Teen Council Student on the Dangers of Social Media

September 1, 2022By Alabaster Connection

By Phillip Martin We live in a time when social media and innovative technology are part of our daily lives. As students, we need to protect ourselves from the dangers of being on social media excessively. There are benefits to social media, but it can be harmful, especially during school, causing distractions and taking attention … Read More

A Letter From Mayor Scott Brakefield

September 1, 2022By Alabaster Connection

(In the photo: Helping to break ground at Patriots Park on July 29th are, from left: State Representative Kenneth Paschal, City Council member Jamie Cole, City Council member Kerri Pate, Mayor Scott Brakefield, City Council member Stacy Rakestraw, Shelby County Commissioner Ward Williams, and City Administrator Brian Binzer.) Dear Friends, It’s that time of year … Read More

Meet Brian Binzer, Alabaster City Administrator

August 31, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Brian Binzer is a big-picture guy. “I’m economic development and business-growth focused,” he says. “I like to work with the pieces and see everything come together.” And that’s exactly what he does (among many other things) in his role as Alabaster’s City Administrator. Binzer grew up in Montgomery and graduated from Jeff Davis High School … Read More

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

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

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

Meet Butch Oglesby

June 28, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Pastor, pilot, media consultant, missionary, husband, father, woodworker, photographer, bus driver. Photography by Brit Huckabay, Butch Oglesby and courtesy the Oglesbys Alabaster resident Butch Oglesby grew up in Mobile until the ripe age of 15 when his family uprooted and moved to Atlanta. Butch graduated from Forest Park Sr. High a few years later and … Read More