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North Shelby Library

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Updates on other digital programming will be announced as they are developed and May programming won’t be announced until they are sure the libraries will be able to offer it. Read more

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LifeSouth Blood Drive

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Donors are asked to schedule appointments in advance. Read more

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Birmingham Face Masks

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The site was created as a way to centralize efforts to create masks, allow health care locations with a way to request them, and coordinate a structured drop offs. Read more

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Hewitt-Trussville Softball

Kyle Parmley

Kyle Parmley is the sports editor at Starnes Publishing. Read more

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Dr. Lewis Brooks says he will be working to determine the next steps and share details when they are finalized. Read more

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E-learning is scheduled to start April 6. Read more

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“But we do urge everyone to continue with all precautions, including social distancing and limitation of activities outside your home,” Brocato said. Read more

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Websites and online resource pages have been created, and the city is waiving late payment penalties for lodging taxes and sales taxes for small businesses. Read more

County Manager Chad Scroggins added that the county offices are working hard to keep business operations going as best as possible. Read more

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The closings are effective Wednesday, March 25 through April 8 to assist in the prevention of further spread of COVID-19 to customers and staff of Shelby County. Read more

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I have an elderly neighbor who is going through some changes in his life. Read more

Rick Watson

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The Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Chelsea high school wrestling teams pulled together top 10 team finishes at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 13-15 in Huntsville. Read more

Sports

Homewood vs Oak Mountain Boys Soccer

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Oak Mountain High School’s boys soccer team might be a younger team this season, but that’s not going to stop the Eagles from attacking and attempting to make a run in Class 7A. Read more

Oak Mountain

Our children are going to make mistakes. Whether or not we’re part of the solution is the choice we make as parents. Read more

Kari Kampakis

The National Geographic Society named Cooper Stein, a fifth-grader at Mt Laurel Elementary, as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. Read more

Schools

Through interactive exhibits designed for kindergarten through fifth grade, the students learned about health and safety, and also how to make positive health choices both now and in the future. Read more

Schools

Something Beautiful

Photo courtesy of Jackie Tinkler and Amber Edwards.

After meeting in a brunch small group, they discovered a mutual calling to help hurting women and share their testimonies through writing. Read more

People/Places

Corpus Delicti

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Moryoussef describes the podcast as “true crime between friends,” where they lay out the facts of each case in a way that’s understandable and passionate. Read more

People/Places

Leadership Shelby March 2020

Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

This was the first event where the adult and youth leadership classes participated together. Read more

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Peter Anella

Photo courtesy of Peter Anella.

Anella is an Italian American with a dream of creating Italian made products for the Birmingham area, which he said lacks in the lower-priced Italian clothing. Read more

Businesses

Clean Juice

Photos by Erin Nelson.

In addition to juice, they serve smoothies, açaí bowls, quinoa and toast. They also have six cold-pressed juice options that customers can grab and go. Read more

Businesses

The Anvil Pub & Grill

Photos courtesy of modavisphotography.

Diners can now enjoy the atmosphere of a British pub with a mixture of Southern flair in north Shelby County. Read more

Businesses

Goodwill Grand Opening

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Dropping off items to donate has never been easier. Alabama Goodwill Industries opened a new attended donation center in Tattersall Park on March 3. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Due to high demand, the city of Hoover plans to hold two Household Hazardous Waste Days in 2020, and the location is changing for at least the first one. Read more

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Reggie Holloway Community Services Manager for Shelby County, discusses the 2020 Census at the Shelby County Commission meeting on Feb. 10.

Leah Ingram Eagle

The 2020 census kicks off April 1, and Shelby County hopes to exceed its 2010 response of 80%, with a goal to be at 90% this time around. Read more

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Shelby County Commission Manager

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Sitting in a room at the County Services Building just weeks before his official retirement, County Manager Alex Dudchock and his successor, Chad Scroggins, share a rapport of not only co-workers, but also friends. Read more

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State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey

Leah Ingram Eagle

A task force is working on a contingency plan if schools are not allowed to go back on April 6 and should have that information no later than March 30. Read more

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The goal is to provide a one-stop location for resources and information consumers and businesses can use during the current business environment. Read more

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Hoover Helpline 3-19-20

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Hoover residents can call 205-444-7877 to share needs associated with the pandemic. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Testing for COVID-19 at Church of the Highlands Grants Mill Campus

Church of the Highlands

798 tests were administered today at the Grants Mill campus of Church of the Highlands. Read more

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Chelsea City Council 3/17

Wayne Morris

The mayor addressed the Coronoavirus issue, along with regular city business. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The SEC canceled all spring sporting competitions this year, and the PGA announced the Regions Tradition golf tournament will be held in Greystone in September instead of May. Read more

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Shelby County Chamber’s mission during these challenging times is to be a resource for local businesses. Read more

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Coronavirus Testing

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

In order to serve the state and more people even better, Church of the Highlands is moving COVID-19 testing to their largest location, the campus at Grants Mill, beginning Wednesday, March 18. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

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Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer

Leah Ingram Eagle

Chelsea mayor Tony Picklesimer posted a video on the city's Facebook page to give an update on the response of the City of Chelsea to the pandemic COVID-19 Virus. Read more

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The City Council put a freeze on all hiring, travel and conferences and a hold on capital project spending and budget amendments for new expenditures. Read more

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Sparkman vs. Oak Mtn Regionals

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The 2019-20 high school basketball season was a banner one for many teams in the Starnes Publishing coverage area. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Here are some Monday afternoon updates that affect the city of Chelsea and nearby libraries. Read more

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Coronavirus Press Conference

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

"We will not panic, but we will plan, we'll prepare, and we will take action to manage the events happening in our world," Mayor Frank Brocato said. "I know that brighter days are ahead." Read more

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Schools will remain closed until at least Monday, April 6. Read more

Schools

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The state will reassess what to do during the 2 1/2- week break, state schools Superintendent Eric Mackey said Friday. Read more

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"Our first and foremost duty is to protect our public and to ensure that their health and welfare is addressed," Mayor Frank Brocato said. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Little London Kitchen craftsman

Photo by Erin Nelson.

After a successful first six months operating their food truck, Bea and Matthew Morrissette announced earlier this year they will be renovating the old Oxmoor Grill location at 162 Oxmoor Road into The Little London pub. Read more

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But in recent years, art-related events have, for various reasons, not been continued, and the city’s arts scene has been shrinking. Mayor Ashley Curry and other volunteer leaders want to change that by forming the Vestavia Hills Arts Council. Read more

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Birmingham Legion Football Club

Photos by Erin Nelson.

The USL started in 2011 and has grown steadily, with Legion FC becoming one of the newest additions to its Championship division last season. The Birmingham area supported its club well in year one. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Knight Eady.

Elevate the Stage was created to provide a championship-caliber platform for gymnasts to compete across America, according to the news release. Read more

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Leah Ingram Eagle

The commission recognized Dudchock at one of his last commission meetings for his years of extraordinary service and leadership. Read more

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Chelsea vs Briarwood Girls Soccer

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

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The Central Alabama Artist Guild moved its spring show back to Hoover and renamed it this year. Read more

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Hundreds of people attended Hoover's 2020 Arbor Day celebration, where more than 200 trees were given away. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Chelsea vs Briarwood Girls Soccer

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Chelsea High School girls soccer team defeated Briarwood on Tuesday. Read more

Sports

Inverness Eagle Scouts Feb 2020

Photo courtesy of Tony Ripley

All the boys are either current or former students at Oak Mountain and Spain Park high schools. Read more

People/Places

During the mayor’s report, Tony Picklesimer read a proclamation declaring the week of March 15-21, 2020 as National Safe Place Week. Read more

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Hoover park lights 3-3-20

Photo by Jon Anderson

Alabama Power projected that upgrades to the city's energy systems would cost $4.3 million and that the city could recoup such an investment in 7.2 years. Read more

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AHSAA State Semifinal boys 7A

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Mayor Tony Picklesimer

Leah Ingram Eagle

Mayors from around the county shared their plans and challenges for 2020. Read more

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Shelby County Commission 2/24

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Dozens of concerned citizens attended Monday night's meeting to express their opposition to the Coosa River Bridge project. Read more

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The average romance reader reads 10 to 12 books a month, novelist Sarah MacLean said. Read more

People/Places

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McCrite was chosen from among 389 seniors at Spain Park, and Roe was selected from among about 1,880 employees in Hoover City Schools. Read more

Schools

Sparkman vs. Oak Mtn Regionals

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams have been in action over the past two weeks. Read more

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Since the day I installed the new turntable, Jilda and I have listened to it daily. I’m thankful that we decided to buck the trend and hold on to our old records. Read more

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It’s OK to be mad at God and wrestle with Him, too, especially when there is a gaping hole in our heart. Remember, He is GOD, and He can handle our ugliest emotions, our angriest rants and our toughest questions. Read more

Kari Kampakis

AHSAA Bowling

Photo by Erin Nelson.

This season marked Oak Mountain’s first trip to the state tournament. Read more

Oak Mountain

The Chelsea High School girls soccer team is hoping to use last year’s heartbreak as motivation to return to the state championship game. But this time, the Lady Hornets hope to finish the job. Read more

Chelsea

Spain Park Softball

Photos by Kyle Parmley.

The high school softball season is officially underway, with teams in the 280 Living coverage areas looking to continue their traditions of putting competitive teams on the field. Read more

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The high school baseball season has arrived, and the teams in the 280 Living coverage areas are aiming to make 2020 another strong one. Read more

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Alabama School of Fine Arts 12th-grader and Chelsea resident Samuel Borkent was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as a U.S. Presidential Scholar candidate. Read more

Schools

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Photos courtesy of Cade Kuykendall and Zoe LaBreche.

Two Chelsea High School students are participating in a seven-week awareness and fundraising campaign for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Alabama/Gulf Coast Chapter. Read more

Chelsea Schools

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Photos by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Spread throughout nine breakout rooms, featured subjects included social studies, science, math, English/language arts along with college/ career transitions, student leadership, social and emotional learning, career tech and STEAM. Read more

Schools

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Photo courtesy of Oak Mountain Media.

Much of the credit for the return can be attributed to Oak Mountain High School senior Ryan Hall, who serves as the executive producer for Oak Mountain Media. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

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Photo courtesy of Brian Williams/Chip Shots Photography.

The Folds of Honor Foundation will hold its fourth annual Patriot Shootout of Alabama golf tournament and dinner at Greystone Golf and Country Club on Aug. 23-24. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Hassee.

Shoal Creek’s Claire Larkin recently found what she believes is the largest oak leaf ever documented in the world. Read more

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Photo courtesy of John Milton.

The run has grown each year, and last year, $45,000 was raised for cancer research. All of the profits are donated to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

Shelby Baptist Medical Center CEO Daniel Listi addresses the Leadership 2020 class on Healthcare Day Feb. 11, 2020.

Leah Ingram Eagle

The objective was to gain knowledge and understanding of healthcare resources and how they impact business and community services. Read more

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Photo by Rachel & Noah Ray Photography.

If you’re in the market for a candle, there’s a new spot at The Summit where you can create one of your very own. Read more

Businesses

Sharkey's Cuts for Kids

Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Sharkey’s currently has five employees and caters to children from their first haircut up to teenagers. The entire package includes a wash, cut and style, and every customer leaves with a balloon and a lollipop. Read more

Businesses

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Photo courtesy of Randy Riggs.

The global service provider for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies purchased the land for the first location in January 2018, got possession in April 2018 and had a ribbon-cutting ceremony in December 2018. Read more

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Blush + Blow Salon

Leah Ingram Eagle

In addition to women’s hair, Blush + Blow also specializes in men’s and children’s cuts. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Lance Shores/Hoover Public Library

New York Times bestselling crime and mystery writer Laura Lippman shares her life journey with Southern Voices audience in Hoover. Read more

People/Places

Birmingham board-certified dermatologist Dr. Corey Hartman has been named the dermatologist spokesperson for the upcoming launch of Old Spice’s all-new Ultra Smooth and Gentleman’s Blend lineups. Read more

Businesses

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Tim Westhoven, the city’s chief operations officer, has taken a job with the Goodwyn, Mills & Cawood architectural and engineering firm in Huntsville, after 18 years of service to the city of Hoover. Read more

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About 500 citizens took the survey, mapped their ideas, and attended public meetings. Read more

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Rendering courtesy of Shelby County Commission.

By mid-2021, Shelby county residents who live along U.S. 280 will have a one stop shop to handle their county services in one convenient place. Read more

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Ashley Gann RV Life

Photo by Erin Nelson.

When Ashley Gann is not forecasting the weather as chief meteorologist at CBS 42, she can be found at Oak Mountain State Park. Not just visiting, but living there with her family, in their two-bedroom, two-bathroom RV. Read more

People/Places

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Photo by Jon Anderson

County Manager Alex Dudchock also provided an update on numerous projects in which the county has been involved. Read more

Businesses

The Shelby County Sheriff was honored by Crime Stoppers of Metro Birmingham at a luncheon on Feb. 19. Read more

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Valleydale auction map

Photo by Jon Anderson

Andy Gagliano, a mortgage broker who lives in the Lynnwood subdivision behind the property and has an office nearby, was the buyer. Read more

Businesses

Chelsea Council reads thank you notes from students

Leah Ingram Eagle

Mayor Picklesimer shared cards from Forest Oaks Elementary students with the council during the Feb. 18 precouncil meeting. Read more

News

Hoover City Council 2-17-20

Photo by Jon Anderson

The council plans to budget the other $1 million in start-up costs for a future year. Annual maintenance fees eventually will cost $546,000 per year. Read more

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Sparkman vs. Oak Mtn Regionals

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Oak Mountain High School boys basketball team won the regional final on Tuesday, advancing to the state final four for the first time. Read more

Oak Mountain

Coosa River Express

Tim James Inc.

The event will allow people in the community to ask questions and learn more about the project. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Seltz.

In addition to clothing, the sale usually includes women’s and children’s shoes, purses, toys (including bicycles and swing sets) and furniture for babies and children. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

It features a menu engineered by Hughes and chef Terrill Brazelton that includes steak, fish, crab cakes, duck and quail, along with appetizers, salads and sides, such as smoked gnocchi macaroni and cheese. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The website includes hundreds of listings of resources ranging from churches, the Jefferson County Department of Health and other nonprofits, all of which provide help to people in general, and specifically to mothers and children. Read more

People/Places

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Two marketplaces in the Vestavia Hills area will allow families to shop for children’s clothes and other items in February. Read more

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An Avondale pizza restaurant will open a location in Mountain Brook this spring. Post Office Pies will hold a grand opening April 2 from 5-7:30 p.m. Read more

Businesses

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Central Alabama Wellness

The events are to end the stigma of mental illness and focus on wellness. Read more

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Chelsea girls vs. Dothan

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Chelsea High School girls basketball team's season ended on Friday morning in the Class 6A Southeast Regional tournament. Read more

Chelsea

Hoover school board 2-11-20

Photo by Jon Anderson

Hoover school officials said decisions about school calendars should be made at the local level. Read more

Schools

Chelsea at Helena basketball

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

A few local high school basketball teams played in the sub-regional round this week. Read more

Sports

Becky White 2-10-20

Photo by Jon Anderson

Becky White, a resident of the Trace Crossings community, has replaced Sammy Harris on the zoning board. Read more

News

Shelby County Commission Meeting Feb. 10

Leah Ingram Eagle

Residents opposing the proposed Coosa River Bridge addressed the commission, along with Alan Miller, District Judge Candidate and a representative for Bradley Byrne. Read more

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Photo by Kyle Parmley

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

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Photo by Ingrid Schnader

Briarwood, Chelsea, Oak Mountain, Spain Park and Westminster-Oak Mountain combined to recognize over 40 signees on Wednesday. Read more

Sports

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Photo courtesy of William E. Mathis Lt Col Air Force (Ret).

The Shelby County Tuskegee Alumni Club hosted its annual Christmas event at Greystone YMCA on December 15, 2019. The club honored two families seated. Read more

People/Places

A homecoming celebration for Eli will be held at Chelsea Middle School Thursday afternoon and the community is invited to attend. Read more

News

New devt next to Greystone Jan 2020

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

Now, the developer must decide whether to submit a different plan or seek to build the subdivision in unincorporated Shelby County. Read more

News

Chelsea at Helena boys basketball

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The mayors met in Hoover over the weekend and discussed bail for violent criminals, release of police body camera footage, internet sales tax distributions and local control of rights of way. Read more

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AHSAA Bowling

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Every human is flawed and imperfect, yet God loves us anyway. Even on our worst days, He loves us at maximum capacity Read more

Kari Kampakis

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Photos courtesy of Randy Hemphill.

Hemphill published his second book, “The Restored Man,” in 2019, which details his journey from being a religious man to a restored man and provides a process to help men grow both spiritually and emotionally. Read more

People/Places

Briarwood at John Carroll basketball

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Lions are winning games at a high clip this season. Much of that is due to the 10 seniors on the roster, a group that has raised the bar for a Briarwood program attempting to return to the regional tournament for the first time in 20 years. Read more

Briarwood

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Staff photo.

“Just be normal.” Chase gives this same edict to all of his players, but it means something different for each of them. The instruction tells each team member to play to her strengths, do what she does well and avoid trying to do too much. Read more

Spain Park

Briarwood Football

Photo by Jimmy Mitchell.

Unfortunately for Howard, Clemson didn’t have a spot for him. Howard essentially halted his recruiting process at that time, declining to take any other visits. That is until Clemson contacted him in December. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

“A key to our success was we’ve been balanced, and we play good team basketball,” Harlow said. “Those were two of the messages that were being spoken in the locker room.” Read more

Chelsea

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Photo courtesy of Brooke Dunham.

As a Bicentennial School of Excellence, Chelsea Park was chosen to unveil one of the 20 monuments installed in the new Bicentennial Park outside of the Capitol building. Read more

Chelsea Schools

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Spain Park High School the theater department has two big shows planned for the spring semester. Read more

Hoover Schools

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Rebecca Besch from Berry Middle School is the 2019-20 Secondary Teacher of the Year for Hoover City Schools. Read more

Hoover Schools

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The sale, in its 13th year, will be Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21 and 22 in the gymnasium of Asbury Methodist Church. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Addiction Prevention Coalition.

The End Heroin Walk for the Birmingham-Hoover metro area is moving from Birmingham’s Railroad Park to Hoover’s Veterans Park. Read more

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Hearts in Harmony 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Hoover Service Club’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the 2020 Hearts in Harmony Gala, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Hoover Country Club. Read more

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Night to Shine

Photo courtesy of Night to Shine Birmingham.

Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, Night to Shine provides a prom experience for individuals 14 years of age and older with special needs. Read more

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Her cousin introduced us. Her name was Jilda. We talked after her set, and I could tell there was something special about her. Read more

Rick Watson

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After hosting some trial classes at the North Shelby Library last fall, the group decided to make North Shelby Library another spot for their classes beginning in the spring semester. Read more

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Photo courtesy of David Bobo.

Jefferson State held a Pinning Ceremony for the first graduates of the Respiratory Therapy Program on Dec. 13 at the Shelby-Hoover Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Suzanne Hoye.

Clipped Wings members gathered to celebrate Christmas at the home of Luna and Dave Hollett on Dec. 14. Read more

People/Places

The group gained a better knowledge and understanding of law enforcement, the court system, community corrections and juvenile services in Shelby County. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The system is intended to send lifesaving emergency notifications straight to cellphones, landline phones and email, and quickly provide critical information about severe weather, fires, floods, road closures, missing persons, evacuations and more. Read more

News

Rucker orders the walnuts raw and then roasts and candies them in her home kitchen. The three flavors include brown sugar chipotle, mild brown sugar chipotle and spicy brown sugar chipotle. Read more

Businesses

In December, four Chelsea schools received checks from the first round of requests from the Nick Grant program totaling over $106,000. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The largest tenant of the Shops at Dunnavant Square will be a familiar one. ACE Hardware signed a contract in December to lease 7,000 square feet of the shopping center. Read more

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Shelby County Jail

Photo by Erin Nelson.

Sheriff John Samaniego said he feels it is without a doubt the best jail in the state. It is also the only jail in Alabama that is accredited by the National Institute of Jail Operations an accreditation based on legal precedent. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Chelsea City Council 1/21/20

Leah Ingram Eagle

The company will locate their international headquarters in Chelsea and add 20 new full-time jobs in the city. Read more

News

Briarwood at John Carroll basketball

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The city had $602 million in new construction in 2019, Mayor Frank Brocato said in his 2020 state-of-the-city speech. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Alabama legislators speak to the audience at the Legislative Preview luncheon on Jan. 15.

Leah Ingram Eagle

Three of the 11 of who represent Shelby County are running for higher offices. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Jason Gaston/Hoover City Schools

There is now one pre-K classroom at five schools, and officials are seeking grants to add six more pre-K classrooms, including at two new schools. Read more

Hoover Schools

Briarwood at John Carroll basketball

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Shelby Co Commission Jan. 13

Leah Ingram Eagle

The Talladega County Commission will have a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Even if they are for the bridge, it can’t be built unless Shelby County is also for it since it will affect the roads in both counties. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Chelsea City Council Jan. 7

Leah Ingram Eagle

The 11 inaugural members were approved during Tuesday night's city council meeting. Read more

News

A pilot mentoring program already is operating in four Hoover schools and is set to be expanded to other schools. Read more

Hoover Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action over the last two weeks. Read more

Sports

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Photos by Jon Anderson and Erin Nelson.

Hoover City Council President Gene Smith has announced he is challenging current Mayor Frank Brocato for the mayor’s chair in the Aug. 25 election, and other names are floating around as potential candidates for the mayor’s race as well. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Audrey O’Brien doesn’t feel like she’s played her best volleyball yet. That should be music to the ears of the Samford University coaching staff, because that’s where O’Brien will begin her college career next season. Read more

Briarwood

The purpose of prayer isn’t to manipulate God or treat Him like a magic genie, but to deepen our relationship with Him. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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The 2020 Pelham Polar Plunge, a fundraiser for Special Olympics of Alabama put on by the Pelham Police Department, will be Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9 a.m. Read more

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During the Dec. 23 Shelby County Commission meeting, Councilman Kevin Morris said that through Ellis’ efforts, the state law was amended and adapted to include an evaluation process. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Lisa Booher.

The second longest running Birmingham Track Club race returns for its 43rd year later this month. Adam’s Heart Runs, one of the club’s most popular annual events, will be at Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, Jan. 25. Read more

News

One day after playing on the playground, he asked us to look around and pick up any litter we saw. As we hustled around picking up scraps of theme paper and old Dixie cups, he said, “We should always leave a place better than we found it.” Read more

Rick Watson

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Photo courtesy of Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and 58 INC. held the inaugural Shelby County Washington, D.C., Fly-In on Oct. 23. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of MediaMerge.

MediaMerge, a leading audio visual integrator based in Chelsea, recently led the creative development and implementation of multiple exhibits for a new $38M construction project in Dallas. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Suzanne Hoye.

lipped Wings held its annual fall luncheon Oct. 24 at Grille 29. The festive affair was hosted by Leslie Appleton, Suzanne Hoye, Karen Nelson and Mary Ellen Parker. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Carol Bruser.

During the third class day for the Leadership Shelby County class of 2020, the group learned about the various organizations that work together to promote economic development in Shelby County. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Saint Mark the Evangelist.

Tucked just off Alabama 119 at Brook Highland, the campus of Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church recently expanded its campus. On Nov. 17, the new Parish Center, that will serve the 1,200-family congregation, was dedicated. Read more

News

New Chelsea Fire Station

Photos by Erin Nelson.

Station 33 is designed to house five people 24 hours a day, which it will in the future as more staff is added. For now, the station will be staffed with two people who will run the fire truck and rescue transport unit. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Oak Mountain Basketball

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo courtesy of Cindy Warner.

After hearing from guest speaker Billy Ivey, the founder of Napkinisms, students at Mt Laurel Elementary each wrote a Napkinism note to be sent to patients at Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Read more

Schools

OMES was the first public school to be selected to host a Vulcan statue as part of the Vulcans on Parade, a project which began in 2015 from Project Corporate Leadership. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

Stretch Zone

Lori Gordon

Kenny Gordon was such a fan of Stretch Zone and its program that he and his wife Lori bought the Vestavia Hills franchise from its former owner in October. Read more

Businesses

Space Cadets

Butch Dill

It was one morning when Kim McBrayer couldn’t find her son’s field trip shirt for school that she first realized the effect being unorganized had on her life, and knew she needed to make a change. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Many people want to get organized, and some may even have it as one of their New Year’s resolutions. Tara Bremer created her business, House Peace, to accomplish just that. Read more

Businesses

New intersection on 280

Photo by Erin Nelson.

The light began functioning Dec. 13 and allows traffic from the access road to turn left and right onto U.S. 280. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Mark Davis has embarked on a new project to create a permanent monument for all military members from Alabama killed in action in the War on Terror since 9/11, and the city of Hoover has agreed to let it be built on city property at Veterans Park. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

King’s Stables is home to an equine therapy program for the youth at King’s Home as well as other nonprofits and people in the community in need. Read more

People/Places

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

After mending a few more of Dorothy’s dog toys, Emma decided to turn her love of creativity and her ability to sew into her own nonprofit business: Rags to Wags. Read more

People/Places

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Actual construction on the $7.6 million project is set to begin Jan. 2 and should take 12 to 16 months, school officials said. Read more

Hoover Schools

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Now, a traffic study will be conducted to determine if speed tables are indeed merited and welcomed by residents. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

33 teachers from schools around the county gathered for the yearly program at Oak Mountain High School. Read more

News

Oak Mountain vs Chelsea Boys Basketball Jag Classic

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Sheriff's Office employees receive awards from CTEC students.

Leah Ingram Eagle

Students presented three awards to Sheriff's Office personnel for assisting them with career prep. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Bayer Properties.

The Chabad of Alabama will host its fifth annual Grand Menorah Lighting at The Summit on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Saks Plaza. Read more

News

Hoover City Tree Lighting

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

11-year-old Madison Etheridge flipped the switch to light up the 43-foot-tall Christmas tree and lights on the City Hall campus. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson

The garbage hauler has put cameras on all its trucks in Hoover and enacted landfill restrictions on recycling pickup day. Read more

News

Briarwood v. Pleasant Grove

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Briarwood Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

Briarwood Christian School hosts Pleasant Grove in the Class 5A semifinals on Friday night. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

In the second annual All-South Metro team, the local high school volleyball teams received significant representation. Read more

Sports

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Swindle

Caitlyn McTier is a senior at the University of Alabama and will represent Hoover throughout the coming year and in the Miss Alabama 2020 competition. Read more

People/Places

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Photo by Todd Lester

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Todd Lester

The Briarwood Christian School football team relied on its defense to earn a 7-3 win over Bibb County in Friday's Class 5A quarterfinal at Lions Pride Stadium. Read more

Briarwood

The five-day celebration is scheduled for Feb. 18-22. Tickets go on sale Jan. 7. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Kristin Bundren.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest award given by the U.S. government to kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers of math and science, including computer science. Read more

Hoover Schools

In October, ten teachers from Chelsea and Oak Mountain Schools were named Teacher of the Year for their respective schools after being selected by their peers. Read more

Schools

They say God’s grace comes when you need it and not a moment sooner, and I think this explains how my heart began to thaw when I saw Camille, heard her cry and felt the doctor lay her 6-pound body on my chest. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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Photos by Erin Nelson.

Volleyball season highlights for Briarwood Christian School, Chelsea High School, Oak Mountain High School and Spain Park High School. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Kamp Fender.

Chelsea has nine of its top players from last year back, so there is no reason to believe the Lady Hornets won’t be able to continue their ascension. Read more

Chelsea

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Staff photo.

This year, head coach Chris Laatsch expects Spain Park to be able to get over the hump in close-and-late situations. That comes from an unquenching desire to win. Read more

Spain Park

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Head coach coach Mike Chase recognizes there is plenty of work ahead of the Lady Jags if they are to find themselves at the top of the mountain come March. And they will no doubt be challenged in the midst of a “monster schedule.” Read more

Spain Park

During the summer, when high school basketball teams are allowed to play organized games for a period of time, it didn’t take Briarwood Christian School girls basketball coach Lorie Kerley long to recognize what was different. Read more

Briarwood

The Lady Eagles have promising pieces returning this year, but many will be asked to take on bigger roles than they have before. Read more

Oak Mountain

The Highland Lakes Women’s Club will host its fourth annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon-5 p.m. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Lindsey Whitlock.

The event will take place at Indian Springs Town Hall from 3-7 p.m. and feature a variety of local artists showcasing their talents. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The holiday event was created in 2015 to help people through the grieving process of a loss — not just limited to the loss of a loved one, but also the loss of a job, friend, a major life change or for those who are in need of hope. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Pam Nichols.

The annual ceremony will take place Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. at the Alabama National Cemetery to honor the nation’s military heroes and their sacrifices for our country. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Roger Day.

The Red Mountain Theatre Company on Dec. 5-6 is putting on a play called “Holiday Memories,” and children’s entertainer Roger Day will perform Christmas-themed shows on Dec. 12-13. Read more

News

The event, held the first Saturday in December, has taken place for over 10 years. This year’s market will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature arts and crafts from a variety of local artists. Read more

News

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Photo by Anne Dawson.

The 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. on Dec. 21 with the 1-mile fun run beginning at 10 a.m. Awards and prize drawings will follow the fun run around 10:30 a.m. Read more

News

This members-only art show includes artists from the metro area and will feature even more gift items than in the past. All gift items are hand-painted or reproductions of the artists’ own paintings. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Bayer Properties.

The Chabad of Alabama will host its fifth annual Grand Menorah Lighting at The Summit on Sunday, Dec. 22, at Saks Plaza. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Alabama Wildlife Center.

The Alabama Wildlife Center will host its annual Holiday Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Veterans Park. Read more

News

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

The purpose of the newly-formed ministry is to provide fellowship and stimulation to people who are living with memory loss due to dementia or stroke, while also giving their care partners a break. Read more

People/Places

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

"We’re trying to get people back to God, then back to life, then back to work,” Tony Cooper told the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce. Read more

News

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Rick Watson.

Sunday was Christmas-tree day at the Watsons’. We were hoping for sunshine. Instead, it was misting rain. The soles of my shoes squished in parking-lot mud, but our spirits lifted when we saw a stand of ice-blue cedars among the Christmas trees. Read more

Rick Watson

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

The Chelsea Fire and Rescue Department is hosting a Christmas Toy Drive now through Dec. 14. Read more

News

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

As a member of the 2020 Leadership Shelby County class, I spent my second class day gaining a perspective of education in Shelby County and heard from students, teachers and visited two local colleges. Read more

News

One Hundred Shares luncheon

Photos by Leah Ingram Eagle.

On Oct. 29, One Hundred Shares Birmingham hosted a luncheon at the Inverness Country Club to introduce the program’s first two grant winners. Read more

News

Chelsea Christmas Parade

Photo by Sam Chandler.

The Chelsea Fire and Rescue Department will once again chauffeur Santa around town after the Chelsea Christmas Parade on Dec. 21. Read more

News

Chelsea Christmas Parade

Photo by Sam Chandler.

Always held on the third Saturday in December, this year’s parade will be Dec. 21. Live entertainment will begin in the grandstands at 9 a.m., with the parade starting at 10 a.m. Read more

News

Ken Burchfield

Photo courtesy of Michael Praytor.

In his 30th year in law enforcement, Ken Burchfield was recently promoted from major to Chief Deputy of Shelby County and is second in command behind Sheriff John Samaniego. Read more

People/Places

Carlos Sanders

Wayne Morris

Carlos Sanders and the Citizens on Patrol (COP) aim to make the Chelsea community a better place through the volunteer work they provide. Their goal is simple: to enhance the quality of life and the safety of the community. Read more

People/Places

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Photos by Erin Nelson.

Zoom to Groom offers services for pets from the comfort of a van they bring to a client’s home or business. In the van, the pet is the center of attention, receiving one-on-one care during their experience. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

In the past two years, McLeod Software has added more than 120 associates, bringing total employment to more than 500. More than 100 of those new employees are based in the new Hoover headquarters, putting its total Hoover workforce at more than 400. Read more

Businesses

While the company has no affiliation with Pinterest, their projects are inspired by what is trending online. The new location recently opened and held a grand opening on Nov. 30 Read more

Businesses

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

205 By Design

Photos courtesy of Lindsey Whitlock.

The husband and wife have paired their creative spirits together and turned their dreams into a reality, launching their joint venture in 2018. 205 By Design enables them to pair their creations into a combined effort. Read more

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Staff photo.

For those looking for a spot to take their Christmas once the holidays are over, there are several options for people living along the U.S. 280 corridor. Read more

News

Briarwood Football

Kyle Parmley

Here's a look at some of the local high school football playoff games this week. Read more

Briarwood

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Staff photo.

Public buildings and services around Hoover and Chelsea have a variety of closing schedules for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The Hoover Public Library has received positive feedback about the six new remote book drops that have been placed in the outer parts of the city, Director Amanda Borden said. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama.

The Hoover native and new mother was asleep in her home in the Kirkman Preserve community when she, for the first time in her life, experienced what is known as a tonic clonic seizure, sometimes called a grand mal seizure. Read more

People/Places

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Photos by Erin Nelson.

Created in 2014 to provide a safe and therapeutic work environment for residents of King’s Home, Prodigal Pottery began in a donated house located close to the rest of the King’s Home property, along with a donation of a kiln and unpainted pottery. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Smith, a retired Hoover firefighter with multiple business interests, has been on the Hoover City Council for 15 years. Read more

News

Oak Mountain Mission needs donations for Shelby County families in need now through Dec. 12. Read more

News

Chelsea City Council

Leah Ingram Eagle

A Chelsea family has received an outpouring of support since their son's accident over the weekend. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Greg Bishop

The amount of city funding for the Hoover City Schools Foundation still remains uncertain. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

With new zoning restrictions in place, the City Council also lifted its moratorium against such businesses. Read more

Businesses 1 Comments

Briarwood Football

Kyle Parmley

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Kyle Parmley

Briarwood Christian School knocked off Jackson in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday night. Read more

Briarwood

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Briarwood VS Marbury football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

Here's a look at the local high school football playoff games this week. Read more

Briarwood

Chad Scroggins addresses the commission at a previous commission meeting

Leah Ingram Eagle

The new hangar at the Shelby County Airport would accommodate more aircraft and provide hangar space for prospective tenants and serve as a source of revenue for the airport. Read more

News

Kathy Murphy 6-4-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

Her proposal, set for a vote by the school board on Dec. 10, would start the 2021-22 school year on Aug. 10 and allow a full week out for Thanksgiving. Read more

Hoover Schools

Briarwood VS Marbury football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido, senior vice president of the Folds of Honor Foundation, delivered a message about challenges, triumph and change. Read more

News

BIMA is one of the largest practices in the market, averaging just under 1,000 patients per week. At any given time, there are 15 providers there to see patients. Read more

Businesses

Briarwood VS Marbury football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

A pair of Lukes for the Lions helped Briarwood to a 42-26 victory over Marbury in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. Read more

Briarwood

Chelsea vs. Oxford

Neal Wagner

Oxford was too much for Chelsea High School, as the Hornets' season come to an end in the first round of the playoffs. Read more

Chelsea

The Citizen of the Year, Public Servant of the Year and Non-Profit of the Year were named at Thursday's luncheon. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Chelsea Football

Photo by James Nicholas

Here's a look at the local high school football playoff games this week. Read more

Sports

HV council chambers Hoover-Randle Home

Photos by Jon Anderson

City hall renovations should begin in early 2020, City Administrator Allan Rice said. Read more

News

Briarwood Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Sarah Finnegan

A late touchdown lifted Oak Mountain High School to a victory in its season finale. Read more

Oak Mountain

Briarwood Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

Briarwood Christian School claimed the region title with a victory at unbeaten Hueytown in the final game of the regular season. Read more

Briarwood

Chelsea Football

Photo by James Nicholas

Chelsea High School evened its record at 5-5 with a win at Pell City on Friday night. Read more

Chelsea 1 Comments

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Chelsea High School volleyball team fell to Hartselle in the Class 6A quarterfinals on Wednesday. Read more

Chelsea

Briarwood Football

Photo by James Nicholas

Here's a look at the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Commissioner Jon Parker

Leah Ingram Eagle

Bearden will take over the role from Jon Parker, who has served as Chairperson for the past three years. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of David Leong

The walk is the biggest fundraiser for Down Syndrome Alabama. Read more

People/Places

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Oak Mountain High School football team lost to Vestavia Hills 31-10 in Friday's Class 7A, Region 3 finale. Read more

Oak Mountain

Briarwood Football

Photo by James Nicholas

Briarwood Christian School knocked off Fairfield on Thursday night in the Lions' region finale. Read more

Briarwood

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Oak Mountain vs. Spain Park Football

Photo by James Nicholas

Here's a look at the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photos by Erin Nelson.

The list of accolades for Grayson Morris and Tucker Smith is several pages long, once their accomplishments as individuals and as a duo are totaled. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo by Kyle Parmley.

The pieces appear to be coming together for the Briarwood Christian School boys basketball team. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo by Layton Dudley.

Briarwood Christian School honored the retired coach, the man who led the program to 278 victories from 1990 to 2018. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo courtesy of Spain Park High School.

Most people are familiar with traditional sports such as football, basketball and baseball, but a new sport is gaining momentum in Hoover’s high schools. It’s called esports, which involves multiplayer video games. Read more

Sports

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Staff photo.

There is an abundance of opportunity for this year’s Chelsea High School boys basketball team. Read more

Chelsea

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Staff photo.

Chris Love believes his team has a high ceiling for the 2019-20 season but is not putting the cart before the horse. Read more

Oak Mountain

On social media, however, we get to skip the real-life challenge of trying to work through differences and instead join tribes. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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Photo courtesy of School House Granola.

A school-to-work transition program that launched last year partners Shelby County students with local businesses, with the aim to allow students to gain work experience and learn the skills necessary to become independent, productive citizens. Read more

Schools

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Photo courtesy of Heather Atkins.

The method uses an approach to music education that was developed by Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály and is used to train students in basic music skills and teach the reading and writing of music. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

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Photo courtesy of Shelby County Schools.

The All Pro Dads Initiative for Shelby County Schools kicked off in the Shelby County school district this fall with chapters launching in elementary and intermediate schools. Read more

Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

High Point Climbing and Fitness on U.S. 280 in Inverness is the highest indoor climbing facility in the state. It offers homeschool P.E. classes for children ages 6-17 to learn about rock climbing. Read more

Schools

Each year in the U.S. more than 25,000 young people age out of foster care and more than 60% of them do not have any identified housing. In Alabama, the number is around 500 yearly, about 70-80 just in Shelby County. Read more

People/Places

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Staff photo.

Sarah Conklin is the featured artist for the 2019 Moss Rock Festival in The Preserve subdivision in Hoover on Nov. 2-3 and will be there to showcase and sell some of her work. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of John Michael Simpson.

Presented by Southeastern Trails, the Blood Rock will feature 25K and 50K trail races along with 50- and 100-mile options during the race the weekend of Nov. 22-24 at Oak Mountain State Park. Read more

News

CrossFit Chelsea will host its third Fight Like a Girl Competition at its space on old U.S. 280 on Nov. 23. Read more

News

The Salute to Veterans Ball is a fundraiser for the Hoover-based Vettes4Vets organization, which supports programs that offer housing for homeless veterans and transportation, education support and personal, physical and mental support for veterans. Read more

News

November is National Novel Writing Month, and the North Shelby Library will provide the opportunity for guests to come to the library and spend time writing. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Snapster Foto.

The 10th annual Kampfire for the King Celebration will be held on Nov. 23 at the King’s Home campus in Chelsea from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Read more

Events

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Staff photo.

The Junior League of Birmingham’s 2019 Market Noel shopping event is scheduled for Nov. 20-23 at the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Alabama Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The purpose of the event is to provide support to people who have lost loved ones to suicide, but also provide messages of hope and reminders to people who may be struggling. Read more

News

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Photos courtesy of Amy Pylant, Briarwood High School PTF.

Held in the Fellowship Hall at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, the shop will have 50-plus vendors with a variety of products for sale. Read more

News

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Photo by Ana Pridgen.

About once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday, gearheads and motorheads from across the metro area and beyond come rolling into the Hoover Met parking lot for autocross competitions. Read more

Sports

Jilda and I recently had a minor crisis in our lives: Our coffee maker died. It was a slow, tragic death. Read more

Rick Watson

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Photo courtesy of Chelsea Library.

The library is hosting an Amnesty Food Drive from Oct. 21 through Nov. 9. For each item donated (canned or boxed food), $1 in fines will be waived (applicable to Chelsea Library late fees only), up to $5 per visit. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of The Arc of Shelby County.

Inverness Country Club was recently named Employer of the Year by The Arc of Shelby County. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Carol Bruser.

On Oct. 8, our Leadership Shelby County class had its first official outing as we spent time in the county seat of Columbiana for Government Day. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Donna Bowles.

On Saturday mornings, Chelsea residents can enjoy their cup of coffee and hear two familiar voices on Chelsea’s KOOL 96.9 FM. Weekends with Donna & Paul, which airs every other Saturday at 8:30 a.m., recently hit its two-year milestone. Read more

News

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

This spring, Dr. Jessica Palmer moved her practice from the Narrows to inside Chelsea city limits and changed the name. Eyes on Chelsea Vision Care officially opened in its new space April 15. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

The name Nations comes from Matthew 28:11, when Jesus said to make disciples of all nations. Owner Lisa Ann Muir-Taylor said she is also hoping that as the company grows, they represent different ministries in many nations. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

With a goal of making clean eating convenient and food that tastes good, owner Jennifer Mims doesn’t use preservatives in her recipes, but instead cooks with herbs, oil and flavor. Read more

Businesses

Jenna Powell started an online boutique out of her spare bedroom more than six years ago as a hobby that came from her love of fashion. Read more

Businesses

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Rendering courtesy of The Bluffs at Greystone.

The Bluffs at Greystone will be located near the Lee Branch shopping center and offer premier independent living and assisted living with everything residents need nearby. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Hoover city and Shelby County offices will close for both the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays in 2019, but some public buildings will have different holiday hours. Read more

News

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

Teachers in the five Chelsea schools will soon be receiving the funds requested for items for their classrooms and schools through the newly implemented Nick Grant Program. Read more

Chelsea Schools

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Photos by Jon Anderson.

The Hoover City Council promoted the city’s purchasing director, Ben Powell, to the city treasurer position, replacing Robert Yeager, whose retirement took effect Oct. 1. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Hoover City Council in late September passed a $144 million budget for fiscal 2020 after cutting out $4.5 million from the mayor’s proposed spending plan and adding $2.3 million in spending favored by the council. Read more

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

The city of Chelsea entered Fiscal Year 2020 with a total operating budget of $12,675,476; $9 million of that is revenue, and the other $3 million is for capital projects. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham.

PlanChelsea is a cooperative effort between the commission and the city of Chelsea. The goal of the community-driven process is to develop a unifying vision for the city’s future that allows citizens to shape the vision and make recommendations. Read more

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Photos by Erin Nelson.

ACFS serves more than 2,300 children in 38 schools throughout Shelby, Coosa, Talladega, Chilton, Calhoun and Randolph counties by sending weekend sacks of food home with them on Fridays that will provide 2,500 to 3,000 calories of nutritious food. Read more

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Photo by Todd Lester

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Cal Higdon blocked the potential game-winning field goal and had two interceptions in Briarwood's win over Ramsay on Friday night. Read more

Briarwood

Oak Mountain vs. Spain Park Football

Photo by James Nicholas

Oak Mountain High School saw its two-touchdown lead vanish in a loss on Friday night. Read more

Oak Mountain

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Jimmy Mitchell

Chelsea High School completed the comeback but couldn't hang on in a loss to Minor on Friday night. Read more

Chelsea

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Photo by Jon Anderson

'We're hope dealers. We're not dope dealers." Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Oak Mountain vs Tuscaloosa County

Layton Dudley

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Tommy King has been promoted to Chief with the Chelsea Fire Department

Leah Ingram Eagle

Tommy King and Billy Ricketts both received promotions within the Chelsea Fire Department. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Hoover's zoning board on Monday recommended the City Council approve the new restrictions. Read more

Businesses

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Jimmie J. Mitchell

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Shelby County Commission Oct. 14

Leah Ingram Eagle

The sale of Waste Pro’s Birmingham assets to Republic Services has a proposed sale date of Nov. 1. Read more

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Oak Mountain vs Tuscaloosa County

Layton Dudley

A 29-point fourth quarter gave the Oak Mountain football team the momentum needed to defeat Tuscaloosa County on Friday night. Read more

Oak Mountain

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Sarah Finnegan

The Hornets fell just short in a crucial region matchup on Friday night against Homewood. Read more

Chelsea

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Photo by Jon Anderson

About 325 people sampled fare from 27 restaurants, caterers and other food and drink providers. Read more

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Jimmie J. Mitchell

Tyler Waugh scored four touchdowns as Briarwood outlasted Parker on Thursday night. Read more

Briarwood

Chelsea AT Helena Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Tattersall meeting 10-8-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

About 200 people showed up for a community meeting at The Church at Brook Hills Tuesday night to hear a proposal. Read more

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Orange Development U.S. 31 site plan 7-21-19

Site plan by Carlson Consulting

Orange Development plans to invest $4.76 million in the project and get a 25% tax rebate up to $500,000. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Chelsea AT Helena Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

The Chelsea High School football team lost to Helena 31-28 on Friday night. Read more

Chelsea

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Photo by Todd Lester

The Oak Mountain football team fell to Mountain Brook in a region contest on Friday night. Read more

Oak Mountain

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Leah Ingram Eagle

The inaugural Tourism & Recreation All Star Awards were held to honor those who make Shelby County an attractive destination for tourists and visitors. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Chelsea vs Pelham

layton Dudley

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

The grant committee has approved 118 applications for over $110,000. Read more

News

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Jimmy Mitchell

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Oak Mountain Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

The Eagles picked up their first win since opening night with a 21-7 victory over Pelham at Heardmont Park. Read more

Oak Mountain

The Briarwood Christian School football team scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to pick up a 21-10 win over Class 6A Hartselle. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo by Jimmy Mitchell.

The playoff fates of local high school football teams will ultimately be decided in the month of October. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Kyle Parmley.

The team got off to a strong start, featuring a 13-3 record through the first two weeks of the season, including a 6-0 run through their own tournament. head coach Tien Le believes they will only continue to improve. Read more

Oak Mountain

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Photo by Frank Couch.

The only reason Will Pfaffman, No. 57, and Jacob Payne, No. 58, are even on the field this fall is because of their determination to rebound from knee injuries that ended their junior seasons prematurely. Read more

Oak Mountain

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Photo courtesy of Bryan Carter.

On Sept. 3, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Chelsea Park Elementary School was selected as one of 21 Alabama Bicentennial School of Excellence. Read more

Chelsea Schools

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Photo courtesy of Heather Hortman.

Mt Laurel Elementary School held its annual Coin Drive the week of Aug. 19-23, raising nearly $16,000. Read more

Schools

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Photo courtesy of Michelle Olson.

On Oct. 6, Greystone Elementary School will host a celebration from 3-4:30 p.m. to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Read more

Schools

One of the ways to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues is to start a conversation about it. This is the reasoning behind the Shelby Cares program that was implemented during the 2018-19 school year. Read more

Schools

I find it interesting (and somewhat crazy) that Americans will pack stadiums and pour money into a sport that revolves around one ball. Many people care more passionately about who dominates that one ball than they do eternal matters. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Aldridge Gardens wants to give people a taste of what the city has to offer from a culinary perspective and raise money for the gardens with its eighth Taste of Hoover event Oct. 10. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

People can purchase a Shop Save & Share discount card for $40 and receive a 20% discount on merchandise and food at more than 450 stores and restaurants in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The Mad Hatter Tea Party will combine all the classic enjoyments of a tea party with a competition among the participants to create and wear the most imaginative hat. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce this year moved its annual golf tournament from summer to fall and gave it a new name. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The 2019 Hoover Cup Golf Tournament, which benefits the Hoover Parks and Recreation Foundation, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, at Inverness Country Club. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Hoover Public Library.

The Hoover Public Library is inviting kids to a Spooktacular event Friday, Oct. 25. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., is a chance for families to enjoy spooky activities and support the AWC’s work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing native birds that are injured or orphaned. Read more

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Fall is here, and one of the highlights of the season is a trip to a pumpkin patch or harvest festival. Here are several options for both happening this month along the 280 corridor. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Asbury UMC.

If you are looking for family fun this fall, several area churches will be hosting trunk-or-treat or fall festivals. Here is a list of some you can enjoy this month. Read more

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Oak Mountain Elementary will host its ninth annual Fall Fun Fest on Saturday, Oct. 19. It began in 2011, which was also Principal Debbie Horton’s first year at OMES. She said this is one of her favorite days of the year. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The ninth annual Remembrance 10K Ruck and 5K Race will be Oct. 5 at Oak Mountain State Park. Team Red, White and Blue will host the event and benefits from the proceeds. Read more

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Staff photo.

Celebrate the colors of fall at Oak Mountain State Park this month during its annual Harvest Festival Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Down Syndrome Alabama.

People who want to show support for those with Down syndrome are invited to participate in a walk and a run in October. Read more

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

There’s a common opinion shared by multiple high school volleyball coaches in the Birmingham area. “If we had Chelsea’s libero, we’d be one of the best teams in the state.” Read more

Chelsea

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

When Lesli Johnson was in school, she hated history. But for over 10 years, she has been teaching history to others, just in a different way. Read more

People/Places

My Dad’s birthday was this week. He would have been 96 years old. Read more

Rick Watson

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

The first project from Chelsea’s capital budget, a new archery park, was completed just in time for archery season. Read more

News

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Photos by Erin Nelson.

When Randy Whitworth and his three adult children get together, it’s not unusual for them to discuss business. That’s because all of them are in the same business: transmissions and auto repair. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Layton Dudley.

David Sharp combined his life-long interest in horticulture and business with his background in drainage and soil erosion to create the ideal landscape construction company specializing in residential design and installation. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Inverness Plaza has a new restaurant option. Casa Fiesta will open soon in the shopping center, taking over the space formerly occupied by Mugshots, which closed in September 2018. Read more

Businesses

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Photos by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Lil Bit O’ Flour is bringing back old recipes that aren’t found as much anymore like bread pudding and banana pudding. Plans to incorporate other treats are in the works. They can modify nearly any recipe to be gluten free. Read more

Businesses

Later this month, Oak Mountain High School freshmen will get a perspective of what it’s like to live in the real world when the Shelby County Chamber brings its ShelbyOne initiative program “Keeping It Real” to their campus Oct. 24. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

The city of Chelsea’s website recently received an overhaul. Although the previous website was only several years old, it was time to equip it with upgrades and more capabilities. The new website will launch Oct. 10. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The City Council cut $4.5 million from the mayor's proposed spending plan and added $2.3 million in spending favored by the council. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

If the Hoover City Council had not raised sales, use, leasing and lodging taxes last year, city revenues from those taxes likely would have declined this fiscal year, city records now indicate. Read more

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Photo by Jimmy Mitchell.

With football season in full swing, it’s not just the athletes who are performing every week. The high school bands are also an integral part of the action under the Friday night lights. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The town of Mt Laurel offers a variety of shops and restaurants, and a new development across the street will provide even more. Dunnavant Square is the newest commercial development in the area. Read more

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Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Photos by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Shelby County is gearing up for the 2020 census and educating the public is an important part of their job. Read more

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Plan Chelsea

Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

The Comprehensive Plan for the city of Chelsea is a cooperative effort between the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham and the City of Chelsea. Read more

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The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Chelsea vs Pelham

layton Dudley

The Chelsea High School football team scored in all three phases in a region win over Pelham on Friday night. Read more

Chelsea

Briarwood Football

Photo by James Nicholas

A balanced attacked gave the Lions a road victory over Wenonah. Read more

Briarwood

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Photos by Barry Stephenson

The Eagles offense struggled in a 37-7 loss at Hoover on Friday night at the Hoover Met. Read more

Oak Mountain

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

The budget totals around $9 million in revenue, not including funding for capital projects. Read more

News

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Chelsea Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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The annual fundraiser for the Shelby County Education Foundation was held at Inverness Country Club on Sept. 12. Read more

News

Chelsea Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

Chelsea High School dominated Jackson-Olin on Friday night. Read more

Chelsea

Briarwood VS Woodlawn Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

The Briarwood Christian School football team earned its first victory of the season on Friday night. Read more

Briarwood

Oak Mountain Football

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The Oak Mountain High School football team fell to Thompson 51-14 on Friday night. Read more

Oak Mountain

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

District officials say they will seek more feedback about priorities with another survey, likely after Thanksgiving. Read more

Hoover Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Current Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and state Representative Arnold Mooney will speak beginning at 9 a.m. Read more

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Inverness Corners restaurant site Sept 2019

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

The name of the restaurant has not yet been disclosed to the city of Hoover, city officials said. Read more

Businesses

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Photo courtesy of Connie O'Brien.

Holy Family Cristo Rey’s board acquired the former Center Street Middle School on June 11, 2019 from the Birmingham Board of Education. Renovations and upgrades were made over the summer in time for classes to begin on August 8. Read more

Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Oak Mountain High School fell to Hewitt-Trussville on Friday night in a region contest. Read more

Oak Mountain

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Chelsea High School picked up a region win over Carver-Birmingham on Friday night. Read more

Chelsea

Briarwood Football

Photo by Neal Wagner

The Briarwood Christian School football team dropped its second straight game to open the season on Friday night. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo by Jon Anderson

However, the budget includes $19 million in capital projects such as an 18-classroom expansion at Berry Middle School. Read more

Hoover Schools

Chelsea Park is named a Bicentennial School of Excellence

Chelsea Park Elementary

CPES received the honor on Sept. 3 along with a $5,000 Governor’s Award grant to support its continued commitment to student-led community engagement. Read more

News

Probate Judge Allison Boyd addresses the crowd at the Sept. 5 chamber luncheon.

Leah Ingram Eagle

Mental health needs and Services in Shelby County was the topic of the Sept. 5 Chamber Connections Luncheon held at the First Baptist Church of Columbiana. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Todd Lester

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Todd Lester

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

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Photo by Todd Lester

Chelsea scored 17 points in the first half and hung on to defeat top-ranked Briarwood on Friday night. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The mayor said his budget proposal is focused on better traffic management, education and public safety. Read more

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Rick Watson.

When my life gets crazy, I carve out enough time to visit the rock and think for a while. The sound of songbirds and whisper of the wind in the trees helps me find perspective — to put my life into balance. I don’t visit that big rock enough. Read more

Rick Watson

God planted in us a desire to be with Him. Only in heaven will we feel perfect peace and happiness. Until we reach our final destination, we must learn to live with the inner voids that create a longing for eternity. Read more

Kari Kampakis

Briarwood Football

Photo by Todd Lester.

Trent Howard has played both right and left tackle so far in his high school career and worked at guard and center during the spring. Read more

Briarwood

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Photo courtesy of Travis Bender.

All seven of the high school marching bands in Shelby County will gather for an annual event this month. The 2019 Shelby County Showcase of Bands, hosted by Oak Mountain High School, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Heardmont Park at 6:30 p.m. Read more

Schools

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Hoover City Schools Foundation this year is giving out a record $64,000 in grants, thanks to successful fundraising initiatives, Executive Director Janet Turner said. Read more

Schools

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Photos by Jon Anderson.

After more than two years of planning and renovation work, the Hoover school system’s Riverchase Career Connection Center is now open and running. Read more

Schools

On a memorable morning at Oakville Indian Mounds Park, Trent Malloy trimmed more than 45 seconds off his previous personal best and posted a blistering 5K time of 15 minutes, 52.35 seconds. Read more

Briarwood

Riley Scruggs did not look like a heroin addict. A talented artist, musician and athlete, he was nicknamed “Smiley Riley” for the way his smile lit up a room. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Lloyd Beard.

Check out details for these two charity events for runners and walkers scheduled in Hoover in September. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Liz McGuire.

Vestavia Hills Mayor Ashley Curry will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Harvest of Hope luncheon, a fundraiser for Oak Mountain Mission Ministries. Read more

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Navigating the death of a family member can be a difficult and lonely road. The need to talk with others who have a similar experience can be a helpful part of the healing journey. Read more

News

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Photo by Jimmy Mitchell.

Spain Park High School’s marching band for the second year in a row will use its Sparks in the Park event as a showcase and exhibition for area high school bands. It also will feature a performance by the UAB Marching Blazers. Read more

News

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Staff photo.

Giggles & Grace is gearing up for their fall consignment sale that will be held Sept. 6-7. What began as an idea from two church members is now in its 12th year as a spring and fall event at Asbury United Methodist Church. Read more

News

Class 7A, Section 3 Golf Tournament

Staff photo.

The Shelby Chamber is making preparations for its Tee It Up Fore Education golf tournament. This will be the 30th year of the event, which raises money to help fund the chamber’s career readiness program along with student and teacher scholarships. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of John Milton.

After taking a group of eight Oak Mountain High School students to a leadership conference in Auburn in 2013, John Milton wanted to provide a similar, but free, experience for Shelby County students closer to home. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Bundles of Hope.

What began as a conversation about the high cost of diapers between a group of women in 2014 has turned into a thriving nonprofit that serves around 600 families each month. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Dan Deem.

Mt Laurel Elementary is gearing up for its 15th Renaissance Faire. The event will be held at the school Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Guests at the Taste of Shelby County can enjoy great food and support a great cause. This will be the 12th year for the event, which will be held at the Inverness Country Club on Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Owned and operated by a family out of Maryland, CoreLife recently opened its third Birmingham location in Greystone. Read more

Businesses

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Photo courtesy of SEE Eyewear.

Two retailers will open their first stores in the state at The Summit this fall. SEE, a fashionable eyewear brand, and Peloton stationary bikes will be the newest additions to the shopping center. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

No longer just for golf courses, golf carts were becoming popular for individuals and the need for a retail store was evident. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

A husband-wife dentist team recently launched their new dental practice at the Narrows. Dr. Colynda Vu and Dr. David Ray opened Valley Ridge Family Dentistry on Aug. 5. Read more

Businesses

The third class of Leadership Hoover is scheduled to start meeting in September, and the organization plans to start a Junior Leadership Hoover group in 2020. Read more

News

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Renderings courtesy of the Shelby County Arts Council.

The Shelby County Arts Center at Old Mill Square, located in Columbiana, will hold a ribbon cutting Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The upcoming closure of the Sears department store at the Riverchase Galleria is being heralded by mall managers and city officials as a great opportunity for redevelopment. Read more

News

Marcy Campbell, RN, Health Science, Shelby County Schools and Shelby Baptist Medical Center

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce held its Community Luncheon on Wednesday, featuring all the nominees for Healthcare Professional of the Year. Read more

News

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Photo by Jimmy Mitchell

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Shelby County Commission

Leah Ingram Eagle

The commission also approved a new three-year contract with WastePro, which comes with a small rate increase. Read more

News

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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

Schools in Chelsea will soon see an increase in money from the city. On Aug. 6, the Chelsea City Council and Mayor Tony Picklesimer unanimously voted to approve an additional 1-cent sales tax, increasing from 4% to 5%, for the city. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Jessica Pickett

The local high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Kamp Fender.

The council on Aug. 5 voted to amend the city’s ordinance regarding alcoholic beverage sales to allow sales as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Chelsea Middle School teacher Charlsie Wigley spent the last week of her summer break in Poland furthering her education about the Holocaust. Read more

Chelsea Schools

Here are the presidents of the parent organizations at Hoover schools in the Spain Park High School feeder pattern and what they said about their goals for the 2019-20 school year: Read more

Schools

As school begins, get to know the leaders of parent-teacher organizations in some of our local Shelby County schools. The PTO is the go-to source for parents who want to help with events, fundraisers and know what’s going on in their kids’ schools. Read more

Schools

Chelsea Volleyball

Photo by Kyle Parmley.

There’s a quiet confidence surrounding the Chelsea High School volleyball team. That confidence is breeding outside expectations and lofty aspirations. Read more

Chelsea

Briarwood Volleyball 2018

Sarah Finnegan

The last two years, the Lions have hit a wall in the super regional tournament and haven’t been able to break through to the state tournament. They have a goal to change that this fall. Read more

Briarwood

Briarwood at Vestavia

Todd Kwarcinski

Three early Vestavia Hills touchdowns doomed Briarwood in Friday's jamboree. Read more

Briarwood

The Oak Mountain High School football team notched a 17-0 victory over Chelsea in Friday's season opener. Read more

Sports

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Photo courtesy of Eric Chambers.

Avadian Credit Union was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group. Read more

People/Places

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Jimmy Mitchell

Here's a look at several of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Workforce development leader fills Hoover chamber in on efforts to achieve that Read more

Businesses

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Spain Park High School’s enrollment of 1,637 students already is 40 higher than last year’s official count, but numbers should keep growing. Read more

Hoover Schools

The baby and maternity expo drew more than 3,500 people in its first year at the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The event raised more than $38,000 for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Birmingham Boys Choir.

The Birmingham Boys Choir, which draws boys from all over the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, is holding its ninth annual Taste of Birmingham fundraiser on Aug. 20. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Chelsea City Council

Leah Ingram Eagle

The one percent increase will take effect on October 1, 2019. Read more

News

Alcohol sales

Photo by Kamp Fender

Previously, sales or dispensing of alcoholic beverages could not occur until 11 a.m. on Sundays in private clubs and noon at places such as restaurants, hotels and meeting and event centers. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The mayors want to increase their influence when addressing issues that big cities face. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Wednesday's luncheon featured four superintendents discussing the state of their schools. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Bradstreet will provide leadership for the 170 chapters and almost 20,000 members of the American Legion throughout Alabama. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Babypalooza.

The Babypalooza baby and maternity expo is headed to the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex for its 14th year in the Birmingham-Hoover area. Read more

News

Briarwood Football

Photo by Todd Lester.

Following 29 years as the Lions’ head coach, Fred Yancey retired at the conclusion of the 2018 season. Enter Matthew Forester, who was promoted to head coach from the defensive coordinator spot. Read more

Briarwood

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Todd Lester

The 2018 season did not unfold as the Spain Park High School football team intended. Even so, head coach Shawn Raney drew encouragement from how his players responded to the adversity. Read more

Spain Park

Oak Mountain Football

Photo by James Nicholas.

If the Eagles can create the dynamic offense Bell envisions — and buckle down on defense — they could have a chance to advance to the playoffs despite graduating 18 starters from their 2018 squad. Read more

Oak Mountain

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The three-day science fiction and fantasy festival includes sessions on gaming, comics, writing, cosplay, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "Game of Thrones." Read more

News

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The volunteers, mostly men and boys, helped spruce up school campuses prior to the return of students. Read more

Hoover Schools

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What started out as Sally Dollar’s hobby of writing during her children’s naptimes turned into a passion, then an Amazon bestseller. Dollar’s first book, “The Gumball Lottery: A Delicious Assortment of Rhyme,” was published in March. Read more

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Photos by Alyx Chandler.

Stone Hollow Farmstead General Manager Jonathan Parrish said its Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, program continues to grow each year. Since the farm began its program in 2014, memberships have become more and more popular. Read more

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Photo by Alyx Chandler.

Over the years, Frankie Osborn's enormous clover collection continued to grow and even caught the attention of Guinness World Records, “The Letterman Show” and local radio hosts and news stations. Read more

People/Places

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Photo courtesy of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar.

Sports fans will soon have new place to watch games and enjoy Louisiana cuisine. Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, offering a gameday menu with a taste of Louisiana, is coming to Tatterstall Park, the new development on Alabama 119 just off U.S. 280. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Alyx Chandler.

Jen Brantley, the director of communications for The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, said involving kids in the process of making sushi and learning about the history of it has made them more willing to eat something new. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The Hoover Police Department drew in more donors to a blood drive at the Hoover Public Safety Center than the Hoover Fire Department. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Cafe Three21.

On hot summer Saturdays, kids from Oak Mountain High School’s special education class can be found serving iced coffee, lemonade and sodas at Cafe Three21.