SouthWest Water Company in June announced cash scholarships for three graduating high school students in Shelby County who plan to make engineering their main course of study. Read more


Three Briarwood Christian School graduates got a little tuition relief for the 2019-20 school year through a $1,000 scholarship awarded by the competitive Alfa Foundation Scholarship Program. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial.

Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial recently donated over $2,000 to local causes, including the Shelby County Foster Parent association, donations for a recovering Trussville first responder and Oak Mountain Elementary School Read more


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Photo courtesy of the Symphony Volunteer Council.

Michael and Lynne Meeks hosted the Symphony Volunteer Council summer party for the new incoming board recently. Read more



Photo by Kamp Fender.

Club teaches fundamentals of orienteering — ‘a thinking sport’ — at Oak Mountain State Park. Read more


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Photo courtesy of General Sumter Chapter DAR.

The General Sumter Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented its annual chapter art and essay award winners in May. Read more


Kevan McClaflin, a 2019 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and Shoal Creek resident, recently was chosen as one of just 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Read more


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Photo courtesy of Carole Lyons

Scout Troop 71 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church recently celebrated three of its troop members, who earned their Eagle Scout award. Read more


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Photos courtesy of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama

Ivey Randle and Taylor Player, both seniors at Oak Mountain High School, have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Read more



Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha.

Flip Side Watersports at Oak Mountain State Park has added a new amenity just in time for summer. Read more



Photos by Karim Shamsi-Basha.

According to Donna Sibley, there are more skills associated with cooking than just following directions. Social, math and reading skills are all enhanced, she said, just to name a few. Read more



Photos courtesy of Shawn Brower.

More than 60 Briarwood High School students recently spent their spring break miles away from Alabama beaches, on a mission trip to Belize. Read more



Photo courtesy of Asbury United Methodist Church.

Asbury United Methodist Church is holding a barbecue and chili cookoff June 22 as a fundraiser for a new ministry aiding people with memory loss and their caregivers. Read more



Photo by Jon Anderson.

Organizers of the fifth annual Hoover City Dad Brigade are asking men and boys to begin signing up for the annual back-to-school cleanup June 1. Read more


Sara Beth’s Gymnasts in Chelsea is scheduled to host its first two gymnastics camps this summer. Read more



Photo courtesy of Rachel Kim.

Narrows Resident Rachel Kim started an event last year to bring more food options to the Chelsea area and to provide an opportunity for neighbors to meet and mingle. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church.

Here are a few programs planned at local churches, with information on how to register. Read more


In Leisha Knight’s paddleboard yoga classes, some participants struggle to keep their balance on the boards, while others are doing handstands. Read more


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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Chelsea’s Independence Day celebration, The Big Kaboom, returns on Saturday, June 29. Read more



Photo by Jon Anderson.

You might see a kite if you go to Veterans Park on Valleydale Road on June 7, but you’ll have to look on a giant video screen instead of in the sky. Read more


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