Friday, May 27, 2016

School Out!

In honor of the last day of school, here's a video the Helena High School teachers made on their last day:

Helena's Merit Scholar

Andre McMeans
Andrew found out a little while back he was a finalist for the National Merit Schloar. The only person from this area.   He received a Presidential Scholarship for National Merit Scholars from UAB.  The family received notice from the organization but it will be publicly announced on June 1st.  He is very humble and is well deserving of this honor. Way to Go!

Coal Yard Music

Coal yard Music
The Coal Yard in Old Town helena will feature the Phil Dudley Band playing this Friday, May 27 starting at 7 pm and rocking until close. Offering some great jams and paired with our awesome venue, it should be a fun time for all!
The Coal Yard in Helena
4085 Helena Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080

Doug Jones Funeral

Memorial service schedule for Retired Police Chief Douglas (Doug) Jones is as follows: Visitation Friday, May 27 10:00 AM at Helena United Methodist Church with Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 AM. Please join us as we say good bye to Chief Jones and pay our respects to his family and show our appreciation for thirty four years of dedicated service to his City. Thanks for Leslie for the info

Helena Farmer Market

Photos by Laura Brookhart
Helena Market Days will be starting Saturday June 4th but here is a sneak preview of some of the events that will be happening!

Chef, Music and events:
Helena BBQ Cook Off
Pony Rides
Jason Shipp, The Coal Yard
Heather Batey
Two by Two animal Rescue Day
Thomas Trussel
Joe Sciarrotta, Hilton
Leah Rose
Jim Quakenbush
Bailey Ingle
Sticks and Strum
Walter Caron, Nino's
Alicia Sherer
Boy Scout Cookoff
Sticks and Strum

Papa Saias Schedule

Papa Saia's
Weekend Music
Hunter Lawley------------Friday
Even Steven--------------Saturday

Karaoke in Helena

Rio Schedule
Rio's Bar and Grill announce that they will karaoke this weekend at 8:30pm

Job Hiring

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City Council and Lost Dog

Helena High School Graduation 
One thing I loved about the graduation of the 2nd year of Helena high is that the City Council got together to celebrate with the families. No other city does this, We made a selfie (above) to celebrate the event as the parents came in to enjoy the event. I am proud that the government is so involved in our youth !!!

REWARD. If anyone has seen him or knows were he's at please let me know. He was last seen at the slab/quarry in Helena, AL on May 22, 2016. Very friendly dog, possibly could have jumped into the car with someone who didn't know he had a good home. If u have him or know of anyone who he may of left the quarry with please message me on here or call 205-470-0251 I have cash in hand. He's about 55 pounds, male, answers to Ryder. Please bring him home he's missed very much.

Summer Library Reading!

Summer Reading
The Jane B. Holmes summer reading kickoff party will be held at City Hall with the music of Mark Seymour. You can choose from two times: 10:30 AM or 2:00 PM.

Registration for the summer reading program begins on June 1st.

Chris van Cleave

Congratulations to Chris VanCleave Americans Favorite Rose Gardener and founder of Rose Chat Radio, making the Cover of Shelby Living Magazine. He is also Helena Beautification Board President. Way to Go!

Food Truck

Food Truck Crisis
Old Cahaba neighborhood had a rude awakening. There were no food trucks by the club house. The Old Cahaba HOA had done something clever. Every week they brought up a food truck or two so residents could try something new. Some days taco, other BBQ, other fish or desserts. The events were Home Owner Association (HOA) Events to celebrate all the days that the clubhouse pools were open. It was a smash success by Andy and the HOA.

Okay the down side. The city shut it down because technically food trucks are not allowed in Helena because they are businesses from other cities. They don't pay permit fees or taxes to Helena like our brick and mortar businesses inside Helena.

So, I got 27 emails/messages from Old Cahaba residents asking why the City of Helena shut down Food Trucks. So here is my dilemma, I live in Old Cahaba and my wife has even bought from the illegal food trucks. I serve on the Helena City Council so I have sworn to uphold the law (so say us all).  So can I figure out a way to make peace? Currently Helena Business restaurant owners are getting shafted; an out of town food truck is getting tons of money from Helena residents and they don't pay a cent towards our roads or schools. So the out of town food trucks are selling out without ever buying a permit or license.

So it is election year and this one falls in my lap. Hopefully with Laura Joseph help I can make a compromise so all the parties are happy.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vote for Sam Praytor

All-State Nomination Process
Please help (vote) Sam Praytor, of Helena: Who has been described as "Hard to run on, swung bat with authority". He current has 10.68% of Alabama votes for the "All-State Nomination Process". The voting link is VOTING LINK
Tough opponent: Sam PraytorHelena
Why so tough?: "Best catcher we faced all year long. Great hitter and absolutely couldn't run on him at all.

Movies in the Park

Friday Movies in the Park
Here is official 2016 schedule for Movies in the Park as provided by your Helena Business Association. It is located every Friday night during the Summer at the Helena Amphitheater . Be sure to bring a chair or a blanket because you enjoy the movie on a giant inflatable screen on the grass.

June 3 - Inside Out
June 10 - The Good Dinosaur
June 17 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
June 24 - Hotel Transylvania 2
July 8 - Despicable Me 2
July 15 - Big Hero 6
July 22 - Guardians of the Galaxy
July 29 - Goosebumps

The concession stand opens at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dark, typically around 8 p.m. Great fun for the entire family!

Summer Library

Helena Summer Reading
Good day to everyone! The Jane B. Holmes Summer Reading Program starts soon, and you will be seeing lots of information and reminders in the next few days.

We hope everyone will participate and read!

Also, make sure to stop by the library before the summer gets into full swing to update or obtain a library card. Remember update is required every 3 years. It only takes a few minutes, and then you will be all set to check out books all summer long!

Call 664-8308 or visit for more info. Here are some of the great events coming up:

HHS Seniors go back to Elementary

Senior Walk
What happened when the Helena High School graduating Seniors return to Helena Elementary?

Please see the link below for our first ever Senior Walk.  It is also on the HES school website at

Senior Walk Movie

Jones Funeral

Memorial service schedule for Retired Police Chief Douglas (Doug) Jones is as follows: Visitation Friday, May 27 10:00 AM at Helena United Methodist Church with Memorial Service to follow at 11:00 AM. Please join us as we say good bye to Chief Jones and pay our respects to his family and show our appreciation for thirty four years of dedicated service to his City.

In lieu of flowers Chief Jones' family requests that donations be made to the HPD K-9 fund in Chief Jones' name. All donations are tax deductible and if the giver wishes to receive a receipt they must enclose a SASE with their donation. Donations maybe dropped off at City Hall or mailed to:
City of Helena K-9 Donation
attn: Kim Miller
PO Box 262
Helena Al 35080

Coal Yard Event

Coal Yard
Starting at 6 pm we have our Monday Night Brewing Co. Tap Takeover event. Come in and try the different beers we will have on tap and get some of our swag we will have to give out. That's not all! We will have Michael "Loose Cannon" playing starting at 6. This is sure to be a fun night for all. Don't miss out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Excellence in Community

Helena High School ‏@HelenaHSHuskies 
Class of 2016
We had our second graduating class from Helena High School and they were a special bunch. I got a chance to watch their Graduation last night with the rest of the Council. Mayor Hall gave a speech and we also had some excellence student speakers. Way to Go to the Class of 2016!

Community of Excellence
I mentioned this earlier but here's the write up in the paper. Helena has been name  as“Alabama Community of Excellence”. Helena had to completed several programs that the Mayor and Council worked on for the past few years to qualify. As part of the program, Helena has developed a Strategic and Comprehensive plan that "addresses commercial business development, education enhancement, infrastructure, health and human services, retiree attraction, tourism, economic development and quality of life". Source
Softball Summer Camp
If you have a child interested in Softball and would like to learn from the State Runner Ups then this is the Summer Camp for you in Helena. See the form above.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Doug, Softball and River Results

Chief Jones
This weekend, the Helena Police Department shared this sad news. "It is with great sadness that the Helena Police Department announces the passing of Retired Police Chief Douglas W. (Doug) Jones. Chief Jones is remembered mostly for his great love and dedication to the City of Helena and his friendship and concern for the men and women of the Helena Police Department and for all City of Helena employees. Chief Jones served the people of his hometown with great distinction for 34 years before retiring in 2015. He served the Department in many roles including as a K-9 handler, an Investigator and as Chief of Police from 2004 - 2015. Chief Jones was a husband, a father and a friend to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Chief Jones is survived by his wife, Melissa, sons, Justin and Kyle, and step son, Ross. Please remember the men and women of the City of Helena, the Helena Police Department and; most importantly; Chief Jones' family in your prayers during this difficult time".

Women Softball
Congratulations to the Helena High School Women Softball team for placing in the State Championship
All County Baseball
Congrats to Helena players awarded to the All County Baseball team. Sam Praytor was named Co-Player of the year in Shelby Co. 1st team also to Riley Davis, 2nd team to Nash Adams. Here is the write up on Sam:

"Catcher: Sam Praytor, junior, Helena (Co­POY). As a sophomore in Helena’s first year of existence, Praytor was already putting up big numbers, and finished last year with a .358 average and five home runs. In his junior year Praytor’s production continued to trend upward, and he turned in one of the best offensive performances in the county. In 46 games Praytor had 54 hits to go along with a batting average of .454. His 44 RBIs and head turning 13 home runs were both county wide highs, as was his .631 on ­base percentage and 1.538 OPS. He also recorded a slugging percentage of .908 as he led Helena to the 5A quarterfinals, and he is the Co­-Player of the Year in the County".

Join HHS Soccer
HHS boys interested in playing soccer next year, please fill out this profile: Google Docs

Cahaba Riverkeeper
The non-profit Cahaba Riverkeepers recently posted the result of some test on the Cahaba River as part of their "Swim Guide".

"The Cahaba showed a high level (920.8 cfu/100mL) of E. coli at Bains Bridge in Hoover, and moderate levels (280-340) at Jemison Park, Old Looney Mill and Helena Amphitheater".

If you are wondering what is the acceptable level in recreational waters, it is that they "should not have more than 406 E. coli/100mL in any one sample". So this is not that bad as last year when 3,000+ gallons of sewage was accidentally dumped upstream from us.

Helena is blessed to have Buck Creek and the Cahaba River as a recreational resources but unfortunately we are downstream and that is something we need to keep in mind when we are out their canoeing and enjoying the wildlife.  

Friday, May 20, 2016


Clean Up
This Saturday is Helena Annual Clean up and Clean Out Day at Helena Sports Complex
(Lower Area Parking Lot). It is Saturday May 21, 2016 7am-12:00pm
(Participation limited to City of Helena Residents ONLY)
Helena residents get ready to clean up and clean out! The City of Helena will be hosting a FREE Heavy waste disposal day Saturday, May 21st, from 7:00AM-Noon at the Helena Sports Complex to accommodate items that are not picked up by regular waste disposal.

Yard Sale
I only had one person send in a Yard Sale. It will be from 7-11 this Saturday the 21st. The address is 886 old Cahaba drive.

Lazy Boy BBQ
There is still time to vote for Lazy Boy BBQ in the Birmingham News contest:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Blood Drive

HMS Blood Drive
On Thursday, May 19th, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Helena Middle School is hosting a blood drive in the front parking lot.  Please come out to support our community and help others in need.  For more information, please contact Coach George at

Helena Husky Summer Soccer Camp

Championship Soccer
So you hear that all the Helena Soccer teams went to the final four and that the boy team won the State Championship and the girlks made it to the Championship game as well. There is a reason they are so good and you can give your child that advance by attending the Helena High School & Helena Huskie Soccer Club. The form is above and you can Complete form on back, the online form at or email for more details.

June 6th-10th
8a.m. – 12 p.m.
Helena HS Practice Fields
Sample Day
7:45-8 Drop Off
8-8:15 Morning Rally/Stretch
8:15-9:30 skill 1, Skill 2
9:30 Water Break
9:45- 11 Skill 3, skill 4
11-11:45 Small sided games
11:45 Treat/Wrap up
11:45-12:15 Pickup
All children interested in learning soccer who are entering 1st – 7th Grade.
Helena High School Varsity Coaches Zach Morgan and Clif Naron along with assistants and players will provide age and skill specific training to improve your player’s game.
To register Complete

Helena Two by Two Photo Contest

Please vote for your favorite rescue 
pet for just $1.00 per vote! 

Proceeds benefit Two by Two Rescue. 

You can also enter your own rescue pet to win one of the 12 spots in the calendar!

Click the picture to be directed to the photo calendar contest!

We all love to show off our pets and now here's your chance to have them featured in Two by Two Rescue's 2017 Calendar! Enter your favorite picture of your rescue pet and encourage your family and friends to vote for your picture! $1.00 per vote. Proceeds benefit Two by Two Rescue. 

Want a guaranteed spot in the calendar? Reserve a day to honor your pet. Your pet's photo will appear on the day of your choice. ­ Just choose your favorite photo and then choose the day and pay! First come first served! Once a date has been reserved, it will no longer be available. Each day is $15.  


TOP 12

The top 12 pictures with the most votes will win a monthly spot in the calendar along with a professional photo shoot with renowned photographer Sondra Hill.


  • Professional photo shoot by Sondra Hill Photography
  • Choice of month featured
  • 3 free calendars
  • Professional photo shoot by Sondra Hill Photography
  • Second choice of month featured
  • 2 free calendars
  • Professional photo shoot by Sondra Hill Photography
  • Third choice of month featured
  • 1 free calendars

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Geese, Police, and Speedy feet

Maggie Lucas from Helena Track receives scholarship
If you are interested in joining the Helena High School Cross Country ‏their signup meeting is this  Wednesday at 6 in the field house at HHS. For more information, check out:

Police Week 
Mrs Jarrell's classroom  at Helena Elementary School surprised  Lt Brad Flynn with these Thank You cards for National Police Week.

Fishing and Geese
An article appear in the Huffington report about the dangers of left over fishing lines and the environment. Mary Lou Simms how she rescued a Canada goose from fishing line at Tucker Park in Helena, Al.

"There were a smattering of geese at the lake, grazing rapturously on new spring grass, when one suddenly went berserk, flying around the lake in a frenzy, trying to shed the string-like menace that had attached itself to its mid-section. I knew immediately what it was. Fishing line.

When he landed, I was able to get close enough to grab the line and pull it off before it began its insidious journey, wrapping itself around limbs or beak before cutting into the skin, limiting circulation.

The gander caught a lucky break. Most geese trapped in fishing line are unable to escape. And there are dire consequences. Three geese at our lake are victims of its deadly assault. Two are missing a foot; the other an entire leg".Source