OPINION: Celebrate good things in Chilton County

Published 1:01 pm Friday, September 16, 2022

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By JOYANNA LOVE | Managing Editor

As the weather turns colder and football kicks into high gear, thoughts here at The Clanton Advertiser start turning toward our annual Progress edition. One of our largest projects of the year, the publication features stories from all across the county, highlighting those who are a part of moving us forward. Last year, the magazine focused on Centers of Community — those people and places that first come to mind when we think of an area. The year before that told stories of overcoming the COVID pandemic, the remnants of Hurricane Zeta and other challenges. Other editions in recent years have focused on local marvels and mysteries, a typical day in the life of the county and stories of people from various generations.

The staff here is just entering the brainstorming stage of who and what will be highlighted this year. It is a multi-month project that can be an exciting time.

The publication is often called the community’s yearbook since it highlights progress that has been made both in its articles and through the ads it contains.

We want to tell the stories of those who contribute to making Chilton County a good place to live who might not always get noticed publicly. We want to highlight fun and interesting stories from each section of Chiton County — Clanton, Isabella, Jemison, Maplesville, Thorsby, Verbena and the communities in between.

There have been several agreements announced recently and more are in the works to support bringing new things to the county. Some current businesses are also planning for future expansion and promotion events.

What stands out to you most about progress so far in Chilton County in 2022? If you, could nominate a story to be included what would it be?

Guess what? You can!

Ideas for stories to be included can be submitted to news@clantonadvertiser.com with “Progress idea” in the subject line by Oct. 7.