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EXPLORE St. Clair County Alabama

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A cooperative effort to promote St. Clair County between Alabama Tourism, St. Clair Tourism and Partners by Design

St. Clair County Tourism Loretta Moore,

Executive Secretary 78 6th Avenue Ashville, Alabama P.O. Box 955 Ashville, Alabama 35953

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HISTORIC PLACES

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ARTS & CULTURE

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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FINDING FAITH

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story by Carol Pappas

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ACCOMMODATIONS Just driving by Roses and Lace Bed and Breakfast causes more than a few passersby to turn back for a second look. The 1800s Queen Anne home, nestled beneath towering trees that tell its age, is a reminder of older, grander days gone by. Once the home of a Confederate soldier and probate judge for St. Clair County, Elisha Robinson, it stands near the entrance to Ashville’s historic courthouse square. He and his wife built the home close to the turn of the 19th century just a short walk from the courthouse where Judge Robinson served three terms. Over the years, it has been the backdrop for all kinds of community events — from weddings to receptions to teas. Today, it is on the National Historic Registry and serves as a bed and breakfast owned by innkeepers Jim and Suzanne Haley. It combines old South charm, Queen Anne architecture and a modern-day refuge for those who want to spend time in historic surroundings. From the lace at the windows to vintage millwork and an expansive veranda overlooking the rose garden, Roses and Lace is authentically Old South. It is one of a number of bed and breakfasts and other guest accommodations in St. Clair County, welcoming one and all to enjoy their stay.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Bed and Breakfasts, Inns The Cove Cottage Bed and Breakfast 510 Beeson Cove Road Steele, AL 35987 205-594-4869 Roses and Lace Bed and Breakfast 20 Rose Lane Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-4366

Pell City, AL 35125 205-884-0047

Riverside, AL 35135 205-338-2591

The Lee Motel 17 22nd St. N. Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-7221

Sundance Marina 141 Sundance Circle Cropwell, AL 35054 205-814-3988

Quality Inn 1410 Parkhill Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-1314

Greensport Marina 1000 Greensport Road Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7469

Super 8 Motel 2451 Moody Parkway Moody, AL 35004 205-640-7091

Camps, Conference Centers Alabama WMU Camp 1200 Cook Springs Camp Road Cook Springs, AL 35052 205-884-2425

Hampton Inn 220 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 205-814-3000

Camp Sonshine 249 Freewill Lane Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-0751

Hotels/Motels American Inn & Suites 36225 US Highway 231 Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7080

Campgrounds, RV Parks Big Bull Campgrounds 4310 Martin St. S. Cropwell, AL 35054 205-884-4748

Camp Winnataska 336 Winnataska Drive Moody, AL 35004 205-640-6741

Amercia’s Best Value Inn 11900 US Highway 78 Riverside, AL 35135 205-338-3381

General Lee Marina & Campgrounds 1367 River Road Cropwell, AL 35054 205-525-5114

Big Bull Lakefront Motel 4304 Martin St. S. Cropwell, AL 35054 205-338-3344

Greensport Marina 1000 Greensport Road Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7469

Comfort Inn 1951 Village Drive Moody, AL 35004 205-640-6600

Knox Landing Campgrounds 1200 Knotts Landing Road Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-3403

Comfort Suites 270 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-5570

Lakeside Landing 4600 Martin St. S. Cropwell, AL 35054 205-525-5701

Holiday Inn Express 240 Vaughan Lane

Safe Harbor Campground and RV Park 12800 Highway 78

American Inn & Suites

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Chula Vista Camp and Conference Center 1000 Chula Vista Lane Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-4000

Sumatanga Camp Sumatanga 3616 Sumatanga Rd Gallant, AL 35972 256-538-9860 Springville Camp and Conference Center 3886 Mountain View Road Odenville, AL 35120 205-629-6279


David Hemphill climbing at Horse Pens 40

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Horse Pens 40 story by Gigi Hood

Historical attraction gets national attention On the top of Chandler Mountain in St. Clair County, something odd seems to happen. Alabama turns into Arizona, Maine, Colorado and Kentucky — all in one location. Just like advertising for adventure parks across the country proclaim, “There’s something for everyone.” And there’s certainly no exception in that phrase regarding historic Horse Pens 40. Whether you want to sit and paint, read, camp, hike, watch the seasons change, pitch a tent for a few days, hook up your RV, attend a bluegrass festival, or do world-class bouldering, there is indeed “something for everyone.” It wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine Horse Pens, nestled at the foot of the Appala-

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chians near Steele, touted as one of the country’s wonders. It’s just that impressive. Owned by the Schultz family, the historic park is thought to be have been utilized by people for at least 15,000 years. Creek and Cherokee Indian nations signed a peace treaty on the grounds. During the Civil War, the hilly and rocky terrain provided great places for hiding and storing troop supplies. And the many natural nooks and caves had to have provided sanctuary for outlaws throughout many years. Climbing is the top sport during the fall and winter months, according to Ashley Schultz. “In the heat of the summer, the climbers don’t bother. But once it begins to cool off, they come from everywhere.” she said. “We also have bouldering competitions that bring in a lot of folks — those that climb and those that watch.” Its music festivals, some featuring good ole Kentucky Bluegrass, also abound on the Horse Pens 40 property because of the natural acoustics provided by the rock formations. Many great talents have gotten their start playing at the festivals held throughout the years, including Emmylou Harris. Since the Schultz family purchased Horse Pens, it has been restored to its glory days. RV parking and tent camping are available. There are bathhouses, showers and electric and water hookups available. And, for those who don’t want to cook under the stars, there’s also a restaurant.

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ATTRACTIONS Artscape Festival Take a stroll through Pell City’s Lakeside Park on a late September Saturday, and you will be amazed at what you see. Artists from all over the region put their talents on display in the Artscape Festival. Artwork and handmade crafts are for sale, and food vendors cook up something special. Admission is free. Christmas Parades Everybody loves a parade, especially at Christmastime. And throughout St. Clair County, you’ll find Christmas Parades that are sure to delight. Cities across the county host Christmas Parades, featuring floats, bands, beauties and jolly Old Saint Nick, himself. Community Easter Egg Hunts Kids scour Big Springs Park in Springville and Lakeside Park in Pell City each year, looking for Easter Egg surprises. Easter Egg Hunts are free and generally held the weekend before Easter. Fourth of July Fireworks They come by boat, by car and on foot for this spectacular fireworks show sponsored by the City of Pell City. Launched from Lakeside Park over Logan Martin Lake, it is a fireworks display you won’t want to miss. The collective “oohs” and “ahhs” and applause echo up and down the lake as the show lights up the Fourth of July sky just after sunset. Float ’Yer Boat Regatta What can you create with rolls of duct tape and stacks of cardboard? Find out at the Float ’Yer Boat Regatta at Logan Martin Lake in Pell City. The annual event at Lakeside Park in August delights the whole family, getting the community involved in amazing boat races with vessels made only of duct tape, cardboard and glue. Free admission. Hometown Block Party Thousands of residents and visitors gather in historic downtown Pell City on the first Friday in June for an evening of music and entertainment in a free event sponsored by the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce. A series of stages is strategically set around the courthouse square, offering music to suit any taste. Food vendors, rides for the kids and other

entertainment round out this evening of fun for the whole family.

Homestead Hollow Homestead Hollow Take a step back in time in Springville at one of the four festivals Homestead Hollow offers, featuring fine arts, handmade crafts, pioneer demonstrations of woodcarving, ironwork, blacksmithing, smokehouse cooking, gardening, quilting and whiskey making at an original, working still. See cabins as built by the early settlers. Relax by a stream, enjoy music and entertainment. Children ride the ponies, circle in the wagon ride, jump in the Moonwalk or climb the rock wall. Harvest Festival, October; Christmas in the Country, November; Crawfish Boil, April; Springfest, May. Admission charged.

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John Looney Pioneer House Festival On the second Saturday in October, the John Looney Pioneer House in Ashville becomes more than just a museum. It comes alive with the Annual Fall Festival and Craft Show. Demonstrations of pioneer activities -- spinning wool, candle making, soap making and blacksmithing -- are features of the day. There is also music, food and craft vendors. Admission charged. Kids Catfish Classic Lakeside Park on the first Saturday in June is the place to be for kids to get hooked on fishing. A netted area of Logan Martin Lake near the footbridge at the park holds

nearly two tons of catfish, ready for these young anglers to try their luck. Lights in the Park Pell City’s Lakeside Park lights up with the sparkle and color of the Yuletide season throughout the month of December, offering impressive light displays depicting holiday scenes throughout the park. The displays line roadsides in the park, allowing motorists to join in the holiday spirit on a drive through the park. There is no charge. Oktoberfest Each year on the final Saturday in October, the Moody Chamber of Commerce hosts an outdoor festival at Moody Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured are helicopter rides, “Moody Idol” contest, Paw ’N People Costume Contest, karaoke, pony and hay rides, petting zoo, Eurobungy, games and entertainment. Admission is free. Paws in the Park Plenty of four-footed friends, accompanied by their masters, of course, get together in Pell City’s Lakeside Park on the third Sunday in October for the annual Paws in the Park festival sponsored by the Animal Shelter. It’s a day of music, food, entertainment, contests and offers an opportunity for pet adoptions. Admission is free. Springfest Music, fireworks, food, carnival rides and games are all a part of Springville’s Springfest, a day of fun for the whole family. Sponsored by the Springville Chamber of Commerce, the event is held the Saturday before the new school year begins. Admission is free. Take Your Kid Fishing Encouraging families to fish together, the third Saturday in May in Springville is set aside as “Take Your Kid Fishing” day. The event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free. White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival Stage performances and mountain-side ‘pickin’ are part of White’s Mountain Bluegrass Festival in St. Clair Springs three times a year -- two in October and one in June. The events offer the finest in bluegrass music in a natural setting. Admission charged.

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RECREATION

story by Gigi Hood

Tubing on Logan Martin Lake

Two lakes run through it Few counties are as blessed as St. Clair, where recreational opportunities abound — especially when it comes to waterways. St. Clair County boasts two water playgrounds, Neely Henry and Logan Martin lakes. They were created for hydroelectric power, but the recreational draw is as evident as the shimmering beauty that reflects from their waters. St. Clair County is nestled at the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains, where streams flow to the Coosa River that borders the eastern end of the county. The Coosa in turn feeds Neely Henry and then Logan Martin, which together provide more

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than 600 miles of shoreline. The expanse of Logan Martin has opened the door for many large residential developments, including places like The Yacht Club, Horizons, Images, River Oaks, Eagle Pointe and Riviere Estates. Neely Henry is growing its reputation as a residential destination point because of its pristine water and unparalleled fishing. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources calls it “one of the best kept fishing secrets in Alabama.” Anglers will find their pick of largemouth and spotted bass, white crappie, striped bass and bream. It ranks third in the state


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for percent of successful anglers per trip. Logan Martin, too, has made its name known in the bass world. It has hosted the national BASSMasters and Southeast Bass Anglers tournaments, garnering rave reviews from some of the best bass anglers in the country. Both lakes are growing in stature as part of the Alabama Scenic River Trail, luring kayakers and canoers from around the country their way. Together, the lakes are synonymous with abundant recreational activities for those who love to play on the water. Water skiing, wakeboarding, wake surfing, fishing, sailing and swimming are the usual recreational fare for Logan Martin and Neely Henry. And the expansive home sites with enviable views that overlook them seem to satisfy the less adventurous, who just want to enjoy their beauty. At Neely Henry Campgrounds like Dogwood Meadows, Willow Point, Wazoo, and P and J provide the perfect places to pitch a tent or hook up an RV and settle in for some rest and relaxation. Marinas, campgrounds and mobile home parks are plentiful on Logan Martin, too. Places like General Lee, Coosa Island, Clear Creek, Big Bull, Rabbit Branch, Lakeside Landing, Powell’s Hideaway and Poor House are just a few that provide gas, stores, campgrounds, food, bait and other supplies. Logan Martin is home to the Birmingham Sailing Club, where regattas every weekend provide a horizon view like no other, their sails gently popping in the wind. The two lakes have been called getaways and retreats. For those who already know the value in them both, they simply call them home.

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RECREATION for itself in powerboat racing by the Alabama Powerboat Association. Horse Pens 40 This natural rock formation believed to be thousands of years old is attracting attention from across the country for bouldering. Alabama International Dragway Located in Steele, this fast-paced drag car racing track attracts thousands to the city each year who love the sport. Alabama Scenic River Trail The Coosa River and St. Clair County’s two lakes -- Neely Henry and Logan Martin -- run right through the Alabama Scenic River Trail. Paddlers on kayak and canoe are growing in numbers as they tour the waterways of St. Clair County. The trail runs from the Georgia line to the Gulf of Mexico. In St. Clair County, Riverside Landing is an official campsite of the Trail. Big Springs Park Springville’s Big Springs Park features a small, spring-fed lake, a spring water stream that flows through the park and a walking trail around the lake. Birmingham Sailing Club Headquartered on picturesque Logan Martin Lake in Pell City, the Birmingham Sailing Club is dedicated to providing sailing programs, promoting sailing and sailboat racing among its members. The club holds youth and adult sailing classes and regattas each year. Greensport Marina For recreation and camping, Greensport Marina in Ashville has long been an attraction. In addition to camping, picknicking, swimming, boating and fishing, Greensport has made a name

Moody Park The focal point of Moody, Moody Park is central to everyday life in the city. It offers a sports program, walking track, athletic fields and a place for community events.

Moody Miracle League The first field in the state designed for handicapped children, Moody’s Miracle League has brought to life its message and mission: “Every child deserves a chance to play baseball.” Pell City Civic Center Sports Complex Pell City’s Civic Center Sports Complex includes fields for soccer, baseball, softball, football, cheerleading and other activities on the shore of Logan Martin Lake, tennis courts, a Civic Center building with basketball courts, exercise and weight rooms. Pell City Lakeside Park On 65 acres adjacent to the Pell City Civic Center, you’ll find a treasure of natural beauty sitting along the shoreline of Logan Martin Lake. A nature trail through the woods, Kids Kastle playground, two pavilions, boat

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launching facilities and pier system make this the place to be to enjoy the outdoors. Riverside Landing and Park The first public access to Logan Martin Lake in Riverside opened with boat launching facilities. The city is restoring the old marina building, and plans call for a leased store and campsite for the Alabama Scenic River Trail. Across the street is a park with a walking track and ball field.

St. Clair Community Hunting Area In Alabama, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts have more than 30 Wildlife Management Areas and Refuges with public access for hunting and outdoor related sports. In St. Clair, hunters take advantage of the availability of 6,397 acres near Pell City for various hunting seasons and game. Springville Youth Sports Complex Catering to young people, the Youth Sports Complex, located on Camp Road in Springville, has three baseball fields, a softball field, a pair of concession stands, a pavilion and four batting cages. Ten Island Park Whether it’s boating, fishing, swimming or picnicking, enjoy it all at Ten Island Park near Neely Henry Dam in Ragland.


story by Gigi Hood

Historical roots run deep in St. Clair County

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Just riding through the countryside of St. Clair County, one might be surprised to realize that there is far more than just picturesque landscapes. It is an area chocked full of history; stored throughout the county in numerous museums, libraries, homes, lodges, cabins, train depots and even an old rock school. Ashville, St. Clair County’s county seat, is home to the memorable Inzer Museum. Rooted in history, it once served as the home of John Washington Inzer, a Confederate lieutenant colonel. After the Civil War, while recuperating at Cook Springs from malnutrition, a group of Union soldiers came looking for him. Upon asking about him, the attendants explained there was no one there by such name.

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Little did they know that Inzer had heard the commotion and weak, but proud, he steeled himself, rose to his feet, walked out, saluted and presented himself to the soldiers. Knowing the Union Army took a dim view of Confederate officers, he realized that their finding him was probably not a good situation. To his surprise, he was given papers appointing him as Judge of Probate for St. Clair County and was instructed to report to Ashville and set up a new civil government. Obeying orders, Inzer moved to Ashville and bought the Antebellum home that had been built in 1852 by local Ashville merchant Moses Dean. Dean had passed away not long after the war ended. As reconstruction progressed, laws changed and stated that no Confederate officer could be a judge. Relieved of his duties, Inzer went on to serve two terms as an Alabama state senator and remained in

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his beloved home until he died in 1928. His wife lived there until her death, and the house remained a home to the Inzer relatives until 1987. In 1988, the seven living Inzer heirs, with the help of Mattie Lou Crowe, donated the home and its furnishings to the St. Clair Camp 308 Sons of Confederate Veterans, with the stipulation that it be restored and opened as a public museum in honor of Inzer. By way of efforts from private donations, federal and public grants and huge amounts of time and effort donated by Camp 308, preservation of the home is almost complete. Furnishings, pictures and other artifacts dating back to the 1860s give visitors a chance to step back in time and gain a real perspective of how life was carried on during the mid to late-1800s. The Greek-revival-styled home is a magnificent work of craftsmanship and a must see for history lovers.


HISTORIC PLACES The St. Clair County Masonic Lodge Located in Ashville, this is a work in progress. When it was proposed to tear it down, land was donated by the Inzer heirs, and the two-story wooden building, built around 1838, was moved to its current location. Grants and public and private funds are being sought to restore what now houses artifacts collected throughout the ages in the Ashville area of St. Clair County. The John Looney Pioneer House The Looney House is located just outside of Ashville. Built around 1820, it showcases an open-ended hall through the middle of the house, referred to as “The Dog Trot,” which was one of the first in Alabama. The St. Clair County Historical Society restored the house in 1972. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Rock School In Springville, the old rock school is a reminder of a vanishing architectural style. It was built in 1921 out of chert rock. Some deem the Old Rock School to be the largest surviving chert building in St. Clair County. The Ragland Depot This historic landmark is one of the many railroad whistle stops of a bygone era still standing, and it is undergoing preservation as money permits. Proponents of its preservation are saving the landmark for a museum. Horse Pens 40 Horse Pens 40 is an historic, outdoor nature park of unique rock formations high atop Chandler Mountain. The stone formations are believed to be among the oldest naturally exposed stones in the world, dating from 600 million to 1.3 billion years old. The formations provide natural acoustics, and music festivals are held there. It also draws outdoor enthusiasts from around the world for the sport of bouldering.

Fortson Museum

Springville Fortson Museum Fortson Museum & Archives is housed in the former Bank of Odenville building. The bank opened in 1909 and closed in 1924. Central to the artifacts housed there are remnants of days gone by that are being preserved for posterity. It features local history from Odenville, Branchville and surrounding areas, family histories, historical articles and scores of pictures of the area’s people and scenery. Its “Hall of Heroes” displays photos of men and women who served or are serving in the armed forces. St. Clair County Archives Located in Ashville, it is open weekly Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It functions as a depository for county records and newspapers and features memorabilia exhibits. It is an impressive resource for historians and genealogists. archives@stclairco.com Historic Ashville Downtown Anchored by the historic St. Clair County Courthouse square, downtown Ashville holds the designation of historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. The Greek Revival courthouse was built in 1844, and historic homes and structures stand nearby. Historic Pell City Downtown Downtown Pell City has been designated as an historic district. Many of its buildings were constructed in the early 1900s, and historic markers placed in sections of sidewalk by a Leadership Pell City class are reminders of the district’s storied history.

Historic Springville Downtown A stroll downtown in Springville is a nostalgic walk back in time. The Masonic Lodge that now houses the museum and library was built in 1860. The Woodall Building, built in 1880, was one of the oldest hardware stores. The Allison Kirkland Building dates back to 1892. House of Quilts rounds out the city’s historic roots still operating today. Acmar Commissary Built in the early 1900s, it was the center of a mining community in Moody. It was a store where the community bought its essentials, and it was a gathering place for neighbors and friends. Efforts are now under way to restore the historic building and turn it into a museum. Fort Strother A marker has been erected near Ragland commemorating the site of Ft. Strother, the Creek Indian War Headquarters of General Andrew Jackson from 1813 to 1814. Two courthouses St. Clair County holds the distinction of having not one, but two courthouses. The county seat is in Ashville, where the historic courthouse is undergoing renovations. The branch, a fully functioning courthouse, is in Pell City. The two courthouse system was created because travel in the early history of the county over Backbone Mountain was treacherous and could take days to get to the courthouse in Ashville to do business.

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ARTS & CULTURE

Pell City Center a shining star in county’s arts When you walk into the grand lobby of the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts, you know you have arrived at a special place. In only its fourth year, it has quickly become a regional draw for the performing arts. When the curtain goes up in this stateof-the-art, 400-seat theater, national names take center stage. The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters have all performed there. So has Jason Petty as Hank Williams; the national touring cast of To Kill A Mockingbird; and Top-Ten recording artists, The Crystals. Closer to home, it has hosted the Alabama Community Theatre Festival two years in a row, offering the perfect venue for community theater troupes across the state to perform. The Pell City Center is home to the Pell City Players, featuring local talent of all ages. A lawyer by day may be starring in a musical on the weekend, or an insurance agent may be playing a supporting role on opening night. It has become a place where local folks who yearn to be on stage can do just that. Located on the campus of Pell City High School, it is a place where youngsters can grow up in the theater, offering

opportunities they may not have had otherwise. Drama programs at the elementary, junior high and high school levels provide students a chance to perform on the same stage where national acts have delighted audiences. The Pell City Center strikes a good balance of entertainment, with 50 percent professional and 50 percent communitybased performances, according to Executive Director Kathy McCoy. “It is what the community wants, bringing quality entertainment and educational opportunities to our community and beyond.” And it is what the community built. Individuals, companies, the city, the county, the school system and even the Governor’s Office came together to build this impressive facility that features the theater on one side and a 2,000-seat sports arena just across the grand lobby. It has become central to community life in the county and is luring a wider and wider audience as each year passes. But the center is just part of a growing arts base in St. Clair County, which features a theater group in Springville, an arts council in Leeds and a gallery of local artists in Pell City. Come and see for yourself what St. Clair County has to offer in the arts.

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ARTS & CULTURE Theaters, Galleries

Drama Club Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts Located on the campus of Pell City High School, the Pell City Center offers a 400-seat state-of-the-art theater, featuring performances by the local theater troupe, Pell City Players, and regional and national entertainment. 120 Williamson Drive Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-1974 www.pellcitycenter.com

Parkway Drive Leeds, Alabama 35094 205- 699-1892 www.leedsartscouncil.org Odenville Art Club P.O. Box 249 Odenville, AL 35120 205-629-5901 www.odenlib.org The club began at the library as a way to promote art and the love of art. It exhibits the work of members at various venues each month, and an annual Members Art Show is held to benefit the high school art department. The club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and conducts programs and workshops. Artscape Gallery 1917 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 www.councilofthearts/ArtScape.html 205-884-ARTS (2787) A cooperative of local artists of Council of the Arts Inc. of St. Clair County, offering exhibits and sale of their work in a gallery setting. Artscape Festival is held each year in September at Lakeside Park, offering artists’ work for display and sale at this outdoor family event.

205-884-1015 www.pc.lib.al.us

Odenville Library 200 Alabama St Odenville, AL 35120 (205) 629-5901 www.odenlib.org Ragland Library 738 Main St. Ragland, AL 35131 205-472-2007

Public Libraries

Ashville Library

Leeds Arts Council A 501(c)3 organization, it is dedicated to championing the expansion of the arts by promoting art, literary, social, educational and cultural activities for the citizens of Leeds, Alabama and surrounding area. It holds exhibits and receptions each month with featured artists. P.O. Box 684 8140

195 6th Ave. Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7954 Moody Library 670 Park Ave. Moody, AL 205-640-2517 www.moodyalabama.gov/library Pell City Library 1923 1st Ave. N. Pell City, AL

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Springville Library 6496 US Highway 11 Springville, AL 35146-4010 (205) 467-6134 www.springvillealabama.org/library. html St. Clair County Library 139 5th Ave. Ashville, AL 35953 205- 5943694


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Innovative Learning story by Carol Pappas

iCADEMY sets tone for education in St. Clair From accredited public school systems to impressive private schools to opportunities for higher education, St. Clair County seems to have it all right here in its own backyard. But what sets this progressive county apart from others is a new trend in education that answers the needs of the business community with a dual enrollment, college-level program called iCADEMY. The iCADEMY opened its doors in January 2010 on the campus of Jefferson State Community College, just north of Interstate 20 in Pell City. It gives high school sophomores, juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn college credit for careers like

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nursing, welding, robotics and general manufacturing while still in high school. A cutting-edge program, it resulted from a partnership of the Pell City School System, St. Clair County School System, Jefferson State Community College, St. Clair County Commission, St. Clair County Economic Development Council and the Governor’s Office on Workforce Development. Tuition has been provided by the St. Clair County Commission, which has been a real catalyst for the program that is virtually unrivaled in the state. The students are completing work that puts them in an enviable position upon graduation from high school and entering the job market. By the time they walk down the aisle and accept their diploma from high school, they also will have earned a two-year applied science degree from Jefferson State Community College. “Not everyone wants or should go to a four-year college,” said Guin Robinson, director of institutional development at Jefferson State and chairman of the iCADEMY’s advisory committee. This concept of-

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fers a viable alternative, paving the way for effective workforce development for the business community while enabling these students to land good-paying jobs right out of high school. “It is a model for the state on how workforce development should work,” Robinson said. This innovative program has arrived on the Jefferson State campus just in time. A new state-of-theart hospital and a Veterans Home are being built on the same acreage, providing about 400 new jobs in the medical field between the two upon completion. Beginning only its second semester of existence, iCADEMY is already growing. The nearby Leeds School System has joined the effort, and other students are seeing the benefit of this dual-enrollment approach to their career paths. It gives them opportunities for high-tech jobs in advanced manufacturing, the automobile industry, aerospace, steel, nursing and bio-tech fields. What is happening inside the iCADEMY is a revolution — a transformation of the way students look at their future.


EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Public Schools Pell City School System 1000 Bruce Etheredge Parkway Suite 201 Pell City, AL 35128 205-884-4440 www.pellcityschools.net Coosa Valley Elementary 3609 Martin Street South Cropwell, AL 35054 Phone: 205-338-7713 Fax: 205-338-0694 Duran South Junior High 813 16th Street South Pell City, AL 35128 Phone: 205-884-7957 Fax: 205-884-7959 Eden Elementary School 412 Wolf Creek Road North Pell City, AL 35125 Phone: 205-338-6930 Fax: 205-338-8613 Iola Roberts Elementary School 810 Martin Street N Pell City, AL 35125 Phone: 205-338-7312 Fax: 205-884-0936 O.D. Duran Junior High School 309 Williamson Drive Pell City, AL 35125 Phone: 205-338-2825 Fax: 205-884-6502 Pell City High School 1300 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 Phone: 205-338-2250 ext.19 Fax: 205-338-2838 Walter M. Kennedy Elementary School 250 Otis Perry Drive Pell City, AL 35128 Phone: 205-338-7896 Williams Intermediate School 2000 Hardwick Road Pell City, AL 35128 Phone: 205-338-4949 Fax: 205-338-4953 St. Clair County School System 410 Roy Drive Ashville, AL 35953 205-594-7131 www.stclaircountyschools.net Ashville Elementary School 33225 US Hwy 231 Ashville, AL 35953 Office: 205-594-5242 Fax: 205-594-2239 Ashville Middle School 33221 US Hwy 231 Ashville, AL 35953 Office: 205-594-7044 Fax: 205-594-2241 Ashville High School 33215 US Hwy 231 Ashville, AL 35953 Office: 205-594-7943 Fax: 205-594-4349 Margaret Elementary School Address: 680 County Rd. 12

Odenville, AL 35120 Phone: 205-629-5034 Moody Elementary School 1006 H L Blocker Moody, AL 35004 Office: 205-640-2180 Fax: 205-640-4971 Moody Middle School 1010 H L Blocker Moody, AL 35004 Office: 205-640-2190 Fax: 205-640-7903 Moody Jr. High School 600 High School Drive Moody, Al 35004 Office - 205.640.2040 Fax - 205.640.3036 Moody High School 714 High School Drive Moody, AL 35004 Office: 205-640-5127 Fax: 205-640-2300 Odenville Elementary School 420 Alabama Street Odenville, AL 35120 Office: 205-629-6406 Fax: 205-629-6408 Odenville Middle School 100 1st Ave Odenville, Al 35120 Office: 205-629-2280 Fax: 205-629-2282 Odenville Intermediate School 300 Burgess Dr Odenville, AL 35120 Office: 205-629-2246 Fax: 205-629-2249 St Clair County High School 16700 US Highway 411 Odenville, Al 35120 Office: 205-629-6222 Fax: 205-629-2228 Ragland High School 1060 Main St Ragland, AL 35131 Office: 205-472-2123 Fax: 205-472-0086 Springville Elementary School 75 Wilson St Springville, AL 35146 Office: 205-467-6550 Fax: 205-467-2716 Springville Middle School 6691 U.S. Hwy 11 Springville, AL 35146 Office - 205.467.2740 Fax: 205-467-2742 Springville High School 8295 U.S. HWY. 11 Springville, AL 35146 Office: 205-467-7833 Fax: 205-467-2734 Steele Junior High School 105 McHugh St Steele, AL 35987 Office: 256-538.5489 Fax: 256-538-5496 John Pope Eden Career-Technical Center 45 County Rd 33 Ashville, AL 35953 Office: 205-594-7055 Fax: 205-594-4124 Ruben Yancy Alternative School 466 10th St. Ashville, AL 35953 Office: 205-594-7492 Fax: 205-594-3258

Private, Christian, Specialized Schools Alabama Homeschool Academy 5115 Mays Bend Road Pell City, AL 35128 205-525-5437 Bible Methodist Christian School 1355 Chula Vista Dr. Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-3012 Brentwood Child Care and Day School 25 KOA Road Riverside, AL 35135 205-8844847 Building Blocks Child Development Center 316 1st Ave. N. Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-2984 Calvary Christian Academy 11831 County Road 31 Odenville, AL 35120 205-629-5132 First Baptist Church Kindergarten 2309 2nd Ave. N. Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-3439 God’s Kids Preschool 980 Robinson St. Springville, AL 35146 205-467-0288 Hardin Chapel 7704 Alabama Highway 144 Ragland, AL 35131 205-472-2633 Park Ave. Early Learning Center 605 Park Ave. Moody, AL 35004 205-640-3167 St. Clair County Head Start Highway 231 North Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-9694 Victory Christian School I-20 Exit 156 Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-2901 College Jefferson State Community College 500 College Circle Pell City, AL 35125

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FINDING FAITH

story by Gigi Hood

Preserving a place of worship • Acmar Church has held services for more than a century • 22 • EXPLORE St. Clair County, Alabama


FINDING FAITH Just pulling into the parking lot and seeing Acmar United Methodist Church is a glance at history and the roots of faith in St. Clair County. The church looks as if is has recently been picked up from the early 1900s and set in a perfectly picked, serene setting in 2010. It almost looks like a backdrop for a movie or play. There is no peeling paint, no discoloration, not a blemish to be found on the building. It’s so perfect that a first glance makes one think it is a very well done reconstruction or replica of the church that once stood there. The fact is, it’s not new. It was built in 1908, and on alternating Sundays, it was used by the Methodists and the Baptists to hold their worship services. The new appearance is due to patient and caring preservation. On entering, visitors quickly realize the church is definitely a product of yesteryear. The superbly crafted entry doors, gorgeous stained-glass windows, attractive woodwork and original pews immediately transport visitors and church members to the time when Acmar and many other places in St. Clair County were vibrant mining towns. If the walls could speak, they would testify to the many gatherings of the townspeople for events both happy and sad. They would speak of the proud families who presented their babies for christening, the weddings, the church services, the singings, and dinner on the grounds. On a sadder note, they would tell of funerals of the young and old and remember lives lost from natural causes; wars, when men left the quiet preserve of their community to serve their county; and also those who perished in the mines, where they so heavily labored to earn their living. Touring the church, it’s apparent the miners and the town still exist in spirit. Stories, passed down through the ages, newspaper articles, historical documents and artifacts still exist. On a shelf in the pastor’s office, a leather miner’s hat is proudly displayed. Hardened by time, it looks and feels like metal, not leather. Next to the hat sits a lunch pail, looking as though it’s waiting for someone to pick it up and take it back into the mine for another hard shift. Belinda Wilson is the pastor at the still-viable church. Her ministry focuses on the present, but never forgets the past. The church, which sends out a newsletter called THE SOUL MINER, cherishes the lives it has touched and the part it continues to play in history, both past, present and future.

Denomination Directory St. Clair County is a county deeply rooted in its religious beliefs. Virtually every denomination can be found in communities throughout the county. A few denominations not located in St. Clair County are only a short drive away in larger metropolitan areas. Included in St. Clair’s directory of churches are: • Baptist • Independent Baptist • Freewill Baptist • Methodist • Church of Christ • Church of God • Independent • Independent Christian • Missionary Baptist • Catholic • Episcopal • Seventh Day Adventist • Assembly of God • Jehovah’s Witness • Non-Denominational Churches • Presbyterian • Charismatic • Church of God in Christ • Community

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HEALTH CARE

story by Carol Pappas

New St. Vincent’s Hospital

A Defining Moment:

Future of Medicine in St. Clair

Beginning in the fall of 2011, the health care offerings in St. Clair County will be synonymous with state-of-the-art. That’s when a new hospital, St. Vincent’s St. Clair, is expected to open its doors near the Pell City campus of Jefferson State Community College. The $31.4 million facility is under construction on 16 acres just north of a bustling Interstate 20. The 79,000-square-foot complex will offer cutting-edge medical services for the region, made possible through a partnership of St. Vincent‘s Health System, St. Clair County Commission, St. 24 • EXPLORE St. Clair County, Alabama

Clair Health Care Authority and St. Clair Economic Development Council. It replaces a 40-year-old hospital, not only with a physical facility, but with new and innovative ways of practicing medicine. Adjacent to the hospital property will be an Alabama Veterans Home. It, too, is state-of-the-art, offering a new concept in care for the region’s veterans. Next door to the hospital and the Veterans Home, at Jefferson State’s iCADEMY, the college’s noted nursing program is expanding, clearing the way for an impressive partnership among


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the three. Professional office buildings in Pell City and throughout the county staffed with gifted doctors in virtually every specialty complement what the new hospital will mean to the medical community in St. Clair County. Dental, orthodontics, pediatrics, internal medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, occupational therapy and surgery are all available in St. Clair County. And while medical services are still available in larger metropolitan areas like Birmingham, Gadsden and Anniston, what is happening now in the fastest-growing county in the state is literally changing the health care landscape of the region, providing top-notch medical services right here at home.

VA Home design

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HEALTH CARE Anchored by St. Vincents-St. Clair Hospital, the health care community in St. Clair County is blessed with an abundance of options in the medical field close to home. Specialties and categories of health care found throughout the county are:

Dermatology Gastroenterology Orthopedics Internal Medicine Pediatrics Adolescent Medicine Outpatient Surgery Ear, Nose and Throat Otolaryngology Mental Health

Medical Services Home Health Hospice

Dentistry Family Dentistry Pediatric Dentistry General Dentistry Dentures Orthodontics Cosmetic Dentistry

Medical Clinics Dialysis Chiropractic Wellness Hand Orthopedics Sports Medicine Medical Family Practice Outpatient Multi-Specialty Weight Loss Hearing Eye Care

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