A Story of Recovery

November 21, 2021By Alabaster Connection

By Brandon Matthews Addiction is a cruel master, and many of us are slaves. However, there is freedom in the midst of our failure. Today we talk with Daniel Oldham, who is no longer bound by addiction. Brandon Matthews: How did your drug use begin? Daniel Oldham: It began with smoking marijuana in high school. … Read More

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

Councilor Corner: Sophie Martin

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

  Ward 1 By Barry Wise Smith   Veteran Alabaster City Council member Sophie Martin is the Ward 1 representative for the area that includes Highway 11, Old Highway 31, Weatherly, and Saddle Lake Farms. Last August, Martin was elected to her fourth term as Ward 1 representative—she has served for 13 years. S Sophie … Read More

Q&A With the Founder of the Alabaster Business Alliance

September 12, 2021By Alabaster Connection

By Lee Hurley   Leigh Hulsey has been a small-business owner in Alabaster for the past nine years. She owns and operates CrossFit Alabaster. She is currently serving her fourth term on the Helena City Council. Leigh has been married to her husband Dennis for 24 years, and they have three children, Bradon, Cade, and … Read More

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

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

Navigating With Noah

April 30, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Michael and Erika Zoebelein are devoted to being advocates for those with autism.  Within their family of five, the Alabaster couple’s eldest son, Noah, has autism, something he has lived with most of his life. “Noah was born eight weeks earlier, so we expected delays,” Erika said. “Although there were many milestones he hit at … Read More

Long-Time Alabaster Resident Passes Away at 101

April 27, 2021By Alabaster Connection

For long-time Alabaster resident Ruby “Jerry” Geraldine Nolen, living to be 100 years old was a goal she  hoped to accomplish. Nolen met that goal in 2020, before  passing away on March 1, 2021. “My grandmother was the kindest, most loving, compassionate woman to everyone,” Jennifer McDaniel said. “She never met a stranger and loved … Read More