Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Your Little Red Caboose, Helena

Helena Photo of the Day
Today's photo comes to us from Tammy Ambrose which showcases on of the Helena trails.

Christmas in October
Too Early...sorry but All the information for the 44th Annual Helena Christmas Parade is now up on the city website. Go to and put your cursor on the about Helena tab. There will be tabs that come out and click on the Christmas Parade info tab for all the forms. Please note that the parade start time has changed this year to 11:30 instead of 1:30. The parade line up is listed and soon there will be a map for people to use as a reference. If you should have additional questions regarding the parade please contact Kym at 663.2161 extension 116.

Save Our Caboose
Did you know that your little red caboose is way to hot? The A/C unit went out so we wanted to do a fund raiser before the season changes. I will get a few shirts up and make a donation box. If you love your caboose then help me out. When may get a tent up on First Fridays. The Caboose serves as the City's Welcome center. Ron "Major Dundee" Holly volunteers everyone morning to hand out pamphlets and manage events.

Lots of events coming up this weekend so messages, Email, snap chat, Tweet and Tag me if you have something to share

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Helena Council Notes and Volleyball

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's picture is from Helena's Anything But Gray Designs. It shows the Cahaba lilies is full bloom under the rail bridge at Buck Creek.
Helena Volleyball
The HAA is asking people to come out and support Helena High School at the  5A Region 4 Area Volleyball Tournament hosted at Helena High School. Oct 21,2014

3PM Your Helena Huskies Vs. Central Tuscaloosa
4PM Calera Vs. Jemison

Winner of each game will play in the finals at 5PM. Both teams in the finals will play in Montgomery at the Regional State Tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Let's go Huskies set the standard for the future. Good luck!

City Council Meeting
The City Council met on Monday. I have a scan of my notes if you would like to see a graphics. There was a public pre-council meeting at 5pm followed by a 6pm meeting then a Teen Council meeting.A reminder that theses are just my notes and that the  minutes can be obtained by the City Clerk which are the official record of what happened.

JR Adams – Requested to talk about appealing Helena Planning and Zoning denial of a rezone request of Property at 5576 Highway 17 from E3 (Estate) to Special District of the David Stuman Property. The PZ commission did not pass a zoning change and the developer want the City Council to overrule their decision on appeal on the Nov 3rd meeting. JR Adams presented the plan and residents who opposed it at the PZ meetings stated this opposition. Both sides will be returning the first City Council meeting on Nov.3rd.

City Insurance
There is an option in the City Insurance that will all City employee who retire in the future to buy their insurance with the City with no additional cost or liability to the City. The Council voted to temporarily approve for this month and to put on it the next Council agenda for a more permanent ordinance change.

Park and Recreation Budget
The City Council approved the Parks and Recreation budget but still needed to do a line by line review of the budget over the next few meetings. Due to the time taken with the rezoning the Council was only able to review park of the concession budget. The Council discussed shortages and how the power was billed. They left with some action items and will meet again next meeting.

Mayor Report
The fire department had 15,028 calls for the past year. The City has two more high school home games

Resolution 10202014
The Helena High School needed additional funds to complete the  Baseball and Softball fields. The original budget was not able to cover the full expense. Engineer Lee Bryant estimated it would take $250k. The Council's 1 cent education tax fund would could not support that full amount. The remaining work would be rebided to to see if additional savings could be found to complete the Dugout, Concessions, restrooms, and press box. There will still need to be funding for bleachers. Shelby Co does not fund athletics facilities. The Council Approved the additional funds and rebiding

Resolution 1020201401
The Mayor officially announced the City Paid Holidays for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
Nov 11, 27, 28th, Dec 24th 25th 26th, Jan 1,2,19, April l3, May 25, July 3 and Sept 7

Helena Postcard Art by Laura Brookhart
Your Town Alabama Workshop
As part of the Alabama Communities of Excellence Laura Joseph  went to the Your Town Alabama workshop for Helena. She reported that she had  taking the Asset based training and that they were looking at Helena with fresh eye to help create a place of sense. They had received many items but she had a list one ones that would be good for Helena to attempt first.

Historical Park or Monument
Create a Historic Park or Monument to showcase Helena's Mining History and coordinate with educators for Field Trips and welcoming to tourist. Have it in close proximity of the trail system and actual historic sites sites. Funding available from Alabama Department of History, ADECA, and US National Parks grant for Industrial History.

A successful model was completed in Montevallo recently where grants where obtained to create welcoming murals for residents and visitors. Old Town Helena used to support large murals in the 1800s.

How Do
Coordinate with the Helena Business Association to provide classes for members of the community wanting to start a business. Graduates of classes would be offered incentives to open in Helena such as  free or discounted businesses or modified tax structures

Actively recruiting bed and breakfast. The location near the sports complex was viewed as a good location. Also nestled near old town with great views.

Alabama Mosaic 
Create a  Helena History online by scanning Census, microfilm, historical documents, photographs on the State shared server at no cost to the City with the Alabama Archives allow digitalization classes for city residents. Coordinate efforts with Helena History groups.

Employee Recognition
Congratulations to Penny Weldon she has served the City of Helena for 17 years and will retire at the end of October. Thank you for everything you have done for the Helena, Penny!

United Way
A very good presentation was given about asking the community to support United Way and programs that are available for residents. Sorry I didn't get the young man's name but he did a great job. Did you know that have programs that give  funds for students college and free tax service. You can find out more

Teen Council
The Helena Teen Council had one on one time with the Mayor and Council as part of their leadership training. The members explained what they did in government and what was their motivations. The students  asked questions about their background and how municipal government operated.

Next City Council Meeting Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday is Reader's Choice

Helena Photo of the Day
Today's photo comes from Sherrie Sechrist Pippin

Marilyn Matta shared that the Helena 8U girls just beat Chelsea 19-3

Helena High Band
Sherill Vansant shared that the "Helena High School Band went to a second competition in Pell City and came away with lots of trophies (again) to add to a trophy case that's quickly filling up.Outstanding band! If they haven't had a chance to see them yet they have the next two Fridays left. These kids are doing us all proud"!

Jennifer Bradford Owen shared, "HHS band had all superior ratings at competition again. Got best overall band in division and best in class color guard, dance line, majorettes, percussion, and drum majors".

Stephanie shared that, "Lauren Padgett with HHS Color Guard came in 3rd in a spin off yesterday at competition".

Mina Godsey shared, "Couldn't be any more proud of our Helena Band kiddos". See here picture of the scoring!

Best Halloween Decorations
The competition is heating up for Helena’s Best Decorated House Competition!
Nominate our favorite house, then stay tuned. On Monday October 27 the online voting begins and you will decide a 1, 2 and 3 place winner.

Here are the nominees so far:
2801 St Patrick Place N
1917 Gallant Fox Drive
469 Tocoa Rd
457 Old Cahaba Way

To enter, click and complete to entry form.
Skeet Shoot
Gene Ingram shared that "Fundraiser for Helena High School Athletics.
Cahaba Outfitters will be hosting a Skeet Shoot
November 8, 2014 7:30 am-10:30 am.
1511 County Road 13 - Helena, Al 35080
Tickets are $30 or you can purchase 4 for $100
Bring your own shotgun or Cahaba Outfitters will provide. No outside ammo allowed. The ticket includes ammo, skeet and breakfast.Please contact a HAA board member to purchase your tickets. a complete list of board members can be found at

Christmas Shopping
DeAnna Carnley Cobb shared, "YOU'RE INVITED to come shop early for Christmas at the Appleford Hillsboro Holiday Open House! All the vendors listed, as well as, Scentsy, One Red Bead, Usborne Books, Younique, and MORE!! Come have fun with us and shop"
Haunted Adventures
"Kaitlyn Creel, a senior at Helena High School, recently chose to become a cast member of the haunted Warehouse 31 performances. Creel, who is in show choir and theatre at HHS, also has the role of Officer Brophy in the first HHS play, Arsenic and Old Lace. Kaitlyn, along with her mother, Sharon Creel, is also a member of Notinee, an Indian dancing troop that performs Manipuri/Odissi folk fusion dance. “Warehouse31 encompasses things I love,” said Creel, ”Halloween, acting and dressing up.” For the full story check out: ARTICLE LINK

Unique Day
"Helena Intermediate School celebrated the Shelby County School System-wide Parenting Day with a unique twist this year.On Oct. 14, more than 500 parents and grandparents visited HIS and attended informational workshops, joined their children for lunch and learned about the school community through Unique Me Day".Full Article

Most Beautiful In Alabama
Three-year-old Claudia Hamrick, recent winner of the Little Miss Alabama Pageant, will now move on to represent the state of Alabama in November for the Baby Miss America Pageant. Her mother works at Rios; Bar and Grill in Alabama. Full article

Role Call
If you missing your chance to be in the last moving then check out this:Casting Call for local Movie

Art Class on Monday to Paint Huskies or Caboose
Bring Alton to Helena
Alton Brown's ‪‎Edible Inevitable‬ tour is rolling through the area next week and he needs your help-- Use ‪#‎ABRoadEatsBirm‬ on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to recommend the best eats in town that he absolutely cannot miss! Learn more here: Be sure to share you favorite Helena Eats

Pink Bridge Lights
Darlene  Bryan‎ shared, "I love the pink lights on the bridge for breast cancer awareness month! Thank you to whoever did that"

Amy Predmore shared that Megan Conner and Dan Conner got married on the beach last night.

Regular Meeting Agenda
October 20, 2014
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. JR Adams – Request of Rezone of Property at 5576 Highway 17 from E3 to Special District –
David Stuman Property
2. City employee retirement insurance plan
3. Sports budgets
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 October 6, 2014.
6 Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7 City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
- Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. Resolution 10202014 – Helena High School Additional Construction Expense for
Baseball/Softball fields.
9. Resolution 1020201401 – City Paid Holidays for Fiscal Year 2014/2015
10. Laura Joseph – Your Town Alabama Workshop
11. Employee Recognition – Retirement of Penny Weldon
12. United Way of Central America – Ms. Sarah Ficke
13. Council Comments
14. Adjourn
Next City Council Meeting Date: Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Helena Weekend

Helena Picture of the Day
Dennis McCay shared this photo from the Papa Saia's Deck of the Helena Water falls. I am running behind so check back later for more events.

Weekend Calendar
I am posting this on Thursday so I will update with the rest of the events on Friday

6pm Friends of Helena Library Meeting at Library
The last HMS football game tonight VS Riverchase starting at 5:30

Friday Oct 17th
7pm HHS vs. Sumter Centra (Listen Live on APH Radio Mobile App)

8pm South of Blues

Come one, Come ALL to the 2014 Hillsboro Hometown Fair from 1pm to 5pm Sunday, October 19, 2014. The flyer for this event has been attached and if you have any additional questions please call (205) 663-7889.

Yard Sale
1617 Oak Park Drive. Oak Park/The Highlands neighborhood off Hwy 93 and 52. 4 families. Saturday Oct 18th, 8-noon. Multi-Family

815 King Street, Helena, Al. Christmas Tree, Hallmark Orn., Collectibles Household, Halloween, Beanie's and lots of other stuff.
Friday Oct.17, 8-3.PM
Saturday Oct. 18, 8-2PM

117 Griffin Rd in royal pines 

Best Halloween House in Helena
Don't forget to nominate you favorite decorated home in Helena. Sponsored by the Helena Beautification Board. Here is the link:
Nominees to date:
2801 St Patrick Place N
1917 Gallant Fox Drive
469 Tocoa Rd

Basketball League
Susan Manley Thrasher shared
Anybody interested in Pelham/Helena Girls Youth Basketball
League 3rd through 6th grade. This is an AWESOME league.

Fill out your registration form and bring it with you to the
mandatory skills assessment at Riverchase Middle School
on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

3rd and 4th grade girls at 1pm
5th and 6th grade girls at 3pm

Make up will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014 at RMS from 7:00pm to 7:30PM.
Practices will begin the first week of November
Practices will be held at Valley Intermediate or Riverchase Middle School.

Most games will be played at Riverchase Middle School Gym

Cost :
$110.00 for 1 child, $95.00 for each additional child

I will update this again on Friday so send me a Helena event you want to share and I will add the others.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Urgent Robots in Helena

Picture of the Day
Today's Helena Picture of  the Day comes from Jim Parks of the sky in Old Town

Urgent Care
Yesterday, Mayor Hall announced that, "Urgent Care coming next to Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Owners will announce details at a later date".

HMS Robotics
Brian Jordan shared this story about the HMS Robotics team:
Saturday before last (10/4), the HMS Robotics team participated in the UAB BEST Robotics.  (BEST = Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology).  This is the team's second year participating in the competition and they brought home honors for placing 4th overall in the presentation portion of the event.  They also won the Blood, Sweat and Duct Tape award.  This award is given to the team that fights the hardest and just refuses to give up and they definitely earned it!

The competition pits teams from schools around the metro Bham area heads-up without regard to grade or age.  Also, a large segment of the teams in the competition (Spain Park, Oak Mtn High and Oak Mtn Middle, etc) offer robotics as a full-time elective.  Our kids started working together just 6 weeks before the competition and did a fantastic job against teams older and more seasoned.

The team sends huge thanks to HMS teachers Christine Hoffman and Lindsey Minton for taking time to mentor them and also a big thank you to Helena businesses Gestamp, Top It Off, Vulcan Materials Company and Helena Hardware for providing financial support.

I'm including a photo of some of the team members about to begin the first round.  Please note that there were many more team members that are not included in the photo. For more information on the BEST competition, visit

The Helena High School Choir will be having another Zaxby’s fundraiser on Tuesday (Oct. 14th).

Light it Up Red
Ramona Rice shared that Light It Up Red is tomorrow October 15th is #DyslexiaDay
Wear RED, light your house up RED.... Join Us!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reader's Choice Post

Photo of the Day
This picture of the Helena Waterfalls was taken by Jennifer Bentley Willis

Flowers Fall for Autumn
The Beautification and Tree Board is having the hanging baskets in Old Town taken down for the season this Monday, October 13, 2014. The plants that are still alive will be removed from the baskets and available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis. They will be left down at the Amphitheatre inside the wooden fence area. Please Contact Leslie Bartlett if you have additional questions at

Band Competition
Zinnia Sanchez shared that the "Helena Band came in 2nd place at their first band competition but got superior ratings and best overall in their division for dance line, color guard and majorettes" Sandra Murray shared the photo above called "First Trophies for HHS Band"
Pelham and Helena
Chris Folsom shared this, " I wish you could have seen the class exhibited by our HHS kids when Pelham band took the field.  They stood and cheered the entire time PHS was marching onto the field and gave huge standing ovation when they finished.  PHS band kids cheered for our band as well.  The picture I sent shows many Helena kids both in HHS and those that stayed in PHS Band.  Such a great night seeing these kids together again".

Brian Jordan shared, "The HMS OWLS (Obtaining Watershed Lab Skills) group visited Dauphin Island Sea Lab Friday and Saturday.  Teachers Lindsey Minton and Elizabeth Buttram headed up the trip.  While there, the students participated in a bay trawling trip, visited a salt marsh, dissected an oyster and helped to rebuild oyster reefs.  Each event was led by Sea Lab personnel and was an opportunity to learn about the fragile nature and importance of watershed environments - a topic especially important given our unique Cahaba River Watershed.  As we were leaving heading home, I saw a lot of smiles".
Halloween Contest
Chris VanCleave wanted to remind everyone to" Enter to win the Halloween Decoration Contest at: HelenaBeautiful.Com
Race for a Cure
Bonnie  Kraus shared, "Helena Belles...cutest "cure leaders" at the Race for the Cure with Terry Roussell, Maddie Crain, Helena Belles, and Madison Roussell at Linn Park".

Sam Prentice of Helena was chosen to be part of Goodyear through the UA's Cooperative Education Program.This program adds work-related experience to the academic major or career interests of each student. The experience enhances the students' employment prospects after graduation.
Dance Et Cetera Fundraiser
Cindy Calvert shared, "Come to Top it Off on Monday from 3-9 and buy some yummy frozen yogurt to support Dance Et Cetera's Jr. Dance Troupe".

Helena Invitational
Heather Simmons shared that, "The first Helena Invitational XC meet was held on Saturday. HMS girls XC had the first place win for the girls team in school history with a first place team finish! HMS boys placed 2nd overall. HHS boys placed first and HHS girls finished 2nd overall. This is a pic of the HMS girls team with Coach Meredith George".

April Olive, "Results of today's meet. High school scores on top and middle school on bottom. Left is girls, right is boys".
Helena Puzzle Exchange
Chris Harper asked about the Helena Puzzle exchange. Yes the Puzzle Exchange is stored in the Red Caboose in Old Town Helena. Take your old puzzles and swap them out for new ones. They might be willing to let you borrow one if you bring it back.

HHS Choir Fundraiser
Elizabeth Lewis  shared that Tuesday night is the Helena High School Choir fundraiser at Zaxby's from 5pm -9pm

HUMC Mission
Allison Crumpton shared that, "Members of HUMC are coming home today from their mission trip in Jonesville, VA". Projects done were shoring up foundation of house, laying kitchen flooring. Replacing windows. Waterproofing roofs

Champion Horse
Suzanne Schnetzler shared that, "Rocking S Farm competed at the AL Charity Championship Horse Show this last week. All riders did well and won top ribbons. We were 2nd in the costume contest. Philp Philip with his Pineapple Phillies and Wintson the killer whale and the amazing Mathis Eugene riding Philip".
All- Star Design
Angie Fitts shared their link with me and more:
"All-Star Designs is your source for Screen Printing, Lettering and Embroidery.  We can help you with sports uniforms, fan wear for your favorite team,  t-shirts for events, clubs or any activity, outerwear, bags, decals, and much more.  We have been serving Helena since 2001.  Call us at 664-7572, find us on the web at, or Facebook or Instagram".

Termite Bond
Alan from FarmerGuard shared this me, "I get several calls a week from Helena residents asking me to help them understand the renewal notice they received from their termite company. Most of the homes in Helena were treated originally by termite companies using a liquid termiticide. This process involves trenching around the exterior perimeter of your home, and in some cases, drilling holes through the concrete slab. Once the treatment is done, the company charges an "Annual Renewal Fee" to keep the bond active. Depending on the chemical used, the liquid treatment may need to be re-done every 5 years. So on your 5th anniversary, you may get a much larger bill than what you've been paying. That's because it's time to re-treat your home, which can cost several hundred dollars. It's important to look at all of your options before agreeing to have your home re-treated. There are several options out there that could save your family a lot of money. Having a termite bond on your home is smart, knowing what options are available to you before renewing your bond is wise."
FarmerGuard Pest Control
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Christmas Early
DeAnna shared that, "The Cobb's Nest will be hosting a Holiday Open House at the Appleford Swim/Hillsboro Clubhouse, Saturday, Oct 25 9-1. Come shop early for Chirstmas and shop local!! Kids welcome for hand print pottery with Tiny Kingdom Creations. Usborne Books, One Red Bead, and Scentsy have been added to our list of vendors as well".

Pk, That's it. Everyone have a safe night tonight with all the rain  and I will see you around town

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Helena Weekend

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's Picture of the Day goes to Tammy Ambrose with the wonderful photo of the tunnel at Hillsboro Trail. Also this morning Penny shared. Helena High School Wrestling meeting in the morning at 7:15 am with Coach Maple.
Left Turn Lane
You may have noticed that the intersection on 261/52/17 now has a new left turn lane and should have a modern led traffic light soon. Since Helena doesn't have tons of money, we are trying to do small changes that have a big impact. According to the Traffic Study, this change, paid in part by the State of Alabama, will decrease wait time in the afternoon by 40%. Next up is the light at Hillsboro. The Mayor is seeking grants to add a turn lane for HES which should also reduce traffic delays during morning rush hours on 261/Helena Rd.

Cristina Saunders shared, "Bryan L Singer is a friend of mine and needs our help to locate his 15 year old daughter. She may be in the Alabaster, Pelham, Helena area. She left home a week ago, and has recently stopped communicating with her family. They are terrified and concerned about her safety. Please keep your eyes out for her and surround her family in prayers. If you see her, please contact the police or Bryan".

Helena Weekend Events

Friday Oct 10th
7pm Helena High at Calera Football (Live broadcast at 99.9 Phone App)
8pm Jason Mayo
8:30pm Momma B Karaoke Rio's Bar and Grill

Saturday Oct 11th
8am XC Helena Invitational at HMS and HHS
9:00am to 1:00pm Helena Hamfest at the Helena Amhitheater
10am-6pm at Bead Biz Soul of Somanya Trunkshow and Classes
11am-5pm Charity Cruise In at Rio's Bar and Grill

9pm Razzmatazz performs at Rio's

Sunday Oct 12th
1:30pm-5:30pm  at Bead Biz Soul of Somanya Trunkshow and Classes
2:00pm-5:00pm Grace Sunday in the Park at Cahaba Lilly Park Helena

Charity Cruise in
Rio's Bar and grill will have a chairty event for Brian Boyd with free pool Event Link. Razzmatazz will play that night and they will have a a car cruise in with raffle.
Community Yard Sale and Pancakes
The Church at Cahaba Bend will have a Missions Market on October 11th which will include Community Yard Sale, Pancake Breakfast and  Craft Show. Breakfast from 8-10:00 ~ Yard Sale and Crafts 8am-1pm. The Church at Cahaba Bend is located across the street from Helena Intermediate School on Hwy 52 (Morgan Road) Yard Sale spots are free but we are asking for a donation from your proceeds toward our Church Missions. Looking for local vendors ~ $25 booth fee. Pancake Breakfast $5 per plate. For more information email
Helena Hamfest
If you love Ham Radios, Amateur radios or just want to get a back up communication system for a disaster then Helena will host the 2014 HAMFEST at the Amphitheater. Click on their name to see the full lineup. There will be  VE testing, tons of tailgaiters with tons of equipment for sale, and are expecting some great vendors, besides. Tables will be $10.00 each. Vendors or tailgaiters can bring their own tables if they wish. In that case, the only charge is the price of admission. Admission: $5 per licensed ham.Their grand prize will Elecraft KX-3!

Sunday in the Park with Grace
This is a community event sponsored by Grace Christian Church that will take place in Cahaba Lily Park on Sunday, October 12, from 2-5 pm.  Everyone is welcome so please bring a chair, blanket or towel to sit on and enjoy food, fun and fellowship.  Music will be provided by Tony Ardovino's band, Slingshot.

Helena Invitational
The Cross Country team will be hosting the first every Helena Invitational this Saturday, October 11th. We currently have 23 teams signed up and are expecting a big crowd. The event will start and finish on the practice fields behind the high school. Varsity girls race at 8:00, Varsity boys at 8:30, Middle School Girls at 9:00, and Middle School Boys at 9:30. We have Huskies running in all four events so please make plans to attend. Go Huskies! -Via Ken Peoples Kristi added that it will be around 500 racers and 2,000 people so be sure to welcome them to Helena

Helena High Volleyball:
The Helena High Volleyball team is off to a great start and just completed a perfect regular season in their area.  Last night, the volleyball team went to Calera and dropped the first two games of the match but showed a tremendous amount of resilience and came back to win the 3rd game 25-22 and won the 4th 25-20 and won the 5th 15-10! The volleyball team is 6-0 in the area and will host the area tournament on Oct. 21st. Time TBA.  The HAA wants to wish these girls good luck and encourage everyone to come out to the area tournament to support the Helena High School Volleyball Team Via Ken Peoples

Helena High Football
"The Helena High Football Team is off to a tremendous start with a current 4 - 2 overall record and 3 - 1 record in region play.  This Friday night (10/10) the Huskies will be traveling to Calera for a big region game.  The winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat for a possible home playoff game.  We would like to invite everyone to make the short trip to Calera and support the football team and their drive to make the playoffs". Ken Peoples from the HAA

Just an update. Helena High is now ranked 152th in the State and Calera is ranked 87th. They have an explosive offense with several games with 60+ points scoring but lost to Demopolis, just like us. If you cant make it like me then check out the live coverage using the 99.9 APH radio app on your phone.

Helena Artist Barry Graham, will be having a 1989 / 25th Year Iron Bowl Commemorative Art Print-Artist Signing Saturday, October 11th / 2pm until 8pm. Rio's / 2693 County Road 95 Helena

Artist Barry Graham will be back here at Rio's signing his 1989 / 25th Year Iron Bowl Commemorative Art Print. There are only a few prints available. Each print is hand signed and numbered. Stop by and pickup your personally signed copy and enjoy all the games with us!
Upcoming Glass Classes
Dont forget you can still register for a glass art class with David from Buck Creek Stained Glass at

Husky Eyes
Everyone have a great weekend and I will see you around Town!