Spacious, custom home used to entertain friends and family

Spacious, custom home used to entertain friends and family

By Emily Beckett Chilton County Probate Judge Bobby Martin and his wife Judy enjoy their home in Clanton every day, but they are by far not the only ones. The Martins frequently open their doors to family, friends and community groups who need a place to meet and mingle. Located near Chilton Medical Center off […]

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French-style home offers change of pace for former city dwellers

French-style home offers change of pace for former city dwellers

By Emily Beckett Sitting in their car on the interstate in heavy Atlanta traffic was commonplace for Louie and Nancy Bentley before they moved to Clanton. The couple lived in Georgia’s sprawling capital city for 38 years and recall days when they spent nearly an hour traversing a 10-mile distance for groceries. But that and […]

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Wedding chapel a unique venture in Jemison

Wedding chapel a unique venture in Jemison

By Emily Etheredge Although planning and organizing a wedding can be stressful, Cindy Vining owner of Jemison Wedding Chapel happily helps any bride and groom prepare for their special day. “I love weddings,” Vining said. “There is something very rewarding about having a wedding run smoothly and know that I helped contribute to making the […]

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Preserve is a duck hunting sanctuary

Preserve is a duck hunting sanctuary

By Scott Mims A hunting trip doesn’t always yield the desired results. Perhaps you could even say that the uncertainty is part of the thrill. But it helps to have a good place to start. It was a disappointing hunting trip that inspired Mike Atcheson and Jeff Giles, owners of Central Alabama Fowl Preserve in […]

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Bakery produces cakes enjoyed across the Southeast

Bakery produces cakes enjoyed across the Southeast

By Stephen Dawkins You might expect, upon entering Cakes n’ Candy in Clanton, to be greeted by the inviting and irrestible smell of freshly baked cakes. And there, at the front counter, are a number of delicious-looking treats: caramel, chocolate, pound, red velvet and coconut cakes, to name a few, along with an assortment of […]

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Gearing up for 4-H summer camp

Gearing up for 4-H summer camp

By Josine Walter Each summer hundreds of youth, ages 9-14, spend time at the 4-H Center participating in outdoor activities including archery, canoeing, swimming, giant swing, climbing wall and the clover hop, in team building activities and of course, bonfire activities. For local youths Dallas Day, Reagan Gray, Ada Ruth and Sarah Beth Huntley, it […]

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Rose Gallery new dimension of Chilton County Arts Council

Rose Gallery new dimension of Chilton County Arts Council

By Scott Mims Mack Gothard’s dipping gourd and Martha Granthum’s watercolor pet portraits are among the works of art currently on display in Rose Gallery, the latest dimension of the Chilton County Arts Council located at 703 Second Ave. N., Clanton. A grand opening and ribbon cutting was held Jan. 14 for the building, which […]

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Local businesses offer Valentine’s options

Local businesses offer Valentine’s options

By Emily Beckett Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day? If not, there is still time to put something special together for the one you love, or for all of your loved ones, right here in Chilton County. Below is a sampling of local eateries and businesses to consider when making Valentine’s Day plans and […]

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Jewelry shop adapts but stays true to roots

Jewelry shop adapts but stays true to roots

By Emily Etheredge Although some trends in jewelry have changed since 1950, the family-owned business of Edwards Jewelers that has been open for 64 years in Clanton still likes to treat customers as if they are family. “You get to know people who come in the store, and after you work with them they become […]

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Get to know: Louise Pitts, long-time Chilton County educator

Get to know: Louise Pitts, long-time Chilton County educator

Louise Pitts, 60, of Clanton is principal at Jemison Elementary School. She and her husband, Barry, have four children: Samantha Pitts Sims (Kyle), who has two children, Samuel (kindergarten student at Jemison Elementary) and Joseph (student in 3-year-old program at Chilton Christian Academy); Sally Pitts Fichtner (Kevin), who has a 6-month-old, Olivia Faith; B.J. Pitts […]

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Apple cider recipe a cold-weather favorite

Apple cider recipe a cold-weather favorite

By Emily Etheredge When the winter months arrive, Chilton County Master Gardener Margaret Goolsby enjoys keeping warm with her recipe for hot mulled apple cider. “Sometimes you just like to have something that makes you warm,” Goolsby said. “This is a wonderful recipe for the holidays or whenever it is cold outside.” Typically, Goolsby makes […]

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Clanton First United Methodist Church office renovated

Clanton First United Methodist Church office renovated

By Stephen Dawkins The pastor’s office at Clanton First United Methodist Church has been newly renovated, but the history associated with the church has certainly not been lost. Work began on the office soon after the arrival of new pastor Rob West in July 2013. West worked out of the office for a few weeks, […]

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Classic comfort: Doctor’s dream house a reality

Classic comfort: Doctor’s dream house a reality

By Emily Beckett Lisa Green has known what she wanted her house to look like since she was a teenager. Green, 38, grew up looking through home design and décor magazines with her mother and collecting antiques she found at auctions and estate sales. “Little girls plan their wedding,” Green said. “I planned my house.” […]

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Take control of credit cards and debt in the New Year

Take control of credit cards and debt in the New Year

By Sharlean Briggs Do you struggle to manage your credit card balances and other debts? Don’t be too hard on yourself; you are in the same situation as thousands of others. By making the decision to change your money habits, it is possible to make your debt manageable in the New Year. Use these simple tips […]

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