BUSA: Alabaster Expands Soccer in Shelby County

October 26, 2023By Alabaster Connection

By Barry Wise Smith As the movie says, “If you build it, they will come.” And in Alabaster, Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA) is building a successful soccer program in partnership with the city and Shelby County. The BUSA Alabaster program started in 2019 with a partnership between BUSA and Shelby County, the Alabaster schools, … Read More

Jubilee #3 and the Fall Festival

October 24, 2023By Alabaster Connection

By Jamie Cole and Brent Thompson Jubilee # 3 promises to be another musical filled Alabaster afternoon into early evening.  Headlined by country duo, Thompson Square, the event will begin at 2 PM on Saturday, October 28, at the green space around the old Siluria water tower, on the grounds of Alabaster’s municipal complex at … Read More

Ode to a Water Tower

September 7, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Mayor Scott Brakefield What was once old is new again—with poetry to celebrate our iconic landmark. Last March the city council and mayor’s office approved and initiated a facelift for the historic, iconic water tower. The $320,000 project was finished in June, and the water tower is now beautifully restored to its original grandeur. A … Read More

South City Theatre is Scripted for Success

September 6, 2023By Kristine Alford

South City Theatre brings award-winning drama, laughter, and music to Shelby County.    By Cara Clark Photos by Steven Ross For South City Theatre (SCT) Artistic Director Donna Williamson, the theater is an all or nothing enterprise. From her first introduction to the stage, she knew it would be a lifelong commitment. “It seems like … Read More

Councilor Corner: Zach Zahariadis, Ward 6

September 6, 2023By Alabaster Connection

How has your first year on the City Council gone? My first year has been truly amazing. This opportunity has allowed me to serve in a capacity that I would have never thought possible. I now see how vital a communicative and transparent team of not only council members but city administrators, employees, and Mayor … Read More

Alpha Warrior: Thompson Head Football Coach Mark Freeman

July 5, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Thompson head football coach Mark Freeman reflects on past success and more to come. By Barry Wise Smith Photos by Neal Wagner When Mark Freeman came to Thompson High School in 2015 after successful runs at Bessemer Academy, Gulf Shores High School, and Spanish Fort High School, he inherited a program that was struggling under … Read More

Paying it Forward with Coast Guard Veteran Shannon Layton

July 5, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Coast Guard Veteran Shannon Layton turned her trauma into support for others By Lori Culpepper After enduring the devastating effects of a hospital-acquired infection that occurred soon after joining the military, Shannon Layton started down a path to improve the quality of healthcare for veterans like herself. Layton is part of a home church group … Read More

Alabaster Fast Forward

April 29, 2023By Alabaster Connection

A one-cent sales tax increase will put Alabaster capital projects on the fast track. By Barry Wise Smith On February 27, the Alabaster City Council voted to increase city sales tax by one cent—making sales tax 10 percent in Alabaster—to fund significant capital projects in Alabaster, including a new library, a new community recreation center, … Read More

CityFest 2023

April 29, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Twenty one years of fun-lovin’, foot-stompin’, heat-beatin’ fun.  Alabaster CityFest has been around for a while, but often we see questions from festival-goers about how it all works. We asked the Alabaster Arts Council about some of the most common questions folks have about the event.  How does CityFest stay fresh and continue to be … Read More

The Power of Communication

March 7, 2023By Alabaster Connection

Toastmasters helps build confidence and instill good habits By Lee Hurley Photos by Brit Huckabay Motivational speaker Brain Tracy said, “Communication is like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.” Nowhere is that more obvious than in a … Read More