Shelby County, AL

Half Shell Oyster House opening new Alabama location

Half Shell Oyster House is set to open its third Birmingham-area location. The Gulfport, Mississippi-based chain famous for its charbroiled oysters will open a new location at the Campus 124 development in Pelham. Campus 124 is a $10 million mixed-use development in Shelby County located at the former Valley Elementary...
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Birmingham, Huntsville areas seeing spikes in COVID again

As COVID-19 numbers rise across Alabama, the state’s largest cities are leading the way. A handful of counties in the Birmingham and Huntsville areas are seeing significant upticks in daily virus cases and positivity rate, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health. That includes two of the largest counties in the state.
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Severe T-Storm Warning for Parts of Shelby Co. Until 6:45 pm

The National Weather Service in Birmingham has issued a. * At 610 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Chelsea,. moving northeast at 15 mph. HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts and nickel size hail. SOURCE…Radar indicated. IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. * Locations impacted include…
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Ascension St. Vincent’s anticipates the construction of a $35 million dollar facility in Shelby County

Shelby County is set to have a state-of-art health care facility soon. Read all about it here. Ascension St. Vincent’s is drafting a plan for an ambulatory center that includes a freestanding emergency department, primary care, medical equipment and multi-specialty space in Pelham, according to The Birmingham Business Journal. They have also requested another facility that can house Ascension St. Vincent’s and UAB Medicine, so patients can access primary and specialty care assistance. The total cost of this project is $35 million.

New dining complex to open in Chelsea

Three new restaurants will soon be coming to the Chelsea area. A redevelopment is underway at the former TreeTop Family Adventure location located off Dunnavant Valley Road to bring the eateries, all owned by the Pihakis Restaurant Group, to the U.S. 280 corridor. Melody Whitten, Director of Development for 58...

Shelby County summer school to focus on unfinished learning

Over 1,700 students in Shelby County Schools have committed to attending summer school. That number includes 768 students in grades K-3, around 250 in middle school and over 700 high school students. The students were chosen to be invited to come to summer school and there were more who were invited but unable to attend.
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Riding 4 Kids to raise money for nonprofit’s holiday bikes

CHELSEA – Chelsea-based nonprofit Bikes 4 Kids will provide free customized bikes for children again this Christmas, and anyone interested in contributing to the cause will have an in-person opportunity to do so next month. The organization’s Riding 4 Kids Fundraiser Ride will be held on the morning of...

Alabama’s unemployment rate reaches record-low of 2.8%

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama’s unemployment rate has dropped to an all-time low of 2.8%, according to the Alabama Department of Labor. The state says the rate in April was down slightly from a month earlier and well below the national rate. Shelby County had the state’s lowest unemployment...

High gas prices pummeling school district’s budgets

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Could the record highs at the pump begin to affect your children’s education? Some school district’s gas costs have nearly doubled over the last year. The school leaders I spoke with stress this is having a huge impact on their districts. Walker County Superintendent...
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Shelby County holds public test of election ballot machines

COLUMBIANA – Shelby County conducted a public test of precinct ballot counters on Thursday, May 19. As required by law, Shelby County holds a public test of its ballot counters before every election to ensure the machines are working properly. “In Shelby County, all of our tabulation machines are...

Chamber presents small business awards

The Shelby County Chamber hosted its 10th annual Small Business Awards on May 18 at the Grande Hall at Old Mill Square. The event was co-hosted by Calera Main Street, Chelsea Business Alliance, Columbiana Main Street, Montevallo Chamber of Commerce and Montevallo Main Street. The awards program aims to support...

CommUNITY Champion: Harpersville Mayor Theo Perkins

HARPERSVILLE, Ala. — Mayors tend to wear many hats, but the mayor of a small Shelby County town plays multiple roles outside of his position as the town's leader. In addition to his role as a father, Harpersville Mayor Theo Perkins is also a pastor, real estate agent, bus driver and just about anything else his town needs.
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Helena celebrates the return of Buck Creek Festival

HELENA – The banks of Buck Creek Amphitheatre park were full of Shelby County residents on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 as the Buck Creek Festival returned to its usual summer time-slot. The two-day festival was held in September last year, due to being postponed repeatedly with...
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Leadership Shelby County Class of 2022 graduates

NORTH SHELBY – The members of the Leadership Shelby County Class of 2022 underscored their desire to better the community as they presented their group service projects during a graduation luncheon on Tuesday, May 10 at Jefferson State Community College’s Shelby-Hoover Campus. The 30-member class represented the 27th...