Monday, September 26, 2016

Weight, Oxygen and more this Monday

Junior National
Sara Anderson, who is a 7th grader at HMS, competed in a weightlifting competition on September 17. She won her weight category as well as qualified to compete at Junior Nationals in June. Rebecca Anderson, 4th grader at HIS also won her weight division but failed to qualify for Nationals this time, but will be trying again soon. Pictured with the girls are Travis Mash and Don McCauley, owners of Mash Elite Performance as well as head coaches of the USA Junior Nationals team. Way to Go!

Decoding Dyslexia
There will be a community meeting at the Helena Sports Complex tomorrow at 6:30 pm about Dyslexia. It is located at Sports Complex Dr, Helena, Alabama 35080

Oxygen Cover Contest

Jessi Kennedy, of Helena, had made the top 20 in a contest to pick the winner of their challenge and to appear on the cover.

You can click 5 times a day on this link to help her and see the before and after.

Helena has always been given good marks for fitness but it would be great for one our fellow residents to be on the cover. Here's the link:

Regular Meeting Agenda
September 26, 2016

PRE-COUNCIL:  Work Session Agenda                                             4:00 pm                                                      
A discussion and review of City Council agenda items, projects, department, committee, and board liaison reports, and task assigned for City operations and business.

1. 2016-2017 Budget Discussion

CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda                                                                                                  6:00pm
1. Call To Order.
2. Prayer.
3. Pledge of Allegiance.
4. Council Roll Call.
5 Presentation of Minutes from Council meeting and Pre-Council meeting, September 12, 2016.
6 Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7 City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. Approve City Budget Fiscal Year 2016-2017
9. Approve/Deny Annexation Request – Linda Moore Parcel #12 6 14 0 001 001.000, South Shades Crest Road
10. Approve/Deny Storm Water Management Ordinance #841-16
11. Council Comments
12. Adjourn

Friday, September 23, 2016

Yard Sales this Weekend

Just wanted to see if you could post that we are having a . Thanks Mary

Permitted yard sales for the weekend of 9/23/2016 through 9/25/2016.
1. 116 Griffin Drive (Royal PInes) Sat 9/24/2016
2. 205 Tocoa Circle (Tocoa Parc) Sat 9/24/2016
3. 2167 Old Cahaba Place (Old Cahaba) Sat 9/24/2016
      Also mary emailed me about hers  to say their garage sale Saturday at 2167 Old Cahaba Place from 8-12 will also feature lots of children's toys

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Helena Rail Crossing October 1-2

Crossing Closing
Helena Old Topwn Rails will be closed at the beginning of October. Graham Brooks wrote, "CSX said the crossing closest to The Depot and Railroad Avenue will be closed the morning of Oct. 1 and will reopen no later than Sunday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.
Helena Road will be open on both sides of the crossing but the crossing will be completely closed during this time period".

Helena Library Birthday

Helena Library Birthday
Happy 29th Birthday to the Jane B. Holmes Public Library! Come celebrate with us as we ring in another great year at the library. The birthday book sale starts this day and continues through Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, September 22 at 6 PM - 6:45 PM
Helena Public Library Friends
230 Tucker Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Helena Merits, Pink and Lake Davidson

Picture of the Day
Today's photo is by John Hodge and is a moon rise over the falls.This is a beautiful shot of the blue lights reflecting off the water over the Davidson Dam.

National Merit Scholar
Helena High is proud of Jared Cleghorn who is Helena's newest National Merit semifinalist. Very few students ever get to this point so a big Way to Go!

Volleyball Sweep
The Lady Huskies from HHS sweep the competition at the Chelsea volleyball tournament!

Player of the Week
Helena's own Devon is nominated for Player of the week. You can vote for him here:

Birthday Coming
Dont forget the Helena Library Birthday and Book Sale are this coming Thursday, 9/22/2016 – ALL DAY!

Helena Home Sales 
I haven't done this in awhile so I picked out all the Helena Deed transferred in Shelby County which was posted in the Shelby CountyReporter . I usually just post initials, but you can see the full details in the SCR. It kinda gives a feel for what is happening in the market.

-ECG to CH for $132,100 for lot 157 of Stonecreek
-JM to DD for $97,000 for lot 229 of Wyndham
-United States Steel Corporation to Newcastle Construction Incorporation for $60,000 for lot 134 of Hillsboro
-Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to LA for $143,425 for lot 1193 of Old Cahaba First Addition.
-CH to RSW for $270,000 for lot 477 of Riverwoods
-JD to JFRD for $119,000 for lot 8 of Plantation South
-MTW to Jeff 1 LLC for $148,000 for lot 432 of Wyndham Rockhampton
-JL to Trans AM SFE II LLC for $139,000 for lot 85 of St. Charles Place
-AR and RK Trust to Jeff 1 LLC for lot 14 of Chadwick
-JGT to JLB for $234,900 for lot 2 of Fieldstone Park 4
-JKK to P for $118,000 for lot 80 of Stonecreek
-Newcastle Construction Incorporated to JLU for $277,000 for lot 328 of Hillsboro
-LDC to KMU for $299,000 for lot 283 of Hillsboro
-Newcastle Construction Incorporated to JKB for $316,085 for lot 160 of Hillsboro
-MSB to SK for $169,900 for lot 1111 of Old Cahaba
-LSM and GA to NT for $165,000 for lot 108 of Amberley Woods
-DAR to DT for $154,500 for lot 31 of Amberley Woods
-Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and Residential Asset Mortgage Products Incorporated and Ramp 2005 SL2 to MAC Group LLC for $44,000 for lots 5 and 6 of Joseph Squires Map of the Town of Helena and property
-Newcastle Construction Incorporated to MJP for $208,588 for lot 2250 of Riverbend at Old Cahaba
-Riverwoods Properties LLC to Prominence Homes LLC for $150,000 for lots 842 and 843 of Riverwoods
-MBK to JKF for $317,000 for lot 455 of Riverwoods
-JBM to EMK for $165,500 for lot 28 of Saint Charles Place Jackson Square Phase Two Sector Three.
-RL to JCA for $170,000 for lot 1152 of Old Cahaba Phase III
-CJ to KLP for $178,000 for lot 304 of Wyndham
-MJL to NFEH for $199,000 for lot 77 of Dearing Downs

-United States Steel Corporation to Newcastle Construction Incorporated for $57,000 for lot 188 of Hillsboro

Pink Out
April Brand for Helena High School shared they are teaming up with the HFD in a fundraiser competition with the Chelsea community to "Tackle Breast Cancer" with the purchase of a "Pink Out" T-Shirt.  The pre-order form is attached and all sizes (adult and Youth) are available for $15 each.  All the proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama.  Individuals may also inquire about the purchase of a T-shirt from the Helena Fire Department.

Lake Davidson are changes
Planning and Zoning
I attended the Helena Planning and Zoning Commission meeting last Thursday and the above plan was approved. It shows some changes coming to the Lake Davidson area next to the Helena Depot. Some new homes, condos and a business office. The good news if that they will repair that abandoned building and clean up the area. I can imagine some great views.

Our Family Eats
Susan Sims Schuman of Helena received an email from Red Tricycle telling her thather my site had been nominated for their yearly "Best Of" contest. She is in the top 3 with "Our Family Eats" in the Family Recipe Category.

So if you have a quick minute, you can vote for her. You can just follow the Red Tricycle link below, click Sign in with Facebook to speed things up, and vote for Our Family Eats. Thanks y'all!!

Red Tricycle:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Mayor visits Spill Site

Colonial Pipeline Visit
Helena Mayor Mark Hall visited the cleanup operation of the Colonial Pipeline spill. The site is just south of Helena in the Wildlife Management Area down Coalmount road. The Mayor said that it is "well outside the City limits located on old strip mining lands". He spoke with the site manager and observed the cleaup and the installation of the temporary pipeline. He spoke about the government agency's monitor the operation and said,  "At this point I do feel that Colonial's press releases are accurate and we will continue to monitor the situation for any changes".

"My mission as Mayor is to protect Helena, outside the city my mission, as a citizen is to protect our environment".

U.S. EPA and environmental contractor tests conclude no impact on Panel Creek or Cahaba River.

If you would like to see a drone fly over the Pipeline staging area then the link is: HERE

I am really glad he did this. I have been worried about the situation and wanted Helena to have more information. Aside from the dangers to our residents, I also think the whole event hurts the reputation of Helena because all theses stories feature Helena, AL. While I was in Montgomery, I stayed in a hotel where the Texas AM players stayed. So I met lots of people from Texas and when I mentioned I was from Helena, they asked questions about evacuations and losses. I explained that I had not even smelled he gas and none had reached our water but it makes me worried that we would be associated with the event for decades. I am very thankful for the efforts of the Mayor and will be glad when this is all resolved!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Spirit Night

HMS Dance Team
The HMS Dance team as won a bid to Nationals in Orlando, so we have quite a few fundraisers coming up:

Spirit Night at Marco's Pizza on Monday, September 19 from 4-8 p.m.

Bob Sykes BBQ in Bessemer on Saturday, September 24 from 11-9.

Dance Clinic on October 8 at the HMS for all girls ages K-6th grade.

Helena Holiday Market on November 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Helena Middle School. For more information and how to participate you can contact

Active Shooter Training

SECURITY TRAINING: Tuesday, October 4
Helena UMC is offering security training for an active shooter situation called: Run, Hide, Fight, developed by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

The training is open to all area churches and will be taught by Lt. Brad Flynn from the Helena Police Department. The 2-hour training is set for Tuesday, October 4th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Helena UMC sanctuary. No registration is required. The training is especially important for anyone involved in church operations, but it is open to anyone who has an interest.

Questions can be directed to Brian Peters via email at

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Governor Announcement about Colonial Leak

RE: The gasoline leak located in Shelby County
Update: The Gov of Georgia has done the same because of area serviced by the pipeline. This is causing distruptions. See article:

Governor Bentley Declares State of Emergency to Facilitate Granting of USDOT Waiver

WHEREAS, the repair of the leak is incomplete, and the timeframe for completion is unknown at this time;
WHEREAS, this shutdown has caused a disruption of gasoline to be distributed for the use of citizens throughout the State of Alabama;
WHEREAS, this shortage could impact the safety of the residents of the State of Alabama;
WHEREAS, the declaration of a State of Emergency will facilitate the granting of a waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pursuant to 49 CFR Section 390.23, to allow relief from 49 CFR Sections 390 through 399, and subject to the limitations below; and,
WHEREAS, motor carriers that have an Out-Of-Service Order in effect may not take advantage of the relief from regulation that this declaration provides under 49 CFR 390.23, as this only relates to transportation of fuel and commodities for this declaration of emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Robert Bentley, Governor of the State of Alabama, do hereby declare that a State of Emergency exists in the State of Alabama and for the purpose pursuant to 49 CFR Section 390.23 of facilitating a waiver to the U.S. Department of Transportation- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, specifically 49 CFR Section 395 (Hours of Services for Drivers) as it relates to pipeline repair and transportation of fuel, I do hereby declare a State of Emergency for thirty (30) days unless sooner terminated. During this State of Emergency, any rule, regulation, or practice of the gas industry contrary to this declaration of emergency is hereby suspended until this Proclamation is terminated.
FURTHER, in accordance with the Code of Alabama, (1975), Sections 8-31-1 through 8-31-6, I hereby place all persons on notice that it is unlawful for any person within the State of Alabama to impose unconscionable prices for the sale of any commodity during the period of a declared State of Emergency.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal to be affixed by the Secretary of State, at the State Capitol, in the City of Montgomery, on this 15th day of September, 2016.
Robert Bentley
John Merrill
Secretary of State
Photo of the pipe work from Colonial Website

Also ABC news shared the RiverKeeper Post:
Cahaba Riverkeeper
18 hours ago

UPDATE: Recovery and repair efforts continue at the site of the Colonial Pipeline Co. gas leak. While we are following these operations, our primary concern has been to monitor any potential impact to the Cahaba River and we still have no evidence of any impact. We will be on foot tomorrow surverying all potential paths to the river, as crews have done daily. A series of precautionary booms has been placed and sampling is ongoing. As of this afternoon, there have been 4... mammals and one reptile found deceased in the immediate area of Pond 2, but it is hard to pinpoint the exact cause of death at this time due to the various states of decomposition. There have been no fish observed in Pond 2, dead or alive. The ponds are relatively new and isolated, so it is possible that Pond 2 did not host fish prior to this incident. We will continue to assess Pond 2 as conditions improve and the area becomes less hazardous. Additionally, an extensive survey of affected trees will be conducted as conditions improve. The area remains hazardous to work in, and we continue to hope for the safety of the workers.

FBI, Teen, and Ranch

FBI Grad
Congratulation to HPD's Ofc JR Sample for graduating the FBI National Academy. Very few officer have the distinction to be part of this program.

Ranch House Show
Alec Etheredge reported that Helena's Ranch House will be "featured on Comedienne Joy’s upcoming episode of ‘Dinning Out With Comedienne Joy.’ You can read more here:

Helena Teen Council
The new Helena Teen Council and Ambassadors were presented at Helena City Hall. Graham Brooks wrote an article explaining the leader development program and its history. You can read more here: LINK

The Helena Teen Council is an organization run by the city of Helena to promote volunteerism,
Here are the 2016-­17 Helena Teen Council members:
Taylor Causey
Sarah Collins
Lauren Decroes
Taylor Hinch
Kerrian Pruitt
Will Rogers
Caylie Yarborough
Natalie Blocker
Jacob Bradford
Lauren Caver
Kirsen Gardner
Morgan Jacobs
Madison Laney

Helena Police Report
This is the Helena Police Report from the Shelby County Report website:

Sept. 1
­Harassment from 200 block of Jenkins Circle, Helena (residence/home).
Sept. 2
­Property damage from Chestnut Forest Circle, Helena (residence/home). Damaged items include a passenger side valued at $3,000, brick and mortar retaining wall valued at $1,000, shrubs and bushes valued at $500, and a metal mailbox valued at $300.
Sept. 3
­Property damage from Helena Road, Helena (other/unknown). Damaged items include a driver’s door valued at $200.
Sept. 4
­Jail incident from U.S. 52, Helena (parking lot/garage).
­Possession of marijua- II from U.S. 261, Helena (highway/street).
­Property damage from Bentmoor Drive, Helena (residence/home). Damaged items include a mailbox valued at $200.
­Civil dispute from Wynwood Drive, Helena (residence/home).
Sept. 6
­Bail jumping II from Alabaster (jail/prison)

Planning and Zoning
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6pm today at City Hall to review a request by JR Adams to "Amend the Approved Site Plan and Seek Approval of the Proposed Residential Use for the Resurvey of Old Town Marketplace". The meeting is open to the public. To get a copy of the official meetings you can contact the City Clerk.

Body Building Champ
Last but not least...Congratulation to Helena Health Club trainer David Purcell who is the State Body Building Champ 60+