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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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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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Couple converts building into ‘The Old Country Barn’ shop

Couple converts building into ‘The Old Country Barn’ shop

By Emily Etheredge As you step inside Gene and Sherry Dennis’ store The Old Country Barn Gift Shop in Clanton, it is almost as if you have stepped inside a log cabin in the mountains. “I have always enjoyed the old country primitive theme,” Sherry Dennis said. “People who have shopped here have said that […]

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Antiques shop began with effort to save old house

Antiques shop began with effort to save old house

By Emily Beckett If you ask Sam Whisner why she opened Bits and Bobs, her antiques shop in Verbena, she wouldn’t give you the answer you might expect. The obvious answer would be she loves antiques and wanted to sell them somewhere, so she opened a shop. While Whisner, 77, does enjoy hunting for vintage […]

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Couple looks back one year after tornado

Couple looks back one year after tornado

By Emily Beckett Tommy and Rita Little’s son Chris barely made it up the front steps of their house in Maplesville before a tornado hit the area in the predawn hours of Jan. 23, 2012. The Littles opened the front door to let their son in the house about three minutes before the lights went […]

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Old theater in Clanton a landmark

Old theater in Clanton a landmark

By Scott Mims Remember when an RC Cola cost 15 cents? How about a bag of popcorn for a dime? Or, perhaps a movie ticket for the same price? Janie Wade Bates, 79, of Clanton remembers — her family lived in and operated the Wadesonian Theater on Second Avenue North. The building, most recently used […]

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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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History worth saving

History worth saving

By Stephen Dawkins Thorsby has a rich history. The town was one of only a few in Alabama to be founded by Scandinavian settlers. It’s the only one of those Scandinavian settlements still thriving enough to be able to take advantage of its unique history. Thankfully, the town also has a group of people dedicated […]

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