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OPINION: Waking up to a hopeful world

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

It almost feels like waking up from a dream.

Events are being scheduled, while taking precautions. Graduations have been held in person, and I actually took pictures at an event for the first time in about two months.

While The Clanton Advertiser has changed our print production to two days a week, we are still providing daily articles on our website. During the height of the stay-at home recommendations, I was working from home the majority of the time.

What can often be a slow news month as people start vacations and are unavailable for interviews is starting off rather busy as local schools held graduations in these past two weeks.

Despite a worldwide pandemic, Chilton County has seen some positives in these times. Residents have found creative ways to keep in touch. At least two new small businesses have opened as well as a new bank location. Two other businesses are nearing completion of construction on their buildings. Driving by these projects each day increases the anticipation for when the “coming soon” signs will change to “open.”

I love seeing businesses going into existing buildings, especially if it has been one that has been empty for a while. It brings new life to an area and the hope of continued good things. Sometimes a business embraces the charm of being located in an older building, and it can give an added atmosphere not achievable in new construction.

Social distancing continues to be a buzz word in every day conversations but here in Chilton County at least, we are starting to see a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.

I hope the position trend continues, and we can all feel safe to walk in crowds without a mask soon.