Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hearts and Food in Helena

Happy Thursday
Another wonderful day in Helena and one more day before the weekend. It is also National Corn Chip Day. Please send me any public weekend events in Helena and I will post tomorrow. I hope everyone is getting ready for the Superbowl. Speaking of which....

Helena's Sonya Hey-Jackson who is also owner of Newk's Eatery, appeared on Fox 6 to show how they make their spicy Sicilian pizza.

Baseball Players Needed
They are  looking for 3-4 more 13/14 yr. old baseball players to form a baseball team in Helena. If you know of any kids interested in playing, please have them contact  Jason at the Helena Parks and Recs. They have more week in order to get the necessary number of kids to form a team.
"Also, we will be hosting a Dick's Sporting Goods Shopping Day on Sun, Feb. 8th at 
the Hoover and Alabaster locations. You can print a coupon off the front page of our website for 20% off your entire purchase. 
Opening Ceremonies are slated for Sat, Mar. 7th beginning around 9am. 
We are working on festivities and such for the event. 
Team pictures will take place on Mar. 7th as well".

Heart of Helena
 Students at Helena Intermediate participated in the "The Great Kindness Challenge". Here is a picture of over 900 students and faculty members from the school. You can click here for more details or watch the video below:
video start - FOX6 WBRC Birmingham, AL video stop

and finally a flash back of some Aerial photos of the school and during the great snow last year by  Kevin Henderson

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Major, Gifted, Champs in Helena

Helena Picture of the Day
"Cool looking clouds rolling through Helena". This is taken before that big storm we had by John Hodge ‏

Lucy Lou's Gifts
Laura Brookhart wrote an article about Lucy Lou’s Gifts which opened in Old Town Helena at 4094-B Helena Road

" The shop has a compendium of ladies clothing, jewelry, monogrammed gifts, candles, soaps and vintage collectibles and primitive restored furniture.

Owner Ashley Savage, a long-time resident of Helena, said, “I have had the opportunity to watch my little hometown grow into a bustling community, which I, myself, never want to leave.”

“All my life I have driven to places like Homewood and Mountain Brook to buy unique boutique items and gifts. I want to be part of changing that for this area. I love to shop and entertain, enjoy fellowship—what better way to have this at hand than opening my own beautiful boutique?. The shop is named after my daughter, MaLisa. Lucy Lou is her nickname.” For more information you can their article at The Shelby County Reporter

Superintendent Randy Fuller, Senator Cam Ward and Helena Mayor Hall visited Helena Intermediate to support Gifted Education Month and check out the school's "The Great Kindness Challenge"!

The Shelby Co Schools AL ‏systems acknowledge the  Helena Middle School Girls' Basketball team who won the Southern Conference tournament championship on their last post.

Psoriasis Take Action
Dedra Pennington shared that the Psoriasis Support Group will be having an event in Helena this Thursday. Here is the details

Do you have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis?
Do you want to meet others with the same condition?
Do you want to learn more about psoriasis and psoriaticarthritis?  Like to Volunteer?        

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please join us.
When:   Thursday, January 29, 2015
Where:  Helena Sports Complex
Time:     6:30 p.m.

For Questions, email us: The Psoriasis Take Action Alabama Support Group Program, provides general information and opinions to better understand psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and related conditions. The information and opinions provided are not intended as medical advice, and should not be relied upon as a substitute for consultation.

HMS Majorette
The newly formed HMS Majorette received so great press in the Shelby County Reporter. Graham Brooks wrote an article about the opportunity it provides to the young ladies in 7th and 8th grade. Way to Go!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Helena Reader's Choice and Eeyore too

Helena Picture of the Day
Today's picture comes from Deedra Robinson George. It is a great way to celebrate Helena being picked as the safest city in Alabama with Vestavia HIlls for 2015. Here's a quote from the article .."With such low numbers in all of our categories, Helena residents had just a 1 in 93 chance of being the victim of a crime, which is by far the lowest in the state". Not bad considering there are 460 incorporated cities and towns in Alabama.

Library Event
Winnie the Pooh program: On Monday, January 26, at 6:00 PM, the Library will have a fun Winnie the Pooh program. Stories and FUN. Wear your PJs and/or bring in a stuffed animal. Free Program"!

Congrats to David Schlueter whose Helena business BUCK CREEK STAINED GLASS celebrated its 4th Anniversary last week. Not only did David train with a master in Italy, he is also a Shelby County Business leader. You can check out his classes at to sign up or call the studio at 205-541-3322!

Library and Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Troop 309 at the Helena High School library yesterday presenting a check to the librarian. The girls are working on their silver award, and their project is helping the library acquire books. Please consider making a cash donation or donations can also be made in the form of gift cards to bookstores and Amazon.
Foxes in Helena
Emily McPeake shared this photo of Two red foxes this morning on Bentmoor lane. Helena used to be known for its foxes. In fact Fox Valley Restaurant is named for them. I will also like foxes better than wild dogs and coyotes.
Join us for Show me your heart! A dance showcase to raise awareness for organ donation. Proceeds will go to Camp Bridges, a no cost camp for pre and post-transplant recipients in their youth. Today (Monday) January 26th at 6pm in the Helena High School Theatre. Admission: Adults $10, Students $5, Under 5 free 14 of your favorite high school and studios will be there!

Location: Helena High School
1310 Hillsboro Parkway
Helena, AL 35080

The Helena Athletic Association's posted that the Lady Huskies and Varsity boys both beat Fayette County tonight! Go Huskies!

Father Daughter Dance by Kim Melton
Father Daughter Dance
Helena was honored to host the Girl Scouts annual father and daughter dance.

Spelling Bee Champ!
Congrats to Will B. Miller for finishing 3rd at the Shelby County Spelling Bee. Way to go Will!

Pizza in Helena
Hey everyone! The Birmingham Restaurant Raider is doing a vote for best pizza in Birmingham. Let's help out Helena's own Rusty and Little Italy's. Vote NOW! They're in 2nd place!!!!

Pinewood Derby
Ethan Tinney of Den 8 Pack 556 from HUMC had a 3rd place finish in his Den Class.

Of Sisters
I dont know if I ever told you but I was the youngest boy in a house full of sisters. My oldest sister has been blogger and a author while she serves the community. I wanted to share her with you this Monday. 

Diane W. Bailey is a Life Coach and co-founder of The Consilium, a group for women finding purpose in their second phase of life. She is the author of String of Pearls and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily . She lives in the Deep South with her husband and enjoys overindulging their three grandchildren. As a stepfamily they have successfully raised four children to adulthood, though she admits there were times the definition of “success” need to be redefined. Her favorite things are fried okra, gumbo and any day at the beach with family.
You can find Diane at:

Friday, January 23, 2015

Helena Wins and Weekend

Helena Weekend Events
Ok, so it will be a little rainy and little cold but it is a great reason to check out your local Helena businesses where it is warm and friendly. One very breaking news story before we start....

2015 Safest Place in Alabama
YES! Helena was ranked #1 in Movoto's Safest Places In Alabama (Spring 2015 Edition). We tied with Vestavia Hills. In fact we were in good company with our neighbors. Here is the top 5:
1. City of Vestavia Hills (tie)
1. City of Helena (tie)
3. City of Pelham
4. City of Moody
5. City of Alabaster
You can read the full list by going to their update 2015 Spring list SOURCE

8pm Mulligan's Last Resort at Papa Saia's
9pm Outshine performs at Rio's Bar and Grill $5 Cover

8pm Karaoke at Rio's Bar and Grill

Yard Sale
Jeremy is having a moving sell this Saturday 7am to 1pm at 1030 River Crest Trail in Helena.

Chili Cookoff
Don't forget that Helena Middle School Dance Moms are having a chili cook off! Several categories and lots of fun. Contact Charity Miller at for the application!

Youth Sports
Bobby and Matt shared that Baseball, Softball, and Soccer registration is happening. For more information see

Indoor RC Racing
Britt Roshon shared that there will be Racing at the Warehouse Hobby Raceway, 8-7. Free to watch on 203 Rolling Mills St. in Helena. This is the only indoor racetrack in Alabama and it is located in Helena. Facebook Page

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Planes, Diamonds and Games

Don't forget that tonight is writer's night at the Helena Library. A great time for local writers (new and experienced) to get together.

Helena High School PTO
HHS is providing honor roll snacks for over 500 students who made honor roll last semester! They are needing parents to help by sending in 2 liter soft drinks tomorrow and Thursday. HHS appreciates your support!
Helena Pilots builds Own Plane
 Jesse Chambers wrote an article about Don Wade. They mistakenly say he lives in Bessemer but Don and Cathy Wade live in Helena and own Helena's Country Boyz Heating and Air. He also owns C and D Aviation. He fulfilled his childhood dream by building his own Carbon Cub EX airplane. Don plans to fly to Alaska this Summer. It is Very Cool to make your own dreams come true! You can read more here: LINK

Shinning Diamondz
Here is a fundraiser for a special group of youth:
"The Shining Diamondz Cheer squad is a Special needs cheer team .We have 10 very amazing cheerleaders. We are in need of  raising funds to help support their  out of town trips expenses , Hotel cost, Food. We have two out of town  events this season New Orleans and Florida. With your Encourgament , support  and our hard work , We will be able to make some dreams come true.

These athletes have practiced very hard every week  and are so deserving to  compete amoung other cheerleaders in the community and out of town events.
We  are asking for our community ,friends, others to help support our special cheerleaders in reaching their goal . Thank you for your Support, prayers  for our Shining Diamondz
Airplane Crash
I didn't want to post this one the same day as Wade's big news about his plane but this also released. A follow-up to the airplane that crashed in Helena this past Summer. A Panama City news site reports the, "The National Transportation Safety Board says it can't pinpoint a definite cause in the plane crash that injured four people flying out of Panama City this summer.

The crash happened on July 31 near Helena, Alabama when 56-year-old Dan Smith's small plane went down on the way to Tennessee. The four people on board were all seriously hurt.NTSB officials say the engine may have failed, even though everything seemed normal during the flight.Someone was able to pull all four victims from the plane before it went up in flames. But the fire prevented NTSB officials from determining a cause".

Let the Games
I saw, in the new, where Birmingham will host the 2021 International World Games. It would be interesting for Helena to play host to one, or more,  of the events since we are so close. I looked up some of the sports and I have a few that I think would fit Helena...

Tug Of War
Yes, Tug of War is an official sport in the International World Games. We could have the World's strongest humans on either side of Buck Creek, trying to drag the other side into it.

 Beach Handball
Well, we kinda have a beach in front of  the waterfall. Imagine watching the world's best competing while you watch from the decks of Papa Saia's and the Helena Depot.

Canoe Polo
You won't look at Joe Tucker Park lake the same way, after seeing the competitors fight in kayaks to win the game and avoid geese.

BTW, there is another thing that has changed about me since I have been on City Council. I feel like this (below) everything I meet a Representive or Senator now. Ok that is it! I will see you around town (and will try to make the Writer's Event at the Library, but I have a conflict right now)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Helena News Update

Alabama Sand in Antarctica
Saskia Clayton has a dear friend who is in Antarctica on a job venture. She thought it might be nice to send her a care package. Here's the Story:

"The package included a little vial of sand and shells from Gulf Shores (my husband and I own a condo down there). I sent the sand as a little reminder of the warmth waiting back at home in Bama (I told her should could sprinkle it in her bed sheets and pretend she was at the beach even though the mercury is well below freezing at the South Pole!). She was kind enough to take an amazing photo of the little sand-pot overlooking a breathtaking Antarctic view! I have attached a side-by-side photo of the before and after shots we sent each other. According to her,  "The white mass in the background is Mt. Erebus, an active volcano. You can even see a bit of steam coming from the top."  Too cool!
From one fantastic vista to the next, the sands of our home state have made an amazing journey!
Best regards" Thank you Saskia! What an awesome story!

Come join us for Writer's Night in Helena! It is a free program that encourages everyone to write. It will be this Thursday at 6pm at the Helena Library.

7th Grade Finish
It was a 3rd Place finish for our 7th grade Helena basketball team during this 2014-15 season. Way to Goes!

Local Musician
Local Artist Barry Graham published a song on SoundCloud called, "Hear It/The Song Is In The Wind". Here is the link: Sound Cloud

HHS Important Dates

Tuesday, January 27th is Course Selection Parent Night at HHS

6:00 pm—Advanced Programs including AP, Honors, College Coursework Options for the 2015-16 school year
7:00 pm—General Course Selection for the 2015-16 school year
6:00-8:00 pm—TeacherS will be available to answer questions about their courses and programs

Thursday, January 29th is Rising Freshmen Parent Night at 6:00 pm at HHS

Monday, February 23rd is Rising Senior Parent Night at 6:00 pm at HHS

Helena Intermediate School
 HIS will be receiving a $500 grant from our Helena Wal-Mart to help cover the cost of our new orange cones we use for carpool! Thanks Walmart!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Marine, Wizards, and a Pianist in Helena

Marine and Kiwanis
Marine Sgt. Bendolph will visit the Helena Kiwanis on Tuesday, January 20. He is a recruiter for the Marines in the Birmingham area, and will give us an update on how things stand with their operation, recruiting in today's changing world, and explain how the Marines have influenced him.  Sgt. Bendolph participated in Senior Interview Day at Helena High School.

Game of the Year
The HHS Band is excited about hosting the Harlem Wizards again on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7pm at Helena High School.

Tickets are available at Helena High, Middle, Intermediate and Elementary Schools or visit to print an order form or purchase tickets online

Urgent Care Opening
The Shelby County Reporter wrote an article about Urgent Care opening late February in Helena at
225 Helena Market Place next to the Walmart Neighborhood Market. Here is a snippet from the article :

"For parents with babies, the urgent care center will see infant’s 3-months-old and up. Most clinics won’t see infants unless they are 2-years-old and up.

After the opening, the hours of operation will be Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For anyone interested in a position at It’s About Time can submit their resume to".

Speaking of jobs....

Help Wanted

Philicia Broadhead Danner‎ shared on facebook that "Helena Cumberland Presbyterian Church is looking for a temporary pianist to help fill I on Sundays whole the current pianist is on maternity leave. One hour service on Sundays and roughly one hour of practice during the week with the small praise band. This is a non paid position but is greatly needed and appreciated" . You can message her on facebook for more Message me for information and contacts.

The Fieldhouse shared, "I have another position. This time in Tuscaloosa perfect for a student.  Starting in February till July. Must work Saturday  , total of 30 to 40 hours per week servicing big box stores. $14 per hour  contact me at"

Abbey at Citrus
Abbey Manasco Co-Captain of the Helena High School Majorettes was in invited to perform at the Citrus Bowl Half Time Show in Orlando,Fl.  "It was so much fun and a great experience".

Wrestlers Place
Helena Athletic Association shared, "Helena High wrestlers take 3rd in McAdory MLK Duals. Leeds over McAdory by one point for first and second. Way to go HHS Wrestlers"!

Finally, my wife and daughter were in Canada at the Ice Hotel near Quebec. They couldn't resist running around as Elisa from Frozen and singing.  "Let it Go".