Thompson High School Super Seniors

March 19, 2022By Alabaster Connection

These 10 stellar Thompson High School students are set to change the world! By Barry Wise Smith Photos by Brit Huckabay Eleanor DeBlock Varsity Softball—pitcher/3rd base, signed to University of West Alabama When did you start playing softball, and what have you learned from athletics and playing on a team that you will apply in … Read More

Alabaster Means Business with Industrial Parks

January 17, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Industrial parks add jobs, bring higher pay, and help promote a higher quality of life. Story and photos by Cara Clark Along with his famed words about early to bed making us healthy, wealthy and wise, Benjamin Franklin had some words of wisdom on the importance of industry in creating success: “The way to wealth … Read More

THREE-PEAT from the Thompson High School Warriors

January 17, 2022By Alabaster Connection

The Thompson High School Warriors capture their third consecutive 7A football state championship. Photography by Neal Wagner On December 1st, the Thompson High School Warriors nabbed their third straight AHSAA 7A football state championship—becoming the first team to ever accomplish that feat. While the final score was Thompson Warriors 38 to Central-Phenix City Red Devils … Read More

What’s New With Alabaster’s Parks

January 16, 2022By Alabaster Connection

Alabaster expands its portfolio of public parks to serve residents.   By Barry Wise Smith Photos by Brit Huckabay In 2019, Alabaster city leaders undertook a parks needs assessment to survey residents about what they felt was lacking in the city’s park portfolio. When the survey wrapped up in spring 2020, residents had spoken and … Read More

Celebrating the Season in Alabaster

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

Celebrate the Season in Alabaster with a slate of events throughout the city that will put a lot of jingle in everyone’s jolly!   Alabaster Tour of Lights For the sixth year, Alabaster kicks off the holiday season with its fun and festive Tour of Lights. Presented by Alabaster’s Beautification Board, the tour features 15 … Read More

Honoring Alabaster’s Veterans of Valor

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

As the country celebrated Veteran’s Day on November 11, we  continue to honor Alabaster’s veterans who have served with honor in the United States military. Ron McGriff—U.S. Navy Ron McGriff grew up in Columbia, Alabama, in Houston County northeast of Dothan. He laughs that Columbia was most known in the area for its one stoplight. … Read More

Meet Alabaster’s Police Chief and Fire Chief

November 23, 2021By Alabaster Connection

By Barry Wise Smith & Photos by Brit Huckabay Police Chief Curtis Rigney and Fire Chief Tim Love lead their departments with honor and experience. Chief Curtis Rigney and Chief Tim Love came to their positions in different ways, but they share a deep appreciation for the city they serve. Curtin Rigney has spent the … 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

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