Monday, March 30, 2015

Winter and Daffodils

Helena Picture of the Day
This picture comes from John Hodge of the Clouds over Helena

Winter Princesses
Congratulations to the Helena High School Winter Guard for taking the SRA Gold medal at the SCGC Championship. They end the season as Southeastern Champs, Alabama State Champs and  First place finishes three years in a row!

"1,000 daffodils in bloom at our welcome center! So proud to work with the folks who are the Helena Beautification Board who work so hard to make Helena a beautiful place to live, work and shop".

Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekend Events

Weekend Events

Friday March 27th
8pm Chase Evans performs at Papa Saia's
9pm Karaoke at Rio's

Saturday March 28th

The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 28th at the Amphitheater

Ages 0-2     9:00am
Ages 3-5     9:45am
Ages 6-8   10:30am

8pm Even Stevens performs at Papa Saia's
9pm South of Blues performs at Rio's

Explorer Golf Tournament
Captain James Penhale announced the dates for the 2015 7th annual Helena Police Explorers golf tournament. "Last year was a great success for team turnout, with sixteen teams participating.
The tournament will be held at Bent Brook golf club on June 4th, with a shotgun start. Preregistration is available, and encouraged for all players and teams. The registration form is attached, along with sponsorship information, If you’re not playing, please consider sponsoring a hole, the cost is the same and all proceeds go to the Explorer program". For more information you can contact Captain Penhale at .

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trains, Math, and Business

Loving you Caboose
Thanks to Rio's for raising $1400 dollars so far for the Helena Caboose. They are taking donations until April and they also have a Caboose T-shirt for sale.The money will be used to make improvement for the historical building.

Train Delays
Next City Council Meeting the Council will discuss the issues with trains stopping in Helena at the 5pm Pre-council meeting.

Goodbye Frankie's
We have all loved Frankie's Market Cafe in Helena, so I was sad to hear they will be closing their doors sometime in mid or late April. This restaurant has been a big park part of Helena for all theses years. Swing by there today and thank them for all the good memories they have brought to Helena.

Math Wizards 
Congratulations to the Helena High School Geometry Math team who won 2nd place in the County math tournament. Way to Go! BTW Why couldn't the equilateral quadrilateral get home after school? It got on the rhom BUS!

No Hitter
A big "Way to Go" to the Helena Husky Softball team. Our young women beat Calera 4-0 and Katie Lively threw a no hitter!

Mr. Ellis goes to MTG
Very proud to have a young Helenite working in the Alabama State House. Baker Ellis served as a page for Senator Cam Ward,

Not Guilty Plead
The Helena man faces charged in a 2014 for terrorist threat and reckless endangerment has pleaded not guilty to charges. You can read the full story HERE

Ivory Orchid
Laura Brookhart wrote an article about Meridith Waldrop and her new business in Helena called the The Ivory Orchid. They have clothing from small to 3X as well as shoes and accessories.
 The Ivory Orchid is on Facebook  and at You can read the full article here: article

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Reader Choice

Welcome to Reader's Choice Stories. You share them and I post them
Spring View
Mason Kerth shared this photo of the Old Cahaba neighborhood in Spring time on his page called:
Vulcan Views

Oh My Sole
Oh My Sole will be having their opening today at 10am.  Oh My Sole Shoe Boutique featuring The Cobb's Nest and Party Art.  Oh my Sole will feature Fabulous Boutique Brand Shoes, Monogrammed Gifts. There is also Clothing by The Cobb's Nest and Painting Parties for adults,  children with Party Art.
Helena New Bears
Gwen Brown shared that "Jakkob along with his friends in Scout Troop 532 Den 8 earned their Bear Achievements. We are proud of them all"!

Blades Champion
Lori Pannell shared that her daughter Cameron got 1st place at Blades in Decatur in her ice skating event representing BFSC (Pelham's rink). Way to Go!

Helena Fire Explorers
A big way to Go to the Helena Fire Explorers and their coaches. They earned three 1st place trophies and one 3rd place trophy. The first place wins were in Bucket Brigade, Pittsburgh Drill, Obstacle Course. The 3rd place win was in quick dress.
Man of the Year
Congrats to Helena's Mark Hendren who won photojournalist of the year! A huge honor and well-deserved recognition

Happy Birthday
Jenny Holasek Herring and Laura Joseph from this Weekend

Gold Winner
Congrats to Gene Rowley's daughter, Samantha, who won gold at the National Finals in Soccer. Way to Go!

Soccer Stars
Amanda Quekemeyer Warram shared her son's, Palmer, soccer team won their 3rd tournament this season!!! This weekend it was hosted by Hoover soccer club. Way to Go!

Tap Dancer
The Next Tap Workshops will be March 28th and April 25th:
12:30-1:00 pm Beginning Level
1:00-1:45 pm Intermediate Level
2-3 pm Adults

No experience necessary for beginner or adults. All classes are at Grebel Center for Dance. Learn time steps, explore rhythm and have fun!!! Fee: $10 per class. Email or Call (205) 987-7234 to register.

Urgent Care Opens
Are you guys ready for some great news, starting Monday, March 23rd, Urgent Care will officially be open to the public. They can handle urgent non emergency needs. They are located at  225 Helena Market Place, Helena, Alabama (205) 685-4870. They are open Monday from 9:00am - 7:00pm. See more info at:

Party Art
Opening Monday inside Oh My Sole in Old Town Helena. They have Children's Birthday Parties and Adult Paint Your Own Parties. April is booking fast. They can Email or call today! 205-253-2984. You will also be able to purchase my custom Party Art Original Door hangers and pallet decorative items in Oh My Sole.

Track Stars
The Helena HHS Cross Country  and  Track team has done so well. I need to post several pictures of all the Winners.

Boys 4x100 teams finishes in 3rd place. Kendall Featherstone, Kendall Williams, Olford Ray, and Justin Stuckey!

Claire Vaughn earns her second 1st place medal of the day after winning the 800m run with a time of 2:29.

The boys 4x800 teams earns another medal. They ran a season best time of 8:35 and came in 2nd place. Great job Furman, Tyler, Steven, and Blake!

Claire Vaughn comes in 1st place at the Cullman Classic She ran the mile in a time of 5:31.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Helena Weekend

Helena Picture of the Day 
Thank to Nan Scarbrough who shared this photo of Spring exploding around the City.

Helena Weekend Calendar
I know alot of people are going out of town but for us who remain, come hangout in Helena and check out what is happening. Here are the events that I know about. If you know of some more public events in Helena then please message, tag, share or tweet me.

Friday March 20th
8pm Mulligan's last Resort performs at Papa Saia's Free
9pm Birmingham Pop Rocks returns to Rio's Barandgrill  $5 Cover
Saturday March 21st
All Day: Crawfish at Papa Saia;s
10am-3pm Helena Museum open for Free
2pm-7pm Hunter Lawley love on the Tiki Deck at Papa Saia's
4pm Coal Yard Open House in Old Town Helena
8pm-12pm Tracey and Kurt perform at Papa Saia's
9pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

Coal Yard Open House
This Saturday the Coal Yard will have an Open house from 5pm. It is located at 4085 Helena Road

Coming Up
Next Saturday Angela Daniel shared that there will be a coupon class in Helena.

Graham Brooks photo from Article
Helena Ladies Win
Graham Brooks wrote an article about the Helena High Ladies soccer team shutting out the Blue Devils. you can read about their incredible defensive play HERE.

Planning and Zoning
The Helena Planning and Zoning Commission met last night and was presented with the Final plat of Riverwoods, Sector 8, Phase II Sector A. It is pictured above It will next go to City Council in April.

Late Update:
This just came out so I dont know any more details but it is troubling if true LINK

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Arrows, Ghosts, and Planning

Helena Picture of the Day
Thank you to Kati Merchant for this wonderful photo with the words "Good morning y'all". Sorry for the late post, I have been sick but I am getting better...

Arrow Of Light
John Madderra shared this photo of Max Havercroft.  "He is one of our Cub Scouts in Pack 556.  He received his Arrow of Light award last night at our pack celebration.  This is the highest award in Cub Scouts"!

Haunted in Helena
On Thursday from 6:00pm - 7:00pm the Helena Library will have a special author.Join author Kim Johnston for an interesting presentation of stories and paranormal evidence her team has collected from the Shelby County area. The Helena Library is located at 230 Tucker Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080

Old Cahaba Yard Sale
The entire neighborhood is going to have a yard sale. The HOA will pay for the licenses any Old Cahaba resident for April 10th and 11th but they will need to let them know if you plan on participating. They can message James McShea or Nancy with your address.

Planning and Zoning Meeting
The Commission will meet on Thursday 6pm to vote on the Riverwoods final plat.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Helena City News

Haunting in Helena
Haunted Shelby Presents at the Helena Library on Thursday at 6:00pm a meeting with the author Kim Johnston and her book Haunted Shelby County. Join Kim for an interesting presentation of stories and paranormal evidence her team has collected from the Shelby County area.
Majoretters Win
Kelly  Pruitt shared, " I'm so proud of the Helena High School Majorettes at State Competition today! Four 1st place and two 2nd place trophies for the team as well as some solo/duet wins!! Loved seeing so many Helena girls twirl/dance today! I think you're awesome Sarah MacKenzie Folsom, Abbey Manasco, Ashley Claire Jones, Lillie Brewer, Grace Romero, Sydney Edmundson, Sydney Kahl, Tori Vansant, Lexi Wallace, Lexi McIntosh, Mallory Morris"!

HHS and HMS Students get a close look on why you dont text and drive per Hall4Helena FB page

Congratulations to David and Tamara Temerson Love who were married this Weekend

Helena City Council 
Here is a quick summary of the Helena City Council meeting. Leigh gave the prayer and I led the pledge of allegiance. So here are my notes:

Apple Grant
Apple Grant for the Study of road work along Highway 261 near Helena Elementary School and Helena Intermediate turn lane
-The Council approved the Mayor to spend up to $4000 in doing a study to add an extra turn lane in front of Helena Elementary to help relieve morning rush hour. Also to study to extend the turn lane in front of Helena Intermediate to relive some back up. The City Engineer, Blair Perry, will work with the Mayor to obtain a 80/20 grant. $8000 of City spend will earn us $40,000 worth of improvement in grants. Mayor Hall posted a statement on Facebook
"I appreciate the council agreeing to fund my plan to apply for an RPC APPLE grant, to conduct a traffic and design study for an extended turn lane on Hwy 261 for Helena Elementary to 52 East & 3rd Street, also additional turn lane extensions and improvements for Helena Intermediate on Co 52. While we will still pursue larger long term new road construction, improving existing roadways can result in more immediate traffic relief as we have seen with the intersection upgrade at 261/52/17&91.
Once the study is complete and a preliminary plan is approved we will seek grants from multiple sources for implementation and construction:

The Mayor reported that the turn lane construction at the Hillsboro entrance should start at during SCBOE Spring Break. They will also start work on the Traffic light. The entire project should be completed before end of May (fingers crossed)

Spring Cleaning 
The Mayor said we will have a Spring cleaning event like last year where residents can dump trash for free, during a weekend in May. He will announce as we get closer.

Resolution 03162015
De-Annexation of City of Pelham Detention Pond-The city of Pelham owns property in Helena city limits as part of a project to reduce flooding with FEMA funds. Helena will de-annex the property to allow them to spend the funds and be responsible for the property. Hopefully this will benefit resident in Helena's Chadwick to help reducing flooding.

Resolution 03162015a
De-Annexation of a property near Pelham High School- Currently this property is where PHS has their High School field. PHS owns the property but it was never official in Pelham. This Ordinance would remedy that.

Update: A news article came out about this: