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Welcome To Chilton County News in Clanton, Alabama, located in the center of the State of Alabama in the Heart Of Dixie.

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

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Register For Miss Chilton County

    Registration for the Miss Chilton County 2020 Pageant will be Sunday, January 26, at the Clanton Masonic Lodge, located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street at the overhead bridge. Registration will be from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Each contestant will need to bring their completed application, four wallet-size pictures of the same pose, a copy of their birth certificate and the $75.00 registration fee.

    Applications for the Pageant are available at all schools in the county, Brenda's Formal Wear and C&C Trophy in Clanton. Age groups are:  Little Miss, five to seven years; Young Miss, eight to eleven years; Junior Miss, twelve to fifteen years; and Miss Chilton County, sixteen to nineteen years.


    The Thorsby Park and Recreation will have baseball and softball registration on the following Saturday mornings: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, and 2/8 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Registration will also be held on the following Thursday evenings: 1/23 and 2/6 6:30-8:00 p.m. The cost will be $150.00 with multi-child discounts applicable. In the past they have accepted cash or check only, but this year they plan on being able to accept cards as well. They are discussing changing the baseball sanction, so please hold-off on purchasing a baseball bat until practice begins.


    Maplesville baseball and softball registration will be held beginning Saturday, January 18, from 9:00 until noon; Saturday, February 1, from 9:00 until noon; and Saturday, February 15, from 9:00 until noon. Sizing day will also be Saturday, February 15, from 9:00 until noon. There will be a $125.00 fee. Registration will be held at Maplesville Community Park.


    Registration for spring baseball is now through February 10. You may register at Cornerstone Fitness in Clanton at any time during their normal business hours. On-site registration will be held Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. The cost is $125.00 per player, plus $100.00 for each additional sibling, due at time of registration. 


    Clanton Girls Softball registration will begin Saturday, January 18, at Cornerstone Fitness in Clanton. Registration fee is $100.00 through February 4th. Evaluations will be February 8. Ages are 4 through 12 years.


1/17 Chilton County High School at Marbury High School

1/17 Holtville High School at Verbena High School

Camp Stew For Sale

    The Isabella High School Track and Field Team will have a Camp Stew Fundraiser. The price is $10.00 per quart. Pick-up will be February 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the school lunchroom.  The athletes are selling tickets or you can call 334-259-4264 to purchase a ticket.

    Proceeds will help the Isabella High School Track and Field Team with expenses in the upcoming season.

Birthday Party January 28

    The Chilton/Clanton Public Library will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday on Tuesday, January 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and the event is open to the public. Each Tuesday beginning at 10:00 a.m. the Library hosts Story Hour for ages three, four and five years.

    After School Crafts are held each Tuesday of the month at 3:30 p.m.  The second Tuesday of each month, there will be an After-School Movie beginning at 3:30 p.m.  Each Thursday, a Lego Party is held from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and Family Board Games are held from 4:00 until 5:30 p.m.

Grab-N-Go Craft Bags are available at the Circulation Desk anytime for Tweens and Teens. Pre-school age children may register at any time for the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program.

    Call 205-755-1768 for more information on any of these events or visit

Meet The Candidate!

    Jeff Mims, a candidate for Mayor of Clanton, held a cookout on Wednesday, January 15 to kick-off his campaign. He welcomed people as they arrived to the event. Left to right: Candidate Mims, Susie Williams and Jim Moore.

Storm Damage In County!

    Strong thunderstorms moved into Chilton County around 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 11. Numerous trees and power lines were reported down around the county. U. S. Highway 31, north of Jemison, was blocked by trees in the road. There were reports of minor damage at Thorsby High School where a section of the roof, of a walkway, was missing. A building in Thorsby was being torn down and high winds brought most of it down.

    One person was reported injured when they fell in a storm shelter.  

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.

The Library will host, at the new location in Old Town Jemison, a Beginner Crochet Class on Thursday, January 23, from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. The class will be taught by Diane Harris and you need to bring your own supplies.

    On Tuesday, January 28, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Mack Gothard will be the instructor about drinking gourds. He will have supplies needed for the class.

    All classes are limited on seating. Call the Library at 205-576-6760 for more information. 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.

A Big Problem!

    The recycling program in Chilton County is managed by the Bibb County Correctional Center and is currently unable to come to Chilton County to empty the bins in Clanton, Thorsby, Jemison and Maplesville. The truck that changes out the recycle bins was involved in a traffic accident and they are unable to empty the bins. As a result, the pile of cardboard, plastic and other items continues to grow at the recycle site on Furniture Avenue in Clanton.

    Dale Collins, Superintendent of the the City of Clanton Sanitation Department is asking everyone to stop carrying items to the recycle bins. The Sanitation Department is having to pick-up, and clean up around the bins.

    “We are going to clean up everything and put in our garbage truck,” said Collins, “We will then haul it to the garbage transfer station in Thorsby. The recycle sites will be closed for the time being until those in charge get a new truck. At that time, an announcement will be made and citizens may once again recycle their cardboard, plastic and other items.”

Undefeated Tigers!

    The Clanton Middle School Girls Basketball Team was undefeated in their 2019 season which was October 29 through December 10. They won a total of twelve games.

Avery Williams is the  Team Manager. Team members are: Iasia Anderson, Tyeshia Williams, Paris Dickerson, Sarah Beth Argent, Chloe Street, Ella Price, Emily Ledford, Tamya Bulger, Campbell Easterling and Ceunna Reed. 

    Coached by Emilly Sneed, the CMS girls team played middle school teams in Wetumpka, Jemison, Montevallo, Columbiana, Trinity Presbyterian, Marbury and Prattville Junior High.

Flutter 2020 Is February 6

    Flutter 2020, benefitting Butterfly Bridge Children’s Advocacy Center will be held Thursday, February 6. The event will be held at The Back Fort, 611 County Road 448, Clanton from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit victims of child abuse in Chilton County.

    You are invited to enjoy food, drink and give to a great cause. There will be a live and silent auction. To be a sponsor, make a donation or to purchase tickets, visit the website, This is Butterfly Bridge’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Historical Society Meets

    The Chilton County Historical Society will meet Sunday, January 19, at 2:00 p.m. at the Senior Connection Facility, Park Plaza, Clanton. There will be a speaker on local history and the public is invited.

Fairy Tales Show At Jemison

    The Eighth Annual Fairy Tales Show, hosted by the Jemison Library, will be Friday February 7, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Jemison Municipal Complex. There will be booths with people depicting book characters set-up with fun and games with lots of goodies. You are invited to come dressed as your favorite Fairy Tale character. All proceeds benefit the Jemison Public Library.  Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for school-aged children.

Chili Cook-Off February 8 In Jemison

   Everyone is invited to join the fun and be a part of Jemison High School’s annual Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, February 8, at the Jemison Municipal Complex from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. All proceeds from this event will fund scholarships for FFA students at JHS. 

    Chili entries must arrive no later than 4:30 p.m. The entry fee to enter is $20.00. There will be first, second, and third place winners in both adult and student categories.  Admission to the event is $10.00 for adult and $5.00 for students. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy an evening of fun, fellowship and all-you-can-eat chili. 

    Pre-registration is not required as you may sign-up at the door. There will also be a Silent Auction and the community is encouraged to donate items. To donate an item for the Silent Auction or for more information, you may email

Health Fair February 1

   Senior Connection in Clanton will host a Chili Cook-Off and Health Fair on Saturday, February 1, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The entry fee for anyone interested in entering the Cook-off is $25.00.

    Booth space for the Health Fair is $25.00. Call Senior Connection to enter or have a booth at 205-755-8227 or email

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.


 Strong thunderstorms moved through Chilton County on Saturday, January 11.


Scale Back Alabama Kicks Off Challenge 

    Senior Connection, located in the Park Plaza Shopping Center in Clanton, will be serving as a weigh-in site for the state’s largest weight-loss and exercise program, “Scale Back Alabama.”  In its 14th year, the program has resulted in millions of pounds lost and healthy eating habits formed. The 2020 challenge starts next week. 

    Adults in teams of two can go to Senior Connection to register and weigh-in Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, January 24 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. You may also register online at All participants must be 18 years of age or older, live or work in Alabama, and must weigh-in at an official site to be eligible to participate. Those who lose at least ten pounds will be included in the cash prize drawings on April 21. You do not have to be a member of Senior Connection to participate in this program. 

    “At Senior Connection, we know the importance of good health and also realize that our community could use some healthy tips and encouragement,” said Vanessa McKinney, Director.  “Starting a diet and exercise program is never fun by yourself; Scale Back Alabama offers a great way to team up with another individual and get healthy.”

    For information at Senior Connection, call Martha Thornburgh, Senior Connection Site Co-ordinator at 205-470-5030 or Vanessa McKinney, Director, at 205-755-8227.

Clanton Fire Calls

December 11, 2019

I65 212 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

2000 Block County Road 18 West-Structure Fire

4000 Block 4th Avenue North-Difficulty Breathing

300 Block 8th Street North-Power Pole Fire

December 12, 2019

2100 Block 7th Street North-Smoke Investigation

3400 Block 7th Street North-Fall

300 Block Airport Road-Difficulty Breathing

300 Block Arby Drive-Public Assist

1600 Block 2nd Avenue North-Difficulty Breathing

1400 Block 7th Street South-Seizure

100 Block 3rd Avenue South-Altered Mental Status

December 13, 2019

200 Block Meadowview Circle-Unresponsive

800 Block 17th Avenue North-Smoke Investigation

500 Block 7th Street South-Abdominal Pain

900 Block Frances Circle-Difficulty Breathing

800 Block Caver Drive-Child Birth

500 Block Littlejohn Road-Smoke Investigation

100 Block 3rd Avenue South-Seizure

December 14, 2019

500 Block 7th Street South-General Illness

2000 Block Marsha Avenue-Smoke Investigation

300 Block City Street-Assist Police

400 Block 2nd Street South-Brush Fire

December 15, 2019

900 Block Lake Mitchell Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

2500 Block 7th Street South-Chest Pain

I65 210 Mile Marker North Bound-Vehicle Fire

300 Block Liberty Street-Syncope

800 Block Temple Road-Chest Pain

1000 Block Bud Littlejohn Road-Stroke

800 Block Scott Drive-Diabetic Emergency

40 Block Maplewood Drive-Extremity Injury

December 16, 2019

I65 211 Mile Marker South Bound-Vehicle Fire

I65 212 Exit-Motor Vehicle Accident

I65 212 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

1100 Block 7th Street North-Traumatic Injury

I65 212 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

December 17, 2019

100 Block Taylor Street-Blood Pressure Check

2500 Block 7th Street South-Fire Alarm

800 Block 16th Avenue North-Altered Mental Status

December 18, 2019

3400 Block Pineview Road-Bleeding Non Traumatic

600 Block Thrash Road-General Illness

300 Block City Street-Traumatic Injury

300 Block 7th Street North-Altered Mental Status

3000 Block 7th Street North-General Illness

1700 Block 8th Street North-Blood Pressure Check

900 Block 3rd Avenue South-Public Assist

300 Block Thrash Road-Structure Fire

December 19, 2019

2200 Block 7th Street South-Difficulty Breathing

1000 Block 2nd Avenue South-Public Assist

Lake Mitchell Road and I65-Altered Mental Status

1800 Block 7th Street South-Diabetic Emergency

800 Block 7th Street North-Fire Alarm

900 Block 16th Avenue North-Public Assist

900 Block Windham Avenue-Altered Mental Status

December 20, 2019

800 Block Logan Road-Seizure

1400 Block Taylor Avenue-Altered Mental Status

1800 Block 7th Street North-Fall

100 Block Elwyn Avenue-General Illness

700 Block 16th Avenue North-Medical Alarm

900 Block 16th Avenue North-Public Assist

2300 Block 4th Avenue North-Seizure

December 21, 2019

300 Block City Street-General Illness

2600 Block Lay Dam Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

200 Block Town Mart-General Illness

1000 Block 4th Avenue South-Unresponsive

1600 Block Samaria Road-Seizure

I65 206 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

600 Block 2nd Avenue North-Seizure

900 Block Frances Circle-Abdominal Pain

900 Block 16th Avenue North-Fall

1200 Block Caroline Street-Difficulty Breathing

December 22, 2019

900 Block Studdard Drive-Difficulty Breathing

2000 Block 2nd Avenue North-Syncope

I65 212 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Shennandoah Drive-Fall

100 Block Morris Avenue-Chest Pain

800 Block Caver Drive-Fire Alarm

2300 Block 4th Avenue North-Public Assist

December 23, 2019

100 Block 15th Street North-Altered Mental Status

300 Block Airport Road-Altered Mental Status

300 Block City Street-Altered Mental Status

400 Block 1st Avenue-Fire Alarm

December 24, 2019

2500 Block Yellowleaf Road-Fall

2600 Block Lay Dam Road-Smoke Investigation

300 Block Airport Road-Public Assist

100 Block Elwyn Avenue-Difficulty Breathing

2500 Block Yellowleaf Road-Altered Mental Status

200 Block Ruth Street-Assault

December 25, 2019

500 Block Dunlap Drive-Abdominal Pain

400 Block 1st Avenue-Fire Alarm

100 Block Shennandoah Drive-Fall

100 Block Augusta Street-Altered Mental Status

1100 Block Duren Road-Seizure

December 26, 2019

I65 205 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

100 Block Johnston Street-General Illness

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Fire Alarm

2800 Block Yellowleaf Road-Unresponsive

2100 Block 7th Street South-Motor Vehicle Accident

December 27, 2019

800 Block 14th Avenue North-Diabetic Emergency

1200 Block Caroline Street-Unresponsive

100 Block Crestview Drive-Public Assist

1400 Block 7th Street South-Fall

I65 208 Mile Marker North Bound-Unresponsive

2000 Block 4th Avenue North-Blood Pressure Check

700 Block 8th Street North-Seizure

1300 Block 2nd Avenue North-Motor Vehicle Accident

I65 208 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

3900 Block County Road 85-False Alarm

1000 Block Lay Dam Road-Motor Vehicle Accident

December 28, 2019

100 Block Johnston Street-General Illness

200 Block 1st Street North-Unresponsive

2300 Block 7th Street South-Assist Police

1800 Block 2nd Avenue North-Public Assist

December 29, 2019

800 Block Bradberry Lane-Fall

200 Block 7th Street South-Altered Mental Status

700 Block Ellison Avenue-Syncope

3000 Block 7th Street North-Child Birth

1000 Block 4th Avenue North-Chest Pain

700 Block Trilliam Lane-Altered Mental Status

200 Block Willis Circle-Blood Pressure Check

December 30, 2019

20 Block Park Drive South-Public Assist

1100 Block Duren Road-Fall

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Helicopter Landing Zone

700 Block 8th Street North-Public Assist

1300 Block 4th Avenue South-Unresponsive

4000 Block Gowan Road-General Illness

200 Block Willis Circle-Public Assist

December 31, 2019

300 Block Kendal Estates Place-Difficulty Breathing

700 Block 8th Street North-Chest Pain

10 Block Dogwood Drive-General Illness

700 Block 8th Street North-Blood Pressure Check

60 Block County Road 951-Bleeding Non Traumatic 

January 1, 2020

100 Block Lilly Street-Altered Mental Status

1000 Block Lay Dam Road-Difficulty Breathing

January 2, 2020

1100 Block Duren Road-General Illness

700 Block 8th Street North-Altered Mental Status

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

1000 Block Jasper Dennis Road-Assault

900 Block Lake Mitchell Road-Overdose

January 3, 2020

700 Block 8th Street North-Assist Police

200 Block Randall Circle-Public Assist

1400 Block 7th Street South-Diabetic Emergency

100 Block Johnston Street-Fall

2500 Block Yellowleaf Road-Syncope

100 Block Harold Drive-Altered Mental Status

2500 Block 7th Street South-Chest Pain

100 Block Thompson Avenue-Medical Alarm

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-Difficulty Breathing

January 4, 2020

4000 Block Gowan Road-Fall

1200 Block Caroline Street-Cardiac Arrest

2800 Block 7th Street North-General Illness

800 Block Scott Drive-Public Assist

I65 208 Mile Marker South Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

Lomax Drive-Motor Vehicle Accident

January 5, 2020

2100 Block 7th Street North-Fall

200 Block Thompson Avenue-Diabetic Emergency

20 Block 2nd Avenue South-Abdominal Pain

1700 Block 8th Street North-General Illness

January 6, 2020

2000 Block Lay Dam Road-General Illness

300 Block Airport Road-Unresponsive

200 Block 8th Street North-Altered Mental Status

100 Block Harold Drive-Difficulty Breathing

600 Block Cobblestone Circle-Abdominal Pain

300 Block City Street-Overdose

I65 211 Mile Marker North Bound-Motor Vehicle Accident

January 7, 2020

5800 Block County Road 41-Natural Gas Leak

1400 Block 7th Street South-Altered Mental Status

100 Block Arthur Drive-Abdominal Pain

 Temple Road and Thrash Road-Motor Vehicle Accident


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