Thursday, February 23, 2017

State of the Communites

Mayor Gives Address
Recently at gathering of Mayors, Helena's Mayor Mark Hall shared the State of the Community.

"With a population of about 18,000 Hall said the city is working to control its growth. The city’s Standard and Poor’s rating has increased from an A- to AA, about a four-point increase that Hall said he is proud of. Hall said the city is working to add more miles to its trails system and recently replaced a lot of its aging vehicles for their police and fire departments.
Attracting new businesses is always a goal, but Hall said Helena only wants businesses that are a good fit for the city. “We don’t want just any business,” he said. Beef O’ Brady’s and a new breakfast restaurant will soon be opening in the city".

Mayor Hall also shared more details on his facebook page, "After I completed extensive interviews and financial reviews, I am proud to report that the City of Helena's credit rating with Standard & Poor's municipal credit rating standards were recently raised from an A- to AA-. This improvement is a direct result of good financial practices and the solid fiscal responsibility we have practiced the last 4 years. Thanks to our administrative staff & city council members for your hard work in helping achieve this upgrade. As we work to continue building our reserve funds and avoid unnecessary spending I expect for the ratings to improve again in the next 2 years".
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Twirl Mania International 2017

Twirl Mania International 2017
3000 twirlers from multiple countries gathered at Disney’s Wide World of Sports to compete at Twirl Mania International 2017.

9 year old, Madison Randall of Helena competed in the Beginner 7-9 division and received the following awards:
Top 5 in all of her individual events
Top 5 in the Beginner Miss Twirl Mania pageant
Madison now holds the title of Beginner Twirl Mania International 2017 2-Baton Champion
Daughter of Aaron and Kelly Randall, Madison is a 3rd generation twirler and has been twirling since she was 6 years old. Way to Go!

Helena Police Dog

It looks like we will be getting that Police Dog for Helena pretty soon

Book Sales

Book Sale!

Visit the Library book sale! Find some treasures (while they last!) at great prices, and support your local library!
When: Thursday, February 23 – ALL DAY – Begins at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Helena Arts Council

Call for Submissions! Be featured on our website!

The Greater Helena Arts Council is looking for local talent to showcase on our new website. We are accepting submissions of Original Artwork, Photography, Creative Writing, performance videos or any other creative achievements by the residents of Helena. It doesn't matter if you are a professional or an amateur - we want to feature your talents. Students are encouraged to apply as well.
Tag and Share this post with all the artists you know!

Please send submissions to

Shelby Proposed School Calendar

The Shelby County Board of Education shared their proposed school calendar through 2019. Check them out here:

Austin to Parris

I know it was tough when we had to let our child go to Kindergarten but Emily McFall's oldest Austin reported to Parris Island today. God bless them both

Helena’s Annual Spring Clean Up Day

Spring Clean Up
The Helena Beautification Board is excited to announce its Annual Spring Clean Up Day to be held on March 4, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon.   Everyone is invited to join us with sprucing up Old Town. We’ll be shaping up shrubs and roses, cleaning out planting beds in the area, and we’ll also plant new roses and redesign the circle beds as a part of the Old Town Strip revitalization.  Bring your gardening tools and gloves, and together let’s make Helena Beautiful.  All volunteers are asked to meet at the Caboose at 8a.m.  Love the Pole Planters in Old Town? We’ll show you how to build one!

Beautification Board Vice Chairman Brian Puckett will host a demo at 10 a.m. in front of Southeastern Butcher Supply on how to build planters that provide a big color impact. Brian will show you an inexpensive way to add one to your own garden.  The Helena Beautification Board is an appointed board of the Helena City Council.  The Board believes that people and places are profoundly connected and thriving communities are rooted in individual responsibility and action. They host a variety of opportunities for the community to come together and serve each year.  Events are posted on the Helena Beautiful Facebook page and announced via Twitter at @TweetHomeHelena.

Call Out: What: Helena’s Annual Clean Up Day When: Saturday March 4, 2017 8-12 noon
Where: Meet at the Caboose Feature: Pole planter demo at 10 a.m.

Scholar Bowl

Scholar Bowl
In the battles of wits Helena took 2nd place in Shelby County Championship match at the Shelby County Schools central office last week. Congrats to Oak Mtn who will go on to place in the State Match up. A big way to go to our youth for making it to the finals. You can read more in Graham Brooks Article

Wrestling Heights

Helena Wrestling
Alec Etheredge wrote a great article about the Championship wrestling match. Helena now competes in the 6A division for the first time. By the end of the State Tournament, Helena place 14th with 43 points and  Pelham was at No. 18 with 33.5 points. Also in the 6A division Helena’s Nathan Dunaway made it to the final championship. Way to Go!

Safest City in Alabama

Helena Picture of the Day
This photo is from John Hodge on Twitter of the Helena Falls

Safest City 
I think I already posted this but it is making the rounds on Social media so let's do it. Alabama Media Group shared the top 50 safest cities in Alabama based on FBI stats. Here is the entire list: starting with Helena:

Vestavia Hills
Mountain Brook
Pleasant Grove
Rainbow City

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
John Hodge @jkhodge on twitter post this shot of the crane in front of the Davidson Dam in Helena when the blue light s kick on at sunset

Scholars Bowl
Congratulations to the HHS Scholars Bowl team for an outstanding season and winning 2nd place in the SCS Scholars Bowl Championships.

State Capital
Mayor Hall was in Montgomery last week and posted that he "enjoyed seeing Governor Bentley today ad talking with ALDOT Director John Cooper and  Pelham Mayor Gary Waters and  others regarding widening 261.

Monday, February 20, 2017

President Day

President Day
Happy President Day. Sadly I caught the Helena cold and will be home sick but here's what open:

Here's a look at what's open and what's closed on Presidents Day 2017:

U.S. Postal Service - No mail delivered, post offices closed

UPS, Fed Ex - Open with normal schedule

Amazon - Processing orders but there may be shipping delays

Banks - Most banks will be closed

Financial markets - Financial markets, including the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, are closed. The Federal Reserve is closed so if your bank is open, most items won't be able to processed until the next day.

Courts - Federal, state and local courts are closed.

Schools - Most public schools are closed, many private ones closed

State of Alabama - Presidents Day is a state holiday in Alabama, so all state offices are closed.

Shopping centers, retailers - Retail centers and stores are open. Many have sales for Presidents Day. Major retailers such as Walmart and Target are open.

ABC Stores - All ABC liquor stores will be open unless normally closed on Mondays.

State parks - Open

City, county offices - Schedules for city, county offices varies:

Birmingham City offices - open
Jefferson County offices -open
Mobile City offices -open
Mobile County offices - open
Huntsville City - closed
Madison County - closed

In Helena All administrative offices and non-essential services will be closed for President's Day this Monday. (Emergency services & trash pickup will continue to operate as usual.)

Helena Signing Day
Keith Wright Alabama and Cade Pugh who were signed to Universities yesterday

Harlem Wizard comes to Helena
The Harlem Wizards are back in town and the rematch is on! Come see the Helena High School Band-its take on the Wizards. Tuesday, February 21 at 7 PM at Helena High School.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pancake and Racing Concert

Pancake Breakfast
The Kiwanis Club of Helena and Helena Elementary School have their 13th annual pancake breakfast fundraiser this Saturday Feb 18th starting at 7am until Noon at HEs Cafeteria. It will cost $5 but will include pancakes, bacon/sausage, cold beverage and coffee. The funds raised from the event will go toward Boy Scout Troop 2, the Helena Elementary School PTO and local Kiwanis Key Clubs.Checks should be made payable to the Kiwanis Club of Helena. Please come out and support this great tradition!

Racing for Awareness
Rios in Helena is hosting the Racing for Awareness Concert starting at 2pm on Sunday Feb 19th. It will include David Hill, John Hodges of Cottonbox Road and Megan T. McMillian and Sam Edwards. This concert is to support Suicide Awareness Prevention

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Helena Miracle League

Clean up Day 
The Helena Beautification Board is having a Old Town Clean up on March 4th starting at 8am. We are meeting at the Caboose.

Also I guess I need to update the Coming Up in Helena Events. so see below and let me know if I missed one:

Feb 18th                7:00am-12 HES Annual Pancake Breakfast at Helena Elementary
Feb 21st                7:00pm Wizards vs. Bandits Event at HHS Gym
Feb 23rd               6:00-8pm Fine Arts night on Feb 23rd from 6-8pm at the HHS
Feb 24th                8:30am Helena Coffee Talk at HIS
Feb 25th                9:00am-11am Clothing Exchange at CrosssBridge Church
Feb 25th                6:00pm HMS Choir Desert Cabaret and Silent Auction at Helena Middle
Feb 27th                5:00pm, 6:00pm-7pm Helena City Council
Feb 28th                Mardi Gras

March                   Helena Gnome Hunt  Yep it is returning with prizes
March 4th             8am Old Town Cleanup at Red Caboose
March 4th             9am-2pm Helena Business Expo at Sports Complex
March 9th             8pm Trivia Night at Helena Library
March 18th           4am HHB Bass Fishing Tournament Lay Lake starting
March 18th           8am HHS Mustache Run for HHS Soccer Team at Helena High

April 15th              Run for Their Lives
April 16th              Easter
April 18th              Tax Day
April 22nd             All Day Founder’s Day and Events
April 23rd             2pm Student Concert at Griffin Farms

Helena Miracle League
The Miracle league is a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. They are request to create a new field in Helena. Mary Chambliss and others came to City Council to ask for the City approval to begin fundraising for the project . If you would like to donate, you can send it to PO Box 17 Helena, AL 35080 or contact Mary adewbug at hotmail

"There is something about playing the game of baseball that lights up youngsters' eyes, but for children facing mental and physical challenges, that opportunity can often be a difficult first step. The Miracle League gives these children the opportunity to get out in the sunshine and enjoy playing the game of baseball in its purest form".

 Helena Miracle League Board Members below

Helena Heroes Needed

America Pledgers
I need some help. Nominate someone to give the Pledge of Allegiance.  I am in charge of doing the Pledge of Allegiance for the City of Helena every 2nd and 4th Monday. Please nominate your local America hero for the honor by messaging me or email at nosleepinhelena at gmail dot com

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Helena High Situation

The Helena Police Department posted this on Facebook regarding an event at Helena High School:

"Earlier this morning Helena High School received a telephone threat stating that there was an explosive device placed in the building. HHS administration immediately implemented its emergency plan with the assistance of HPD. Out of an abundance of caution, all students were removed from the building while police and HHS staff cleared the building for any possible devices. The search has concluded and no devices were located. All students are returning to class at this time. HPD will continue to investigate the incident".

update: SCR posted an story as well:

Helena Station

Helena Station
I may have posted this already but I didn't want to throw it away until I was sure I have made a online copy. The Helena Station is a residential neighborhood being build where the Hillsboro Parkway means CR-17

Ladies Advance and Music Honor

HHS Lady Huskies
"The Helena Lady Huskies have punched their ticket to Montgomery. Helena needed a win over Bryant on Feb. 13, in the Sub-Regional round of the girls 6A state tournament to advance and they did so in impressive fashion to defeat the Stampede 56-43 in a game in which Helena never trailed..." See more at:

Music Honor Society
The Tri-M Music Honor Society, the honor society for secondary school music students, has announced the chartering of a new chapter at Helena High School. The new honor society will be under the leadership of chapter advisor Cissy Johnson, the school’s choral director, and assistant chapter advisor, Jeff Burnside, who serves as the band director. Se more at:

Poets and Rifles in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's photo goes to ‏@sparker2374 on Twitter with this photo of the falls on a cloudy day in Old Town Helena.

Poets of Helena
The youth of Helena are keeping a find tradition of Poetry alive in Helena. Carl Patrick Morton, the Poet Laureate of Alabama lived in Helena. Carl Morton was a state and national award winning poet who named the Poet Laureate of Alabama by the Governor. His work appeared in various poetry journals. He died February 20, 1994 at Helena, Alabama.

At the 2017 High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition, Helena students under Jennifer Culver at Helena High School were recognized:

Exceptional Graphic Design and Layout
Winner: Eureka (Helena High School)
Editor: Sara Grace El-Feraly

Judge’s Special Recognition for Exceptional Literary Content
Winner: Eureka (Helena High School)
Editor: Sara Grace El-Feraly

Senior Portfolio Scholarship
Winner: Sara Grace El-Feraly, winner of the Curnutt Famil

Poetry Certificates of Merit
Winners: Maggie Hamilton and Mallory Morris

Poetry Judge's Special Recognition
Winner: Summer Jackson

Way to Go to all of our creative youth!

Basic Rifle Course
Shelby County Shooting Sports Association would like to announce our annual Spring NRA Basic Rifle Course.  The course is designed for youths age 9-19 and is part of the Alabama 4H program.  The course covers all common rifle types, ammunition, rifle safety and marksmanship.  Most of our live fire exercises will be with air rifles and/or BB guns, but, the Saturday range day will give students the opportunity to shoot various cartridge rifles.  The course also meets the requirements for the BSA Rifle merit badge.

The course will begin on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and will meet from 6-8 PM for 8 weeks plus a Saturday range day tentatively scheduled for April 29.  There will also be an airgun rifle competition held on Saturday, May 6 for any that wish to participate.

Classroom and range time will be at our range at 574 Elvira Rd; Helena, AL 35080.  Everything needed for the course is provided.  Students may continue practicing with the junior club on Monday and Thursday evenings for the spring semester and may join the club at anytime.  Cost this year for the course will be $65.

To register for the course go to:

or search for NRA Basic Rifle Course in Alabama.  If anyone has difficulty registering on the NRA website please email the students name, date of birth, address, phone number to Sam Richardson at

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