Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Husky Day!

I received an email from the HAA about the upcoming Helena High Football season.

"Husky Day is quickly approaching it's a great time of year for players and their families. All their hard work though the summer is about to pay off. New programs like ours have to do fundraisers to keep up with programs that established. There are several easy ways to support football and athletics in your community.The three easiest ways are to join the HAA (Helena Athletic Association), buy season tickets and reserved parking. Being apart of the HAA and attending  meetings gives you a voice in the way fundraising is done, direction that money is applied towards betterment of the programs, inside involvement of what coaches are trying to accomplish and a chance to be a bigger part of our kids successes.

There are still several season tickets  and reserved  parking places left. This link will take you to all three.
If you haven't already purchased tickets, reserved parking or join the HAA please do so. All of these things will be available at Husky Day Saturday August 19th as well.

Husky Day
   Husky Day will kick off at 5:00 with our junior high, the 9th and high school will follow. There will be jump houses for the kids $5.00 will get your kids a wrist band. With the later start of Husky Day the jump houses will remain open into half time of the varsity game. The HAA tent will be set up near the entrance to the field where you can pick up parking passes and seat tickets or purchase them if you haven't already.

The Spirit Shop will have a tent where you can get your Husky swag. Something that is new to Husky Day is the raffle. Tickets that are sold at the game will go in the raffle for prizes drawn in between quarters starting at the beginning of the 9th grade game. Must be present to win!

Prizes are as follows: 1 year and a 6 month membership to Helena Fitness Club, Yeti Roadie (blue), Stihl BR350 back pack blower, Yeti Hopper II (grey & blue), two rounds with cart to Timberline (x2),Husqvarna 327P4 pole saws(x2) and chances to win Combo Packages (season tickets & reserved parking). The grand prize from TS Arms will be pulled at the end of the varsity game. You don't have to be present to win the grand prize. All chances will be sold at $5.00 and will be sold throughout the game. All tickets will be put back in for the grand prize drawing. I thank you in advance for your support. GO HUSKIES"!!!

Helena Senate Votes

Thank to Jack for staying after 12+ hours of polling to see the results of the Votes at the Helena Sports Complex polling site. You probably already know that Moore, and Strange are in a runoff and Doug won his outright. Here's is how Helena voted and considering the predicted an average of a 10-15% turnout Statewide. We did pretty good. You;ll noticed Helena did not follow the State trend in either account.

Precinct 21 Helena 
Strange  527 36.4
Moore    441. 28.3
Brooks.  378  26.0
Pittman.  83.   5.7
Other.      49.  3.4

Rep 1448. 79%
Dem  379. 21%

votes 1828
17.7 % turnout

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More Helena Garbage news :)

Santek will begin delivering cans Thursday, August 17, 2017 through the next week. Here is some information that Helena residents have asked about this week.
1. The cost of the service is $37.50 per quarter and the first bill will arrive the last week in August (this bill will cover September, October and November).
2. You will receive the same size cans we had before with one being blue (recycling) and the other grey (garbage).
3. Republic Services will pick up your old cans after that last week of garbage service (this will be during the last week of August).
4. If you do not receive your can within a week of them beginning to deliver them, please contact City Hall so we can get them delivered to you.
5. There will be adjustments to some garbage days. You will receive a post card in the mail in the next week that will let you know what day your garbage service will be picked up as well as when your recycling will be picked up (FYI all recycling will be on Wednesdays).

Senate Elections

Election Day
Dont forget that this Tuesday we have that special Senate election 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

If you are new to the area there are some things that are different. First off, All the parties vote at the SAME place (7am-7pm). (Republicans and Democrats, Independent, Yellow dogs, Bullmoose.... ok, we dont have that many)

So dont be surprise if you walk up to sign in, you have to declare which ballot you want.

Second, in others place, people may vote on little machine with private curtains which they can close and vote, but here you go sit in on a large table with everyone else, and when you are done to take you ballot back front and slide it into a machine. So people are surprised by this, but if you are worried about someone seeing your ballot, or looking over your shoulder, then bring a cover sheet.

Ok, you are all set, down your researcher, a Senator is a really important choice. Next

Here's how to Locate your Polling location

Here are the Sample Ballots for the two counties that Helena is under:



They are predicting a light voter turnout but let's shock them by having Helena with the highest in the State. I'll vote at Helena Sports Complex. So I hope to see you there!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Important Helena Notice

Garbage Cans
"For all Helena residents. Please make sure to share this with your neighbors and friends. Santek (our new garbage and recycling company), will begin delivering cans to Helena residents beginning on Thursday, August 17, 2017 and continuing through the entire next week until all residents have trash and recycling cans (one blue and one grey). There will also be a postcard delivered via the mail that will have your garbage and recycling days listed on your postcard. Continue to use your Republic Services trash and recycle cans until your garbage has been picked up that last week in August, then you can switch over to your Santek cans. We will be sending out additional information over the next two weeks so please be patient with Santek and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Helena City Hall". from the City of Helena Facebook page:

Upcoming Helena Events

Leigh Rutledge Bratina Photo of the Day
Upcoming Events!
Here's some upcoming Helena events is saw online. So much going on since school starts so I need to put theses in a list.
Also Here's a flash from the past. The past winner of Helena's Photo of the Day from Leigh Rutledge Bratina from Photographic Memories took this amazing picture of the chapel at Joe Tucker park in Helena. I saw it while back and wanted to share again and because it is so beautiful!

Spirit Night
At the Helena McDonald's this Thursday night,  20% of sales will also be donated to the Miracle League of Helena. Please come out and support this great cause! What is the Helena Miracle League, you ask? Learn more about them here:

Back to School Wrestling Fundraiser
Tuesday, August 22 at 5 PM - 8 PM
Zaxby's (Helena, AL)
30 Coalmont Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080

Details: Come one come all to Zaxby's for the back to school wrestling fundraiser.
Dine in, drive thru or carry out and Zaxby's will graciously donate a portion of the proceeds from 5-8 PM to The Helena Wrestling Team. Wrestlers will be accepting tips.
High School and Middle School wrestling teams and families encouraged to attend!

AUG 19 Beadapalooza
Hosted by The Bead Biz 

August 19 – August 20 Aug 19 at 10 AM to Aug 20 at 5 PM Helena Sports Complex Helena, Alabama 35080 Free admission to the Bead Show in Alabama! Beads, gemstones and beading supplies from all over the world. Fabulous and Friendly vendors. Sign up for classes at

 Early bird shopping Friday night from 6-8pm for everyone that signs up and takes classes. Everything your beading heart desires all under one roof. Beadapalooza 2017 brings together bead and gemstone vendors from all over the United States. Gemstones strands, Czech Glass, Metal, Shell and wood from various countries around the globe.

This 2 day event will feature, an array of bead artisans selling their original designs to enhance the Jewelry designer in you. This is a once a year opportunity to meet and share with other jewelry designers from the Birmingham area. Something for everyone, Tribal Belly dancers will perform to give a festive shopping experience at 9:30 am Saturday. Fashion show Saturday afternoon by La Bella Sol Boutique. And join us for line dancing demos on Sunday afternoon. Goodie Swag bags will be given to the first 50 shopper who spend $20.00 on Saturday. So come early for the best selection.

Chic Repeats Consignment Sale 
The Helena UMC Chic Repeats Consignment Sale will be Aug 25 and Aug 26 at Helena United Methodist Church at 2035 Highway 58, Helena, Alabama 35080.  Check out their link to register:

Miracle League of Helena Golf
Last but not least. The Helena Miracle League is having their big golf tournament! Click the links for more details

Inaugural Miracle League of Helena Golf Tournament
Monday, October 9 at 7 AM - 2 PM
Timberline Golf Club, Calera, Alabama 300 Timberline Trl, Calera, Alabama 35040

Details 7am-8:30am Putting Tournament 8:30am Shotgun Start Four-Man Scramble Format

Monday City Council Agenda

Helena City Council
Here's the published agenda for the Helena City Council for Monday August 14, 2017. As always it is open to the public and we would love to see you there. The work session is at 5pm. It is a more informal meeting is discussion but no official votes can occur in it. Then at 6pm is the official meeting.

COUNCIL WORK SESSION AGENDA  5:00pm                                                      
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. Review: 08/14/17 Agenda Items.
AP/Bill payments
07/24/2017 meeting minutes review
2. Update from Council Boards and Committee Business.
3. Brody Jones-Speak to Council concerning a Fundraiser
4. Inspections Department-Emergency Vehicle Purchase
5. Mayor Hall-Update from Regional Planning Commission-Intersection Improvement
6. FYE 2018 Budget Review
7. Confirmation: 08/28/17 Council Meeting and Work Session Agenda.

1. Meeting Called To Order  
2. Invocation                    
3. Pledge of Allegiance    
4. Council Roll Call      
5. Presentation of Minutes from 07/24/17.
6. Revenue Report and (AP) Bill payment.
7. Municipal Operations Report: Mayor Mark Hall
Departments: Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8. Resolution 08142017- Act #2017-367- One-Time Bonus for Retirees. Has to be approved in 2017, otherwise it will not be offered again. Retirees with 25 of service will get $600.00 and retirees with less than 25 years, will get a minimum of $300.00.
9. Approve/Deny-Sports Complex- Installation of Lighting for Parking Lot Addition
10. Inspections Department-Emergency Vehicle Purchase
11. Council Comments
12. Adjournment

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sports Complex Parking

Helena Sports Complex
I got a chance for someone to drive me out to the Helena Sports Complex to see the completed paving on the Parking lot expansion. It looks really good. Hopeful it will be a be big help for all the packed games and encourage future events. It will keep families from having to park in the grass (its hard to push a stroller). It is good feeling to see this completed. We voted on the funding, for this, just a few month ago so this was really done timely. Great job by the Mayor and city team. This Monday, during City Council, we should complete the decision on lights. I will post the City Council agenda next.  See you!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Saturday Helena Market Days

Helena Farmer Market
This Saturday (8/11) from 8am-Noon at the Helena Amphitheater next to Old Town Helena we will have the Helena Market Days with local farmers and Artisans in white tents.

Come get you free BLT this Saturday August 12th from 8am-12pm. Complements of the Helena Farmers Market. Also stop by our Farmers, Artisans and Vendor booths.

Also dont forget to vote for Helena Market Days and your other Helena Favorites at

Librarian Opening

 Helena Library Assistant Job
Calling all bibliophiles!

Admit it, you love books! They are magically, portable, entertainment, whose batteries never run out, and won't even break if you drop it. Now you can work at Helena (no commute), hang around books all day and get everyone excited about books!

The job is for a full time Library Assistant which is 40 hours per week total, includes 2 Saturdays per month, and some evenings. The salary range is $25,000-27,000. If you got the skills, click below to got to the City of Helena link to learn more:

See more Helena news here:

Best of the Best

Pick the Best of the Best
Support you Favorite Helena location and Events by nominating them in Shelby County's Best of the Best contest!

This is a great way to show your love to your favorite things in Helena! There is even a spot to nominate the Helena Farmer Market (which is amazing) and a place for the Buck Creek Festival.

Also you can choose who was the best burger in Helena and share your expert knowledge . Please take a moment and fill this out:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Helena Beautification Award

September 2017 Helena Beautification Award Nominations
The Helena Beautification Board is currently accepting nominations for the September Helena Beautification Award. 
This award is given to residents within Helena that outshines all around based on exterior appearance.  The criteria used to judge is based on yard maintenance, design and landscape, and overall curb appeal.
Nominations are being accepted until August 25th with the winner being selected and notified by the first of September.  The winner for August will be able to proudly display a yard sign for the month, have their picture and house published on the Helena Beautification website, Helena Beautiful Facebook page and in the local press.
To nominate a home to receive the Helena Beautification Award on September 1, go to and submit the address.

The Helena Beautification Board is an appointed board of the Helena City Council.  The Board believes that people and places are profoundly connected and thriving communities are rooted in individual responsibility and action. They host a variety of opportunities for the community to come together and serve each year.  Events are posted on the Helena Beautiful Facebook page and announced via Twitter at @TweetHomeHelena.


816 Hwy 52 East, Helena, AL 35080
City Hall Council Chambers
August 14, 2017

COUNCIL WORK SESSION AGENDA                                                                 5:00pm
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.      Review: 08/14/17 Agenda Items.
·        AP/Bill payments
·        07/24/2017 meeting minutes review
2.      Update from Council Boards Committee Business.
3.      Brody Jones-Speak to Council concerning a Fundraiser
4.      Inspections Department-Emergency Vehicle Purchase
5.      Mayor Hall-Update from Regional Planning Commission-Intersection Improvement
6.      FYE 2018 Budget Review
7.      Confirmation: 08/28/17 Council Meeting  Work Session Agenda.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA                                                                    6:00pm
1.      Meeting Called To Order   
2.      Invocation                      
3.      Pledge of Allegiance      
4.      Council Roll Call        
5.      Presentation of Minutes from 06/26/17 and 07/10/17.
6.      Revenue Report & (AP) Bill payment.
7.      Municipal Operations Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·        Departments: Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8.      Resolution 08112017- Act #2017-367- One-Time Bonus for Retirees. Has to be approved in 2017, otherwise it will not be offered again. Retirees with 25 of service will get $600.00 and retirees with less than 25 years, will get a minimum of $300.00.
9.      Approve/Deny-Sports Complex- Installation of Lighting for Parking Lot Addition
10.   Inspections Department-Emergency Vehicle Purchase
11.   Council Comments
12.   Adjournment

Proper notice of the posted Agenda for the Pre-Council Work Session and Regular Scheduled Meeting of the Helena City Council was given in advance of such public meeting and the notice remained posted through the scheduled meeting. By general consent of the Council, agenda items may be added, removed, or considered out of order. Next City Council Meeting Date:  Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 5:00 P.M. Work Session followed by the Regular Council Meeting 6:00pm.  

Updated: 08/07/2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Shelby County Shooting Sports Association

Here is a great program for Helena residents that Sam puts together.

 Fall NRA Basic Rifle
Shelby County Shooting Sports Association would like to announce our annual Fall NRA Basic Rifle Course.  The course is designed for youths age 9-19 and is part of the Alabama 4H program.  The course covers all common rifle types, ammunition, rifle safety and marksmanship.  Most of our live fire exercises will be with air rifles and/or BB guns, but, the Saturday range day will give students the opportunity to shoot various cartridge rifles.  The course also meets the requirements for the BSA Rifle merit badge.

The course will begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and will meet from 6-8 PM for 8 weeks plus a Saturday range day tentatively scheduled for October 28.

Classroom and range time will be at our range at 574 Elvira Rd; Helena, AL 35080.  Everything needed for the course is provided.  Students may continue practicing with the junior club on Monday and Thursday evenings for the Fall semester and may join the club at anytime.  Cost this year for the course will be $65.

To register for the course go to:

or search for NRA Basic Rifle Course in Alabama.  If anyone has difficulty registering on the NRA website please email the students name, date of birth, address, phone number to Sam Richardson at