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Chamber developing a new vision for its city Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin

Erica Grieve is an advocate. As executive director of the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce, she sees it as her role and her job but more important, she sees it as the mission of the organization she represents. “We are an advocate for small business for the community,” she says. “We really want to focus on not just PR and events, the Chamber has to focus on small business — increasing business, money and jobs.” Since coming on board in 2012, Grieve’s first order of business was increasing membership for the Chamber, strengthening the base from which it operates. With an impressive gain of more than 125 new members added in the past 12 months, Grieve’s success is becoming legendary in the city. She credits the soaring membership roster to building relationships and communicating with people throughout the community it represents. “When you join the Chamber and write out that check, by the end of the first year, I want you to feel like that was worth joining the Chamber and that you are proud to be a member of the Chamber,” she says. President Randy Mason agrees with Grieve’s approach. “Everybody is pleased with how much she gets out in the community, not with just new businesses but existing business leaders.” She has brought a new excitement to the Chamber, Mason says, and it’s coming not only from board members who are already involved, but people, in general, throughout the community. Connecting with the entire community on all levels is strengthening the Chamber’s message. A variety of methods to build a Chamber success story is being employed. Business-to-business discounts are offered through the Chamber’s membership. Monthly networking events are held to give businesses the opportunity to build relationships. Quarterly luncheons hosted by businesses in the community and featuring top-notch speakers add to a greater sense of involvement. And a newly developed welcome packet now greets new businesses and residents, giving them the information they need about their newfound home. But the enhancements don’t stop there. Weekly electronic newsletters translate into more communication with members, keeping them informed not only of what is going on inside the Chamber but across the community as well.

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President Randy Mason works closely with Grieve in Chamber vision. The Chamber’s website is being improved to better serve members and promote the city, a site that already draws more than 6,500 page views per month. A new 40-page tourism brochure to promote what Pell City has to offer is being produced for use as a marketing tool, a portion of which will be placed in welcome centers around the state. It’s centerpiece is a series of fold-out maps of the city, Logan Martin Lake and downtown. A full color, glossy magazine produced every two years touts the quality of life found in Pell City, and it, too, is being used to market the city. Long known for its work in citywide events, like the Hometown Block Party and Christmas Parade, the Chamber is building on those successes, recognizing they are an integral part of Pell City’s quality of life. The Block Party annually draws 15,000 people to downtown Pell City for a free, outdoor music festival and myriad activities for the entire family. And the Christmas Parade continues to be the highlight of the Christmas season. But beyond those events, the Chamber is widening its focus. It is working with Team Magic to bring a regional biking and running event to Lakeside Park in the fall, which will be a boon to tourism. A “Shop Local” campaign is being launched for the city parallel to a regional effort — chaired by Grieve — to promote local shopping in Talladega, Calhoun, Etowah, Cleburne, St. Clair, Randolph and Cherokee counties. Grieve talks of the unique shops located throughout the region, and fellow Chamber directors are working together to promote them in an effort called, “Connecting Our Greater Communities.” Other plans for Pell City are for a regular special event 6 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

to draw more people to downtown and a home and garden business expo. A newcomer herself, Grieve says she tries to be a part of organizations, activities and events as much as possible so that she can learn how one entity may be able to help another in the city. She calls it “connecting,” putting people together who can benefit from those mutual relationships. “If we are working together, we can accomplish so much more.” And that seems to be the theme from one end of this progressive Chamber to the other. “We work closely with the city and appreciate all it does for us,” Grieve says. “They are very supportive of the Chamber.” Administrative assistant Chrystal Womack is “key to the success of our daily operation. She has really added a lot to the Chamber,” she notes. And Mason and Grieve both talk of a dedicated board of directors who are “very involved.” Members put in an abundance of volunteer hours for the good of the Chamber and the city. “We are very blessed,” says Grieve. It centers on giving back to the community, moving it forward and promoting it. Why? A hint lies at the end of each email from the Chamber — a quote from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that begins, “I have an affection for a great city …” Judging by the progress already made and the vision being developed for the future on Pell City’s behalf, the sentiment from that quote perfectly underscores the motive behind the Chamber’s mission as its unwavering advocate. To learn more about the Chamber, go to www.pellcitychamber.com. l

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GROWTH construction boom spurs optimism about future

Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin If you need a sign of growth for Pell City, just look in virtually every direction, and that’s exactly what you will see. To the north, St. Vincent’s St. Clair celebrated its first year in this new state-of-the-art hospital. Following it just a few months later just across the street was the new Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home, a state veterans home on 27 acres that is a model for the nation. Just down the road a bit, American Family Care, an urgent care medical clinic and Chick-fil-A have opened their doors. Cross the interstate bridge, and Northside Medical Associates has doubled the size of its facility, adding new specialists, Northside Apothecary and more space to meet the needs of its growing patient list. The new Department of Human Resources is going up across the road from Northside, doubling the size of the agency’s presence in Pell City. The once vacant Food World building has become home to Goody’s, Burke’s Outlet, Badcock Furniture and Alabama Anesthesiology and Pain Consultants. New shops and offices are opening downtown, including Benchmark Construction, Lily Designs, J. Cobb Jewelry and Doodlebugs. Anchoring growth in the downtown area, too, is The Garry House Café, an upscale restaurant built in the restored version of the city’s second oldest home.


Head south on US 231 and welcome Bender’s Fitness, Hancock Chiropractic, Publix and an adjoining shopping center and Town and Country Marathon. More than 125 businesses have become new Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce members. And new construction as well as expansions to existing facilities is evident in virtually every corner of the city. All the growth has put an understandable smile on the face of Mayor Joe Funderburg, who took office in November 2012. “Pell City sells itself,” he said. “I said it during the campaign, and I say it even more now. It’s a great place to raise a family. It’s a great place to enjoy life.”

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St. Vincent’s St. Clair Bringing new light to health care

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Like a beacon shining brightly in the nighttime sky, St. Vincent’s St. Clair is lighting the way for a new era in health care for not only the city, but the region all around it. Opening its doors in 2011, the new state-of-the-art hospital anchors what St. Clair County Economic Development Council Executive Director Don Smith has called a “mini medical mecca.” Sitting on a hilltop overlooking Interstate 20, the hospital and Physicians Plaza complex has not only been impressing passersby but more important, those who take advantage of its offerings. No longer do residents have to travel to Birmingham or other large cities to get quality health care. It is squarely in their own backyard. There is no more fighting traffic, traveling long distances or searching for a parking place. The convenience of having tests and outpatient surgery is just a few minutes away. Technology is cutting edge with digital imaging, electronic medical records, wireless connectivity, computerized order entry for physicians and bar coded medicine administration. Endocrinology, Ear, Nose and Throat, gastroenterology, general surgery, nephrology, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology and ophthalmology are all a part of the offerings. New specialists and services are being added to a solid base of doctors who practice there, and the beneficiary of this 10 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

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The health care landscape in Pell City is certainly an extensive one. In addition to the new hospital and state veterans home, Northside Medical Associates has doubled the size of its facility, which features additional examination rooms, cutting edge technology, new specialists, after hours care and its very own pharmacy, Northside Apothecary. American Family Care opened its doors to urgent care for the city, and a host of other medical services — from pediatric dentistry, general dentistry and orthodontics to chiropractic care and physical therapy — now call Pell City home. For more than 20 years, Lakeside Hospice has provided end of life care as the county’s oldest and only not-for-profit hospice, lending psychological, emotional, social and spiritual support to patients and their families. With strong ties to the veterans community, Lakeside Hospice has earned Partner Level - 1 status in the We Honor Veterans campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Locally, it is a partner with MAPS, Military Assistance Personal Support, which provides resources for those who have served and their families for aid to wellness, education and employment. l

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Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Jerry Martin The buttery smell of popcorn wafts down one hallway, while strains of “Under the Boardwalk” drift down another. Following the sound instead of the smell, a visitor peeks into a glass-enclosed room to see couples slow-dancing to the music of the Drifters, while men in wheelchairs and on sofas watch and smile. A woman sings along karaoke-style with a portable sound system, and everyone appears to be having a rollicking good time. Wait a minute. Are we in the right place? Isn’t this supposed to be a nursing home for veterans, a place where retired military men and women quietly live out their elder years? With its Main Street shops, Town Center, neighborhoods and homes all under one roof, with its back-porches and rocking chairs overlooking courtyard gardens, the new-state-of-the art Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home is about as far from the traditional concept of the nursing home as a horse is from a motorcycle. Yes, residents get skilled nursing care here, but they also get a sense of community and camaraderie. It’s just one of many aspects that make this facility a home instead of an institution. “If you ask veterans where they would rather be, their answer would be, ‘I’d rather be at home,’” says Rear Adm. Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Veterans Administration. “We tried to create a home they would like to go to and enjoy. We think the veterans will be happy here.” There are no hospital-like rooms lining the hallways here, no dark corridors where the only light comes from an occasional window or door. Step inside, and you think you are in a mall or a quaint little village. Stroll down Main Street, and you’ll see vintage-style signs hanging from the tops of storefronts enclosed mainly in glass. A barber shop, pharmacy, beauty shop, library, chapel and Stars and Stripes Cafe line the stone-tiled corridor, beckoning strollers to come inside. Filling all of its 27 acres just north of Interstate 20, this sprawling “town” comes together in a Town Center, a large room with a towering stone fireplace that lifts the eye upward toward the skylight and pine cathedral ceiling. From the Town Center extend three neighborhoods named Victory Way, Liberty Lane and Patriot Place. Monthly activity calendars are posted on the walls in each neighborhood, including the regular popcorn social that lures you in with its movietheater aroma. Each neighborhood has three homes divided into single-occupancy rooms, each room furnished with a bed, wardrobe, large shelving unit and flat-screen television monitors, with wi-fi access for those who want to keep up with grandchildren and friends via the internet. Residents can bring their own computers, or use one of the two laptops provided in the library. The total

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number of rooms includes a domiciliary for independent living for 80 and two Alzheimer’s/Dementia neighborhoods. The facility is expected to employ 300 people when it reaches full occupancy. “Putting it in perspective, it’s a new design concept for state nursing homes for veterans,” says Marsh. Williams Blackstock Architects of Birmingham designed it “from the ground up,” with no blueprint or model, just an admiral’s order to create a home worthy of veterans’ service and sacrifice. The 238,000 square-foot-home can house 254 veterans, and less than six months after its November 2012 opening, it was well on its way to that number. “We’re on target, maybe early, to fill up the place,” says administrator Derrick Williams, who works for HMR, the independent contractors responsible for the day-to-day operations of the home. “We have 103 residents to date (April 1, 2013).” Three of the residents are females, including Mary Barbieri, 91, from Fairfield, Alabama, who spent 20 years in Army administration before becoming a school teacher. Mrs. Barbieri lives in the domiciliary, where many residents have their own cars. Williams says community reaction to and support of the home has been awesome. “It’s unbelievable what the city has done,” he says. “They’ve opened up their pockets, volunteering and welcoming the staff. The business community has been great as well. The hospital has played a key role, giving us lots of insight into the community and providing a lot of services for us. The Economic Development Council does a lot for us, too. Pell City really stands behind the veterans of this city.” The hospital to which Williams refers, St. Vincent’s

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St. Clair, is just across the street from the veterans home. Jefferson State Community College, known for its nursing program, is just down the block on the same campus. The three have become partners in a win-win-win situation that benefits them and the residents. Specialists from the hospital can be utilized by the home. If a veteran needs hospitalization or emergency care, the proximity is ideal and the resources immeasurable. Plans call for Jefferson State nursing students to do some of their rotations at the home, where there will be opportunities for internships, volunteering and employment for them. Named in honor of the nation’s most decorated soldier and an Alabama native, the $50 million Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home was funded 65 percent by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and 35 percent by the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. A glass display case built into the wall on Main Street is dedicated to Howard’s life as a soldier. Five more cases line both sides of the broad boulevard, each case representing a branch of the Armed Services: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Individual and organizational volunteers show up at the home almost every day. Teresa Carden brings a group from Lakeside Hospice to entertain residents two Fridays each month with karaoke music. Marion Wood of Jefferson County usually dances with some of the residents when she visits her husband, Raymond W. Wood, 94, an Army veteran. “It’s not always 60s music, but it’s always danceable,” Carden says. Some of the residents are wheelchair-bound, but hospice volunteers and nurses hold their hands while they “chair dance” in time to the beat. Gerald and Mary Margaret Hoyle of nearby New London volunteer so frequently that they fill two sign-in sheets per month.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY HEALTH CARE AUTHORITY is proud to be a partner of St. Vincent’s St. Clair, Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home, City of Pell City and St. Clair County, and we look forward to a strong and lasting relationship among our organizations. We salute the Pell City community and it’s dedication to providing and unrivaled quality of life for its citizen. Lawrence Fields, chairman Terry Capps Mayor Joe Lee Judy Martin Mayor Rusty Jessup Bill Murray Ren Wheeler Pat Fouts John Wesley McHugh

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A Century of Banking On Alabama. A living room in every home Mary Margaret plays piano while Gerald rounds up residents for Bible classes and chapel services. Gerald spends several hours a week playing checkers with a resident who doesn’t want to leave his room, playing dominoes with a stroke victim and visiting others who are confined to bed. An arrowhead maker and collector, he frequently takes his collection to show residents, and has made arrowhead necklaces for about 80 percent of them. “I’m a veteran (Air Force) and I have something in common with those men,” Hoyle explains when asked why he volunteers so much. “I’m younger than most of them — I’m 68 — but I enjoy being in their company.” The home needs more volunteers, and Gerald believes that anybody with people skills would love visiting the men and women who live there. “It just makes me feel good to go there,” says the pastor of Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church in Dunnavant. “It’s a blessing.” Steve Howard, Col. Howard’s younger brother, visits the home almost every day. He often brings small gifts for residents and always brings his lap dog, Cash, who has become the home’s unofficial mascot. “I followed Robert all my life,” Howard says. “We had a special bond. I feel a special bond for this home, too. I know someday I’ll be living here.” l

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A new form of government brings change for better Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin With the inauguration of a new administration for the city in 2012 came a new form of government and a new way of doing the business of the city. Once governed by a full-time mayor and a part-time council, Pell City changed its government to city manager form because the state Constitution mandated it because of its burgeoning population. Once it topped the 12,000-mark, it had to move to a government involving a city manager, a mayor and a council president. The move has proved to be a more progressive form of government, enhancing efficiency and improving the dayto-day operation. The Council now has a city manager, Patrick Draper, who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-today operation. He acts much like CEO of the city, responsible for professional management of the city. Council President James McGowan sets the agenda and presides over the meetings of the Council, and Mayor Joe Funderburg helps develop a vision for the city, and he and Draper make recommendations to city officials on the direction in which the city should move. New CFO Paige Myrick oversees the finances of the city. And while Funderburg does not have a vote, he does have veto power in this form of government. How is it working? So far, it is getting a thumbs up from all involved. They were quick to point out that previous administrations had done yeoman jobs in juggling all the duties expected of the mayor. But the move to a new form of government has enabled officials to build on the foundations laid by those previous administrations. “We’re moving in the right direction,” Funderburg said. Prior to the change, the mayor’s role was very demanding. “It eliminates the mayor’s plate being so full. It distributes responsibility a little more equally.” He, Draper and McGowan arrived at the same phrase in describing Pell City’s governance today: “team work.” “It’s really working out well,” said Draper. “It’s really a simple concept, it’s just new to our city.” Pell City became only the 14th government in Alabama to go to a manager type of government, although it is more common in other states. As a professional manager, he oversees the day-to-day operation of the city and develops the budget. The mayor is more public relations — the face and voice of the city. It allows Funderburg the time to “get Pell City’s name out there,” he said, noting that he works on recruiting businesses and other services the city needs. His role also is what he calls “ambassador” for the city, working directly with the people. He talks of transparency in government. “Everything we do needs to be visible to the public. We do not want any perception of backdoor politics. We make the public aware. If they have any questions, all they have to do is ask.” 24 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

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Positive Teaching Students learn by serving others Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Jerry Martin Even though his degrees and training go well beyond the Pell City High School diploma that hangs on Superintendent Michael Barber’s office wall, it is no less important. It is quite the opposite. It is central to his thinking, planning and vision. “I think about the positive experience I had through the school system,” he said, noting the pride he feels in earning that diploma 30 years ago. And it’s the kind of pride he wants the next generations of students to look back and feel. He wants students to “learn how to serve their communities and be good citizens,” and the school system’s role in teaching that lesson is to “give them skills to build on and give them character to go with it. We want to educate and develop the whole child,” giving them a sense of ownership and a reason to say with pride: ‘That’s my school system.’ The lesson of community service is apparently being learned quite well throughout the school system. At each of the system’s eight schools, the list of service projects performed by students grows longer and longer. At Coosa Valley School, students held a food drive for the Christian Love Pantry, wrote letters to soldiers and adopted needy families at Christmas. Jimmie Hale Mission now has new placemats courtesy of the work Iola Roberts students did. They have been involved in meals for homeless, a cancer fundraiser and Operation Christmas Child. Walter M. Kennedy School saw its children collect tabs for Ronald McDonald House charities, send Christmas cards to soldiers and seniors and get involved in the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Whether it was collecting money for Lukemia, Toys for Children, Cystic Fibrosis or Muscular Dystrophy, Williams Intermediate students 26 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

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were at the heart of it. But their giving didn’t stop there. They collected food and supplies for the animal shelter, volunteered in the lake cleanup and built birdhouses for a wildlife habitat. At Duran South, students donated stuffed animals to the Children’s Place, raised money for the animal shelter and volunteered in a variety of worthy causes. Duran North students were involved in a food drive, March of Dimes, Pennies for Patients and Toys for Children. And at Pell City High School, students volunteered for dozens of activities and events as diverse as making pillowcase dresses for girls in Haiti to reading to children at the local Head Start. “The kids do so much,” Barber said. “All kids serving all populations. I think that’s what it represents.”

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After serving as assistant superintendent for 11 years, Barber knows the 4,200-student system already has a solid foundation, and he wants to build upon it. His vision calls for more technology offerings, more advanced placement courses and more electives to reach well beyond basic academics. More professional development for teachers is also part of his equation for success. “We want to continue to invest in our teacher professional development.” And, he said, “we want to recruit the best teachers to work in our school system.” Outside the system, strengthening partnerships with entities like the city, business community, Economic Development Council, Jefferson State Community College and other higher education. Calling Pell City “an oasis,” Barber describes Pell City as a “wonderful destination place.” For young families, it offers so much, he said. He sees the school system as a catalyst for “drawing people here to invest, do business, buy houses and put down roots. We want to be the premier system people seek for their children to be in.” And just like the meaning behind the diploma that hangs on his wall, it revolves around building a school system that instills an unrivaled pride in accomplishment.

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The Pell City Parks and Recreation Department has a number of facilities located throughout town, boasting weight rooms, ball fields of all kinds, a senior center, walking tracks, playgrounds, recreation halls, a beach and more. But the centerpiece of it all is something almost unique to Pell City — Lakeside Park and the surrounding facilities and Civic Center. The park, a years-long cooperative project between the city, private citizens, businesses and other organizations, sits on a peninsula of land extending out into Logan Martin Lake. The park features natural walking and biking trails and outdoor pavilions, Kids Kastle

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playground, a boardwalk over the water, beach and more. Adjoining the park are the city’s athletic fields, lake access for boating and fishing, and the Pell City Civic Center, which has a gym, meeting rooms, a banquet area and fitness center, all under one roof. “Few places have park facilities like Lakeside Park, the Civic Center, athletic fields and Kids Kastle all in the same place,” Edge said. Having everything in one place, with the broad spectrum of activities, draws huge crowds for special events and athletic tournaments — bringing people to Pell City from near and far, places as close as Birmingham and Anniston to cities like Huntsville and Mobile, hundreds of miles away. “We will be holding the Super NIT baseball tournament — people will come from all over. Once they get here, they will ride through the park. They will bring their Winnebagos and ski boats. People will play their baseball, then be out on their boats, grilling hotdogs, parents can go walking in the park,” Edge said. And because there is so much to do and people are coming from so far away, such events are also a boon to the 32 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

entire Pell City community, pumping thousands of dollars into the local economy because the visitors tend to stay, sometimes for an extra day or two. Those people sleep at local hotels, shop at local stores and dine at local restaurants, he said. “It shows that the parks are good investments, good sources of revenue for the city.” And, while Lakeside Park is the Parks and Recreation showpiece, it is by no means the only facility the city maintains. There is a Community Center and Recreation Hall on 19th Street, the Glenn City Recreation Hall and the Senior Citizens Center. The Senior Citizens Center is another facility Edge is particularly proud of. The city provides transportation for residents to and from the center and regularly hosts a wide variety of activities — everything from live music to health screenings. What’s more, the Center also provides hot meals, not just for visitors, but delivers them to a number of home-bound elderly residents in Pell City. “Sometimes the only person they see every day is the

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person who brings the meals to them,” Edge said. The center also plans special trips for senior citizens, sometimes just shopping trips to places like the Outlet Shops of Grand River and sometimes to recreational events and venues. “Many of these people don’t have a car, and that is their only chance to go places.” Edge was quick to praise Lisa Abercrombie, center coordinator, and Tonya Walker, events coordinator, who oversee those meals to make them happen every day. That praise extended to all his staff across the whole department, from Civic Center Director Nancy Crow to the rest of the department’s employees. “You are only as good as the people who are under you. I could not do this myself. I have an extremely good crew right now — different people who specialize in different aspects of what we do,” he said. He also pointed out all the support his department gets from the city manager, mayor and City Council.

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“I could not do anything I do without help from City Manager Patrick Draper. He understands you can’t have a thriving city without a good parks department. We also could not do it without the support of the Council and the mayor. They understand we need the money to keep up Kids Castle or to keep the walking and biking trails open, to give people, especially children, a safe place to play and exercise.”

Events and Programs

Following the idea behind the broad offerings of the recreational facilities, Pell City tries to offer activities for people of all ages with many different interests. “Most of our stuff is focused on youth sports, but we also have adult sports — softball, flag football, even ultimate Frisbee (a sort of combination football and rugby played with Frisbees instead of balls),” Edge said. For children and older teens, there is an almost limitless list of organized athletic activities: football, baseball, basketball, softball, cheerleading, soccer — you name it. Several of the Pell City teams have won major competitions at the district and state levels. “It does not matter what sport they play — just let them get involved in something. All kids can excel at something. Maybe they can’t play baseball, but they are great archers, maybe they can’t catch a football, but play golf,” he said. Such activities are more important now than ever. With a national obesity problem and other issues facing children, athletics offers them a way to get out and exercise and be part of something positive. “With the obesity problems our country has, its important to get out, exercise, be with friends, and it also creates a positive environment, keeps kids out of trouble.” Edge said. One area Edge said he is very excited about, something both youths and adults can take part in, is the city’s tennis program. “We also have tennis, which is really big and has come on really strong in Pell City. We have a tennis pro, Sarah Stewart, who has been teaching here for years. She offers lessons and clinics.” Stewart has become so popular in the regional tennis scene that schools from as far away as Birmingham bring their teams to Pell City as early as 5 a.m. so their players can train with her. It is not unusual for Pell City teens who have been 34 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

coached by Stewart to receive scholarships, he said. For the adults, Pell City offers things like softball, flag football, basketball and other team sports, but those vary from year to year depending on public interest. During the summer months, the city is not as focused on team athletics, instead turning to individual clinics and other events — but also just providing a safe place for children and adults to come out, exercise and have fun. “In the summer, you will see in our park, a lot of kids fishing, riding their bikes at Lakeside Park, playing at Kids Castle, fishing — the kinds of things you see children doing — having fun,” Edge said. And, during all of this, the Parks Department is also working on hosting or helping with a number of events — most notably the Fourth of July Fireworks display at Lakeside Park, which has become regionally famous because it can be viewed from the shore, the park and athletic complex and, most notably, the water. “We will have boats lined up as far as the eye can see on the water,” Edge said. Edge said he and his staff are still busy planning out other events for the year. “We have 16 fishing tournaments planned out of Lakeside Park, eight 5k runs booked now, and that may double by the time it gets to October or November. We have three

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The Parks and Recreation Department forms the core of athletic and recreational activities in Pell City, but it is not the only “game” in town. Organizations and churches are responsible for a number of activities — the Downtown Block Party, the Artscapes Festival, Lakefest and Paws in the Park, just to name a few. These events bring crowds numbering in the thousands to Pell City every year. Other groups and organizations, like the Boys and Girls Club, have their own athletic and activities programs. One church, Eden Westside Baptist Church, has opened the new Revelation Mountain Disc Golf Course off Wolf Creek Road. In all of these cases, Edge said, the Parks and Recreation board supports their efforts and works to coordinate activities and share facilities with them, whether it means setting up bleachers for the block party and parades, letting the Boys and Girls Club use the gym in inclement weather or helping just get the word out. In his mind, the more recreational and athletic activities Pell City has to offer, the better off the entire community is. l


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car shows at the park,” Edge said, and that’s not counting all the regular team sports tournaments and meets. And again this year, the department will have Lakeside Park open from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1 for the Christmas Lights in the Park, where people, businesses and organizations — at no cost other than their own supplies — can set up holiday light displays in the park for visitors to drive through and see.

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By Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Jerry Martin Ernest White always had a smile on his face, and the former Glenn City Recreation Hall that now bears his name puts a smile on people’s faces, too, through the events held there. It seemed fitting that the Pell City Council would rename the hall after the man who personified its purpose. The Ernest White Community Center was officially dedicated on March 12, 2013, four months after the November 2012 death of its namesake. About 60 people watched city officials unveil the new sign that now hangs high in front of the building. 38 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

“Mr. White was extensively involved in numerous civic organizations in the city of Pell City, and was known for his dedication to public service,” a resolution passed by the City Council states. “His love, leadership and dedication touched so many lives in our community. He will be greatly missed.” Known for his cheerful disposition, his dedication to the city and a little strut in his walk, Ernest White was the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2000 and the Lion’s Club Lion of the Year for 1999-2000. He was the first African-American to serve on the city’s Board of Education, when the school system was first established in 1982. He also served on various city and church boards, and was a long-time member

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Quilters meet at the Community Center in Pell City. of the city’s Planning and Zoning Board. “He was a level-headed guy, and he would talk about any issues,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Bobby Hathcock says. “He made a difference in the lives of a lot of people in this community.” James McGowan, city council president and the man instrumental in getting the hall named for White, was friends with him for many years. “I knew Mr. White all my life, but got to know him more personally during the years he was on the Planning and Zoning Board and the Beautification Council. We were in the Lions Club together, too. ” McGowan says. White moved to Pell City when he was seven years old. He worked for the old Food Center grocery store for 20 years, then had his own store, the Sanitary Market, in Glenn City for 15 years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years, primarily as a mail carrier. He walked City Route 1, which encompassed the downtown area, 40 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

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until his retirement in August 2008. “He dropped by to see me after he retired and I said, ‘Why don’t you come work for us,’” says Nancy Crow, Civic Center coordinator. “He worked part time until his death at the age of 77. He wouldn’t tell anybody how sick he was, but when he got sick, he worked when he felt like it. Even though I was his supervisor, we were good friends.” The Ernest White Community Center, located at 405 19th Street South, has hosted weddings and wedding receptions, birthday parties, family reunions and various civic meetings since it was built during the 1960s. Part of the Pell City Community Center complex, it has a full kitchen and accommodates 100 people. It’s also used by garden clubs, the VFW and other groups when there is an overflow at the Civic Center, which is about two miles away. The Friendship Quilters Guild meets there every Thursday and the second Saturday of each month, bringing in members from Pell City, Odenville, Moody, Anniston, Talladega and Birmingham. “The building is used almost daily,” says Crow. A police substation occupies the back portion of the building, which has undergone several renovations since it was built. The most recent was about four years ago. In addition, the weekend before it was dedicated in memory of Ernest White, the city put down a tile floor instead of repainting the concrete floor. Workers also revamped all the flower beds around the building. At the ceremony, Assistant Schools Superintendent Michael Barber called White an “investor,” because he invested in the homes he bought, renovated and sold, as well as in the schools, the school system, the city and his church, First Baptist-South. “He is definitely worthy of this,” Barber said at the dedication. “He had an influence on my life.” Pell City Mayor Joe Funderburg told the crowd gathered for the ceremony that White was “Pell City through and through,” while city councilwoman Sharon Thomas called him a “kind and gentle spirit.” Frank Seals, who worked with White at the post office, says he was always smiling, always happy. “He looked for the positive side of life,” says Seals, who was a mail clerk. Even though their families were good friends, Seals didn’t know White had cancer, because White didn’t talk about it much. “He was always looking to a better day,” Seals says. “He didn’t dwell on looking backward.” Ofes Forman is another of White’s lifetime friends. A deacon at White’s Church, First Baptist-South, Forman says he started going by White’s house when Forman became a deacon in 1993. “He was someone I could go to,” Forman says. “He had plenty of good advice for me.” For several years, Forman helped White remodel the houses the latter purchased for investment Despite their closeness, Forman says White was very private about his health. “He didn’t complain much,” he says. “He always said something positive. He had a good sense of humor, too, and made people laugh. He was a straight-forward guy who said what he thought, but got along with people even when he disagreed with them. He planted a good garden, too, and took vegetables by and left them on people’s porches when they weren’t at home.” Preston Howard, who grew up with and went to school with White, says White had a good name. “There are two types of names people remember, good names and bad names,” Howard says. “Mr. White was on the positive side.” l

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The Arts

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Story by Graham Hadley Photos by Jerry Martin Go see a famous musical group perform, or a traveling play that has gained national attention. Learn to paint or walk through rows of pottery, sculpture and other displays at an art show that is becoming a local tradition. Even learn to cook gourmet food, make a quilt or hear poetry read by a famous author — you can do it all in Pell City. Pell City’s thriving arts community — supported both through private funding and government support locally and through grants — is giving residents in the region the opportunity to experience aspects of the humanities rarely seen outside larger metropolitan areas.

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Originally called the Center for Education and the Performing Arts (or CEPA), the Pell City Center was a collaborative project designed to give the city a state-of-the-art theater for live performances and a sports arena complex to be shared with the school system for athletics and events like graduation. The Pell City Center has been a success far beyond what was originally envisioned for the city. The inaugural play, To Kill a Mockinbird, was a huge success — and it also brought the center its first executive director and now artistic director, Kathy McCoy. “I have been doing community theater I think around 23 years. I formed the Mockingbird Players down in Monroeville, Ala. No one had been doing To Kill a Mockingbird there,” she said. “…That was the first play at CEPA. We brought up my old group from Monroeville to do the show. I was recruited from several people to take the job here. I wanted to move on and try new things. “I walked into that theater and was sold. I looked at it and saw, as a director, that I would be able to do all kinds of things here. I said, ‘Yes, I would love to be here.’” And the rest has been a very successful history. The theater has hosted sold-out show after show. Sometimes it is a play like Driving Miss Daisy, Grits: The Musical or the Wizard of Oz. Sometimes it is a famous musical group like The Platters, Three on a String or Jason Petty. Some shows are a combination of play and musical performance, often paying tribute to iconic musicians like Elvis or Frank Sinatra. And, whether the show is being performed by a famous traveling production crew or staged by the local Pell City Players or children from the theater’s drama camp, the event is a crowd-pleaser every time, enriching the lives of young and old alike. “I think that any time you bring in culture, performing arts, it educates the community,” McCoy said.

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“… People come from all over to Pell City, plus you have the locals. The theater brings them all together. Whenever we have a concert or a theater production, people stay after and meet each other and talk,” she said. On top of its regular performances, the theater hosts a drama camp for children and works with local schools to help expose children in Pell City to as much of the humanities as possible. “This will be our seventh year for drama camp. We have raised some of these kids in drama camp. They started here and now are graduating. “We have some who started out at drama camp and went on to continue that. One student started out in the drama camp, went on to the Pell City Players and is going on to college to pursue drama,” McCoy said. Like the drama camp participants, the local acting group, the Pell City Players, are enjoying having such a high-quality facility at their disposal. “I have a background in community theater production. When I came here in 2006, I wanted to get involved in the community and thought this was a great spot to form a community theater — we would be the Pell City Players. “We have competed at the state level and won some awards and received recognition for several things,” Mc44 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

Coy said. And she expects that success to continue. “The Pell city players have really grown too. We have 20 to 25 who are regulars. We have grown. I have grown as a director; they have grown as actors. We have done drama, mystery. Recently we did My Way, which is a musical, a difficult musical,” she said. The Pell City Players are a true community theater group, handling everything from set and costume design to other production aspects like procuring props. “That gives you the ability to tackle just about anything — and we have, from Tennessee Williams, to Agatha Christie, a very difficult script, to musicals,” McCoy said. “It becomes inclusive because of that nuts-and-bolts approach. Not everyone wants to be out on stage. I have as many people who are not out front but who are backstage helping. That one has an eye for design; that one can build sets. One lady has a really good eye for props.” In addition to entertainment and educational uses, the Pell City Center also acts as a conference center for programs that come from all over Alabama. “We have hosted two statewide theater conferences here for the Alabama Theater Conferences, a district-wide Rotary Convention, events for the hospital — fundraisers,

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one brought in more than $80,000, state board of education events, and countless others, even sports tournaments,” McCoy said. “We are unique here because we manage our space — we are sharing our space and manage the space through rentals and other entities like the cities and local governments,” she said. “It is a unique marriage” — and one that has worked well for the Center and the Pell City community. “It had not been done anywhere. That partnership has been fruitful for us, allowing CEPA to survive while other community theaters have been closing their doors,” McCoy said. You can learn more about the Pell City Center or order event tickets on its website, www.pellcitycenter.com.

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The Artscape Gallery, going on its sixth year now, is a project of the Pell City Council of the Arts where local artists can showcase — and sell — some of their work. A truly cooperative effort, the gallery, located in the historic downtown area, is supported and run by the participating artists. Arts Council President Janice Entler points out that everyone has had to do their part to make the gallery a success. “It’s a cooperative gallery. We all kind of own it; we all work here. Everyone works one day a month,” she said. “We took a leap of faith when we opened this. We had 14 artists who wanted to do this and did not know if we would 46 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

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have the money, but we have been plugging along. We always manage to keep it going.” The gallery displays all kinds of artwork, from paintings to sculpture and pottery to glasswork. The pieces are the products of both experienced professional artists and people just getting started. In fact, the gallery works with local students and beginning artists to help teach them how to work with a gallery and display their creations. “We are working on a program to get the high school kids to display their artwork in the gallery to give those who might want to show their work, try to sell it in a gallery, an experience in what it is like to show their work,” Entler said. The gallery also promotes the arts in the community, especially working with children to teach them not only to appreciate art, but to create it, through an art camp and also during one of the Council’s biggest events of the year, the Artscape Festival. “We try to provide an art outlet for the children — get them exposed. Because arts are not as emphasized in schools and other places as much anymore, that was one of the reasons we wanted to start the art camp,” Entler said. “We have had kids who started here at art camp who came back and are helpers here now.” The Artscape Festival, which does have activities for children but is mainly an art show, has grown to be a major event for the region, averaging 40 to 65 artists displaying and selling their work. The event is held in the fall, November this year, and attracts thousands of visitors. “We have artists that come from all over the state, even from other states, to bring art to the community. That’s what the Art Council is all about, promoting the arts,” Entler said. In addition to the gallery and the festival, the council and participating artists work with schools and hold other smaller art showings year round and also a variety of art classes. “Art plays an important role in the community. We have a lot of classes here so people can become involved in the arts, have something to take home. … It lets their creative side out. And they can make something they are proud of,” she said. You can learn more about the Council of the Arts, Artscape Gallery and the Festival on its website, www. councilofthearts.org.

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Beyond theater, beyond painting, there is an almost endless range of the arts and humanities to explore — and the Pell City Public Library does more than its share to give residents the chance to do just that. Often pairing a program or event with a literary component, the library works to promote the arts all year, with different presentations focused on different age groups. “Quite a lot of the programs are art-based, poetry, music, even cooking and flower arranging,” Library Director Danny Stewart said. “We have even done some travel programs. Not everyone can experience traveling to Holland or Italy or other places in the world, but they experience it through the library. “Anytime you can offer someone not only the experience of reading about Italy, but have an artist show their work about Italy and talk about it, it completes the whole picture,” he said. Most of the adult-oriented programs take place at least

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Painter Art Bacon at library’s Wild and Wonderful Wednesday once a month, usually at noon on Wednesdays. “It offers them a venue that they might otherwise not experience unless they went to some place like Birmingham,” Stewart said. And while the adult programs continue to gain popularity, the library is equally dedicated to providing similar culturally broadening experiences for younger generations. These programs are especially popular when students are out of school, during the summer or spring break. Recently during a break in school, “younger children did a painting program, even a cooking program — how to cook a crepe. The kids got to learn to cook from a chef. Then had a clown and dog show,” similar to a vaudeville performance, Stewart said. The library also has Story Time, when children are exposed to authors and other people of interest, including civic leaders. For older kids, the library merges the arts with reading through a teen book club where the students read a book, then watch a play or see a related movie, maybe even visit 50 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

places relevant to the story. In its efforts to promote literacy and the arts, the library works with local schools, holding writing competitions and helping with a recent art competition. “The final judging happened here and the artwork was displayed at the library,” Stewart said. Though not a traditional art project, but certainly part of the broader scope of the humanities, the Pell City Library is home to the community oral history project. Originally conceived when Guin Robinson was mayor and with the vision of the library board, the project had many older, long-time Pell City residents record their stories and memories about days gone by in the city. “If we did not get their stories about the community, that information would be lost forever. Only a few of those people we interviewed are still alive today,” Stewart said. The library hosts the collection of the recordings, which are also being made available online. You can learn more about the Pell City Library and its programs at its website, www.pellcitylibrary.com. l

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Story by Carolyn Stern and Graham Hadley “Paying your civic rent” is a phrase used by some to indicate a way of giving back to a community that offers so much to them, and Pell City’s citizens are certainly paying that “rent.” Few weeks go by when there isn’t a meeting, a planning session or an “on the street” activity sponsored by one of Pell City’s active organizations. The Lions, Civitans, Kiwanis and Rotary all support programs that enrich people’s lives.


You can hear the excitement in Brandon Turner’s voice as he talks about the Lions Club’s past and future projects. “I’m especially happy for a new program we’re planning for young people,” he says. “It’s called The Leo Club and, partnering with the ROTC, is for high school students. Our goal is to provide character and life skills during non-school hours.” A longtime service the group has supported is fostering vision checks in schools. In addition, eye glasses and hearing aids that are no longer needed are collected for possible further use. All this and an annual pancake breakfast as well.


Ask Christine Beal-Kaplan about the work of Kiwanis, and you’ll get stories you won’t easily forget. Chris (as she prefers to be called) says Kiwanis is all about children. “We work through the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program. We acquire books from a business that buys used children’s books, and we take them to schools and read stories to the children.” Each child is given a book to take home. “Many of the children come from homes where books are not available,” Chris explains, “and you can see how happy it makes them to get one.” She is paid in hugs. On a worldwide basis, Kiwanis has taken on the daunting task of eliminating neo-natal tetanus that newborns may be subject to in developing countries. Local Kiwanians are helping. “Tetanus has virtually disappeared in the United States,” Chris explains. “However in other countries, the mother may not have been vaccinated, and the baby is born with the disease.” For older young people, clubs maintain scholarships for high school and college students.

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The Civitans have organized the Float Yer Boat Cardboard Regatta to raise money for the Arc and other community projects.

To support its chosen causes, the organization has several fund-raising projects. As Chris says, “No money comes out of thin air.” Taking this reality to heart, she adds, “At Christmas time, some of us put on our coats and ring bells at Walmart. One year we were able to pass on $3,000 to the Salvation Army.”


Matt Mitcham is sold on Civitans. A former president of the organization, he can easily list the numerous causes that receive support from the group. Top of the list is whatever can be done to help improve the lives of those who are represented in the Americans With Disabilities Act. “We are supporters of the Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders in Birmingham,” he explains. “Its work is closely related to our primary cause.” The Civitans flagship was formed in Birmingham in 1917. “The international group now has 40,000 members in 1,500 clubs in 20 countries,” Mitcham says. Supporters from the past and present include presidents, members of the military, politicians, sports figures and many others. Last, but not least, is Southern chef Paula Deen. It’s been reported that she is such a believer in the Civitans’ missions that those members visiting her restaurant get a free meal. The Pell City Civitans group was chartered in 2009 and has 24 very active members. “The members plan and work hands-on to improve handicap access,” Mitcham says. “An example are the automatic doors and wheelchair ramps that are needed in some schools. We purchase the doors and provide the building materials for the ramps. Recently, we improved an outside area of a group home of mostly adults by cleaning, landscaping and adding picnic tables.” All of the money raised by St. Clair County Civitans go to St. Clair County projects, and there is an abundance 54 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

of those through the year. These activities raise money, and they also involve the community. The annual “Tropical Night Dinner” is scheduled for June 14. Vidalia onions were delivered in May, with 50 percent of the receipts going to the club. Halloween brings the “Lakeside Trail of Nightmares.” A Football Classic Dinner and a Christmas Variety Show are other popular events. A project not related to the Civitans but close to the hearts of many members is the creation of the Zac Mason Scholarship, named for the recently deceased 18-year-old son of a former president of the group. The Civitans are sponsoring a Memorial Run to raise funds.

Rotary Club

Rotarian Ed Tyler says he believes many city residents are unaware of how extraordinary their town really is. “Pell City has exceptional attributes that are unique and outstanding in what is considered a ‘small’ town,” Tyler explains. The number of citizens involved in civic clubs and various programs are examples. A former president of the Rotary Club, Tyler has been personally involved with many of the projects his group supports. “A total of 20 organizations receive funds from the foundation,’’ he says, “and fund-raising is essential.” This year’s golf tournament at Pine Harbor Country Club raised more than $20,000 that will go into the Pell City Rotary Club’s Foundation for ongoing activities. Another recent Rotary fundraiser was the Pell City appearance of the Rankin Brothers from Branson, MO. “The group has such star status that their appearance was a surprise for many residents,” says Tyler. Beyond the expected purchase of tickets by fans, a number were bought and donated to the state-run Veterans Home. A fundraiser coupled with a night out for America’s

pride. The recently opened Veterans Home provides housing for WWII and Vietnam veterans. Tyler says Rotary has added the veterans home to its list of clients and recently purchased two 58-inch television sets for the residents. It’s always rewarding to give aid to children’s causes. The Head Start program received $500 from the fund, and Kids Castles playgrounds were erected in local parks a short time ago. The Club is a major sponsor of a project in an orphanage in Russia. Led by Dr. Eric Hicks, the facility is occupied primarily by children from Chernobyl. Shoal Creek’s Alpha Ranch, which was rebuilt after the deadly April 27, 2011, tornado demolished it, also is a recipient. “The ranch is a service for high school boys who come to it through the court system,” explains Tyler. “A kitchen was furnished with a gift of $13,000 from Rotary.” Pell City High School has accepted a program called “Interact,” that also will benefit young people. A movement by the national Rotary organization, the purpose of Interact is to prepare Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Students choose a type of business they would like to start and are mentored through the process of planning and financing, essential skills for tomorrow’s business leaders.

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Southern Cultural Arts Foundation

Whether it is finding way for elementary students to get their first opportunity to sculpt with clay or supporting a dance program for people of all ages, the Southern Cultural Arts Foundation is focused on bringing the arts to town and supporting programs that are broadening people’s artistic horizons. Foundation Executive Director Dave Bise said, “The foundation is an advocate and resource for the arts community. We are here to support and sponsor arts organizations. “We have the Partnership for the Arts Program, and they have partnered with the City of Pell City and the school system. We have already been raising money for the art programs.” In fact, the Foundation just helped raise money for the high school to cover the cost of a new pottery kiln. The Southern Cultural Arts Foundation has also taken student, as well as adult, works on tour, showing off their accomplishments to people all over the region. “We are supported by gifts and donations and through our Partnership for the Arts through the business community. Right now we are doing our Art Supplies Drive program,” he said. That effort involves getting art supplies ranging from coloring books to more expensive items for older children into the hands of the students. Those art supplies will be given at no charge to schools, the Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Place and other programs around Pell City. And its not just artwork like painting and sculpting, the Southern Cultural Arts Foundation supports all of the arts and is working on ways to partner with the Pell City Center for Education and the Performing Arts and similar operations. The program has played a significant role in bringing the arts to people in Pell City, and that is especially true of students here — several of which have gone on to receive recognition and awards for their work in the arts. People can reach program by calling or emailing Executive Director Dave Bise, 205-639-3565, dkb.sca@gmaiil. com, or through their Facebook Page.



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PELL CITY CIVIC CLUBS Alabama Volunteers in Correction P.O. Box 897, Pell City, AL 35125 Gail Benefield 205-338-9780 American Legion Post 109 P.O. Box 92 Pell City, AL 35125 Dale Onstine 205-884-6840 APSO (Alabama Power Service Organization) 700 Martin Street So. Pell City, AL 35128 Amanda Young 205-814-2036 Email: akyoung@southernco.com Boy Scouts of American Troop 199 545 River Oaks Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 John Sweet Cattlemen’s Association 16500 AL Hwy 174 Pell City, AL 35125 Gary Savage 205-338-1638 Coosa Valley Amvets Post 25, Inc. P.O. Box 25 Riverside, AL 35054 Email: Coosavalleyamvets@hotmail. com Gideons Joe Dorough P.O. Box 973, Pell City, Al 35125 205-338-7795 Meeting: Sat @ 6:30 a.m. Kiwanis Club of Pell City P.O Box 1922 Pell City, AL 35125 Darrell Parker 205-884-2015 Meeting: 1st and 3rd Monday at Noon Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 100 Chase Park S. Ste # 220 Birmingham, AL 35244 Amanda Weiter 205-989-0098 Military Assistance Personal Support (M.A.P.S.) P.O. Box 167 Pell City, AL 35125 571-422-6494 Greg Jacobik and Otto Fox Email: Gregjacobik@gmail.com or Ottofoxz@aol.com 56 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

National Association of Retired Federal Employees 207 7th St. N. Pell City, AL 35125 Glover Stewart-President 205-338-7140

Pell City Lions Club P.O. Box 874 Cropwell, AL 35054 205-884-1035 Meeting: 2nd Tuesday at 12 Noon, 4th Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Pell City Athletic Boosters P.O. Box 362 Pell City, AL 35125 Britney Smith 205-369-2399

Rotary Club of Pell City P.O. Box 953 Pell City, AL 35125 205-338-3932 Meeting: Every Tuesday at Noon

Pell City Band Boosters P.O. Box 1652 Pell City, AL 35125 Duane Player 205-884-4671 Pell City Business and Professional Women’s Club P.O. Box 1716 Pell City, AL 35125 205-910-5541 Courtney Cook-President Meeting: 3rd Thursday Pell City Civitan Club 1607 Martin Street S. Ste 4 Pell City, AL 35128 Lisa Phillips Meeting: 2nd Wednesday at 12 p.m., 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m. Pell City Elks Lodge #2818 P.O. Box 114 Cropwell, AL 35054 Lizz Lynch 205-338-1453 Meeting: 2nd and 4th Tuesday Pell City Garden Club 4939 Smith Trail Pell City, AL 35128 Fran Wilson Meeting-1st Tues of the Month @ Pell City Civic Center Pell City Library Guild P.O. Box 1672 Pell City, AL 35125 Pat Demotte 205-338-4737 Meeting: 2nd Thursday at 5:30pm www.pellcitylibrary.com/library-guild Pell City Line Dancers 307 Allen Road Pell City, AL 35128 Instructor-Doris Munkus 205-338-4203

St. Clair Regional Auxiliary 7063 Veterans Parkway Pell City, Al 35125 205-338-3301 ext. 42152 Senior Citizen Center 801 Comer Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 Lisa Abercrombie-Senior Program Manager 205-338-6589 Tri-County CASA Rachel Caldwell 10250 Stemley Road Talladega, AL 35160 Veterans of Foreign Wars & Ladies Auxiliary (V.F.W.) Post #4758 P.O. Box 1624 Pell City, AL 35125 Commander-Mike Smith-205-405-6638 President of Ladies Auxiliary-Pam Smith Quarter Master-Al Morrow-205-527-7322 Senior Vice Commander-Tom Miller-205-480-7480 Meeting: 1st Tuesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. @ Pell City Senior Center Writers Anonymous P.O. Box 686 Cropwell, AL 35054 pccc@writersanonymous.us Meeting: 1st Thursday of every month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @ Pell City Recreation Hall Young at Heart Club 622 Wolf Creek Road N. Pell City, AL 35125 Julia Allred-President 205-338-3698 Meeting: Every Wednesday 10 a.m. at Pell City Civic Center

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Story by Tina Tidmore Photos by Jerry Martin Due the increasing activity in the residential real estate market, Pell City’s Realtors are already experiencing a much busier buying and selling season this year. The number of single-family home sales in Pell City has increased 21 percent in the past 12 months over the previous 12 months, according to the St. Clair Association of Realtors. “We’re excited; we can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Sharon Thomas, a Realtor and city councilwoman. Similarly, the National Association of Realtors reported that the number of residential homes sold nationwide was 10.8 percent higher in March 2013 than in March 2012. While most all areas of the country are seeing increased activity, Pell City’s real estate market is different. “Our local real estate market follows the trend of the national real estate market with the changes affecting our area shortly after the other areas,” said Diana White, president of the St. Clair Association of Realtors. “The great thing about this is that we can watch the effects nationally and prepare for them.” Pell City’s quality of life and its proximity to Birmingham and Atlanta are attracting people from other areas. With Logan Martin Lake in its backyard, public and private education facilities as well as a community college and four-year degree opportunities, Pell City is a prime choice for location. Karen Bain, a Realtor with Fields-Gossett Realty, said the civic center’s recreation facilities and the new hospital is attractive to new residents as well. “I tell people that once you live in Pell City, you’ll never want to leave,” Bain said. The Pell City Chamber of Commerce declares the city as “the gateway to living the good life.” And judging by its jump in population to more than 12,000 in the 2010 census, that declaration seems on target. Thomas, who is with Re/Max Hometown Properties, said Logan Martin Lake continues to attract retirees and some who are in their 30s looking for a primary or secondary home. The property tax rate, sewer rates and Pell City’s conveniences are causing many to leave Jefferson County. “I’m hearing that a lot,” said Thomas. According to IndexMundi, St. Clair County’s population grew at a rate of 29.1 percent between 2000 and 2010, faster than all other Alabama counties except Shelby and Baldwin. Neighboring Blount County’s population grew by 12.3 percent and Jefferson County lost 5 percent of its population. Bill King is one of those who moved to Pell City from a neighboring county. For years, he lived in his Gardendale home in Jefferson County, and three years ago he acquired a home on the Logan Martin Lake. After retiring and spending more time at his lake home, King became involved in a local church and decided to move away from Gardendale. When he compared costs, he decided a lake home in Pell City was a better investment. “Why go spend money, if you don’t have to,” King said of his decision to be in St. Clair County where he can also continue living on the lake. “I have better

convenience and no health insurance costs.” He knows the price for the same house is a little bit higher in Pell City, yet in the long run, he expects to come out better financially and with the amenities. Realty Executives’ Nancy Locklar said she notices different areas of the state are affected differently as the real estate market goes up or down. “Locally, Anniston, Oxford and Jefferson were hit hard,” Locklar said of the 2008 real estate bust. “But Huntsville wasn’t affected as much.” She said from her experience, the impact in Pell City was about in the middle compared to other cities in the state. Now, Locklar reports new rural development, less inventory and people moving by choice and not only due to necessity. “We’re seeing lots move now,” she said. The change started in July of last year, she said. She attributes some of the upward trend to the very low mortgage interest rates. The Wall Street Journal reported on April 18 that the average 30-year fixed-rate for a mortgage was 3.41 percent, close to a record low. Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 63

This was also a decline from the average rate in the previous week. As the inventory is decreasing, the prices are increasing. “If someone is considering buying a house in the Pell City area, they need to realize that the buyer’s market is trending out,” White said. Homewood and Mountain Brook and the homes around Logan Martin Lake are feeling these effects, she said. The National Realtors Association reported in March, the median residential price is up 10.8 percent from March 2012 while Pell City’s median housing price increased 6 percent over last year. Along with the big-city conveniences and small-town atmosphere, Pell City is also attracting some who commute to work in other cities. Locklar said some like being 35 minutes to the Birmingham airport and two hours from the Atlanta airport. For those who work in Birmingham and like the smaller town and the lake, but occasionally need to fly for their work, Pell City provides all that is needed. l 64 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

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Worshipping Community Faith an essential cornerstone of Pell City

Early on a morning in May, congregations of the Pell City Ministerial Association gathered at Harvest Center Church for a yearly ritual — the city’s Annual Prayer Breakfast. It represented the coming together of diverse denominations in fellowship, bowing their heads as one in prayer. It was followed by a noontime prayer at the St. Clair County Courthouse and that evening, the Association held a Pell City Prayer and Praise Rally at the First Baptist Church. In promoting the day’s events, members used a verse from Matthew: “In His name, the nations will put their hope.” And in Pell City, faith is central to everyday life. Churches of the city represent virtually every denomination, offering a place of worship and of hope for its citizens. Denominations found in Pell City are:

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Baptist Methodist Episcopal Presbyterian Church of Christ Church of God Freewill Baptist Seventh Day Adventist Catholic Jehovah’s Witness Independent

Plenty of programs and churchrelated activities and events continue to strengthen this community. One of the most popular of those is Power Lunch at Eden Westside Baptist Church on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at noon. Bro. Jackie Connell, who was in the business world at one time, conducts what has become a community event with motivational talks that help business people become leaders in their careers. It is yet another example of a community that relies strongly on its churches to enhance the quality of life found in Pell City. l Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 67


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Regions Bank 1031 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 regions.com P: 205-884-1322 Union State Bank 15 20th Street North Pell City, AL 35125 unionstatebank.net P: 205-884-1520

BATHROOM SERVICES C&C Enterprises, LLC 2009 Agape Circle, Ste A Moody, AL 35004 mynubath.com P: 205-640-3868 F: 205-640-3590

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BOAT MARINE SALES SERVICE & PARTS Lakeside Marine, Inc. 4608 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 lakesidemarinepc.com P: 205-525-5253

Woods Surfside Marina 37 Marina Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 woodssurfside.com P: 205-525-5533 F: 205-525-4092


Webb Concrete & Building Materials 204 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 webbconcrete.com P: 205-338-0999


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Town & Country Ford Lincoln Mercury 1101 Martin St. North Pell City, AL 35125 townandcountryalabama.dealerconn P: 205-338-9463 F: 205-227-0101


Enterprise Rent-A-Car 606 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 enterprise.com P: 205-338-8045 F: 205-338-8048


Classic Car Wash 602 Martin St. South Pell City, Al 35128 classiccarwash-pellcity.com P: 205-338-1322

CELLULAR TELEPHONE Cellular Sales 180 Martin St. Pell City, AL 35125 cellularsales.com P: 205-338-4729


St. Clair Children’s Advocacy Center 18200 Al Highway 174 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-8847 The Children’s Place 18200 AL Highway 174 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-8847


Hancock Chiropractic 1000 Forrest Place, Ste 4 Pell City, AL 35128 hancockspine.com P: 205-814-1118 Lincoln Chiropractic and Wellness Center 47795 US Hwy 78 Lincoln, AL 35096 lincolnchiropractic.org P: 205-763-2222 F: 205-763-7540


Eden Westside Baptist Church 223 Wolf Creek Rd. North Pell City, AL 35125 edenwestside.org P: 205-338-7711 Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 69

First United Methodist Church 2200 3rd Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 pellcityfumc.org P: 205-338-3374

DualEdgeWorks 10 Ladonna Drive Odenville, AL dualedgeworks.com P: 205-266-6815

Harvest Center 3209 8th Ave North Pell City, AL 35125 harvestcenterchurch.com P: 205-338-2853

Watson Computers, Inc. 313 Martin St. North Pell City, AL 35125 watsoncomputers.net P: 205-338-7300 F: 205-338-2750

Majestic Outdoors Ministries P.O. Box 1474 Pell City, AL 35125 majoutdoors.com P: 205-281-6184 St. Simon Peter Episcopal Church 3702 Mays Bend Rd. Pell City, AL 35125 stsimonpeterepiscopalchurch.com P: 205-884-0877 Trinity Training Center Ministries 1123 18th Place South Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-389-8371


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Precision Auto & Forklift, LLC 11225 Hwy 78 Riverside, AL 35135 precisionautopc.com P: 205-812-9332

COMPUTER SALES & SERVICE Ash System’s Inc. 3424 Martin St. South Cropwell, Al 35054 ashsystems.com P: 205-884-3410

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Benchmark Construction Company LLC 1917 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 benchmarkal.com P: 205-365-6799 F: 205-884-8643 Buddy Bowman Construction 1621 Pleasant Valley Drive Pell City, Al 35125 buckyinc.com P: 205-338-1424 F: 205-338-1424 Goodgame Company, Inc. 2311 3rd Avenue South Pell City, AL 35128 goodgamecompany.com P: 205-338-2551 F: 205-338-7736 ICON Modular Solutions, Inc. 116 21st Street North Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-405-7399 F: 404-521-4399 Lickert Paving, LLC 20 Mineral Springs Rd Pell City, Al 35125 P: 205-283-3380 F: 205-884-2112 St. Clair Homebuilders Association P.O. Box 543 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-0838 Tradesman Company 4604-B Martin Street Cropwell, AL 35054 tradesmanco.com P: 205-338-7500 F: 205-338-7500


Avon Products-Denise Olivastri 245 Hawthorne Hills Lane Talladega, AL 35160 youravon.comdeniseolivastri P: 256-589-5224 Pampered Chef-Christine Solano 290 Hunter Ridge Lane Pell City, AL 35128 pamperedchef.bizchristinesol P: 205-777-7172

Scentsy-Brian Alverson 3313 Tyler Street Pell City, AL 35125 balverson.scentsy.com P: 205-405-6853


Town & Country Marina & Marathon 4700 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5775

DANCE INSTRUCTION Celebrations 3005 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35125 celebrationspellcity.com P: 205-884-8632

Starrz Performing Arts Center 4800 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 starrzpac.com P: 205-338-1725


Affordable Dentures 402 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 affordabledentures.com P: 205-338-2915 Pell City Dental Center 1605 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 pellcitydental.com P: 205-884-2370 Restoration Dental 4402 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 lanterdental.com P: 205-338-0475 F: 205-338-0528


Bible Methodist Christian School 1355 Chula Vista Drive Pell City, AL 35125 bmcschool.com P: 205-338-3012 F: 205-338-1872 Huntingdon College ADCP 500 College Circle Pell City, AL 35125 huntingdon.eduadcp P: 205-812-2712 Jefferson State Community College 500 College Circle Pell City, AL 35125 jeffstateonline.com P: 205-812-2700 or 800-239-5900 St. Clair County Extension Office 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Ste 103 Pell City, Al 35125 aces.eduStClair P: 205-338-9496

The Donoho School 2501 Henry Rd Anniston, AL 36207 donohoschool.com P: 205-237-5477 F: 205-237-6474

ELECTRICAL-CONTRACTOR Johnny’s Electric 3850 Research Way Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-8932

ELECTRICAL-INDUSTRIAL Control Service, Inc. 337 Sand Ridge Drive Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-640-4056

Energy Absorption Systems 250 Bamberg Drive Pell City, AL 35125 energyabsorption.com P: 205-884-1532


Darrell Walker Personnel Workforce System P.O. Box 610009 Birmingham, AL 35261 dwpworkforce.com P: 205-836-4281 Elwood Staffing 115 North Court Street, Ste. A Talladega, AL 35160 elwoodstaffing.com P: 256-362-1953 Pell City Career Center 311 Miles Pkwy., Ste 102 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-5440 Tempforce Smart Staffing Solutions 4798 1st Ave S., Ste 104 Pell City, AL 35125 tempforcestaffing.com P: 205-884-4357 F: 205-884-0837

ENGINEERS-STRUCTURAL Barnett & Associates 125 18th Street North Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-5334


Alpine Bay Golf Club 9855 Renfroe Road Alpine, AL 35014 alpinebaygolfclub.com P: 256-268-2920 F: 256-268-9410 Logan Martin Lakefest 560 Riverview Drive Cropwell, Al 35054 loganmartinlakefest.com P: 205-531-2372

Pell City Center 25 Williamson Dr. Pell City, AL 35125 pellcitycenter.com P: 205-338-1974 Pine Harbor Golf & Racquet Club 1218 Pine Harbor Road Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-4354 Talladega Superspeedway 366 Speedway Blvd. Talladega, AL 35161 talladegasuperspeedway.com P: 256-362-2261


Golden Excavating, Inc. 17838 AL Hwy 174 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-7152


C&R Feed & Supply 22735 Hwy 231 North Ragland, AL 35131 P: 205-338-4342 F: 205-884-5788


Bender’s Fitness & Tanning 923 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35125 bendersgym.com P: 205-338-9007 Evolve Fitness Consulting, LLC 864 Fishers Way Vincent, AL 35178 rhonda.evolvefitness.info P: 205-789-6106 Image Plus, LLC 30 Comer Ave Pell City, AL 35125 imagepluspellcity.com P: 205-884-0163


Pell City Flower & Gift Shop 36 Comer Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 pellcityflowers.com P: 205-338-2226



Badcock Home Furniture & More 613 Martin St. North, Ste 400 Pell City, AL 35125 badcock.com P: 205-338-5550 F: 205-338-6030 Room by Room Home Furnishing 2450 3rd Avenue South Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-1224 F: 205-884-1134


Image Plus, LLC 30 Comer Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 imagepluspellcity.com P: 205-884-0163 Strandz Salon 1915-A Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 strandzofpellcity.com P: 205-814-0116 F: 205-338-0133

HEATING & COOLING Allen Service Company 1711 1st Avenue South Pell City, AL 35125 allenservicecompany.com P: 205-338-2311

Carter’s Heating & Cooling 129 Surfside Lane Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-542-1114 Comfort Experts Heating & Air 103 Sunset Strip Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-812-6002 F: 205-338-0326 Pell City Heating & Cooling 2314 Cogswell Ave Pell City, AL 35125 pellcityheatingandcooling.com P: 205-338-2820


Alacare Home Health Services 1240 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 alacare.com P: 205-338-3250

Kilgroe Funeral Home 2219 N 2nd Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 kilgroefh.com P: 205-338-3341

Always There, Inc. – Pell City 931 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 alwaysthereinc.com P: 205-824-0224

Usrey Funeral Home 21271 US Hwy 231 North Pell City, AL 35125 usreyfuneralhome.com P: 205-338-0303

Comfort Care Hospice 702 East Battle St Talladega, AL 35160 comfortcarehospice.org P: 256-761-1250 Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 71

Gentiva Home Health Care 3319 Dr. John Haynes Drive, Ste 4 Pell City, AL 35125 gentiva.com P: 205-338-8440 Lakeside Hospice 4010 Masters Rd Pell City, AL 35125 lakesidehospice.org P: 205-884-1111 F: 205-884-1114 St. Vincent’s Home Health St. Clair 2401 Stemley Bridge Road, Ste 7 Pell City, AL 35128 stvhomehealth.com P: 205-884-7202 HOSPITALS St. Vincent’s St. Clair 7063 Veterans Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 stvhs.comstclair P: 205-338-3301 F: 205-814-2145

HOTELS/MOTELS Hampton Inn 220 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-814-3000

Holiday Inn Express 240 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-0047 F: 205-884-0015 Lake Front Motel 4304 Martin Street Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-338-3344 Quality Inn 1410 Parkhill Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 qualityinn.com P: 205-338-1314 F: 205-338-1512


Alabama State Representative Randy Wood 4422 Sprague Avenue Anniston, AL 36206 P: 256-237-8114 Alan Furr 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Ste 305 Pell City, Al 35125 P: 205-338-3869 Annette Manning 1815 Cogswell Avenue, Ste 217 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-2511 F: 205-884-4244 Ardis T. Weems 104 Ingram Street Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5432 72 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

Barnett Lawley 108 Viewpoint Circle Pell City, AL 35128 Bill Hereford 2003 3rd Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-9491 Bob Osborn 580 Eagle Point Lane Pell City, AL 35128 Byron Fincher P.O. Box 459 Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5660 Callie Hardwick 210 Oak Leaf Circle Pell City, AL 35125 Camaran Williams 210 Oak Leaf Circle Pell City, AL 35125 Caran Wilbanks P.O. Box 1312 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-1961 Carole Barnett 120 Amitola Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5117 Danny Stewart 1923 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-9354 Dr. David T. Sawyer 75 River Oaks Lane Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-4098 Dr. Eric Hicks P.O. Box 766 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-7411 Dr. Robert DeShazer 2501 Stemley Bridge Rd Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-1691 Ed Ash 116th Amitola Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 Elizabeth Mealer 437 Bucks Valley Rd Ashville, AL 35953 P: 205-594-5523 Erik Grieve 495 Richard Circle Pell City, AL 35128 Erin Rider 475 River Forest Lane Talladega, AL 35160

Gene Morris 1050 Bay Drive Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-2108 George Williams 7 Seddon Point Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-9213 Gerald J. Ensley, Sr. 5303 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-338-3113 Holland Powell 205 Cove Drive Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-1193 J.T. Carter P.O. Box 984 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-1827 James Daugherty 145 Morton Drive Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-814-4030 James McGowan P.O. Box 268 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-2648 John C. Hoffman 440 Funderburg Bend Rd Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-6322 Joseph Smith P.O. Box 1242 Pell City, AL 35125 Judge Phil Seay 2602 Abbat Drive Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-6843 Judge Robert Minor 1815 Cogswell Ave, Room 217 Pell City, Al 35125 Kandi Griffin 391 3rd Avenue Lincoln, AL 35096 P: 205-368-9647 Linda Crow 453 Woodhaven Way Pell City, AL 35128 Linda O’Shaughnessy 616 N. Wolf Creek Road Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-1607 Lisa Baggett 21 Morning Glory Dr. Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-814-1215

Lori Hays 915 Truss Ferry Road Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-753-5389 Lynn Batemon 170 Oak Leaf Court Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-812-5221 Maria Price P.O. Box 523 Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-812-4921

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS Pell City Office Tel: 205.884.5334 Tuscaloosa Office Tel: 205.345.9595

Marlene Wolf 831 Golf Course Road Pell City, AL 35128


Mike Burrow 812 Lock 4 Rd. Riverside, AL 35135 P: 561-876-8204 Mr. & Mrs. Paul Manning P.O. Box 119 Wattsville, AL 35182 P: 205-884-2760 Ofes Forman, Jr. P.O. Box 232 Cropwell, AL 35054 Pam Adamson 2706 Greenway Road Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-1672

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Laser Surgery Laser Therapy Grooming & Boarding General Medicine & Surgery Microchipping Hill Science Diet Products

Office & Emergency Phone (205) 338-3556 2308 Mays Drive Pell City, AL 35128

Mon.-Fri. 8:00-6:00, Sat. 8:00-12:00

Paul A. Nolin 106 Brookshire Lane Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-338-6285 Randy Royster P.O. Box 400 Ashland, AL 36251 P: 256-354-5901 Rod Goode 1170 Tunnel Mtn Rd Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-1399 Sandra Embry P.O. Box 685 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-7854



Detail Packages Available 602 Martin Street South Pell City, AL 35128


www.ClassicCarWash-Pell City.com

Mon.-Sat. 8:30-5:00

Stan Batemon 534 Eagle Pointe Lane Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-9168 Stansel Brown, III 110 18th St. North Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-1877 Tony Hamlin 1900 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-1875 Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 73

William C. Ellison P.O. Box 1965 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-229-9846


Advance Tank & Construction 8762 Dry Creek Rd Pell City, AL 35125 advancetank.com P: 205-338-4483 F: 205-884-2040 American Metal Technology, Inc. 1505 Dowzer Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 amtechinc.net P: 205-338-4771 F: 205-338-4827 Benjamin Moore & Company 109 Bamburg Drive Pell City, AL 35125 benjaminmoore.com P: 205-338-4440 F: 205-338-1839 CMC Impact Metals 108 Parkway East Pell City, AL 35125 cmc.com P: 205-338-5100 Dixie Engine & Equipment Co., Inc. 3750 Logan Martin Dam Road Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5626 Douglas Manufacturing Co,. Inc. 300 Industrial Park Drive Pell City, AL 35125 douglasmanufacturing.com P: 205-884-1200 F: 205-884-1207 Eissmann Automotive North America, Inc. 599 Ed Gardner Dr. Pell City, AL 35125 eissmann.com P: 205-338-4044 Equipment Fabricators 402 Industrial Drive Pell City, AL 35125 efipellcity.com P: 205-338-2209 F: 205-338-2200 Ford Meter Box Company, Inc. 815 Miles Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 fordmeterbox.com P: 205-884-4480 F: 205-884-4484 Gorbel, Inc. 600 Ed Gardner Drive Pell City, AL 35125 gorbel.com P: 205-338-8863 F: 205-338-4768 74 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama 1800 Honda Drive Lincoln, AL 35096 hondaalabama.com P: 205-355-5000 Nicholson Manufacturing Co. 110 Bamberg Drive Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-814-0772 Royal Foods of Alabama 1904 16th Avenue South Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-1040 Voith Industrial Services, Inc. 72 Adcon Lane Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-1875 F: 205-884-8193 WKW-ERBSLOEH North America, Inc. 103 Parkway East Pell City, AL 35125 wkw-erbsloeh.com P: 205-338-4242


Allstate Insurance Co.Preston Rhodes 2107 Martin St. South, Ste 102 Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-0502 American Equity Investment Life Insurance-Cindy Noble Bento 20 Cropwell Drive Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-7919

State Farm-Connie Myers 2109 7th Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 statefarm.com P: 205-338-9474 F: 205-338-9477 Susan Gentry’s Insurance LLC 3255 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 susangentry.guideone.com P: 205-884-1131 Trammel, Harper, & Williams 1607 Martin St. South, Ste 4 Pell City, AL 35128 thwinc.com P: 205-884-3444 Union State Insurance-Ron Helms 1920 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 unionstate.net P: 205-884-1670

INTERIOR DESIGN Lilly Designs Inc. 1917 Cogswell Ave. Pell City, AL 35125 adesignresource.com P: 205-533-7736

Terry’s Designing Windows 3953 Logan Martin Dam Rd Cropwell, AL 35054 tdwindows.com P: 205-814-9822 F: 205-814-9822


American General Life & Accident-Andrew Pinkard P: 205-405-0190

Eden Lawn & Garden 114B Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 edenlawngarden@yahoo.com P: 205-338-6815 F: 205-338-6816

Davison Insurance AgencySam Davison 2410 Cogswell Avenue, Ste. 2 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-6085

Stevens & Sons Locksmith 1604 Martin St. South, Bldg 1 Pell City, AL 35128 stevensandsonlocksmiths.com P: 205-369-2638

Farmers Insurance-Tom Gant 1820 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 farmersagent.com P: 205-338-6800 State FarmBrian Worley 1000 Plantation Parkway, Ste 100 Moody, AL 35004 brianworley.net P: 205-640-1000 State Farm-JP Dailey 1911 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 statefarm.com P: 205-525-5525



Caribe Club and Marina 84 Blue Eye Road Lincoln, AL 35096 caribeclubandmarina.com P: 205-763-1478 Lakeside Landing RV Park & Marina 4600 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5701 F: 205-525-5423 Town & Country Marina & Marathon 4700 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-5775

Woods Surfside Marina 37 Marina Drive Cropwell, AL 35054 woodssurfside.com P: 205-525-5533 F: 205-525-4092

TherapySouth 85 Plaza Drive Pell City, AL 35125 therapysouth.net P: 205-338-6106 F: 205-814-9180

Ann’s New Life Center for Women, Inc. 3440 Martin St. South, Ste 1 Cropwell, AL 35054 annsnewlifecenter.com P: 205-338-4580 F: 205-338-4582



Band Boosters of P.C. P.O. Box 1652 Pell City, AL 35125

St. Clair News-Aegis 1820 2nd Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 newsaegis.com P: 205-884-2310 F: 205-884-2312 The Daily Home 1911 Martin St. South, Ste 7 Pell City, AL 35128 dailyhome.com P: 205-884-3400 WFHK AM-1430 22 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 wfhkradio.com P: 205-338-1430


American Family Care 20 Hazelwood Drive Pell City, AL 35125 americanfamilycare.com P: 205-338-8008 Eastside Mental Health 625 15th Street North Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-7525 Fresenius Medical Care 7067 Veterans Parkway, Ste 120 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-7414 F: 205-884-0507 Northside Medical Associates 70 Plaza Drive Pell City, AL 35125 northsidemed.com P: 205-814-9284

McCord Communications 1508 Noble Street Anniston, AL 36201 mccordcommunications.com P: 256-237-6697 F: 256-237-6631


City of Pell City City Clerk 1905 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 epell.net P: 205-338-2244 City of Pell City Police Chief Greg Turley 1905 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 epell.net P: 205-338-2244 CityCounty Services – City of P.C. Fire 3040 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 epell.net P: 205-338-6006 St. Clair Co. Airport Authority 240 Airport Road Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-9456 St. Clair County Economic Development Co 500 College Circle, Ste 300 Pell City, AL 35125 stclairedc.com P: 205-814-1440 F: 205-814-1441

Pell City Internal & Family Medicine 7067 Veterans Parkway, Ste 130 Pell City, AL 35125 pcifmed.com P: 205-884-9000 F: 205-884-8111


Prestige Medical Spa 1419 Hamric Drive East, Ste 102 Oxford, AL 36203 prestigemedicalspa.com P: 256-241-6772

American Red Cross 205 Edwin Holladay Place, Ste 152 Pell City, AL 35125 redcrossbirmingham.org P: 205-884-1221 F: 205-884-3504

St. Vincent’s Sleep Disorder Center 7067 Veterans Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 stvhs.com P: 205-814-2333 F: 205-814-2428

American Cancer Society 1100 Ireland Way, Ste 201 Birmingham, AL 35205 cancer.org P: 205-930-8872

Animal Shelter of P.C. 1071 Airport Road Pell City, AL 35125 animalshelter.org P: 205-814-1567

Coosa Valley Amvets Post 25, Inc. P.O. Box 25 Riverside, AL 35054 P: 256-268-8011 Dixie Shrine Club 2747 Logan Martin Road Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-956-3636 Kiwanis Club of Pell City P.O. Box 1922 Pell City, AL 35125 Lakeside Hospice 4010 Masters Rd Pell City, AL 35125 lakesidehospice.org P: 205-884-1111 F: 205-884-1114 Lifeline Village 301 Shelby Drive Pell City, Al 35128 lifelinevillage.org P: 205-338-6462 F: 205-338-6705 Logan Martin Lake Protection Agency (LMLPA) P.O. Box 2002 Pell City, AL 35125 lmlpa.org P: 205-884-6909 Military Assistance Personal Support (M.A.P.S.) P.O. Box 167 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 571-422-6494 Mustard Seed Society, Inc. 3155 Cook Springs Road Pell City, AL 35125 mustardseedkids.org P: 205-913-0628 F: 205-338-1185 Pell City Business & Professional Women 700 Old 231 Cropwell, AL 35054 bpwofpc.com Pell City Civitan Club P.O. Box 883 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-884-3444 Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 75

Pell City Community Action Agency NE AL 205 Edwin Holliday Place Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-7407 Pell City Garden Club 4939 Smith Trail Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-701-0798 Pell City Library Guild P.O. Box 1672 Pell City, AL 35125 pellcitylibrary.com P: 205-338-4737 Pell City Line Dancers 307 Allen Road Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-338-4203 Pell City Rotary Club P.O. Box 953 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-3932 Southern Cultural Art Foundation 1001 Martin St. South #606 Pell City, AL 35128 facebook.com/southernculturalartsfoundation P: 205-639-3565 St. Clair Children’s Policy Council 170 Rockwell Drive Riverside, AL 35135 P: 205-812-3351 Tri-County CASA 10250 Stemley Rd. Talladega, AL 35160 P: 205-763-0070 United Way 3600 8th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35232 uwca.org P: 205-458-2051 F: 205-323-8730 Writer’s Anonymous P.O. Box 686 Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-814-9852


Hazelwood’s Greenhouse & Nursery 925 23rd Street Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-3952


Brannon’s Office City 14 N. East Street Talladega, AL 35161 brannons.biz P: 256-362-6104 76 • Pell City Magazine • 2013

Business Systems 1108 Moore Avenue Anniston, AL 36201 bsiworkshere.com P: 256-236-1501 F: 256-238-8366

Gilreath Printing 1923 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 gilreathprintingandsigns.com P: 205-884-7800 F: 205-884-2679

Garing Business Machines 230 East St. North Talladega, AL 35160 garing.com P: 256-362-2538

Wolf Creek Creations, Inc. 8147 Wolf Creek Road Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-3140 F: 205-884-3140


James W. Bedsole, O.D. 1723 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 drbedsole.com P: 205-884-2020


Dr. Phillips & Todd Orthodontics 7 23rd St. North Pell City, AL 35125 ptortho.com P: 205-338-6244 F: 205-338-6250



ERA King Real Estate Company 1160 McCaig Road Lincoln, AL 35096 eraking.com P: 205-763-1333 F: 205-763-1334 Fields Gossett Realty 508 S. Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 fieldsgossett.com P: 205-884-2300

Lakeside Package 4604 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-884-5253

Johnson Development 2204 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, AL 35209 P: 205-802-2300


LAH Real Estate 180 Sunset Road Pell City, AL 35128 lahrealestate.com P: 205-369-1413


Nicole Anderson, Realtor 418 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 loganmartinproperties.com P: 205-753-0225 F: 205-884-0400

PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES 3rDay Creations 675 Deerbrook Road Pell City, AL 35125 3rdaycreations.com P: 205-701-8083

Realty Executives Complete 1019 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 realtyexecutives.com P: 205-338-6683

Wallace Bromberg Photography 4970 Autumn Lane Pell City, AL 35128 wbphotosite.com P: 205-370-8702

Realty Pros 418 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 ritafoster.com P: 205-884-0400


RealtySouth 2501 20th Place S, Ste 400 Birmingham, AL 35223 beckybowman.realtysouth.com P: 325-1205-362

Debbi McKinney 560 Honeysuckle Lane Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-812-9500 Northside Apothecary 72 Plaza Drive Pell City, AL 35125 northsideapothecary.com P: 205-753-4000

Price Powder Coating Sand & Soda Blasting 1159 Center Star Road Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-812-6394


APR Precision Marketing, LLC 1665 Dry Creek Road Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-525-4029

RE-MAX Hometown Properties 3440 Martin St. South, Ste 17 Cropwell, AL 35054 hometownproperties.com P: 205-338-7355


Granger, Thagard & Associates, Inc. 1806 Oxmoor Road Birmingham, AL 35209 gtauctions.com P: 205-326-0833

RESTAURANTS/CATERING Ami’s Arts & Crafts 96 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-401-6142

Bojangles 2028 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 bojangles.com P: 205-338-4172 Caribe Club and Marina 84 Blue Eye Road Lincoln, AL 35096 caribeclubandmarina.com P: 205-763-1478 Chick-fil-A 1653 Martin St. North Pell City, AL 35125 chick-fil-a.com P: 205-525-0539 F: 205-525-0538 Fat Man’s Bar-B-Que 10179 Highway 231 Cropwell, AL 35054 fatmansbarbque.com P: 205-525-5255 Fox’s Pizza Den-Pell City 209 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-5400 Huggy’s Diner 4606 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 huggysdiner.net P: 205-884-0158 Jack’s Hamburgers, Inc. 5065 Hwy 78 W., Ste D Oxford, AL 36203 eatjacks.com P: 205-338-3040 Kentucky Fried Chicken 703 23rd Street Pell City, AL 35125 kfc.com P: 205-338-3221 Lakeside Coffee House & Princess Cupcakes 1604 Martin St. South, Ste 3 Pell City, AL 35128 lakesidecoffeehouse.com P: 205-227-0289 Louie’s Grill 230 Hamby Road Cropwell, AL 35054 hambyscountrysidefarm.com P: 205-525-4305

Lunch by Café Royale 2401 Stemley Bridge Rd Pell City, AL 35128 lunchpellcity.com P: 205-884-2233 F: 256-268-0594 Pell City Coffee Company 1605 Martin St. South, Ste 6 Pell City, AL 35128 facebook.com/pellcitycoffeecompany P: 205-884-1100 Subway Sandwich & Salads 506 N. Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 subway.com P: 205-884-7827 The Ark Restaurant 13030 US Hwy 78 Riverside, AL 35135 P: 205-338-7420 The Garry House Café 2101 1st Avenue North Pell City, AL 35125 thegarryhousecafe.com P: 205-338-1440 The Tavern of St. Clair 4858 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 tavernofstclair.com P: 205-338-8900 F: 205-338-8934 Zaxby’s 280 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 zaxbys.com P: 205-338-4822 F: 205-338-4826

Doodle Bugs Boutique & Gifts 1909 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 doodlebugsgiftshop.com P: 205-603-2299 Elijah’s Barrel 2006 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-0088 Factory Connection 923 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-4200 Goody’s 613 Martin St. North, Ste 2 Pell City, AL 35125 goodysonline.com P: 205-525-0780 Griffins Jewelers 1903 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 griffinsjewelers.org P: 205-884-2031 F: 205-884-2004 J. Cobb Designs 1911 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 jcobbdesigns.com P: 205-542-6515 Liberty House 5025 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 libertyhousestore.com P: 205-338-3636 Lilly Designs Inc. 1917 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 adesigneresource.com P: 205-533-7736


America’s Thrift Store 507 N. Martin Street Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-3782 F: 205-338-0863

Monkey Bizniss 1916A Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 facebook.com/monkeybizniss P: 205-884-2230 F: 205-884-2476

Bearly-Worn 2113 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 facebook.com/bear.ly.worn.boutique P: 205-525-5328

Room by Room 2450 3rd Ave Sth Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-1224 F: 205-884-1134

Bows ‘N Toes 12750 Greensport Road Ashville, AL 35953 bowsntoes.com P: 205-706-2350 F: 877-712-5860

Sherwin-Williams 2401 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 sherwin-williams.com P: 205-338-0690

Burke’s Outlet No. 753 613 Martin St. North Pell City, AL 35125 beallsinc.com

Southern Manor Interiors 1507 Martin St. South, Ste 1 Pell City, AL 35128 southernmanorinteriors.com P: 205-884-0387 Pell City Magazine • 2013 • 77

Stafford House 2107 Martin St. South, Ste 103 Pell City, AL 35128 P: 205-884-0663 Terry’s Designing Windows 3953 Logan Martin Dam Rd Cropwell, AL 35054 tdwindows.com P: 205-814-9822 F: 205-814-9822 The Brook Besor 4204 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-492-8826 F: 205-699-5198 The Home Depot 289 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 homedepot.com P: 205-405-8127 U.G. Clothing Boutique 1800 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 facebook/U.G.ClothingBoutique P: 205-814-1589 Wal-Mart Supercenter 165 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 walmart.com P: 205-338-5300


Goin Postal 1001 Martin St. South #606 Pell City, AL 35128 goinpostal.com P: 205-338-6770 F: 205-338-6771


Eagle Storage, LLC 3424 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-884-3195




Military Assistance Personal Support (M.A.P.S.) P.O. Box 167 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 571-422-6494

Interstate Freight 29 Charlie Brown Lane Pell City, AL 35125 interstatefreight.com P: 205-338-9595 F: 205-884-0116 Alabama Power Company 700 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35128 alabamapower.com P: 205-814-2051 F: 205-814-2088 Alagasco P.O. Box 330 Talladega, AL 35161 alagasco.com P: 800-292-4010 CenturyLink 1701 1st Avenue South Pell City, AL 35125 centurylink.com P: 205-884-5555 Coosa Cable Company 1701 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 coosahs.net P: 205-884-4545

Col. Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home 7054 Veterans Parkway Pell City, AL 35125 veteranservices.com P: 205-227-7985


Cropwell Small Animal Hospital 2308 Mays Drive Pell City, AL 35128 cropwellsmallanimalhospital.com P: 205-338-3556 F: 205-338-6093 Pell City Animal Hospital 2718 Martin St. South Cropwell, AL 35054 P: 205-884-4104

WEB DESIGN & MARKETING Partners by Design, Inc. 6204 Skippers Cove Pell City, AL 35128 partnersmultimedia.com P: 205-335-0281 F: 205-884-0071

Coosa Valley Electric Coop. 69220 AL Hwy 77 Talladega, AL 35161 coosavalleyec.com P: 256-362-4180


Ferrell Gas 3627 Pine Ln. Bessemer, AL 35022 ferrellgas.com P: 205-807-0940

Sweet Apple Farm, Inc. 860 Sweet Apple Road Pell City, AL 35128 sweetapplefarmal.com P: 205-338-4910

Celebrations 3005 Martin St. South Pell City, AL 35125 celebrationspellcity.com P: 205-884-8632

Easy Storage 4009 Cogswell Avenue Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-6253

TAX PREPARATION H&R Block 63 Vaughan Lane Pell City, AL 35125 hrblock.com P: 205-814-1040


Wolf Creek Timber, Inc. 20107 U.S. 231 Pell City, AL 35125 P: 205-338-8733


All-Pro Trophy 109 West Street Pell City, Al 35125 P: 205-338-3932 78 • Pell City Magazine • 2013





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2013 Pell City Magazine  

The Pell City Chamber magazine covering everything from economics to recreation and anything else you need to know about one of Alabama's fa...

2013 Pell City Magazine  

The Pell City Chamber magazine covering everything from economics to recreation and anything else you need to know about one of Alabama's fa...