Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year Eve in Helena

Goodbye 2015
2015 was a rough year in my personal health and I hope that 2016 will be a year of healing. Thank you everyone for your help during this time and tolerant of the blog postings. 2015 has been an amazing year for Helena I will would like to count down the top 5 most read events on the blog as well as list a timeline of 2015 events for the City. First the garbage schedule for this holiday:

Garbage and recycling schedule for the week of 12/28/2015 through 1/01/2016. Normal garbage and recycling pick up will continue Monday through Thursday and all Friday garbage and recycling customers will be picked up on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

Mayors, Fire Trucks and Plastic Pools
ABC focuses for Successful cities and set up a live show in Old Town Helena which include the Mayors of Pelham, Alabaster and Helena. The show spotlight the best of the area and even included a live cooking demonstration from the Coal Yard.

 It was a huge moment to show off Helena to the entire State. It was also announced the new Mayor trophy where Helena Pelham would play each other pre-season in a friendly rivalry.

Also the post announced the ribbon cutting of  OnMark Physical Therapy and the times of interstate closing. Two by Two was requesting kiddie pool donations and the City Council discusses a Door to Door solicitation ordinance. LINK

Independence Weekend

This post featured the amazing story of Glover Pugh and his story as a war hero which includes a Bronze Star, Blue Badge, Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart medal.

The post continues to tell all exciting that were happening to celebrate Independence Week in Helena which included live music, food and even a dunkin booth.

Plus it detailed how the community came together to raise money for Billy Hinds! LINK

Wash, Friday Valentines and Hobos in Helena
This post answer the question of what was going to be built next to Taco Bell? The land had been cleared and there was a lot of speculation. It announced that Wash it Off was coming and even including the building design. The post also shared that First Fridays were returning to Old Town which was exciting and how to register. It also gave information for a Women's Safety Course and how you could donate cards for Jesse's place. Finally, after being shown symbols while hiking in Helena, I posted the Hobo secret symbols that you can use to translate rock or chalk symbols near railroads. LINK

Glow and Waste
This post announced the winners of the Helena Glow Run and Helena Women Volleyball victories. The biggest part dealt with why Helena's Utility Board was going to spend $8 million dollars to improve their Waste Water facilities.

Jacks, Calendar, and Historic Twins
With over 2,000 unique readers and zillion views this is the most popular post in Helena. The City Council voted to give $40,000 to the schools in Helena. Jack's first announced they will build their newest store in Helena before the end of the year. Two by Two will have a pet photo contest for a new calendar. Ronald Salesberry was awarded Region East officer recruiter of the year. The Mayor and Council deals with abandoned property and new paving projects.Finally Mindy  Kirkland discovered her son had a uncanny twin in one of the historic photos at the Helena Museum.
A nice relaxing gif of the Helena Dam during the Summer
Your Favorite Events of 2015
I threw it open on Facebook for people to share what they thought was the most important events in Helena in 2015. Below I have a timeline of Helena Events and needed to update it with 2015 events for the city. Here are some I had and what people suggested from facebook. UPDATE: Helena Reporter posted a list as well which is different but just as interesting. Here is the link:

HMS Girls win Southern Conference
Will B Miller wins Spelling Bee
Helena named Safest City in Alabama
Helena Health Club Expands

Helena Winterguard Wins 1st place

Coal Yard Opens
HHS Majoretters win 1st place in State
HHS Coach Laatch win Coach Award

Helena celebrates 150th on Founder Day
Helena named 5th most affordable place to
live in Alabama
Hillsoro Traffic light goes up

Helena named Best Suburb to raise a Family
14th Buck Creek Festival
HHS first graduation at Alabama Theater
Helena High School time capsule buried
HHS Baseball goes to State Championship

Helena Award Winning Farmer Market
Wash it Off opens
Helena Depot Burger Wins top 20 burger

Jazz in the Park
Best Butt in Helena Cook Off
Phildon Dublin wins MVP at AHSAA
On Mark Therapy Opens

Helena ranked 2nd in most peaceful place to Live
Matt Mayfield named to National FEMA Council
Alford and Barnes opens
Helena gets Mineral Railroad historic markers
Southern Wellness opens

New Door to Door ordinance passes
Helena featured on Home Town Focus on ABC
Jessica Roberts signs a Nashville Record Music Contract

HHS Volleyball goes to State Finals
Helena buys new fire ladder truck
New Teen Council named
Two by Two Barktoberfest
HMS Track finishes 1st in State
American Freight & Skull Girl Soap Opens
Pete Folmar is new police Chief

HHS Football goes to 5A State finals
Helena ranked #1 in State for homebuyers
10 Helena business named Best of the Best in Shelby Co
Marco's Pizza, Verizon, opens
Co Rd 17 renamed Helena Parkway
HMS 8th gradeFootball undefeated

Jack's, Lazy Boy BBQ, Beka Boutique, Northcutt Dental have ribbon cuttings and Marathon gas opens.
HHS Basketball Wins
Also breaking news congrats to Coach Chris Laatsch and the @HHSboysbskball team, our 2015 tournament champs!
Helena Timeline
I am trying to also create a Helena History timeline. If you have lived here for awhile. Scan through this and let me know if you know of something to add. Let me know if you see missing. Message, Tweet or Email if you do.

1816 Jones Griffin  marries Mary "Polly" Lee and builds log cabin in what will become Helena
1824 John Walter Davidson opens grist mill on Buck Creek
1829 Needham Lee Jr. elected tax collector in 1847 and served 50 years as justice of peace
1833 First Baptist Church of Helena opens
1935 First Gnome discovered in field (just checking if you are reading)
1840 Cumberland Baptist is formed
1849 Post Office named Cove was established
1850 The Presbyterian church called Old Harmony established
1863 Railroad track from Oxmoor to Brock's Gap completed by Peter Boyle
1863 Peter Boyle falls in love with Helen Lee
1864 Rolling Mill built by Hannon Offutt on Buck Creek
1864 Coal Fever hits Helena when miners rushed to Helena to set up operation
1865 First appearance of Helena after Mr. Boyle put Helen Lee's on the Depot to show his Love
1865 Helena Freight House and Depot is built
1865 General Wilson and 10,000 federal raid Helena and its coke ovens, burning them to the ground
1870 Railroad in Helena is rebuilt
1870 Eureka Company opens a large battery of coke ovens
1871 Joseph Squire moves to Helena (future designer of Old Town settlement)
1873 Rolling Mill reopened by future Alabama Governor Rufus Cobb
1873 John Walter Davidson hires Joseph Squire to survey Helena into lots with streets
1873 John Walter Davidson donates land which later become Helena Elementary School
1877 Town incorporated and Mayor W.H. Williams elected
1878 Earliest known view of Helena photographed
1880 Helena becomes known as a mining and manufacturing town
1880 Louisville and Nashville Railroad build a large shipping yard
1880 Thomas Hogan Griffin a justice of the Peace conducts census in Helena
1883 The Central Irons works switches to making nails to stay afloat
1888 The Central Irons works goes Bankrupt
1889 Shelby Rolling Mill opens in Helena
1890 Tucker-Lee house was built and still standing in Old Town Helena
1893 Panic collapse real estate market in Helena
1895 Helena Methodist Church opens
1908 The Helena iron works remodeled to produce hoops, bands, and cotton ties
1917 a clerical error was discovered, threatening the town's incorporation
1917 Town reincorporates and Elect Charles Hind Mayor
1918 Helena Vampire Wars in Ruffin Swamp. (just checking to see if you are actually reading)
1923 Rolling Mill closes during economic downturn
1923 Coal mine explosion at Mossboro mine closes operations
1923 The Helena Iron works dismantled
1930 Electricity and telephone services start in Helena
1930 Movie Theater, Skating rink and swimming pool opens in Helena
1933 Tornado rips through Helena and destroys most houses and churches
1950 County Roads paved
1960 Charles W. "Sonny" Penhale runs for City Council
1960 Helena Library opens as room in brick City Hall in Old Town
1968 Charles W. "Sonny" Penhale becomes Mayor
1970 Helena Library moves to 2nd street in the old post office
1978 Old Harmony Church becomes Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church
1987 Helena Library built in Joe Tucker Park
1996 Old Town Helena becomes "B-4 Business Renaissance" which sought to encourage certain types of visitor-friendly businesses "to advance the economic development of the district yet preserve and enhance its historical and architectural integrity."
1999 Helena Freight House and Depot moves to Waterfalls and becomes Depot Grill
2001 Helena Intermediate opens in August on land donated by Western Pocahontas
2002 Vonetta Flowers wins gold medal in 2002 Winter Olympics
2002 Church of Cahaba Bend Opens
2005 Harold Elwin "Bo" Bice places second in American Idol
2006 Helena Historic District registered on April 28th with National Register of Historic Places
2006 Helena Library renamed in honor of Jane B. Holmes
2007 Business Week named Helena the 13th Best Place to Raise your kids
2007 Helena Listed in the Best Places to Live in Money Magazine
2008 Helena Community Center and Sports Complex opens
2008 ALM awards Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award
2008 Helena Middle school opens in July on land donated by USX
2009 Helena Amphitheater sign is built in August
2009 Liz Cochran wins Miss Alabama in 2009
2010 Hillsboro Parkway opens in Feb
2011 Vonette Flowers inducted in Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
2011 Helena Museum Opens and named after Kenneth Penhale
2012 Census results changes Helena to a Council form of Government
2012 Mark Hall is elected Mayor 
2013 Helena Historic Preservation Committee formed
2013 Helena Walmart opens
2014 Helena High School and Stadium open
What should we add for 2015?


Trisha Lawson said...

Just cutious - How did we become the Helena Huskies?

2015 Ground breaking for each new business.

Hewy NoSleep said...

Hey Trisha, it was an vote of the school system and the public. In the finals it was Huskies vs Hawks. Original the Wildcats and Miner were considered