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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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'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

News

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

Taste of Hoover 2019 2

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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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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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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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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

News

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Photo by Jon Anderson

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

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

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

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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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Photo by Jon Anderson

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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Photo by Jon Anderson

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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Photo by Leah Ingram Eagle.

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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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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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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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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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

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

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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. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

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More than 150 students from Hoover, Spain Park and Homewood high schools have registered for the Culinary and Hospitality Academy in its first year, Chris Villa said. Read more

Schools

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More than 300 students from Hoover and Spain Park high schools are signed up for the Health Science Academy at the Riverchase Career Connection Center, which opens for the first time with the start of school on Aug. 8. Read more

Schools

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Two days after Oak Mountain Elementary kindergarten teacher Wanda Dye closed up her classroom for the summer, she got a call from the principal that there was a fire at the school and her room had received the most damage. Read more

Oak Mountain Schools

Shelby County Schools have embraced the down-to- earth work of trying to help students find suitable and engaging careers through programs like Ready to Work and Career Clusters. Read more

Schools

For our children to know, love and understand God, it’s important that we take them to church, share Scripture, cultivate character and encourage healthy relationships. Read more

Kari Kampakis

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For the 2019-20 school year, Chelsea and Oak Mountain high schools were chosen to be partner schools in Microsoft’s philanthropy initiative, designed to spread computer science knowledge to more high school students. Read more

Schools

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Rick Watson.

The nature of our backyard changed this summer. We have a new swing. Read more

Rick Watson

JohnsonKreis Construction will host the 16th Annual Shake and Bake 5K on Aug. 3. The race will be held in Mt Laurel at 8 a.m. For the fourth consecutive year, JohnsonKreis will donate all money raised to Vapor Ministries. Read more

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If you want to run the Ridge to Blazing Ridge, don’t forget your water. The 10.5-mile and 21-mile races will feature lots of elevation change and the intense August heat, so race organizers make it mandatory to carry a water bottle or hydration gear. Read more

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The Alabama Wildlife Center will present the eighth annual Chips & Chirps fundraiser event on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens from 7 to 10 p.m. Read more

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Birmingham will be one of eight cities hosting the eighth annual R(un) for One 5K and fun run this month, but the race has relocated from Veterans Park in Hoover to Railroad Park downtown. Read more

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Birmingham Restaurant Week is back for its 10th year. The 10-day event celebrating the city’s acclaimed culinary culture will be held Aug. 16-25. Read more

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The 15th annual Save the O’s 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Greystone residential community to raise money for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Read more

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The Heart of Dixie chapter of the BMW Car Club of America is offering a driving school for teenagers and young adults at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium to help prepare them for driving hazards and challenges. Read more

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The largest CrossFit event in the state of Alabama, Mayhem on the Mountain, is set to return to Oak Mountain State Park on Aug. 17 and 18. Read more

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The city of Hoover’s annual National Night out event is moving to a new location for its 10th year — the parking lot of the Riverchase Galleria. Read more

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A 1.6-mile trail between the Inverness Nature Park and Valleydale Road will get under construction sometime this fall in a joint project between Shelby County and the city of Hoover. Read more

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Brandon Turner, the new principal for the Hornets, accepted the position in June when former Principal Wayne Trucks left for a job with the St. Clair County school board. Read more

Chelsea Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

Harleigh Lantrip has been on the pageant stage since before she could walk. On April 14, the Oak Mountain High School graduate was crowned Miss Alabama United States on the stage of her alma mater. Read more

People/Places

The resolution for the purchase was passed at Monday night's Shelby County Commission meeting. Read more

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Cahoon served in both World War II and the Korean War. Read more

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Public hearing on sales tax proposal

Leah Ingram Eagle

The public hearing took place following the city council meeting, allowing people the opportunity to voice their opinions on the proposed one cent sales tax Read more

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Eight months into fiscal 2019, the complex has had an estimated $31 million economic impact, the manager says. Read more

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Superintendent Kathy Murphy held off again on a recommendation for a policy against disruptive speech. Read more

Hoover Schools

Families of 386 children were interested, but only 90 students could be accepted for five new pre-K classes. Read more

Schools

Residents will have a chance for their voices to be heard, for or against this proposal, at the upcoming city council meeting on July 16, at 6 p.m. at City Hall. Read more

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Shelby Chamber Small Business Award Winners

Leah Ingram Eagle

The five winners for Shelby Chamber Business of the Year spoke at the Chamber's Connection Luncheon on July 11. Read more

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Tattersall Park proposed master plan July 2019

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Greystone residents strongly objected to the proposal. Read more

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Future land use plan July 2019

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Mayor Frank Brocato said the document will serve as a roadmap in making decisions over the next 20 to 25 years. Read more

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The commission approved several resolutions during a brief meeting on July 8. Read more

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The Magic City Theatre On Ice skating team defended their 2018 National title in the open division and won silver in the intermediate division during the National Theatre on Ice Competition at the end of June. Read more

People/Places

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Photo by Kyle Parmley.

If approved, the proposed one cent sales tax increase could generate $1.5 million per year for Chelsea schools. Read more

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Hoover City Council 7-1-19

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The grocery store is planned to be built at the intersection of South Shades Crest Road and Morgan Road in southwest Hoover. Read more

Businesses

Planning commissioners wanted a better summary and new plans for undeveloped areas. Read more

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Scroggins was named Alex Dudchock's successor upon his retirement in March 2020. Read more

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Leah Ingram Eagle

Members and guests enjoyed barbecue and chili at Saturday night's fundraising event. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Hoover's economic developer, Greg Knighton, said a partnership with Main Street Alabama would be worth considering. Read more

Businesses

At Tuesday's meeting, the city council voted to award Alabama Asphalt & Construction an annual paving contract for the city's roads. Read more

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Residents have complained about having a constant stream of strangers coming to and going from homes in their neighborhoods. Read more

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Free Friday Flicks 2019 (5)

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Skies were clear Friday night as moviegoers watched "The Little Mermaid." Read more

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Briarwood Christian School

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The text of HB 309 allows the president or chief executive of each campus to employ police officers to “keep off intruders and prevent trespass upon, and damage to, the property of the school or academy.” Read more

Private Schools

Melody Whitten discussed the progress of 58 Inc. at Thursday's luncheon. Read more

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Students are becoming too disconnected from instruction, Superintendent Kathy Murphy said. Read more

Hoover Schools

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The meeting likely will be in early July, Superintendent Kathy Murphy said. Read more

Hoover Schools

Chelsea City Council June 4

Leah Ingram Eagle

The building features a men’s and women’s restroom on the front, and a 25-person storm shelter on the back. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The bank's renovation of a 130,000-square-foot building in International Park is taking longer than anticipated. Read more

Businesses

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But the council held off a decision to extend a fiber-optic line along Valleydale Road from U.S. 31 to almost U.S. 280. Read more

News

More than 775 people had taken the Hoover Sun and 280 Living poll as of 3:30 p.m. June 3. Read more

Hoover Schools

County Manager Alex Dudchock

Leah Ingram Eagle

At Tuesday night’s Shelby County Commission meeting, Shelby County CFO Cheryl Naugher presented her 6-month financial review. Read more

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Mary Helmer

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Helmer is scheduled to speak at the chamber luncheon at the Hoover Country Club on June 20. Read more

Businesses

Richard Stephens' family

Leah Ingram Eagle

The city council proclaimed April 18, 2019 to be Richard Stephens Day. Read more

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Small business award winners

Leah Ingram Eagle

Of the 33 nominees for small business of the year, five took home the award at Wednesday's event. Read more

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Leah Ingram Eagle

Chelsea Park Elementary hosted a Happy Birthday Alabama celebration in their garden which was constructed by their Bicentennial grant. Read more

Chelsea Schools

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Terminal Station exhibit at Vulcan Museum

Visitors can see images and items from the former Great Temple of Travel from now through the end of the year. Read more

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The Hornets finished the season 26-15 and graduated five seniors in Turner Griffin, Jacob Tinnell, Forehand, Peacock and Horton. Read more

Sports

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School officials are proposing a change to the code of conduct that allows school discipline for racist and sexist conduct or language, whether it occurs on campus, at home or online. Read more

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The Briarwood Christian baseball team lost to Springville in the Class 5A state championship series in Montgomery. Read more

Sports

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However, a proposed change would allow school officials to administer discipline when racist, sexist or other disparaging off-campus remarks substantially impact the school environment. Read more

Hoover Schools

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The scholarship recipients were Taylor Edwards, Maggie Ethridge and Mary White of Hoover High School and Josh Stanton of Spain Park High School. Read more

People/Places

A proposed change in the code of conduct would make it a class 3 (most serious) offense to engage in racist or sexist conduct or language, whether on or off campus. Read more

Hoover Schools 3 Comments

Shelby County Commission May 13

Leah Ingram Eagle

The Shelby County Commission and SWWC have agreed to cease their efforts to adopt a local constitutional amendment during the 2019 Regular Session. Read more

News

Chelsea vs Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

Layton Dudley

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

Sports

State Soccer Finals

Kyle Parmley

The Chelsea girls soccer team fell to Homewood in the Class 6A girls soccer state championship game on Saturday morning. Read more

Chelsea

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The Briarwood Christian School boys soccer team blanked Springville 5-0 in Friday's Class 4A-5A state final. Read more

Sports

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Playing in honor of former coach Ken Headley, the Westminster School at Oak Mountain girls soccer team captured its first state title on Friday night in Huntsville. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The club also gave out 2019 academic and citizenship awards to six Hoover middle school students. Read more

Hoover Schools

Chelsea Middle School baseball team

Leah Ingram Eagle

Local accomplishments honored at Tuesday's meeting Read more

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Words matter, perspective is big and forgiveness is essential, Lehman told 600 or so people at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham — The Wynfrey Hotel. Read more

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Shelby County and Hoover are partnering to add a traffic signal and turn lanes at the intersection at an estimated cost of $600,000. Read more

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Arnold Mooney

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He is the fourth Republican to announce his candidacy for Jones' Senate seat. Read more

People/Places

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Kyle Parmley

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

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Local high school track and field teams competed Thursday to Saturday at the state meet in Gulf Shores. Read more

Sports

Carletta Singleton

Leah Ingram Eagle

Carletta Singleton from the U.S. Census Regional Bureau Office in Atlanta gave a presentation entitled “Everyone Counts.” Read more

News

Explore Playground 5-1-19 (36)

Photo by Jon Anderson

The 15,000-square-foot playground includes features to accommodate a variety of disabilities. A 7,000-square-foot splash pad is set to open May 15. Read more

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