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Developer Lance Kitchens wants to rezone about 6.7 acres of a 26.6-acre piece of the old Smith dairy farm from agricultural and estate zoning to an R-1 residential district, like the rest of the land. Read more

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The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson

There were about 40 entries in the parade, including churches, businesses, Scouting groups, cheerleaders, majorettes, veterans, families, groups of friends and, of course, Santa Claus. Read more

News

Hoover City Tree Lighting

Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

11-year-old Madison Etheridge flipped the switch to light up the 43-foot-tall Christmas tree and lights on the City Hall campus. Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson

The garbage hauler has put cameras on all its trucks in Hoover and enacted landfill restrictions on recycling pickup day. Read more

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The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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In the second annual All-South Metro team, the Hoover and Spain Park high school volleyball teams were well represented. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover and Spain Park high school football teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Hoover High School had its chances in the second half, but ultimately fell to Thompson in the Class 7A semifinals on Friday night. Read more

Hoover

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Caitlyn McTier is a senior at the University of Alabama and will represent Hoover throughout the coming year and in the Miss Alabama 2020 competition. Read more

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The five-day celebration is scheduled for Feb. 18-22. Tickets go on sale Jan. 7. Read more

People

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Here's a look at some of the local high school football playoff games this week. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Erin Nelson

Smith, a retired Hoover firefighter with multiple business interests, has been on the Hoover City Council for 15 years. Read more

News

With Ahman Ellington and CJ Melton from last year’s team having moved on to play college basketball, the Bucs are faced with the pro position of reloading. Read more

Hoover

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Spain Park High School girls basketball coach Mike Chase believes his team belongs in the conversation as one of the top teams in Class 7A. Read more

Spain Park

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This year, head coach Chris Laatsch expects Spain Park to be able to get over the hump in close-and-late situations. That comes from an unquenching desire to win. Read more

Spain Park

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Photo by Barry Stephenson.

The toughness and resilience that help him on the football field enabled him to overcome pediatric cancer. Cooper Tullo, 18, is currently in remission from Burkitt lymphoma, an aggressive cancer that almost took his life before he became a teenager. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Kristin Bundren.

Two teachers from Spain Park High School and Berry Middle School were recently recognized as 2019 national winners of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Read more

Schools

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Public buildings and services around Hoover have a variety of closing schedules for the Christmas and New Year holidays. Read more

The play, inspired by Truman Capote’s experiences growing up in Alabama during the Depression, follows the adventures of a young boy during the holiday season. Read more

News

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The Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is holding the 13th installment of the BYOB (Bring Your Old Buddy) Scramble golf tournament Dec. 8. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Church on the Bluff.

The Church on the Bluff is holding its 12th annual Lights on the Bluff community Christmas event Saturday, Dec. 14, but this year’s event will be slightly different. Read more

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This year’s Bluff Park Christmas is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. Now in its fourth year, the parade will follow the same route as it did last year, starting and ending at the park next to the Shades Cliff Pool. Read more

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Shoppers at the Riverchase Galleria will be treated to live Christmas concerts on two weekends in December. Read more

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“What we want to deliver is traditional Southern cuisine, but on an elevated basis,” George said. “We’re taking recipes for what anyone might consider their grandmother’s comfort food, but using slightly different ingredients.” Read more

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In the past two years, McLeod Software has added more than 120 associates, bringing total employment to more than 500. More than 100 of those new employees are based in the new Hoover headquarters, putting its total Hoover workforce at more than 400. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The Hoover Public Library has received positive feedback about the six new remote book drops that have been placed in the outer parts of the city, Director Amanda Borden said. Read more

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Photos courtesy of Hoover Fire Department.

The truck, which is about the size of an 18-wheeler and resembles a long soft drink delivery truck, also includes $153,000 worth of new equipment to deal with hazardous materials. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Greg Bishop.

The amount of city funding for the Hoover City Schools Foundation still remains uncertain. Read more

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With new zoning restrictions in place, the City Council also lifted its moratorium against such businesses. Read more

Businesses

There is no doubt — winter is well on its way to Hoover. The chill in the air carries with it the anticipation of the holidays as they quickly approach. Read more

Mayor's Minute

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

If you put up a live Christmas tree this year and are wondering what to do with it when Christmas is over, you have several options. Read more

News

Sara Franklin horizontal Sept 2019

Photo courtesy of Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama.

The Hoover native and new mother was asleep in her home in the Kirkman Preserve community when she, for the first time in her life, experienced what is known as a tonic clonic seizure, sometimes called a grand mal seizure. Read more

People

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

So the question was: What was happening with those items people were trying to recycle? The answer: They were going to the landfill instead. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover High School football team beat James Clemens 23-20 in overtime on Friday in the second round of the Class 7A state playoffs. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at the local high school football playoff games this week. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Her proposal, set for a vote by the school board on Dec. 10, would start the 2021-22 school year on Aug. 10 and allow a full week out for Thanksgiving. Read more

Schools

2019 Hoover Football

Photo by Barry Stephenson

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Hoover Band 7A State Champs

Photo courtesy of Hoover High School Band Boosters

The 190-member competition band won among five schools competing in Class 7A. Read more

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Retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido, senior vice president of the Folds of Honor Foundation, delivered a message about challenges, triumph and change. Read more

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Photo by Barry Stephenson

Hoover High School quarterback Robby Ashford returned for the opening round of the playoffs and led the Bucs to a 21-3 victory over Sparkman. Read more

Hoover 1 Comments

2019 Hoover Football

Photo by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at the local high school football playoff games this week. Read more

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City hall renovations should begin in early 2020, City Administrator Allan Rice said. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Between 700 and 800 walkers showed up at Railroad Park in Birmingham Saturday morning. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

Spain Park High School sent its 19 seniors out on a high note with a 14-7 victory over Shades Valley on Friday night. Read more

Spain Park

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Photo by Barry Stephenson

IMG Academy was too much for Hoover to overcome in the regular season finale. Read more

Hoover

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Two buyers purchased the property at auction. One plans to preserve scenic views; another reportedly eyeing development of new subdivision. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover High School volleyball team fell to Mountain Brook in the Class 7A semifinals on Wednesday. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Jonathan Norris

Here's a look at the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Natalie Thorn

Photo courtesy of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation

As part of her four-year education, Thorn will spend one year training as a cadet aboard oceangoing vessels. Read more

People

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The students took a field trip to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Read more

Schools

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The new weekly get-together will allow new and expecting mothers to socialize and get expert lactation advice. Read more

People

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Children at the school raised $3,690.13 with this year's effort. Read more

Schools

Debbi Austin Land served as director of the Bessemer Area Cutoff Children's Advocacy Center, also known as the Clay House. Read more

People

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Photo courtesy fo Jill Spero

The church collected more than 5,000 in two weekends in October. Read more

People

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Photo courtesy of Jill Spero

Father John Fallon recently pronounced a blessing for dogs, cats, snakes and a turtle. Read more

People

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Men and women from the department modeled fashions from Von Maur and The Gilded Garment as part of a fundraiser for the Wings of Hope Pediatric Foundation. Read more

People

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Photo courtesy of David Leong

The event is the biggest fundraiser for Down Syndrome Alabama. Read more

People

Super Regional Volleyball

Kyle Parmley

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

The Hoover High School football team beat Mountain Brook 34-10 on Friday night and locked up a first-round home playoff game. Read more

Hoover

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photos by Alyx Chandler.

One day about 11 years ago, Kendall Boggs saw a painting of a goose at a restaurant and told her husband, “I love that painting, and I think I can paint.” Read more

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Photo courtesy of Epilepsy Foundation of America.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama, based off Lorna Road in Hoover, is holding its second annual Walk to End Epilepsy at Railroad Park in Birmingham on Saturday, Nov. 2. Read more

News

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The Riverchase Galleria will host its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony to usher in the holiday shopping season Nov. 8. Read more

News

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The Junior League of Birmingham’s 2019 Market Noel shopping event is scheduled for Nov. 20-23 at the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. Read more

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Sarah Conklin is the featured artist for the 2019 Moss Rock Festival in The Preserve subdivision in Hoover on Nov. 2-3 and will be there to showcase and sell some of her work. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient is a founding member of the Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a leadership institute focused on the mental, physical and wellness support for wounded veterans and their families. Read more

News

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Photo by Kyle Parmley.

The 2019 high school volleyball season will be remembered as one of accomplishment for several individuals at Hoover and Spain Park. Read more

Sports

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Photo courtesy of Spain Park High School.

Most people are familiar with traditional sports such as football, basketball and baseball, but a new sport is gaining momentum in Hoover’s high schools. It’s called esports, which involves multiplayer video games. Read more

Sports

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Krystle Johnson, the Hoover High School girls basketball coach, has no doubt that Hoover possesses the talent to be one of the state’s best teams once again. Read more

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About once a month, on a Saturday or Sunday, gearheads and motorheads from across the metro area and beyond come rolling into the Hoover Met parking lot for autocross competitions. Read more

News

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Photo by James Nicholas

Spain Park High School came to life in the second half and knocked off region foe Oak Mountain on Friday night. Read more

Spain Park

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Photos By Barry Stephenson

Hoover High School came back in the final minutes to knock off longtime rival and region foe Vestavia Hills on Friday night. Read more

Hoover

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Sam Xie, the owner of The Seafood King restaurant on State Farm Parkway in Homewood, found a spot for another location: The Plaza at Riverchase. Read more

Businesses

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Mehdi Sultan opened the Kabob-Licious Indo-Pak Grill in The Plaza at Riverchase shopping center in Hoover in April. Read more

Businesses

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The Hoover City Council amended the city’s ordinance regarding alcoholic beverage sales to allow sales as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays. Read more

News

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Photos by Jon Anderson.

The Hoover City Council promoted the city’s purchasing director, Ben Powell, to the city treasurer position, replacing Robert Yeager, whose retirement took effect Oct. 1. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Hoover, county and state offices will close for both the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays in 2019, but some public buildings will have different holiday hours. Read more

News

I hope you will take a few moments to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in such a great country — a country that would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the men and women who have served and are serving in our armed forces. Read more

Mayor's Minute

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The Kitty Kat Haven & Rescue center has found a new home in central Hoover and is scurrying to raise money to close the deal. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

AT&T, Verizon and Crown Castle all have started building a network of “small cell facilities” that are designed to improve wireless communication for cellphones, laptops, tablets and other mobile communication devices. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson

'We're hope dealers. We're not dope dealers." Read more

News

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderon

Hoover's zoning board on Monday recommended the City Council approve the new restrictions. Read more

Businesses 3 Comments

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

Anthony Hayes had a monster night to key the Hoover High School football team's 42-35 win over Spain Park. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

About 325 people sampled fare from 27 restaurants, caterers and other food and drink providers. Read more

News

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Photo by Jonathan Norris

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

About 200 people showed up for a community meeting at The Church at Brook Hills Tuesday night to hear a proposal. Read more

News

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Map courtesy of city of Hoover

Hoover's cost on the project should remain at $1.4 million or less, Chief Operations Officer Tim Westhoven said. Read more

News

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Orange Development plans to invest $4.76 million in the project and get a 25% tax rebate up to $500,000. Read more

Businesses

Spain Park vs. Mountain Brook Volleyball

Jimmy Mitchell

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Riffe was chosen from among 140 artists at the 56th annual Bluff Park Art Show, and it was her second time to win. Read more

News

Hoover Football

Photo by Jonathan Norris

Hoover's defense forced three takeaways in a region win on Thursday night. Read more

Hoover

2019 Hoover High School Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

The high school football playoff picture comes into focus during the month of October, as region play comes to a close and the top four seeds in each region are defined. Read more

Sports

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The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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The City Council cut $4.5 million from the mayor's proposed spending plan and added $2.3 million in spending favored by the council. Read more

News

With a father who died of skin cancer and a mother who survived uterine cancer, Ashley Huffstutler thought in she probably would get some of kind of cancer in her old age, but she never imagined it would strike her at age 29 while pregnant. Read more

People 2 Comments

Sitting in his office before the season started, Hoover High School cross-country coach Devon Hind relayed intel about his team. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Kamp Fender.

Rya McKinnon is just a sophomore but is already the team’s floor captain and possesses the most experience of anyone on the Bucs’ roster. Read more

Hoover

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News

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Vintage Market Days is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 and will take place at the Finley Center, featuring antique, vintage and vintage-inspired goods, including furniture, jewelry, artwork, children’s clothing, holiday decor and live music. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of David Leong.

The fourth annual A Taste of Louisiana Food Festival and Cook Off is coming back to Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 5. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Lance Shores, city of Hoover.

The 23rd annual Pig Iron BBQ Challenge will be at the Hoover RV Park on Friday, Oct. 25, from 5-8 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The 2019 Hoover Cup Golf Tournament, which benefits the Hoover Parks and Recreation Foundation, is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14, at Inverness Country Club. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Laura Powell.

Witches will take flight in Bluff Park this month in a candy- and costume-filled fundraiser for United Ability. Laura Powell and Katie Dixon are organizing the second annual Bluff Park Witches Ride for Sunday, Oct. 20. Read more

News

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Photo by Sarah Finnegan.

The Hoover High School marching band will host its 2019 Hoover Invitational Marching Festival on Oct. 19 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Down Syndrome Alabama.

People who want to show support for those with Down syndrome are invited to participate in a walk and a run in October. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Hoover Public Library.

The Hoover Public Library is inviting kids to a Spooktacular event Friday, Oct. 25. This year’s annual event will focus on ghosts and have a generally spooky vibe, said Justin Banger, a children’s librarian who is coordinating the occasion. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Aldridge Gardens wants to give people a taste of what the city has to offer from a culinary perspective and raise money for the gardens with its eighth Taste of Hoover event Oct. 10. Read more

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The city of Hoover is inviting families to Veterans Park on Thursday, Oct. 24, for the 11th annual Hoover Hayride and Family Night. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce this year moved its annual golf tournament from summer to fall and gave it a new name. This year it is scheduled for Oct. 28 and now will be called the Links Fore Scholars tournament. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

The Junior League of Birmingham’s 14th annual Shop Save & Share fundraiser this year is scheduled for Oct. 2-13. Read more

News

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Discovery United Methodist Church is planning to celebrate “man’s best friend” at its third annual Dog Days at Discovery on Saturday, Oct. 12. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

This year’s show will feature 156 artists from 11 states, using all kinds of mediums, including painting, glass, clay, digital imaging, jewelry, metalwork, photography, woodworking, fiber, sculptures, printmaking and mixed media, said Greg Waters. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Destination Hoover International, a nonprofit group that was formed 17 months ago to build partnerships with communities around the globe, had a busy spring and summer. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Hoover Police Department.

The Hoover Police Department’s motorcycle unit recently earned first place in a law enforcement motorcycle competition in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

This year marks the 65th anniversary of Shades Crest Baptist Church in Bluff Park. Since 1954, Shades Crest has stood at the center of the town and impacted the lives of local citizens. Read more

News

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Photo by Karim Shamsi-Basha.

Steel City Emergency Vets, located at 1900 Hoover Court, has almost tripled its business for the projected second year compared to the first. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

When Randy Whitworth and his three adult children get together, it’s not unusual for them to discuss business. That’s because all of them are in the same business: transmissions and auto repair. Read more

Businesses

It is no secret business is booming in the city of Hoover. What is really exciting is the wide variety of companies we are attracting — both nationally recognized and locally owned businesses. Read more

Mayor's Minute

Brooke Adams

Photo courtesy of Leadership Hoover

The third class of Leadership Hoover was scheduled to start meeting in late September, and the organization plans to start a Junior Leadership Hoover group in 2020. Read more

News

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

If the Hoover City Council had not raised sales, use, leasing and lodging taxes last year, city revenues from those taxes likely would have declined this fiscal year, city records now indicate. Read more

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Photo courtesy of Tucker Hendrix.

Though Tucker and Tanner Hendrix are literally on the sidelines this fall cheering for the University of Alabama and Auburn University, respectively, they say the rivalry never goes beyond good-natured teasing. Read more

News

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Jimmie J. Mitchell

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Nearly 800 people registered to participate in the two races in The Preserve community on Saturday. Read more

People

The Spain Park football team scored with 14 seconds left to knock off Hewitt-Trussville on Friday night. Read more

Spain Park

2019 Hoover High School Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

A 23-point second quarter and a strong defensive performance gave Hoover a 37-7 victory over Oak Mountain on Friday night. Read more

Hoover

Hoover High School March 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

The judge ruled the school system erred in its process for assessing whether a girl struggling with psychological and emotional issues merited special education services. Read more

Schools

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Photo by Jon Anderson

Hoover schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy shared numerous rankings with the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. Read more

Schools

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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Rendering courtesy of city of Hoover

StoreEase plans to put 700 self-storage units near the entrance to Deer Valley, and the owner of Jubilee Joe's is building a new restaurant and retail center near I-459. Read more

Businesses 1 Comments

Trace Crossings Elementary

Photo by Jon Anderson

The guardians claim school officials failed to protect the 6-year-old girl after numerous sexual assaults by other first-grade girls. Read more

Schools 2 Comments

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Todd Lester

The Spain Park High School football team suffered a 49-35 loss to Mountain Brook on Friday. Read more

Spain Park

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

The Hoover High School defense scored two touchdowns in a region win over Hewitt-Trussville on Friday night. Read more

Hoover

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News

District officials say they will seek more feedback about priorities with another survey, likely after Thanksgiving. Read more

Schools

2019 Hoover Football

Photos by Barry Stephenson

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Current Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and state Representative Arnold Mooney will speak beginning at 9 a.m. Read more

News

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Photo courtesy of Connie O'Brien.

Holy Family Cristo Rey’s board acquired the former Center Street Middle School on June 11, 2019 from the Birmingham Board of Education. Renovations and upgrades were made over the summer in time for classes to begin on August 8. Read more

Schools

Volleyball

Kyle Parmley

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo courtesy of Frank Couch

The Hoover High School football team lost its star quarterback in Friday's 48-30 loss at Thompson. Read more

Hoover

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Photo by Todd Lester

Spain Park High School was knocked off by Vestavia Hills on Friday night. Read more

Spain Park

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Photo by Jon Anderson

However, the budget includes $19 million in capital projects such as an 18-classroom expansion at Berry Middle School. Read more

Schools 1 Comments

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News

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Photo by Neal Wagner

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

Girl Scout Leadership Summit 2

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The girls were able to hear from MIss Alabama Tiara Pennington and NASA astronaut Jan Davis, as well as other female mentors. Read more

People

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Photo by Erin Nelson Starnes Media

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

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Photo by Neal Wagner

A trio of touchdowns from Harrison Barker was not enough for Spain Park as the Jags were edged 42-45 by Bessemer City. Read more

Spain Park

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The mayor said his budget proposal is focused on better traffic management, education and public safety. Read more

News

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Photo by Kamp Fender.

Instead, the team’s motto throughout the offseason has been to “own it” and move forward. Robby Ashford is leading his team on that quest. Read more

Hoover

Dresden Statum, a Homewood High School graduate, is determined to be one of the few female sushi masters in the U.S. and has been preparing for several months. Read more

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The Hoover City Schools Foundation this year is giving out a record $64,000 in grants, thanks to successful fundraising initiatives, Executive Director Janet Turner said. Read more

Schools

Here are the presidents of the parent organizations at each Hoover school and what they said about their goals for the 2019-20 school year. Read more

Schools

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After more than two years of planning and renovation work, the Hoover school system’s Riverchase Career Connection Center is now open and running. Read more

High Schools

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Spain Park High School’s marching band for the second year in a row will use its Sparks in the Park event as a showcase and exhibition for area high school bands, plus a performance by the UAB Marching Blazers. Read more

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The Arc of Alabama and Alabama Conference of Executives of The Arc are putting on the 2019 Alabama Disability Conference in Hoover. Read more

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Ross Bridge Pharmacy had its soft opening on April 19 before a grand opening in May. This is the first pharmacy to open in the Ross Bridge community and is located across from the clock tower at the main entrance. Read more

Businesses

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Very soon we will see the leaves begin to change as another season rolls in. While these thoughts bring a smile, they are always accompanied by a somber moment as I also reflect on the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. Read more

Mayor's Minute

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Some complain about green areas being torn down for new development in Hoover, but in addition to numerous small parks, the city also has several large tracts of land reserved for conservation and passive park usage. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The upcoming closure of the Sears department store at the Riverchase Galleria is being heralded by mall managers and city officials as a great opportunity for redevelopment. Read more

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Jonathan M. Norris

Here's a look at some of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

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From first aid to kayaking, the members of Scout Troop 86 Green tried nearly everything that Camp Comer had to offer in their first summer at camp. Read more

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Photos by Bobby Mathews.

The rise of women’s whiffle ball leagues in suburban Birmingham might seem a little unusual to outsiders. But at its heart, leagues like this one are about finding community. Read more

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

The city of Hoover is planning to install a new traffic signal on Stadium Trace Parkway at Flemming Parkway, but it may take eight to nine months to get it in place, a city official said. Read more

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For 25 years, the city and club both have been operating under the assumption that the city owned the pool and tennis courts and the club has a lease to use the facility through March 2093. Read more

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Hoover VS Central Phenix Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

Hoover VS Central Phenix Football 2019

Sarah Finnegan

Constantine Hontzas' 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted Hoover to a season-opening win on Friday night. Read more

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Spain Park at Hillcrest

Jonathan Norris

The Spain Park High School football team made three sacks in final minutes to secure a 42-33 victory in its season opener at Hillcrest. Read more

Spain Park

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Avadian Credit Union was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group. Read more

People

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Kamp Fender

Here's a look at several of the local high school football games this week. Read more

Sports

"Hoover was the only place that we lived as a family of four," Heather Gilotti said. Read more

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2019 Hoover Wiffle Crown winners

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This is the first year the two communities have battled for a championship. Read more

Sports

Heritage Pickleball 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

This was the first year for the four-day tournament. Read more

Sports

Antiqua Cleggett 8-15-19

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Workforce development leader fills Hoover chamber in on efforts to achieve that. Read more

Businesses

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

Rocky Ridge school bus 8-14-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

But registration to ride buses is up 8 percent — by 664 students. Read more

Schools

Jacob Pugh, a Hoover resident and recent graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship by The Greater Birmingham ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program at its annual scholarship banquet. Read more

People

The baby and maternity expo drew more than 3,500 people in its first year at the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex. Read more

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The event raised more than $38,000 for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Read more

People

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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American Legion rifle raffle 2019

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The raffle raised more than $3,300 to help support veterans in need. Read more

People

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Previously, sales or dispensing of alcoholic beverages could not occur until 11 a.m. on Sundays in private clubs and noon at places such as restaurants, hotels and meeting and event centers. Read more

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Mayors of the five biggest cities have been meeting for at least five years and want to expand their group. Read more

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The Springville Fire Department won the People's Choice Award. Read more

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The 92,000-square-foot facility opens Aug. 8 with five academies covering health science, fire and emergency medical services, cyber innovation, skilled trades, and food and hospitality. Read more

Schools

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Art and music therapy programs are used to help veterans overcome the mental and physical wounds suffered during deployments and to work with family members in the adjustment process. Read more

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Ron Bradstreet July 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

Bradstreet will provide leadership for the 170 chapters and almost 20,000 members of the American Legion throughout Alabama. Read more

People

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The 2018 season did not unfold as the Spain Park High School football team intended. Even so, head coach Shawn Raney drew encouragement from how his players responded to the adversity. Read more

Spain Park

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Last season was the first since 1999 that Hoover failed to win at least 10 games on the field. But for a program that has made 16 appearances in the state championship game — and won 11 of them — the expectation is to return to that level. Read more

Hoover

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The three-day science fiction and fantasy festival includes sessions on gaming, comics, writing, cosplay, "Star Wars," "Star Trek," and "Game of Thrones." Read more

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Dad Brigade 7-27-19 (1)

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The volunteers, mostly men and boys, helped spruce up school campuses prior to the return of students. Read more

Schools

Tour an open house this weekend from 2-4 p.m. Read more

News

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Photo by Jon Anderson

The Hoover Police Department drew in more donors to a blood drive at the Hoover Public Safety Center than the Hoover Fire Department. Read more

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Many people take mission trips to foreign countries, but not a lot of people give up their jobs and the comforts of home for 11 months to travel around the world, ministering to people in need. Read more

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Photo by Sydney Cromwell.

Presbyterian Home for Children Director of Development Jonathan Ahern jokes that he has many offices: at the organization’s campus in Talladega, at his home and in his truck. His newest office is located in Hoover. Read more

People

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Auchmuty has previously written two other books and a pamphlet. His latest work details stories — some of them funny, some of them heartbreaking — about his time leading funeral services. Read more

People

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Hoover High School senior Christian Pegouske has always loved being outside in nature. So, he got involved with the BioBucs, HHS’s environment science research competition team. Read more

High Schools

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Baseball and softball players from Hoover and Spain Park high schools were recognized following strong spring seasons by the Alabama Sports Writers Association, as each program was represented on the all-state teams. Read more

Sports

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More than 150 students from Hoover, Spain Park and Homewood high schools have registered for the Culinary and Hospitality Academy in its first year, Chris Villa said. Read more

High Schools

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Photo by Erin Nelson.

More than 300 students from Hoover and Spain Park high schools are signed up for the Health Science Academy at the Riverchase Career Connection Center, which opens for the first time with the start of school on Aug. 8. Read more

High Schools

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About 155 to 160 of the top high school baseball players in the eastern United States are headed to the Hoover Metropolitan Complex Aug. 1-4 for the 2019 East Coast Pro Showcase. Read more

Sports

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The Heart of Dixie chapter of the BMW Car Club of America is offering a driving school for teenagers and young adults at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium to help prepare them for driving hazards and challenges. Read more

News

Babypalooza 2018

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The Babypalooza baby and maternity expo is headed to the Finley Center at the Hoover Metropolitan Complex for its 14th year in the Birmingham-Hoover area. Read more

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Photo by Jon Anderson.

Hometown Lenders is holding its second annual barbecue cooking competition at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium on Aug. 3. Read more

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The city of Hoover’s annual National Night out event is moving to a new location for its 10th year — the parking lot of the Riverchase Galleria. Read more

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Taste of Bham 2018

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The Birmingham Boys Choir, which draws boys from all over the Birmingham-Hoover metro area, is holding its ninth annual Taste of Birmingham fundraiser on Aug. 20. Read more

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Save the Os 5K 2018 (1)

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The 15th annual Save the O’s 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Greystone residential community to raise money for the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Read more

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It has been said that “August is like the Sunday of summer.” August brings the beginning of another school year, with hallways filled with laughter and classrooms filled with lots of learning. Read more

Mayor's Minute

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The city of Hoover has obtained a second federal grant to help pay for a $1.1 million half-mile walking trail and parking lot along the Cahaba River next to Riverchase Elementary School. Read more

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A 1.6-mile trail between the Inverness Nature Park and Valleydale Road will get under construction sometime this fall in a joint project between Shelby County and the city of Hoover. Read more

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When the principal position at Simmons Middle School came open in May, 99 people applied for the job. Hoover schools Superintendent Kathy Murphy said there were a lot of qualified applicants, but one name rose to the top: Kevin Erwin. Read more

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For several years, the pool at the Birchtree Swim & Racquet Club has needed some major repairs, including a new pool liner and deck, club and city officials say. Read more

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Bob Cahoon 7-18-19 (1)

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Cahoon served in both World War II and the Korean War. Read more

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Finley Center June 2019

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Eight months into fiscal 2019, the complex has had an estimated $31 million economic impact, the manager says. Read more

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Superintendent Kathy Murphy held off again on a recommendation for a policy against disruptive speech. Read more

Schools

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Families of 386 children were interested, but only 90 students could be accepted for five new pre-K classes. Read more

Schools

Tattersall Park proposed master plan July 2019

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Greystone residents strongly objected to the proposal. Read more

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Future land use plan July 2019

Map courtesy of city of Hoover

Mayor Frank Brocato said the document will serve as a roadmap in making decisions over the next 20 to 25 years. Read more

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Hoover’s Jaqueline Mateo recently participated in the 21st annual Alabama Governor’s Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) on the campus of Troy University. Read more

People

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The Magic City Theatre On Ice skating team defended their 2018 National title in the open division and won silver in the intermediate division during the National Theatre on Ice Competition at the end of June. Read more

People

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Camp Seale Harris, a nonprofit camping program empowering children and teens with diabetes, has been awarded a $10,000 donation from Whitehaven Insurance Services through the 2019 Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Awards. Read more

People

In the 2018-2019 school year, 16 Alabama schools raised $56,862 for wishes in Alabama. Read more

High Schools

Hoover teen James DeLano was named The Oley Foundation Child of the Year on June 22 at their national conference in Chicago. He was also recognized for being nominated for their Innovator/Advocator Award and their Celebration of Life Award. Read more

People

Hoover City Council 7-1-19

Photo by Jon Anderson

The grocery store is planned to be built at the intersection of South Shades Crest Road and Morgan Road in southwest Hoover. Read more

Businesses

Two Maids & A Mop, the nation’s leading tech-driven residential cleaning service, recently hosted MaidCon at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. Read more

People

Strategic Development Concept June 2019

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Planning commissioners wanted a better summary and new plans for undeveloped areas. Read more

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Black Creek Mtn Bike Park

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The 73-acre park in the Trace Crossings community has about 5 miles of mountain bike trails. Read more

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Mary Helmer 6-20-19

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Hoover's economic developer, Greg Knighton, said a partnership with Main Street Alabama would be worth considering. Read more

Businesses 1 Comments

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Residents have complained about having a constant stream of strangers coming and going from homes in their neighborhoods. Read more

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Free Friday Flicks 2019 (1)

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Skies were clear Friday night as moviegoers watched "The Little Mermaid." Read more

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All of Aldridge Gardens was strung with glowing lights on the night of June 8, as the 2019 Hydrangeas Under the Stars fundraiser took place. Read more

People

Hayden Perry

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He loved fishing and customizing his truck. Read more

News

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Students are becoming too disconnected from instruction, Superintendent Kathy Murphy said. Read more

Schools 2 Comments

The proposal announced in May caused a lot of angst in the community, with people concerned about First Amendment rights. Read more

Schools 3 Comments

IberiaBank June 2019

Photo by Jon Anderson

The bank's renovation of a 130,000-square-foot building in International Park is taking longer than anticipated. Read more

Businesses

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But the council held off a decision to extend a fiber-optic line along Valleydale Road from U.S. 31 to almost U.S. 280. Read more

News 1 Comments

More than 775 people had taken the Hoover Sun and 280 Living poll as of 3:30 p.m. June 3. Read more

Schools 1 Comments

Mary Helmer

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Helmer is scheduled to speak at the chamber luncheon at the Hoover Country Club on June 20. Read more

Businesses

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The 719 members of the graduating class are believed to be the largest high school graduating class in Alabama this year. Read more

High Schools

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In all, 23% of the graduating class ended with a GPA of 4.0 or higher. Read more

High Schools

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School officials are proposing a change to the code of conduct that allows school discipline for racist and sexist conduct or language, whether it occurs on campus, at home or online. Read more

Schools 5 Comments

Kathy Murphy 5-9-19

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However, a proposed change would allow school officials to administer discipline when racist, sexist or other disparaging off-campus remarks substantially impact the school environment. Read more

Schools 10 Comments

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Scholarship recipients were Taylor Edwards, Maggie Ethridge and Mary White from Hoover High School and Josh Stanton from Spain Park High School. Read more

People

A proposed change in the code of conduct would make it a class 3 (most serious) offense to engage in racist or sexist conduct or language, whether on or off campus. Read more

Schools 3 Comments

Cahaba River Park

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The changes would shift 155 homes from Blackridge to Trace Crossings and have Signature Homes donate 158 acres for a potential new road out of the area. Read more

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Hoover Soccer

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The Hoover and Spain Park high school sports teams were in action last week. Read more

Sports

State Soccer Finals

Kyle Parmley

The Hoover High School boys soccer team beat Enterprise 3-2 on Saturday in penalty kicks to capture its first state championship since 2003. Read more

Sports 1 Comments

Hoover Service Club 2019 scholarships awards 1

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The club also gave out 2019 academic and citizenship awards to six Hoover middle school students. Read more

Schools 1 Comments

One was a 17-year-old freshman at Parker High School, and the other was a 15-year-old freshman from Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School. Read more

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A 1999 Toyota 4Runner plunged off Shades Mountain where Valley Street meets Shades Crest Road. Read more

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Words matter, perspective is big and forgiveness is essential, Lehman told 600 or so people at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham — The Wynfrey Hotel. Read more

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