I Love the Library
Celebrate the Helena library this Thursday with "I Love the Library" Day. Stop by the library on this special day to update your card, enjoy our materials, and say hello! FREE book bags, while supplies last. Come by and check out the new electronic check out system, the audio books, and even the largest collection of dvds in Helena. Also if you have some gently used books you no longer use then they would love for a donation.
Eagle for HMS
Congrats to the HMS Golf team! Theresa shared that they came out number ONE for the season. They were in the conference tournament and went 7-0 this season.Way to Go!
Kneeling from left to right:: Brock Baker, Jacob Hillman*, Spencer Hollon*, Reed Hereford*
Standing left to right: Jace Aldrich, Davis Vandsandt*, Drew Crenshaw. Bill Melton
*- Also played in played in conference tournament
The Helena/Riverchase Middle School boys and girls tennis teams finished up their seasons last week. The boys finished UNDEFEATED for the second year in a row with a 7-0 record (they were 10-0 last year). The girls finished 7-1 (they were 9-1 last year). Thanks to Tyler for the Photo and Way to Go!
I had one parent approach me and tell me that they will have a hard time keeping up this excellence next year because of a shortage of tennis courts. I hope the city will be able to improve the current court soon because I would love to see the talent in the group continue to grow.
My favorite doodler in Helena, Samuel Kent, was featured in the newspaper. He is interviewed about his art and it tells the wonderful story about how it began. He sell his doodles online as well. I was able to get the gnome comic from him. The photo (above) is also from the article. You can read more here: Full Article
The Helena Buck Creek Multi-Use Trail system (or in the past I called it the Greenway) has been one of those long await project that never seem to happen, like the bypass. I was able to see the proposed plans last week with the Mayor and Council. I spend the weekend studying it.
The project was first started way back with Tom Lefebvre, and Katherine Ennis keep in it going. Sonny Penhale secured the bond for the matching federal funds (80/20). We are currently paying interest on that matching loan so it is in our best interest to get this done.
This project would be the one of largest trail project that has been done by Federal in Central Alabama in over 10 years. In fact, the Federal Govt no longer does this anymore but Helena already locked down the money. The details of the tunnel and bridges are amazing. If you think the Hillsboro trail has nice touches, then you will be impressed by this. I don't want to get too excited because it could still fall apart. But if it happens, it would be significant landmark feature for Helena. It would add enough trail length that you could almost run a 10k on it.
This trail system would connect all 4 schools in Helena (via trail or sidewalk) as well as the Sports Complex, Old Town, the Amphitheater park and eventually the Coke Oven park. The plan shows 4 bridges, two overlooks, a broad walk and tunnels under the railroad. It will feature maps, information boards, and solar lights. It will take 2 years to complete but the majority will be done in one year since the bridges take the longest to construct.
The longest section connects with Hillsboro trail that start at Helena Middle and ends across from the Coke ovens near the northern border of Helena. The trail head, and main entrance, will be by the Sports complex on Ruffin rd. If everything goes according to plan, it will go out to bid by the end of Summer but I am cautious because there is one thing I have learned, nothing goals exactly to plan.
-Lonnie Wayne Ray, 40, of Helena to Clariza Gonzales Espelico, 31, of Helena.
Helena Police Report
The Helena police report and I have included the Sheriff report for Helena from the Shelby County Reporter.
-Information only from the 100 block of Chadwick Drive (specialty store).
-Information only from the 1000 block of Lakeland Trail (residence, home).
-Probation violation from the Hueytown City Jail (jail, prison).
-Warrant arrest and unlawful possession of prescription drugs from Interstate 59 (highway, street). Confiscated were white round pills.
-Identity theft from an unknown location (other, unknown).
-Driving under the influence and excessive noise from Highway 58 at Amy Lane (highway, street).
-Public intoxication from Rio’s Bars and Grill (parking lot, garage).
-Domestic incident from the 2600 block of Vixen Street (residence, home).
-Warrant arrest – failure to appear from Ranch Drive (other, unknown).
-Driving under the influence from the First Baptist Church (church).
-Warrant arrest – failure to appear from Highway 261 at Old Town (highway, street).
-Driving under the influence from Highway 261 at Sherman Ready Mix (highway, street).
-Failure to appear from Highway 52 East (government, public building).
-Harassing communications from Spencer Lane (other, unknown).
-Found property from Pelham (other, unknown). Recovered was a cell phone valued at $10.
-Dog bite – information only from the Publix parking lot (parking lot, garage).
-Theft of property third degree from the 100 block of Chadwick Drive (residence, home). Stolen was a package of assorted toys valued at $60.
-Failure to appear from Highway 35 (highway, street).
-Warrant arrest from Highway 52 at Hillsboro Parkway (supermarket).
-Warrant arrest from the Hoover City Jail (jail, prison).
-Burglary III from the 600 block of Highway 52, Helena (residence/home). Stolen were a Dell desktop computer valued at $100, an HP photo printer valued at $100, two DVD players valued at $60, a Wii and games valued at $500, an Xbox and games valued at $100, a Nintendo DSI and games valued at $100 and a women’s three quarters leather jacket valued at $300. (From Sheriff Report)
-Robbery III and domestic violence III, assault, from CR-13 and River Road, Helena (highway/street). Stolen were a wallet, bank card and drivers license valued at $50 and a black Boost Mobile cell phone valued at $200.(From Sheriff Report)