OUR VIEW: Local woman publishes book about Chambers County

Published 1:00 pm Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In the hustle and bustle of last week’s Walmart fire and local football teams clinching playoff spots, we forgot to take a moment to celebrate a local woman who spends most of her time promoting Chambers County.

Kimberly Carter of the Chambers County Development Authority spends most of her days highlighting what is best about Chambers County and why businesses and outsiders should move here.

Recently, she published a children’s book called “Looking for Santa in Chambers County.” While it’s a passion project, says Carter, it shows her commitment to the region.

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The story stars her two-year-old daughter Adalyn going through her favorite holiday traditions such as the Valley Merry-Go-Round while trying to track down Santa Claus.

In the book, Adalyn goes to the merry-go-round, the Valleywide Christmas Parade, the City Christmas Festival in Lanett and the tree lighting in Lanett.

Carter also made sure she wove the strength of local traditions into the story. Besides Chambers and its cities and towns, the book features the Development Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, the library, East Alabama Water, Huguley Water, Chambers County Schools and Lanett City Schools.

“This was a bucket list item,” Carter said, on writing her first book. “I wanted to preserve the traditions we have in the community, so this was my way of doing it.”

While we understand Carter may not have been looking for praise when she wrote and published the book, but she deserves it for continuing to push Chambers County into the spotlight.

Before any of us realizes it, most of us will be engaged in those same Christmas traditions, many of us with our families. We want to thank Kimberly for using her talents to make sure these Chambers County traditions live on forever in the pages of her book.