Tuesday, July 18, 2017


I have been hospitalized for a period. Please follow Mayor Hall Twitter feed and the City of Helena news.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Helena Waffle House Hiring

Waffle House Jobs
Heather Evans shared that she works at the Waffle House and they will be trying to hire some great people in the Helena area. Just go to my.wafflehouse.com and it will be unit 2266


Friday, July 14, 2017

BBQ Weekend in Helena!

This is going to be a great weekend if we keep the Helena rain force shield up . Saturday will have a great Framer Market with a charity cook off and a free outdoor movie that night. See all the free fun below:

Wrestling Car Wash
Come support the Helena Wrestling CAR WASH  this Saturday from 8-12 at McDonald's.

Helena Market Days BBQ Cook-Off
It is finally here, Helena Market Days this Saturday from 8am-Noon at the Helena Amphitheater. Not only do we get the best farmers and local artisans... There will be a Best BBQ cook off during the market to raise money for charity (see video at bottom from the Peach Radio).

Here's how you can help. There will be two trophies but you get to pick the People's Choice by sampling the free BBQ and leaving a donation for the ones you like. That way, you get to taste the best of all of them and help pick a winner. The donation is charity so feel free to give generously :)

We are also lucky to have special guest judges Helena State Representative Matt Fridy, Helena Mayor Mark Hall and BBQ Hall of Famer Holly Witt!

and then later that night

THIS SATURDAY, JULY 15th at 8pm! The HBA is excited to show Disney's Moana this Saturday.  Be sure to bring a chair, blanket and some bug spray. There will be popcorn and drinks as well as Urban Pops and Bryon Rickard Catering Mobile Gourmet Kitchen! Come on out for some great food, tasty treats, and a movie in the park!

and on Sunday
Sunday Fleecing the Flock
This Sunday at Helena United Methodist church is hosted a
Fleecing the Flock BLANKET TYING EVENT
Sunday at 2 PM - 4:30 PM

Helena United Methodist Church
2035 Hwy 58, Helena, AL 35080, Helena, Alabama 35080

Bring your fleece and a good pair of scissors...
Join us as we gather together to make new blankets for Fleecing the Flock.
We will cut and tie blankets together during this time.
No prior experience needed...you can learn how-to at the event. 😊

*Each Fleecing the Flock blanket consists of two pieces of fleece measuring 1 and 1/2 yards each.

Help us "Blanket Alabama through foster care."

Follow our Fleecing the Flock Facebook page for more information on how to get involved and serve through Fleecing the Flock. https://www.facebook.com/fleecingtheflock

See more Helena events: https://helena-alabama.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Helena Bass Club

Join Up
If there are any upcoming 8th graders - 12th graders that are interested in joining the Helena Bass Club for the 2017 - 2018 season, please email helenahsfishingteam@gmail.com for more information. You can also get more info at their facebook page: 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nominate Beauty in Helena

August 2017 Helena Beautification Award Nominations
The Helena Beautification Board is currently accepting nominations for the August 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 July 25th with the winner being selected and notified by the first of August.  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 August 1, go to www.helenabeautiful.com/award.html 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.

Wild West SHow

Helena Library Show
Come out this Wednesday July 12th because the Friends of Helena Library are hosting a Wild West Show with Cowboy Bruce Bannen

Wednesday, July 12 at 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Helena City Hall
816 CR-52, Helena, Alabama 35080

Bruce doing some real lassos

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Farewell Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Good Bye Ji-Tu
We lost a big one from Helena.  Ji-Tu Cumbuka , an actor known for many performances including original Roots, Bound for Glory, Harlem Nights, A-Team, and more has died. He was 77. He had been in Atlanta over the 4th of July after battling a long illness which eventually took his legs.

Even though Hollywood had him listed from Montgomery. His Wikipedia and his own book "A Giant to Remember: The Black Actor in Hollywood" shared that he is from Helena, Alabama. He was born March 4, 1940, in Helena, Alabama. His name was given to him by his grandmother. Ji-Tu means “giant” in Swahili, while Cumbuka is defined as “to remember.”

"Born in 1940 in Helena, Alabama, to a Baptist minister who believed acting was "the devil's work", he left home and moved to New York. After several difficult years, he enlisted in the Army, where he played football and ran track. He made All-Army in both sports. He was offered many college scholarships, but chose to attend Texas Southern.

After Texas Southern, he moved to California to pursue his acting career, and later continued his education at Columbia College in New York City, earning a bachelor of arts in theatre and a master's degree in cinematography. After three years of attending acting classes and acting in community plays and workshops he landed a role in the 1968 movie Uptight directed by Jules Dassin".

"Ji-Tu Cumbuka is one of the many U.S. African actors who overcame walls of adversity in the 60s. Born in Montgomery County, Alabama on March fourth, 1942 in an era of oppression, Ji-Tu did not let social norms hold him back from what he loved. Opportunities were slim; a U.S. African actor of the 40s and 50s held roles as house maids or were confined to the parody roles of minstrel shows. Being born in a society of black and white, Ji-Tu defined what the basis of the Civil Rights Movement was".

After three years of attending acting classes and acting in community plays and workshops he landed his first top role in the movie "Uptight" directed by the late director Jules Dassin. Cumbuka is famed for roles in movies such as the epic film "Roots", "Harlem Nights", "Brewster's Millions", "Mandingo" and "Bound for Glory", as well as minor appearances in thirty other films. In television, Cumbuka is acclaimed for roles in major shows as "Knots Landing", "The A-Team", "The Dukes of Hazard", "Walker Texas Ranger" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". In total Ji-Tu has appeared in over a hundred films and television series.

Ji-Tu Cumbuka's journey is a reflection of fiery passion and strength that will burn everlasting. He is the author of several screenplays and is presently pursuing opportunities as a writer, producer and director.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: W. Boykin

My deepest sympathies go out to your family from the City of Helena. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek and may the soul of your loved one rest in peace.

You can also sign a guest book for him here: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/ji-tu-cumbuka-condolences/186044384

You can read more Helena Happenings here:

Check out his body of work on IMDB, he was on everything from the A-Team, Dukes of Hazard, Matlock, St. Elsewhere, Falcon Quest and more:

Free BBQ Cook off in Helena

The Best Butt in Helena Charity Cookoff returns to Helena Market Days this Saturday at the Helena Amphitheater 8am-Noon. Here is the promo from the Peach Radio. I threw in a few photos for you.

Green Commits

Helena High School State Champion pitcher  Landon Green announced he will be commuting to Alabama

Monday, July 10, 2017

Helena City Council Agenda

816 Hwy 52 East, Helena, AL 35080
City Hall Council Chambers
July 10, 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: 07/10/17 Agenda Items.
·        AP/Bill payments
·        06/26/17 meeting minutes review
2.     Update from Council Boards & Committee Business.
3.     Discussion of 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.
4.     Confirmation: 07/24/17 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.
6.     Revenue Report & (AP) Bill payment.
7.     Municipal Operations Report: Mayor Mark Hall
·       Departments: Police, Fire, Library, Streets, Sanitation, Utilities.
8.     Council Comments:
9.     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, July 24, 2017 @ 5:00 P.M. Work Session followed by the Regular Council Meeting 6:00pm.   

10 Years

Twitter Anniversary
I just received one of those messages that reminded me what a long journey it has been. I have been out of the hospital for a week but taking it easy because I need to return to work and be at City Council tonight.  Twitter sent me a reminder that I have been tweeting for 10 years which reminds me how long I have blogging, setting up events, and helping set up online connections in Helena. In fact, I created the City of Helena twitter account to prevent someone from grabbing it years ago and was happy when they wanted to start using it.

 I think being sick has reminded me that I need to slowly start transferring other peoples names to the admin positions for those older pages in case something happens to me. Also being sick reminded me of all the cool Helena events I planned but never did. So I have a pretty good one coming up. If I can get my health  and China customs to cooperate :) I might have one for you to remember this Fall.

Lego Night

Lego Night
Helena Lego Night  is being hosted by Helena Public Library Friends

Monday, July 10 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Helena Public Library Friends
230 Tucker Rd, Helena, Alabama 35080