Super Seniors of 2024

May 5, 2024By Alabaster Connection

These 11 Thompson High School seniors and world-changers are set to make their mark! By Barry Wise Smith Photos by Brit Huckabay Marisol Alvarado-Resendiz You are going to Brown —what would you like to major in and what are you excited to explore in Rhode Island? I’m either majoring in environmental science or biology pre-medicine, … Read More

Alabaster CityFest

May 5, 2024By Alabaster Connection

 From Idol to the Opry: A Conversation with Scotty McCreery By Brent Thompson Photos by Jeff Ray. American Idol has helped launch the careers of many artists, but few have had the staying power of country sensation Scotty McCreery. Since winning the 10th season of the wildly popular television singing contest in 2011, McCreery has been … Read More

Alabaster’s Storied Past Leads to a Bright Future

March 4, 2024By Alabaster Connection

Steeped in History By Barry Smith It’s hard to imagine while driving the busy roads of Alabaster today, that the vibrant, growing city was once a rural area with rolling hills and farmland. As Alabaster looks forward to a bright future, it’s helpful to reflect back on who and what came before. In the early … Read More

Operation Clean Sweep

March 4, 2024By Alabaster Connection

Twelve years of making Alabaster a cleaner place to live and work. By Lee Hurley In 2012 when Stacy Rakestraw had recently joined the City Council, she noticed a pressing need to improve the aesthetics of the city, especially the situation with litter around major roadways. So, she took the initiative to start planning and … Read More

Thompson High School’s Legendary Volleyball Program

January 1, 2024By Alabaster Connection

Thompson Warriors head volleyball coach Judy Green has built a winning culture—and notched her 1,000th win—during her almost 40-year coaching career. Story by Barry Wise Smith You would never know from talking to Coach Judy Green, Thompson High School’s head volleyball coach and director of volleyball operations, that she is an honest-to-goodness legend. Soft-spoken and … Read More

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