Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Helena named Safest City in Alabama


Helena was named safest City in Alabama in the mid-sized and overall category by a financial website comparing statistics. Here is their overview of Helena:

1. Helena, AL

This town proclaims “Helena, it’s where you want to be,” and, if you want safety, it is for you. This suburb of Birmingham earned the lowest crime score in our research on Alabama cities. The city's homeownership rate (69.7%) is not noticeably above the national average (64.9%). It's no stranger to recognition for its high quality of life: Business Week and Money recognized it as an excellent place to live. Out of the top five safest cities, Helena has the lowest amount of property crimes per 100K.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Elections



Today was the last day to qualify for city elections across Alabama. So here are the candidates for the City of Helena:


Mayor: Mark Hall unopposed

Place 1: Leigh Hurley unopposed
Place 2: Mike Jones unopposed
Place 3: Cris Nelson vs. Alice Lobell
Place 4: Laura Joseph vs Tangee Edwards
Place 5: Hewy Woodman unopposed
The Helena elections will be August 23th 7am-7pm.

Saturday July 23rd

This Saturday at Helena Market Days. We will have the boy scouts on site showing off their dutch ovens skills. We will also have musical guest Intermission. Come enjoy fresh produce from local farmers from 8am until Noon at the Helena Amphitheater.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Explorers, Therapy and More


Police Explorers
The Helena police facebook page shared that during the Closing ceremonies for the National Explorer Conference  that Helena Police Explorers "Drew Marling and Spencer Hollon took 3rd in the nation (out of 500) for two man pistol team. Good shooting guys! We are proud of you and all the explorers from Post 790".

Grand Opening
Mayor Hall on twitter shared pictures of the ribbon cutting of the Helena Therapy South, It is located in the former veteran location next to Chevron.

Helena Supports the Police
The Helena Community gathers together to support local police officers with a free dinner for them and their family. The event also showed how much we loved them. See more at: Full Story
Best of the Best
Support and Share for your local Helena business, location and event in this year's Shelby County's Best of the Best! Voting Link

Winning Pitcher
HelenaHuskies Baseball had a shout out for winning pitcher for the 16U WWBA National Championship who is our Junior Husky Richard Fitts. Way to Go!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Helena Market Days



Come out to Market Days tomorrow in Olde Town Helena from 8-12 and shop our local Vegetables , Fruit and Honey ! Check out all the amazing Vendors we have selling their Arts and Crafts ! And don't forget to stop by and Have some Coffee or Lemonade with our wonderful Helena Belles who will be set up with a Delicious Lemonade and Coffee Bar ! See you there !

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bass and Engineers in Helena


Bassmasters of Helena
Graham Brooks wrote an article about two Helena Seniors and members of Helena Bass Club are headed to the National Bass Fishing Championship this August. They will represent Helena well. Way to Go. If you are interested in your youth joining the High School team then you can follow them at Facebook.com/helenafishingteam . You can read the full story here: LINK

Helena School Intersection 
On of the biggest challenge on City Council is figuring out ways to improve the traffic congestion with a shoe string budget. The State promised a bypass but they have their own funding woes and so it was put on the back burner. A year ago the Mayor and Council got matching funds and added an additional turning lane in front of Helena Tire which made a quick positive change to the intersection.

Recently the Mayor and Council have been looking at the congestion in front of the schools. Here is an update from Mayor Hall facebook page:
"I am working with traffic engineer Blair Perry, RPC & the County Highway Dept. to get turn improvements done at HIS. The council approved the proposal tonight, so I am pushing hard to get it done as soon as possible.
This is part of a multi phase traffic improvement study I asked for several months ago. The study was funded for us with a grant from the Regional Planning Commission. The larger and more expensive of the proposed improvements will be at HES to help improve congestion during school drop off/pickup times, this is still in the planning and design stage and is a bit more complex and expensive, but we will be working hard to get there! Thanks to the city council members for their support"! You can read more about the Council decision to support it here: 2016/07/11/helena-council-approves-resolution-to-ease-traffic-at-his/

Engineer Camp
Speaking of engineering plans in Helena, Helena Intermediate had a different type of engineer project happening indoors. Students attendeding the Shelby County engineer camp at HIS and learned about designing and constructing  everything from a build to a garden. For the full article, click HERE.  For more information and to view a full list of dates and times summer camps are offered, visit
Shelbyed.k12.al.us/community/enrich.html.

Helena McDonalds



Change counts at McDonald’s. Each time you give a little or a lot, it all counts toward a big change at the Ronald McDonlad House. Each customer has the opportunity to make their change count by dropping it in the RMHC Donation Boxes at the cash register. If RMHC could count on change from every customer, think what that could do for the charity.

Join us at the McDonald’s located on Wyndham Parkway in Helena on July 13th from 11-1 and let us tell you why it is important to make your change count. *July 13th also happens to be National French Fry Day, so come get your french fries to celebrate!!

Helena Picture of the Day



Good Morning Helena by John Hodge
The Morning glories in front of the Helena Waterfall (Also the Davidson Dam)

Helena Reading Party



Helena Library 2016

The Official Party of Summer Reading
And You Are Invited!!!

 When: Wednesday, July 13

Presenting:
An Olympic themed party with games, a photo booth and more!
You don't want to miss it!
WHERE: Group Study Room at the LIBRARY

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Olympian of Helena


Helena Olympian 
TJ Funches parents Stanley and Venessa of Helena must be very proud of him. He is heading to the National Jr Olympics after earning a Silver at regional Jr. Olympics meet at LSU. We are cheering for you TJ. Way to Go!

Friday, July 08, 2016

All American, Police, Expansion and more

Baseball Tryouts
The 10U Shelby Sidewinders (travel) Baseball Team will hold an open tryout for the 2016-17 season Saturday, July 9th at 9:00 am. Tryouts will be at Big Joe Field at Joe Tucker Park. This is an open tryout for any player who will not be 11 years old on or before April 30, 2017. This is a hometown team and their goal is to stay local but any player will be considered. All team practices are held in Helena at Joe Tucker Park.  Most tournaments are played in the Birmingham metro area so travel is minimal. The team will play 2-3 tournaments in the fall, with all fall activities scheduled around any players participating in football. They will play 8-9 tournaments in the spring of 2017. All spring tournament weekends are designated in February. This allows families to plan their spring/summer in advance. If your family is interested but unable to attend the tryout please contact Pete Bryan (205-470-4004) or Jake Turner (205-260-8536) and arrangements can be made.

Praytor All American
Helena Huskies catcher Sam Praytor has been selected to play in the Under Armour All America
baseball game on July 23 at the Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field. See more at LINK

Meet the Police 
Graham Brooks reported about how Officer Philip Richards and Jeff Murphy (both really great men) shared with the Helena youth at the most recent Helena Library event. They even meant Bak which is Helena's official police dog. You can read more HERE! This program is a great way for children to learn to trust officers and not fear them,

Stadium Expansion
Mayor Hall on twitter at ‏@MarkRHall shared, "Good to see construction started at @FootballHelena on the seating expansion project. Let's roll #HuskyNation". The Stadium is being expanded to allow Helena High School to move to the 6A Football rankings.

State Tax
The Birmingham Business Journal shared Amazon has joined other online retailers to voluntarily pay Alabama's new Simplified Use Tax Remittance Program Act of 2015 starting in November 2016. I checked and saw that under The distribution of funds under the Simplified Seller Use Tax Remittance Act Section 40-23-197, Code of Alabama 1975:

 (3) Twenty-five percent (25%) of funds to be distributed to each municipality in the state on a prorated basis according to population as determined in the most recent federal census prior to the distribution.

Vote for Helena
Dont forget to support your favorite Helena spot by voting for them at:
https://alabama-magazine.com/vote-for-best-of-bama/

Coal Yard
Always great to see a Helena Business producing commercials and encouraging people to visit Helena. See the youtube version below: