Congratulations go out to Circuit Clerk Annette Manning, who recently earned the “President’s Award” from the Alabama Circuit Clerks Association.

We say “earned” because Manning’s job is one that often flies below the radar. With increased strain on the budget in Alabama, her office and others around the state have found themselves required to do the same job with smaller personnel.

“We now have nine employees split between the two offices,” Manning said last week. “That is difficult, because our workload continues to increase each year because St. Clair County is growing. We stay very consistent.”

The good news is, their work has not gone unnoticed at the state level. Kudos to Manning, and the entire circuit clerk’s office. You make us all proud.