Councilor Corner: Kerri Pate

August 30, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Kerri Pate—Ward 7 Alabaster Connection: How long have you served Ward 7? Kerri Pate: I was elected in 2016, and in 2020, I ran unopposed, so I’m two years in to my second term. AC: How long have you been in Alabaster, and where do you live? KP: I’ve lived in Alabaster since 1996. We … Read More

Meet the Teacher: McKenzie Wayman

August 29, 2022By Alabaster Connection

By Lori Culpepper After a milestone year obtaining her doctorate, being named Thompson High’s Teacher of the Year, and being named Alabaster City Schools’ (ACS) District Secondary Teacher of the Year, McKenzie Wayman is committed to raising the bar even higher during the 2022-2023 school year. “Last year was one of my personal best in … Read More

Alabaster For Tomorrow with Volunteer Randi Dicus

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

By Brandon Matthews Randi Dicus has been serving on our team for several years now. Her dedication to the City of Alabaster is inspiring. In addition to For Tomorrow, she serves on the city’s beautification board, is heavily involved in her local church, and serves in various capacities throughout Alabaster. She truly believes that what … Read More

A Letter From Mayor Scott Brakefield

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Dear Friends, As we celebrate the birth of our nation with family, fireworks, and barbecue, remember the military service members who guard our freedom around the world. We are grateful to the Alabaster Veteran’s Center that serves our local veterans and provides invaluable resources to these brave men and women. Also, check out the story … Read More

Reading Readiness and Summer Learning Loss Prevention

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

This summer, the Albert L. Scott Library is one of 88 libraries statewide participating in Reimagining School Readiness facilitated through a sub-grant from the Alabama Public Library Service and developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum with support from the California State Library and the Pacific Library Partnership. This project will help families prepare children … Read More

A Yellow Dot Can Save Your Life

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Sometimes the solution to important challenges is right in front of us. We just have to look a little closer. In 2009, Governor Bob Riley awarded a grant to expand a program that helps seniors and others with serious medical conditions receive more effective care after a vehicular accident. Today, the Yellow Dot Program is operated … Read More

Big Brothers Big Sisters Leads By Example

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

By Trent Gaede Most of us have heard of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). In a nutshell, the program finds mentors like high-school students and older adults to act as brothers and sisters to younger children who could use a role model—someone positive to enter their lives who is not judgmental, just caring and willing … Read More

Taking Care Of Those Who Take Care Of You

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Command Sergeant Major Mary Kyser (ret) Photos by Brit Huckabay and courtesy the Kyser family Retired Command Sergeant Major Mary Kyser grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, graduated from Greenville High School, and promptly joined the Army. Why? “I knew that most military persons were better educated, better paid, and better off than in the civilian sector … Read More

Meet Councilor Zach Zahariadis

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Alabaster Connection: You have been appointed to fill the Ward 6 City Council seat. What made you want to serve on the City Council, and what was the appointment process? Zach Zahariadis: The opportunity to serve on Alabaster’s City Council fell into my lap, as Seth Gandy is an incredible friend of mine. He shared … Read More

Meet Alabaster Senior Center Manager Stacy Payton

July 5, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Photo by Neal Wagner It doesn’t take long to realize that Stacy Payton would rather talk about the Senior Center than herself. She clearly loves what she does and who she does it with. Stacy grew up in Scottsboro, Alabama, graduating from high school and furthering her education at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga where … Read More