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New Helena coffee roastery to bring interactive experience

For many, picking up a hot cup of coffee is a daily ritual, but most people never think ... Read more | Add your comment

Fire departments work to contain Pelham brush fire

PELHAM — The Pelham Fire Department, with assistance from other area fire departments, contained a brush fire that ... Read more | Add your comment

2020 a year of record growth for McLeod Software

BIRMINGHAM — McLeod Software is pleased to announce that 2020 was a year of record growth for the ... Read more | Add your comment

ACS head nurse gives tips for healthy 2nd semester

With students and staff back in the classroom across the Alabaster City School system following winter break, head ... Read more | Add your comment

Business

New Helena coffee roastery to bring interactive experience

For many, picking up a hot cup of coffee is a daily ritual, but most people never think about the work that goes into crafting ... Read more | Add your comment

by Alec Etheredge.

News

Fire departments work to contain Pelham brush fire

PELHAM — The Pelham Fire Department, with assistance from other area fire departments, contained a brush fire that occurred Friday night, Jan. 15 in the ... Read more | Add your comment

by Scott Mims.

Alabaster Main Story

Alabaster City Schools ready for full spring semester

Despite the uncertainty that lingers, Superintendent Dr. Wayne Vickers feels optimistic going into the spring semester and reflects on the hardships ACS employees and students ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 10:09 am

News

Pelham not hosting Polar Plunge this year

In what would be its 11th year, the Pelham Police Department will not be hosting the annual Polar Plunge event out of an abundance of ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 15, 2021 9:30 am

Alabaster Main Story

Frios closes in Alabaster, shifts to mobile business

After a great run at the Frios Gourmet Pops storefront location in Alabaster, the business is going mobile. Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:37 am

Alabaster Main Story

Meet Shelby County’s first baby of 2021

Shelby County’s first baby of the year arrived at Shelby Baptist Medical Center on Jan., 3. Kaylin Starr Wood was born at 10:09 a.m., weighing ... Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Friday, January 15, 2021 8:21 am

Business

Mama Coco Cantina blends Mexican food, culture

CALERA — Los Angeles native Jessica Bargas couldn’t be happier to be in downtown Calera, Alabama. As the manager of new Mexican restaurant Mama Coco ... Read more

by Scott Mims, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:05 pm

Montevallo

Montevallo through and through: Niven becomes winningest basketball coach at MHS

When it comes to Montevallo High School few have been more important than Tena Niven, and now she’ll go down in history. Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 12:25 pm

Calera

Right on target: Big Axe Hangout offers mobile form of entertainment

CALERA — Sometimes you just feel like throwing an axe at an approaching zombie. Read more

by Scott Mims, Wednesday, January 13, 2021 11:42 am

Alabaster Main Story

Alexander, Harrell named to Super All-State team

One was determined to repeat as a state champion while the other stepped on the field as a starter for the first time this year ... Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 11:16 pm

Community Columnists

Mann has touched the lives of hundreds

Josephine “Joe” Mann is a recipient of both a long life and a good life. Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:34 pm

Columbiana

Community gives blood to support Wilder

Our county seat of Columbiana is proof that when a town comes together to support someone they love, they can do amazing things. Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 10:30 pm

280 Main Story

Shoal Creek making push to host 2022 PGA Championship

Alabama has long been known as one of the most underrated and serene golf states in the country, but that soon could change. Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:16 pm

280 Main Story

Chelsea aiming to bring businesses to new park development

Situated near the U.S. 280 corridor, Foothills Business Park features 7-8 acres of land available to businesses wanting to locate to Chelsea. Read more

by Emily Sparacino, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 3:30 pm

Helena

Helena mayor outlines goals for 2021, including updates on new businesses

Though 2020 was a tumultuous year that was unpredictable and full of uncertainty, newly-elected Helena Mayor Brian Puckett is looking forward to accomplishing a variety ... Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 3:02 pm

Montevallo

Council approves engineering services for Alabama 25 sidewalk project

The resolution allows the mayor to execute an agreement for professional engineering services with Garver USA for the sidewalks, which are part of an ongoing ... Read more

by Emily Sparacino, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:51 pm

Alabaster Main Story

Helena’s Hulsey running for State House District 73 seat

Helena City Councilmember Leigh Hulsey announced that she will be seeking the Alabama State House District 73 seat in a special election. Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 2:31 pm

Columbiana

Johnson, Christian win inaugural Alabama Bass Trail 100

COLUMBIANA — One hundred teams launched at Beeswax Park for the first of three events in the brand-new Alabama Bass Trail 100 series. Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, January 11, 2021 10:43 pm

280 Main Story

ABC Board temporarily closes 4 locations in Shelby County

Four ABC Select Spirits stores in Shelby County will have to close their doors temporarily due to the continued spread of COVID-19 across the state. Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Monday, January 11, 2021 3:43 pm

280 Main Story

Shelby County still in Phase 1A of state’s vaccination plan

County staff members provided an update on Jan. 11 to the Shelby County Commission on COVID-19 vaccines in Shelby County. Read more

by Emily Sparacino, Monday, January 11, 2021 11:24 am

280 Main Story

Ivey awards grants to help abuse victims in central Alabama

MONTGOMERY — Safe House of Shelby County and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama are among several organizations to receive grants from Gov. Kay Ivey totaling $374,155 ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, January 11, 2021 12:51 am

Montevallo

UM announces 2-hour weather delay for Jan. 11

The University of Montevallo will adjust its normal operations on Monday, Jan. 11 in preparation for the threat of winter weather and potentially dangerous road ... Read more

by Emily Sparacino, Sunday, January 10, 2021 7:51 pm

Alabaster Main Story

Alabaster Fire Department seeking input on five-year plan

As 2021 begins, so does the final stage of the department’s five-year strategic plan that was drafted in 2016. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 8, 2021 5:02 pm

Alabaster Main Story

Parks and Rec opens spring sports registration

Alabaster Parks and Recreation kicked off their 2021 registration for softball, baseball and soccer on Monday, Jan. 4. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 8, 2021 4:43 pm

Alabaster Reporter

Alabaster accepts Human Trafficking Awareness Month proclamation

Virginia Miller met with Alabaster Mayor Scott Brakefield on Monday, Jan. 4 to accept the 2021 Human Trafficking Awareness Proclamation. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 8, 2021 2:46 pm

Alabaster Main Story

Alabaster mayor lists economic development, projects among city’s priorities

Mayor Scott Brakefield gives an inside scoop into the plans that the city has in the upcoming months, ranging from economic development goals to renovations. Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, January 8, 2021 2:13 pm

Helena

Troop 532 sold more than 200 trees during Christmas

One of the most cherished parts of Christmastime is getting the family together and driving out to a lot to pick the perfect tree to ... Read more

by Alec Etheredge, Friday, January 8, 2021 2:04 pm