Thursday, July 02, 2015

Independence Weekend

Helena Picture of the Day
The Helena Picture of the Day goes to J Kenneth for his photo of the Fireworks over Helena. You can see the fireworks in person this Friday 3rd around 9pm as First Friday ends. I wrote this very quickly so I may come back and add some items and edit some mistakes (I have already edited this 4 times).

Also if you swing by the Helena Museum on Friday night you can register to win a historic item and get a free glow necklace

Yard Sales
It's 108 Squire Drive, Helena, AL 35080.  tomorrow morning from 7am - 1pm

photo from
Glover Pugh
This 4th of July I wanted to share the story of a solider. I met David Pugh and he told me the magazine story about his father who lives in Helena. Laura Brookhart wrote and article about this true Helena Hero:

"On Glover Pugh’s wall you will see his dog tags, his Bronze Star, his Blue Badge, his Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart medal presented to him in the hospital near the end of World War II. Alongside are the telegrams, dated March and April 1945, sent to notify his mother, Mrs. Mary Pugh in Coffeeville, of his injuries. Sitting in his purple veteran’s coat, tie and cap, he shows me a second Purple Heart, more formally displayed in its original case. He speaks of being shot by a German bazooka fired into his convoy on a mountainside north of Bologna, Italy, during part of the ‘final push of the war.’

The result was a crushed skull. During surgery, doctors removed a fragment of his skull, which he requested to keep and wore afterwards on the chain with his dog tags. When he recovered and was released from the Army hospital, he donated a pint of blood to each of the remaining hospitalized soldiers. To date he counts he has donated 42 pints of blood to the American Red Cross, as well as giving blood through direct transfusion to his sister when she gave birth to twins.

Drafted just 19 days after his high school graduation, Glover first trained as a Sky Trooper in the Everglades, but eventually found himself assigned and serving with the 10th Mountain Division. After the war, he went to college on the G.I. Bill and taught agriculture for 32 years in Mobile County’s Vet Farm Program.

Widowed twice, he presides over a clan of 14 children and stepchildren and, to date, 15 grandchildren. His present wife, Jimmie, enjoys bird watching on their screened porch (which doubles as Glover’s office) while he continues to compile and archive the memories and mementoes of a life well and fully lived. Along with the fat scrapbook of photos and clippings, Glover has written ‘An Authentic Story,’ that begins with the history of Clarke County and Generals Coffee and Jackson’s activities along the Tombigbee River, where he went swimming as a boy. His southern roots, from beginning life as child of the Depression to many specifics about WWII and the rich and varied life he created afterwards that are related here are sure to be appreciated by any history buff.

At 82, he recollects clearly his rescue by an Italian farmer as he lay bleeding in a wheat field in the bitter cold winter of ’45. He has not forgotten that farmer who gave him warm milk that night nor the support of the Italian people who helped hide U.S. soldiers in their farmhouses. He speaks of how they lined the country roads and handed out bread and onions and wine to U.S. troops on the march.

His concern today is about the high suicide rate and the extreme injuries of soldiers now returning from Iraq. He recently wrote a letter to the Purple Heart magazine encouraging these men and women to not give up, but “make yourself available to do some good in your life.” His life reflects that he has well used this advice in his own personal mission".  Website
Helena Independent Weekend
Here is the calendar of the events for Helena events this Weekend. Let us know if we missed something:

Thursday July 2nd

6:30-10pm Phil Austin and Tommy Crowder will be playing at Papa Saia's in Old Town Helena.
7pm Josh Wheeler at the Coal Yard in Old Town

Friday July 3rd

5:30-8:30pm FireWorks and First Friday Celebration in Old Town: Join us for a celebration of Old Town starting at 5:30pm which includes vendors, food trucks, dunking booth and giveaways at the Helena Museum. Afterwards Fireworks will be shot off

7pm The Old Paints the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena

8pm Mulligan's Last Resort Yankee Doodle Dandy edition at Papa Saias

9pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

Saturday 4th

8am-Noon Helena Market Days at the Helena Amphitheater

8am  6th Annual 4th of July Ride starting at Helena Walmart

9am-Noon Blood Mobile at the Helena Amphitheater

9am Music by the Greenies at Helena Amphitheater during Farmer's Market

Dunking Booth by the Helena Lions Club
Get your throwing arm ready!

During Helena First Friday the Helena Lions Club will be hosting a "Dunking Booth"! See the Schedule below and make sure you are there to DUNK your "Favorites" or "Not So Favorites", $1 a throw or 6 throws for $5! Better yet, bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly of the "Feed the People" initiative of Man of Ministry and get a Free Throw! Have fun and give back at the same time!

APH Radio Host from The Gene Rowley Show, Gene Rowley will start the evening off at 530pm!

Head Football Coach and AD from Helena High School, Coach Parker will sit at 6:05pm!

President of the Helena City Council, Cris Nelson will take the platform at 6:40pm

7:10pm we welcome to the platform Vice Principal Butts from Helena High School

Last, but certainly not least is Coach Jon Ray Russell! He will take over at 7:40pm. Coach Russell is the former XC Head Coach, current Track and Field Coach and new Assistant Football Coach!

Heckling the crowd from 530pm until 7:00pm will be City Council Representative and APH Radio Assistant from The Gene Rowley Show, Lesley Quick Bartlett! Taking over at 7:00pm for the heckling will be Hewy Woodman!

The Helena Lions Club extends a great big Thank You for the help and we are looking forward to a fun evening!

Dont forget you can buy tickets to Billy Hinds Benefit Dinner at First Friday
Austin and Crowder
Austin and Crowder - Classic Country will perform at Papa Saia's this Thursday, July 2nd in Old Town Helena. Come on out for an awesome meal and some great country music. Music from 6:30-10:00pm

6th Annual Ride
Scotty Vines‎ shared that the 6th Annual 4th of July Ride  called "Proud to be an American" will start at the Walmart Neighborhood Market Helena at 335 Helena Market Pl, Helena, Alabama 35080. Kickstands up in Helena at 8:00 am. Click on link to see the route.

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Mulligan's Last Resort will perform their Yankee Doodle Dandy edition on Friday night at 8:00pm - 12:00am at Papa Saia's 4300 Helena Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080
Mulligan's Last Resort - Yankee Doodle Dandy editio
Red, White, and the Blues
The Red White and Blues of the 4th hosted by Thomas Trussell starting at 7:30pm on Saturday at
The Coal Yard in Helena 4085 Helena Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080. It will a live blues show.

Helena Farmer Market
This Saturday is 4th of July at Helena Market Days and also our annual free peaches and ice cream from 8am-Noon at the Helena Amphitheater. Our featured charities are LifeSouth Bloodmobile and Alabama Partners for Clean Air.

For this Saturday's market HMD has imported musical talent all the way from The Woodlands, TX. Please join us in welcoming The Greenies. This duo is comprised of siblings Morgan Klein (vocals) and Adrian Klein (guitar and bass). They have been students at the School of Rock since February 2013. At School of Rock they have been selected to represent the school in their house band, Dean’s List, and as such have had the opportunity to perform at many venues throughout Texas to promote the school. Their repertoire includes songs from The Black Keys, Of Monsters and Men, Florence + the Machine, and others. You'll be blue if you miss The Greenies!


Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Moon, Bank, and Police Reports

Helena Picture of the Day
Noah on twitter as ‏@NoahSleepyhead shared this Helena Moon, "beautiful waxing gibbous moon tonight thanks to Canadian wildfire smoke".

Local Bank Job
I always get asked by people for Helena jobs. Helena Regions Teller: LINK

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Rape
Neal Wagner wrote a story about a  36-year-old man with a Helena address has "pleaded not guilty to charges of raping and sexually abusing an underage victim after he was indicted on the charges in May". - See more at: LINK

Helena Police Report
Here is the Helena Police Report published by the Helena Reporter newspaper

June 19
-Domestic incident from the 2000 block of Laurel Lakes Lane, Helena (residence/home).
-Domestic violence (harassment) from the 100 block of Augusta Way, Helena (residence/home).
-Warrant arrest from the Pelham Police Department, Pelham (jail/prison).
-Warrant arrest-probation violation from the 4900 block of Highway 17, Helena (bank).
-Property damage from the 200 block of 3rd Street, Helena (residence/home). Damaged was a blue public recycling container.
-Identity theft from the 3000 block of Oakleaf Circle, Helena (residence/home).
-Warrant arrest-probation violation from Highway 52 East, Helena (government/public building).
-Suspicious situation (fraud) from East Main Street, Streator, Illinois (other/unknown).
-Domestic incident from the 200 block of Old Cahaba Trail, Helena (residence/home).
-Warrant arrest from Highway 52 East, Helena (jail/prison).

June 20
-Harassment from the 2600 block of Highway 58, Helena (other/unknown).

June 21
-Dog at large from the 1000 block of Wyndham Lane, Helena (residence/home).

June 22
-Suicide attempt (threat only) from the 8500 block of Shady Trail, Helena (residence/home).
-Criminal mischief from the 1000 block of Chateau Drive, Helena (residence/home). Damaged was a tire in the amount of $120.
-Theft of property from the 100 block of River Crest Trail, Helena (other/unknown). Stolen were a garbage disposal valued at $80 and a GE Stainless Steel stove valued at $350.
-Theft of property from the 4200 block of Old Cahaba Parkway, Helena (other/unknown). Stolen were door locks valued at $200.
-Theft of property from the 4200 block of Old Cahaba Parkway, Helena (specialty store). Stolen was a house lighting package valued at $1200.
-Warrant arrest-Assault III from Hoover (government/public building).

June 23
-Suspicious incident from the 2700 block of Oakleaf Circle, Helena (residence/home).
-Warrant arrest-probation violation from the 0 block of Bibb Lane, Brent (government/public building).
-Domestic violence-harassment from the 200 block of Old Cahaba Trail, Helena (residence/home).

June 24
-Domestic incident from Lees Cove, Helena (residence/home).
-Animal cruelty from the 3500 block of Ruffin Road, Helena (other/unknown).
-Hit and run from the 400 block of Helena Market Place, Helena (parking lot/garage).
-Found property from Helena City Jail, Helena (other/unknown). Recovered was an earring.
- See more at: Source

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Purple Boxes and Summer Magic

Picture of the Day
Today's picture of the Day goes to Jon Woodward‎ called " Good morning Helena". Jon was lucky to get one of the last blooms of the Cahaba Lilies. We look forward to their full return next year. Remember, the endangered flowers blooms between Mother's and Father's Day.

Weekend Update
Real quick, a reminded that Helena will celebrate Independent Day on Friday July 3rd. We will have First Friday starting at 5:30pm and Fireworks will end the night. Also there will be a Scozzaro Law LLC and the Helena Lions Club dunking booth, Museum tours, kid zones, music and much more in Old Town. I will probably by hanging out with the Helena Historical group handing out glow sticks. Remember, if you drive home Friday afternoons through Old Town then you may want to take a different route if you are not going to the events because there will be a big delay. Here are some  more details for this weekend. - See more at: News Article

Purple Boxes in Trees
If you see some purple boxes hanging in trees around the Helena and the State of Alabama, they are three-sided insect traps for monitoring the spread of a non-native invasive insect that has killed several million ash trees in the eastern United States and Canada. You can read more here:

6th Annual Ride
I saw that Scotty Vines shared this on facebook. The 6th Annual 4th of July Ride - Proud to be an American will start this Saturday at 8am from the Helena Walmart. For more details, here is the link: Facebook Event

 ESL Summer Camp
Graham Brooks wrote an article about Helena Intermediate's  two-week English as a second language camp. Students come to Helena and get a greater knowledge of the English language. - See more at: Source

Helena Summer Reading
Last Week a Magician "wows kids at Helena Summer Reading Program" at Helena City Hall. This Wednesday you can have your children see a program with the Helena police 2pm (July 1st) at Helena City Hall. It is a free program and great if you are trying to find something education for the children. For more information on Helena’s Summer Reading Program visit the library’s website at - See more at: News Article

Leap Second
Also don't forget at 7pm tonght we will official have 61 seconds in a minute. "The extra second will take place at 7 p.m. on June 30 so that we can sync up our watches with the Earth's slowing rotation". There is some concern that some computer system may not like it so keep your fingers crossed. Of course you can just shutdown your computer and huddle with your children and tell them your survival stories from Y2K


Monday, June 29, 2015

Reader's Choice Helena

 Picture of the Day
Bobbie Nichols shared some pics from Brian Etheridge from the Storms in Helena and it is our Helena picture of the Day. btw Welcome to Vonnie and her family who just moved to Helena! Welcome!
All Stars Awesome
Beth Tinnell was kind enough to share, "Helena 6U AllStars come home  with the State Runners Up trophy and the best Banner award. So proud of our girls and coaches. Way to Go!

Cross Country Fundraiser
Jason Black shared that they held a McSpirit Night for Helena Cross Country Track and Field Tuesday at Helena McDonalds. They raised over $800! It was a great night and we love supporting our community. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Best Photographer
Congrats to Mark Hendren Best Photographer division 1 for 2014 from the Alabama APME broadcast awards and with ABC 33/40, but he is going to CBS 42 as a Commercial Producer, starting in just over a week. We love him and his whole family!
20 Years Ago in Helena
I dusted off a copy of the Helena Newsletter from 20 years ago and made a pdf scan of it for those who are interested. If you want to see the pdf scan you can click HERE , you may need to rotate it or download it. Let me know if you have issues:

Trophy Case
Mark Hall ‏@MarkRHall  posted on twitter what the Helena High School trophy case look slike after one year. "Visited @HelenaHSHuskies today and noticed this. (It was brand new and empty this time last year.) #BuildingChampions"
Rio's 3rd Year
Congratulations to Rio's Bar and Grill. Congrats Chuck and Crystal Hamrick for all they do in community.  Crystal shared that Rio's has raised over $80,000 for local charities since they have opened which earns respect in my book. They have also been voted Best Bar and Grill in Shelby County. Also So a big way to go to Chuck and Crystal as Helena Residents and I hereby declared them Helena Community Philanthropists. The picture above is a flash back from there first day. Please go and tell them thank you!

Helena Lions Club
Two big announcements from the Helena Lion's Club. They delivered donation to The Owens House! this week. Pictured above is with Emmanuel N Kristi Scozzaro and William Braxton Hobson.

Also "Make plans to be at Helena First Friday on July 3rd! The Helena Lions club will be hosting a Dunking booth! Bring a jar of Peanut Butter or Jelly for a free throw, otherwise throws will be $1 to 6 for $5! Come out and dunk people like Council President Cris Nelson, APH Radio talk show host Gene Rowley from The Gene Rowley Show, Vice Principal Butts from the High School, Coach Jon Russell and many many more"!

I may even jump in the booth if anyone wants to pay to make me soaking wet, otherwise I will be with the Helena Historic group handing out some handouts.

David of the Stained Glass
 He's back!  2 months after his wreck, David is in the house!  Okay, it’s the studio but you get what I’m saying!
Needless to say, it’s pretty much against his doctor’s advice (he’s supposed to be home convalescing for quite some time still) but he doesn’t have a choice – he has to provide for his family.  Those of you who donated are appreciated more than you know and surely helped get him to this point, but rent needs to be paid, power needs to be paid – and medical bills that are climbing north of $30,000 need to be addressed. His goal is to get revenue flowing once again in the studio, but he’s starting from zero – and still needs your help.  He despises asking for help, by the way, and if it wasn’t for the need to provide for his daughter Kennedy he wouldn’t ask for a dime.
David, a hardworking, fun-loving glass artist, former Marine and the HMFIC of Marines MC Alabama, was hit by a driver the day before Easter Sunday.  On Easter Sunday he spent 5 hours in surgery, having screws and plates put in his left ankle, lower leg, knee and wrist. Most debilitating of all, he also had completely severed his Achilles's tendon, which was repaired at that time as well.
I asked David to create me an original piece of art for my house. You can see him installing it here. He is a master at Stained Glass. My last name is Woodman and each branch represents a child in my family.
David has significant healing time in front of him before he can even begin therapy; currently he is completely chair and home bound.  He is the sole proprietor of a glass studio - which means of course if he isn't working he isn't making money.  He lives with his 13 year old daughter Kennedy, who has Down Syndrome.

He's working as hard as he can until he gets on his feet - please help us in helping him taking care of unpaid medical expenses and living expenses until he can!  If you don't feel comfortable using the online donation, you can send it to David Schlueter, 4114 Helena Road, Helena AL 35080.

Thank you all for submitting Stories! I love you all and that is not the painkillers speaking...

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Helena Weekend

Picture of the Day
Today's photo of Helena was featured by Meteorologist James Spann. It was done by  Parker's Lens Photography in Helena and called "Fire in the summer sky tonight"... Not sure but it looks like the Hillsboro neighborhood.

Dont forget the Helena Museum is open free to the public

Helena Weekend Happenings

7pm Smith Little Trio performs at the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8:30pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

7pm  Erin Black performs at the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8pm Mulligan Last Resort at Papa Saias
8pm Free Movie at the Amphitheater "Lego Movie"

8am-Noon Helena Farmer's Market at Helena Amphitheater
8am-Noon car Show at Helena Amphitheater
9am Leah Rose performs at the Helena Market Days at Amphitheater
7pm Intermission performs at the Coal Yard in Old Town Helena
8pm Hunter Lawley at Papa Saias

Also Laura Shaw-Schenck shared "There is a job fair tomorrow from 4-8 at the Marriott on 280 for the new trinity medical building"

Yard Sale
Krystle Herron shared that Fatima's Family Afhair is having a big yard sale at the old Frankie location this Saturday. All proceeds will be donated to the mission trip Katie and Fatima are going on in August. There will be something for everyone! The time will be 7am-until.

Friday for Lunch at Coal Yard
The Coal Yard will be open this Friday for Lunch. Here is their sample menu above. They will now be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday as well as for dinner.

HMS Majorettes
Come check out the HMS Majorettes Carwash Fundraiser this Saturday June 27th 8am-Noon

Helena Market Days
This Helena Market Days will feature the best of local farmers and artisans but also Leah Rose for live music and a  Miata Car Show

Leah Rose is on: FaceBook and Instagram at Leah Rose Music. Website:
YouTube:  Leah Rose Mississippi

Urgent Care Appreciation
The new "Its About Time" Urgent care office wanted to have a customer appreciation day this Sunday from 3-5pm

Benefit Dinner
Dont forget to get your tickets for the Billy Hinds Benefit Dinner. They will be available for purchase next Friday night, July 3, at the First Friday night event in Helena.  Tickets are $20 for an all you can eat catfish and chicken dinner that will be held on Tuesday, July 14, at the Helena Sports Complex.  Children ages 5 and under can eat for free.  All  tickets have to be purchased by July 7.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Magic, Music and Baseball

Helena Picture of the Day
John K Hodge  shared, "Just down the road from Helena on Hwy 17 To pretty to pass up".
Helena Magic
Part of the Helena Library Summer Reading program,  Magician Russell Davis will be at Helena City Hall at Wednesday June 24th at 10am. Free to the Public at 816 Hwy 52E, Helena, Alabama 35080

Coal Yard Music Week
The Coal Yard ‏@coalyardhelena  shared Music this week:
Tue: @ThomasTrussell
Wed: @baileyingle1
Thu: Smith Little Trio
Fri: Erin Black
Sat: @Intermission_2

Lost Dogs
Lisa N Andy Hare shared Missing in Fieldstone: "Two (2) chocolate labs got out of their fence this morning, 1 male (Boo) and 1 female (Sadie). Please call the Reed’s if you see them! Bryan: 205.229.2214 or Shannon: 205.229.2413".

Helena 6U All-Star Baseball team finishes
Published 4:24pm Tuesday, June 23, 2015

By GRAHAM BROOKS / Staff Writer

HELENA–The Helena 6U National All-Star Baseball team recently competed in the Birmingham Metro Baseball All-Star Tournament and finished as tournament runner-ups in a crowded field.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bridges, Songs and Butts

Picture of the Day
Jim Wathen shared the center piece of the yard, a BBQ smoker 300 bricks and countless stone work and custom carpentry.

Fundraiser Tonight to help the Helena Cross Country Team
Bridges of Helena
Graham Brooks wrote an article about Helena spending reserve funds to replace and repair bridges at Joe Tucker Park in Helena. There was also several emergency funding request which you can read more here: LINK

Chic Repeats
Allison Renfroe Crumptonshared,  "Registration is now open for those wishing to consign with HUMC's Chic Repeats":

Passion for Singing 
Jordan Narkates who will be a freshman at Helena High has lead Birmingham in the National Anthem and gone on tour with the Birminghma Boys Choir. His love of singing is leading him into a Jordan Narkates  of  opportunities/ - See more at: LINK

Best Butt in Helena BBQ Cook Off
The Helena’s Best Barbecue Butt contest returns July 11. In an newspaper article by Graham Brooks he shares the Amateur charity event will during Helena Market Days at the Helena Amphitheater in Old Town. "The contest is meant to be a fun-filled atmosphere and amateur event designed to help Helena schools and the farmer’s market".

"This will be a rain or shine event and there is no entry fee but participants will be limited due to space, so the following information is needed to enter the contest: Team leader name, team name, address of team representative, phone number and an email address.

Teams will be able to set up in the park beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 10. There will be spots set aside based on a first come first serve basis because the park is also used for movies that night.

There will be access to water and power but contestants will need to bring a power cord, preferably 100 feet long, as well as a tent and table along with your equipment. The spots will allow for two tents.

Winners will be announced in three separate categories including people’s choice, judge’s choice and best sauce. The people’s choice will take place between 8-11 a.m., while the judged events will take place at 11 a.m. The trophies for both categories will be awarded by Helena Mayor Mark Hall at 11:30 a.m. from the judges tent.

The meat that is served to the judges should not have sauce on it. Contestants may use sauce for the samples given for the public vote for the people’s choice award.

Contestants may serve their entry either chopped or sliced and any money collected should be for the Friends of Helena Schools.

The people’s choice trophy will be awarded based upon donations received for the Friends of Helena Schools. Market visitors will “vote” for their favorite butts by leaving a donation at the table of the team whose butt they deem best.

Contestants are encouraged to bring a large and noticeable container to collect donations. Donations can be collected as early as 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Contestants can sell advertising space or sell entire butts but all the money should go toward the charity.

The sauce contest is new this year and it will be a judged event based on three categories: Red will be for sour/spicy sauces, white will be for North Alabama white mayo based sauces and blue will be for sweet sauces.

Those wishing to enter the contest should email Event Coordinator Hal "Hewy" Woodman at

For more information on the event visit

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