Giving Back to Thompson Intermediate School

November 21, 2021By Alabaster Connection

  Pictured left to right: Mike Higginbotham, Adam Hix, Madison Harness, Kaley Claudpierre, Lauren Whittle, Kimberly Dooley By Barry Wise Smith Mike Higginbotham shows his support for Thompson Intermediate School After serving in children’s ministry for 10 years at the Church of the Highlands and helping to establish children’s programs on the church’s expanding number … Read More

Terrific Teen: Abby McGee

November 21, 2021By Alabaster Connection

By Addison Lusco   Abby McGee is constantly turning trials into triumphs. Twenty-one years ago, Abby’s older brother Wyatt was born at just 23 weeks while her parents were vacationing in New Orleans. The doctors in New Orleans did everything they could to ensure that Wyatt would survive his premature birth, although Abby’s parents were … Read More

Alabaster Beautification Board

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

  FALL GARDENING TIPS According to green-thumb gardeners, a fall vegetable garden is a must-plant in the South. The heat starts to subside (compared to July and August), and winter is still a long way off. So there’s plenty of time to grow plenty of things. WHAT TO GROW IN A SOUTHERN FALL GARDEN In … 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

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

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

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

New Park and New Developments in the Great Outdoors

March 27, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Alabaster features a diverse community full of families who have been here for years as well as a quickly growing number of new arrivals who are moving to the city thanks to the new school system and its successes.  Tim Hamm is the director of the Parks and Rec Department. He pointed out that the … Read More