Meet Thompson High School’s new principal Mike Lee

September 7, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Honesty, Humility and Service By Barry Wise Smith Mike Lee, the new principal of Thompson High School, has developed three core beliefs that have guided him during his 16-year administrative career. “Be honest, be humble, and serve others,” Lee says. “That’s who I am in my life and career.” Since Lee took the principal’s desk … Read More

A Letter From The Mayor

September 7, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Dear Friends, It is that time of year that many of us look forward to—the return of Friday night lights for the Thompson Warriors. The four-time defending state champions kicked off the season on August 25th.  The home slate is an impressive one including the August 31st matchup with nationally ranked IMG Academy and a … Read More

Fall News at the Library

September 7, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Celebrating National Comic Book Day    Over the last 3-4 years we have emphasized building our library’s collection of graphic novels and Manga to correspond with the growing popularity of the genre. This collection is currently housed with non-fiction, sandwiched between illustration and hand lettering.  Since the collection has expanded to almost a thousand volumes, … Read More

Ode to a Water Tower

September 7, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Mayor Scott Brakefield What was once old is new again—with poetry to celebrate our iconic landmark. Last March the city council and mayor’s office approved and initiated a facelift for the historic, iconic water tower. The $320,000 project was finished in June, and the water tower is now beautifully restored to its original grandeur. A … Read More

Fall 2023 Beautification Board Winners

September 5, 2023By Alabaster Connection

September – Ward 1 Mike and Liz Whisonant have been in their beautifully landscaped Ward 1 home on 100 Canter Way for 20 years. They especially love their Saddle Lake neighborhood. “We have the very best neighbors; it is quiet here and refreshing with the lake behind the house,” Liz says. “There is a wonderful brook … Read More

Alabaster For Tomorrow: The Choices We Make

September 5, 2023By Alabaster Connection

By Brandon Matthews Many families have made this place a vacation destination for decades. It has been called the “Happiest Place on Earth,” and “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Through their numerous larger-than-life events, they have earned the nickname “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” However, what may have made them even more famous is … Read More

September Events at the Albert L. Scott Library

August 18, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Closed Dates – September 4 – Labor Day Tai Chi – Wednesday mornings starting September 6th at 10:00 am. Join us as local instructor Melanie Chaney teaches an 11-week course in Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an exercise that improves balance, sharpens the mind, boosts the immune system, and circulates oxygen throughout the body while … Read More

Alabaster Jubilee #3 To Wrap Up Fall Fest Day

August 11, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Alabaster Jubilee #3 will take place as Alabaster Fall Fest ends this year. October 28, 2023, will be a big day on Alabaster’s Municipal Green, located between City Hall and the Senior Center at 1953 Municipal Way. Alabaster Jubilee #3, which will be headlined by country duo, Thompson Square. The event will begin at 2 … Read More

Alpha Warrior: Thompson Head Football Coach Mark Freeman

July 5, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Thompson head football coach Mark Freeman reflects on past success and more to come. By Barry Wise Smith Photos by Neal Wagner When Mark Freeman came to Thompson High School in 2015 after successful runs at Bessemer Academy, Gulf Shores High School, and Spanish Fort High School, he inherited a program that was struggling under … Read More

Meet The 2023-2024 Alabaster Teen Council

July 5, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Front Row: Blair Njaguna, Kaylah Brown, Josue Serrano, Fred Casillas, Mary Dee Sirmons, Simone Jones, Lauren Blackmon, Hannah Moseley, Kaitlyn Burnett, Sasha Gann, Thuy Nguyen, Savannah Young, Anna Campbell, Sully Cole, Mayor Brakefield. Back Row: Olivia Kelly, Madison McNichols, Liam Binzer, Abigail Bess, Dylan Logan, Cooper Burks, Brooks Byars, Avery Williamson, Ella Southern, Carter Thompson, … Read More