Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Weekend

Valentine Weekend
 Helena was named after a romantic love story.Pete Boyle, a L&N engineer, came to survey the land in the area that is now Helena, Alabama. While surveying the land, he fell in love with a local beauty called Helen Lee. To prove his love, he named the station "Helena". This event will be celebrated April 23rd this year at Helena Founder Day. Check out the Helena History page on facebook for more info about how you can be a vendor or sponsor. We also have an essay contest for students and a folk art contest.

Vendor Application: LINK
Sponsor Form:LINK
Folk Art Show:LINK
Essay Contest: LINK

Barbershop Quartet
Looking for a unique Valentine’s gift? Helena's Jim Weldon is part of a special singing group.
You can have a quartet from the Voices of the South surprise your special someone with a singing valentine.
Visit our website at or call 205-252-SING (7464) for more information. For the base price of $50 you get a Valentine’s card, a long-stemmed red rose, and the sweetest love song you’ve ever heard. And the quartet is decked out in tuxedos.
Not only that, you get a lifetime memory that’s priceless!
Call us — 252-SING (7464).
Redemption at Rios on Friday
8pm Hunter Lawley performs at Papa Saia's with Ribeye special
9pm Redemption performs at Rio's Bar and Grill

5pm Polka Dot party at the Coal Yard
6 PM - 12 AM Coal Yard Valentine Dinner with saxaphonist Jerry Robbins.
8pm Kelly from US Band performs at Papa Saia's

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Signing and Consignment

Signing Day
A big Way to Go to Helena High Baseball's Brooks Freeman who signed with Huntingdon College last night. We are all proud of you!

Consignment Sale
Sydney Parks and Kennedie Bass hosting a Semi Formal and Formal Dress consignment sale benefiting Two by Two animal rescue in Helena. It will be at Papa Saia's Sunday February 28th 1-5pm. Registration is $10 or $5 with a donation. 100% of the proceeds will go to Two by Two animal rescue. See the flyer above for more details Please contact Laura Parks to receive a form at AUBURN1292@GMAIL.COM

Bessemer man arrest for crime in Helena
"A 32-year-old Bessemer man is being held in the Shelby County Jail after he charged with felony first-degree burglary and violation of a domestic violence protection order in Helena. - See more at: LINK to SCR

Helena Ranch House Hiring
If you are looking to work in Helena then the new Ranch House on County road 52 in Helena is hiring. They are looking for servers, cooks and steam table attendants. You can  call 841-7799 to schedule an interview. Applicants may also schedule an interview by calling Frazier at 920-7995.
- See more at: LINK

Pancake Day
The Kiwanis Club of Helena and Helena Elementary School PTO will host the 12th Annual Pancake Day at the Helena Elementary School’s Cafeteria located at 187 Third Street Helena, AL. It will be
Saturday, February 27, 2016 7:00 am – noon. For a $5 donation you get all you can eat Steaming Pancakes, Crisp Bacon, Savory Sausage and Hot or Cold Beverage. For tickets go to the HES front desk or see members of the Helena Kiwanis Club, local Key Clubs or Boy Scout Troup 2

*Make checks payable to Kiwanis Club of Helena

Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Helena, HES PTO, Local Key Clubs and Boy Scout Troop 2

Monday, February 08, 2016

Helena Reader's Choice

Helena Happenings
Today is Reader's Choice day. It is when you get to share your stories about Helena.

Women Lent Group
All women are invited to join the Women’s Community Group for a Lenten series beginning Wednesday, February 17, at 6:30 p.m. at CCB. You can contact Tracy Williams for more details at 205-919-1265 or .

Consignment Sale
HUMC will be having their annual Chic Repeats consignment sale on March 11-12, 2016. Registration will begin February 6, 2016. You can read more and register at :

MISSING IN HELENA, AL - Two by Two Rescue just got this little guy and he escaped in Laurel Woods off Roy Drive. He is not neutered yet. He has in an Alabama collar. If you spot him, call 205-706-0096!!

Signing Day
Maggie Lucas, a senior at Helena, has committed to run cross country at Birmingham Southern College and will have a signing ceremony Monday night at 6: 00 in  the Field House at the High School.

Mark Big Fish
Tena Fleming and Kim  Sexton shared that Mark Cochran, has ignited fishing fever in Helena, show casing that nice bass he caught in our very own Joe Tucker lake!

Helena's Scholars
Sandra Murray shared that HHS Scholars bowl came in 3rd for the county.
Crystal Watford shared that HMS 7th grade Scholars' Bowl came in 2nd at the county.
HMS 8th grade Scholars' Bowl came in 3rd.
Also Helena Middle school 6th grader - Emily Moore received the highest score on her Scholars Bowl Team at the county competition

Helena Wrestlers
Michael Moran 95# placed 3rd place and Will Miller 85# won 1st place at AWO-AAU Schoolboy Championship
Geography Bee
Congrats to Brayden King who won the intermediate school geography bee. Way to Go!

City Council Today

PRE-COUNCIL:  Work Session Agenda                                                                                       5:00 P.M.
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.               Shelby County Compact Participation
2.               Council/Mayor Pay for 2016-2020 Term

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, January 25, 2016.
6      Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7      City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·         Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8.     Ordinance #837-16 Establishing the Monthly Salary of the Mayor & Council Members for Term 2016-2020
9.     Approve/Deny Shelby County Compact participation
10.  Council Comments
11.  Adjourn

Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, February 22, 2016 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Helena Weekend

Weekend Events
The picture above I made after a reader request a comparison last year. I know I posted on facebook  but couldn't remember if I posted here. It is century different photo of Old Town Helena. You can check it out this Saturday and explore the stores because they are having a Super Saturday event. Here are some more events:

Friday 5th 
6pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill
7pm Bos and Huck Trio with Matt Broach perform live at The Coal Yard in Old Town
7pm Even Stevens performs at Papa Saias by the waterfalls in Old Town

Saturday 6th

10am-7pm  Super Saturday In Old Town Helena. See more at their event page on facebook: LINK
The event will include The Heavenly Donut Co. Truck from 9AM-Noon.
Lazy Boy BBQ will be having Butts and Ribs special

5pm Helena Middle School Band 8th Annual Dinner and  Auction at 5 PM Helena Middle School Cafeteria

6pm  HAA will host the 4th annual Night on the Town on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Helena Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 11:30 p.m. more info and tickets at:

7pm Broach and Bongo performs at Papa Saias located next to the Helena Waterfalls/Dam

7pm Marc Harris with  Jab Wilson at the Coal Yard Stage in Old Town

Serene Nail Spa
They will be opening Monday 8th at 9:30. The business phone line is not ready untill Monday, if you want to call before Monday for appointments, please call or text her Cell phone: 678-559-5861 Thank you. Their facebook page is Serene Nail Spa

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Marriage, Mustaches, Daddy, Daughters and Dragstrips

Picture of the Day
Today's Helena Picture of the Day goes to Charity Miller. It is a photo from Helena's Founder Day 2015. Last year Kaitlyn Creel was chosen to be Miss Helena Lee who the City of Helena was named after. This year Founder's Day will be on April 23, 2015, 10 am to 3 pm. If you would like to participate as a vendor, performer, sponsor or anything then email:

You can also follow along with Helena History at our facebook page at . We are also seeking older Helena residents to share an oral history of Helena. So if you are a relative has some great stories then email us and we will set you up in a recording studio to save your memories for future generations.

Helena National Signing Day
Helena has its National Signing day today Weds Feb 3rd at HHS. Our Proud Huskies are:
Brody Rhodes: West Alabama
Brett Granger: Samford University
Diondre Sackreiter: Southern Nazarene
Phildon Dublin: Delta State University

Helena Drag Strip
The Helena Museum has a great display to celebrate Helena Drag strip which attracted the best racers from around the Southeast. Also to celebrate they are issuing a re-creation of the original dragstip shirts. You can order them by contact Philicia Broadhead Danner‎ on facebook. The cost is $20.00 and we need at least 50 shirts ordered before we can have the second printed.

Daddy Daughter Date Night
Attention Dads: Come by and treat your Little Girl to a special night at the Helena McDonald's at 7210 Wyndham Pkwy on Tuesday Feb 9th starting at 5:30pm. See the poster above.

Helena Mustache Run 
Graham Brooks wrote a story about Helena's upcoming Mustache Run to suuport the HHS Soccer program. They are calling the “March Stacheness Run” and will begin at 8 a.m. It will also include a Best Mustache contest (real or Fake) for humans and your pet. You can sign up at

The different runs available are as follows:

The Handlebar Adult 8k run for $25
The Handlebar Under 13 8k for $15
The Plain Old Stache Adult 5K for $25
The Plain Old Stache Under 13 5K for $15
The Peach Fuzz Adult Fun Run/Walk for $20
The Peach Fuzz Under 13 Fun Run/Walk for $10
To add an official time to any version of a race will cost an extra $5 and any participant including a pet in the run will cost an extra $5.
- See more at: Shelby County Reporter

Helena Marriage Status
This is an interesting statistic about Helena. Helena has a higher proportion of marriage people than Shelby County, Alabama or the United States. A pretty cool stat heading toward Valentine Day.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

National Signing and Helena Ranking

Happy Groundhog Day
This morning, Helena's Howard the Groundhog predicted that we will see an end to winter soon.. Then he said, "Of course there will be a few more cold snaps", then he thought a little longer and went back to bed.
Picture of the Day
Helena picture of the day goes to Bobbie Nichols with this Beautiful sunset over the Old Cahaba.

Helena National Signing Day
Helena has its National Signing day tomorrow Weds Feb 3rd at HHS. Our Proud Huskies are:
Brody Rhodes: West Alabama
Brett Granger: Samford University
Diondre Sackreiter: Southern Nazarene
Phildon Dublin: Delta State University

New Dining
The Marathon gas station on Hwy 52 west opened up two new food venues in their station. It is a Sneaky Pete's Hot Dogs and Crazy Caiman's Cajun chicken.

Register to Vote
You have less than two weeks to register to vote for the Primary Election on March the 1st. It helps the community when we have a large number of residents register to vote (and who show up to vote). We are a small city but we can make our voice count.

For the March 1st Primary Election, the last day to apply for voter registration through this electronic application is February 15, 2016:

HHS Choir
Way to Go to Cissy Thompson Johnson and the HHS choral department who just received another honor. They brought home 1st place in their division at the Spotlight Showcase.

Also congrats to Helena Middle school who placed 3rd in their division
Helena ranked Safest City Again
Helena keeps racking the honors up! Another website studied 84 Alabama cities with a population of more than 5,000 people and compared their FBI stats to find the safest and most dangerous cities in Alabama. The story was shared on Fox 6 news. I do wonder why most of theses polls use this old picture of Old Town Helena. We should give them a more up to date photo. Here are the list:

The list of safest cities in Alabama include:
Vestavia Hills
Rainbow City

Here is the list of most dangerous cities in Alabama:
Fewest Traffic Fatalities
Helena gets another positive ranking. Graham Brooks wrote an article that Helena had some of the fewest traffic fatalities in the State of Alabama. See below:
" Helena was ranked No. 5 on the list for least number of traffic fatalities averaging 5.65 deaths per 100,000 population". Pelham ranked just ahead of us at #3.   - See more at: SOURCE

Cherokee Beach Slide 
Nan Wilson Scarbrough shared this flashback photo of the Cherokee Beach. Helena had its own little resort back in the day when the Cherokee Campground was in its hayday.

Official ribbon cutting at the new Verizon store in the City of Helena.

Upcoming Events in Helena:

Feb 4th Unleashed talent showcase--HHS Thurs.,Feb 4. 6:30-8:30.$5

Feb 6th 
10am-7pm  Super Saturday In Old Town Helena

Feb 6th Helena Middle School Band 8th Annual Dinner and  Auction at 5 PM Helena Middle School Cafeteria

Feb 6th  HAA will host the 4th annual Night on the Town on Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Helena Sports Complex beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding at 11:30 p.m. more info and tickets at:

Feb 11th-12th:
Helena Outdoor Track and Field tryouts will be on February 11th and 12th. All forms must be completed and turned in by students before you can tryout.

Feb 13th Polka Dot Party 5pm at the Coal Yard

Feb. 22 Wizard Charity Tournament at HHS Gym 7pm

Feb 27th Kiwanis Pancake Day at Helena Elementary. For tickets or more information about Kiwanis, call Callie Waldrop at 999-5329.

March 12, 2016 8am Helena High March Stacheness Run​
8K, 5K, Fun Run/Walk and Pet Walk

April 23rd Founders Day 2016 Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM

Monday, February 01, 2016

Happy Monday in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's photo of the day is a fiery sunset over Helena by John K Hodge @jkhodge on Twitter. It looks like we will have some weather changes coming up tomorrow so get ready. Stock up on batteries and keep those cell phones fully charged.

ART drama try outs and Art Contest
Get excited Helena High school is gearing with for their first musical theatre production. They are also offering sponsorship for the big event. See below for all the news:

Spring Musical Art Contest
Calling all inspiring artists! The art departments are joining forces in our first ever musical theater production for HHS. We are looking for high school student artwork to be used on t-shirts, programs, etc. throughout the city to promote this exciting event.

Artwork samples will be due February 8 by 3:30 pm
Winning artwork will be chosen by the adult and student leadership team.
Winners will receive a free shirt, 2 free tickets to the performance of their choice, as well as community exposure-a great way to boost your resume!
Sample must be at least 8x11 sheet
Title: The Music Man
April 17-20
Thursday-Saturday 6:30, Sunday 3:00
Turn samples into Mrs. Cook in the office.

HHS Track and Fields
Congratulations to the HHS women track team who finished 2nd in 1A-5A at the Last Chance Invitational. (4th place 1A-7A). Way to Go!

HMS Dinner and Auction
Graham Brooks shared that the Helena Middle School Band will be hosting their 8th Annual Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 6 in the HMS Cafeteria with all proceeds going to the HMS band starting at 5pm for dinner and live auction at 6pm. You can buy tickets from band members or pay $15 at the door. See more at  Event Page.