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    Clanton Mayor Jeff Mims displays the new City Seal which will be placed on all city vehicles.

Tree Lighting Is Thursday, December 3

    The annual Clanton Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Thursday, December 3, at 6:00 p.m. The event will be at Corner Park located at Second Avenue North and Sixth Street in Downtown. Special entertainment of Christmas music will be presented by Holy Destiny, Southern Pride. Adreane Barrington and The Great Commission Christain Center Praise Team. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for the children and placed behind a protective shield. Instant pictures will be made of the children with Mr. and Mrs. Santa for them to carry home.

    Children from all over Chilton County, ages eight and under, are invited to bring a handmade ornament to hang on the trees in Corner Park. They should be 4” by 5” or smaller and weather resistant. They should put their first name and last initial on the back along with their age, school and grade.     Contact Teresa Connell at 205-258-9536 for more information.

    Kissel Entertainment is excited to be part of the event and will have free rides. Hot chocolate, along with other refreshments, will be free to the public.

    You can help furry friends at Christmas by bringing donations of dog/cat food, toys, treats, kitty litter, and cleaning supplies to the Christmas Tree Lighting. There will be a drop-off location at the event.

    It promises to be a night of fun and entertainment. Everything is free and the public is invited to attend. Wearing a mask is encouraged.

Orange Retires As Clanton City Clerk

    A retirement reception was held Monday, November 23, for Debbie Orange, City Clerk for Clanton. Orange has been the City Clerk since February 26, 1986 and plans to spend her free time “doing whatever I want,” she said. “I plan on spending more time with my mom, sisters and granddaughters.”

    “For 34 years and 5 months I worked with a wonderful Mayor that loved Clanton,” Orange said referring to the late Billy Joe Driver. “He loved the people, respected them, took care of them and honored them.” 

    Council member Sammy Wilson told Orange, “I appreciate everything you did for me, you never let me down.” Mayor Jeff Mims and Mary Mell Smith, council member, thanked Orange for her time serving as City Clerk. Orange was presented a plaque at Monday's council meeting.

Town Of Thorsby Christmas Parade Saturday, December 5

    The Thorsby Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  The route will be the same one used for the Swedish Parade in October.

    The parade will begin at the Thorsby High School Football Field and go in front of the old Mizzell’s Grocery Store. It will end at the baseball fields. 

    If you are interested in participating in the parade, go by Thorsby Town Hall to fill out an application.

Clanton Christmas Tree Donations

    New changes are being made for this year's City of Clanton Christmas Tree Lighting at Corner Park. All Chilton County school students in third grade and under are being asked to help decorate the trees by making ornaments (no larger than 4" by 5" so that there is space for everyone's ornament). Please make your ornament weather resistant.

     "In order to have enough trees for this project, we are asking residents to donate their unwanted, gently used artificial non-lit trees to the City." You can contact Teresa Connell at 205-258-9536 about tree donations. Students will bring their ornaments to the tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 3, to decorate the trees and meet Santa.

Clanton Parade December 4

    The Clanton Christmas Parade will be Friday, December 4, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

    The parade is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Chilton County.

    To register to be a part of the parade, go to https://rotaryclubof or visit the 2020 Clanton Christmas Parade page on social media.

Jemison Parade December 5

    The City of Jemison will host their annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5, at 11:00 a.m. Entry forms are available at the Jemison Library located in Old Town Jemison on Main Street.

    Entries must be received by Wednesday, December 2, 2020 to participate.

The parade is sponsored and organized by the Jemison Lions Club.

Food Drive Underway

    The Chilton County Emergency Assistance Center is sponsoring its 35th Annual Food Drive through December 14. Donations will help families who have experienced an emergency and need help putting a meal on their tables.

    You may help Chilton County families by donating non-perishable food items, make a monetary donation or organize a food drive at your work, school or church.  The center is located at 502 Enterprise Road in Clanton and food may be dropped off anytime between 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monetary donations should be mailed to CCEAC, P.O. Box 1305, Clanton, AL 35046.

    If you have questions, contact Donny Finlayson, Food Drive Chairman at 205-755-7062. Thank you for your help in feeding the community.

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Clanton Fire Calls

October 7, 2020

100 Block Thompson Avenue-General Illness

200 Block Airport Road-Public Assist

200 Block 2nd Avenue North-Chest Pain

800 Block Bradberry Lane-Allergic Reaction

900 Block 3rd Avenue South-Seizure

October 8, 2020

200 Block Pinedale Road-Public Assist

200 Block Willis Circle-Unresponsive

1400 Block County Road 7-Grass Fire

800 Block Lomax Drive-Difficulty Breathing

400 Block 2nd Street South-Blood Pressure Check

7th Street South and Maple Springs Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

900 Block Frances Circle-Diabetic Emergency

October 9, 2020

1300 Block 4th Avenue South-Police Matter

300 Block City Street-Police Matter

1100 Block Lay Dam Road-Seizure

200 Block Inverness Drive-Blood Pressure Check

2500 Block 7th Street South-Chest Pain

October 10, 2020

100 Block Hinkle Road-Abdominal Pain

3800 Block Old Henry Road-Chest Pain

200 Block Pinedale Road-General Illness

400 Block Cobblestone Drive-Stroke

1000 Block Woodfin Lane-General Illness

100 Block Kemp Street-Fall

I65 209 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

I65 208 Exit South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

1500 Block Westlyn Avenue-Traumatic Injury

October 11, 2020

3rd Avenue South and 14th Street South-Bleeding Non Traumatic

500 Block 9th Street North-General Illness

700 Block Ellison Avenue-General Illness

2200 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

1600 Block 4th Avenue North-Difficulty Breathing

2100 Block 7th Street South-Traumatic Injury

I65 208 Mile Marker North Bound-Vehicle Fire

Lake Mitchell Road and Studdard Drive-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Hay Lane-Seizure

1200 Block 1st Avenue-Gun Shot Wound

October 12, 2020

300 Block Medical Center Drive-Fall

2000 Block 4th Avenue North-Smoke Investigation

3800 Block Old Henry Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

1100 Block Duren Road-Public Assist

1300 Block 7th Street South-Motor Vehicle Accident

2300 Block 7th Street South-Syncope

700 Block Littlejohn Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

2800 Block 7th Street North-Chest Pain

2200 Block 7th Street South-Police Matter

Lake Mitchell Road and Studdard Drive-Motor Vehicle Accident

2200 Block 7th Street South-Syncope

300 Block 1st Street North-Traumatic Injury

October 13, 2020

1400 Block Woodfin Lane-Altered Mental Status

2100 Block 7th Street South-Syncope

2500 Block 7th Street South-Syncope

5200 Block County Road 41-Altered Mental Status

1100 Block Duren Road-Syncope

100 Block Randall Circle-General Illness

1400 Block 4th Avenue South-Public Assist


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