Becoming Better; Not Bitter: The Story of Noah Galloway

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

  Noah Galloway lives post-combat life with No Excuses. Story and photos by Cara Clark and courtesy the Galloways   As the early days of August bore down with heat and humidity on Alabama, Army veteran Noah Galloway joined fellow soldiers and the nonprofit organization Sheep Dog Impact Assistance to ascend Tanzania’s famous Mount Kilimanjaro, … Read More

Jubilee No. 1: Alabaster’s New Fall Music Festival

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

The City of Alabaster introduces a new fall music festival. By Barry Wise Smith, photos courtesy of Black Jacket Symphony Jamie Cole, Ward 5 City Councilor, is ready for the music to play again in Alabaster after a  long two-year absence of Alabaster’s popular spring music festival CityFest, due to the Covid 19 pandemic. “CityFest … Read More

Thompson High School Celebrates 100 Years

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

A Century of Warriors Story by Barry Wise Smith. Photos by Brit Huckabay and courtesy of Margaret Dawson   This year, Alabaster City Schools awill celebrate 100 years of Thompson High School. What started as a small community school has grown to be the second largest high school in the state with over 2,100 students. … Read More

Alabaster All Stars

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

The Thompson High School Warriors football team is coming off back-to-back 7A State Championships going into the 2021 season with the expectations high for a three peat. The Warriors are firmly at the top of the pre-season football rankings, and are ranked fifth on the MaxPreps national high school football rankings. The Warriors won the … Read More

A Chat with the Mayor 

September 11, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Story by Barry Wise Smith and photos by Brit Huckabay   Scott Brakefield reflects on the first nine months as Alabaster’s mayor while looking to the future. Scott Brakefield, a lifelong Alabaster resident—was elected mayor last  August after serving three terms as the Ward 6 representative on the  City Council, serving as Council president for two of those. “It’s about service … Read More

Back to School Health Tips From Dr. Schroder

September 11, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Story by Barry Wise Smith and Photos by Brit Huckabay Courtesy of Alabaster Pediatric Drs. Patti Schroder, Dianne Matheson, and Paula Johnson founded Alabaster Pediatrics in 2005 with the goal of providing excellent personal care for patients through a smaller private practice setting. Alabaster Pediatrics serves children from infancy through adolescence. Dr. Patti Schroder, originally … Read More

The Alabaster Teen Council is Making a Big Local Impact

September 11, 2021By Alabaster Connection

  Story by Barry Wise Smith and Photo by Brit Huckabay   Addison Lusco, Thompson High School Class of 2022, is not resting on her laurels for her senior year. Chair of the Connection’s Column for the Alabaster Teen Council, Addison is also President of the National Honor Society; a member of Beta Club, Leo … Read More

Alabaster’s New Fire Truck

June 7, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Alabaster is the home of a new life-saving piece of equipment: the Sutphen Aerial Tower 19 ladder truck, which is able to reach 100 feet into the air. According to Deputy Chief Pat Conn, this new piece of equipment is key to the future protection of not only current properties, but future structures as well. … Read More

Rededication of Abby Wooley Park

June 2, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Abby Wooley Park was rededicated in a community service on May 8th. On hand were city officials, county officials, community members, and living members of the Wooley family.  Council member Sophie Martin, city representative for Ward 1 which encompasses Abby Wooley Park, planned the ceremony with an eye to honoring the past while looking towards … Read More