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Vehicle thief arrested after short search

The man wanted for an alleged vehicle theft in Clanton was found and arrested after a short search on Jan. 11. Scottie Allen Johnson, 35, was taken into custody at his residence after a search by local authorities led them to believe he was the subject wanted for stealing a vehicle with a child insi


Missing Prattville man located in Tennessee

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Prattville Police Department has cancelled an alert for a missing man with dementia. According to Central Alabama CrimeStoppers, Paul Earl Mims, 78, was safely located in Tennessee Wednesday and is in good health. Prior to being found Mims was last seen on Tuesday around


Calhoun, Shearon to be sworn in Jan. 14

Newly-elected officials and those who have won another term will soon be sworn into office. Jason Calhoun, who was elected probate judge after winning a Republican primary runoff, will be sworn into office by retiring probate judge Bobby Martin at 11 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the Chilton County Courthouse.


Calhoun sworn in as new probate judge

The end of an era came during a ceremony at the Chilton County Courthouse on Jan. 14, as newly elected probate judge Jason Calhoun took the Oath of Office. He takes over the position from Bobby Martin, who has been probate judge of Chilton County for the past 30 years.


Baby recovered from stolen car; manhunt underway

CLANTON, Ala. — Police officers recovered a baby from inside a stolen car Friday before noon. Clanton Police say the person who stole the car abandoned it in a Walmart parking lot. The baby was uninjured during the incident, police confirm.

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Sheriff Shearon sworn in for 2nd term

Chilton County Sheriff John Shearon was sworn into office for his second term during a ceremony at the Chilton County Courthouse on Jan. 14. Judge Sibley Reynolds administered the Oath of Office to Shearon.


Alabama’s federal employees affected by shutdown can apply for unemployment benefits

On Wednesday, the Alabama Department of Labor (ADOL) announced that federal employees in the state who have been furloughed due to the partial government shutdown can apply for unemployment compensation benefits.


Shelby County authorities searching for man missing since December 30

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. — Shelby County authorities are asking for the public's help finding a man missing since December 30. The sheriff's office says Derek DeWayne Harris was last seen leaving his home in Columbiana in a 2015 GMC Terrain. The vehicle was found abandoned in Caleria the following day.

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Pita offering free samples during grand opening

Pita Mediterranean Street Food opened for business in Clanton on Nov. 15 of last year. The restaurant will be hosting a grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 11. Pita will be offering free samples of some of its core products during the event.


Alabama man accused of locking toddler in running dryer

ALABASTER, Ala. – An Alabama man faces multiple charges after authorities say he abused a toddler on multiple occasions by locking the child inside a dryer and turning it on.


Clanton K9 gets vehicle upgrade

Max the German shepherd, a K9 with Clanton Police Department, recently got a vehicle upgrade. According to a post by the department on social media, Max and his owner/handler Capt. David Clackley will now be using a newer and larger vehicle.


THS grabs a pair of area wins

Thorsby basketball took a big step toward a possible area title with victories from both the boys and girls squads against Reeltown on Jan. 14. The boys defeated Reeltown 78-54 in runaway fashion yet again. Thorsby improved to a record of 13-3 overall and 2-2 in Area 8-2A.


JJ Evans motivated to be state’s best player

MONTGOMERY – A few years ago, Montevallo wide receiver JJ Evans contemplated never playing sports again and was in an internal battle to do so, now heading into his senior season with the Bulldogs in 2019, he’s ready to be the state’s best player.


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Maplesville’s Nathaniel Watson was the highlight of 2018 national signing day in Chilton County, as he officially signed a football scholarship with Mississippi State University on Feb. 7.


CAPAG holding auditions for ‘The Wizard of Oz’

The Central Alabama Performing Arts Guild will hold auditions for “The Wizard of Oz” radio play on Jan. 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 400 Eighth St. N in Clanton. This will be the guild’s fourth radio play.


Alabama paying February food stamp benefits early

(AL.com) — Alabama food stamp recipients will see February benefits on their cards within the next five days, a workaround required by the ongoing government shutdown. Barry Spear with the Alabama Department of Human Resources said benefits will be on EBT cards prior to or on Jan. 20. The benefits a


Missing Landscaping Equipment Found And Returned By A Good Samaritan

Tom McGlamery was driving in Millbrook when a bright, orange, bulky bag on the side of the road, caught his eye. He pulled over and picked up what turned out to be several thousands of dollars in equipment that belonged to Taylor Tree Service.


JHS band marches in inaugural parade

The Jemison Blue Regiment Band marched in Gov. Kay Ivey’s inaugural parade on Jan. 14. “This is the first time that Jemison’s band has ever done anything like this, and if we have [before], it has been years,” drum major Elijah Bittle said. “We just don’t really do that much stuff with that much pub


Two Alabama residents killed in Santa Rosa County crash

MILTON, Fla. (WKRG) - Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating a crash in Santa Rosa County that claimed the lives of two East Brewton, Alabama residents. The crash happened Tuesday night around 10 p.m. near the intersection of State Road 87 and Hopewell Road. Investigators say th


Deeds transferred in Chilton County for the week of Jan. 5

Elite Aviation LLC to Tammy Short, for $100, land located in Section 4, Township 21 North, Range 16 East. Frank Bonagura and Sandy Bonagura to Deanna Maria Bonagura, for $1, land located in Section 16, Township 20 North, Range 15 East.