Looking forward to New Year

Two thousand eleven figures to be a crucial year for government at all levels, and offices in Chilton County won’t be any different.

Luckily, local public officials seem to enter the New Year with some momentum.

Tim Mims was elected to a historic third term as chairman of the Chilton County Commission, meaning that body should enjoy more consistency and familiarity than it ever has. That’s good news because the commission will be tasked with walking a financial tightrope.

Mims told The Clanton Advertiser that avoiding borrowing money would be the commission’s biggest challenge in 2011. That will be more difficult than ever before because federal stimulus money is drying up, and revenue still doesn’t measure up with expenses, especially on roads in the county.

All four municipalities—Clanton, Jemison, Maplesville and Thorsby—have much to look forward to.

Clanton will continue to reap the benefits of being the seat of a county in a prime location for growth. Chilton County boasts several corridors to Interstate 65 and is nestled halfway between Birmingham and Montgomery.

Jemison is growing faster than any other part of the county. Several new businesses have either opened already or will soon.

Thorsby, like Jemison, is now receiving tax money on alcohol after residents voted to go wet.

And Maplesville, with new Mayor Aubrey Latham, is trying to stay the course set by former mayor Kurt Wallace, who is now serving as a state representative for Chilton County.

Wallace, along with new state Sen. Cam Ward, have already participated in a special session of the Alabama Legislature that produced several ethics reform bills.

We hope they—and all our other local public officials—can continue their productivity in the New Year.

Jemison

Mazingo awarded prestigious Rising Star scholarship 

Clanton

2024 Blast From the Past scholarship recipients announced

Clanton

Blast From the Past donates to CMS choir

Maplesville

Barnett completes first hours of executive law enforcement program  

Jemison

Davis, Jemison fielding track team next spring

News

Thorsby Book Blast provides books for students at home

Clanton

Scruggs enshrined at CCHS with new class hall

Maplesville

Suspect in custody following Maplesville break in

Clanton

Leadership Chilton course graduates first class

Business

Main Street in Jemison revitalized following improvements

Clanton

Four CCS bus drivers make final routes in Chilton

Clanton

No life-threatening injuries following fiery boat incident on Lake Mitchell

Clanton

Three Chilton offenders granted parole during May 14-16 hearings

Chilton County High School

Elmore signs with Enterprise State for soccer

News

Thorsby secures CAWACO RC&D grant for Richard Wood Park

News

Thorsby FFA sends four teams to state competition

Jemison

Students of the month for May named at Jemison High School

Clanton

LeCroy hosts state welding competition on its campus

Jemison

Living Waters Mission Home opens in Jemison

Clanton

Girl Scouts create Pet Pantry for Chilton community

Clanton

Column: Coming together for a common cause on Lake Mitchell

News

Why not us? — Thorsby takes runners-up in 2A state softball tournament

Clanton

Powers elected to significant national Republican Party roles

Business

McSweeney Chevy GMC opens doors, holds grand opening in Clanton