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Looking around Pell City these days with new construction dust scattered over virtually every corner of the community, you might see what town founder Sumter Cogswell saw more than a century ago. Through his view from a train window, he envisioned the potential for growing a town. Today, leaders see the vision for growing a thriving city. If location is the good luck charm for an area’s future growth, Pell City has more than a few four-leaf clovers in its outstretched hand, welcoming this boom-town era to the region. Its northern border is bustling Interstate 20. Just to the west lies Birmingham. To the east? Atlanta. And to the south is its jewel: Logan Martin Lake. A new state-of-the-art hospital and a sprawling Alabama Veteran’s Home community are dominating headlines these days, but there are plenty of other signs that show Pell City’s growing popularity as a destination point. The city hasn’t forgotten its heart — downtown. New life has been pumped into this historic district with specialty shops, professional offices and even loft apartments. Household names like Publix, Jack’s Family Restaurant, Bojangles and Chick-fil-A are raising their roofs. New homes are going up, and retail stores are following the rooftops. Don Smith, who serves as executive director of the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, is quick to point out that the growth is no accident. The foundation was laid in years past, and the successes today are “because of some of the wonderful investments the city made a decade ago.” Leaders made more industrial property available for new companies. Now these companies are expanding. Eissmann Automotive is expanding its leather dashboard manufacturing facility by $2.75 million. Andritz Pulp and Paper is

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Boom Town adding another $1.8 million investment in its operation, and WKW is announcing new jobs. Because Pell City invested in the past, it is having success now, Smith said, and it will create jobs and opportunities, not only in Pell City but throughout the county. The city provided infrastructure for projects just across Interstate 20, where Jefferson State Community College, a massive shopping center, motels and restaurants now stand. Beyond Jefferson State’s site, St. Vincent’sSt. Clair Hospital is rising from what was once a wooded hillside overlooking I-20. Across the way are the beginnings of a veteran’s home community — three neighborhoods, a domiciliary, a town center and its very own ‘main street.’ In the past year, Pell City has broken ground on more than $100 million in new investments. “That’s not bad for last year,” Smith said. “Within the next five years, this development alone anticipates more than 600 new jobs and $150 million in new investment.” Mayor Bill Hereford considers himself lucky to be serving in a time like this. “Now we’re going to have a state-of-the-art hospital for our people.” He called the veteran’s home, which will be the largest in the state and the first of its kind, “unique, to my knowledge, in the nation. It is innovative in every way and sends a message that we care about Alabama veterans. Residents will be coming from all over Alabama.” The mayor expects motel occupancy rates, restaurants and retail sales to rise as spinoffs from these new developments. A new Publix grocery store going up on the city’s south side, he said, will be an addition, not a replacement, to the city’s supermarket landscape, attracting not only Pell Citians, but residents of other areas as well. “I am proud of the work this administration has done in basic infrastructure. The city has invested $18 million in improving and rehabilitating its sewer system to accommodate growth. Its membership and involvement in the Coosa Valley Water Supply District will ensure that

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Art of Promotion By Carol Pappas

Housed in a small, single room at City Hall with a part-time director, the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce of 30 years ago was not much different from chambers in other small towns across Alabama at the time. They had meager assets giving them limited fire power when it came to the business of promoting a city and its business community. Fast forward to the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce of today, and a website tells the story of a city on the move. An electronic newsletter as well as a printed version keep members informed about Chamber events and activities around the city every month. Its own glossy magazine distributed to newcomers, citizens, prospective business, industry and residents underscores the quality of life in Pell City that the Chamber promotes. And a glossy, color brochure — now in Welcome Centers around the state and in locations around the city — tells of Pell City, Alabama, as a destination point for living, visiting, playing and staying. Its title says it all: “Unlimited Possibilities.” At the heart of marketing one of the fastest growing cities in the state is the Chamber. “We’re becoming more interactive,” said newly elected President Bernard White. “We are trying to market the city more. Everything we do now is geared that way. “Every event is a chance to market members, giving them exposure to new customers and reacquainting them with old ones. We encourage people to shop at home,” White said. White knows the value in shopping in Pell City. As a former councilman, he sees it from two angles — the benefit to building businesses and keeping tax dollars at home to improve infrastructure and services that continue to enhance the city’s quality of life. But he also sees the value to building local businesses. He envisions the Chamber’s executive director, Lynn Batemon, as the marketer-in-chief. “She is getting out and visiting members to see what is important to them so that we can strengthen our organization.” Batemon agrees. “We’re here to help promote Pell City. We get the information out about what Pell City has to offer. We spread the names of businesses who knows how far.” 10 • Pell City Magazine • GATEWAY TO PROGRESS

In just the past year, the Chamber has launched a new website, magazine, brochure with maps and email newsletter (above) to promote businesses, events and the entire Pell City community. White has a clear vision of where the Chamber needs to head. “We are going to have a checklist of contact information for prospective businesses and newcomers. We’re going to be that place for information, for marketing our members.” Promotion centers on commerce, White said. “We have got to have commerce. It’s what drives the bus.” And that promotion goes well beyond ribbon cuttings, although the Chamber has had its share in this growing city. Chamber promotion can be seen in the more than 10,000 people who attend its Hometown Block Party each year on the first Friday night in June. It brings people from near and far into downtown Pell City for an outdoor music festival featuring multiple stages placed in strategic sections of the square around the county courthouse and City Hall. Vendors peddle their wares, restaurants serve food, civic and school groups raise funds through their booths, and the music and fun are free. The Chamber-sponsored Christmas Parade draws thousands to one of the largest parades in the region on the second Thursday in December, getting the city in the Christmas spirit and bringing visitors to town. Business After Hours, held on the third Tuesday of the month four times a year, is an opportunity for business people to interact and network with each other in a social setting. It is not surprising to hear of

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Art of Promotion The Block Party is a great way for local organizations and businesses to show off their products and connect with potential clients and customers.

Chamber Calendar Annual Chamber Meeting to install new officers and directors, January. Celebration Banquet to honor Citizen of the Year, Businesses of the Year and Industries of the Year, early May. Hometown Block Party, a huge outdoor music festival held downtown, first Friday in June. Christmas Parade, one of the largest in the region, second Thursday in December. Chamber Coffee, breakfast and coffee served by businesses and organizations to gain exposure, fourth Tuesday of the month. Business After Hours, after work socials, serving as a networking tool for businesses and organizations, third Tuesday evening of the month.

the beginnings of a business deal being made at After Hours, attributable to their networking opportunity. For earlier birds, Chamber members sponsor coffees on the fourth Tuesday mornings of the month, giving them a chance to introduce or re-introduce themselves and their services. And it is yet another opportunity for valuable networking. Promotion does not stop there, though. The Chamber annually brings top businesses, industries and citizens together in a Celebration Luncheon in May, saluting their efforts in making Pell City a better place. All these events “open the way for so many other things that are beneficial for the area and especially for our members,” Batemon said. “The goal of the Chamber is all working together to make Pell City a better place to live and make a living. “We’re all a team.”

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Modern Medicine But it has indeed caught fire, and the momentum shows no signs of slowing. More than $100 million in new investments and the creation of more than 600 jobs only underscore the notion that more is yet to come. St. Vincent’s acts as catalyst St. Vincent’s CEO John O’Neil credits a publicprivate partnership with the progress this mega medical project has made. “They are working together to truly serve the community,” O’Neil said. St. Clair County Health Care Authority, St. Clair County Commission, City of Pell City, St. Clair Economic Development Council and St. Vincent’s Health System are partners for the hospital project. Ascension Health Care, parent company of St. Vincent’s, was committed to seeing it through to fruition. St. Clair’s hospital was built in the 1960s. “It was run down” and not meeting the needs of the community, he said. It made it difficult to recruit physicians. The push to build a new hospital had been ongoing for a decade, and it looked as though it would happen sooner than it actually did. “The economy tanked, and we had to find innovative ways to fund it,” O’Neil said. The core value of “creativity” kicked in, and an impressive partnership never gave up until a new hospital became a reality. The St. Clair County Commission floated the bond. The city provided the infrastructure. The hospital entered into a 20-year lease with the Health Care Authority to cover the cost of the bonds, and the rest, as

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Modern Medicine they say, is history. “It has been the economic force for the rest of the construction,” O’Neil said. The VA Home, a medical office building, $100 million in investments and hundreds of jobs — “all spurred by St. Vincent’s” — have come from this partnership. It could have been abandoned over the years, O’Neil said. “But we didn’t walk away, we walked to them.” Outgoing St. Vincent’s-St. Clair CEO Terrell Vick, who is overseeing the transition to the new hospital, also credited an unrivaled partnership in getting the job done. “Commission Chairman Stan Batemon was a champion of this project from the start,” Vick said. The commission sat down with St. Vincent’s folks, and that’s where the dialogue actually started. “The local folks felt strongly about it here,” Vick said. And the Health Care Authority, the commission, City of Pell City, St. Clair Economic Development Council, state and federal governments all came on board. With Jefferson State Community College, well known for its nursing program, coming to town at the time, “it added to the potential for this project,” he said. “The community support is why we are where we are today, and that’s what makes this project different.” O’Neil noted that the new hospital will “reach out beyond the limits of Pell City. It is absolutely state-of-the-art for the whole county.” With the latest technology, like MRI and a 64-slice CT scanner, “there is very little reason to leave the community for health care needs.” O’Neil hinted that more might be in store. “We see a tremendous amount of growth. I wouldn’t be surprised to see us expand our footprint, expand services as community needs grow.” VA Home sets bar higher It is hard to conceal Mayor Bill Hereford’s smile these days. And it’s easy to see why. The projects being built right now are attracting state and national headlines, and Pell City is basking in the positive glow of cutting edge medicine and medical facilities locating right here in its own backyard. “The brand name, St. Vincent’s, is unbeatable,” he said. “It’s synonymous with health care.”

Add to that a sprawling Col. Robert L. Howard Veteran’s Home complex that includes 224 beds in skilled nursing, assisted living and Alzheimer’s care in a community setting with neighborhoods, shops, a main street and even a sports bar, and the term, state-of-the-art doesn’t do it justice. It has the look of a resort community with plenty of green space, walking trails, a park and a dining lodge in the plans. In providing a $33 million grant to help with funding of the new complex, which is expected to open in 2012, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby and Congressman Spencer Bachus were unanimous in their assessment that it will be a premier facility to take care

of veterans who sacrificed so much in service to their country. The impact also will be seen in job benefits. “All the jobs will benefit not only Pell City, but all other municipalities in St. Clair County,” according to Economic Development Council Executive Director Don Smith said. “These projects will create new jobs and opportunities.” While Pell City has long been known as a manufacturing center, “it is adding medical-related companies into its economy,” Smith said. “Pell City is going to be known as the East Birmingham hub for medical services to the county, surrounding area and our veterans.”

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ABOVE: Pell City Mayor Bill Hereford shows off the medical facilities’ plans in City Hall. LEFT: Terrell Vick and John O’Neil go over project plans. Pell City Magazine • GATEWAY TO PROGRESS • 19

Expanding Health Care Growing medical practice bringing more options to Pell City region

By Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin A chance reunion on a Caribbean island became a catalyst for today’s largest medical practice in Pell City, a cutting-edge medical center that is still growing. Dr. Michael Dupré, a native of Louisiana, and Dr. Rock Helms, from Pell City, met in residency training at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. When the residency was complete, the two parted company, only to meet once again seven years later while vacationing at the same resort on the island of St. Lucia. The two began to talk about the directions of their practices, and they soon found that the two directions ought to become one, and Dupré eventually joined Helms at Northside Medical Associates along with the other founding partners, Dr. William McClanahan and Dr. Carl Frosina “I saw 52 patients the very first day. The rest is pretty much history,” Dupré said. The practice has doubled its onstaff physician roster from four to eight and added another 5,000 square feet of space. As an adjunct professor at UAB’s School of Medicine, Dupré naturally oversees physician recruiting, keeping his eye out for new talent and toward the future. But he is the driver for technology at Northside as well. Dubbing himself the practice’s Information Technology specialist, he proudly talks of strides Northside has made in keeping pace with the latest technology available. Four warehouses of old, paper patient charts are now housed on a small server unit, and records are all handled electronically through Birmingham-based SuccessEHS. “It is

From infant care at the hands of Dr. Susan Duong, above, to lab tests and more, Pell City residents have a wide range of medical services available to them at Northside Medical Associates.

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a lot more efficient and has fueled our growth,” Dupré said. “You have everything at your fingertips. We can email charts within seconds. People are shocked that we have that kind of technology in Pell City, Alabama.” The technology does not stop at records, though. Northside has invested in the latest diagnostic equipment to better serve its patients expediently. “There is very little paper involved. I can dial in from my home and see a patient’s results in real time,” Dupré said. A digital xray machine means no chemicals, friendliness to the environment, and a single xray plate can produce thousands of images and last 20 years. Located in the fastest growing county in the state, Northside is keeping pace with the growth boom all around it. Three years ago, Northside had 17,000 patients. Today, it has 35,000 active charts, underscoring the need for all kinds of medical services. That’s why it has expanded to include visiting specialists each week. Between staff doctors and specialists, it can offer services in cardiology, surgery, neurology, ear, nose and throat, obstetrics-gynecology, dermatology, oncology,

ophthalmology and orthopedics. A full, stand-alone laboratory means testing for blood counts and endocrine panels can be done in house with no waiting for results. An After Hours Clinic has been created. Doctors saw the need for extended care beyond regular office hours and days. They realized, he said, that some cases weren’t appropriate for an Emergency Room, which was all that was available locally. Or, they had to drive out of town for medical service at night or on weekends, sometimes ending up sicker than they were. “Out of the frustration, we decided we needed to do something,” Dupré said. They recruited other doctors and now operate until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Almost immediately, we were swamped,” he said. He saw 75 patients in the six-hour period he worked. The working relationship between Northside and St. Vincent’s Clair Hospital is a strong one, and he looks forward to the new state-of-the-art hospital being built just across the interstate from his office. It is being designed from the beginning to handle the diverse

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Northside has brought together a skilled group of highly qualified medical professionals, like Dr. Michael Dupré together under one roof. needs of patients. Of the old hospital, Dupré noted that the physical facility had not been able to keep pace with growth and changing times. “The care has always been fabulous. The nurses at St. Vincent’s-St. Clair I would take over anybody. It’s their community, their friends and neighbors, and they put

themselves out to take care of them.” It is the same with the staff at Northside. Three of the doctors — Helms, Dr. Lea Clayton and Dr. Barry Collins — are actually practicing in their hometown. “We try to take care of everybody like family,” Dupré said. “In a small community, it feels like that.”

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By Gigi Hood Photos by Jerry Martin Pell City is home to Logan Martin Lake, viable businesses opportunities, a vibrant civic center, a first-class center for the performing arts and multiple places of worship. And for those who are civic minded and want to give something back to a community that offers so much, opportunities abound. Civic clubs, like Rotary, Civitan, Kiwanis and others are always busy raising money to support area needs and providing hands-on support with community service projects. The Pell City Rotary Club supports organizations like the American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Clubs, Pell City Habitat for Humanity, Lakeside Hospice, Camp ASCA and

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Civic responsibility the Pell City Educational Foundation, just to name a few. Its biggest fund-raising event, Ray Cox Memorial Rotary Golf Tournament, an annual attraction, is held at Pine Harbor Golf Course the first Saturday in May. Named after Ray Cox, a former University of Alabama Golfer and well-known Pell City citizen, it is a very competitive, first-class tournament. Engaging multiple sponsors, as well as different levels of sponsorship, the profits made from the event allows them to provide scholarships to local students, as well as a host of other benefactors. The Pell City Rotary Club, with a membership of 84 active members and five honorary members, was chartered in 1974. “We’ve been an active part of this community for many years,” said Jay Jenkins, secretary of the club. “Together we work hard to provide support for many of the building blocks in our community and to make a difference as needs emerge in an ever-growing, ever-changing society.” The Pell City Civitan Club, which received its charter in 2009, actively participates in service projects. “Being relatively new in the area, we currently have 23 club members. We may be small, but we’re very active, and there’s lots of room for new members,” Lisa Phillips, club secretary, said. “Within many organizations, there may be high membership numbers, but there’s usually a core that do most of the work. In our club, everyone is a core member and actively participates.” Civitan’s biggest project is the Toys For Children program. They raise money all year so that they can provide Christmas for many children who would otherwise have nothing under the tree. In December 2010, they were able to provide for 535 children. According to Phillips, the Pell City Civitans strive to raise about $20,000 annually, to support the project. The club’s largest fund-raiser is the Annual Steak Dinner, an evening of good food, a silent auction and a “last ticket standing” drawing that provides the winner with a $10,000 cash prize. Tickets are limited because of size of the venue and go for $125 each. Some of the club’s other activities include the Cardboard Boat Regatta, which is held at Logan Martin Lake in August of each year, a booth at the Talladega Superspeedway, and auctioning signed Auburn and Alabama football helmets. As well, they support the local community with service projects like painting and cleaning at The Arc of St. Clair County. The Pell City Kiwanis Club, has been in service for 32 years, focusing mainly on providing help to the local folks who aren’t getting aid from other organizations. With a membership of 42, they stay busy with their annual fund-raiser and charitable efforts.

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“Our club may be small, but we’re very actively involved and do lots of hands-on activities, President Allyne Aiken said. “Each of us love the opportunity to provide services that help enrich the lives of those in need.” Two pavilions and a wetlands classroom were constructed by the club at Lakeside park, as well as a corral for the animals at the Annual Heritage Day at Eden Elementary School. In addition, three times each year, Kiwanis provides books and furnishes the volunteers to read them to children in the Headstart Program at Coal City. After the gathering, the children are allowed to take the books home so that their families may continue to read to them. One of their most rewarding projects, that of providing coats to children who need them, is done quietly and behind the scenes. “We talk with the schools and find out who is in need of a coat; we get their sizes and any other information needed, and then we send the coats to the schools to be distributed. We buy and send about 150 coats each year,” Aiken said Pell City Kiwanis’ biggest fund-raiser, Radio Day, is done in cooperation with local radio station, WFHK. Kiwanis sells radio advertising throughout the community, and after the patrons write their ads, members gather at the studio where they read and tape them so they can be aired all day on Kiwanis’ Radio Day. WFHK only accepts a nominal fee for assisting with all the hard work. In addition to the major civic clubs, other organizations provide outreach and support for constant needs that exist within the Pell City community. Diversity lends itself to helping the civic minded individual match his or her efforts with a volunteer organization that meets their objective. Places like the Christian Love Pantry, located just behind Pell City’s City Hall, gives aid to those who need

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Civic responsibility help with stocking their own shelves. Organized originally by St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church, it has been an active part of the community for more than 20 years. A completely volunteer organization, it fields more than 100 people who work constantly to keep the Pantry open and stocked. Director Mike Carr, who has been in his volunteer position for three years, said, “There is a huge need to help those who don’t have the resources to go the store and purchase food. Those who look to us for help can come twice a year at six-month intervals. Since we don’t have to pay the people that help out, we can provide for more people who turn to us in their time of need. Those who utilize our services are usually referred through churches or the Pell City Community Action Organization.” With regard to funding, the Love Pantry gets about 25 percent of its funding from United Way and the other from private donations. Community food drives also help to restock the shelves. As in all cities, the local animals who are either down on their luck, lost or abandoned, also need a helping hand. Such is the role of the Animal Shelter of Pell City. With a fairly consistent occupancy of about 150 animals at the facility, the staff works diligently to provide care for the animals and at the same time, doing what they can to find permanent homes for them. “No animal leaves our Shelter for adoption without being spayed or neutered,” said Helen Powell, president of the board of directors. “Doing our part to help stabilize the population growth is of paramount importance. In other words, we would like to do so a good job, we could put ourselves out of business.” Local citizens, like Laurie Massey, arrive at the Shelter with one goal in mind — finding the perfect companion. “Ideally, I, like many others, would love to take them all home,” she said. “While you’re walking through the shelter looking for your new family member, it hurts to look into all the little faces and know that each and every one wants to be selected, rescued and loved.” As a matter to be noted, Massey, like so many others, didn’t leave with an empty hand or heart; she left with her new pal, Zoe. “I just hope that more and more people will visit the Shelter and take those precious animals home,” she said. A large part of funding for the Pell City Animal Shelter, comes from grants, fundraisers and private donations. “We also work in tandem with other area communities, who pay us a monthly fee to provide

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shelter services for them that wouldn’t be available otherwise,” Powell said. “This partnership makes up about 42 percent of our budget. “The Shelter is open is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the hours are extended to 6 p.m. Pell City’s Library Guild, which has been in service for 16 years, provides another facet of support within in the community. The Guild, a nonprofit organization with more than 145 members, raises money to provide supplies that funding from the state and city don’t cover. “Libraries never get enough money,” explained Karen Barwick, spokesperson for the Guild. “While the city and state funds are used carefully, there always remains a need for additional monetary support.” The Guild’s biggest fund-raiser, The Card Party, is an annual event that hosts more than 200 attendees. Those who participate enjoy a day of great food, a book sale, silent auction and the card game of their choice. As Ms. Barwick puts it, “Libraries are an important cog in the wheel of every community. Here, in Pell City, we are a community of library lovers who respect the role it plays within. We, at the Library Guild, appreciate the building, the books and the quiet atmosphere it provides to read and study. But books are no longer all the library provides. People who don’t have access to a computer can visit the library and go online. We work hard to keep the library up to date and to preserve its significance for generations to come.” Pell City, like so many places around the country, has so much to offer. But in order to keep offering, civic support is needed. Anyone (and hopefully everyone) can benefit by giving of their time, their money, or both. For a list of the many ways to become involved, please contact the Pell City Chamber of Commerce or go on online at

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If you’re a newcomer to Pell City, you have more than likely asked this question to someone: ‘What is there to do in town?’ The short answer to that question is simple — plenty. Opportunities for fun and activity exist practically outside any front door in the area. Whether you are interested in walking and hiking in the abundant natural surroundings, landing that big one out of the waters of Lake Logan Martin, zipping over mounds of dirt on a motorcycle, or working off a few inches from your waistline, you can find it and have a great time doing it in Pell City. Pell City Parks and Recreation Director Bubba Edge says the city has a wide array of programs and classes for kids and adults, most of them offered at the Pell City Civic Center. Of course, there are much more than just those recreation opportunities officially offered by the city. Fitness For those of you who would like to lose a few pounds and get in shape but the thought of running on a treadmill bores you to tears, Edge says the Civic Center offers some classes that might offer solutions to your conundrum. “On Monday’s at 6:30 in the evening we’ve got a class that teaches you how to hula hoop. After 30 minutes of that you are worn out,” says Edge. In addition, the Civic Center offers classes in traditional square dancing on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The hottest class at the moment is Zumba. Taught every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Zumba is a fitness and dance program that combines Latin music with easy-

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to-learn choreography that feels more like a dance party than a group exercise class. “Zumba is by far our most popular class right now,” says Edge. “You can hardly find a spot there are so many women in there each week.” For the more traditionally-minded fitness enthusiasts, the Civic Center has a fully loaded weight room. There are also three health and fitness clubs in the Pell City area — Curves for Women, Snap Fitness and Total Body Fitness in neighboring Riverside. Of course, who needs to spend money on a membership to a health club when you can shed a few pounds by walking, jogging or playing with your kids at Lakeside Park? Located next to the Civic Center, Lakeside Park sits on 65 acres, overlooking Logan Martin Lake. The park features a two-mile, looped walking trail that takes advantage of the spectacular view of the lake and tremendous shade provided by a generous amount of trees along the trail. Lakeside Park also has two playgrounds as well as a pair of pavilions that can be rented for your next birthday party, family reunion or special occasion. The park sports a public boat launch that Pell City residents can take advantage of for a nominal fee. There also is a pedestrian bridge connecting Lakeside Park to the athletic complex with a small pier, perfect for showing your little one how to fish.

Whether it’s playing at Kids Kastle at Lakeside Park or fishing on Logan Martin Lake, the region offers recreational opportunities for everyone.

Sports Adult sports are a popular way to meet new people, have a great time with old ones, and get in shape at the same time. The Parks and Recreation department offers an adult basketball league that plays most Sundays from 1-5 p.m. at the Civic Center and in the warmer months, co-ed softball leagues. Edge says tennis programming, for adults and youths, has experienced tremendous growth recently under the direction of Head Tennis Pro Sarah Stewart. “Our tennis program is amazing. The job Sarah has done growing tennis in the area is amazing,” Edge sys. “She and her assistant tennis pro, Lindsey Knepper, are always teaching group lessons, clinics, private lessons, and they’re usually booked up,” Edge adds. “If you want a lesson, you can’t just call up and get one that afternoon.” Currently, the Logan Martin Tennis Association offers local league play in levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 for men and women and league play in the Birmingham Tennis League for ladies in 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0 levels. Junior tennis teams play in the spring and summer and typically begin in the 12 and under division. Other youth sports include baseball, soccer and girls fast-pitch softball in the spring, basketball in the winter, and football and soccer in the fall with teams for kids of all ages and abilities. The Parks and Recreation Department also plans several special events throughout the year at the Civic Center and the athletic fields, including tennis tournaments, GCW Wrestling events and a huge annual baseball and softball tournament, this year May 25-27, an event Edge says will have a positive effect on the community. “We’ll have 64 teams from Georgia, Mississippi, Mobile and Huntsville coming into town for this tournament,” Edge says. “All of these athletes and their families will be staying at

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our hotels and eating in our restaurants and will have a huge impact on our city.” So, even if you don’t have a dog in the hunt, baseball fans across the area should take time to see some of the action if they have a chance. They may just see the next major leaguer shagging fly balls in the outfield with Logan Martin in the background. Golf Golf fanatics have a pair of fine golf courses to choose from in Pell City. Pell City Country Club is a 9-hole course first opened in 1962 on Golf Course Road. On this course, golfers can enjoy a quiet round while watching small engine aircraft take off and land at the nearby St. Clair Regional Airport. On the other side of town on the banks of Logan Martin, golfers will find Pine Harbor Golf & Racquet Club. Nestled in the pine trees on Pine Harbor Road, Pine Harbor Golf & Racquet Club was founded in 1968 and is an 18-hole, 6,204yard course that gives players spectacular views of the boats out on the water while attempting to “hit ‘em straight.” Seniors Older adults have their own opportunities to interact with friends and enjoy activities throughout each week, said Edge. “Our senior program has its own building on Comer (Avenue) where they can have lunch and have different activities planned for them every day,” Edge said. The senior complex also has pool tables, card tables and other meeting space for playing dominoes or for just getting together with old friends for a tall tale or two. The Civic Center also has classes throughout the week that, while not designed specifically for seniors, may appeal to older adults, such as art, decorative arts and quilting. Kids Sports aren’t the only activities the city plans for children offered. Kids Kastle, a community-built playground located at Lakeside Park, is a perfect spot to let your kids burn off some excess energy on a warm weekend afternoon. However, if you’re a parent in need of more structured activities, particularly during the summer months, then Edge said the Parks and Recreation Department has a series of summer camps that are both fun and educational. “Athletic Director Elliot Jacobik is implementing new programs that will teach kids about nature. For instance, we’ll take them on some of our trails and help them identify various plants — like poison oak. I wish someone had taught me what poison oak looked like. I had to learn that on my own the hard way.” Other summer camps in the works, but not yet confirmed include golf and canoeing.

Lakeside Park and the surrounding facilities provide a host of outdoor activities for families and athletes.

Outdoors The Pell City area offers outdoor enthusiasts a host of activities, most of them centered around Logan Martin Lake. A Coosa River reservoir built in 1965, Logan Martin is a 17,000-acre lake that extends from Logan Martin Dam in the Alpine area all the way to Henry Neely Dam near Ohatchee. The lake is a major source of recreation for residents and visitors alike, including boating, swimming, water skiing and, of course, fishing. While the weather is mild enough for at least some fishing, 36 • Pell City Magazine • GATEWAY TO PROGRESS

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Alabama anglers and fishing guide Reed Montgomery said mid- to late-spring are the best months for the average angler to have a good outing on the lake. In winter months, the lake is down and the water temperature can be in the mid 40s. “But, beginning in mid-April the lake is at full pool and is crawling with fish,” Montgomery said. “By summer, the weekend crowd is out there, and you have to deal with the added boats and the Jet Skis.” By far, bass is the most popular species anglers fish for on Logan Martin, although Reed said the lake is a great for others as well. “Logan Martin is great for bream and catfish, and it’s a real good lake for crappie,” he said. “There are lots of brush piles along the shore that are good spots for finding crappie.” Recreational fishing is popular, but so is tournament fishing on Logan Martin. In May, Logan Martin and Pell City will host the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series and, in February, it hosted the Citizens Baptist Medical Center tournament.

Other tournaments sponsored by Lakeside Landing Marina in Cropwell, include the Fishers of Men in March; the Nitro Big Buddy Trail tournaments in March and July; and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Tournament in October. Also, beginning from May through August, Lakeside Landing sponsors weekly Saturday Night Tournaments. Don’t worry; the humble catfish has not been left out of the equation. Instead, the favorite fish of the South gets top billing during the annual Catfish Rodeo in June. Motorsports For a decade, Pell City has been home to one of the best kept motorsports secrets in the area — Mill Creek Motocross Park. Located near the Eden I-20 entrance, Mill Creek Motocross has quietly developed a solid reputation as one of the premier motocross tracks in the Southeast. “This is our 10th anniversary. We’ve been building this from the ground up since 2001,” says Mill Creek founder and owner Allen McWilliams. “We started off out here as a place for us to go riding

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motorcycles and ATVs,” McWilliams said. “Before long, we were getting requests to hold races out here, and it just sort of evolved from there.” Fans of off-road motorcycle racing can get their fix almost throughout the year as Mill Creek features open class races that allow some the best local amateur riders a chance to compete at a high level in a wholesome atmosphere. No alcohol is allowed at Mill Creek, which allows for a more family-friendly environment to enjoy to racing action. In 2011, McWilliams and Mill Creek have some special events planned that will bring thousands of the nation’s best motocross athletes to Pell City. McWilliams, who also operates the motocross promotion company, RPM Sports, brought the American Motorcycle Association spring motocross championship to Mill Creek, the 2011 Millcreek Spring Classic March 7-12. Sponsored by Red Bull, the Spring Classic was one of eight Southeast Region qualifiers for the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch on Aug. 1-6. “We will have more than 1,500 entries for this event racing in 42 classes in 38 gates,” McWilliams said before the race. “We’ll have Kawasaki, Honda, all of the motorcycle manufacturers here with teams, including newcomer JGR Racing, which is the new motocross team from someone you might be familiar with — Joe Gibbs Racing.” Gibbs is the former Super Bowl winning head coach of the Washington Redskins and the longtime owner of a successful NASCAR racing team. One week later, March 19-20, Mill Creek Motocross Park hosted the FMF Spring Nationals, an ATV MX Pro Championships event that was expected to bring the nation’s top professional all-terrain vehicle racers into town for a televised event (either on the Speed Channel or Versus). “We will have the country’s best two-wheel and four-wheel motocross racers in Pell City,” McWilliams said. “I think that is pretty amazing.” 38 • Pell City Magazine • GATEWAY TO PROGRESS

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Artscape Gallery a draw for downtown, city

Artscape Gallery gives local artists a place to showcase their works.

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A nondescript sign hangs in a small window of a storefront downtown. “Local Art,” it says to passersby. Step inside, and it is nothing less than remarkable. It is filled with local treasures — on canvas, in metal, wood, glass and ceramics. You’ll even find art in everyday discards, an exhibit fashioned from things other people just throw away. And you will discover original works in photography, stained glass and mosaics, jewelry, pen-andink drawings, pottery, digital and sculpted painting. It is all right here in Artscape Gallery, little more than a corridor full of some of the finest work around. The Gallery is a cooperative of St. Clair County artists and is a project of the Council of the Arts, a creation President Penny Arnold credits Janice Entler’s presidency as its genesis. The Council wanted a place where artists could exhibit their works and sell local art plus have space enough to teach. They rightly figured their presence could enrich the downtown neighborhood and area. “We have a lot of travelers,” Arnold said, noting that local residents who have discovered the Gallery often bring in visitors to share in their find. Interior designers come in to buy pieces for their clients, according to member Sandy Goodwin. Or shoppers drop by to find one-ofa-kind gifts for special occasions. “People find things they wouldn’t find anywhere else.” It showcases what has become a colony of artists in the region and serves as an inspiration to the artist deep within people. “We have retired teachers, former chefs, stay-at-home moms and corporate executives,” Arnold said. Her own personal story is that of a career English teacher who moved to Pell City six years ago. She had been an art major and missed working with her hands, so she tried to establish a home studio. In addition to her own work in stained glass and mosaics, Arnold has melded her talents in art and teaching, conducting classes at nearby Jefferson State Community College in firing glass.

Artscape is supported by artists, the community, the Council of the Arts and, of course, its customers. Janice Entler, right, is a past president and teaches pottery classes. “I love it. It keeps me inspired. Students are art starved,” she said, and it is exciting to watch their passion for art evolve. To nurture the passion further among young people, the Gallery hosts an Art Camp for Kids, a one- to two-week camp for 8 to 15-year-olds, which is supported by donations. And there is a juried exhibit by budding young artists from the high school each year. Reaching out to the community and beyond is the Artscape Festival, held each September at Lakeside Park. Featuring row upon row of regional artists against the backdrop of Logan Martin Lake, the festival continues to grow and draw more and more people to art. “It’s music,

food and art — mostly art,” Arnold said. Gallery Night, too, is a means of promoting the arts. Once a quarter on a Tuesday evening, Gallery Night helps hold the interest of the community in the downtown gallery, giving attendees an opportunity to see new art. Each artist must change out a portion of their work, guaranteeing the exhibits to be fresh and new. “It keeps them coming back,” Arnold said. As for the Gallery itself, she said, “We wanted it to be a really bright spot in the community, and I think it’s done that.” Just step inside and see for yourself.

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CENTER STAGE Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts much more than just a theater

It’s been said that dreams die hard. But, that is not always true. Some dreams don’t die at all. They actually transcend their birthplace in the mind and by way of hard work and nurturing, they are born again into reality. Such is the case in Pell City. Identified as the largest city in St. Clair County, it is still not known for being one of the biggest cities in Alabama. But thanks to the visionaries who first dreamed and then diligently put actions with their words, the area is home to a “bigcity venue” for both the arts and recreation. The Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts is a 2,000-seat sports arena, that converts to an auditorium, and a 400-seat theater, all under one roof.

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Director Kathy McCoy, right, has been one of the driving forces behind the success of the Pell City Center. Drama teacher Jeremy Gossett is also a big part of the center’s success.

Adjacent to the high school campus, the state-of-theart facility is constantly utilized. Created with diversity as a major objective, it serves as the backdrop for classroom facilities on the educational side, a gymnasium for athletic events, an auditorium for conventions, meetings, social events and headquarters for the thriving arts community. Quite simply, it has something for everybody. With that said, questions arise: How did such a multimillion dollar venue come to fruition in a place the size of Pell City? From whence did the concept originate and where did the money come from? How did such a project gather its support, get off the ground and end up such a winner? Former Mayor Guin Robinson spearheaded the project and built the leadership team for implementing the dream while he was in office. “It was only natural that such a place should be established,” he said “Long ago, seeds were planted and nurtured by community members; from those seeds, hunger for a vibrant arts constituency was born.” Robinson gives credit to pioneers like the beloved educator and Principal Iola Roberts. He explained that her goal was to teach young children about the arts, tap into their talents, get them involved early and nurture them as they grew. “However, it wasn’t only about the school kids. She believed in community involvement and as a result, she enlisted the help of businesses like Avondale Mills to build sets for the productions,” he said.

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CENTER STAGE People like Roberts fostered an interest that wouldn’t die. Former Pell City students, like Sue Ellen Brown, grew up and later revitalized the interest of acting. As plays once again abounded in the area, she enrolled the help of professionals to enhance the quality of productions. As involvement and enjoyment burgeoned, the arts community then longed for a permanent home for its productions. Simultaneously, the high school was in need of a new gymnasium. Instead of providing one or the other, Robinson, Schools Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hathcock, and the brain trust for planning, recognized that their ever-growing educational system, as well as the community, deserved a venue to meet the needs of many. Motivation, ideas, long hours, hard work and an undying determination allowed the pieces to come together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. Community interest and cooperation by many factions ignited the project and hastened its development. The multi-faceted task required participation by all. Funding was sought and provided by not only Pell City, but the Pell City School System, St. Clair County Commission, State of Alabama and the federal government. When funding still fell short of its mark, then Judge and now Mayor Bill Hereford put together a campaign to raise private money to complete the critical final phases of the project. “The people of Pell City would never have been satisfied with anything less than a first-class facility,” Mayor Hereford said. “So our people stepped up to make the difference. Their willingness to invest their own money resulted in a state-of-the-art theater. The Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts has put our city on the cultural map of Alabama.”

Never give up “The project could have died a thousand deaths,” Dr. Hathcock said. “We would share ideas, think they were good and then hit another roadblock. But we knew there had to be a way. It just goes to show that when politics are set aside, and a group of selfless people are determined to work together with the dedication of reaching a certain goal, that goal is attainable. We just refused to be deterred.” Hereford points to the fact that Pell City, as a community, understands that partners can do things together that can’t be done individually. “When this happens, it is mutually beneficial.” Since 2005, the Pell City Center has been guided by Kathy McCoy, a Louisville, Ky., native whose resume includes the director’s post in Monroeville for the nationally recognized production of To Kill A Mockingbird. Her passion for the Center and all the activities it encompasses is impressive. She not only oversees the entire facility, but she spearheads the local production company, the Pell City Players and the Pell City Community Theater. As well, she plans and integrates the professional productions that are brought from national venues, like the recent Temptations Revue and Country Royalty, an evening with the sounds of legendary Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. Her guide for all of this is the 50-50 plan. “Fifty percent of our productions are local; the others are brought in from outside sources. They may be drama or musical productions plays or musical groups,” she said. To make sure everything dovetails with respect to all the center’s activities, McCoy also plans and works carefully with

The Center also serves as a local sports arena for schools and other events in Pell City. Jeremy Gossett, the Pell City High School theater instructor and facilities coordinator. A native of Pell City, he attended Auburn University, where he earned his degree in Design Technology. Upon graduation, he worked professionally and traveled the world. Finally he returned home to foster the arts programs that had inspired him as a child. A dedicated teacher and director who strives for excellence, he teaches and leads from the perspective that anything is possible with hard work and desire. During each school day, the Pell City Center is his classroom. In the afternoons, evenings and some weekends, it is the practice field and stage for the five school productions he directs each year. Plays such as last year’s hit, Crazy For You, always play to packed houses. The Spring of 2011 will feature the Wizard of Oz, with magical technology that will produce flying monkeys, flying bicycles and a life-like tornado. “We’re very proud of all of our students, both past and present,” he said. “There is a wealth of talent in this community. Many of our students have gone on to wonderful scholarship opportunities. And several of our current students have their hearts and minds set on the lights of Broadway. This venue plays a major role in many lives. It’s fun to watch the appreciation of the arts develop in our students and the improvements they make in their talents, as well as their lives, day by day and year by year. McCoy and Gossett share a great passion to do their jobs and do them well. As McCoy put it, “Years ago the arts flame was lighted and fanned by others. Today, we see ourselves as its keepers and we want to make sure it stays lit and burns brightly so that it can be passed to the next generation.” The questions are answered as to how it all came about. The building is finished. Whistles blow during practices, cheers rise from the basketball fans, applause resounds in the theater, lessons are learned in the classroom. Lives are touched, challenged, changed. Galas and conventions are hosted in the auditorium. The community is enlightened, entertained and proud. Visitors are amazed. The Pell City Center is in itself a work of art, a dream fulfilled, and living proof that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.

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Taking education to the next level

Pell City leads the way in meeting a diversity of students’ needs These students are getting hands-on training with the technology that is so essential for success in education and in the working world.

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By Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin It is traditionally at the top of the checklist when a prospective resident or business chooses a community: How are the schools? Education leaders like Pell City Schools Assistant Superintendent Michael Barber and Pell City’s Jefferson State Community College Director Danielle Coburn can answer with confidence. The entire public school district is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Millions of dollars are being poured into new construction. The dropout rate is 2 percent less than the state average, and the graduation rates is at 92 percent — 5 percent higher than the state. And just four years since Jefferson State opened its doors to higher education in Pell City, more than 600 students a semester are going to college in their own hometown. Pell City Schools meeting students’ needs Not everyone is a football player. Every student isn’t an academic star. Programs must be designed to spark a student’s interest beyond pure academics to ensure success for a school system. Barber points to programs like Junior ROTC, which is now 200 strong and growing, and drama, which attracts 150 to 200 students annually, helping them “become involved in school and stay in school.” The robotics program won best in competition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and last year’s senior class won $5 million in higher education scholarships. Curriculum Coordinator Kim Williams talked of the system’s involvement in the highly touted Alabama Reading Initiative and Pell City’s emphasis on literacy strategies “across all curriculum. If you can’t read, you can’t do science or social studies,” and reading coaches are working in elementary schools to provide a stronger foundation. In secondary education, teachers are being trained by a regional team from Jacksonville State University, which is having a “tremendous impact” on student success. The school system’s academic coordinator team meets monthly to monitor student achievement for the system, according to Barber. “It gets people around the table” — elementary, junior high, high school — to see what each other is doing and plan for improvements.

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“It’s student driven,” Williams said. “The needs at a particular school determine the needs of the system.” “Needs change,” Barber said, and this approach allows the system to adapt and tailor to meet those needs. The school system works closely with Jefferson State through programs like dual enrollment and the iCADEMY. New to the education landscape, iCADEMY gives high school students the opportunity to train in a business field, like manufacturing or nursing, while earning college credits and certification in the field. “iCADEMY is providing me with an opportunity to pursue the profession I want to do for a lifetime,” said Madison Barber, an iCADEMY student in the Licensed Practical Nurse Program Industrial Technology student Jeremy Swindeall agreed. “The iCADEMY has been a great educational choice for coursework and teachers. I have learned things I need for a successful career as a diesel mechanic and logger. This has been a fun and exciting course.” It is all about reaching and teaching students to become lifelong learners, Barber said. “Average will never be good enough. We want to be the best of the best, and we’ll get there through hard work and smart work. That’s our goal.” Jefferson State drawing students to higher education Meanwhile, students can ascend to the next level with Jefferson State Community College offering unparalleled educational opportunities close to home. In a number of instances, it provides opportunities to attend college for students who might not otherwise have been able to go, according to Pell City Director Danielle Coburn. They may be the first in their family to go to college, or they come to Jefferson State to retrain for a higher paying or more fulfilling career. They can even prepare for transfer to a four-year college. “We get students who may not have ever attended college, but they come because we’re here. They try it,” Coburn said.


Students at Williams Intermediate School

Jefferson State Community College

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These students are getting a college-level history lesson, something that would not have been possible in Pell City just a few years ago.

If a student has a General Education Development certification, or GED, they can take one free class at Jefferson State. “They take a class to see what it’s like and they realize, now I can do something with my life that I wouldn’t have otherwise been able to do,” Coburn said. That idea is powerful and empowering, and it is changing lives for the better. That is evident in a steadily growing enrollment, which is approaching campus level. Jefferson State offers a transfer program, where students can get some of their academics out of the way before moving on to a four-year college. An online program gives students a chance to earn a business degree completely online. Or they might earn a degree from four-year college partners Jacksonville State University or Huntingdon College through classes taken at the Pell City site. And while still in high school as juniors, students can

enter the dual enrollment program, earning college credits while working toward their high school diploma. “It is possible to graduate from high school with credits for 10 college courses and be close to a sophomore when they graduate,” Coburn said. More than 200 students are enrolled in the dual enrollment program at Jefferson State, giving students a head start on their college careers. Jefferson State also offers community education courses as well as opportunities for people to go back to school for retraining. At a community college, when the economy goes down, the reverse happens — enrollment swells. It gives people who may have been laid off or cannot find a job in a tight market an opportunity to get higher education or retrain. Often, students go in the opposite direction from where they were,” Coburn said. “Jefferson State is giving them a chance to do what they wanted to do originally.”

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library opens doors to the world

By Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin

Whether it’s story time or technology access for patrons, the library strives to meet everyone’s needs.

The world can be found within its walls. In just a few thousand square feet, information from around the globe is inside the Pell City Public Library. In a small building downtown, long ago outgrown, the library continues to do amazing work in service to its constituency. Computer workstations; laptops; a wireless router for free Internet access for those who bring in their own computer; online databases, like America’s Newspapers, which allow a library card owner access to more than 900 newspapers across the country, are only a part of the offerings. The library’s audio book collection, featuring MP3 books that can be placed on MP3 players, like iPods, instead of just on compact discs, is growing. So are e-books and online databases, which can be accessed offsite from the library, a service used mainly by high school and college students. “Books are always going to be important,” said Library Director Danny Stewart, but library services must keep pace with informational trends. So in addition to the 80,000 books checked out a year, library patrons will find a wealth of other platforms for accessing the information they need. On any given day at any given hour, the popularity of the city’s library is evident. Computer workstations are filled with people — young and old and in between — surfing the internet, doing schoolwork, preparing presentations and resumes or researching genealogy. Special programs regularly draw crowds. “The Summer Reading Program has always been a staple,” Stewart said. But there is plenty more throughout the year. A monthly story time delights pre-schoolers and their parents. A computer class for seniors to learn how to navigate in today’s high-tech world is always full. Wild and Wonderful Wednesdays feature authors, musical programs, arts and entertainment, attracting people of all ages. And library programs reach out, going into schools and the senior activity center to ensure that the library serves the community’s needs. An active Library Guild supports the library’s efforts. Governments funds generally fall short of what is needed, and the library has made tremendous strides through the strength and help of the Guild. A movement to build a new library has not wavered, but in the meantime, that little building on the corner is still doing big things for the community it serves.

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The Pell City Public Library has become a place where children learn to love reading and books.

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Finding Strength Together in

Faith It is all about bonds. Despite the backgrounds, despite the differences, Pell City has the ability to come together in prayer. Just ask Donald Gover, pastor of Life Family Worship Center, who heads the Pell City Ministerial Association. It is a group of more than 60 churches within the city’s borders that are involved in an annual prayer breakfast, baccalaureate service and Thanksgiving Community Service, crossing denominational lines to bring people together. “Pell City, for the most part, is a diverse community of faith with the special ability to come together,” Gover said. Churches help one another, and the association helps with and supports events sponsored by other churches. Virtually every denomination is represented in Pell City, with churches offering places of worship and hope and adding to its quality of life. Within the city limits of Pell City can be found: • Baptist • Methodist • Episcopal • Presbyterian • Church of Christ • Church of God • Seventh Day Adventist • Independent • Catholic “We are always striving to expand the association,” Gover said, “and make it diverse and inclusive of all faiths.”

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The Yacht Club is just one of the new developments along the lake and around Pell City.

Real Estate

Pell City housing market continues to show signs of strength By Gigi Hood Photos by Jerry Martin and Carol Pappas In a day and time when real estate news seems to be nothing but doom and gloom, such is not the case in Pell City, where the market is best described with words like changing, moving, growing. When growth and development occur, the real estate market is always one of the greatest beneficiaries. Such is the case in Pell City, where new business is abounding and change is everywhere. Soon to be home to a new Publix supermarket, a Veterans’ Home community, and the new St. Vincent’s-St. Clair Hospital, Pell City’s horizon is bright. Carl Howard, president of the St. Clair County Association of Realtors, said, “The new

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While new home construction has slowed in recent years, workers are still building new houses in the Pell City area.

Real Estate hospital alone will bring 600 new jobs to the area, and that’s not including the satellite businesses that will follow and the people that will be needed to fill those employment slots. And in turn, those people will be seeking a place to live within our area.” Whether they rent, buy or build, it all strengthens our real estate market. According to Howard, the St. Vincent’s Hospital project will generate more than 80 million dollars in spending. While Pell City won’t receive all of those dollars, many will be spent in the area, and those that aren’t will still benefit the overall economic growth. Regarding the residential market, Howard says that, while it has been slower than usual, it is certainly showing signs of increased activities. “Gov. Robert Bentley has targeted home sales as one of the major areas that must get going again,” Howard said. “During his recent speech to the Alabama Association of Realtors, he committed to doing all he could to help eliminate some of the government red tape associated with purchasing homes and to help get prospective buyers back in the game.” Pell City offers numerous real estate agencies, first-class sales people and a huge venue from which to choose a home. Considering all the city offers with regard to the arts, education, beautiful Logan Martin Lake, great antique shopping, strong civic organizations and great proximity to Atlanta and Birmingham, it’s the perfect place for purchasing a home and putting down roots. Nancy Locklar, multi-million-dollar producer and owner of Realty Executives, said that, “while we have not been exempt from the downturn that has faced the country’s real estate market, it still hasn’t been as bad here as in other places. We have seen a slowdown in sales and a downturn in prices over the last three years, but now the phone is once again ringing, showings are more plentiful, and sales are on the upswing. “The overall economy seems to be improving. That, coupled with the arrival of spring and all of the building and growth in our community, which in turn brings more people in need of homes, should produce a good year in the Pell City real estate market.” Ronnie Foster, owner of Remax Realty Pros, also acknowledged the market’s decrease. But he too agreed things are changing and business is picking up. “Since the middle of 2007, we have seen a very distinct slow down in the real estate business. But things are now looking up. November and December of 2010 were good months, as well as January 2011. And February is now showing great promise,” he explained. “Prior to 2007, we, like many places, had experienced a huge housing boom. And when it ended, it presented quite the challenge. Some people were scared to buy, and others just didn’t have the means or decided to wait. Now, however, is a great time. Rates are down but beginning to rise some, which creates some urgency in purchasing. The economy is showing signs of improving, and Pell City is growing by leaps and bounds. Things look better right now than they have in a long time, and we anticipate that, as Pell City continues to grow, so will our business.” 56 • Pell City Magazine • GATEWAY TO PROGRESS

Greater Pell City Area Chamber of Commerce

Member Directory Accountant Bain & Company Mr. Greg Bain 2 16th Street N PO Box 1090 Pell City, AL 35125 884-2332 Fax 884-2849 Ambulance Services Regional Paramedic Chris Key PO Box 3147 Jasper, AL 35502 746-0958 Rural Metro Ambulance C. Joel Lonnergan 2005 1st Ave North Pell City, AL 35125 884-0223 Apartments Ashley Manor Fran Knight 925 Ashley Drive Moody, Al 35004 640-1449 Brookhill Village Donna McCarter 900 Brookhill Drive Pell City, AL 35125 814-0800 Harrison Estate Apartments Amanda Harrison 1305 Harrison Circle Pell City, AL 35128 814-1468 Fax 814-3879 Maple Village Parul Kumar 2100 Maple Village Court Pell City, AL 35128 338-1313 Fax 338-1399 Riverbend Apartments Kim Hill/Tammy Champion 417 X Riverbend Rental Office Riverside, AL 35135 884-4400 South Hills Apartments 100 Broken Angel Drive Pell City, AL 35128 812-2000 Appraisal Services Morgan-Mains Appraisal Service, Inc Steve Morgan/Steven Mains 1903 1st Ave South Pell City, AL 35125 814-9027 Fax 338-1877

Shute Appraisal Billy Shute P.O. Box 1195 Pell City, AL 35125 368-7520 Fax – 338-8378 Wood Appraisal Service Dot Wood 1704 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-1608 fax 884-0428 Arts Council of the Arts Penny Arnold P.O. Box 1796 Pell City, AL 35125 Assisted Living/Nursing Home Golden Living Center-Pell City Kim Russell 510 Wolf Creek Road North Pell City, AL 35125 338-3329 Sunrise on the Circle Gayle Sexton 220 Kings Cir Pell City, AL 35125 473-6065 Fax 525-5101 Village at Cook Springs P.O. Box 10 Cook Springs, AL 35052 338-2221 Attorneys Abbott & Davis, LLC Van Davis 308 Martin Street N. Ste. 200 Pell City, AL 35125 338-7800 Stephanie Bain P.C. 1918 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 814-1331 Fax – 814-1334 Blair & Parsons Attorney’s at Law 1711 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-3440 Sarah M Brazzolotto Attorney at Law 1908 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-7726 Fax – 884-7720

Harmon and Furr, LLC 614 Martin St N Pell City, AL 35125 338-2295 Fax 338-4930 Peggy C Hooker, Attorney at Law Peggy C Hooker 1911 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-0098 Fax 338-6405 Robinson Law Firm Jackie Robinson 1911 Martin St. S, Ste.2 Pell City, AL 35128 884-5133/594-5133 Trussell & Funderburg Attorneys at Law 1916 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 338-7273 Bail Bond Goss Bail Bond Co, Inc. Stan & Bev Goss 204 Paradise Point Talladega, AL 35160 205-324-9097 Fax- 256-268-0542 Banks/Financial Institutions Aliant Bank Will Hardwick 1930 Martin Street S P.O. Box 746 Pell City, AL 35128 338-1419 Fax – 338-1582 BB&T Bank Todd Bussey/Donny Slick 2203 1st Avenue N Pell City, AL 35125 338-2286 Community Credit, Inc. Ms. Sherry S. Beene 1912 Cogswell Avenue P.O. Box 1086 Pell City, AL 35125 338-4433 Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union 2708 Stemley Bridge Rd Cropwell, AL 35054 338-5401 First South Farm Credit Mr. Bill Hardwick P.O. Box 3288 Oxford, AL 36203 256-831-6778

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Member Directory Landmark Credit Union 2950 Cogswell Avenue PO Box 1265 Pell City, AL 35125 338-7623 Metro Bank Richard Knight 800 Martin Street S. Pell City, AL 35128 884-2265 RBC Bank 308 Martin St N Pell City, AL 35125 338-2228 Fax 338-2899 Regions Bank Linda Dudchock 1031 Martin St. S. Pell City, AL 35128 884-1322 Union State Bank Mr. Reed Alexander P.O. Box 647 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1520 Bathroom Services C&C Enterprises, LLC NewBath 2009 Agape Circle Suite A Moody, AL 35004 640-3868 Fax – 640-3590 Boat Sales/Marinas Woods Surfside Marina Jerry & Diana Woods 37 Marina Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 525-5533 Fax – 525-4092 Building Supply Webb Concrete & Bldg Materials 204 Industrial Park Dr Pell City, AL 35125 338-0999 Cable CableTown, Inc. Ed Richter 3 17th St. South Pell City, AL 35125 338-2222 Fax – 338-0612 Coosa Cable Company Mr. Art Smith 1701 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-4545 Camping Lakeside Landing Cindy Goodgame 4600 Martin St S Cropwell, AL 35054 525-5701 Fax 525-5423

Logan Martin Rental Cabin Vaughan & Christa Bryant 214 Red Hill Farms Cropwell, AL 35054 525-4726

Churches First United Methodist Church 2200 3rd Avenue N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-3374

Car Dealerships Town & Country Ford Lincoln Mercury Steve Watts/Bill Sain 1101 Martin St. N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-9463 Fax 227-0101

Harvest Center Rev. Paul Lett 3209 8th Avenue N. Pell City, AL 35125

Car Wash Classic Car Wash LLL Terry Ogle 602 Martin Street S. Pell City, AL 35128 338-1322 Car Rental Enterprise Rent-A-Car Bailey Hindman 606 Martin St. S. Pell City, AL 35128 338-8045 Fax 338-8048 Catering Doros Catering Tim & Sundi Hawkins 2111 3rd Ave N Pell City, Al 35125 482-2110 Cellular Telephone Cellular Sales of Alabama, LLC Jason Love/David Surber 110 Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 mailing address: 2254 Pelham Pkwy Pelham, AL 35124 403-2738 Fax 402-9506 Prepaid World, LLC Tom Bolding 1604 Martin St S Pell City, AL 35128 338-4270 ScuttleButt Wireless Paul Nolin 11840 U.S. 78 Riverside, AL 35135 205-814-1150 Children’s Services St. Clair Children’s Advocacy Ctr. The Children’s Place Pam Hendrick-Kelley 18200 Hwy 174 Pell City, AL 35125 338-8847

St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church Rev. Jeff Garner 3702 Mays Bend Rd P.O. Box 432 Pell City, AL 35125 884-0877 Cleaning Systems Paces – Cleaning.Restoration.Reconstruction Larry Hammock 100 Adcon Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-1083 Fax 338-1514 ServPro 189 Hagan Ave Childersburg, AL 35044 256-223-7641 Computer Sales/Service Ash System’s Inc Michael D. Ash 3424 Martin Street South Cropwell, Al 35054 884-3410 Computer Works Kim Ramsey 207 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-2946 Fax – 338-2947 Radio Shack Watson Computers, Inc. Mr. Bob Watson 89 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-7300 Fax – 338-2750 Conference Center Chula Vista Camp and Conference Center Ken & Kim Westerfield 1000 Chula Vista Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-4000 Fax 449-2203 Construction ICON Modular Solutions, Inc. Clayton & Nola West P.O. Box 1982 Pell City, AL 35125 405-7399 Fax – 404-521-4399

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Member Directory Johnny J. Smith Construction Co. Inc. 2623 Martin Street South PO Box 730 Pell City, AL 35128 338-2050 Fax – 338-7200

The Dental Office Darlene Slamen 4616 Old Leeds Rd Birmingham, AL 35213 640-1717

Manning Construction Allen Manning P.O. Box 68 Wattsville, AL 35182 338-4710

Dr. Robert DeShazer 2501 Stemley Bridge Rd Pell City, AL 35128 884-1691

Tradesman Company Fred Casey 4604-B Martin Street Cropwell, Al 35054 338-7500 Fax 338-7500 Contractors Buddy Bowman Construction Mr. Buddy Bowman 1621 Pleasant Valley Drive P.O. Box 1135 Pell City, Al 35125 338-1424 Fax – 338-1424 Goodgame Company, Inc. Mr. W.A. Goodgame 2311 3rd Avenue South Pell City, AL 35128 338-2551 Fax 338-7736 St. Clair Homebuilders Assoc. Lacosta Richards P.O. Box 543 Pell City, AL 35125 884-0838 Convenience Stores Shields Corner Store, Inc. Jaimie Barrows 4209 Stemley Bridge Rd Pell City, AL 35128 338-2512 Fax – 338-2512 Corporate Events Planning TCS Corporate Events Teresa Carden 490 River Oaks Dr Cropwell, AL 35054 405-0603 Dance Instruction Starrz Performing Arts Center Starr Gaither 4800 Cogswell Ave P.O. Box 56 Pell City, AL 35125 338-1725 Dentists / Orthodontics Affordable Dentures Brandi Ledbetter 402 Cogswell Ave Pell City, AL 35125 338-2915

Pell City Dental Center Scott Barnett 1605 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 884-2370 Drs. Phillips & Todd Orthodontics 7 23rd St. North Pell City, AL 35125 338-6244 Fax 338-6250 Riverside Dental Sandy Lanter 11012 Hwy 78 East Riverside, AL 35135 Dr. David T. Sawyer 75 River Oaks Lane Cropwell, AL 35054 525-4098 Education Bible Methodist Christian School 1355 Chula Vista Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-3012 Fax – 338-1872 The Donoho School 2501 Henry Rd Anniston, AL 36207 (256) 237-5477 Fax (256) 237-6474 Jefferson State Community College Nury Becerra 2601 Carson Road Birmingham, AL 35215 856-7728 Pell City Board of Education Bobby Hathcock 1000 Bruce Etheredge Pkwy Suite 201 Pell City, AL 35128 884-4440

Electrical-Industrial Control Service, Inc. Mr. Jerome Duprey 337 Sand Ridge Drive Pell City, AL 35128 640-4056 Electrical Equipment & Supplies G & M Electrical Floyd & Craig Goodgame 2637 Martin Street S. Pell City, AL 35128 884-1020 Employment Services Elwood Staffing Ms. Mary Jane Kiker 115 Court St. N., Ste A Talladega, AL 35160 338-8147 Fax – 338-8279 Omnisource Staffing Kerry Anders 2109 7th Ave North Suite B Pell City, AL 35125 338-4066 Fax -338-4067 Tempforce Smart Staffing Solutions Ray Hornsby/Marsha Bunch 1705 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-4357 Fax – 884-0837 Engineers-Structural Barnett Jones Wilson, LLC Bob Barnett 1724 2nd Avenue N Pell City, AL 35125 884-5334 Entertainment/Recreational Celebrations Debra Dyer 3005 Martin St S Cropwell, AL 35054 884-8632 Fax 884-8634 Pell City Center Kathy McCoy 25 Williamson Dr Pell City, AL 35125 338-1974

St. Clair Head Start Mrs. Elsie McGowan P.O. Box 641 Pell City, AL 35125 338-9496

Excavation Golden Excavating, Inc. Mr. James L. Golden 17838 AL Hwy 174 Pell City, AL 35125 338-7152

Electrical-Contractor Johnny’s Electric Johnny Grimes 3850 Research Way Pell City, AL 35125 338-8932

Farm Supply C&R Feed & Supply Roland St. John 22735 Hwy 231 N Ragland, AL 35131 338-4342 Fax – 884-5788

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Member Directory Financial Consulting Partner B2BCFO – Financial Consulting 1 Chase Corporate Drive, Ste 400 Birmingham, AL 35244 987-8100 Fitness Snap Fitness Curtis B. Reynolds 2401 Stemley Bridge Rd Suite 4 Pell City, AL 35128 338-7666 Flooring Sharp Carpet of Pell City Terry Holmes 1507 Martin St. Suite 2 Pell City, AL 35128 338-6601 Florists Pell City Flower & Gift Shop Mr. Bob Hollis 36 Comer Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-2226 Funeral Services Kilgroe Funeral Home 2219 N 2nd Avenue P.O. Box 1070 Pell City, AL 35125 338-3341 Usrey Funeral Home Director 21271 US Hwy 231 N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-0303 Furniture Furniture For Less Pam & Tony Aldridge 2640 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 338-5411 Fax – 338-5412 Garbage Collection American Waste Services LLC Barry Taylor/Stephen Dill 255 Oak Valley Dr Ashville, AL 35953 205-493-9119 Fax 205-674-9121 Veolia ES Solid Waste Manager P.O. Box 430 Moody, Al 35004 Gas Station Murphy USA #6952 Scott Firesheets 145 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-1106

Golf Carts Southland Golf Cart Sales Darrell Harper 2945 Logan Martin Dam Rd Vincent, AL 35178 PO Box 1711, Pell City, AL 35125 525-0131 Fax 525-0388 Hair Salons Image Plus, LLC Stacy Lybrand 30 Comer Ave Pell City, AL 35125 884-0163 KJ Salon Savoie Kelly Savoie 311 26th St. N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-0771 Strandz Salon Ashley Windham 1915-A Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 814-0116 Fax 338-0133 Vizible Changes Cindy Grimes 2401 Stemley Bridge Rd, Ste 11 Pell City, AL 35128 338-0020 Fax 814-0499 Health & Safety Beck First Aid & Safety, Inc Rebecca Bradford PO Box 1294, Pell City, AL 35125 982-0887 Fax 525-4019 Heating & Cooling Allen Service Company Thomas Allen 1711 1st Avenue S. P.O. Box 357, Pell City, AL 35125 338-2311 e-mail: Comfort Experts David Brasher 103 Sunset Strip Pell City, AL 35128 205-812-6002 FAX 338-0326 Pell City Heating & Cooling Jason Fendley 2314 Cogswell Ave Pell City, AL 35125 338-2820 Home Health (non-medical) Always There-Pell City, Inc. Owner Allison “Dee” Harrell V.P. Operations Jimmy Harrell 931 Martin St. South Pell City, Al 35128 205-824-0224

AmeriCare of Alabama, Inc Tracy Sweatt 1529 Fairway View Drive Birmingham, AL 35244 441-2262 Hospitals St. Vincents St. Clair Johanna Murphree 2805 Dr. John Haynes Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-3301 Fax – 814-2145 Hotels/Motels Comfort Suites Pina Patel 270 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-5570 Fax 338-5576 Hampton Inn Chad Snead 220 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 814-3000 Holiday Inn Express 240 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 884-0047 Fax – 884-0015 Lakefront Motel 4304 Martin St S Cropwell, AL 35054 338-3344 Quality Inn Ramesh Parmar 1410 Parkhill Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 338-1314 Fax 338-1512 Individuals Pam Adamson 2706 Greenway Road Pell City, AL 35128 338-1672 AL. State Representative Randy Wood 4422 Sprague Avenue Anniston, AL 36206 256-237-8114 Lisa Baggett 21 Morning Glory Dr. Pell City, AL 35128 814-1215 Mrs. Carole Barnett 120 Amitola Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 525-5117 Stan Batemon 534 Eagle Pointe Lane Pell City, AL 35128 338-9168

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Member Directory Stansel Brown, III 110 18th St N. Pell City, Al 35125 884-1877

Lila Jones P.O. Box 29 Cropwell, AL 35054 884-4825

Steve Valdes 406 Driftwood Point Pell City, AL 35128 338-3233

J.T. & Lydia Carter P.O. Box 984 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1827

Thelma Jones P.O. Box 249 Pell City, AL 35125

David E. Dean 1015 Kensington Way Moody, AL 35004 908-3972 Fax 640-5043

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Manning P.O. Box 119 Wattsville, AL 35182 884-2760

Ardis T. Weems 104 Ingram Street Cropwell, AL 35054 525-5432

William C. Ellison P.O. Box 1965 Pell City, AL 35125 229-9846

Elizabeth Mealer 437 Bucks Valley Rd Ashville, AL 35953 594-5523

Sandra Embry P.O. Box 685 Pell City, AL 35125 338-7854

Linda O’Shaughnessy 616 N. Wolf Creek Road Pell City, AL 35125 338-1607

Gerald J. Ensley, Sr. 5303 Martin St. S. Cropwell, AL 35054 338-3113

James McGowan P.O. Box 268 Pell City, AL 35125 884-2648

Byron Fincher P.O. Box 459 Cropwell, AL 35054 525-5660

Gene Morris 1050 Bay Drive Pell City, AL 35128 884-2108

Rod Goode 1170 Tunnel Mtn Rd Pell City, AL 35125 884-1399

Paul A. Nolin 106 Brookshire Lane Cropwell, AL 35054 338-6285

Rev. O. Jerome Green 4103 Stemley Bridge Rd Pell City, AL 35128 338-7662

Holland Powell 205 Cove Drive Pell City, AL 35128 338-1193

Kandi Griffin 391 3rd Avenue Lincoln, AL 35096 368-9647

Michael Price 106 Mays Bend Drive Pell City, AL 35128 884-4692

Annette Manning Hall 1815 Cogswell Ave, Ste 217 Pell City, AL 35125 338-2511 Fax 884-4244

Lenn Rainwater PO Box 1653 Pell City, AL 35125 753-1845

Tony Hamlin 1900 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-1875

Judge Phil Seay 2602 Abbat Drive Pell City, AL 35128 338-6843

Bill Hereford 2003 3rd Avenue N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-9491

Danny Stewart 1923 1st Avenue N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-9354

John C. Hoffman 440 Funderburg Bend Rd Pell City, AL 35128 338-6322

Donnie D. Todd, Jr. 461 Eagle Point Dr. Pell City, AL 35128 338-1862

Mr. Dick Whatley 2119 2nd Ave N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-9505 Caran Wilbanks P.O. Box 1312 Pell City, AL 35125 338-1961 George Williams 7 Seddon Point Pell City, AL 35128 338-9213 Industries Advance Tank & Construction Eric Ott 8762 Driy Creek Rd PO Box 1149 Pell City, AL 35125 338-4483 fax- 884-2040 Altex, Inc. Randall Rigsby/Denise Sewell P.O. Box 216 Anniston, AL 36202 256-831-6603 American Metal Technology, Inc. Robin Murphree 1505 Dowzer Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-4771 Fax – 338-4827 Andritz Pat Wrigley 101 Bamburg Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-3331 Fax – 338-3334 Benjamin Moore & Company Mr. Paul Tomaszewski 109 Bamburg Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-4440 Fax – 338-1839 Douglas Manufacturing Co. Inc. Paul Ross 300 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 884-1200 Fax – 884-1207 Energy Absorption Systems, Inc. Mr. Richard A. McGauran, Jr. 250 Bamberg Dr. Pell City, AL 35125 884-1532 Fax – 884-2006

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Member Directory Equipment Fabricators Mr. John DuBose 402 Industrial Drive P.O. Box 687 Pell City, AL 35125 338-2209 fax – 338-2200 Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. Mr. Zachary Gentile 815 Miles Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 884-4480 Fax 884-4484

Union State Insurance Mr. Ron Helms P.O. Box 747 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1670

Yellow Book USA Molly Howard 600 Vestavia Parkway Suite 305 Birmingham, AL 35216 205-314-4700 Fax 205-823-0739

Lake Information Marcia Arnold 701 Pinecrest Road Sylacauga, AL 35150 256-797-5640

Honda Manufacturing of Ala. 1800 Honda Drive Lincoln, AL 35096 205-355-5000 Nicholson Manufacturing Co. Larry Freeman 110 Bamberg Drive Pell City, AL 35125 814-0772

Locksmith Stevens & Sons Locksmith Brooks Stevens 1604 Martin St S, Bldg 1 Pell City, AL 35128 369-2638

Voith Industrial Services, Inc. Manager 72 Adcon Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-1875 fax 884-8193

Martial Arts Pell City Taekwondo Plus Tim & Barbara Leirer 1710 Cogswell Ave Pell City, AL 35125 884-9033 Fax 856-9274

WKW Erbsloeh North America Inc 103 Parkway East Pell City, AL 35125 338-4242 Fax – 338-4254

Masonary Sales & Distribution Alabama Brick Delivery, Inc Jeff South 1606 Martin Street South Pell City, AL 35128 338-9590 Fax 884-7882

Insurance Allstate Insurance Co. Sarah G. Rhodes 2107 Martin St. S., Suite 102 Pell City, AL 35128 338-0502 American Equity Invest. Life Ins. Co Ms. Cindy Noble Bento 20 Cropwell Drive P.O. Box 527 Pell City, AL 35125 884-7931

New South Agency Carolyn Brown 3440 Martin Street S Cropwell, AL 35054 338-8500

WFHK AM 1430 Karen Stocks 22 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-1430

VIVA Health Rob Ballard 1222 14th Ave S Birmingham, AL 35205 913-4848

Gorbel, Inc. Dwayne O’Cull 600 Ed Gardner Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-8863 fax – 338-4768

Davison Insurance Agency Mr. Sam Davison 2410 Cogswell Ave Ste. 2 Pell City, AL 35125 338-6085

Pell City Insurance Sandra Saucier 508 N. Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 884-0202

Media The Daily Home 1911 Martin St So Suite 7 Pell City, AL 35128 884-3400 Panorama Public Relations Darlene Rotch 1500 1st Ave N, Ste b106 Birmingham, AL 35203 205-328-9334 Fax 205-323-0897 St. Clair County News Curtis Capps/Bill Britt 3514 Martin St. S., #104 Cropwell, AL 35054 884-7300 Fax 884-7301 St. Clair News-Aegis 1820 2nd Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 884-2310 Fax 884-2312

Medical Advanced Clinical Research Lisa Bunn 1000 Forrest Place Suite 2 Pell City, AL 35128 884-1002 Fax – 884-7730 Carefirst Home Health St. Clair Ronda Phillips 2401 Stemley Bridge Rd Ste. 7 Pell City, AL 35128 884-7202 Fax – 814-2349 Eastside Mental Health Center Shea Watkins 625 15th St. N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-7525 Lakeside Hospice Beth Green 4010 Masters Rd P.O. Box 544 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1111 Fax 884-1114 MidSouth Home Health Agency Lynn Gardner 3319 Dr. John Haynes Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-8440 New Beacon Hospice Janice Baker 1901-C 2nd Avenue E Oneonta, AL 35121 205-274-0549 Fax 205-625-5726 Northside Medical Assoc. Tina Dyer 70 Plaza Drive Pell City, AL 35125 814-9284 Pell City Chiropractic Mark Fielding 1021 Martin Street S. Pell City, AL 35128 338-4545

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Member Directory TherapySouth Doug Cole 85 Plaza Drive Pell City, AL 35125 338-6106 Fax 814-9180

Non-Profit Organizations American Red Cross Christine Arnold 205 Edwin Holladay Place, Ste 152 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1221 Fax 884-3504

Talladega Healthcare Center Donna Hornsby 616 Chaffee Street Talladega, AL 35160 256-478-0434

Mustard Seed Society, Inc. 3155 Cook Springs Rd Pell City, AL 35125 205-913-0628 Fax 205-338-1185 E-mail – Nancy Locklar, President Glenn Magargee, Executive Director A non-profit organization offering therapeutic services for at risk youth and families

Medical Equipment & Supplies Quality Plus III Frankie Wade 2245 Martin St. S Pell City, AL 35128 338-1782 Municipalities City/County Services – City of P.C. Fire Dept. Mr. Michael Sewell 3040 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 338-6006 City of Pell City – Police Chief Greg Turley 1905 1st Avenue N. Pell City, AL 35125 884-3335 City of Pell City – City Clerk 1905 1st Avenue N. Pell City, AL 35125 338-2244

St. Clair Co. Airport Authority 240 Airport Road Pell City, AL 35128 338-9456 St. Clair County Economic Dev. Council Don Smith 500 College Circle Suite 300 Pell City, AL 35125 814-1440 Fax 814-1441

Newcomer Services Southern Hospitality Carol Kasper 205 View Point Circle Pell City, AL 35128 814-0600 Fax – 814-0330

Ann’s New Life Center for Women, Inc Maureen Garrity 602 Hardwick Lane Pell City, AL 35128 338-4580 Fax 338-4582 Band Boosters of P.C. Duane Player PO Box 1652 Pell City, AL 35125

City of Pell City – Mayor Bill Hereford 1905 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 338-3330 (Sec. office – 338-2244)

Nail Salons E & S Nails O.S. Wilkerson 1605 Martin St S, Ste 3 Pell City, AL 35128 338-7000

Animal Shelter of P.C. Arlene Johnson 1071 Airport Road Pell City, AL 35125 814-1567

Bridge Builders Boys & Girls Club Richard Curry 1816 3rd Avenue S Pell City, AL 35128 814-0405 Dixie Locomotive Club Mr. Marvin Dillard 3750 Logan Martin Dam Road Cropwell, AL 35054 525-5626 Dixie Shrine Club Paul Vaughn 2747 Logan Martin Road PO Box 323 Cropwell, AL 35054 Hands On St. Clair (VOAD) Mari Culver 601 N 19th Street Birmingham, AL 35203 525-0071 Kiwanis Club of Pell City President PO Box 1922 Pell City, AL 35125

Lifeline Village 295 Shelby Drive Pell City, AL 35128 338-6462 Fax 338-6705 Lifesouth Community Blood Center Blaire Middleton 396 W. Oxmoor Road Birmingham, AL 35209 943-0132 Fax 943-6005 LMLPA (Logan Martin Lake Protection) Ann Moore PO Box 2002 Pell City, AL 35125 884-6909 Logan Martin Swingers Square Dance Bobby Barber 480 Oak Leaf Circle Pell City, AL 35125 338-7072 Pell City Elks Lodge #2818 Lizz Lynch PO Box 114 Cropwell, AL 35054 338-1453 Pell City Business & Professional Women PO Box 1716 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1520 Pell City Civitan Club Lisa Phillips PO Box 883 Pell City, AL 35125 884-3444 Pell City Library Guild Karen Barwick PO Box 1672 Pell City, AL 35125 338-4737 Rotary Club of Pell City Secretary PO Box 953 Pell City, AL 35125 338-3932 St. Clair MRDD Brinder Curry 3540 Martin Street S. Cropwell, AL 35054 814-0076 United Way Terry Davis 3600 8th Avenue S PO Box 320189 Birmingham, AL 35232 458-2051 Fax 323-8730

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Member Directory Nursery/Garden Backyard Lawn & Garden Owner John Broome 11225 U.S. Hwy. 78 Riverside, Alabama 35135 (Retail and repair of Snapper, SnapperPro, Echo & Shindaiwa)    Hazelwood’s Greenhouse & Nursery Mr. John Hazelwood 925 23rd Street Pell City, AL 35125 338-3952 Office-Supplies/Services Brannon’s Office City 14 N. East Street PO Box 497 Talladega, AL 35161 256-362-6104 Business Systems Tommy Pope 1108 Moore Avenue Anniston, AL 36201 256-236-1501 Fax 256-238-8366 Garing Business Machines Mr. Paul Garing 230 East Street N Talladega, AL 35160 256-362-2538 Oils/Lubricating Express Oil Change Joe Sawyer 850 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35125 814-5588 Fax 338-4752 Texaco Xpress Lube Mr. Doug Levene 2209 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 338-8892 Optometrist Wendell Bedsole, O.D. 1723 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-2020 Dr. Eric Hicks PO Box 766 Pell City, AL 35125 338-7411 Port-A-Lets LeRoy’s Outhouse John Richardson 400 Church Lane Pell City, AL 35125 473-6002 Fax 338-3241

Macs Vacs Ronda McMichael 2345 AL Hwy 21 Oxford, AL 36203 256-831-9889 Fax 256-831-9885 Printing APR Precision Marketing, LLC Mr. Mike Fricker 1665 Dry Creek Road Cropwell, AL 35054 525-4029 Gilreath Printing Eddie Gilreath 1923 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-7800 Fax 884-2679 RTL Printing Randy Leverton 4005 Masters Rd Pell City, AL 35128 338-9459 Real Estate ERA King Real Estate Company Cynthia Roden 1160 McCaig Road Lincoln, AL 35096 763-1333 Fax 763-1334 Fields/Gossett Realty Brenda Fields 508 S. Martin Street PO Box 983 Pell City, AL 35125 884-2300 Horizons on Logan Martin Lake Joe Paula 6008 Rainbow Road Pell City, AL 35128 884-6000 Johnson Development Laurie Regan 2204 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 802-2300 Realty Executives Complete Nancy Locklar 1019 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 338-6683 ReMax Realty Pros Ronnie & Rita Foster 418 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 884-0400 RealtySouth Ms. Becky Bowman 2501 20th Place S, Ste 400 Birmingham, AL 35223 325-1362

St. Clair HomeTown Properties, Inc. Sharon Thomas 4800 Cogswell Ave Suite 207, Pell City, AL 35125 338-7355 The Yacht Club on Lake Logan Martin Robbie Robinson 1000 Ranch Marina Road Pell City, AL 35128 338-9100 Fax 338-9101 Residential & Commercial Professional Organizing Services Rehabilitated Spaces 245 Cove Dr. Pell City, Alabama 35128 Courtney Cook, Owner 205-910-5541 Restaurants Captain D’s Jason Kaetzel/Jay Calhoun 915 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 884-1999 Chick-Fil-A Scott Robinson 1808 Ashville Rd Leeds, AL 35094 699-1118 Cracker Barrel John Figueroa 260 Vaughn Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-1012 Domino’s Pizza Donna Hall PO Box 458 Talladega, AL 35161 338-4780 Fox’s Pizza David Moore 209 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-5400 Jack’s Hamburgers, Inc Wayne Reaves 5065 Hwy 78 W., Ste D Oxford, AL 36203 338-3040 Kentucky Fried Chicken Jimmy Warren 703 23rd Street PO Box 723 Pell City, AL 35125 338-3221

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Member Directory O’Fells Family Restaurant Kirk and Ray Fell 4300 Martin St. S Cropwell, AL 35054 338-5336 Papa John’s 2401 Stemley Bridge Road, Ste 16 Pell City, AL 35128 884-7272 Fax 814-1593

Cabin on Cedar Lane Ms. Judy Potter 5014 Cedar Lane Pell City, AL 35128 338-3866 Elijah’s Barrel Teresa Cartee P.O. Box 486 Pell City, AL 35125

Pell City Golden Rule BBQ John McCutcheon 1700 Martin Street N Pell City, AL 35125 338-1443 Fax 338-6861

Factory Connection Michelle Sims 923 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35125 338-4200

Subway Sandwich & Salads Marty Lawley 506 N. Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 884-7827

Griffins Jewelers Mr. Michael Abernathy 1903 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 884-2031 Fax – 884-2004

The Ark Restaurant Mrs. Cornett 13030 US Hwy 78 PO Box 58,Riverside, AL 35135 338-7420 Retail America’s Thrift Store Mrs. Dilys Smith 507 N. Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 338-3782 Fax 338-0863

Head Over Heels Tina Stewart 1915 Cogswell Ave Pell City, AL 35125 338-7463 La Ti Da Richard & Linda Crow 1917 Cogswell Avenue Suite 5 Pell City, AL 35125 338-2253 Fax – 338-2256

Bearly-Worn Pam Everidge 2613 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 369-6070

Liberty House Richard “Scooter” Oi 5025 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-3636

B Jay’s Unlimited Gail Johnson 27 Martin St. S Pell City, AL 35128 338-3508

Little Lambs Heather Adams 2247 Martin Street S. Pell City, AL 35128 884-7425

Blinds for Less Trish Quezada P.O. Box 549, Pell City, AL 35125 661-0371 Fax – 256-268-9618 Born to Shop Natasha Okonski 919 Martin Street S. Pell City, AL 35128 814-5672 Butcher Block Bill Gossett/Lawrence Fields 50 Cropwell Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 mailing address: 508 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 338-8009

Radio Shack Watson Computers, Inc. Mr. Bob Watson 89 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-7300 Fax – 338-2750 Sherwin-Williams Charlie Nickens 2401 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-0690 Southern Manor Interiors Gerald Ensley, Jr. 1507 Martin Street S Suite 1 Pell City, AL 35128 884-0387

Special Memories Custom Picture Framing Roy Johnson/Wayne Kendrick 2401 Stemley Bridge Rd Ste 9 Pell City, AL 35128 338-0558 Stafford House 2107 Martin St S, Ste 103 Pell City, AL 35128 884-0663 Wal-Mart Supercenter Rick Mays 165 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-5300 Window Creations Mr. Charles Edwards 49 Dove Cove Rd Talladega, AL 35160 256-831-9050 Fax 256-831-4515 Security Systems Systems Secure Alarm Company Mr. Ted Tollison PO Box 571 Pell City, AL 35125 338-6926 Shipping Centers Express Shipping Jeremy Gossett/Traci Mullins 1910 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 338-0791 Fax 338-0792 Goin Postal Craig Carter 1001 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 338-6770 Fax 338-6771 Sod Farm Dixie Sod Farm Susan H. Smith 1205 Blooming Light Road Pell City, AL 35128 338-3581 Storage Eagle Storage, LLC Helen Bryant 3424 Martin Street S Cropwell, AL 35054 884-3195 Easy Storage Joe Dorough 4009 Cogswell Avenue PO Box 1091 Pell City, AL 35125 338-6253 Stemley Bridge Mini Storage Mr. John Myer 4800 Stemley Bridge Road Pell City, AL 35128

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Member Directory Davenport Media Laurie Davenport 206 Church Farm Road Pell City, AL 35128 243-3272

CenturyLink 1701 1st Avenue S Pell City, AL 35125 Eddy Stone 884-5555 James Johnson 888-768-490

Subprime Lending Checkmate Cash Advance Center 1507 Martin Street S., Ste 4 Pell City, AL 35128 338-3780 Fax 338-3785 Superspeedway Talladega Superspeedway Christine Solano 366 Speedway Blvd PO Box 777 Talladega, AL 35161 256-362-2261 Tanning Salons The Cabana, LLC Christie Graham 1507 Martin Street S., Ste 6 Pell City, AL 35128 338-8261 Tax Preparation H&R Block Stan Atkins 63 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 814-1040

Coosa Valley Electric Coop. Mr. Jon Cullimore 69220 AL Hwy 77 PO Box 837 Talladega, AL 35161 362-4180

Uncategorized Greg Ensley Service Greg Ensley 305 Stewart Road Pell City, AL 35128 338-4981

Veterinarian Pell City Animal Hospital Dr. Kenneth McMillan 2718 Martin Street S PO Box 429 Cropwell, AL 35054 884-4104

RaCo Services, Inc. Mr. Randy Royster PO Box 400 Ashland, AL 36251 256-354-5901

Web Design & Marketing Partners by Design, Inc Carol Pappas 6204 Skippers Cove Pell City, AL 35128 335-0281 Fax 884-0071

Timber Wolf Creek Timber, Inc Jimmy Golden PO Box 987 Pell City, AL 35125 338-8733

Laurel Design Vickie Tolbert PO Box 81 Pell City, AL 35125 338-6546

Royal Foods of Alabama Mr. Curtis Capps 1904 16th Avenue S PO Box 930 Pell City, AL 35125 884-1040 Wiretwisters, LTD James Daughtery PO Box 408 Lincoln, AL 35096 814-4030 Fax 525-0613

Tires Darby Tires Jeff Darby 2407 3rd Avenue S Pell City, AL 35125 338-9487 Trophies All-Pro Trophy Mr. Jay Jenkins 109 West Street Pell City, Al 35125 338-3932 Trucking Interstate Freight/Interstate Specialized Charles Browning 29 Charlie Brown Lane Pell City, AL 35125 338-9595 Fax 884-0116 Utility Companies Alabama Power Company Mr. Tommy Bowers 700 Martin Street S Pell City, AL 35128 814-2051 Fax 814-2088 Alagasco Manager PO Box 330 Talladega, AL 35161

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REALTY EXECUTIVES Complete Office: 205-338-6683 Located in the Winn Dixie Shopping Center For fine homes and properties in St. Clair Countyon Logan Martin Lake and Talladega CountyWe specialize in Residential & Waterfront Properties.

BUYING? SELLING? INVESTING? CALL THE EXPERTS! (205)338-6683 Nancy Locklar (205)362-6888 Barry Miller (205)338-5555 Stephanie Hurst (256)493-7441 Keith Andrews (205)552-6405 Tunya Dynarski (256)649-0193 If you have a brokerage relationship with another agency, this is not intended as a solicitation. All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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The St. Clair County Health Care Authority, the St. Clair County Commission, the City of Pell City, the St. Clair County Economic Development Council, and St. Vincent’s Health System are working together to build a 40-bed, 79,000 square-foot, two-story hospital that will replace the existing St. Vincent’s St. Clair facility.

See the latest pictures from the construction site at!

Pell City Magazine 2011  

Magazine for the Pell City Chamber of Commerce, serving Pell City, Alabama, St. Clair County, Logan Martin Lake and surrounding areas. Creat...