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Antiqua Cleggett 8-15-19

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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

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Rocky Ridge school bus 8-14-19

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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

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

People/Places

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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

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Chelsea City Council

Leah Ingram Eagle

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

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Alcohol sales

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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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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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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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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

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Briarwood Football

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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

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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

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Oak Mountain Football

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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

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Dad Brigade 7-27-19 (2)

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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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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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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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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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Save the Os 5K 2018 (1)

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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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Tire Rack Street Survival 6-25-19

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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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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

News

Bob Cahoon 7-18-19 (1)

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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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Finley Center June 2019

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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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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

News

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

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Asbury BBQ Chili Cookoff

Leah Ingram Eagle

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

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Mary Helmer 6-20-19

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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

News

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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

Sarah Finnegan

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

Kathy Murphy 6-4-19

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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

News

IberiaBank June 2019

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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

News

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

Kathy Murphy 5-9-19

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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

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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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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

News

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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