Sunday, May 03, 2015

Helena Reader's Choice Stories

Helena Picture of the Day
Jennifer Womochil Fulmer has the honor with this beautiful and romantic photograph. Here's what she said about it, " I have no clue who they were, but Jeffry and I were totally living vicariously through this picture perfect couple as we enjoyed our dinner by the waterfall with our sweet Bella Kate".

Miss Helena High
The first Miss Helena High pageant is over and our the first winner in history is the beautiful Miss Kenlee Hood. Congratulations on being part of Helena history. Here is the whole list of winners:

Photo of Miss HHS by Cissy Thompson Johnson
First Runner Up: Tiara Pennington
Second Runner Up: Jessica Barr
Third Runner Up: Lillie Brewer
Fourth Runner Up: Abby Manasco
Freshmen Elite was Shireen Rashid, Sophomore Elite was Bailey Everett  and Junior Elite was Tiffany Hogue! Thanks to everyone sharing on Facebook and Jeni Russell for filling in the blanks. Way to Go to all the young women!

Area Champs
Laurie Lively shared "Helena Varsity Softball are area champions!  They are the first team to win an area championship". They move forward to compete in Regional play. A great job by all the young ladies and Coach Heidi L Buchanan.

Little Italy Closing
Kathi Rozof‎ shared, "It is with a heavy heart to post that Little Italy's Pizza in Helena has closed! The current owner/operator couldn't negotiate a new lease with the landlord. We want to thank you all for your patronage over the last few years while in Helena. We truly appreciate your continued support after Rusty was no longer able to work there. We will miss our favorites! Please visit our daughter's restaurant, Little Italy's Pies and Pints in 5 Points South in Birmingham for the same great pizzas, calzones, pasta, etc. may God Bless you all"!

Special Thanks to Matt Herndon
Helena Baseball Win
With several starters suspended, Helena High Baseball teams comes back to defeat Marbury to stay alive.  They move to the 5A State semifinals after taking games 2 & 3 against a very good Marbury Bulldogs team. This is a huge win for a first year program and the first series ever played at the new Helena High ball field. Thanks to Matt Herndon for going to the game and track the score while I have been off due to my leg. Here is what the brackets look like for us. We play St. Paul of Mobile next:

Helena Soccer Win
Christina Renee shared that the "Helena High Soccer Team beat Marbury 4-0 and advances to Semi-finals!! They play this Thursday in Huntsville"! This first year program has shocking all the teams that come against them.

Helena Cross County and Track
Theses young men and women have done an amazing job this year. The girls team finished 4th in the state and boys team finished 10th in the state! A huge way to Go!

Book Release
Adam Smith lives in the Quail Ridge subdivision in Helena and has a new novel that has gone on sale as of Friday.

Here is the jacker description, "In his first novel, Adam Smith takes us to Jones Chapel –a small town in southern Kentucky –the site of multiplegrisly murders on a fateful day decades earlier.   By all accounts, the drowning of nine year old Jacob Bailey that same day was ruled unrelated and accidental.   But things in Jones Chapel are rarely what they seem...Joined by his daughter and ex-wife, Brig Bailey returns home to the family farm, only to find himself faced with the death of his father and the management of his estate. While there, long forgotten unearthly forces reveal a terrifying hidden past and the possibility of a cataclysmic future.

Fate rests in the hands of Brig’s five year old daughter, Kaitlyn who must harness paranormal abilities within herself that have yet to be awakened in order to confront the menace plaguing Jones Chapel and fulfill a destiny handed down through her bloodline for ages.ADAM SMITH is an attorney with over fifteen years of experience in the banking and investments industry.  Given his family’s deep Kentucky roots, Adam has come to know Southern Kentucky well, and it seemed the perfect setting for his first novel.He currently lives in Helena, Alabama with his wife Shellie.  If he’s not working on his latest story, you can most likely find him deeply involved in a home improvement project, working in the yard, or just relaxing in front of the television with a cat in his"

Derby Party
Suzanne Dennis Schnetzler from "Rocking S Farm had a fabulous time at our Derby Party hosted by Troy and Juliette Hughes. Yummy food, watched the Derby and kids watched their horse show videos".
Helena twitter post
Furman Taylor ends his Helena career on the podium. 3rd place on the 800m run with a time of 2:01!

Helena Twitter Post
The boys 4x800 team finished 2nd in the state.. Great job Furman, Steven, Blake, and Jacob!

Student and Teacher of the Year
Helena had several teachers and students honored in the Greater Shelby County Teacher and Student award ceremony . Helena had the rare honor of being the only city with two students nominate Grant Parker and Kylie Woodman from Helena High School.
Kylie Woodman with nominees from Pelham

Most Affordable Places to Live
A new study from SmartAsset ranked the most affordable places to live in Alabama. The following cities secured their ranking due to their relatively low property taxes, homeowner’s insurance fees and mortgage payments when measured against the local median income.
1 Attalla              
2 Fort Rucker
3 Lincoln
4 Daleville
5 Helena
6 Meridianville
7 Ozark
8 Calera
9 Opp
10 Alabaster
City of Helena Dam Waterfall Animated by your truly
Helena City Council Agenda 
5pm Pre-meeting at Helena City Hall
1. Update on Fire Department Request for Equipment Purchases
2. Paving Projects
3. Update and Discussion on abandoned properties on Dearing Downs Drive and Kayla Street.
4. Hillsboro Hiking Trails

6pm City Council Meeting at City Hall                                                                                        
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 April 20, 2015.
6 Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7 City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. City Donations to HES, HMS, HIS and HHS
9. Council Comments
10. Adjourn

Friday, May 01, 2015

Helena Weekend Events

Live Radio Show
Friday morning from 6am-9am in front of Scozzaro Law in Old Town Helena, APH radio 99.9 fm will be broadcasting live. It is to celebrate Scozzaro Law one year anniversary. They also said they have prizes for those waiting in traffic in case they get stopped by a training. Tune- in and wave when you drive by (I wouldnt suggest honking)

Super Sports
Helena High Baseball moves to the 3rd Round Games. Helena High will play host this Friday as Helena plays against Marbury at 4:30pm and 7pm and if necessary they have a 3rd game Saturday  at 1pm at Helena High School

Also HHS Soccer is now ranked #4 in the state per the final coaches poll in 4A/5A. and will take on Marbury at 2 p.m. on Saturday 5/2 in 3rd round of playoffs.  $6 tickets

First Fridays
A celebration of stores, music, food and vendors will be in Old Town Helena starting at 5:30pm on this Friday. Here's a map of the events and don't forget the Helena Museum will be open and it will be free!
Yard Sale
This Saturday at  1209 south wind drive in Dearing Downs. Items include clothes, games, etc time from 8am to noon

Multi Family Yard Sale
This Friday and Saturday 8-4
3014 Long Leaf Lane Helena
Royal Pines Subdivision
Furniture, household items, clothing, some tools, and much much more!!

Hillsboro Lights
The traffic lights are going up on Thursday. Remember, when fully installed, they will blink for week then they will be official. I had a few people ask if we use traffic cameras. No we dont use traffic cameras for law enforcement but there is a new type of camera called a Pixel Camera that will replace the pad sensor to determine if there is a car waiting. More cities are starting to use them.

The most common is the "pad" which is really an inductive loop. They are the coil of wire embedded in the road's surface that looks like a rectangle. It works not by weight but the metal in the vehicle triggers it to let the traffic light system know that a car is waiting.

Spelling Bee Champs
Tyler Pruit won first place in the spelling bee and Syd Risch took 2nd place in the spelling bee. Way to Go!
Market Days Coming
Helena's Farmer Market will be returning this June 2015. It will be ever Saturday at the Amphitheater from 8am-Noon. Here are the forms what you need to participate:
We can't wait to see you!
Environmental Day
This Sunday on May 3rd joins the youth of the City in doing something wonderful by making their school beautiful. We see some many youth in the nation being destructive, so let's supports ours in doing something productive.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

technical difficulties

Having some issues on the facebook side but it should be resolved tonight. (hopefully)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Helena Death and Senate Visit

Man charged in Helena Man Death
"A 26-year-old Helena man is charged with capital murder in the death of another man found fatally shot inside his home.

Justin Taylor Ward is being held in the Shelby County Jail with bond set at $500,000. He is also charged with probation violation.

Ward is charged in the death of 61-year-old Gene Ward Jr. Deputies were called about 8 p.m. Monday to Ward's home in the 2500 block of Hwy 93 in Helena, according to a news release from the agency. A relative found Ward after going to check on him".

Helena Students
Senator Cam Ward meeting with Helena 4th Grade students who visited the Capitol today.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sunset, Soccer, and Maddie

Sunset Over Helena
The Picture of the Day is from John K Hodge ‏who also performed as Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson recently at the Helena Founder's Day.

HHS Soccer
Doug Moore shared that the HHS varsity soccer team is now ranked #6 in the state.  "We have advance to the second round of the area play-offs.  We have home field advantage.  Our next game is Tuesday night at 6 pm.   It would really be great to have the community come out and support the team.  We are playing Jemison".  Come out and support the Huskies!

Psychiatric Services 
Jay Pesek shared that North Shelby Psychiatric Services is now located in Helena, AL ."We are now open and excited to call Helena home! We have psychiatrists, male and female counselors and also very capable nurse practitioners to serve your needs. We are located at: 1109 Townhouse Road
Helena, AL 35080 directly behind the Kangaroo (old Shop 'N' Snack") - give us a call at (205) 621-8677 and see how we may be able to serve your needs"!

(Photo from Reporter Photo/Graham Brooks)
Maddie Crain
Graham Brooks from the Helena Reporter shared a story about how Maddie Crain endured a crippling incident and how to pulled through to graduate this year. A wonder story about a brave young woman. Maddie Crain is a Helena Belles and one of the winners of the Buck Creek Festival Scholarship. She is amazing. You can read more here: Full Story

HHS Environmental Day
This Sunday, Come out the Helena High school and help the students make the school beautiful. They will be there from 1pm-4pm and there will be food. Come out and make a difference and support our youth in doing something great!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Reader Choice

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's picture comes from Parker Cunningham. He shared, "Loving the spring colors at Buck Creek! The cloud coverage made it perfect to photograph. Looking forward to having a booth at the Buck Creek Festival"!

Okay this is going to be a long post. Our students are winning honors, we have two new business, a survival story and much more.

Leaders of Tomorrow
Laura Shaw-Schenck shared this photo of Ms. Statum's 4th grade class visited the State Capital Montgomery last week. It's great to see our future leaders learning about State Government.

Lawn Care
Thanks to Chris Williamson for sharing from He actually lives down the street from me and responded when I said I needed to hire a local yard service. The last of my free laborers in the house is graduating and heading to college.
The Helena High Staff showing their first volume of the Literary Magazine
Jen Culver has shared that the first literary magazine is now for sale at Helena High School. The Magazine is called Eureka but this volume is entitled, "Embark". It is only $5 an issue. The photographs and writing are amazing.

Their mission statement is " showcase the creative talent of Helena High School students. Submissions are taken from August to February of each school year." They used Scribus Schoolbook and Arial font for the issue.

A shout out to the talented staff who produced the full color magazine: Maddie Crain-Editor, Hannah Crowe-Asst Editor, Drake Bessant, Hannah Brown, Ethan Delcambre, Makayla Gardner, Bethaney Hester, Bethany Leader, Cameron Liddell, Austin Moon, Denise Moulton, Isasbella Scott, Kelsey Trimble and Karley VanDorsten. Please swing by the school and grab a copy to enjoy 42 pages of stories, poems, and pictures by the talented youth in Helena.

Explorer Excellence
Heath H. Bartlett shared that the Helena fire explorers competed in Trussville competition Saturday and placed 1st in CPR and Bunkergear relay. We are very proud of you. Way to Go!

Tragedy at Dauphin Island
Helena's Connor Gaston and his father were sailing in the Dauphin Island Regatta in Mobile. They took second in their class. Normally the story would stop there and I would give them a big "Way to Go" but tragedy happened in the middle of the event.

 A storm struck that capsized boats and left 5 people missing, and two confirmed dead. They survived but their "mast was broken, sail ripped and the boat did three cartwheels". They held on and were able to right their boat after the storm passed. Then they limped to shore. His father, Shane, is a great guy and he actually taught my son and other Helena boy scouts how to sail on the ocean. I'm sure both of their skills played an important in their survival

The Coast Guard was still searching for people. They had 10 boats capsize and 40 people had to be rescued. The wind reached 80mph and lighting crackled around them. Connor Gaston was interviewed by NBC news about the event. Here is a snippet of it:

"Connor Gaston, who was participating in the race with his father, said his uncle's boat was in front of them. Gaston said their boat didn't capsize, but his uncle's boat did. "He was only a half mile ahead of us, but we couldn't see him when he went over because it was raining so hard," Gaston said.

Gaston said his uncle was rescued and he and his father weren't hurt, but his cousin suffered a serious arm injury. "The wind picked up super, super fast when the storm was coming through," he said. "It was the most wind I have seen in my life". Connor emailed me and said the report misquoted and they actually capsized many times. He and his father were on one of the lightest crafts.

Someone posted a video  part of the storm online:

HHS Baseball
Helena High's baseball team swept Jemison to bring their quest to win the State Championship back home to Helena. The 3rd round games will be played at Helena High School field versus Marbury this Friday May 1st at 4:30pm and again at 7pm. If needed, the 3rd game will be Saturday at 1pm. This is an outstanding way to celebrate the first season of Helena High Baseball! You can get a pdf of the tournament bracket here: LINK
Chess Tournament
Way to Go to Richard Oehrlein, member of the HMS Chess Club, he participated in the Tuscaloosa tournament came out with several big wins. Can't wait to see more Helena student finding ways to win in Chess tournaments around town.

HHS Track
The Helena High Track teams did an amazing job this week. We have 26 students who now qualify for the State Championship. Also the HHS Girls are the AHSAA 5A Section 2 Runner-Ups. Here are the students who are going to the State Championship
and for the Boys who qualified for the State Meet:
A big "Way to Go" to all of them. They are also asking for sponsors to help the young athletes raise money for the trip. "The Helena High School Track & Field team is headed to Gulf Shores to partake in Helena High School’s first ever State Track Meet.  Each member of the team is asking 20 friends or family members to make a donation to the Track & Field program ($20 requested).

State expenses will include a bus, meals, entry, and hotels for our athletes and coaches estimating a total of $4,000.  All money donated will go directly to help fund the Track & Field program as we strive to continue our success and make Helena proud. Please make checks Payable to: Helena High School". You can read more at: Helena Track Fundraiser: Document Link
Sarah of Troy
HHS senior, Sarah Folsom, was selected as a member of the 2015-16 Troy University Sound of the South Majorettes.

Two New Business
Old Town Helena has two new business. One is NH Vapes, which sells portable personal vaporizers which uses Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin based liquid, mixed with amounts of nicotine and food flavoring that are vaporized in a small battery powered atomizer, which simulates the experience of smoking (yes, I had to look that up). In the picture above, you can see a vaporizer with their selections of flavors. They said they have not officially opened yet but will be opening soon.

The other business that is open is a new Barbershop. They are open 6 days a week. On weekdays they are open 9am-6pm and on Saturday 9am-2pm.

Jobs in Helena

Rocking S Farm is looking for barn help for early mornings. Feed horses and clean stalls. Need someone honest and wanting to work! 441-9490

Fox Valley is looking to hire a line cook and a dishwasher.  They are accepting applications Wednesday through Saturday anytime after 2 o'clock. 6745 Highway 17
Helena, Alabama (205) 664-834

HHS Soccer
The Helena High Soccer team beat Ramsay 10-0 and they will now advance  to the 2nd round against Jemison, on Tues, 4/28. Way to Go!

The Band goes to Texas
Stephanie Padgett shared that the "Helena High Band is in San Antonio marching in the Fiesta Flambeau parade tonight along Riverwalk. It starts at 7. They will return late Monday night".

Jerrell Jamerson also posted a video of the Helena High School band in the Fiesta Flambeau Parade on the streets of San Antonio. The direct facebook link is HERE. You need to be able to see embedded facebook videos or it wont show.

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Helena High School band. Fiesta Flambeau Parade. San Antonio. This was a super long parade.
Posted by Jerrell Schmid Jamerson on Saturday, April 25, 2015
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and a big way to go if you read this far. Honestly, I had to take a break halfway through myself.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Helena Weekend Events

Helena Picture of the Day
The winner for the Helena Picture of the Day goes to Brian Ethridge with this photo of a dramatic sunset in Helena. It will be another great weekend in Helena. Come hangout and check out all the fun. I will update this again on Friday to make sure I have all the events covered...

Don't forget the library is having a book sale this Saturday with $1 bags of books

Former Student Athlete of the Week from the SCR
Helena Athlete of the Week
The Helena Reporter  is looking for student-athletes to feature each week in the newspaper and online.

Any child or student that plays sports for a school, city or traveling team may be nominated to be the Helena Reporter's Student-Athlete of the Week.

The feature is open to students of all ages and who play all sports – soccer, baseball, ice skating, football, equestrian, tennis and more.

All you will need to do is have your child or student fill out a short Q and A and email it, along with a high-resolution photo of him or her, to Emily Sparacino at

For more information, contact Emily Sparacino at (205) 669-3131 or by email.

Helena Student-Athlete of the Week Q andA
What are your parents' names?
What are your siblings' names?
Do you have any pets?
What sports do you play?
Do you have a pre-game/competition ritual?
What's your favorite subject at school? Why?
Are you involved in other school activities or groups?
What are your hobbies?
What is your favorite sports team?
Who is your favorite athlete?
What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

**Please make sure to send a high-resolution photo along with this Q and A.

Huskies vs. Rams
Come support Helena High Soccer in the first round of sub-state soccer playoffs.  Varsity Boys take on Ramsay High Rams at Home Saturday 4/25 at 7 p.m. while the Varsity Girls take on G.W. Carver Birmingham Rams Saturday 4/25  11:00 a.m. at Carver High School. To get there take I65 north to exit 264 turn right, then take 1st right on 24th street N.

Yard Sale
Garage Sale tomorrow 7am-12
 413 River Oaks Lane, Helena 35080 Clothes(baby, boys, women's amd men's) shoes, furniture, bikes,  baby gear, electronics, home decor,  art etc.

Relay for Life
The City of Helena will host the North Shelby Relay For Life (first time ever) at the Helena City Sports Complex Friday, April 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight. Here is the events that will be there:

6:00pm - Opening ceremonies begin and lap counting begins
7:00pm - Live Wire band performs
8:00pm - Limbo lap
8:15pm - Zumba
9:00pm - Luminaria ceremony
10:00pm - Yoga
10:30pm - 2nd band performs
11:00pm - Simon Says lap
11:30pm - Light the Night to Finish the Fight Lap (pile on light up, neon, glow in the dark, and blinkie stuff!)
11:45pm - announcement of most laps winner and campsite decoration
11:50pm - Closing ceremonies

Acura Fob
Has anyone found an Acura key fob that was lost on the HillsboroTrail?  Pat thinks it may have been found but needs to get in touch with the person. If you find it call Pat at 425-3922 or email/message me.

View of the Helena Dam from Papa Saia's Tiki Deck
Papa Saia's Weekend Events
Friday ------------Mulligans Last Resort performs
Saturday---------Greg Shirley perfoms
Sunday-----------Jason Mayo 1pm to 5pm
Weekend Food Specials-- Shrimp and Grits

Rio's Bar and Grill Events
Friday 9pm Outshine performs $5 cover
Saturday 9pm Karaoke performs
Coal Yard Music
Friday: Visiting from Nashville, Cam Spinks @cam_spinks will be on stage at 7:30
ThomasTrussell on Saturday at 7:30pm

Job Opening
Fox Valley is looking to hire a line cook and a dishwasher.  They are accepting applications Wednesday through Saturday anytime after 2 o'clock. 6745 Highway 17
Helena, Alabama (205) 664-8341

Helena Business Leaders
The Helena Business Association has elected new leaders: "Please join us in welcoming and congratulating our new officers for the 2015-16 HBA year. Alan Farmer (bottom right) is our new President, replacing Bob Van Loan who moves to the post of Immediate Past President. Kristi Scozzaro (top right) will serve as our Vice President with a focus on membership growth and retention. John Burch (left) replaces Henry Neff as Secretary Thank you all for your service"!

Upcoming Events

Primrose Event
Heather shared this, "Our Spring Fling is Friday, May 22nd here at the school 6pm-9pm. We will have live music, family games, a silent auction, and food with parking available at the Intermediate School. We will bus families back and forth. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Jane B. Holmes Public Library in Helena, Save the Children, and Reach Out and Read America. $12 for Adults, $8 for Kids, Kids 2 and under are free, and we will have family discounts available.

Cheer Clinic
The HHS Cheerleaders will be hosting a Mini-Cheer Clinic for all interested youth grades K5-8th grade during the Spring Football Game at HHS on Friday May 15th!! Come out and cheer with the HHS Cheerleaders on the field in Husky Stadium!! You will get a t-shirt and a souvenir photo with the HHS girls plus the opportunity to cheer under those Friday Night Lights!! We hope everyone will come join us for this awesome event!! GO HUSKIES!

Helena High Choir presents Spring at the Movies