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Alabaster Connection July 2013

Inside this issue... School Registrations “Dig into Reading� Summer Program

Economic Growth Alabaster A hot Retail Market

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From the Mayor’s Desk... The hot summer months are here! Please remember to regularly check on pets, children, and the elderly as the summer temperatures rise—hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! First, I would like to give a huge “Thank You” to Full Moon Bar-B-Que for donating food for the city employees at this year’s City Fest. It was a GREAT way to honor them and their contribution to this event. As you may have noticed, there were many city employees working throughout the day (and weekend) to ensure the health and safety of those in attendance, to oversee trash removal, equipment set-up and teardown, and restroom maintenance. Thanks to the generosity Marty Handlon of Full Moon, the employees had access to a delicious meal. I Mayor, City of Alabaster have heard many of them expressing their gratitude, so please know how much it was appreciated. As another way to promote our small businesses, our newsletter editor will do an article each month featuring one of our local businesses. I have asked members of the business community to nominate a business for this article. Nominations can be anything, such as an interesting start-up or family story, unique niche, philanthropy, or community involvement. If you would like to nominate a business to be featured, please email the details to Ms. Beverly Baker at This month’s feature is Alabaster’s oldest business, Edmond’s Barber Shop, founded in 1955. We have recently revised our ordinance regarding peddlers and solicitors, door-to-door sales, and charitable solicitations. The revisions should provide reasonable regulations for the preservation of privacy and safety of city residents, reduce stranger annoyance and alarm, and deter or prevent fraud. Door-to-door peddlers and solicitors are required to register with the City. Upon registration they receive a certificate which must be visible at all times while soliciting in our community. If someone approaches your door without a certificate, he or she is in violation of this ordinance and should be reported to the non-emergency police number at 663-7401. And, even registered solicitors should not approach homes with a posted “no solicitation” sign on the door. You can find a copy of this ordinance on our city website for more details. It is our goal to provide as much safety as possible within our community. I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful celebration for our nation’s birthday! Please take time to remember those who have sacrificed, as well as those still at work, to keep us free. We are one nation under God. God Bless America! Marty

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CO u n c i l C o m m e n t s

Scott Brakefield, Ward 6 City Council President

Greetings. I hope that everyone is having a great start to the summer. I cannot think of a better way to start the summer than Alabaster City Fest. What a great show! Thanks to the Alabaster Arts Council for their leadership with such a great day for our City. July 1st marks a very important date for our City. The Alabaster City School System will be officially operating on its own. I am extremely excited about the impact this will have on our students and the future of our City. I would encourage you to get involved and take pride in this tremendous opportunity we have as a City. You will soon be hearing more about an Alabaster City Schools Foundation. If you wish to be involved, please email me at and I will get you additional information. I am not sure that this will reach you by 6/29, but if it does please join our community at Veterans Park for the annual Celebrate America Event. It is a great time to visit with others in the community, celebrate our Independence Day and watch a great firework show. Lastly, I would like to continue to encourage everyone to shop Alabaster first. I recently read an article in the Alabaster Reporter that stated the 1 cent sales tax that is in place to help our schools has grown more than anticipated. That is simply because our residents are choosing to keep their tax dollars here in Alabaster.

Sophie Martin, Ward 1

Residents of the South Forty subdivision were recently annexed in to the City of Alabaster and will now be part of Ward 1. This annexation was successful due to 100% documented support from South Forty residents, the city council and state government representatives. This expansion also reinforces and validates the value and appeal that is already being brought to the City of Alabaster as


the school board is in the final stages of forming the Alabaster City School System. The Alabaster Water Board recently welcomed Laura Koon, who will be serving as the new manager of the water board. Ms. Koon brings extensive knowledge and experience to this key position and I know she will take the water board to a new level of innovation and success. Congratulations to Gary Wright who was recently appointed to the Alabaster Water Board of Directors. We truly appreciate his willingness to serve in this very important role. If you have any ideas for Ward 1 or our city, please feel free to contact me at 358-8742 or

Bob Hicks, Ward 2

Happy 4th of July. Anyone who has ever had freedoms taken away from them values independence, and we have our forefathers to thank for ours. We also have our soldiers-past, present and future-to thank for preserving our independence. Fireworks are fun to watch, but enjoying freedom is a privilege for which we should all be truly thankful. I cannot begin to thank everyone who worked so hard on CityFest last month. Adam Moseley and the Arts Council. Public Safety. Parks ‘n’ Rec. Public Works. Literally hundreds of volunteers under the intrepid leadership of Henry Raymond. Our generous, wonderful sponsors. The tireless fashion in which the folks inside the Sponsor tent kept things rolling (Alicia, Rosia.... hugs). The good folks at Full Moon for providing for our employees. The list goes on and on. What a great time was had by all, and even a minor interruption from the weather man didn’t “dampen” everyone’s spirits. The talent was awesome, thank you again to the Arts Council. CityFest has become a major event in Shelby County and all of Alabama. It is marvelous advertising to folks who come by to visit. I am grateful to ALL who made it ANOTHER smashing success. As the summer is now in full swing, please don’t forget to schedule some family time at one of Alabaster’s awesome parks. There is something for everyone: ball fields, gardens, music and movies in the park, and so on. To get away and relax, it is not always necessary to get away from the city. Thanks to Tim Hamm and his team for providing quality space for all of us to reconnect with nature and our families. See you there. Grace and peace, Bob

Stacy Rakestraw, Ward 3

A big “WELCOME” to Dr. Vickers and his family – we are thankful to have you all in Alabaster. Our community looks forward to working to better our school system, our children’s academic education, arts, music and athletic programs to a standard we have never seen before. A “Sidewalk Ordinance” has not passed. We are still working through the many ins and outs, state laws and HOA contracts to make sure we do the right thing for our citizens and for our city. We have a new “Peddler Ordinance” that is coming through to its final phase. Should a “not-forprofit or commercial” solicitor come to your door, you have the right to ask them for a certificate. If they do not have one, please call 663-7401 and an officer will be dispatched to your residence/ neighborhood. Consider putting a “No Soliciting” sign by your front door. Preparations for the 2014 City Budget are in the works. Please feel free to direct any questions regarding budget items to Mayor Handlon or your city council person. As we celebrate our country’s “Independence Day,” I would like to say “Thank You” to our military personnel currently serving around the world and to the many veterans who have served in the past! Have a safe summer!

Rick Walters, Ward 4

As long as the weather cooperates, the City and Water Board will begin working on paving, line replacement and other infrastructure projects. We will do our best to minimize your inconvenience, as will the State and County paving projects. One project in particular is the railroad crossing at HWY 31 and 119. We have been doing everything we can, including calling on our State Representatives to lobby CSX and the DOT. They now have a plan and hopefully work will begin soon. The plan in place includes smoothing out the road on both sides of the track. Work on the tracks themselves can only be done by the railroad. Our parks are in full bloom and are waiting for you to enjoy them. The Park & Rec department does a great job maintaining our sports fields, but don’t overlook our open fields and walking trails. The walking trail that starts at Buck Creek Park can be followed all the way to the Senior Center. It’s great for walking your dog and if you want to let your dog run free, then visit the Beneful Dog Park at Veterans Park.

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Russell Bedsole, Ward 5

As we celebrate the independence of our great nation, I am reminded of a recent trip I took to Philadelphia, PA. Just steps from Independence Hall stands a sculpture, known as The Signer, that is dedicated to those who signed the Declaration of Independence and The United States Constitution. The plaque attached at the gates of the courtyard explains that it is commemorating, “...the courage of those who altered their lives, and ours, by affixing their names to these documents.” In all your holiday festivities, be mindful of our forefathers’ courage that granted each of us the liberties and freedom that “are endowed by [our] Creator...”, and also those who have fought for us to keep them. Two city related items that I have been asked about: 1) Ground breaking will soon take place on the Dick’s Sporting Goods, a great addition to our city that is expected to open by spring. 2) Repaving has begun on Alabama Hwy119. This repaving project is expected to help smooth out the crossing at the Hwy 31 intersection. Continue to enjoy our city during the summer months, and as always I am here if you should have any questions or concerns.

Tommy Ryals, Ward 7

In case you missed it, in February of this year, the Council adopted some new guidelines and flood maps issued by FEMA. This was not a city initiative but was required by FEMA in order for Alabaster residents to be eligible for flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If we did not adopt the changes, new insurance policies cannot be sold or old ones renewed. Among the changes, FEMA “adjusted” some of their flood maps and extended some of the “Flood plains” and “Floodways”. You may want to check the new maps to see if the status of your property may have changed-particularly if you live in a low lying area. Special considerations and sometimes restrictions apply to construction or further re-development of properties in flood prone areas. The new flood maps are available for your review on the FEMA website and also on the City’s website by clicking on “Residents” and then “Flood Plain Maps”. I haven’t had a “flood” of inquiries about this but thought it was important. 5

h app e n i n g s Economic Growth in Alabaster Cam Ward, Executive Director of Alabaster’s Industrial Development Board, believes what many might not have realized. “I think we have one of the hottest markets in the Birmingham area,” he shared. Ward points to the success of attracting Dick’s Sporting Goods, along with other recent developments, as proof of Alabaster’s growing market. “More retailers are looking at Alabaster and we should expect a growth in individual business development in the future,” said Ward. Part of the reason for this growth is the aggressive and balanced approach the City of Alabaster takes in pursuing deals, an example being the recent one with Dick’s Sporting Goods. “Several other cities in our area were competing for this business to locate in their area,” said Ward. He continued by adding, “Every municipality and county is trying to lure a retailer like Dick’s Sporting Goods to their community.” The same competitive approach taken to attract Dick’s Sporting Goods will be taken to secure future businesses. In the case of Dick’s, the city offered a defined and targeted incentive package. The package has a time limit, a monetary cap, only applies to non-school city sales tax, and will decrease every year 6

until the time limit expires or the monetary cap is reached. Offering incentives, however, does not always go over well with critics. Ward understands the hesitation that some might have, but he believes the right incentives are a win-win for the retailer and the city. “Incentives are part of the economic development climate we live in. Every country, state, county, and city offers incentives to businesses to locate in their community. If they do not, then someone else will and that is where the business will locate,” he said. Yet it is not enough to just throw money at a retailer. There needs to be balance in the approach so as to yield a “win” for the city as well. “Alabaster has been smarter in their incentives by making sure that the city expends no money up front,” Ward said. “The city shares in the revenue brought in from the retailer.” The reason this is a better approach than others is because it removes a financial burden from the city. “This is smart because it does not require the city to take on any additional debt,” he said. “It will add an additional $38,000 a year initially to our city budget and will grow each year afterwards.” An additional part of the approach the city is taking is displayed in the team mentality of recruiting businesses. “Every employee in our city played a role in this project. Alabaster has shown that it is a city that will make opening a business

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easy,” he said. Ward had special praise for the building department, city manager, mayor, and city council, who he said “have all been open-minded in allowing new businesses to locate to our city.” Bill Leitner, managing partner of Highway 11/31 LLC who is developing the Dick’s project, has been very pleased with the community of Alabaster. “Consistently our involvement with the City of Alabaster has been great,” Leitner said. “The City treats Promenade Alabaster like a personal investment on behalf of its constituents. Police and Fire Department personnel are often at the Property ensuring safety and security, which in turn creates a positive shopping experience, which in turn creates more sales.” Leitner believes that the addition of Dick’s Sporting Goods will make a positive impact in Alabaster. “Rather than traveling to Hoover, a broader selection of sporting goods will be offered here at home,” he said. He added, “We intend to build Dick’s newest prototype and the interior of the store should be very impressive.” He also expressed his thanks to the community for their strong support. Ward also hinted at the opening of a new donut chain in the city shortly. The expected opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods is set for Spring 2014. To see how the Industrial Development Board can help you, call 664-6800.

business district in town. According to the article by Potter, that reads like a modern murder mystery novel, it was just past midnight on January 6th when Mr. Nabors, 56 years old and walking on a peg leg, entered a store, Rock Villa, to stir up the fire. Potter then sets the scene. “The wind was whistling around the building and it was beginning to be cold, John W. Nabors, in an undated even in the store.” photo. He was the first “officer” Mr. Nabors thought he killed in the line of duty in would get a scuttle of coal Alabaster. from the pile just outside the door. He picked up the coal scuttle and went outside. The wind blew and he had difficulty in closing the door behind him. He stepped off the little concrete porch. From out of the darkness, a shotgun was roughly shoved into his side and a man’s voice said “Hold up yo’ hans”. Two men stepped out of the darkness and commanded him to “Git down de’ road”. They forced Nabors down the road “towards Siluria” and led him to a bridge spanning a creek. It was

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On January 6th 1938 Alabaster was “agog with excitement” following the murder of John W. Nabors, a night watchman, according to a 1938 account of the murder in the Birmingham Post written by M. H. Potter. Bobby Joe Seales, Alabaster resident and President of Shelby County Historical Society, INC, shares some background on a forgotten piece of local history. “Before Alabaster was incorporated in 1953 [60 years ago] the town would hire a night watchman,” he said. The idea was that local businesses would pay for someone to watch over the

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here under the bridge that he was shot. Potter explains that one of the assailants searched Nabors taking his pistol asking, “Is this gun any good?” Nabors replied, “It’s a pretty good gun, boys, but please don’t take it. I had to work mighty hard to pay for that gun.” Potter continues the account of what happens next. “You ain’t gonna need a gun no more” the gruff voice said, “We are gonna kill you,” “Please don’t” Mr Nabors began, when a blow to the head knocked him to the ground and four bullets from his own gun were pumped swiftly into his back. After some time, Nabors awoke and “painfully, haltingly, retraced his steps to the store”. He was able to make his way to a nearby store, waking up the operator J. G. Lowery who “roused neighbors” and rushed Nabors to a Birmingham Hospital. Nabors lived for four days before passing away. In the interval he was able to tell his story to Sheriff Fore. Nabors left behind a family of three children and a wife. Potter records the opinion of Sheriff Fore on Nabors. “He was a good man and I don’t think he had any enemies who would do that.” Nabors is buried in Nabors Cemetery in Alabaster. To read the full fascinating account from Potter and to see photos of Nabors’ headstone, visit (this web address is case sensative). Special Thanks to Bobby Joe Seales for his help with this story.

Motion passed unanimously 2. Resolution 052013-A Mini-excavator & trailer bid consideration Council Member Ryals made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-A. Council member Walters seconded. Motion passed unanimously 3. Resolution 052013-B Portable diesel self-priming pump bid consideration Council member Hicks made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-B. Council member Rakestraw seconded. No further discussion. Motion passed unanimously 4. Resolution 052013-C 11th Avenue improvements bid consideration Council member Walters made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-C rejecting all bids. Council member Bedsole seconded. Council member Walters shared the range of bids from approximately $320,000 to over $600,000 and this was well beyond estimated amounts. Council President Brakefield shared his desire to see this project completed but in a more economically feasible manner. Motion passed unanimously 5. Resolution 052013-D Municipal Park basketball courts bid consideration Council member Bedsole made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-D. Council member Hicks seconded.

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A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Present: Scott Brakefield, Bob Hicks, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals, Stacy Rakestraw, Russell Bedsole Absent: Sophie Martin AGENDA ITEMS A Motion was made by Council member Walters and seconded by Council Member Hicks to accept the quarterly financial report provided to Council by Marsha Massey, City Treasurer. Ayes – All Present. Nays – N/A. Motion Passed 1. Resolution 052013 Cedar Grove force main repairs bid consideration Council member Rakestraw made a motion to approve Resolution 052013. Council member Bedsole seconded. 8


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Council member Ryals shared how this project fits within the overall scope of capital projects budgeted for within the City. Motion passed unanimously Resolution 052013-E Annual WWTP Report resolution Council member Ryals made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-E. Council member Rakestraw seconded. Council member Walters shared the primary grading system on the report has the City within the ‘best’ or ‘lowest’ range. Motion passed unanimously Resolution 052013-F Rental agreement with Alabaster BOE Council member Hicks made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-F. Council member Rakestraw seconded. No further discussion. Motion passed unanimously Resolution 052013-G Contract amendment 2nd floor Admin Bldg Council member Rakestraw made a motion to approve Resolution 052013-G. Council member Walters seconded. Motion passed unanimously Resolution 052013-H Buck Creek concessions facility use agreement with Sowers of Seed Council member Bedsole made a motion to approve Resolution 050613-G. Council member Walters seconded. No further discussion. Motion passed unanimously

Said meeting adjourned at 7:39 P.M. A regular meeting of the Alabaster City Council was held in the Municipal Annex on Monday, June 3, 2013, at 7:00 P.M. Present: Scott Brakefield, Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Rick Walters, Tommy Ryals, Stacy Rakestraw, Russell Bedsole

Ayes - Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals, Russell Bedsole Nays – Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Stacy Rakestraw, Rick Walters Motion failed Vote for Gary Wright: Ayes - Sophie Martin, Bob Hicks, Stacy Rakestraw, Rick Walters Nays - Scott Brakefield, Tommy Ryals, Russell Bedsole Motion Passed Council President Brakefield set the following meetings: • Next regularly scheduled meeting Monday 6/17/13 7 p.m. • Work session and Finance Committee meeting 06/11/2013 at 5:30 to be held at the Alabaster Senior Center. Said meeting adjourned at 7:21 P.M.

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MAYORS COMMENTS • Mayor Handlon thanked all employees for the hard work that helped make City Fest a success. • Mayor Handlon notified the council that the mid-year adjustments will be presented at the June 11, 2013 Finance Committee meeting. • Mayor Handlon gave a brief “State of the City” address.

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AGENDA ITEMS 1. Public Hearing on the Sidewalk Ordinance Council member Walters made a motion to continue this matter until the July 1, 2013 meeting. Council member Rakestraw seconded. Motion passed unanimously 2. Resolution 060313 Appointment to Alabaster Water Board Council Member Brakefield opened the floor for nominations. Council member Ryals nominated Trey Lightsey. Council member Walters nominated Gary Wright. Council member Hicks nominated Calvin Rumpf. Vote for Trey Lightsey:

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SchoolRegistrations Meadow View Elementary School Summer Registration! Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. OR evening registrations will be: If your last name begins with: A-M Tuesday, July 23, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. N-Z Thursday, July 25, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Bring TWO (2) Proofs of Residence to the school when you come to register. (Original utility bills payable in the month of July/August in parent’s name).


Parent Night ONLY – NO CHILDREN Kindergarten --Tuesday, August 13th 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. First Grade--Thursday, August 29th, 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Second Grade--Thursday, August 22nd, 6:15 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. Third Grade--Tuesday, August 27th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Posting of Homerooms--Friday, August 9th 4:00 p.m. Orientation -- No Siblings Thursday, August 15, 2013 Kindergarten--9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. First Grade--8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Second Grade--11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Third Grade--10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. First Day of School--Monday, August 19th, 2013

Creek View Elementary School

For NEW students: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. For PRE-REGISTERED students: July 31st 7:00-11:00 a.m. & 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. • Bring two (2) Proofs of Residence and a Driver’s license when you come to register. (Original utility bills payable in the month of July/August in parent’s name). If you cannot provide two(2) original utility bills in the parent’s name you must call the school for further instructions. • You will find out your child’s teacher, get transportation information, day care information, etc. • Your child is not officially enrolled until we receive the two (2) original proofs of residence dated in the month of July/August.



Kindergarten --Thursday, August 15th 6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. First Grade--Monday, August 26th 6:30 p.m. Second Grade--Tuesday, August 27th 6:30 p.m. Third Grade--Thursday, August 29th 6:30 p.m. Meet the Teacher--Friday, August 16th 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Your child will have the opportunity to meet his/her teacher and their assigned classroom. You may bring your child’s school supplies at this time First Day of School--Monday, August 19th, 2013

Thompson Intermediate School NEW Student Registration: Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays ONLY

Last day to register for Returning students: July 25 -- 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


5th Grade Meet the Teacher – August 6 4:00-6:00 p.m. 4th Grade Meet the Teacher – August 7 4:00-6:00 p.m. Registration Fees Due – August 19

• Bring TWO (2) Proofs of Residence to the school when you come to register. (Original utility bills payable in the month of July/August in parents name). If you cannot provide two(2) original utility bills in the parent’s name you must call the school for further instructions. • You will find out your child’s teacher, get transportation information, day care information, etc. • Your child is not officially enrolled until we receive the two (2) original proofs of residence dated in the month of July/August. First Day of School--Monday, August 19th, 2013

Thompson Six Grade Center

Office Registration Dates & Times: July--Tuesday & Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Student Schedule Pick-Up: Thursday August 1st, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. First Day of School--Monday, August 19th, 2013

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7th grade registration: August 5th, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. 8th grade registration: August 6th, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

• Parent/Guardian MUST accompany students. Bring two (2) Proofs of Residence and a Driver’s license when you come to register. (Original utility bills payable in the month of July/August in parent’s name).

Thompson High School

Summer Schedule Pick-Up for students already registered. Forms for Schedule Pick-up will be available online beginning middle of July at Please fill out forms online, print them, and bring them with you to registration. • Parent/Guardian MUST accompany students. Bring two (2) Proofs of Residence and a Driver’s license when you come to register. (Original utility bills payable in the month of July/August in parent’s name). Verification by a school official is required before picking up schedule.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER: Seniors report Monday, August 5th--8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Juniors report Monday, August 5th--1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sophomores report Tuesday, August 6th--8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Freshmen report Tuesday, August 6th--1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

There will be NO OTHER times available to pick up schedules before the 1st day of school. If you have more than one child attending THS, you may pick up all schedules at the same time. New Student & Freshman Orientation Watch our webpage for dates and times to be announced. Alabama High School Graduation Exam for 2014 Prospective THS Graduates and former THS graduates. July 8th – 12th--Thompson High School Mon 8th -Social Studies | Tues 9th -Reading | Wed 10th -Math Thurs 11th -Language | Fri 12th -Biology

THS Varsity Cheerleading Squad

Every year since 1975, high school cheerleaders from the Midwest and the South have gathered together to compete in the four day, UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) Summer Camp. The THS Varsity Cheerleading Squad is no stranger to this competition as they have attended camp every May for the last 12 years. Under the leadership of Coach Heather Myles, the six juniors and eight seniors worked diligently to perfect the Home Pom Dance Routine that they would use the first night of the demanding competition at the University of Alabama. Up against eight other squads that equal in size, the cheerleaders knew that they had to give it all they had in order to succeed. “The girls have won first place in the Home Pom Competition for, I know, the last five years,” says Jennifer Harrell, a mother of one of the cheerleaders. “They go with the mindset of, ‘We expect to win it’.”

front row (L-R) Karli, Savannah, Kaitlyn, Sarina, Madison, Grace, Rachel and Sarah back row (L-R) Lauren, Becca, Katie, Madison, Karlie and Emily

According to the website, UCA’s philosophy “is to inspire leadership on and off the field,” making every challenge toward the improvement of the cheerleaders’ tumbling skills, stunts and cheers. “Cheer camp is fun, but it’s a grueling four days,” says Harrell. “By day four, it’s been hot, the girls don’t get much rest, they are tired and sore and by the end of the week, they are ready to be home.” Facing fierce competition, THS proved victorious with a blue ribbon and five first-place trophies in Home Pom Routine, Extreme Cheer Routine, Extreme Dance Routine, Sideline Dance and Overall Game Day Performance. “Thompson’s Varsity squad has never walked away with a clean sweep of first place in all categories,” Harrell expressed. “This was a truly special camp for these girls and so exciting to see their hard work pay off in such a huge way!” Because the UCA places a lot of emphasis on being a leader, there is an opportunity for the cheerleaders to be recognized as an All-American Cheerleader. Three of this year’s honored recipients are from the THS squad-Karli, Sarina and Rebecca. “I am so proud of this squad’s accomplishments thus far. They worked extremely hard to prepare for camp this year, and their success is a reflection of that,” stated Coach Myles. “I really enjoyed working with this group; I am looking forward to the rest of the season.” So, what’s next? The remainder of the summer will be spent further developing their skills and preparing with JV to host a clinic for the TYF (Thompson Youth Football) cheerleaders. “The cheerleaders teach the youth cheerleaders their halftime dance that they will use for the season and also teach them new cheers for football games,” said Harrell. “TYF clinic is truly a highlight for the high school cheerleaders.” The first varsity football game is scheduled for August 30, 2013 against Shelby County. After football season, basketball season begins and then cheer preparations for the next year. More information about UCA can be found online at


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JULY 1 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m.(A) 2 Water Board, 7 p.m. (A) 4 City Offices CLOSED 8 Alabaster City BOE Meeting, 7 p.m. (SC) 9 Housing and Abatement, 5 p.m. (A) 10 Municipal Court, 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. (A) 15 City Council Meeting, 7 p.m. (A) 22 Board of Zoning Adjustments, 6:30 (A) 23 Planning and Zoning Board, 7 p.m. (A) 24 Municipal Court, 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. (A) Key: (A)=Annex; (SC)=Senior Center View full calendar, agendas and resolutions at

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The Alabaster Senior Center is located at 1097 7th Street S.W., Alabaster. If you would like more information concerning senior programs, please contact Alabaster Senior Center at 663-1307 or awalters@ Celebrate Christmas in Alabama’s Williamsburg- Mooresville, AL Saturday, December 14, 2013 Join us as we travel on a motor coach to Mooresville, AL – one of the smallest towns in Alabama. As featured in the November/December 2012 issue of the “Southern Lady” magazine, Historic Mooresville puts on its holiday finery to celebrate the Christmas season. Bright, fresh greenery and red bows decorate street signs; wreaths, colorful fresh fruit and natural materials hang on the doors; and homes are decorated in the tradition of Christmas past. We will enjoy a progressive dinner and a walking tour through several of the beautifully decorated homes. You won’t want to miss this special trip. Signups are early due to a limited number of tickets sold at this event. Stop by the senior Center and sign up today. Cost is $85 for the first 30 Alabaster senior residents, and $95 for all other Shelby County seniors. NEW Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Mondays at 12:15 p.m., Wednesdays at 10 a.m Space is limited. Encouraged donation of $2/class.


Acrylic Painting Workshop Wednesday, July 10, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. This is a great class for beginner painters or someone that is interested in learning how to paint. Cost is $20/person and supplies are included. Space is limited. NEW Multimedia art class Monday, July 15, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Explore variations of media mixing. Learn new techniques, a creative way to use old ones, and to apply methods to produce new art. Prerequisite- must have taken a basic drawing class from Deanne prior to enrolling in this class. Space is limited. $15/class. Christmas in July! Tuesday, July 23 Join us on a trip to Sir Stamp A Lot where we will use various stamping techniques to create 2-3 Christmas cards. We will also enjoy a nice meal in the community. Cost is $8 to reserve your spot (includes the cost of creating 2-3 cards). Bring $1012 for lunch. Space is limited. Stop by to reserve your spot. NEW Book Club Friday, July 26 at 10 a.m Join us as we will be reading Fried Green Tomatoes, by Fannie Flagg. The first 10 people to sign up for the book club will receive their own copy of the book. We will meet every 4th Friday to discuss the book and introduce a new book. Special thanks to Harrison Regional Library for their donation. Line Dancing Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Intermediate class begins at 9:30 a.m. and beginner class at 10:30 a.m. Encouraged donation of $2 per class. Wii Bowling Every Tuesday at 12 p.m. All levels are welcome – just come and have some fun. Free Blood Pressure Checks Tuesday, June 11 at 9:30 a.m. Provided by Comfort Care Hospice. Crochet Class Every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Learn how to crochet; or, if you are experienced, stop by and fellowship with friends. Preserving Family Memories Through Scrapbooking Monday, July 8 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Ever wonder what to do with all of those shoeboxes full of pictures and “stuff ” you saved? Join us for a scrapbooking class and learn how to turn those treasured memories into beautiful

scrapbooks that tell your family’s story. In each class, you will learn a new technique to help you create beautiful family albums. Bring $5 cash to each class. You will need to bring your own pictures and supplies. Some supplies will be available to purchase. Class taught by C.D. McKinnon. You won’t want to miss all the other activities at the Senior Center... Men’s Social Group, 1st Monday of each month 9 a.m. Timeless Treasures (singing),–Monday, 10 a.m. Wii Bowling, Tuesdays, 12 p.m. Rook, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. Rummikub, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. Zumba Gold (exercise), Wednesdays, 1 p.m. Beginner/Inter Line dancing, Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. Beginner Line Dancing, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Bridge, Thursday, 12-3 p.m. Tempo exercise, Fridays, 10 a.m. Zumba Gold Toning, Fridays 1-2 p.m.


The Albert L. Scott Library is located at 100 9th Street N.W., Alabaster. Hours of operation are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 9 a.m.-7:50 p.m. Wednesday - 10 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Friday - 9 a.m.-5:50 p.m. Saturday - 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m. Sunday - 1-4:50 p.m. If you would like more information concerning programs, please contact the Library at 664-6822. Closed July 4, 2013 -–Independence Day

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Friends of the Library Meeting Monday, July 8, 2013. 6 p.m. Library Book Group Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. Join us in our discussion of A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead. Combines original sources, archival research, and personal interviews to relate the story of 230 women of the French Resistance who were captured and imprisoned by the Gestapo outside of Paris before being transported to Auschwitz. Program takes place in the meeting room. Cake & Culture Sunday, July 21, 2013. 2 p.m. Join us as Alabama author Rhett Barbaree discusses his book Thank God for Boll Weevils. Program takes place in the meeting room. Refreshments will be served.

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Summer Reading Challenge registration available online now through July. Summer CHallenge Story Time Wednesdays July 3rd and 10th at 10:15 a.m. Story, Snack ‘n’ Craft for all ages in the meeting room Wednesdays July 24th and 31st at 10:15 a.m. Summer Break Story Time for all ages in the meeting room Fridays at 3:30 p.m. Toddler Tales in the meeting room Special Programs and Activities Monday, July 1, 10:30 a.m. McWane Science Center Rocks & Minerals Monday, July 8, 10:30 a.m. McWane Science Center Diggin’ Dinos Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. Summer Challenge Super Finale! All summer Challengers are invited to our free finale starring Cowboy Bruce Brannen! Come dressed as your favorite super hero or story book character. Children under six years old must be with an adult. All programs are in the meeting room

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Library events continued... Lego League Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Kids of all ages can play with Legos of all sizes. Drama Workshop Tuesdays July 2nd and 9th ,at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Ages 8-11 at 6 p.m. and ages 12-15 at 7 p.m. (must have signed up in June) Drama Showcase Tuesday July 16, Rehearsal 6 p.m. Showtime at 7 p.m.

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The Parks and Recreation Office is located inside the Depot at 100 Depot Street, Alabaster. Office hours are Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. If you would like more information, call 205-664-6840 or visit CLOSED JULY 4 The Parks and Recreation office will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day. FALL SOCCER July 8 through July 20 Registration will be available on-line beginning at 8 a.m. on July 8 and ending at 2 p.m. on July 20. You can register in person at the Depot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays only from July 8 thru July 19. There will be one Saturday registration on July 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Depot. Cost will be $105 for U9 and up, and $85 for U6/U8 (plus $10 for non-residents). Cash, Visa, MasterCard accepted. NO Checks! ADULT SOFTBALL July 8 through August 9 Registration will be available on-line beginning at 8 a.m. on July 22 and ending at 5 p.m. on August 9. You can register in person at the Depot between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., weekdays only from July 22 thru August 9. Two leagues will be offered: Men’s, and Coed. Registration is for teams (not individuals). For more information, please contact Morgan Lawley at 6646840 or GIRL’S SOFTBALL July 29 through August 9 Fall registration will be available on-line beginning at 8 a.m. on July 29 and ending at 5 on August 9. You 14

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A summer of reading and digging continues for Alabaster’s children of all ages at the Albert L. Scott Public Library where they can become reading champions. So far, more than 500 children have signed up. Adults can still register children until July 12 for the Challenge. Kids pick a reading goal, check out and read our library books, and get prizes along the way to their goal. When they reach their goal, they receive a certificate and can enter prize drawings. The theme for children newborn to 10 years old is Dig into Reading and the theme for youngsters 11 years old to 18 years old is Beneath the Surface. The Summer Challenge ends with a Fun Finale on Wednesday, July 17 from 10:00 a.m. The highlight of the finale is a performance by Cowboy Bruce Brannen and there will also be face painting and lots of surprises. The goal of the Summer Challenge is to encourage children to read for pleasure when they are not in school. Parents and other caregivers are invited to participate and help pre-literate children enjoy books and develop a love of reading. The 2013 Summer Reading Program is supported in whole or in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Ala-

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Around Town In the computer lab of the DAY Program stands Kathy Miller, the DAY Program Executive Director.

The Day Program of Alabaster Often times we hear of the juvenile problems in today’s society ranging from drug abuse and crime to teen pregnancy and high school dropouts. One organization is actually doing something to aid these at-risk young people – the Developing Alabama Youth (DAY) Program. The DAY Program is a United Way Agency licensed by the Department of Youth Services as a communitybased day treatment facility in Shelby County serving adolescents from ages 13 to 18. Representatives from the Shelby County Juvenile Judicial System, the District Attorney’s office, and the Shelby County Board of Education established this program in the early 1980s as a juvenile crime preventative measure for at-risk adolescents in the county. From all accounts, it’s a success. Kathy Miller, the DAY Program Executive Director, relays that they currently serve some 60 students with plans to increase that number to 75 over the course of this coming school year. “The DAY Program is a safe, caring, school environment where many unmet needs are being met: academic, social, and behavioral. The DAY Program is small enough to allow for individual needs to be addressed and worked on,” says Kathy. 18

“Each student works at his/her own pace and receives support and encouragement from every single staff member. In addition to the academic coursework, students attend classes and learn about anger management, communication, health choices, and so forth. Further, each student is assigned a counselor who meets with that student one on one each week and in group each day,” Miller adds. The DAY Program gets referrals from different places including: the Shelby County Juvenile Court, the Shelby County School System, and the Department of Human Resources and Mental Health. The individual needs of the adolescent are identified and addressed to help these young people become functioning members of society, making the most of their lives. They can get prepared to take the GED, receive training to cope with situations, and learn stress management…and just about anything in between. The DAY Program is a year-round program with students attending Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. - much like a normal school day. Office hours begin an hour earlier and run until 4 p.m. weekdays as well. There is also after hours tutoring and family counseling by appointment. They meet on the second floor of the newly opened Alabaster YMCA.

The Program’s track record is one of success and it has served as a model for other communities. Also, the DAY Program was honored by the U.S. Department of Justice with an award for outstanding achievement…no small potatoes! The Program has gotten informational requests from 18 different states and in 1995, it was named the most outstanding program in the state by the Alabama Juvenile Probation Officer’s Association. Funding for the DAY Program comes from Shelby County BOE, United Way of Central Alabama, the Department of Youth Services, the Shelby County Commission, and other grants and donations like the Southern Women’s Committee of Fifty (SWC50) who recently did a fundraiser for The Program. The SWC50 was founded in 1997 by Grace Kelly and Irene Collins-two women focused on fundraising for non-profit organizations in the Shelby County area. Each year SWC50 uses its annual Southern Women of Distinction Luncheon to support a worthy charity in Shelby County. This past April, the luncheon and fashion show allowed SWC50 to donate $5000 to the DAY Program! The Honorable Patty Smith, (past Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge and retired Alabama Supreme Court Justice) who founded the DAY Program, currently sits on the Board and is also a member of SWC50, was one of the models in the fashion show held at the Cahaba Pumping Station. She, along with members like Debbie Parrott, President of the DAY Program Board of Directors and SWC50 member, were able to promote

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John Thompson Scholarship John Thompson, son of Cindy Thompson is a graduate of Thompson High School, class of 2013. He signed a letter of intent May 14, 2013 for a football scholarship with Point University, West Georgia. He will be playing defensive line/defensive end. For his senior year football he recorded: 7 total sacks, 62 solo tackles-15 for loss of yards. He earned a GPA of 3.5. He is planning to pursue a medical or business degree. John is very thankful for the support of family, friends, and coaches and especially his mother Cindy.

The 6U Alabaster Girl’s All Star softball team was entered into the Central AL Pre Area all star tournament in Hoover June 6-8. The girls went undefeated and became the Alabama USSSA 1st Central Pre Area Champion. The girls beat Vestavia Hills Thursday night 15-4. Their doubleheader on Friday night was rained out so they were up early on Saturday to defeat Leeds 23-8 and then McCalla 16-13. After a few hours of rest, they were back to play Springville which they won 11-7. That win put them in the semifinals against Hoover which they won 25-17. On to the Championship against HewittTrussville. Playing Hewitt-Trussvile they went down 6-1 in the first inning but came back to win, capturing the Championship. This win puts them one step closer to advancing to the State Championship. Players: Dailynn Motes, Adyson Keough, Nora Ellis, Olivia Tindell, Mallory Flournoy,Hannah Hobbs,Amelia Hall, Rylan Pickett, Ella Matthews, Ella Southern, Abby Mohon, Macy Mitchell Coaches: Rick Ellis, Ethan Southern, Catherine Mohon, Steve Hall, Drew Pickett


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Larry Sailes

Larry Sailes is a well traveled man. Some of the places he has lived over the course of his military career include, Atlanta GA, Washington DC area, San Diego CA and finally here in Alabaster. Yet it is here that he is calling home. “Alabaster is a great place to live. The city has a progressive environment, as well as an environment that is conducive to family life,” he said. Sailes is the husband of Theresa, Larry Sailes whom he met in San Diego, CA at her father’s church. “Theresa and I were married in 1989 and have been married for 24 years. Theresa and I have been together the majority of my military and adult life.” he shared. Together they have three children who are all attending local colleges. The oldest, Dante, attends University of Alabama, Alexis also attends University of Alabama and Urijah attends Jefferson State Community College. It does not take long for one to hear the pride in Sailes voice when speaking of his family. “Theresa,” he said, “currently works as a contractor for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Military Spouse Career Advisor. Dante is pursuing his dream of playing football in the NFL. Alexis is pursuing her dream of being on the big screen.” He adds, “She and her younger brother Urijah have accomplished a great deal in moving toward their dream of being professional actors.” As a retired member of the Navy, Sailes still speaks fondly of his time in the defense of America. “It was a privilege to serve in the world’s greatest military force, ‘America’s Navy!’ “I love the opportunity to serve,” he said. Adding, “Being a service member within itself was an honor.” For Sailes it is more than lip service. He knows what true sacrifice is and has experienced what most of us have only seen. “September 11, is always an emotional time for me, because I was stationed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, the day of the attack on the Military Fortress of this great Nation,” he states somberly. So when he exclaims, “I love the ‘Red, White and Blue’,”


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you know he means it. And it is this desire to serve that leads Sailes in everything that he does. In addition to his responsibilities as a husband and father he currently works with Zeiders Enterprises Inc. who contract with the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington D.C. His task is to help military spouses find employment. “My current role in assisting military spouses in finding employment is significant,” he said. “As the Military Spouse Employment Partnership Contract Transition Lead, I was directly responsible for developing the processes for Fortune 500 companies becoming partners with the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” he shared. Since 2011 this partnership has employed over 46,000 spouses. If doing all of the above was not enough, he is also the Senior Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church in Clanton, Alabama. “Being the Senior Pastor of the oldest African American Church in Chilton County, provides the opportunity to reach out to the community in a number of different ways,” he said. The vision for the church is to reach out to the community through service by using the gifts that God has given to us. “My dream,” he said, “is that this church is a place where every member sees themselves as God’s ministers and invests their gifts, talents and resources to make God’s vision become a reality. My passion is for our church to remove all barriers that prevent those that are un-churched from being partakers of the good news of Christ.” When he is not helping military families or pastoring his congregation, you might catch him singing, swimming or working out. And of course the biggest joy of his life is his family. “I absolutely love spending quality time with my family,” he said. This includes his five brothers and four sisters and his mother, Mrs. Willie Mae Sailes. He is also trying to broaden his interests to include new avenues of adventure. “I’m currently seeking to learn the game of golf,” he said with a laugh. Would you like to nominate someone for a Citizen Spotlight? E-mail Council Member Sophie Martin or editor Luke Camara

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is a pastor of a local congregation. “I am the proud pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Shelby, Alabama,” he said. He has been the pastor for a little over 3 months. “As the pastor I am active in the various ministries of the church and we are in the process of expanding our evangelical effort in the community,” he said. McCord shares that the vision of the church is to be a church that seeks to nourish people through spiritual, mental and physical sustenance. He adds only half jokingly, “We our currently seeking people to test the comfort level of our church pews.” He sees many similarities between his current role with Alabaster and being a minister. “Both responsibilities require communication that is both effective, open and sincere. Each requires that I be available practically 24 hours per day for problem resolution,” he said. He added thoughtfully that, “perhaps most important of all they both require a listening ear that is genuine, kind, truthful and respectful.” He summed up the similarities by saying, “In my mind there really is no difference because both are people-driven.” McCord loves his job and said the biggest reason is people. “Not a day goes by where I don’t meet someone that has an interesting story to tell or an unique problem to solve,” he said. This appreciation for people extends to his staff and the strong support he receives from the Mayor and City Council. Adding, “Undoubtedly, moving and working in Alabaster have been one of the tremendous successes in my life.”

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City of Alabaster 201 First Street North Alabaster, AL 35007


Marty Handlon, Mayor, 663-6800

City Council

Sophie Martin, Ward 1 358-8742 | Bob Hicks, Ward 2 663-1801 | Stacy Rakestraw, Ward 3 529-3326 | Rick Walters, Ward 4 281-7394 |

Russell Bedsole, Ward 5 205-663-6212 | Scott Brakefield, President, Ward 6 685-0302 | Tommy Ryals, Ward 7 664-1301 |

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here is a noticeable difference. Many children say, “I love school!” Still others say, “I love my teacher!” At Evangel Classical Christian School we hear an additional comment which sets us apart, “I love learning!” Our educational model is derived from a passion to glorify God in all that we do; thus, we employ timeless principles that far outpace state and national standards. We invite you to come see the difference for yourself and join our parents in saying, “This is the education I wish I had!”

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