Book Picks for African-American History Month

January 16, 2022By Alabaster Connection

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 17th and African-American History month in February, Frances Smith, the Youth Services Librarian at the Albert L. Scott Library, has book picks for kids of all ages that celebrate the giants of the Civil Rights movement and the rich history of African Americans in the … Read More

A Letter From Mayor Scott Brakefield: January 2022

January 16, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Dear Friends, City leadership is excited for what 2022 holds for the City of Alabaster. There are so many wonderful things to look forward to (like the new Alabaster Police Department building under construction) and great things to reflect on from last year. As a proud Thompson High School alumni and a former Warrior athlete, … Read More

Citizen Spotlight: JoPaul Cates

January 16, 2022By Alabaster Connection

By day, 48-year-old JoPaul Cates has a steady job as the Frozen Food Clerk at Publix. He has been at the Alabaster location for six years. During his off hours though, JoPaul’s passion is his love of photography.  His skill at fixing things, especially electronics, got him into taking pictures as a teenager when he … Read More

Alabaster Welcomes New Businesses to Town

January 16, 2022By Alabaster Connection

See what’s open for business now in Alabaster! Copper Train Dakota and Ryan Stone celebrate the realization of a long-time dream with their breakfast, lunch, baked goods, and coffee shop. Location: 224 1st St South Ste. 200  Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday   Alabaster Florist and Gifts The Polk family invites you to … Read More

Kids Can Warm up this Winter with Library Activities

December 4, 2021By Alabaster Connection

 January 2022 features Reading, Guessing, and Cupcakes   Story Times Friday mornings Toddler Tales at the library 10:30am in the meeting room 2nd & 4th Wednesdays Sensory Story Time 3:30pm in the meeting room   Winter Reading Program – All month long in January During January kids can cozy up with a good library book … Read More

Celebrating the Season in Alabaster

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Celebrate the Season in Alabaster with a slate of events throughout the city that will put a lot of jingle in everyone’s jolly!   Alabaster Tour of Lights For the sixth year, Alabaster kicks off the holiday season with its fun and festive Tour of Lights. Presented by Alabaster’s Beautification Board, the tour features 15 … Read More

Honoring Alabaster’s Veterans of Valor

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

As the country celebrated Veteran’s Day on November 11, we  continue to honor Alabaster’s veterans who have served with honor in the United States military. Ron McGriff—U.S. Navy Ron McGriff grew up in Columbia, Alabama, in Houston County northeast of Dothan. He laughs that Columbia was most known in the area for its one stoplight. … Read More

Meet Alabaster’s Police Chief and Fire Chief

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

By Barry Wise Smith & Photos by Brit Huckabay Police Chief Curtis Rigney and Fire Chief Tim Love lead their departments with honor and experience. Chief Curtis Rigney and Chief Tim Love came to their positions in different ways, but they share a deep appreciation for the city they serve. Curtin Rigney has spent the … Read More

Honoring Alabaster First Responders

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Each year, the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce honors first responders serving in the 11 public safety agencies in Shelby County. Nominated by their supervisors for their dedication, hard-work, and sacrifice, this year’s Alabaster recipients were Officer Monique Bivins and Officer Bryan Stewart of the Alabaster Police Department and Apparatus Operator Jamada Green of the … Read More

Beautification Board Winners & Winterizing Your Garden

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Winterizing Your Garden: Late fall and winter are typically dormant seasons for gardeners. But before you settle in for a well-deserved winter break, take some time to prepare your garden for the winter weather. Here are five tips from Southern Living to winterize your garden:  Before freezing temperatures hit, make sure the soil around your … Read More