North-Assist Police

I65 212 Exit-Assist Police

100 Block 6th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

Lay Dam Road and Peach Tower Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

I65 207 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

700 Block 8th Street North-Seizure

800 Block Scott Drive-Heat Incident

2200 Block 7th Street South-Motor Vehicle Accident

August 3, 2019

3000 Block 7th Street North-Public Assist

300 Block Smith Street-Overdose

1100 Block Pinedale Road-Difficulty Breathing

3000 Block 7th Street North-Unresponsive

1400 Block 7th Street South-Fall

40 Block Maplewood Drive-Assist Ambulance Personnel

2100 Block 7th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

1400 Block Meadowood Drive-Unresponsive

August 4, 2019

I65 205 Exit North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

2000 Block 7th Street South-Assault

900 Block Judge Avenue-Diabetic Emergency

300 Block Park Plaza-Motor Vehicle Accident

August 5, 2019

2000 Block 4th Avenue North-Chest Pain

600 Block Studdard Drive-Stroke

1100 Block Duren Road-General Illness

700 Block Ellison Avenue-Fall

2500 Block Yellowleaf Road-Public Assist

2000 Block 7th Street North-Chest Pain

5th Avenue North and 7th Street North-Motor Vehicle Accident

1600 Block Samaria Road-Seizure

100 Block Peachtree Lane-Seizure

80 Block Peach Tower Road-Assist Police

80 Block Peach Tower Road-Chest Pain

August 6, 2019

800 Block Temple Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Ollie Avenue-General Illness

1800 Block 7th Street North-Syncope

600 Block Dennis Street-Grill Fire


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