2022 Sylacauga Magazine

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The Official Magazine of Sylacauga and The Chamber of Commerce


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Sylacauga

The Official Magazine of Sylacauga and The Chamber of Commerce

Inside CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

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6 A word of welcome from the Chamber 8 Why join the Chamber of Commerce? 12 The Chamber on Social Media

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LEADERSHIP

16 Greetings from Sylacauga’s Mayor 18 Sylacauga City Council 20 Community Resources & Contacts 24 Protecting and Serving in the Marble City 26 Preparing Sylacauga’s youth for the future 30 Central Alabama Community College Promotes Workforce Development

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

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34 Sylacauga Offers Tremendous Potential for Economic Development 36 The East Alabama Rural Innovation and Training Hub 40 Extolling the Benefits of Chamber and Community Support

BUSINESS

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44 Marble City Pharmacy: a Sylacauga Cornerstone 48 Gear up for the Great Outdoors 52 ‘We Cannot Forget Where are Roots Came From’ 54 More than Just a Restaurant 58 Harvey’s On Noble: Treating Guests Like Family

QUALITY OF LIFE

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62 Coosa Valley Medical Center: 75 Years of Care and Devotion 66 Experience Sylacauga’s Thriving Arts Scene 76 The Marble City Offers World-Class Tourism Opportunities 78 Parks & Recreation Department Offers a Host of Enrichment Activities 82 SAFE Family Services Center 84 Coosa Valley Resources for Women 86 Meeting the Community’s Spiritual Needs 90 Taking up Residence in Sylacauga

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JUNE L. ATKINSON Broker / Owner 205/369-1420 june@mysylacauga.com

GREG ATKINSON Associate Broker 205/369-7769 gatkinsonllc@yahoo.com

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In addition to residential sales and purchases, we also can assist you with commercial, industrial, farm, recreational, and development properties.

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Our company and our agents are active in our community, and we believe that by volunteering and working together with area schools, civic groups, and professional organizations we can make a great place to live and work even better.

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LetterLetter from from the Director the Director It is my pleasure to introduce you to our amazing community!

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s a lifelong citizen of Sylacauga, I am excited to share with you what makes Sylacauga special in this preview of the Marble City. Our greatest assets are our people. We hope that you will agree whether you are a resident, business, or visitor. Utilizing our vision, Igniting the Future, the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce is proud to unite our region’s partners facilitating growth and prosperity. It is our mission to make the Sylacauga region the best place to live, work, and cultivate business. We accomplish this through our four core iniatives: promote business, build community relationships, advance tourism, and advocate for workforce development. Our business community is the heart of our economy ultimately supporting our schools, churches, recreation, healthcare, and overall quality of life. The Chamber serves as the connector of organizations to build and strengthen those relationships ultimately helping each organization grow. We are a community moving forward while recognizing our heritage. In addition to the people, we are proud of our marble heritage. Through this natural resource, we have gained a number of community partners choosing to make Sylacauga home for their business and industry. In addition to our calcium carbonate business and industry, we are excited to be a part of the growth in Alabama as a result of automobile manufacturing. Sylacauga is recognized as a city of progress resulting in tremendous economic growth. We are proud to welcome national merchants such as Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A to our Sylacauga family, and we are equally proud of our long heritage of small business owners who truly contribute to the growth of our historic downtown business district and beyond. Please take time to visit our website, www.sylacaugachamber.com. As one of our valued marketing tools, we hope that you find the information helpful as you consider Sylacauga as a potential destination. Whether you are hiking through the Pinhoti Trail , visiting one of our local retailers such as McClendon Bridals or driving through on your way to Auburn, we know you will find a wealth of sites to see, places to shop, treats to try, and places to stay. And who knows, you may decide to return for a permanent stay! If a small town, family friendly atmosphere with quick access to the city life is for you, then Sylacauga is your place. We hope that you find this information helpful and it encourages you to learn more about the exciting growth of Sylacauga and the surrounding area. We are proud of our deep sense of culture, family, rich history, dedicated government, superior education, and outdoor recreational opportunities. Welcome to Sylacauga! Warmest Regards, Laura Strickland Executive Director Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce

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Leadership

SYLACAUGA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

From Top Left to right: Oscar Crawley, Judy Davis, Robin Angelo, Gretta Spencer, John Parrish, Jayne McGee-Green, Renee Riggins, Gretta Spencer, Tina Jackson, Emily Vazquez, Priscilla Cleveland, Tracey Thomas, Rhett Aderholt, Laura Strickland, Micah Harris, Representative Ben Robbins, Michael Brannon, Janice Adams, Henry Looney, Ryan Coleman, Dennis Elliott, Mayor Jim Heigl. Not pictured: Donna Jones, Laura Heath, Kim Knight, Shannon Masters, Kelley Wassermann, Kimm Wright

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Thriving communities typically have one thing in common: dedicated leadership. The Chamber works collectively with Sylacauga’s community leaders and elected officials, preparing and empowering them with the knowledge to play an active role in the region’s advancement. To better equip those serving in leadership roles, the Chamber crafts and implements targeted programs to assist each individual in their leadership duties and goals for the community. The Sylacauga Chamber also strengthens its community leaders by hosting quarterly round table discussions to collectively address relevant issues facing the community that influence the region and its citizens’ safety, health, growth, and prosperity

Chamber Champions Chamber Champions are organizations that have invested in the programming and initiatives of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce beyond their standard membership. They are Alabama Power, AltaPointe, Blue Bell Creameries, Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union, First Bank of Alabama, Hocking International, Imerys, Nemak, Omya, and Southern States Bank.

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Letter from the Mayor Welcome to the Marble City Welcome to Sylacauga, Alabama, also known as the Marble City!

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s Mayor of the City of Sylacauga, I would like to introduce you to the many facets of our city that make it great. Sylacauga is focused on continually improving, providing excellent service, and enriching each and every member of our community. This trajectory of positive change makes me proud to serve Sylacauga and call it my

home. The City of Sylacauga aims to please so that your experience is a favorable one whether you are a citizen, business owner, or honored guest. Each City of Sylacauga department offers a wide variety of ways to assist you in accomplishing whatever you set out to do in Sylacauga. We continually look for opportunities to increase our customer service such as recently acquired software updates that now offer some services online. Our first responders in fire and police are well trained and striving for excellence. Sylacauga offers high fire department ISO ratings and a relatively low crime rate. All of the City of Sylacauga employees are committed to providing courteous, professional service to all members of our community. Sylacauga was recently awarded and is currently in process of multiple grant projects to update our city’s infrastructure. While you may encounter paving, resurfacing, and renovations occurring in various areas throughout our city, please know that we strive toward making things easily accessible and visually pleasing for citizens and visitors alike. The Sylacauga Utilities Board consistently provides reliable and reasonably priced services, including electricity, natural gas, water and sewer, and newly upgraded state-of-the-art high-speed internet access. In this area, community enrichment is a driving focus. We have multiple “Quality of Life” partners and organizations whose sole responsibility is to educate, encourage, and enrich Sylacauga’s citizens. Sylacauga City Schools are innovative and progressive in obtaining high standards of education for its students. Coosa Valley Medical Center is an award-winning medical facility located right here in Sylacauga. Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, also known as SAFE, is foundational in providing services to area residents by offering opportunities and providing education and enrichment to a broad segment of our population. The Sylacauga Arts Council, along with the Alabama Arts Council, are avid supporters of perpetuating local art endeavors such as the annual Sylacauga Marble Festival. Each one of these organizations makes a life-long impact on Sylacauga each and every day. If sports and outdoors are your interest, then be sure to make use of the golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, and cycling areas Sylacauga has to offer. Beautiful Lake Howard and the Sylaward Trail are just a few of the areas you can connect with nature in the awe-inspiring countryside of Sylacauga. Imerys Gantt’s Quarry Observation Point is another breathtaking view of an area that makes Sylacauga unique. We welcome all adventure enthusiasts to come experience what Sylacauga has to offer. Industry, retail, and commerce are being revitalized and moving forward at a strengthening pace for Sylacauga. This is in no small part due to the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce. It is the platform that assists businesses large and small to grow through member networking and promotion. Membership with the Chamber of Commerce is invaluable to the over 400 businesses and industries in the Sylacauga area. Be sure to make Sylacauga your choice for home, health, business, education, and life. Sincerely, Mayor Jim Heigl City of Sylacauga

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Sylacauga City Council From left are Councilmen Nate Brewer and Ashton Fowler, Mayor Jim Heigel, Council President Lee Perryman, and Councilwomen Tiffany Nix and Laura Heath.

Ashton Fowler District 1 “Sylacauga is the ideal location for a thriving utopia to flourish. We are lucky to have the resources like the pure white marble and one of the top fiber networks in the nation, as well as our location in the middle of Highways 280 and 21. Our small business owners make the downtown area what it is and continue the growth. Our citizens are friendly, second to none and any business or individual would be welcome with open arms and friendly faces.”

Tiffany Nix District 2 “We’re the heart of Highway 280, from Montgomery to Birmingham. With all of the present and future developments, everything will flow from us. We’re small enough that we can still maintain the small town

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Lee Perryman District 4 “Sylacauga’s leadership in both the public and private sectors is very strong. Passionate and persistent people are committed to helping make the Sylacauga area the best it can be for those who live, work, shop, and raise their families here. We’re very fortunate to have bright lights shining on us from so many angles – on what leaders in business and industry continue to do hand-in-hand with progressive city leaders, collectively focusing on education, health care, recreation, library services, industrial and commercial development, history, transportation, and safety nets for those who need help for a variety of reasons. Even after 187 years, we have amazing potential and are still creating new opportunities.”

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“The business community is absolutely resilient in Sylacauga. The pandemic brought many things including shutdowns to local businesses for a period of time. As businesses were allowed to reopen, tax revenue has been significantly higher than prepandemic. Our businesses survived and came out stronger than ever. We have a strong business community driven by owners that truly care about providing their services and products to our citizens.”

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Community Resources TRANSPORTATION Interstate......................................................................................................................................I-20/I-59/I-85 Federal Highways...............................................................................................................US 231 & US 280 Sylacauga Municipal Airport..........................................................................................(256) 245-3246 Birmingham–Shuttlesworth International Airport...............................................(205) 595-0533 Montgomery Regional Airport......................................................................................(334) 281-5040 Columbus Metropolitan Airport...................................................................................(706) 324-2449 Sylacauga Transportaion Program.............................................................................(256) 249-9085 Greyhound Bus stop........................................................................................................... (800) 231-2222 AMBULANCE (EMERGENCY) 911 Non-emergency................................................................................................................... (256) 245-4334 FIRE (EMERGENCY) 911 Sylacauga Fire Department...........................................................................................(256) 249-6204 Sylacauga Fire Station #2............................................................................................... (256) 249-6205 Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department.................................................................... (256) 249-9979 Fayetteville Fire Department..........................................................................................(256) 245-2878 County Line Fire Department.........................................................................................(256) 245-1393 Sycamore Volunteer Fire Department........................................................................(256) 245-6619 Stewartville VFD....................................................................................................................(256) 245-9214 POLICE (EMERGENCY) 911 Sylacauga Police Department...................................................................................... (256) 245-4334 Talladega County Sherriff’s Office................................................................................. (256) 245-5121 HOSPITALS Coosa Valley Medical Center.........................................................................................(256) 401-4000 UTILITIES Coosa Valley Electric Co-Op.......................................................................................... (256) 362-4180 Sylacauga Utilites Board Operations Center..........................................................(256) 249-0372 Sylacauga Utilities Office................................................................................................. (256) 245-1466 Alabama Power....................................................................................................................(800) 245-2244 TELEPHONE SERVICE AT&T........................................................................................................................................... (256) 369-4421

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CONTACTS & RESOURCES CABLE SERVICE AND INTERNET MediaCom Sylacauga.........................................................................................................(256) 713-9238 AT&T........................................................................................................................................... (855) 293-7676 Spectrum................................................................................................................................ .(866) 874-2389 Sylacauga Utilties Board..................................................................................................(256) 249-0372 NEWSPAPER Sylacauga Today Newspaper........................................................................................ (256) 245-8899 The Daily Home.....................................................................................................................(256) 362-1000 LICENSES (SYLACAUGA/TALLADEGA COUNTY REVENUE COMISSIONER) Auto, Boat, Driver’s, Hunting & Fishing.................................................................... (256) 249-3805 U.S POST OFFICE.................................................................................................................(256) 245-4631 ANIMAL SHELTERS Sylacauga Animal Shelter................................................................................................(256) 401-2590 TAX INFORMATION State of Alabama................................................................................................................. (334) 242-1490 Federal......................................................................................................................................(800) 829-1040

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RECREATION DEPARTMENTS Sylacauga Parks & Recreations......................................................................................(256) 249-8561 LIBRARIES B B Comer Memorial Library.......................................................................................... (256) 249-0961 SENIOR CENTERS Oak Grove Senior................................................................................................................ (256) 249-3638 West Coosa Senior Center............................................................................................. (256) 249-2024 Talladega Springs Senior Center.................................................................................(256) 249-0802 Maxye Veazey Senior Center...........................................................................................(256) 401-0021 CONSUMER ASSISTANCE Better Business Bureau.....................................................................................................(205) 558-2222 Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce............................................................................(256) 249-0308 US Social Security Administration................................................................................(877) 619-2854 Alabama/Talladega Career Center..............................................................................(256) 521-0500

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Protecting and Serving in the Marble City

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ou’ve probably heard the saying, “home is where the heart is,” but home is also the place where you feel safe. Knowing there are skilled, reliable, and helpful individuals a quick call away who are ever-ready to help in your time of need is yet another reason why Sylacauga is a great place to call home. Sylacauga police chief, Kelley Johnson, lives by his department’s core values of Duty, Honor, and Community. “We have quality applicants apply and come to work for our city,” according to Kelley, “and all in all, Sylacauga is a peaceful city. Although we stay busy, Sylacauga’s crime rate is much better than other cities our size and is better than any other jurisdiction in Talladega County.” Appointed the new Sylacauga Fire Department Chief in March of 2020, Nathan Osgood is also proud of his team members’ accomplishments in just over a year. “The fire department is often the first line of defense,” explains Osgood. “You have to figure it out when no one else can. Sylacauga is a growing community, and we as the fire department are always looking to grow and move forward as well. It’s easy to plateau and be stagnant, but there is safety in being vigilant and moving forward. The urgency in which you pursue your goals means everything.” While both departments are ready to assist in the event of any dangerous situation or emergency, each chief advocates for personal awareness and selfeducation to prevent the worst. Police Chief Kelley

reveals “the best advice I can give anyone is to pay attention to your surroundings and to make a plan about how you will react to any situation you could find yourself in when you are out because if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready!” Many fires can be prevented through similar awareness and preparation strategies, and sometimes, it’s the easiest solution that we overlook. “The vast majority of fire fatalities occur in homes without a smoke detector,” relates Chief Osgood. “Pay attention to the public service announcements: ▶ Change your smoke detector batteries in the fall when you change your clocks; or, invest in one of the newer models that are good for ten years without the need for an annual battery update. ▶ “Close Before You Doze” is a simple yet highly effective strategy to keep you safer while sleeping. ▶ Unattended cooking is another often overlooked source of fires in the home. For optimal cooking safety, stay with the food and be prepared with a metal pan, lid, or other methods to quickly and effectively put out a fire, particularly when you’re frying food.” Both the police and fire departments thrive on the unity of their members to help the residents of Sylacauga. Together they are working towards the same vision of making this city a safe place to call home.

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EDUCATION

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says that does not hinder their dedication to putting the needs of students first. “Our Board of Education is committed to helping each student find a pathway to academic success, and be ready to continue that success through college and careers after high school graduation,” she says. Students are afforded diverse experiences in art, music, computer science, and communications and secondary students have the opportunity to participate in career-oriented courses in audio/visual technology, business technologies, health science, and human services. Dr. Eller says students are provided a computer for school and home use with multiple resources to further their education experience. Sylacauga City Schools closely partnered with attending families and the Sylacauga community as a whole, partnering with local businesses and medical providers to make sure each student has every opportunity available to them to enhance their time in school. “The City of Sylacauga and its citizens provide strong financial support for education and the 2021 Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce


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Sylacuaga High School Graduation Sylacauga City Schools Foundation provides grants each year for classroom enhancements. These elements combine to help us achieve our mission to inspire all students to discover pathways to greatness through a world-class education,” says Dr. Eller. As far as plans for the future, Dr. Eller wants students to know there are no limitations and SCS is fully committed to maintaining the level of excellence their schools have provided for so many years. “Resources are provided to assist with streamlining stakeholder communication, to address student academic gaps, to equip teachers with standards-based instruction, to provide social/emotional learning, and to offer additional work-ready opportunities for students. Our goal is for every student to leave Sylacauga prepared for the pursuit of higher education, the attainment of a life-sustaining career, and the responsibility of community.” Eller stated.

One of the first things I knew we needed to do when we were starting our business was join the Chamber. Laura immediately reached out to us and wanted to know more about our business and how they could help. We knew that we needed to be a part of this community and be involved with the other local businesses because we knew that would be a great benefit for us to succeed. -Alana Mintz, Mintz Machine

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Indian Valley Elementary Four PreK classes are funded by a grant from the Alabama Department of Early Childhood to help start children on the pathway of learning success. Indian Valley also has been chosen by the State Department of Education to be a dyslexia learning lab site for our region. This Pre K-2 school sets a firm foundation for the basis of education. Pinecrest Elementary In honor of the Bicentennial celebration of the State of Alabama, Pinecrest was selected as one of 200 schools in the state designated as a Bicentennial school. As such, Pinecrest received a grant award to fund their project having fourth grade students write and publish a series of books on Alabama history specifically for children. These books are available for checkout from the school and community libraries. Additionally, Pinecrest is renowned for its annual One School/ One Book program where every student and staff member receives a copy of the same book to read with their families on a guided reading plan. Even board members, civic leaders, and elected officials receive a copy of the book to read along with the students. Nichols-Lawson Middle The motto of Nichols-Lawson Middle School reflects its character: Nurture, Lead, Motivate, Succeed. NLMS has been recognized by the Alabama Attorney General as being a top ten Safe School in Alabama. They have received this distinction twice. The NLMS Perennial Math Team had 11 students qualify for national tournament competition in 2020. Language Arts also is strong at NLMS. In recent years a NLMS student won the Talladega County Spelling Bee, two students placed in the Alabama Peace Officers Essay competition, and another student was the grand prize winner in the Jackie Robinson “Breaking Barriers” national essay contest. The student health organization had ten NLMS students place in state and international competition. NLMS was chosen to be a model site for co-teaching by the state special education department. School systems around the region visit NLMS to observe special education teachers providing instruction. Sylacauga High Sylacauga High is home to a thriving array of opportunities for excellence. Numerous AP subjects are taught at SHS, with dual enrollment options available with CACC, the University of Montevallo, and Jacksonville State. SHS is known around the state for its award winning Career Technical Education programs, namely business technologies (FBLA) and health science (HOSA). The Fine Arts department taps into student talent through art, band, photography, Show Choir, and theatre. The Sylacauga Aggies inspire school spirit and community pride in football, baseball, boys and girls basketball and soccer, golf, softball, track, and tennis. Every year Aggie athletes sign

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college scholarships affording them the opportunity to play at the collegiate level while obtaining a higher degree. Talladega County Schools Besides its own city school system, the Sylacauga area is also home to several institutions that are part of Talladega County Schools: • • • • • • • • •

B.B. Comer Memorial Elementary School B.B. Comer Memorial High School Childersburg Elementary School Childersburg Middle School Childersburg High School Fayetteville Elementary School Fayetteville High School Sycamore Elementary School Winterboro High School

Under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Lacey, administrators, faculty, and staff as these county schools have implemented a comprehensive plan to increase student engagement and to integrate technology to support learning. The goal of empowering students and teachers to “own” their learning is a trademark of local schools and wellknown at both the state and national levels. Talladega County Schools have been recognized for their exemplary work by such organizations as the Alliance for Excellent Education, National Principals Leadership Institute, the Council for Leaders in Alabama’s Schools, and the U.S. Department of Education National Green Ribbon School Program. Most recently, the school system has embarked on an impressive journey with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics), which includes labs and makerspaces designed to prepare students for the increasing demand of STEAM-related careers. Private Schools Two private schools offer quality educational experiences to students in the Sylacauga area. Knollwood Christian School, founded in 1994, seeks to impact the world by providing students with a foundation of academic and spiritual knowledge that compels them to leadership. Accepting students in grades 4-12, it is affiliated with Knollwood Presbyterian Church in Sylacauga. Veritas Classical Schools is a hybrid-homeschool offering Sylacauga area families a unique complement to their home study programs with an emphasis on a classical model of education. Accepting students in grades pre-K through high school, it functions in the role of tutor, assisting parents in their educational roles. Each student attends Veritas two to five days per week according to the classes chosen, offering a traditional classroom environment with the flexibility of a homeschool schedule.

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Central Alabama Community College Promotes Workforce Development

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he Childersburg campus of Central Alabama Community College offers a vast array of educational and career training options for those in the Sylacauga area. One of four campuses of CACC, Childersburg houses both technical and academic programs, as well as Adult Basic Education. Academic students can take core classes as English, math, science, and history, earn an associate’s degree, and transfer to a four-year university. The Workforce Division provides students with programs such as industrial maintenance, CIS, cosmetology, electronics, machining, nursing, and welding for high-wage and high-demand careers. Recently, the college completed a renovation of its machine shop program. These renovations doubled the capacity of the program, including a Haas UMC 500 full 5-axis machining center. CACC is now one of only five

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colleges in Alabama with this capability and can offer 5-axis programming using Mastercam. This year marks the centennial of the CACC School of Nursing. The origin of the program dates back to 1921 at the Sylacauga Infirmary. The program would later transition to the modern-day Coosa Valley School of Nursing and continues to produce outstanding nurses. The Dual Enrollment program allows high school students who are enrolled in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades to take academic and technical college courses. Those students who plan to take technical courses are eligible for scholarships to help pay for their tuition costs. CACC now offers additional scholarship funds to dual enrollment for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related classes such as astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geology, math, physical science and physics. 2021 Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce


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A CACC nursing student receives real-life phlebotomy training. “Our Childersburg location is extremely important to Sylacauga’s future, as well as serving as the economic engine for all of Talladega County”, Jeff Lynn, CACC’s president. For more information, visit www.CACC.edu.

I like Sylacauga because the people here love their city. They like to spend their money here and get their healthcare here. We know just about everybody that walks through the door either personally or through family. It’s nice to be able to provide personal care to somebody that you know and make your community a better place.

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Identifying an opportunity and seeing that vision through to completion is one of life’s most exciting transactions. As Sylacauga looks to the future, economic development and growth are on the rise. The Chamber is currently partnering with city and county organizations to identify and recruit commercial development opportunities. There’s even a plan to engage with local organizations to develop and implement a rural innovation training center. As regional workforce demands grow, educational providers and employers are coming together to strengthen, prepare, and expand the Sylacauga area workforce. Ultimately, the Chamber serves as an instrumental leader for the continual improvement of the Sylacauga region’s standard of living, commerce, and opportunities.

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carbonate in their products, as well. Miller believes the Highway 280 corridor is important for industrial and retail economic development because of the number of cars that travel on the corridor each day. The corridor and proximity to I-20 and Highway 77 is also beneficial for people heading to and from work.

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alvin Miller, Executive Director of the Talladega County Economic Development Authority, sees tremendous potential for economic development, both industrial and retail, in Sylacauga and southern Talladega County. One of the most significant qualities that attracts companies to the area is the availability of calcium carbonate. The area is part of the Murphy Marble Belt. At 30 miles wide and 400 feet deep, it is the world’s largest commercial deposit of madre cream marble. “Imerys and Omya quarry calcium carbonate,” Miller explained.“ It is much better for companies who use calcium carbonate to be located here rather than pay for shipping calcium carbonate.” Recent developments in the area are the relocation of Sims Bark and the production of plastic pellets by PlastiCal. Sims Bark bags marble chips and sells them to home improvement stores, and they relocated here because of the availability of calcium carbonate. PlastiCal, a plastic compounding company, uses calcium

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“Highway 280 is important for industry because it is a four lane highway and corridor between Birmingham and Auburn,” said Miller. S.B. Pinkerton Industrial Park has 36 available acres on the North side of the Sylacauga airport. “We have built a 60,000 square foot speculative building,” Miller explained, “Speculative buildings give companies a reason to look at us. Fleetwood Metal is in two we built, and Hocking International is in the first one we built. In Miller’s opinion the most important component in economic development is having skilled workers. “Right now, companies are looking for people. There are more jobs available, and they need more people,” Miller said. The Chamber’s workforce development initiatives will help the industries in the area find people with skills appropriate for available jobs, and the nowin-development East Alabama Rural Training and Innovation Hub is expected to boost that considerably. For more information on economic development opportunities in the area, contact the Talladega County Economic Development Authority at 256-245-8332 or use the contact form available on their website, www. tceda.com.

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Welcome to EARTH; East Alabama Rural Innovation and Training Hub

The parable of “The Star Thrower” goes something like this.

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alking the beach after a terrible storm, an old man sees thousands of dying starfish washed ashore and, in the distance, a child. He watches the child lift a starfish and loft it back into the ocean, repeating the action, again and again. “What are you doing?” asks the old man, to which the child replies, “Saving the starfish, so they won’t die.” As the old man scans the miles of beach scattered with thousands of starfish, he shakes his head and says, “I’m afraid you won’t be able to make much difference.” Bending down, the child plucks another starfish from the sand, throwing it far out into the ocean, then replies, “It made a difference to that one.” Ryan Coleman, owner and lead architect of Difference Architecture, reveals that was the story his father told to him, and its message inspired the name of his business. As the only licensed architect in Talladega County, Coleman emphasizes that at Difference Architecture,

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“We want to be identified by the way we interact with our clients, engage the community, and at the end of each project ask ourselves, have we made a positive difference?” An opportunity to make a difference presented itself when he attended a meeting to discuss an idea centered on workforce development. These visioning sessions initially focused on outlining the workforce issues facing the Sylacauga community, but the conversation quickly turned to the question: what are the potential solutions? Coleman relates that ultimately “the group came to a consensus that we needed a space; a training space. They looked at me and said, I think we need a building.” And so, the East Alabama Rural Innovation and Training Hub (EARTH) was born. “It’s one thing to say that you need a building,” says Coleman, “but it’s another thing entirely to know what that building is doing.” To determine what the area needed from this structure, the group members went to the source––the people and local businesses. From these interviews, the team compiled a building program that would specifically address the needs of

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the current workforce and help train and inspire generations to come. The money for the project would come from the $1.75 million granted to the Talladega County Board of Education from Governor Kay Ivey’s Public School and College Authority Bond. When asked about being called “The Mastermind” behind the project, Coleman makes it clear that he’s not a fan of that title. “That term keeps getting used, but that is not the case at all. The best thing about this project is the shared ideas and collective coming together of so many people to move in the same direction. It’s a really good example of how to do a project the right way, and this cooperative effort should be celebrated.” The East Alabama Rural Innovation and Training Hub will be the first of its kind. “The Hub isn’t Innovation Depot in Birmingham,

which focuses on urban concepts,” Coleman clarifies. “We are focused on rural concepts that will provide ‘cradle to grave’ rural workforce development.” Partnered with both the Talladega Board of Education and SAFE Family Services, the Hub will offer a rentable central meeting room along with an interpretive center where students and visitors can touch and learn about the region’s economic history and its natural resources. “Trade needs to be built up,” relates Coleman, “so to encourage interest in the learning of a trade, the building will be treated as a lab itself where the interior will be an exposed structure to promote learning opportunities.” While it’s exciting to dream about the Hub’s potential, right now, it’s time to clean. The Hub’s building site is on the former grounds of Avondale

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We’re Proud To Be A Part of This Great Community

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I think Sylacauga is right on the cusp of some really great growth. It made a lot of sense to me to operate my practice here in Sylacauga.

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Mills––a crumbling shell of its former glory that many have described as looking like a post-apocalyptic war zone. For the past 15 years, the mill and its village have decayed until only feral dogs and coyote packs dare to roam its grounds. While some may see the old mill site as simply an eyesore, others see a phoenix rising from its ashes. “We are coming full circle,” says Coleman. “Avondale Mills symbolizes the beginnings of the issue we are now trying to tackle regarding training and workforce development in a rural community.” While nothing could have stopped Avondale Mills from shutting down many years ago, the Hub is designed with a proactive approach that reinforces the concepts of incubation, innovation, and sustainability that will help to stabilize the future of workers in the region. Along with his other dedicated team members, Ryan Coleman hopes other regions will duplicate their concept so that each hub will collectively tell the often overlooked rural Alabama stories. While one building can’t fix all of a community’s problems, the East Alabama Rural Innovation and Training Hub can and will make a difference.

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New Family-Operated Business Extolls Benefits of Chamber, Community Support

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lay and Alana Mintz have turned a leap of faith into a triumphant business. Mintz Machine began operations in July of 2020, soldiering on during the challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic with a determination that has allowed the family-owned business to thrive. Mintz Machine provides quality forestry mulching and land clearing for commercial and residential properties in Central Alabama. Services include forestry mulching, land clearing, bush hogging, brush cutting, disaster relief and dirt work. With a background in outside sales of heavy machinery and with 20 years’ experience as an expert machinist, Clay Mintz feels blessed to have the opportunity to serve his community through the business. “We grew up here, we’re products of the Sylacauga School System and we have have received complete support and encouragement from this community,”

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Alana Mintz said. “The Chamber of Commerce has been so excited for us and helped us out a lot.” Also helping out is Alana’s sister, Madison Clark, who serves as Mintz Machine’s office administrator and social media coordinator. “I’m a junior at Auburn University majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in business,” she said. “I want to open my own medical practice and learn how to operate the business side of it too. Working with my sister and brother-in-law is the perfect opportunity.” Clay and Alana said starting Mintz Machine has given them opportunity to share the entrepreneurial spirit with their children Austin, Gade and Chip . The Mintz family feels honored to have the support of the Sylacauga community. “The Chamber has opened so many opportunities for us,” Alana said. “Receiving the support, encouragement and true sense of community—you can’t put a price tag on that.” 2021 Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce


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When it comes to igniting the future of Sylacauga, business is the essential flame sparking the region’s continued success. Promoting a thriving business climate requires key knowledge preparation to empower community leaders to play an active role in the advancement of Sylacauga. The Chamber of Commerce seeks to attract new retail and industrial members and increase existing members’ involvement by providing helpful programs, services, and benefits to support the success of each establishment. When applicable, the Chamber advocates for each business and industry, functioning as a supporting ally to address concerns and assist with finding resolutions. As the area’s business and industry thrive, so does the opportunity for tourism to the region, helping contribute to the overall economic growth of Sylacauga.

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Marble City Pharmacy: A Sylacauga Cornerstone

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rothers Jacob and Jared Johnson have continued their father’s legacy in Sylacauga by making sure Marble City Pharmacy has remained a fundamental part of the community, as a health care provider as well as a retail business. Their hard work has resulted in local and statewide recognition. The pharmacy is the 2020 winner of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce’s Cornerstone Award, as well as the Small Business of the Year (1-10 employees) Award, presented by the Business Council of Alabama and the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. Characteristically, the brothers are modest about the achievements. “Maybe they ran out of people to give this award to and just chose us,” the says. “We’re kidding, but we could not give you an exact answer on what it could have been that made them select us for this award. However, we hope that this award is a representation of setting an example for being a good business in this community, meaning that if a new business is created in this town, it would have the standards of business and service that

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we offer.” According to Johnson brothers, family businesses are special because the owners are also the employees. They get to be on the forefront and set a welcoming culture that prioritizes customer service. “Outside of being an advocate in the community, one of the best things we love about being a family owned business is that the money spent within this pharmacy is kept local. The hard-earned money spent in this store is not used elsewhere but is reciprocated back into the very community where it is needed.” The siblings have become accustomed to going to work daily and being of service to his community, fulfilling a purpose they feel that have been called to do. “It isn’t anything special, just God has us doing. These awards we have received are not just because we work hard, but because our amazing staff is truly golden. Much credit goes to the staff for the work they have put in, especially during the peak of the pandemic. Since we were deemed essential, our doors never closed, and every day every one was here and ready to work, despite everything that was going on. That changed the dynamic for the customers and showed their commitment and care for the community.”

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s someone who enjoys the outdoors, Nancy Willis knows firsthand how many opportunities Sylacauga offers for those who want to enjoy natural resources. “I cannot stand being caged up inside,” Willis said. “I love the woods and the beach. We have Civil War trails right here under our nose, beautiful lakes, Flagg Mountain, and Cheaha Mountain isn’t too far. We have a lot of things right here in Sylacauga.” Willis owns Trailwares, a local sporting goods store in downtown Sylacauga. She opened the small business after working at a large commercial retailer for nearly 31 years. “Trailwares was a work in progress for about 10 years,” she said. “I was sick of working for somebody else, but I think the Lord was guiding me and telling

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me just to wait a minute. I got really serious about it in 2016 and finally opened in 2017.” After Trailwares’ first year in business, Willis was able to apply to sell such brands as Patagonia, The North Face, Columbia and more. In addition to these brands, Trailwares also carries local brands such as Oldfield. Popular gear at Trailwares includes sunscreen, coolers and drybags for kayaking. Items sold at Trailwares are suitable for the lake, beach, mountains and poolside. Trailwares’ impact on the community has not gone unrecognized. It is the recipient of the Sylacauga Chamber’s annual Horizon Award and was a finalist for an Alabama Small Business of the Year Award presented by the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama.

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Willis cites Julie and Allen Sanders’ revitalization of several buildings in Sylacauga, including the building Trailwares occupies, the coffee shop and more, as positive changes for the community. A lifelong resident of Sylacauga, Willis appreciates the quaint quality of the town and is excited by the potential for it to grow through tourism and business. “We have to accept change to grow. The Chamber does great work for our town and works hard for us. Sylacauga is a great place to live and play,” she said.

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eritage South Credit Union has provided the same quality financial assistance to the city of Sylacauga since 1937. Its dedication to the community and excellence in service is what has kept Jamie Payton as a proud employee since 1989 and in 2016 she took over as CEO. What started as a single-sponsor group for Avondale Mills and Textiles is now open to fourteen counties. Payton said it’s a company standard to always provide the top most quality of care to all members and they can never forget where they started. “Here at Heritage South, we have always thought the best thing to do is to strive to be there for the blue collar workers, for the every day person and working man. Especially now when so many places are trying to reinvent themselves, we cannot forget where our roots came from,” she said. Payton said that Heritage South has always valued one-on-one relationships with members, something competitors have lost touch with over the years. Maintaining relationships with members can make a world of difference in how people view banks and vice versa, according to Payton. “Many years ago you knew [the member’s] entire family, you knew their kids, and what was going on in their life. It wasn’t just a credit

score that made a difference because you knew the person and had a relationship with them.” Payton added the heart of Sylacauga that has always matched with Heritage South is the dedication to community and providing support to your fellow man. According to Payton, Heritage South has always prided itself on being present in the community and providing support anyway they can. “We’ve been through a lot of hard times here lately and seeing the changes in our small town, a lot of people say we’re not the same little community that we were in the sixties and seventies. But you’ve still got to look at the wholesomeness that is here and I feel that is something that cannot be replaced. We still come together for each other and that’s so special.” One community project that stands out in particular are the high school student-run branches. What started as an endeavor at Sylacauga High School has morphed into an engaging and informative system that is very popular with the students and teachers alike. They have a true to fashion teller line with computers, a safe, and transactions that are run daily with their “members” or the teachers and staff. “They do anything and everything that an everyday Heritage South Credit Union worker would do on a daily basis,” Payton said. She continued that the project is designed to teach students about financial responsibility, how a credit union works, and to provide them with a proper education of financial operations. It’s that same dedication to community engagement that has brought the attention of the Alabama Small Business Award, of which the credit union has been considered this year. “Any honor like that is so outstanding. It’s good to see that we do make some kind of impact. Last year we were named one of the Best Credit Unions to work for and we were very excited for that as well.”

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Community Support Helps Marble City Restaurant Weather the Pandemic

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ome restaurants are simply a place to get a meal, but other restaurants just mean more. L’Acosta, in downtown Sylacauga, is one of those exceptional establishments where, yes, you can get a great meal, but there’s more here than just good food. L’Acosta is where you go to celebrate with friends, savor a romantic moment, or for some, where you find family. Emily Vázquez started working at L’Acosta when she was about 16 years old. She left for a little while to work as a receptionist at a tax preparer’s office but, sensing that job wasn’t a good fit, she returned to her first love of working at a restaurant. Here, she met her husband, Edgar, and together they now own L’Acosta after purchasing the restaurant from Edgar’s brother about a year and a half ago. L’Acosta’s family-based roots go beyond the owners, however. “There are people who have

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celebrated their birthdays here since they were one year old, and they’re 20 years old now,” said Vázquez, “You meet the customers and their young children and now the children are grown and driving.” In the beginning, owning L’Acosta was Edgar’s dream, but now, it has become Emily’s dream, too. “My husband worked at L’Acosta for about 18 years. When my brother-in-law decided he was ready to retire, we bought the restaurant from him,” said Vázquez, “We took over in January 2020––just before the pandemic started.” The early stages of the pandemic introduced a whirlwind of changes and restaurant closings, but Emily and Edgar saw the moment as an opportunity. During the state-regulated indoor dining shutdown, the Vázquez family got to work and renovated to express their own style inside the restaurant. “My husband would work from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.,

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We get to know a lot of people here. We enjoy seeing familiar faces, and even new faces quickly become friends! That’s the great thing about Sylacauga- it’s small enough to see familiar faces, but big enough to always meet someone new.

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then start renovations,” according to Vázquez. “Sometimes, he wouldn’t get home until 4 or 5 in the morning.” During that tenuous time from March until May 19, 2020, Emily and Edgar worked and wondered what it would mean for L’Acosta’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. When the moment of truth came, it was more than either Emily or Edgar expected. “We didn’t know how busy we would be, but the support from the community was amazing. Even though we could only do to-go orders, there were one to two hour waits,” Vázquez explained, “The phone was ringing off the hook. We all went to sleep with the phone ringing in our heads.” For the Vazquez family, it’s clear that L’Acosta is not just the employees or owners; it’s not just the delicious fajitas sizzling in a skillet, the street tacos, or tasty enchiladas. It’s the community and relationships that make L’Acosta the special place it is. L’Acosta is open seven days a week, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday. L’Acosta is at 215 N. Broadway Avenue in Sylacauga. Call 256-249-3360 for more information or to schedule a to-go order.

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Harvey’s on Noble Treating Guests Like Family

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arvey’s on Noble is to Sylacauga what Cheers is to Boston: a place where everybody knows your name. Skye Owens, the venue’s business manager and event coordinator, says that Harvey’s on Noble is all about family and the community. “In our family, we have always worked together and helped out when needed. No event is too small. We love to make every occasion special for our guests.” From its structure to the carefully crafted ambiance, Harvey’s on Noble is what Owens describes as “truly unique and authentic.” As a homage to the city’s history, she added, “the bricks we brought in for the fireplaces and other areas are from Avondale Mills, so everything is Sylacauga. The original brick exposed walls, concrete floors and cedar beams are simply stunning.” Creating a welcoming environment is all in a day’s work for Owens and her family. They’ve created a space to enjoy great meals and a venue for enjoying live entertainment with family and friends as a thank you to their community. “Sylacauga is a special place,” she says. “I am very proud that Harvey’s on Noble is centrally located and a big part of our community.” Harvey’s on Noble is at 280 North Anniston Avenue

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in downtown Sylacauga. For information about the events calendar, call 256-245-5173 or visit www. harveysonnoble.com.

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Quality of Life

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Our surroundings and community play a significant role in the quality of our lives. To enhance each citizen’s quality of life, the Sylacauga Chamber actively seeks to instill and promote a sense of community pride through ongoing beautification efforts to create an aesthetically pleasing environment. Fostering a healthy mind and body is also vital to maintaining a high quality of life, which is why the Chamber grows and sustains beneficial partnerships with educational institutions in the area. Sylacauga also offers a wide range of opportunities for the community to gather, fellowship, and celebrate the region’s various accomplishments. To help ensure the safety, security, and continued happiness of all citizens, the Sylacauga Chamber collaborates with city and county organizations with an ultimate goal to enrich the community, whether it be through education, health, safety, or beautification.

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Coosa Valley Medical Center

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or more than 75 years, Coosa Valley Medical Center has provided top quality care to the residents of Sylacauga. Everyone involved with CVMC from its medical staff to its board of directors works to make sure community members not only receive proper medical treatment but also receive the care and devotion they deserve. Glenn Sisk, CEO of CVMC, says the medical center has a long history of providing that same “high quality, passionate care” consistently to residents of east central Alabama. In its 75-year history, the hospital has carved a special place in the city and the state. A little known fact, for example, is that CVMC is the only non-military hospital to have been built during World War II, according to Sisk. “While we embrace our rich history, we remain much more interested in what lies ahead for the organization,” he says. “Through the years the CVMC team, beginning with the governance oversight of he Sylacauga Healthcare Authority serving as our board of directors, has been squarely focused on bringing new services to

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the community that has also created job growth.” Sisk says CVMC has two primary goals that remain top priority with their new service development. “First, are we capable of driving good clinical outcomes that compare favorably with other providers across Alabama? Secondly, can we offer new services in a financially responsible manner both to the benefit of the patients we serve and to the hospital itself? These efforts through the years have now moved CVMC into the 67th percentile of volume statewide and we are extremely proud of this continued growth as the residents in our primary and secondary service areas are the real beneficiaries.” The medical center has received several recognitions throughout the years for outstanding services to the community and excellence in operation. “We’ve been extremely pleased to have been recognized by external agencies who evaluate clinical services in hospitals throughout the country,” says Sisk. These awards have included organizational and departmental recognitions such as: 2021 Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce


▶ Emergency Department Gold Plus Stroke Award from the American Heart Association ▶ Hospice Honors Award as determined by top level HCAHPS quality measures ▶ Maternity Center/Women’s Services received the Blue Distinction Center designation as awarded by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama ▶ Intensive Care Unit received the Beacon Award for Excellence ▶ Home Care Agency received the “Homecare Elite” designation for performance measured among the highest 25% of home care agencies in the United States When asked to describe what of CVMC’s accomplishments he is most proud of, Sisk says there is no easy answer given how much the hospital has succeeded in doing. “The leading point of emphasis in this regard would without question be the lives that are improved based on the care provided by our clinical team, the lives that are saved and the lives that take their first breaths here at CVMC. Our team continues to embrace the notion that we wake up every day to meet people at their point of need, whether that need be physical, emotional or spiritual.” Sisk added that he and the board members are very proud of the long tenure so many of their physicians and team members have with the center. “This supports continuity of care that is predictable and is in a continuous mode of quality improvement. The long tenure also suggests that our team embraces our culture of service to those entrust their care to CVMC.”

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CVMC’s scope of services mirror in many ways those of urban providers to include cardiac catheterization services, hematology/oncology services, home care/hospice, fullrange imaging services, geriatric psychiatry, wound care, addiction recovery and a retail pharmacy. The board and leadership of CVMC have made a conscious decision to remain an independent non-profit hospital provider, which allows CVMC to respond quickly to the everchanging healthcare landscape while focusing on services, existing and new, that allow area residents to remain close to home.

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CVMC is the largest employer in Sylacauga, producing an annual economic impact of more than $130 million.

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CVMC remains actively involved with the community in many different ways. The Hickory Street Café is the leading catering service in the area. CVMC’s rehabilitation services provide athletic training services to area schools. The center maintains active and progressive relationships with local professional clubs such as Rotary, Civitan and Lion’s clubs. CVMC also continuously supports SAFE.

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Arts & Events Explore the richness of the Marble City’s arts and culture

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ylacauga’s arts and culture scene is thriving. The Marble City beckons to those with an interest in community theater, the visual arts, dance and performing arts and educational and cultural programs. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, a host of opportunities awaits you. Sylacauga Community Playhouse Individuals looking for opportunities to develop their inner thespian or experience the world of theater for the first time as an actor, audience member or member of the production team can do so at Sylacauga Community Playhouse. SPC puts on three productions each year in the fall, spring and summer and encourages anyone from ages five and up to get involved. “We want whoever is willing and wants to participate

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to join us,” says Lauren Layton, who serves on the Sylacauga Community Playhouse Board of Directors as the board’s secretary. “We try to provide opportunities for everyone by putting on a mix of productions that include an all adult cast, an all kids cast as well as productions that have a mix of children and adults.” Every summer, SPC hosts a kids camp where students have opportunities to learn about different aspects of theater production. The skills they learn are showcased in a summer musical. The 2021 summer show, “Moana Jr.” ran from June 24-June 27. “Our productions offer opportunities for entire families to get involved,” Layton says. “In the past we have had children participate as part of a cast while parents are behind the scenes dealing with the technical aspects of production. That is one of the things that makes us unique.”

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Members of the community who wish participate in SCP productions can find more information about auditions can visit their website, scplayhouse.com. “We hope people will gain new friendships through their experiences here and become part of the SCP family,” Layton says. “We are a close knit group, but most importantly, we want people to discover the magic of theater.” Since the late 1970s, Sylacauga Community Playhouse has been promoting the arts by creating ways for Sylacauga residents to fall in love with theater. “Some of our founders are still involved in SCP, and I think that speaks to the heart of the organization,” Layton says. Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company More than a dance studio, the Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company aims to provide students of the arts in the Sylacauga community a holistic education in artistic expression. “By offering quality opportunities for residents and neighbors to discover, embrace, and expand their talents, we can all enjoy this mountain of talent in our community,” SDPAC spokesperson Amy McDonald said.

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“SDPAC, though, gives people real education to learn more of their craft and develop their art to the best of their ability, and we joyfully take on this responsibility.” SDPAC offers classes in various forms of dance and musical theater for children of all ages. In the fall of 2021, SDPAC will expand offerings to include a musical theater class for adults. Registration for classes for the 2021-2022 year is ongoing at sdpac.net. “Arts are the great equalizer,” McDonald says. “Not everyone will have great sports talent, and fewer still will find someone who is able to develop those skills. But the arts – theatre, dance, and other artistic expression – give everyone an outlet to communicate the beauty and emotions they hold inside, in spite of any obstacles they may have.” B. B. Comer Library Offering a variety of educational and cultural resources in addition to family-oriented programming, the B.B. Comer Library provides Sylacauga residents different ways to become connected in the community. “When people visit the library we hope they will get a well-rounded cultural arts experience, “says B. B. Comer Library Director Tracy Thomas. “They can admire the beautiful original artwork collection,

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the amazing marble sculpture collection featuring Sylacauga’s famous white marble. “They can use the library’s wealth of resources which includes print and digital collections, as well as a topnotch genealogy and local history center, and they can even attend a Brown Bag event that features music, storytelling, and fascinating history lessons. The Comer Library is a unique library that offers far more than books, and the best part is that it’s all free,” Thomas says. Comer Library also provides visitors with community resources. “Not only does the staff do a wonderful job of making sure people have access to the materials and resources housed here at the library, they also work hard to connect people to services and resources available here in our community,” Thomas says. “The library has a fantastic meeting complex that brings people together to share information and ideas, and also provides space to facilitate networking. Because the library brings people to the downtown area, it also helps promote Sylacauga and it’s thriving retail district.” Current, and future programs: • The Summer Library enrichment series is held at the Blue Bell pavilion in Central Park. These

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programs which feature fun and educational presentations are also being recorded and posted to the library’s Facebook page for one week following each program to allow those who are not yet ready to venture into crowds to participate and enjoy the programs as well. Storytime, sponsored by Blue Bell Creameries, is conducted weekly with Mrs. Mandi at the library. The Summer Reading Program, which allows readers to set a goal and read for prizes, is also happening at the library. Participants can drop by the library to sign up, get started reading, and earn fun prize. Storybook Character Scavenger Hunt through Sylacauga on Broadway Avenue. Stroll downtown and locate storybook characters that have been placed in storefront windows, complete your scavenger hunt sheet and return it to the library to earn a goodie bag. Scavenger hunt forms are available at the library and participating stores on Broadway Avenue. The Brown Bag Adult Lecture Series features outstanding weekly presentations. 2021 Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce


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The Craft Studio Helping people discover their inner artist, The Craft Studio creates opportunities that promote the development of artistic expression. Studio owner Odessa Gum offers private art lessons for children ages six and up. Twohour lessons are available Mondays and Tuesdays. Previous class offerings have included everything from watercolor to woodworking. The Craft Studio provides a space for people to connect for community gatherings. It is available to rent by the hour for small group meetings or parties. Private events are available for groups of 8 or more. Gum takes custom orders. She creates everything from custom door signs to wreaths. Prices vary depending on the project. In addition to custom orders, Gum puts together To Go Craft Kits. Kits allow people to create their own art projects at home. For more information or to book an event, visit The Craft Studio Facebook page.

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Tourism

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or the adventurous spirit seeking outdoor recreation in the Sylacauga area, the Pinhoti Trail that stretches for almost 350 miles through the Appalachian Mountains gives hikers the opportunity to experience one of Alabama’s hidden gems. Sylacauga is a designated Pinhoti Trail Town. The southernmost point of the trail is located just outside Sylacauga. The Pinhoti Outdoor Center provides resources for hikers offering the support of a community of like-minded thrill seekers. Pinhoti Outdoor Center opened its doors in January of 2019. Operated by Nathan Wright and his wife Kimm, the center was established with the goal of giving hikers everything they need to make their experiences successful ones. “We want to help create positive experience for everyone,” Nathan says. “In the last year, we’ve had a record number of people come through the center who are hiking the trail for the first time. We have discovered that people fall in love with it when the experience is a good one.” Situated 23 miles into the trail, the Pinhoti Outdoor Center is a multi-purpose hostel where hikers can stop for a night’s rest. The center also has space for tenting and motor vehicle parking. “When people reach the center, that’s about two days into the trail, so many times people are ready for a break

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at that point,” Nathan says. The center provides shuttles for day hike and transportation to and from area airports in Birmingham, Montgomery and Atlanta, planning services, and nonemergency rescues. “If someone starts out on the trail and decides for whatever reason they don’t want finish, we’ll come get them,” Nathan says. Pinhoti Outdoor Center attracts tourists from around the United States as well as other countries. Nathan says the Pinhoti hike is gaining in popularity, and he attributes the growing interest to social media sites like Facebook and Youtube. “We are able to reach a wider audience than ever before,” he says. The hiking app, Guthook, allows people to plan their trip in real time. Hikers can post about conditions along trails to help others along their journey. “It’s the people that make the experience,” Nathan says. “The hikers are amazing, and when you’re on the trail, everybody is on the same level. It doesn’t matter if someone is a doctor or a construction worker, everyone shares a common bond of a shared experience.” For the novice hiker or mountain biker, the Sylward Trail at Lake Howard offers an alternative to climbing the Appalachians.

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“The Sylward Trail is what I would consider an entry level type trail,” says Billy Bean, Superintendent and Manager for Lake Howard. “But we have people of all levels of ability bike along the trail.” The main trail route has 4 loops that take hikers and cyclists down varying paths. Sylward Trail stretches along 15 miles of terrain through the Talladega National Forest. Positioned between Oak Mountain and the Pinhoti Trail, Sylward Trail is often a stop for people between the two destinations. “People come through here on their vacations on their way to another outdoor trail,” Beane says. Trail races are held annually at Sylward Trail including the Skyway Epic and The Rebecca Mountain 50-Miler and the Pinhoti 100. “The great thing about Sylward is it provides a country atmosphere as opposed to an urban atmosphere,” Beane says. “People don’t realize how much natural scenery Alabama has. It is so often overlooked.” In addition to the Sylward Trail, Lake Howard offers other opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. For those interested in spending a leisurely day fishing, amenities include three pavilions, a boat and boat slips that can be rented on a monthly basis.

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Parks & Recreation Parks & Rec Elevates the Marble City’s Quality of Life

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ecreational opportunities are vital to a community’s quality of life, and the Sylacauga Parks & Recreation Department takes pride in the contributions it makes to the lives of the city’s residents and visitors. Jim Armstrong has served as the department’s director since 2003. “One of our biggest goals is that everyone has a positive experience in every way they can,” he said. “We try to achieve that goal by providing outlets through sports, activities, programs and facilities for all age groups, from children to seniors.” Sylacauga boasts five municipal parks, a remarkable number for a city its size. Fairmont Park is a neighborhood park that is open to all city residents. Noble Park offers a playground,

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skateboarding park, walking trails and a volleyball area. Beth Wallace Yates Park is geared towards younger children and tennis enthusiasts. South Highland Park is geared towards families, and Pinecrest Veterans Memorial Park is home to a walking trails as well and houses the newly completed veterans’ memorial. That’s not even to mention Lake Howard and its popular hiking trail that can make visitors feel they are walking in the Smoky Mountains. Fishing, canoeing and kayaking are permitted on the lake. “If I could say anything to those that just moved here it would be that we are here,” Armstrong said. “We offer year-round sports for all ages. We now offer girls’ volleyball, adult softball and day camps. As for recreation league sports, we offer baseball,

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Family Services Center “One of the greatest benefits of SAFE Family Services Center is the ability to bring people together to solve the problems within our community and impact the lives of children and families. I strongly believe that if families are strong, then children are strong and that helps the community to be strong. Strong children and strong families make strong communities. We cannot focus on what is wrong, but what is strong!”

the strengths of the community opposed to the weaknesses. She added that her biggest reward is the people whom she encounters because you never know when a door will close and help is needed. “I thought I was going to retire, God redirected me to this job as an educator, but there is nothing more beautiful than seeing the vision of committed individuals unfold,” she added. “We have received great recognition and awards for the service SAFE provides and I could not be more grateful. However, in my opinion it is much more about the evolution of the community. To receive the Sylacauga Chamber’s Nonprofit Award for 2020, to me represents the value of being able to work together to address and solve our own problems. As a community is the affirmation of saying that together we can.” Asked how individuals can get involved, Morton suggests to just come by and bring whatever talents you have because every one’s talents can be used in some way to help someone else. She added that where work is done together is where the difference is made.

Margaret Morton, executive director, has been a part of the community-based nonprofit organization since 1998 and has seen great growth and improvement in the lives of families and the community. The Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement (SAFE) Family Services Center was established more than 24 years ago. It was created with the intent to bring like-minded individuals together to help create solutions to strengthen families and the communities across Talladega County and beyond the region. “We are a family resource center that works with families to provide opportunities. The partnerships we have throughout this community benefit children and families of all age spans. We all stand on the shoulders of each other and work together. Aside from, we help to restore hope, identify dreams and support individual aspirations. We are not a hand out, but a hand up.” Morton mentioned that she loves their ability to build on 000268383r1

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elodie Miller, Executive Director of Coosa Valley Resources for Women, believes education is the most vital part of the organization. “If we educate these moms how to be good parents and take care of themselves and their children, we are growing good families,” she said. Miller’s tenure with the organization, a nondenominational Christian outreach, began eight years ago when Shirley Epperson, a friend from her church, told her about it. “Between my two children’s births, I lost two babies. The mission of Coosa Valley Resources for Women really struck a chord with me, and I started volunteering,” Miller said. After 20 years in a previous location, Coosa Valley Resources for Women has moved to its new address at 201 W. Fort Williams St. Suite 26. This new location is closer to Coosa Valley Medical Center and allows the organization to serve more people. Services offered by the organization include limited ultrasounds, earn-while-you-learn prenatal, and

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parenting classes and Bible study. Classes are one-on-one. “We used to do group classes, but it is hard to teach someone who is six weeks pregnant while also teaching someone who is six months pregnant,” said Miller, “If the father comes to class as well, then ‘baby bucks’ are doubled. We have a wonderful baby boutique with just about anything—car seats, pack and play, baby beds, and more.” Coosa Valley Resources for Women also partners with Lifeline Children’s Services, a Christian adoption agency. The need for the services offered by Coosa Valley Resources for Women has grown. “In 2020, we did 26 ultrasounds, and this year, we had already done that many by September,” said Miller. Miller estimates Coosa Valley Resources for Women helps as many as 100 people per year and is thankful for the generosity of the community and volunteers. “We have wonderful women who have a heart for this ministry. We had seven big guys help us move to our new location; most are pastors,” Miller said. Coosa Valley Resources for Women is always looking for volunteers, with a heart for the mission of the organization. If you have a heart for Coosa Valley Resources for Women’s mission, contact Miller at 256-2088888 or visit resources4women.com for more information.

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WORSHIP Caring for Sylacauga’s Spiritual Needs

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orship unites us like no other act. Like a warm, inviting home, a house of worship provides comfort in the good times and bad, promotes family togetherness and spiritual growth, as well as offers peaceful shelter from life’s storms. With over 70 churches in the Sylacauga area, each place of worship helps fulfill a specific need in the community. Some of the churches have been tending to the spiritual needs of the Sylacauga community for centuries now. Dr. Rick Patrick, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, relates that “Since 1833, when eight people gathered in a small log cabin, we have been telling people about Jesus in our community. In addition to the community outreach opportunities, because we are located in the heart of Sylacauga at the corner of Broadway and Fort Williams, we

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frequently serve our community as a gathering place for banquets and other special events.” First Baptist also works with 15 different local organizations where the church members personally volunteer and donate their time and talents to help make Sylacauga a better place. Churches like First Baptist impact the community in hundreds of positive ways through their children’s and youth ministries, senior citizen assistance, mission outreach, recreation opportunities, charitable assistance, and so much more. As Sylacauga grows and thrives, so do the churches in the area, including newcomers like the nondenominational Church of the Highlands, which officially launched its services on April 7, 2019, at the J. Craig Smith Community Center under the leadership of

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Pastor Charles Kelly. At the Church of the Highlands, the primary philosophy is that “whether you’re new to church, have been a Christian for many years, or are looking for a fresh start, you’re welcome here. Our hope is to give you a place where you experience a fresh, enjoyable connection to God and a community of people. We’re here to help people know God, find freedom, discover their purpose, and make a difference.” Whether you’re seeking a large church or smaller, close-knit congregation or prefer traditional worship services or more modern formats, Sylacauga offers a broad spectrum of denominations to meet your needs. If you’re new to the area and want to check out the many worship services available, or you’re ready to find a church community to ultimately call home, Sylacauga has a place for you. Please visit the Chamber’s website for a complete listing of opportunities for worship in the Sylacauga area.

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Index of Advertisers CURTIS & SON FUNERAL HOME................................... 88 EARLYNE’S FLOWERS......................................................... 74 ENGLE SERVICES................................................................... 20 FAMILY EYE CARE OF SYLACAUGA............................ 9 FIRST BANK OF ALABAMA.............................................. 37 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH SYLACAUGA...................... 69 FIRST METHODIST KINDERGARTEN........................... 71 GASTON CONSTRUCTION, INC...................................... 63 HEAD CHIROPRACTIC CENTER..................................... 68 HERITAGE FREIGHT.............................................................. 59 HERITAGE SOUTH CREDIT UNION............................. 65 KNOLLWOOD CHRISTIAN SCHOOL............................ 82 LACOSTA MEXICAN RESTAURANT ............................. 68 LEAPS ACADEMY.................................................................. 74 MADIX INNOVATION ON DISPLAY................................ 84 MAIN AVENUE APARTMENTS......................................... 18 MARBLE CITY PHARMACY............................................... 39 MCCLENDON BRIDALS....................................................... 34 MCGEE-GREEN FAMILY...................................................... 57 MERCHANTILE ON BROADWAY ................................... 19 MILLER LUMBER CO............................................................. 89 MOVEMENT MORTGAGE.................................................... 50 NEMAK......................................................................................... 2 NEXUS BOOKKEEPING ...................................................... 55 OMYA ALABAMA INC......................................................... 75 PARTNERS BY DESIGN, INC. – LAKELIFE 24/7........................................................................ 68 PSI ALABAMA APARTMENTS.......................................... 51 PURSELL AGRI-TECH LLC................................................. 17 RADIOALABAMA................................................................... 49 RADNEY-SMITH FUNERAL HOME................................. 56 RAY AND GILLIAND PC- PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS............................................................... 77

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RICK REDMOND FAMILY DENTISTRY........................ 70 RESOURCES FOR WOMEN............................................... 35 RENASANT BANK.................................................................. 89 RONNIES PRODUCE ............................................................ 52 RUDD LAUNDRY MAT & CAR WASH.......................... 49 SERRA HONDA........................................................................ 46 SERRA HONDA........................................................................ 47 SHOOT FIRST VIDEO............................................................ 57 SOUTHERN STATES BANK .............................................. 91 STATE FARM - JANET JONES.......................................... 71 STATE FARM-ALBIA STEERS........................................... 50 STATE FARM-SHEILA CURTIS.......................................... 25 SWEN COMMUNICATIONS................................................ 19 SYLACAUGA ALLIANCE FOR FAMILY ENHANCEMENT –WORKFORCE READY................... 50 SYLACAUGA BOARD OF EDUCATION....................... 45 SYLACAUGA GLASS............................................................. 84 SYLACAUGA OB/GYN......................................................... 44 SYLACAUGA PARKS & RECREATION DEPT............ 74 SYLACAUGA PEDIATRICS................................................. 38 SYLACAUGA UTILITIES BOARD..................................... 21 TALLADEGA COUNTY BOXING AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES CLUB.................................................. 52 TALLADEGA COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT....................................................................... 35 TEMPFORCE............................................................................. 29 THE LILY FLOWERS & GIFTS............................................ 84 TOWNE INN............................................................................... 18 TOYOTA OF SYLACAUGA.................................................. 7 TROPEANO ORTHOPAEDICS.......................................... 23 VANSANDT HARDWARE.................................................... 57 WHOLESALE WINDOWS................................................... 80 WRIGHT-SPRAYBERRY INSURANCE .......................... 49

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ACTION ENVIRONMENTAL .............................................. 31 AIDB - ALABAMA INSTITUTE FOR DEAF AND BLIND................................................................................ 85 ALABAMA PAPER AND SUPPLY.................................... 64 ALABAMA POWER................................................................ 70 ALLEN OIL CO INC UNOCAL.......................................... 53 ALTAPOINTE HEALTH ....................................................... 87 AMERICAN ASSO OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN .......... 20 AMERICAN FOAM CAST..................................................... 22 AREA REAL ESTATE, INC................................................... 83 ATKINSON REAL ESTATE.................................................. 5 B H TRANSFER........................................................................ 35 BACKUS ORTHODONTICS................................................ 41 BB COMER MEMORIAL LIBRARY.................................. 79 BEN ROBBINS-ALABAMA STATE REPRESENTATIVE ................................................. 27 BLUE BELL CREAMERIES.................................................. 11 BLUE HORIZON TRAVEL.................................................... 57 BOOTHE APPLIANCE, INC................................................. 80 BROWN’S AUTO COLLISION............................................ 80 CACC - CENTRAL ALABAMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE.................................................................................... 73 CHICK-FIL-A ............................................................................. 80 CINDY PENNINGTON –TALLADEGA COUNTY REVENUE COMMISSIONER............................................... 71 COMMUNITY FUNERAL HOME....................................... 77 CONN CRANE.......................................................................... 67 COOSA PINES CREDIT UNION........................................ 3 COOSA VALLEY COOP....................................................... 81 COOSA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER............................ 92 COOSA VALLEY MRI, LLC ............................................... 84 COOSA VALLEY RESPIRATORY..................................... 90 CRADDOCK HEALTH CARE CENTER.......................... 85

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COMMUNITIES/HOUSING From Historic Neighborhoods to Family-Friendly Subdivisions to Waterfront Vistas, Sylacauga Area has Many Residential Options

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anya Barrett loves everything Sylacauga has to offer. “This is a great community,” she says. “We are located pretty much in between Auburn and Birmingham. We are in the middle of Lake Martin, Lay Lake and Logan Martin Lake. We have great schools, great leadership and great people.” A Sylacauga resident with more than 20 years of experience in mortgages, Barrett works for Movement Mortgage and teams with Shonnie McNeill and Daphnee Gardner as the Girls on Fire Lending Team. The group’s name is a nod to their husbands’ line of work: firefighting. Barrett believes that Movement Mortgage sets itself apart from other companies because the company loves the community. “What sets us apart are our values. We truly value you as a customer; we do not want you to be just a one-time customer. We want to serve you and your kids and your kids’ kids.” Sylacauga’s geographic location leads to different living possibilities, from downtown to waterfront and beyond. Housing opportunities in Sylacauga are similar to those across the country, according to Barrett. “Just like everywhere else, there is a supply shortage. When it comes to real estate, construction has not kept up with demand,” she said in mid-2021. “This is a seller’s market. There are bidding wars taking place well over asking prices.” Barrett advises sellers to use a reputable Realtor. “Some sellers try to save money by not using a Realtor, but Realtors bring so much value. It is their job to know the market,” said Barrett, “Trying to save money by not using a Realtor may cost you money on the sale.” She recommends buyers get pre-approved before looking at available homes. “Nothing would be more disappointing than finding your dream home and finding out you cannot get approved for the loan. A mortgage is a huge investment. You want to be able to sit down and talk through the complicated process.” The Girls on Fire Lending Team and Movement Mortgage take pride in helping people get the right mortgage for their homes. Barrett and her team welcome you to Sylacauga.

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