Friday, October 09, 2015

Helena Weekend and More

Helena Weekend
Another beautiful weekend in Helena! We have a Hamfest (nothing to do with pork), sports, music and a whole lot more. Come hang out in Helena!

Music In Helena

7pm Helena football team has a home conference game vs. Calera
7:30pm Coal Yard: Bos Huck begin playing
8pm Hunter Lawley at Papa Saias
Beadb Biz Truck show--See more below

8am-1pm Hamfest at Helena Amphitheater

Helena Invitational Cross Country meet
10/10/15 8 am Helena Invitational Cross Country meet for HMS and HHS. Estimate 400 additional students from other schools will also be participating. There will also be a volleyball tournament at HHS on Saturday

---I will update with more events as I get the,
Helena Hamfest
If you are into Ham Radios. shortway, or just ham curious then this Saturday October 10th, come out to the Helena Hamfest at the Amphitheater from 8 AM until 1 PM. It is free to visitors or $5 if you have a ham license.

"In Shelby County, this time of year is usually beautiful, crisp, colorful, and with not much chance of rain, just as autumn should be -- not too hot, and not too cold, and absolutely perfect for an outdoor Hamfest! We'll have VE testing, tons of tailgaiters with tons of equipment for sale,
and are expecting some great vendors.

 FOUR portable generators to give away at 10 AM, 11 AM, 12 Noon, and 1 PM. Â
These generators are light weight and they will produce 800 watts of powerOur grand prize will Elecraft KX-3"!

First Grade Fall Fest
The Helena Elementary's first grade students performed fall musical. The performance included choreography and songs about roasting marshmallows. You can read more at: Full Article

Southern Pecan Sales
Alison Weinstein shared  that the Birmingham Civitan Club is selling Southern Pecan Company Pecans as a fundraiser to benefit their philanthropy adults and children with mental and physical capabilities.  Alison Weinstein, the club President and Helena resident, will be taking orders and delivering the first week in November.  Bag are $10 for Mammoth size pecan halves.  Please email Alison before Oct 15th with your contact number and address so she may pick up a check and have delivery information.

Best Decorated Halloween House
It is that time of the year for Helena's best decorated Halloween House. The rules are simple, nominate a house with a photo and an address to then judging will happen on the weekend of the October 24th then winners will be announced that week and I will sneak place a yard sign in the grand prize winner house in the dark of the night. The goal is to have fun and have a good list of places we can drive by with our children and get into the holiday spirit.

Home Needed
Leona Hayes shared that beautiful dog needs a forever home with a yard to enjoy! "He's SWEET as pie!! Contact Two by Two Animal Rescue for the adoption process".

Helena Man Carjacked
"A Helena man narrowly escaped injury, or worse, after he was carjacked and fired on at a Birmingham package store Saturday night". You can read more here: Full Article

Bead Biz Show
Bead Biz in Helena will be hosting the Sturee Tribal Village Trunk Show. Here are the dates:

October 9th
5-8pm Friday

October 10th
10-6pm Saturday

October 11th
11:00-5:30pm Sunday

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hot Sauce Helena and Council

Helena Pepper Company
Clark Word has started a small business called the Helena Pepper Company.  He grow some of the world's hottest peppers in Helena and works in a commercial kitchen in Hoover to make an incredible sauce that goes with just about anything and everything.

He sell online, and at festivals and markets. and shelf space in a specialty store in Tuscaloosa.
This month he will Oktoberfest in Cullman, the Fall Festival at Mt Laurel, then the Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational BBQ in Lynchburg, TN.

In November at The Big Pig Jig in Vienna, Ga, he will not only be a vendor but a contestant in sauce and cooking competitions. It is the biggest and oldest BBQ Exposition in the Southeast and Televised on the Food Network. December he will be at Mingle & Jingle at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on Hwy 280.

You can find out more on Clark Word

Helena Man Arrest
A 67-year-old Helena man has been released from the Shelby County Jail after he was arrested on two possession of child pornography charges.
Minor was released from the Shelby County Jail on Oct. 5 after posted bonds totaling $30,000.
- See more at: Source

Best Halloween House in Helena
Here is nominee #1 from 552 Bentmoor drive , It is called the witches house. Be sure to email me at to nominate your house or someone else!

The Council met at Regular Meeting Agenda on October 5, 2015. Here are my docs from the meeting:
Dog Chaining
Several residents including two by two animal rescue asked if the Council would address dog chaining or tethering problem in Helena. Helena has a s  Section 12 of Helena Ordinance 368-89 entitled "Inhumane of Dogs Prohibited".

Currently it states, "It is unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to keep same in any enclosure or to keep the same on leash or other restraint unless the same shall be arranged that such dog at all times shall have available water, shade and proper shelter; or to treat a dog in any other inhumane manner". The City of Homework recently passed a similar ordinance with the wording  "It shall be unlawful for any owner or keeper to tether any pet in excess on one (1) hour during an eight (8) hour period.

Some Council members were concerned that it was unenforceable or the City should not tell people how to treat the dogs. I will go back and reword it for the next meeting. If you have any input then let me know. Also if you want to help draft it then email me.

Renaming Hwy52/ 17 to Helena Parkway
The Mayor said the goal is to attract new business in new business area, by renaming a county numbered to Helena Parkway it would improve the area for business. Some of the discussion included  the incontinence. The Post office won’t change the address of the current businesses. The Mayor will would contact Shelby County about the rules.It couldnt be called a Boulevard or Freeway because of the definition.. The city wouldnt speed any changes to the  street signs. Many business don’t use the 52 or 17 address, they are off side street or use shopping center address according to the Fire Chief. The Council agreed to hear it and public debate. What do you think? Here is a news article about it:
Mass Shooting
 Cities that have the unfortunately deal with mass shootings have reported that  Hemorrhage Control for officer have increased the survival rate according to the Fire Chief. “Controlling hemorrhage has to be a core law enforcement tactic,” said Alexander Eastman, MD, MPH, FACS, chief of trauma at UT Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital, and Dallas Police Department lieutenant. The Council would look at  providing drama survival kits to public safety officer.

Police in the Community
Helena Police ‏ Officer Jeff Murphy and his partner, "Ofc Moophy", spent time with the children of the Helena United Methodist CCCE 3K class.

State of the City
The Mayor said that the New ladder truck will be here in a week or two and they were equipping  two new Tahoes for the police.
The Appointment of New Helena Police Chief Pete Folmar, who lived in Helena 10 years, was shown in by the Mayor at the Council Meeting. Full article: Full article

James Lowery discussed the  Historic Markers at the Rail Road Tracks. Here is a link to the documents he gave to the Council: 

-Proclamation – Muscular Dystrophy Association – Helena Fire Fighter Appreciation Month
Fill the Boot campaign, during fire prevention month in October

-Proclamation – Safehouse of Shelby County
– October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Missy Wheat

-Recognition - Helena Police Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year Awards: Congratulations to our Firefighter of the Year Fire Medic Caleb Draper and Police Officer of the year Josh Lindsey

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Facebook Down

My Hewy Nosleep Facebook was taking down. Whether it was an hack or some hater, It may take awhile to get it back up. I have to prove I am real person. Pretty funny considering they just took my credit card the day before.

I still have my "No Sleep in Helena" facebook page at since it has more than one admin so switch over there for the time being... now how do I get a govt issued photo id that says Hewy Nosleep....hmmm

Monday, October 05, 2015

Monday Helena Reader Choice and More

Best Decorated Halloween House
It is that time of the year for Helena's best decorated Halloween House. The rules are simple, nominate a house with a photo and an address to then judging will happen on the weekend of the October 24th then winners will be announced that week and I will sneak place a yard sign in the grand prize winner house in the dark of the night. The goal is to have fun and have a good list of places we can drive by with our children and get into the holiday spirit.

Paint the Town Husky
~Spirit Week October 12 – 16, 2015~

If you are in Helena you actually feel the love we have for our community.  If you visit you see it!  We all have that “ Husky Feeling”.  So what a better way to continue the “Husky Pride” than with another year of friendly competition between all the Helena Businesses again this year!

During “Spirit Week” let’s all join in – IN PAINTING THE TOWN WITH “HUSKY PRIDE” with a little friendly competition between the businesses (who’s got the most SPIRIT?).  Helena businesses can “Show their SPIRIT” with storefront and/or window decoration!

Businesses MUST register by calling 205.624.3367 or they can register at  There is no cost to register, but if you don’t register, we don’t know you are entering your business.  All entering businesses must register their location no later than Saturday, October 10, 2015.

Spirit week judges will be on the lookout all week with the winner “unleashed” on Friday, October 16, 2015.  The ‘”SPIRIT WEEK WINNER” will proudly display a certificate for all Huskies to admire and receive a special Husky Gift!  Pictures of all the week will also be posted on Facebook page of the Helena Athletic Association, and the winner will have a large SHOUT OUT over the PA system during the game.  Also, each business that participates will be mentioned over the PA during the game.

APH RADIO (99.9FM) will be talking up homecoming week and the fun completion of “Paint the Town Husky”.  During the homecoming game, each business that participates will have a 15 to 30 second shout out about their business.  Winner will also be announced over the app that evening.

This friendly competition between local businesses shows our community and school just how proud we are of them. Don’t forget to register your business, if you DON’T REGISTER, JUDGES WON’T KNOW YOU’VE GOT S-P-I-R-I-T!  Remember that the deadline to register is Saturday, October 10, 2015. So what are you waiting for?  Register your business today and lets the “Game Begin”!
Now Hiring
Jamie Fitts shared that the award winning Fox Valley is hiring a line cook and dishwasher. You can apply anytime after 2 o'clock Wednesday through Saturday.  Thanks!!

Band Invitational
Way to Go for Helena High, they were ranked Best in Class at Lake Martin Invitational Band Competition!! All Superior Scores also Best in Class for the Majorettes and Dance. Helena High School Band received straight ones at competition in Alex city last night. Majorettes and dance line received best in class.

Model Helena
Candace Reid shared that Helena resident Mason Smith will be featured in the 10th Anniversary of UK's Wonderland magazine coming out this month with Selena Gomez on the cover. Mason was signed this past August to one of the top male modeling agencies VNY Modeling in New York. Mason is a junior at Helena High. Update: The first picture was taken by photographer Brent Chua-New York and the second picture was taken by photographer Michael Mayren-London with collage by Patrick Waugh.

Cross Country
Robin Williams shared, "The HMS Boy's XC Team finished 2nd out of 31 schools from 6 states today in the Jesse Owens Classic XC Meet in Moulton. WAY TO GO HUSKIES"!

Ribbon Cutting
This Saturday was the Grand Opening of Skull Girl Soaps, in Old Town Helena. Say HI to  owner Kim Ford and check out all the great best in all handmade soaps and bath products. I bought some custom bath bombs for my daughters because that is the cool thing now.
Champion Trail Horse
Helena Taylor Mcintosh sent congratulate his mustang (Owen) and the winner of the American Competitive Trail Horse Association State Champion.

Scout PopCorn Sales
John Madderra shared On behalf of Cub Scout Pack 556, I would like to thank our community and Walmart for their support of our popcorn sales. If yoy missed us at Walmart, contact me or your local Scout and we can set you up with all the popcorn you need for gifts and football games!

Helena Fire Explorers
Heath H. Bartlett shared that the Helena fire explorers placed second in busted hose event in Henry county Ga competition this weekend.

GIve me Five Hours
Philicia Broadhead Danner shared
"Give Me Five" High School hours are available on :October 17 starting at 9am by volunteering at the Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church Fall Bazaar. This is an approved event by Helena High School. For more information please contact me at ". The event should be huge, they have over 65 vendors for it.

Social Media
If you are out there, friend me on the other social medias. If I am not on the one that is cool now then let me know.

Snapchat: Nosleepinhelena
skype: hewy.nosleep

Fear the Walking Dead
You probably read when I posted that the Mayor of Helena was on Missing Poster for Fear the Walking Dead on AMC. Lets raise the pot and add Helena to the lore. It if you are on Twitter then post @FearTWD Please make Madison from Helena, AL #FearTWD

Regular Meeting Agenda
October 5, 2015

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.          Dog ordinance
2.          Discussion; Renaming Highway 52 & 17 to Helena Parkway

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 21, 2015.
6      Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7      City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·         Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
  1. Appointment of New Helena Police Chief – Pete Folmar
  2. James Lowery – Historic Markers at the Rail Road Tracks 
  3. Proclamation – Muscular Dystrophy Association – Helena Fire Fighter Appreciation Month
  4. Proclamation – Safehouse of Shelby County – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
  5. Recognition - Helena Police Officer & Fire Fighter of the Year Awards
13.  Council Comments
14.  Adjourn

Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 4:30 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Helena Weekend

Helena Weekend Events
Here are the Helena events so far. Please message me if I left a Helena event off...

Pack 556 is selling popcorn at Helena Wal-Mart this Saturday from 8-2. Please stop by and support your local Cub Scout pack!

Grand Opening October 3rd 10:00 am

Yard Sales
Here are the Helena Yard Sales from the City of Helena:
1014 Wyndham Lane
2037 Stonecreek Court
510 Elm Stret
110 Bentmoor Circle
607 Parkside Circle
5428 Highway 17
310 St Charles Way
See the City of Helena facebook page for more days and times.

Papa Saia's
Tommy Crowder and Phil Austin Friday night
Gumbo and shrimp and grits all weekend

Rios Bar and Grill
Karoke 8:30pm Friday and Saturday night

Coal Yard
Today is thirsty Thursday and all drinks at the bar are $1 off.
Jazz with Zack Drew and Crew begins at 6:30.
Come in and taste our newest addition to the menu. Our Reuben Sandwich.
Start the weekend off early at the Coal Yard.
Husky Hammock Hangout
Shelby County Free Landfill Day
The Shelby County Landfill is hosting a "free" no charge day. Residents of Shelby County will be limited to on-ton trucks/trailers or less. For more information, visit The landfill is located at 401 Landfill Rd between Columbiana and Calera.

Cahaba Bend Consignment Sale
Friday 9am-1pm and Saturday 8am-1pm AT 3721 Highway 52 Helena, AL 35080

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

October is Pretty in Pink

Picture of the Day
Today picture of the goes to Curt Danner with the sky over Helena Middle school. This is the first day of October but instead of the traditional Orange/Black, the color is Pink around town.

Breast Cancer Awareness
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Helena has painted some hydrants pink and the Fire Department will be wearing pink ribbon t-shirts during the month of October.They are also selling pink ribbon t-shirts with part of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Stop by Station 1, Helena City Hall or the Jane B. Holmes library to sign up for a shirt. Short sleeve are $15 and long sleeve are $20.

Officers of the Year
Congratulations to our Firefighter of the Year Fire Medic Caleb Draper and Police Officer of the year Josh Lindsey at a ceremony by Shelby County. Here they are pictured with Mayor Hall who presented them with the recognition.

Michele Murphy shared that  Helena's Third Grade football team defeated Oak Mountain in a convincing win Tuesday night!  32-13 Go Huskies!

Photo from Reporter by Eric Starling
Open Hands, Overflowing Hearts
Graham Brooks wrote an article about the group Open Hands, Overflowing Hearts who were recently at the Sport Complex selling raffle tickets to raise funds for the group. You can read more here: Full Story

Alan recently shared with me that "FarmerGuard Pest Control is supporting Breast Cancer Research during the month of October. For all residents and businesses who switch their pest control service over to FarmerGuard during the month of October, they will not only make a donation to support Breast Cancer Research, they will send you a $20 gift certificate to The Depot in Helena"!

FarmerGuard is Helena's locally-owned pest control company that donates thousands of dollars each year to local charities through it's FarmerGuard Gives Back program. Call them today at 205-358-3200 or visit

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Governor and Pumpkin Queen in Helena

Picture of the Day
As the rains from the Gulf, it looks like we will have rain and clouds for today.Here's a great picture of the sky by John K Hodge from his Helena backyard. This reminds me of a scene from a movie, I cant remember it...maybe it was Star Trek.
Breast Cancer Awareness
The Helena Alabama Fire Department, "In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we will be wearing pink ribbon t-shirts during the month of October. We are also selling pink ribbon t-shirts with part of the proceeds going to breast cancer research. Stop by Station 1, Helena City Hall or the Jane B. Holmes library to sign up for a shirt. Short sleeve are $15 and long sleeve are $20".

Queen Pumpkin
Helena can brags that we have another beauty winner in the city. Bobbie Nichols shared, "Our 1 year old Eden won Queen Pumpkin patch 2015 this weekend".
The Governor of Helena
On the Helena Historic Preservation facebook page, you probably read that the 3rd Auburn University lived in Helena's Old Town. Another famous figure also called Helena home..the sitting Governor of Alabama. Rufus Cobb worked as a lawyer lived off Rolling Mill road in  Helena, Alabama, and was president of Central Iron Works from 1873 to 1891, and attorney for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.

Cobb entered politics when he was elected to the Alabama Senate in 1872, and reelected again in 1876. He was then elected Alabama's 25th governor on August 5, 1878, and was sworn into office on November 28, 1878. Cobb was reelected to a second term in 1880.Some of his achievements during  his administrations were the creation of: State Bar Association, the State Railroad, the Alabama Board of Health, State Board of Dental Examiners and the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute for Negroes. "The cost of state government was reduced, and at the end of his term there was a net surplus in the Alabama Treasury. Cobb left office on December 1, 1882, and retired briefly to private life. In 1888, he was appointed a probate judge for Shelby County, and moved to Birmingham, after his term expired". Helena is city full of surprises.
On Wings of Song
Karen Hart Valencia shared that her church is having an arts festival this coming weekend.