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Inherited items once owned by Martha Washington

Inherited items once owned by Martha Washington

By Stephen Dawkins Many of us will inherit valuables from parents, grandparents or ancestors so far down the line that only a few memories remain of them. Far fewer of us will inherit valuables so rare that they end up in a museum. Such was the case with Mary Kate Weir of Verbena, who inherited […]

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Produce vouchers for seniors: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

Produce vouchers for seniors: Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

By Charity Battles, Nutrition Education Program “Fresh produce is just too expensive.” This is a sentence I have heard far too often, and it is a valid concern, especially for those with a limited income. Finally, there is good news in response to this dilemma. The Farmers’ Market Authority has found a solution to alleviate […]

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Man’s passion for music takes many forms

Man’s passion for music takes many forms

By Scott Mims There is a place in Chilton County where the Big Band sound of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s is still very much alive and swingin’—the Clanton home of disc jockey Scott Michaels, known to family and friends as Mike Schiermann. Schiermann is the host of local radio show, “In the Mood,” which […]

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Family builds house for space, relaxation

Family builds house for space, relaxation

By Emily Beckett The saying “home is where the heart is” encapsulates the atmosphere Adriane and Joe Dennis have created in their Clanton home. The couple and their children, Austin and Adalyne, spend much of their time with each other as well as family and friends inside the brick walls of the home they built […]

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Get to know: Natalie Peoples, 2014 Miss Relay For Life of Chilton County

Get to know: Natalie Peoples, 2014 Miss Relay For Life of Chilton County

Natalie Peoples, 18, attended Chilton County High School and will attend Troy University this fall. She is the daughter of Jessie and Lori Peoples of Clanton. She has a 13-year-old brother named Keilan. PEACH LIVING MAGAZINE: How did it feel to be crowned Chilton County’s first Miss Relay For Life in April? NATALIE PEOPLES: It […]

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ production required talented team

‘Sleeping Beauty’ production required talented team

By Emily Etheredge When planning a community production, it is often the talents of many people who help put the program together. “It starts with a vision and desire to put together a professional children’s ballet and then a lot of help from the community,” said Clanton’s Festival Ballet Arts Classical Ballet Conservatory dance instructor […]

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School art program reaches 10-year mark

School art program reaches 10-year mark

By Scott Mims A little paint, a paintbrush and a canvas can be freeing—especially for kids and for those who like to create or work with their hands. Clanton Elementary art instructor Julie Harrison believes the school’s art program is giving students much more than that. “This marks the program’s 10th year of existence, and […]

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Three girls with local ties to compete in Ms. Alabama

Three girls with local ties to compete in Ms. Alabama

By Emily Beckett The 2014 Miss Alabama Pageant in June will feature three contestants with ties to Chilton County. Katie Hilyer, Jessica Swindle and Jill Vinzant will compete for this year’s Miss Alabama title June 4–7 at the Wright Center on the campus of Samford University. Hilyer and Swindle, both of Clanton, and Vinzant, of […]

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Couple finds perfect spot on Lake Mitchell

Couple finds perfect spot on Lake Mitchell

By Stephen Dawkins When Joan and Harry Hargrove thought about retirement, they knew they wanted to move away from the busyness of the Washington D.C. area, and they knew they wanted a home that could host family and other visitors. The Hargroves found exactly what they wanted—though not exactly where they thought they would find […]

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Mother-daughter duo sings around county

Mother-daughter duo sings around county

By Scott Mims You could say Adreane Barrington and her 12-year-old daughter, Maddy, are following in the footsteps of The Judds. The mother-daughter duo performs regularly across Chilton County singing predominantly gospel and country music. Wherever their harmonies are heard, it is usually not for the sake of the music itself, but to benefit a […]

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