Monday, September 22, 2014

Reader's Choice Monday

Picture of the Day
Michelle Ellis shared this picture of the Helena High School with the rain coming. Click on the photo to see a larger version. Monday is Reader's choice so here is what everyone shared with me!

Eureka
A call for donations. The Helena High literary magazine, which we have shortened to Eureka, instead of Eureka No. 4, needs funding!  If you just want to donate money to help us print our magazine in the spring, that would be fantastic.  Email me at jculver@shelbyed.k12.al.us and I’d be delighted to hear from you.  We were thinking of having a special page in the back of the literary magazine with a list of all our sponsors and those who helped us get set up this year. Please consider helping. Every little bit helps.

Character in Action
Neal Wagner shared a great story about  recognizing students for their character. It is great to see the Shelby County and the Drug Free Coalition to recognize this important trait in our youth. The winners of the Character in Action Award

Alex Tilton Helena Middle School
Erin Atkinson Helena High School
Thomas Washer Helena Elementary
and Libbey Dudley Helena Intermediate

Way to Go to theses students from Helena. See more at: Helena Student Character

Black Sox
Chris shared that the Alabama Black Sox finished 1st Place in the Fultondale Champs Choice VII Tournament. Huge Win for these boys!

Helena High Poll
You can vote to make Helena's High the game of the Week by voting here: Helena HIgh Game Poll
Hello, I am your Prom date
Helena High Homecoming 2014
The Helena High School has released they Homecoming week schedule for Sept 20th through October 3rd/:

Monday, Sept. 29th:
• Favorite Holiday Day
• Students, Faculty and Staff dress for your favorite Holiday.

Tuesday, Sept. 30th:
• Team and Toga Tuesday
• Underclassmen wear college team shirts; Seniors wear Togas
Evening Activities
• Freshman vs. Sophomore Kickball Game @ 7:00 p.m., followed by Junior vs. Senior
Powder Puff Game @ Helena High School Football Stadium
• Admission is $5 and covers admission to both events.

Wednesday, Oct. 1 st:
• Way Back Wednesday (Decade Day)
• Dress up and represent your favorite decade.
Evening Activity
• Volleyball Tournament @ 6:00 p.m. in the HHS gym. (Admission is $1)

Thursday, Oct. 2nd:
• Superhero Thursday
• Dress like your favorite superhero.
Evening Activity
• Community-Wide Bonfire @ 7:30 p.m. on HHS campus

Friday, Oct. 3rd:
• Blue and Black Friday
• Wear your class HOMECOMING t-shirt.
• Morning Student Activity – “Class Olympics” (admission $1)
• Afternoon Student Activity – “Mr. HHS Pageant” (admission is $1)
• Pep Rally in the Gym (will begin at approximately 2:15 PM)
• Parents are welcome to attend the pep rally.

Evening Activities
 6:30 p.m. Homecoming Court Presented and Homecoming Queen Crowned
 7:00 p.m. Helena vs. Jemison Kickoff (can goods collected at the gate)
9:30-12:00 p.m. Homecoming Dance @ Helena Sports Complex
Admission is $10 per student

Helena High Bricks
Doug shared that the Helena Athletic association is starting to install engraved bricks at the Helena High School. I havent seen mine yet but if you would like to immortalize yourself forever at the school then they have bricks left  so check out: www.helenaathleticassociation.org


Husky Runner
April shared that Ashley Riley of the Helena Huskies XC Team placed 41st out of 197 runners. She placed 5th for her school with a time of 17:03 and her team placed 6 out of 13 schools. Way to go Huskies!!

Troop 556
Nicole Collier shared that Cub scout troop 556 had their first successful camping trip of the fall to Fort Oglethorpe, GA. Way to Go!

Leadership
Kristie shared that Aubry Bass was selected to participate in the Shelby County Leadership Conference. He is a sophomore at HHS. That is an incredible program and I am so glad to see that he will be able to do it!
Taekwondo
LaDonna shared that Preston Burks won two medals one for form and the other for sparring at the taekwondo tournament that was hosted in Helena this past Weekend. Way to Go!

7SR
Steve shared that Helena local rock band,  7SR,  is playing their last local gig for a while as they prepare to hit the road. Their new Album is almost ready and will be coming out soon.

Kim Business
Kimberly shared she has a new  boutque online www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/kimberlyshaw
and she also has a  pet sitter service called K.Bo's Snuggles and Purrs...205-533-5387!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Helena Weekend


Helena Weekend
Today Helena's Picture of the Day comes from Anything But Gray Designs. This Weekend will have perfect weather so come hang out in Helena and have some fun with you family.

Friday 19th
7pm Helena Huskies play Demopolis Tigers at Helena High (broadcast on APH 99.9 Web app)
9pm The Elijah Butler Band performs at Rio's Bar and grill $5 Cover
9:30pm 5th Quarter Event by Riverside Baptist Church

Saturday 20th
"British Car Show" at the Amphitheater (All Day)
9am-1pm Martial Arts Tournament at Helena Community Center
1:30 to 5pm Artist Signing at Rios Bar and Grill
9pm Karaoke at Rios after football

Yard Sales
2841 Adams Street Yard Sale starting 7am on Saturday:  Furniture, home goods, baby items, etc. be

 605 Parkside Circle.  Twin size iron bed, antique French provencial headboard, tables, Christmas items and much more. Friday and Saturday 8-1

Photo from Karen Moore Warren Pierce
105 Huskies
Karen Warren Pierce shared that the 105 lb huskies are now 3-0! Way to Go!


Helena High Huskies
Helena will host it's first official home game against the ranked Demopolis Tiger. ABC 33/40's Blitz Gameday will be at Helena High School's Husky Field Friday at 6:15 for a live pre game TV segment as the Huskies play Demopolis this Friday. Kick off is at 7:00pm. Come on out and support your undefeated Helena HS Huskies against their biggest challenge yet. You need to come support them because....

Linda Wurstner shared that Demopolis plans on showing up at  our stadium in this game. We need to show up and show them our Helena Spirit!

5th Quarter
What: Helena HS first ever 5th Quarter
When: Friday night, Sep 19th from 9:30 to 11:30
Where: CVS Parking Lot in Helena (in front of Donut Chef)
There will be a live band, speaker and free pizza, donut and drink (while they last)
Join us for free give aways!
Sponsored by: First Priority and local Helena churches

Award Winner
Congrats to Helena's Tim Stacks, He won an award and medal for a photograph taken during Alabama State Games this past June, which is put on by the ASF Foundation. That particular image was taken at the BMX track at Oak Mountain State Park. In addition to this award he also got two of the eight Honorable Mentions they had chosen as well. The image can be seen in better detail on Flickr at this link: http://flic.kr/p/oow1rQ

Martial Arts Tournament
Come see the finest Martial Artist come together in Helena to compete. See the flyer above for more details!

Artist Signing 
Helena Artist, Barry Graham will be at Rio's Pub and Grill signing his art titled "THE TRADITION CONTINUES" 1989 / 25th Commemorative Iron Bowl Art Print. It will be this Saturday, September 20th, 1:30 to 5pm.

The Tradition Continues was designed and reproduced in 1989 dedicated to the transition of this monumental Iron Bowl classic game leaving Birmingham's Legion Field. The art depicts the history of this historical game since they first played in 1893, the first Alabama team to beat Auburn, the first Auburn team to beat Alabama, and significant historical graphics.

There are only a few prints and artist proofs available directly from my personal inventory. Each print is signed and numbered. Join me at Rio's and get your personally signed Iron Bowl Art Print! You can also reserve your copy in advance by responding to this link or email me at bgpsalm92@tds.net

More Helena Dam Painting
With artist Barry Graham at the Historic Buck Creek Dam in Helena Alabama.
SCHEDULE
Friday, September 19th - 9am to Noon (Sunny 81°)
Sunday, September 21st - 1pm to 4pm (Sunny 85°)
Each session is 25.00/3hr. Any medium welcome. Beginner to intermediate skill level. Small class is preferred. We will continue to concentrate on the importance of drawing, basic perspective, and visualization. Bring your art supplies, chair, easel, and whatever makes you comfortable. Join us!
Reserve by replying to this link or email artist Barry Graham at: bgpsalm92@tds.net.
Jam Berry
Stephanie Miles  shared she is having a Jamberry party and wanted to share these special order Helena nail wraps perfect for game days!To see all styles here is a link: http://robiadavenport.jamberrynails.net/

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Long Post in Helena


Helena Picture of the Day
Thank you all for all the photos! I cant wait to show them all. Today's Helena Picture of the day goes to Tammy Ambrose!
Banner by Dave Smith of Helena news
Happy Birthday Library
Come celebrate the 27th Birthday of the The Jane B. Holmes Library with a Book Sale fundraiser. The library is located at 230 Tucker Road, Helena, AL 35080. The book sale will beThursday, 9/18/2014 – All Day. Refreshments while they last! For info. call 664-8308

New SGA President
Congratulations to Kendal Featherstone who will serve as HHS first SGA president. He shared some words with everyone:
"I am honored to have been elected as the first Student Government Association (SGA) President for the Helena High School Huskies. We as students have looked forward to Helena High School for quite some time and the time has finally come! My plans as SGA President are to help start traditions at Helena High School that will last for years to come. I want the class of 2015 to have an exciting and fun year. I also want to give all the students something to remember, especially the seniors. The SGA is well on its way in planning the very first Helena High School Homecoming and we are extremely excited about it. It will definitely be a Homecoming to remember. There will be more exciting things coming up in the future for the New Year. Also come out and support the Helena Huskies sports activities.
Kendal Featherstone,
H.H.S. 2014-2015
SGA President"

Helena Teen Council
Congratulation to the new 2014/2015 Helena Teen Council
Chris Adams
Natalie Blocker
Barrett Bowling
Parker Cunningham
Emily Englezos
Ashli Funches
Angela Knight
Tiara Pennington
Haley Rogers
Angel Sarris
Trinity Scozzaro
Josie Stafford
Meghan Wilson


HMS Car Rider Change
 From the HMS Email: "Beginning Monday, we will implement a change to morning car rider to hopefully correct the traffic congestion on Hillsboro Parkway. When you turn off of Hillsboro Parkway, please use both lanes. Cones will be set up to prompt the drivers in the left lane to merge into the right lane at the bottom of the hill. This is very similar to what is being done at the Intermediate School. If you are in the right lane, please allow a driver in the left lane to merge over. Afternoon Car Rider will stay the same. Thank you for your cooperation. Have a great weekend".

 Helena man in British News
Yep. I was scanning the British news and saw that a Helena man had a story. Seriously Dennis, you have to share how you made the papers. Here is the quick rundown of the article:
"Is this the ultimate man cave? Father-of-eight converts his drab basement into authentic log cabin – complete with window overlooking the wild frontier
Dennis Martin, 49, converted basement in Helena, Alabama, into 1950s cabin
Features rifles in racks, mounted deer head and food in vintage tins
Retreat was built as a way of escaping the pressures of the modern world
Built for just £65 by carefully sourcing material recycled from the 1950s
A father-of-eight built an entire log cabin, complete with a window overlooking the wild frontier, in the basement of his suburban family home. Dennis Martin, 49, converted his drab basement in Helena, Alabama, into an authentic 1950s log cabin, complete with rifles in racks, a mounted deer head above the fireplace and food in vintage tins. He built his manly retreat in ten months as a way of escaping the pressures of the modern world". Read more: Source

Planning and Zoning
The Helena Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Tonight (Thursday) at 6pm at Helena City Hall. Above are the main points of business.

David Schleuter
David Schlueter of Buck Creek stained glass has been going through a hard phase. One surgery you can recover from; two surgeries in three months drained the family due to him not being able to get back into the glass shop and fully work. http://shar.es/1a1PGc
Helena Puzzle Exchange
Only in Helena would you find the Alabama's first puzzle exchange. Come to the Helena Caboose in Old Town and check out their selection of over 40 puzzle. If you don't have one to swap then get one here to start.
Photo by Jim Wathern
Change at Publix
Jim shared that Star, the manager at Publix, will be leaving to be the manager at a new store in Publix. Welcome to Leonard who will be taking over the Helena Publix.
Gators in Cahaba
Rod Roller shared this photo of a 5 ft gator found near Centerville high school in Bibb County. which is just South of Helena near Hwy 82 where folks float.
Helena High Offerings
Stacey Franklin shared the Spirit Merchandise that HHS PTO is offering.  Anyone who would like to order can complete the form and drop it off, along with payment at HHS Front Office. All profits from our sale will benefit students and teachers of HHS!

Fox Valley
Helena's award winning Fox Valley is celebrating the start pf their 25th year in business. Here is  Sue Lemieux with their special fox. Be sure to swing by Hwy 17, enjoy crab cakes and congratulate them on the Silver Anniversary.
Science Grant
Congrats to Melissa Copeland, Science Teacher at Helena High School , for winning a CBS 42, "One Class at a Time" grant for lab supplies


Photo shared by Ken Peoples
Swimming Honors
Ken Peoples shared that the, "Jefferson Shelby Swim Council held their annual award banquet Sunday night at the Vestavia Country Club.  The banquet honors the top swimmers who swam during the summer season.  Approximately, 2000 swimmers participate each summer in various leagues in our area.  The top 10% were honored at the banquet and three of our local boys were among them!  Lawson Peoples, Merit Award; Payton Burch, All Star Award; & Ross Tolbert, Merit Award.  Swimming is a great sport to be involved in and there are leagues available year around.  For more information on getting your child involved in swim, contact the JSSC or your local YMCA".
Day Care
Amy Seale shared, "Happy Hearts Daycare is now accepting children ages 6wk - 6yrs! Available for full-time and part-time".
Full-time: $130 week
Part-time: $30 per day
www.helenahappyhearts.com
120 Laurel Woods Dr.

First Home Game
The undefeated Helena Huskies have increased  65 places to rank 248 in the State of Alabama but they will have their hands full when they face the Demopolis Tigers in the new Helena football stadium tomorrow. Demopolis is ranked 68th in the State and currently ranked #1 in the region. They just recently beat Jemison and Calera. Last year they scored between 45-60 points a game. This will be Helena's biggest challenge of the year. Come this Friday night come to the game and support the players in defending our house. If you cant make it then you can listen to the game on the 99.9 APH mobile app. More Info

The Old Church
Several people have asked about the old empty church in Old Town. Ken shared that it is the old Methodist church. This building replaced the one destroyed in the 1933 Tornado. Currently it is owed by an out of town church.

Stephanie Burton
Ok that is it! I am off to bed. Tomorrow I will post the Weekend Calendar so please share any events you have!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Helena City News and new Traffic Light

Youth Tennis
The Helena USTA Youth Tennis League will be starting, Sept. 15th and will run for 6 consecutive Mondays at the Joe Tucker ParkTennis Courts. The courts will be reserved during these clinics. The times will be 6pm - 730pm. Dates: Sept. 15/22/29 & Oct. 6/13/20th


Helena Police Hiring
The Helena Police Department will be accepting applications for the position of Police Officer beginning today through Friday, September 26th, to fill current and future vacancies within the department. All applicants must be certified by APOSTC or another state standards commission and provide proof of certification, along with the final GPA from their Academy Training. Starting salary is $39,704, which includes a monthly uniform/equipment allowance. The City of Helena offers paid individual coverage Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance and participation in RSA retirement. Applications can be picked up at the Helena Police Department located at 816 Hwy. 52 East.


Helena City Council Meeting
The Helena City Council met for almost 4 hours Monday night. Here is a quick summary. You can get the official minutes from the City Clerk.

Helena Teen Council
The City Council reviewed the student applicants for Helena Teen Council. There was great talent on the list. The next step will be a meet and greet meeting for the new members.

Helena Market Days Farmers Market
The Farmer Market committee gave their report to the Council and presented its financials. The award winning market once again paid for itself .Net Income of $1,22.78,  which will go back into the account for next year.
Alabama Tax Tribunal
The State of Alabama adopted ACT 2014-146 to create an Alabama Tax Tribunal (ATT). It would "hear appeals on final assessments and denial of refunds on taxes collected" by cities and counties unless they are self administered.  If so, it allows those cities and counties to opt-out and divest the Tribunal's jurisdiction over them. Helena passed a resolution to opt out since we already have a process. I would think this would be good for cities and counties that are not self administered but we already do this.
Traffic Light Installation at Hillsboro/52
USX is funding a $314,760 installation of a traffic light at Hillsboro and 52 west. The bid was awarded to Stone and Son Electronic contractors. They will also be adding a left turn lane. You should see some construction start in around 14-30 days (only a estimate)

261 Left Turn: We also received an update on the planned left turn lane at 261/52/17. It's construction has been delayed by the State but is still moving forward. The traffic study showed that by creating a left turn lane, in front of Helena Tire,, would greatly reduce the wait time. Some good news, that intersection will also get a new led traffic light.

Budget Review Fiscal year 2014/2015
This took the bulk of the work session, the Council went line by line to find savings and create a new budget for Helena. We still have a little more to do like Fire and Police and we asked for more details from Parks. We should have another balanced budget soon. Basically our revenue and expense is around 6.7 million each,

Next City Council Meeting Date: Monday, October 6, 2014 3:30pm P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Reader's Choice Monday




Winner
Helena Chevron would like to congratulate Matt Guin of Helena. Matt won the drawing this week and got to take home the Coors Refresherator thanks to Birmingham Beverage and Helena Chevron. Helena Chevron would like to thank all of their customers for their continued support and be looking for more drawings soon. Pictured from left to right. Matt Guin, Jay Modi(Helena Chevron), Melvin Reeves(Birmingham Beverage).

Community Events
Lilly Clayton shared some upcoming events that will be happening with Helena Parks and Recreation

Community Center:
Saturday - September 20th Pelham Taekwondo Tournament will be going on the Community Center

Amphitheater:
Saturday -   September 20th- Sunday -     September 21st
"British Car Show" - will be going on at the Amphitheater
David Boger w/Birmingham Motoring Club

Volleyball Champs
Way to go to the Helena Volleyball team who won the first place trophy of Helena High School. Thank you to Abby Moore for sharing this photo. Way to Go!
Horse Show Winners
Suzanne Schnetzler shared that Rocking S Farm returned from the UPHA Horse Show in Cleveland, TN with :
6 first place
2 second places
2 third places
2 forth places
2 fifth places
Huge Win for the Helena based Horse ranch and Way to Go for all the young ladies!
Thunder Strikes!
Cindy O'Dell shared that the "14U Alabama Thunder softball team out of Helena placed 2nd overall in their first tournament Saturday". Way to Go!
Helena Library Birthday
Crystal Watford shared that the Helena Library's birthday is Thursday with a book sale Thursday-Saturday. Please come out and buy some great book and raise money for the library.

Shout Out
Beth Romanowski said her son "moved out of our home today and I survived with no tears"!!Way to Go Beth, it is hard seeing them grow up.
Coupon Club in Helena
Angela Daniel shared "There will be a coupon class held in Helena at the Mspark corporate office next Sunday the 21st. Info listed on ad attached".


City Council Tonight
September 15, 2014

PRE-COUNCIL: Work Session Agenda  3:30 p.m.
A discussion and review of City Council agenda items, projects, department, committee, and board liaison reports, and task assigned for City operations and business.


1. Helena Teen Council update
2. Helena Market Days Farmers Market 2014 Report
3. Municipal opt out Alabama Tax Tribunal
4. Results of Bid for Traffic Light Installation at Hillsboro and County Road 52
5. Budget Review Fiscal year 2014/2015


CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Agenda                                                                                                  6:00pm
1. Call To Order.
2. Prayer.
3. Pledge of Allegiance.
4. Council Roll Call.
5 Presentation of Minutes from Council meeting and Pre-Council meeting September 2, 2014.
6 Revenue Report - Bill payment.
7 City Operations, Department, and Mayoral Report: Mayor Mark Hall
Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. Approve/Deny Ordinance 09152014 – Municipal Opt Out of Alabama Tax Tribunal
9. Results of Bid for Traffic Light Installation at Hillsboro and County Road 52
10. Council Comments
11. Adjourn
.
Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, October 6, 2014 @ 5:00 P.M. Pre-Council followed by Regular Meeting 6:00pm.


Friday, September 12, 2014

Helena Weekend

This is the draft . I will be publishing the final version later with more details so come back later this afternoon.


Helena Calendar
I have added more art events to the calendar. Since I have been on the Art Council, people have been asking if there are any art events...Sweet Mercy YES! They are happening all the time so I included several in the calendar but I know there are more. If you want to see Helena artist work then swing by the Ice and Coal Gallery. Also dont forget on Sunday, we will have a lecture on Helena History at 2pm at the Senior Center. Come out and support this new series of Helena History events by the Helena History Preservation Society.

Friday Sept 12th 2014
10am-1pm Helena Dam Painting Art Class
1pm-4:30pm Karlin’s LaLa Necklace class at Bead Biz
6:30pm-9:30pm Alabama Auburn  Painting at Helena School of Art
9pm deputy five performs
9pm Excalbur at rios

Saturday Sept 13th 2014
9am-3pm Fall Bazaar at Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church
10am-4pm Canned Food Drive for the Foundry at the Helena Walmart
10am-1pm Helena Dam Painting Art Class
10am-1pm European Fan Earrings at Bead Biz
1:30-3:00 Oil Pastel class at Helena School of Art
1pm-4pm Wire Kumihimo Bracelet class at Bead Biz
1:30pm Beginner Wire Working 101 class at Bead Biz
6:30pm-9:30pm Bird on a Wire class at Helena School of Art 205-335-8565
7pm Helena vs Demopolis You can listen to the game on 99.9 APH phone app
9pm karaoke at rios

Sunday Sept 14 2014
10am-1pm Helena Dam Painting Art Class
2pm-3pm Helena History lecture by Dr. Jim Day at the Helena Senior Center*
2pm Wire Wrapped Pendant Class at Bead Biz
3:30pm Copper Component Cuff  at Bead Biz

* One of the things that people have asked for are more lecture series, so the Helena Historic Preservation committee has prepared one. There will also be light refreshments. Please come out and support it so we can have more!

Yard Sale
On one so far but I usually get a few more later
4711 Hollow Ln. Moving Sale on 9/13 from 7-11am. It will include furniture, kids clothing and items, home decor, tools, etc. Thanks!

Having a Garage Sale Saturday morning 9/15 starting at 7am on 1619 keeneland dr. Helena. Washer, clothes, stuff, etc.

Essential Touch: Open House
Tamaka shared Join us For our grand debut!
Featuring: Unique home d├ęcor, seasonal
Customized centerpieces, wreaths, accent and
Statement pieces, and more!!!
9506 Brookforest Circle (behind Walmart)
September 12, 2014 5-9 p.m.
September 13, 2014 12-4 p.m.
(205) 230-3862


More Dam Painting In Helena
Painting en plein air at the historic Buck Creek Dam in Helena Alabama
- Friday, September 12th-10am to 1pm (Partly Cloudy, 87 degrees)
- Saturday, September 13th-10am to 1pm (Sunny, 82 degrees)
- Sunday, September 14th-1pm to 4pm (Patchy clouds, 87 degrees)

Bring your art supplies for a creative morning of drawing and painting en plein air with artist Barry Graham. We will continue to address the importance of drawing, perspective, basic painting, and demonstrate water and splash techniques. Any media welcome. 25.00/3 hour session per day. Choose one day or multiple days. Beginner to moderate skill level. A small limited class is preferred. Reserve by sSeptember11th by responding to this link or by email at: bgpsalm92@tds.net

Local weather forecast mostly sunny all weekend with slight cooler temps. Join us!
Fall Craft Bazaar
Saturday from 9:00am - 3:00pm is the Fall Bazaar at Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 3396 Hwy 261, Helena AL. They always have a ton of vendors. For more info contact hcpcbazaar@yahoo.com.

Helena History Lecture
This Sunday at 2:00pm at the Helena Senior Center. Professor of History and author of Diamonds in the Rough, Dr. Jim Day from the University of Montevallo is scheduled to speak at the September 14 meeting of the Helena Historical Preservation Committee. The meeting will start with Dr. Day speaking on the Cahaba Coal Field. This meeting will be opened to the public. Please consider attending at 2pm on September 14 at the Senior Center. Light refreshments will be served. the Senior Center is behind Helena City Hall at  222 Tucker Rd Helena, AL

Helena School of Art
In case you are wondering about more classes at the Helena School of Art in Old Town. Here is the currently schedule for September. They are always adding more so check them out for the most update to date events or to schedule a Birthday there: Address: 774 2nd Street, Helena, Alabama 35080, 774 2nd St, Helena, AL 35080 Phone:(205) 914-4409

Serving Those who Service
Thanks to this gentlemen who delivered pizza and drinks to all the police and Fire departments in Helena Alabaster and Pelham from Buck Pizza in remembrance to 9-11 — with Eddie Keaton, David Keough, Jim Parks, Peggy Holly and Jack Gray. Way to Go

Coach Watt Parker and Phildon Dublin by Mark Almond on AL.com
Helena High Football
Jeff Sentell wrote a sports article about Helena High Football. on Alabama Media Group. He discuss the Huskies football games. He says that some turnovers helped us in the first game and that we should do well against Dallas County this friday even though the Helena Football considering they are a 3 month old team and even their field house is still being constructive. He seems to think that Helena will not do well against Demopolis, Chelsea, Pleasant Grove and Calera but I have faith in them. You can read the full article here: LINK

Also, I checked out Max Prep  and Helena's national rank has moved +1712 and their state rank has moved +58 points to make us #313 in Alabama. Not bad for a 3 month old team. Dallas County is ranked #294 so it looks like an evenly matched game. Last week Dallas lost to Jemison 30-21 which shows they can put some points on the board. You can keep up with all updates at : Helena Athletic Association.org

Helena High 2014 Football Schedule

Bead Biz
Bead Biz has been here year after year and is know as one of the top stores in Alabama. They also offer a ton of classes. I posted a few from this weekend but you can view them all and register online at Bead Biz Classes. They are located at: 3745 Helena Rd, Helena, AL 35080
(205) 621-2426


Volleyball
I just wanted to update the Varsity and Junior Varsity game schedule. I want to come out and give them some support soon.
Mine Disaster
Speaking of History Sonya Unnoppet sharing this Helena Disaster from 1926
Helena, AL Coal Mine Explosion, Jan 1926

Alabama Mining Explosions and Accidents 1926
Birth, Marriage & Death Records

27 KNOWN DEAD, 26 SURVIVE IN NEW MINE BLAST.

CAUSE OF ACCIDENT YET UNDETERMINED; GRAVE STORIES TOLD.

Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 29. -- (AP) -- Twenty-seven miners, eleven white and 16 negroes, were killed in an explosion late today at the Mossboro mine of the Premier Coal company near Helena. Fifty-three were in the mine at the time of the blast, 25 of them escaping uninjured.

Birmingham, Ala., Jan. 29. -- (AP) -- Sixty-three miners were trapped late today in Mossboro mine of the Premier Coal company near Helena, and it is feared 38 of that number are dead. Twenty-five men have been brought out alive. The known dead numbers ten, that many bodies having been recovered.
Mine Is Located In An Isolated Section.
The mine is in an isolated spot, difficult of access and cut off from wire communication. A relief train was en route to the scene from Birmingham carrying doctors, nurses andmine rescue crews. No local experienced nurses are available.
Twelve men alive were brought out in one group to be followed by another squad of 13 workers, reports reaching here said.
The cause of the accident is undetermined. Mining men familiar with the physical aspect of the property said they believed a pocket of gas had in some manner accumulated and exploded. The men were entombed just at quitting time.
News of the disaster spread rapidly by means of the "communication of the hills," and within 30 minutes wives and children and other relatives were about the pit waiting and calling for loved ones. A biting cold wind added to the misery of those awaiting word from their relatives.
Grave Fears Felt For All Men In The Pit.
The mine is on property belonging to the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railway Company and is leased to the Premier Coal company. It is almost a new mine with a 1,000 foot slope.
A telephone report from the neighborhood said that grave fears had been expressed that all men in the pit were dead.
A large number of the miners lived in Helena. The road from that town to the mining camp, narrow and ill kept, was crowded with automobiles, wagons and pedestrians, all rushing to Mossboro. Four crews of expert workers were on their way to the mine tonight, including a unit of the United States mine bureau.
Miners brought out alive told grave stories of a sudden roar, a flash of fire -- of men screaming and dying at their side. One man told of seeing his brother killed in the same entry in which he was working while others told of friends with whom they had worked and played for years being horribly burned and killed in the flash of flames.

Modesto News-Herald California 1926-01-30

Listing of Fatalities and Injured in the Helena Mine Explosion taken from The Shelby County Reporter -- 1926-02-04
White:
JAMES ADAMS; ROBERT BALL; PAT BURKE; WILLIAM CARRICK; GLENN DUNCAN; HENRY GOLD; W. J. HARRISON; M. J. HOLLOWAY; DOYLE LAMBERT; JOE MAYNER; HENRY OAKES.
Negroes:
W. M. ODUM; HASSEY HARRIS; WILL JOHNSON; HENRY PETERSON; ENOCH WOODWON; W. H. SEGRESS.
Those still in the mine, but who are believed to be dead are:
Colored:
AMBERSON GRIGLEY; MORE COILLINS; ELI TREADWELL; WILLIE TEMPLE; CLIFF GIBSON; WILLIE FITTS; PRIMUS HENDERSIB; RODGER WILLIAMS; SAM HAWKINS.
Those who escaped:
Whites:
J. D. LOWERY; J. B. LOWERY, a son EDGAR LOWERY; ZACH CHAPMAN; LONNIE CHAPMAN; LLOYD ROBERTSON; B. D. GOLD; GEORGE ZIMMERMAN.
Negroes:
WILL SIMMONS; JESS CHESTNUT; STANLEY MADDOX; WALTER PEARCE; ARCHIE JACKSON; PERCY PEARCE; SCOTT SAULDERS; FLETCHER ANDERSON; WILL LAMBERT; MILLARD GARNER; G. G. GARNER.