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MEMORIAL DAY! Memorial Day is Monday, May 25. The ceremony held at the courthouse memorial will be live-streamed through Facebook social media at 10:00 a.m. Names on the memorial will be read, but there will be no speaker. There will be no seating and the event will be live on WKLF 1000 AM, 95.5 FM, and WKLFradio.com. COVID-19 DATA! Alabama’s COVID-19 data from the Department of Public Health: As of Tuesday, May 19, the state reports 12,331 confirmed cases in Alabama. A total of 157,208 tests have been conducted in Alabama with 493 reported deaths. In America the data reports 1,537,830 confirmed cases with 90,694 having died from the illness. Chilton County News COURTHOUSE OPENS! “Chilton County’s Best-Read Weekly Community Newspaper. . . Read Every Day!” 25¢ "Your Alert Community Newspaper!" Per Thursday, May 21, 2020 Clanton, Alabama Volume 98, Number 21 Copy Rules Posted At Front Door; Social Distancing In Place; Fifty Percent Occupancy! By Becky Tucker, News Reporter District Judge Chris Speaks addressed the Chilton County Commissioners on Tuesday evening, May 12, at the regularly scheduled Commission meeting. He informed them that District Court was supposed to resume court on Monday, May 18. “It is anticipated that this will happen, but it is left up to Judge Fuller as to whether we start court then or wait until after Memorial Day,” Judge Speaks said. Courts have to submit a plan as to how they will conduct court in their courtroom prior to starting back. Judge Speaks said he had measured the courtrooms, and with social distancing, only 33 people will fit in courtroom number one, 12 in courtroom number two and 10 in the commission room, which they use at times for overflow. One of the requirements of the court will be signs out front of the courthouse with instructions and hand sanitizer stations. They have also suggested taking temperatures of everyone that enters the courthouse,” Judge Speaks said. “We will try to do as many hearings with inmates by Zoom as possible. We have already done some that way.” Joseph Parnell, Commission Chairman, told Judge Speaks that he could forward the operating procedure for the courthouse after the meeting that night. Sheriff John Shearon informed commissioners that the rear gate at the Chilton County Jail has been taken down, rebuilt and reinstalled. “The gate has not been functional for about eight years,” he said. The cost for the repair was $26,430 which had been appropriated out of the jail maintenance fund. Shearon reported they are continuing the process of finishing repairs. He said there are still some cosmetic things that need doing which will bring the jail back up to par. He requested the final payment for the camera installation of $69,500.00 be paid from the jail maintenance fund. “The cameras are working as anticipated and everything is on camera,” he said. In regards to the Sheriff’s deputies being responsible for taking temperatures of persons entering the courthouse, Shearon said, “I don’t think it is a good thing for a deputy to be holding a thermometer. They need to be in charge of security. I am against having a uniformed deputy taking temperatures.” A request was brought before the commissioners from the Chilton/Clanton Public Library to purchase plexiglass at a cost of $4,925.00. A motion was made to table the request and search for a temporary device at a fraction of the cost. Commissioners voted to reopen the courthouse on Wednesday, May 13, at 8:00 a.m. Rules are posted at the front door of courthouse and social distancing with fifty percent occupancy will be maintained. Senior citizens, 60 years of age and older, along with handicapped persons are allowed to enter from 8:00 until 9:00. Sanitation stations are available throughout the courthouse for employees and the public. Clerks throughout the courthouse are responsible for cleaning their stations. Individuals entering the record room will have to wear gloves and will not be allowed to enter with their own gloves. ‘We will have gloves available and they will have to be worn in the record room,” Parnell said. “They will have to also observe social distancing.” - - Read CCNews Online - - ChiltonCountyNews.com Tag Office Open! The Chilton County Tag and Title Office is now open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 NEWS PHOTO BY BECKY TUCKER p.m., Monday through Friday. The office will be closed from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. for lunch each day. There will be an officer standing at the door who will let you enter the office. Only a limited number of people will be allowed in the building at one time. If there’s a high volume of customers in the office, employees will not be able to answer the telephone. The last customer, before lunch, will be allowed to enter at 11:45. Others in line will have to wait until 1:00 to enter the building. Employees will not be able to work on titles after 3:00 p.m. each day. You may continue to use the county's online services at chiltoncountyrevenue.com. “We want to do everything to keep our employees safe first and the public second,” Parnell said. “We will open with a healthy fear of what this is and be particularly careful around those at high risk. This does not include taking temperatures like Judge Speaks asked.” Discussion was given in regard to storm clean up. The county engineer has told Parnell that the road department is working on cleaning up the areas in their spare time. They ask that residents not pile large amounts too close to the side of the road, which blocks the right-of-way. Parnell suggested evaluating roads in the county and coming up with a plan to do some road work. A work session to discuss the potential for using chip seal will be held. “Some of the less traveled roads can be fixed at $50,000 per mile,” he said. “Some of our low-volume roads can be fixed this way.” Parnell continued by saying, “We need to establish a dollar figure and figure how many we can do. If we are going to chip seal, we can do twice or three times more lesser traveled roads. We need to borrow money at low rates and now is the time to do this.” It was reported that the county engineer said that Wiregrass Construction came back and did some shoulder work on County Road 28. Parnell said “most likely” the county is going to do the rest of the shoulder with county personnel. It was reported that Representative April Weaver is taking a position to work with President Trump and had resigned her position as State Representative. A Veterans Affairs office will be opening sometime within the next 30 days. Commission meetings will continue in the large courtroom until further notice. WKLF Radio will broadcast these meetings as long as the meetings are closed to the public. “Nothing controversial will be discussed until we can allow the public back in the meetings,” said Commissioner Parnell. Chris Johnson, of WKLF 1000 AM, 95.5 FM, and WKLFradio.com, said he will continue to broadcast the Commission Meetings, as a public service to the community, while the meetings are not open to the public.  Do You Remember?............Page 4 Commission Minutes........Page 15 Classifieds and Legal Notices........Pages 5-11 Obituaries.............................................Page 3 Church News.................Page 16 Local People....................Page 2 Three Charged With Area Burglaries Chilton County, along with surrounding areas, experienced a rash of vehicle burglaries and vehicle thefts over the past month. The Chilton County Sheriff’s Department worked with various law enforcement agencies in the area during that time. “Through this collective effort, three suspects have been identified and arrested on multiple felony offenses in Chilton County,” said Sheriff John Shearon. “They are from Birmingham and have been charged with seven counts of Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle, three counts of Theft of Property 2nd Degree, two counts of Theft of Property 1st Degree, one count of Theft of Property 3rd, and one count of Theft of Property 4th Degree, with $225,000 bonds each.” The three men were out on bond for felony offenses in Jefferson County. The Sheriff’s Department has contacted the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and asked that they request those bonds be revoked. Additional charges in other jurisdictions are anticipated. All three have substantial criminal histories. “Several vehicles, firearms, and other pieces of property have been recovered and efforts continue to locate as much of the stolen property as possible,” Shearon said. “Several of the agencies are awaiting additional results from forensic analysis on numerous pieces of evidence. Additional charges and additional arrests are anticipated.” Library Open From 8:00 Until 12:00 The Chilton/Clanton Public Library reopened Monday, May 18. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Special service hours for senior citizens will be 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Hours for the general public will be 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. These hours will be in effect until further notice. Everyone is asked to observe social distancing while in the building. Only half-occupancy will be allowed. Computers must be reserved in advance and sessions are limited to 45 minutes. The meeting room will not be used and reservations are not being taken. You may call 205-755-1768 for further information or to reserve computer time.

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